EdTech Summit 2014 brought together academic directors, educators, content publishers, venture capitalists and students to discuss the latest trends and developments in the education technology industry.
We discussed how rapid technology growth has impacted the student’s education experience and how institutions, startups and established companies alike can use these advancements to break new ground.
Rapid developments in technology are beginning to redefine even the most fundamental aspects of education. With innovators racing to evolve the way we teach and learn, the education industry is beginning to undergo significant change.
EdTech Summit offers you an interactive conference with insightful speakers and panelists as they deliver their vision of this transforming landscape.
Eduvation Futurist and Co-Founder of Academica Group Inc.Read Bio
Stanford University & Fellow/Deputy Director of the Hoover InstitutionRead Bio
Chief Executive Officer, NMCRead Bio
VMware Press & Academic Programs Director Global Education, VMwareRead Bio
Vice President of Academic Solutions & Special Markets, Nelson EducationRead Bio
Partner, Build VenturesRead Bio
Director, Learning and Teaching Services Algonquin CollegeRead Bio
eTextbook Manager, Algonquin CollegeRead Bio
Co-founder, WipebookRead Bio
Vice President & COO, Kivuto SolutionsRead Bio
General Manager, Pearson Canada, Higher EducationRead Bio
Director, OMERS VenturesRead Bio
Professor and Program Coordinator, Algonquin College for General Arts and Science Environmental StudiesRead Bio
Student and Students’ Association Vice-President of the Board of Directors, Algonquin CollegeRead Bio
Solution Specialist, Education Team at MicrosoftRead Bio
Accessibility Advisor, Human Resources at Algonquin CollegeRead Bio
Director, Executive MBA ProgramRead Bio
Associate Professor, Athabasca UniversityRead Bio
Associate Dean, Queen’s UniversityRead Bio
VMware Press & Academic Programs Director Global Education, VMware
David Nelson is responsible for the VMware IT Academy Program and facets of the VMware Academic Program as well as VMware Press which publishes technical books on VMware technologies. Previously, he was responsible for Sun Microsystems's Technology & Academic Resources philanthropic programs and prior to that was a Sr. Director responsible for Content Development, the Sun Educational Services business in Europe, Middle East and Africa and earlier for North America and Australia Educational Services. In addition Mr. Nelson serves on the CompTIA Certification Advisory Council.
Mr. Nelson has an MBA from Syracuse University with over 40 years of software development and customer service management experience in the computer industry.
Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s University
In her position as Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Arts and Science, Brenda Ravenscroft is responsible for teaching and learning initiatives and quality enhancement across the faculty. Her focus on the expansion and improvement of online studies resulted in Queen’s having the highest number of successful submissions in the first round of the province’s Ontario Online Initiative. Since 2011 she has been leading a large-scale project to transform high-enrolment introductory courses into blended versions using the flipped classroom model. The project includes close to 10,000 students enrolments in subjects ranging from Chemistry to Psychology and from Classics to Statistics. The results of a longitudinal research study measuring the effectiveness of these course redesigns show sustained statistically significant improvements in key student engagement areas such as active learning in the classroom and student-faculty interactions.
Associate Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems, Athabasca University
Jon Dron is a member of the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute and an Associate Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems, Athabasca University, where he teaches various graduate and undergraduate courses in the area of information systems. He is also an Honorary Faculty Fellow in the Centre for Learning and Teaching, University of Brighton, UK, where he works on staff development in the area of technology-enhanced learning. Jon has received both national and local awards for his teaching, is author of several award-winning research papers and is a regular keynote speaker at international conferences in fields as diverse as education, learning technologies, information science and programming. With a first degree in philosophy, a masters degree in information systems, a post-graduate certificate in education and a PhD in learning technologies, Jon’s career has been diverse, included work in education, information systems, technology management, programming, marketing and several years as a professional singer.
Director, Executive MBA Program
Ms. Leong is a strategic and operational planning specialist on the areas of innovation, commercialization and capital investment. She assists companies in crafting and implementing their strategic direction by connecting focused goals and actions towards business successes. Most recently she served at the executive level with Industry Canada. She has extensive experience working at Nortel Networks in an executive role where she was instrumental in co-founding, managing and commercializing seed and start-up companies.
