Thank you!

Dear conference attendees, presenters and sponsors, Thank you for making the 5th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit and enriching collaborative learning experience for all who attended.

Robert Martellacci
Conference Chair

For photos from the event, click here.


Closing Keynote Announced

We Are Thrilled to Announce Nolan Bushnell, Atari Founder, Mentor to Steve Jobs and Founder of  Brainrush to Deliver Closing Keynote


Nolan Bushnell | video game pioneer (founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese). He’s on to a new start-up venture, BrainRush, which is on a mission to unlock the genius in each of us with smarter learning through adaptive games making learning faster, more fun, and more fulfilling.

“I'm thrilled to be a part of the upcoming Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit.  I love the idea of having educational visionaries gather together to learn, to share and to collaborate on the educational revolution.  I hope that at the very least we increase the intensity of dialogue about the future of education.” – Nolan Bushnell


It's about interconnected human networks powered by pedagogy and technology"

               - Robert Martellacci, Conference Chair & President, MindShare Learning

MindShare Learning is pleased to host the 5th Annual Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit in support of our mission to push the 21st Century learning envelope in Canada and strengthen the connection between education and business to support student success.

Join fellow education and industry leaders for this one-day Summit opportunity to learn, connect and gain valuable knowledge from leading global educational technology experts.

Our 5th Anniversary marks a special challenge for every Senior Education and Industry Leader to embrace change and inspire others to innovate. This year’s Summit promises to be more engaging and interactive to facilitate networking and creative problem solving in K12 and post-secondary learning environments.

 This one-day summit will focus on current hot topics in the K-12 and post-secondary education technology space, aiming to further engage stakeholders in shaping today’s direction of a vital sector.  


I saw intellectual excitement and stimulating insights pouring out of every table and cresting during breaks and lunch.  Uniquely provocative forward-thinkers for speakers and a cool set of ed-tech startups to listen to."                       
                             --Dr. Greg Malszecki, Professor Emeritus, York University


"The Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit was a very productive meeting of thought-leaders, teachers, administrators, entrepreneurs, edTech startups, researchers and consultants. I came away with eight big ideas that we can use in our business."
                                                                                  --Mollie O'Neill, Partner, Brigus Learning


rezaEDIT.jpgHon. Minister Reza Moridi

Minister Training, Colleges and Universities

In February 2013, Premier Wynne appointed Reza Moridi Minister of Research and Innovation and in June 2014 as the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. He has also served as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, the Minister of Research and Innovation and the Minister of Energy. 
In his role as Minister or Research and Innovation Reza Moridi’s extensive political, business and scientific background provide him with the knowledge and the experience needed to bridge academia and innovators with business and government. 

Featured Speakers 

JohannesEDIT.jpgJohannes Heinlein

Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, edX

Johannes Heinlein is Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for edX, leading  university partnership and collaboration initiatives. In this role, Johannes works directly with the edX president and board on identifying and executing strategy. Prior to joining edX, Johannes served as director in the Office of the President and Provost of Harvard University where he was responsible for the planning and execution of university-wide transformations in strategy and operations. Prior to joining Harvard, Johannes worked in the public sector and for global industry leaders, to develop and implement change management and program strategies. He has lived and worked in Europe, Asia and North America. Johannes holds degrees from the University of Hamburg, Germany, the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and the University of Strathclyde, Scotland. Johannes is married with two children and calls Boston his home.

Karen_GroseEDIT.jpgDr. Karen Grose

Vice President of Digital Media, TVO

Topic: Supporting Teacher Leadership - Learning Out Loud

Karen Grose is the first Vice President of Digital Education at TVO. She is responsible for developing innovative content, products and services for inside and outside Ontario’s classrooms that support success for students, teachers and parents.
Prior to joining TVO, Karen served the Toronto District School Board as Coordinating Superintendent of Strategy and Program Planning. Over the course of her 24 year career in education, Karen has held progressively senior roles including Principal, School Superintendent, and K-12 Program Superintendent.
Karen graduated from Western University (HBA), York University (BEd) and the University of Toronto (MEd & PhD), and is deeply committed to the process of life-long learning. A recent graduate of The Learning Partnership’s Executive Leadership Program at the Rotman School of Management, and completed her PhD at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Karen also champions Ontario’s drive to support technology-enabled learning and knowledge exchange as a member of the Board of Directors of ORION (Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network).

