Robert Martellacci and his associates collectively bring over 50 years of expertise to the K-12, post-secondary and lifelong learning environments. He draws on his experience as a university administrator, where he specialized in sport marketing, public relations and business development in promoting the interests of York University. Robert augmented his expertise as a graduate of Pepperdine University Master’s in Education Technology which inspired the creation of the MindShare Learning Report–Canada’s Leadership, Learning & Technology eMagazine.
Robert followed his passion for connecting education and business to support student success. As country manager, he launched The Learning Company School Canada, a leading educational software publisher which, under the leadership of Kevin O’Leary (Dragon’s Den), was eventually acquired by Mattel.
The dot-com’s came calling which led to his experience with LearningStation, the first education focused application service provider (ASP) proved priceless. Robert served as Canadian vice-president, sales and marketing and was also responsible for international markets. “There were many lessons to be learned from business models of the dot-com era. Having experienced both ends of the spectrum certainly provides me with valuable insights for my clients,” says Robert.
His international scope includes Australia, the Middle East, South America, the United Kingdom and the United States. Robert’s board appointment to ASPIC (Applications Service Provider Industry Consortium) Americas Committee reflects his global connectiveness and leadership in the industry.
Robert maintains close ties to his alma mater, York University (Toronto CANADA), where he serves on the board of the Institute for Research on Learning Technology. He is also a fellow of Stong College, York University and a member of the faculty ice hockey team. Robert is past vice-chair, Computers for Schools (Ontario) and was recently appointed to the board of the Canadian e-Learning Enterprise Alliance (CeLEA). Mos recently, Robert co-founded C21 Canada–Canadians for 21st Century Learning & Innovation.
Robert is a supporter of the Community Scholarship Fund at York University. He believes it’s important to invest in tomorrow’s leaders today.
Mary Pat O’Meara is a graduate student, currently completing her Master of Education degree at York University. With a degree in Film & Media Studies, a diploma in Post Production & Design, a Bachelor of Education, and over 6 years of professional experience in the television industry, she is an educator with a technological edge. A dedicated advocate of digital literacy, she is passionate about using web, video, and multimedia production to inform the 21st century classroom with a pedagogical approach that embraces technology.
Teaching has always been Joseph Romano’s career aspiration, a goal which led him to the Concurrent BFA/BEd program, and later to the MEd program, all within York University’s Faculty of Education. Joseph is currently teaching ICT and is the Junior Division POR at Golf Road Junior Public School, at the Toronto District School Board. Joseph’s teaching practice is rooted in his belief in his students. He strives to promote the worth of all his students by capturing and directing their intellect in ways which foster their holistic growth.
Joseph’s research interests are centered on explorations of Educational Technology, specifically the Virtual Worlds. He is currently continuing his research focused on VWP (Virtual World Pedagogy) and the impact it may have on the transition from conventional practices of teaching and learning towards contemporary digital teaching and learning spaces.