Host, CBC News Ottawa
Lucy van Oldenbarneveld anchor's CBC's 90 minute local television news program CBC News Ottawa.Her work with CBC has seen her reporting on major stories across the country. She has reported on a number of significant Canadian events, and is involved with providing journalism training in different parts of Africa - most recently in Abuja, Nigeria. Before coming to Ottawa, Lucy was the host/reporter of the afternoon radio show at CBC Whitehorse.
Professor and Program Coordinator at Algonquin College for General Arts and Science Environmental Studies
Jay Smith has been with Algonquin College since 2011, currently as Faculty and Program Coordinator. Mr. Smith’s passion for teaching and lifelong learning are modeled by his example: he expects to complete the Masters of Adult Ed. program at St. Francis Xavier University in September, 2015. An engaged volunteer of the Climate Reality Project, Mr. Smith is a dynamic sustainability advocate and speaker, currently serving as a mentor within the organization. With an optimistic and positive attitude, and the belief Canada can be a global leader in sustainability, Jay works tirelessly through his classes and his example to inspire students to learn, stand with their convictions, take risks, and change their futures.
Student and Students’ Association Vice-President of the Board of Directors, Algonquin College
Mackenzie is a very driven student at Algonquin College in his last year of Business Administration majoring in Material and Operations Management. Mackenzie is also the Students’ Association Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the year 2014/2015 after holding the position of Director on the Board for the year 2013/2014. He has been a part of monitoring the implementation of the eText initiative from the viewpoint of a student using eTexts and from the viewpoint of a member of the Students’ Association Board of Directors.
Sr. Manager, Global Academic Marketing at SAS Institute, Inc.
Curt Hinrichs leads the JMP Academic team at SAS institute which focuses on developing the next generation of analytics professionals. The team works directly with university faculty, authors and administrators and partners with leading academic societies, publishers and service providers to support the effective use of SAS software in the classroom. Prior to joining SAS, Curt was Editor-in-Chief of mathematics and statistics publishing programs at Thomson Learning.
Director, Learning and Teaching Services Algonquin College
Glenn is the Director of the Learning and Teaching Services (LTS) Department at Algonquin College and is responsible for the College’s digital strategy and direction including both the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and eText initiatives. Algonquin’s BYOD programs involve over 16,000 students in 171 Mobile Learning programs while the eText initiative currently involves 9500 students across 82 programs of study and is setting a new standard for the provision of essential learning resources to students in Higher education. As Chair of the College’s Technologies committee and through participation in the College’s Leadership Council, Glenn provides leadership and direction towards enhancing and reshaping the way educational technologies may be used to enhance student learning and success.
Deputy Director, US Program, Education, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Stacey Childress serves as Deputy Director of Education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She leads the Next Generation Models team, which supports the creation and proliferation of technology-enabled content, tools, and learning models that support personalized paths to success for middle and high school students in the United States.
Prior to joining the foundation, Stacey was on the faculty of the Harvard Business School where she wrote and taught about entrepreneurial activity in public education in the United States. Her work encompassed the behavior and strategies of leadership teams in urban public school districts, charter schools, and nonprofit and for-profit enterprises with missions to improve the public system. During her time at Harvard, she wrote three books and more than thirty cases and articles about education entrepreneurship. She also won teaching awards from her students and the HBS dean for her elective course on education entrepreneurship, which was taken by more than 1000 students between 2004 and 2010.
Before working in academia Stacey was a co-founder of an enterprise software company and spent ten years in a Fortune 500 company in sales and general management. Early in her career she taught in a Texas public high school. She is a graduate of Baylor University and Harvard Business School, where she was the first woman in school history to be elected by her classmates to deliver the class day graduation address.
Solution Specialist, Education Team at Microsoft
Karen McGregor is a Solution Specialist with the Microsoft Canada Education team. She works with Education customers across Canada, with a focus on hybrid cloud architectures and solutions, and has been working with Office 365 large scale deployment projects in education since 2010.
Accessibility Advisor, Human Resources at Algonquin College
Karen is currently serving as the AODA Advisor for Algonquin College. Karen comes into this role with over 20 years’ experience in the area of disability services. As the Accessibility Advisor for the College, she is responsible for leadership and guidance in the administration, coordination and implementation of the accessibility strategy for Algonquin College.
Prior to assuming this role, Karen worked as a disabilities counsellor in the Centre for Students with Disabilities for 15 years. In 2010, Karen was awarded the Disability Award of Excellence from the College Committee on Disability Issues. In 2009, Karen was the project lead in the development of Accessible Services for Colleges, an on line customer service training resource that is currently being used in all 24 Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology. In 2012 she co-authored the Integrated Accessibility Standards Tool Kit for Ontario Colleges. In 2014 she was awarded the Algonquin College Administrative Staff Award.