Bruce_RodriguesEDIT.jpgBruce Rodrigues 

CEO, Education Quality and Accountability Office 

Topic: What Are We Preparing Students for and Can We Reasonably Assess Their Success?

Bruce Rodrigues is the CEO of the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO). He has been an educator for over 28 years, during which he has served in the roles of program head, vice-principal, principal, supervisory officer and associate director of education. Most recently, he was Director of Education for the Toronto Catholic District School Board. However, he considers himself first and foremost a teacher and treasures that as the foundation for his service in education.
Bruce has been involved extensively in writing curricula at the local, provincial and national levels and has led numerous reform initiatives throughout his career. He possesses a strong background in and working understanding of assessment, evaluation, grading and reporting practices as they relate to student learning, achievement and success. He brings that knowledge and his passion for publicly funded education to his new role as Chief Executive Officer of the Education Quality and Accountability Office.

Spotlight Speaker

Lance_RougeuxCROP.jpgLance Rougeux

Vice President of Learning Communities and Educational Consultants, Discovery Education

Lance Rougeux currently serves as Vice President of Learning Communities and Educational Consultants at Discovery Education where he leads the Discovery Educator Network professional learning community, supports successful implementation of the Discovery Education TECHBOOK, oversees the Discovery Education Wilkes University Instructional Media Program, and plays a vital role in ensuring the success of Discovery Education’s STEM initiatives including development of Discovery Education STEM Camp.

Prior to joining Discovery Education, Lance was an Executive Policy Specialist at the Pennsylvania Department of Education's (PDE) Bureau of Educational Technology. While at PDE, Lance spearheaded many statewide initiatives including Keystones, a program recognized as a success story in the U.S. Department of Education's National Education Technology Plan, and eSPARC, a research endeavor called the "gold" standard of scientifically-based research by eSchool News. 

Cross Canada Check-Up Panel Presenters

Gain valuable insights from Canada’s education and industry leaders on the latest trends in learning and technology across the Canadian landscape

Fred Galang, Teacher, York Catholic District School Board & MindShare National Video Contest Winner 2014

Dino Miele, CIO, Niagara District School Board

Maxim Jean Louis, President and CEO, Contact North

Michaek Furdyk, Co-Founder, Taking it Global

Dr. Ron Owston, Dean of Faculty of Education, York University

Dr. Guy Tetrault, Director of Education, Sun West  School Division #207

Nick Francis, Co-Founder, The Basement Incubator Project. Recent Queen's University Graduate & MSL Contest winner 


Who Should Attend? 

Education Leaders - Senior administrators from K12 and post-secondary institutions; provincial government education officials.

Industry Leaders - Education industry solution providers; technology innovation fund managers.

EdTech Start-Up Firms - Innovators and developers of new business opportunities.

Students - Post-secondary students and graduate students who are working in the fields of education and/or technology.

... and those who are globally minded and prepared to learn, engage and champion 21st century learning models for success

Conference Committee

Maxim Jean-Louis, CEO, Contact North/Contact Nord

Gary Kern, Principal, Technology & Innovation, West Vancouver School District

Cheryl Paige, Consultant in Digital Technology Education, Former Principal, Joyce Public School, Toronto District School Board

Ron Sedran, MD, Equity Capital Markets, Canaccord Adams

Joseph Wilson, Education Lead at MaRS Discovery District

Ron Owston, Dean of the Faculty of Education, York University

David Marsi, Senior Manager Training Initiatives, ScotiaMcLeod