Karen’s interest in accessible textbooks stems from the number of years she supported students with low vision. During that period of her career she was instrumental in the creation of the Post-Secondary Alternate Format Committee (PAFC) and served as this committee’s first chair. PAFC was a provincial wide committee composed of disability services members, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities who came together to try and improve access to print material for people with low vision. PAFC eventually transitioned into what is now known as AERO, Accessible Educational Resources for Ontario which is a key partner in Algonquin’s E-Text initative.
Eduvation Futurist and Co-Founder of Academica Group Inc.
Ken Steele is Canada’s leading higher education monitor and futurist, trusted by more than 20,000 daily subscribers and bringing his comprehensive perspective to a broad range of audiences hundreds of times a year – from faculty and instructors, boards and senior administration, to information technology staff, concerned parents, and Canada’s most powerful corporate CEOs. Ken has become Canada’s most sought-after campus presenter because he continually synthesizes breaking news, research, data and trends, and delivers ever-changing, fast-paced, dynamic presentations incorporating rich media, great humour, and insights specific to the audience and institution. Ken’s unique perspective comes as a former academic, entrepreneur, co-founder of Academica Group, editor of Canada’s leading PSE news daily, and consultant to a hundred institutions across the country.
Chief Executive Officer, NMC
Dr. Larry Johnson serves as Chief Executive Officer of the New Media Consortium, an international not-for-profit consortium dedicated to the exploration and use of new media and new technologies. Its hundreds of member institutions constitute an elite list of the most highly regarded universities, museums, and research centers in the world. The NMC’s dozen-year exploration of technology use in education, the Horizon Project, informs strategic technology planning for educational institutions in more than 175 countries. As the project’s founder, Johnson works with visionaries and thought leaders from across the globe to define new ways of thinking about technology, and explore emerging trends and issues.
Stanford University & Fellow/Deputy Director of the Hoover Institution
Dr. David Brady is deputy director and Davies Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is also the Bowen H. and Janice Arthur McCoy Professor of Political Science and Leadership Values in the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a professor of political science in the School of Humanities and Sciences at the university. He has published eight books and more than a hundred papers in journals and books.
Among his most recent publications are Leadership and Growth (World Bank Publications, 2010) coedited with Michael Spence, Revolving Gridlock: Politics and Policy from Carter to Bush II (Westview Press, 2006), and Red and Blue Nation? Characteristics and Causes of America’s Polarized Politics with Pietro Nivola (Brookings Institution Press, 2007).
Dr. Brady has been on continuing appointment at Stanford University since 1987. He was associate dean from 1997 to 2001 at Stanford University; a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences from 1985 to 1986 and again in 2001–2; and the Autrey Professor at Rice University, 1980–87.
In 1987 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He won the Dinkelspiel Award for service to undergraduates, the Richard Lyman Prize for service to alumni, and the first Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award given at Stanford.
Partner, Build Ventures
Patrick has over 15 years of highly relevant investment and entrepreneurial experience. As vice president of investment at Innovacorp, Patrick oversaw the organization’s seed and early-stage venture capital activities. He worked hands-on with Innovacorp’s portfolio companies to assist them in accelerating their growth, achieving milestones and securing additional financing.
In 2004, Patrick founded CVAI to launch Starbucks Coffee in Atlantic Canada, securing an exclusive license to operate. Starbucks Corporation acquired CVAI in 2008.
Previously, Patrick held senior positions with Boston-based venture capital firm Atlas Venture and the Boston Consulting Group, which provides strategic advisory services for leading companies around the world.
Patrick holds an M.Phil from Oxford University and an MBA (Distinction) from Harvard Business School.
Wipebook co-founders Frank Bouchard and Toby Maurice met in an entrepreneurship class during their Masters in Engineering at the University of Ottawa in February 2013. After obtaining some success with the original version of Wipebook, the duo decided to launch a crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter in November/December 2013 to finance production of a new and improved version. Within 30 days, sales exceeded $420,000, more than a 1000% of their initial $4000 goal.
Frank holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and a Masters in Engineering Management, both from the University of Ottawa.
Partner, LaBarge Weinstein
Debbie has over 25 years of broad-based experience acting on behalf of emerging growth companies, established public and private technology businesses, venture capital funds, and investment bankers. She has represented innovative, knowledge-based issuers and underwriters in numerous Canadian and U.S. public offerings including JDS Fitel Inc. (now JDS Uniphase Corporation), GSI Lumonics Inc., JetForm Corporation and MOSAID Technologies Limited. She also has substantial experience in venture capital and other private financing transactions.
Debbie is particularly focused on mergers and acquisitions and has taken the lead role in well over 160 M&A’s, including the sale of companies to Cisco, Ericsson, Microsoft, RIM, Salesforce.com, PMC-Sierra, and Alcatel Lucent.
Recent Noteworthy M&A Transactions
General Manager, Pearson Canada, Higher Education
Jessica Mosher is the General Manager for the Higher Education division of Pearson Canada. Jessica oversees the sales, editorial and custom groups in the higher education space. She is charged with leading the group from text-based to digital and overseeing the transformation as Pearson transitions to new models of delivery and service in a changing industry.
Jessica has been back with the Canadian group since the start of 2013, having spent the prior eight years in the US higher education world. Her career in educational publishing spans the past twenty years, focused primarily in editorial management and sales.
Vice President, Nelson Education
Jarrod Hann is Vice President of Academic Solutions at Nelson Education, Canada’s leading provider of educational resources. Since October, 2006, Jarrod has held several progressive positions in the organization, including Director of Strategy.
In his current role, which he has held since July, 2009, Jarrod is responsible for the implementation and positive user experience of Nelson’s learning technologies, as well as establishing content distribution agreements with leading electronic content distributors across higher education.
eText Project Manager, Learning and Teaching Services
Larry has been an instructor, program coordinator, curriculum support specialist at Algonquin College for almost 20 years in the “Event Management Program”. Our etext initiative began two years ago as a pilot to 750 students / 2300 etexts, and in Fall 2014 grew to 9,900 students / 32,000 etexts.
“At Algonquin we firmly believe in the importance of applied and digitally connected learning,” explains Dr. Kent MacDonald, President, Algonquin College. “We have worked for many years to become a Digital College through the creation of mobile learning programs and spaces, by offering robust mobile support and wireless internet, and in our expansion of our online and hybrid offerings. eTextbooks are the next phase. Through eTextbooks, we are able to provide a better quality education experience while reducing the cost of postsecondary education for our students and widening access to courses and course content.”
Director, OMERS Ventures
In his role as Director at OMERS Ventures, Sid Paquette is responsible for contributing to the identification and execution of investment opportunities for OMERS Ventures in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) sectors. Prior to joining OMERS Ventures, Sid was a senior manager in the international tax practice of Deloitte, as well as the Ontario Clean Tech leader for Deloitte and a member of its TMT executive team. Prior to Deloitte, Sid was called to the Bar of Ontario and worked for one of Canada’s leading corporate law firms. Sid has over a decade of experience providing business, tax and legal advisory services to high-growth companies in the TMT sectors. He has specialized in providing M&A advice to Canadian and foreign-based multinational corporations, as well as developing and implementing innovative intellectual property strategies.
Sid holds a B.A. from York University, J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School, MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MTax from the University of Waterloo.
Vice President & COO, Kivuto Solutions
Richard has more than 30 years of experience in technology companies. He was formerly CEO of Elliptic Technologies, Solidum and Accelerix and acted as a contract CEO to Intelligent Photonics Control and Spectalis. Richard began his career as a semiconductor engineer during the early days of Mitel and moved on to a variety of senior management roles with NovAtel Communications, Extreme Packet Devices and Enhance Systems. He has also provided consultant services to a number of technology companies, including Seaway Networks, Wavesat and Ad Opt. Richard holds a B. Eng Electrical Engineering degree from Carleton University and an Executive MBA (PMD60) from Harvard University.
President & CEO, Kivuto Solutions
President and founder of Kivuto Solutions Inc., Ram has over 25 years of experience in the software license management industry. Ram spent 12 years at Dalhousie as a professor of information systems, running the computing department and managing the university computer store. In 1995 he went on to become Vice President at the Canadian Association of Campus Computer Stores. Two years later he founded Kivuto. Ram is one of the board of directors for Telefilm Canada as well as SimplyCast.com, a leading online multi-channel marketing solution. He holds three degrees from Dalhousie University: a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration.
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