Thank you for attending the 6th Canadian
EdTech Leadership Summit!

~ Redefining the Canadian Digital
Learning Landscape ~

We'd like to extand a personal thank you all who attended this year's 6th Canadain EdTech Leadership Summit and made it such a success. Below you'll find our storify of the event and see how the conference unfolded for everyone in attendance. The energy and enthusiasm was great and this storify exemplifies the learning that took place, the connections that were made, and the highlights from the event. We’d also like to extend a call for proposals or ideas you may have for next year's conference. Please email any thoughts or suggestions to

Redefining the Canadian Digital Learning Landscape is the theme for the 6th Annual Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit.  As we continue to make great strides in getting beyond pockets of innovation, the digital revolution presents unique challenges in Canadian K12 and Post-Secondary education, in order for Canada to remain a global leader.  The notion of ‘mindsharing’ with leading Canadian education and industry thought leaders creates powerful opportunities for collaboration, innovation and the forging of unique partnerships. You will further garner deep insights on EdTech trends through our Cross Canada Checkup expert panel.


Featured Speakers 

Dr. Jordan TinneySuperintendent, Surrey District School Board, B.C.
2015 Recipient of International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Sylvia Charp Award for District Innovation 


Dr. Jordan Tinney is Superintendent of Schools & CEO of the Surrey School District in Surrey B.C.  Prior to joining Surrey Schools as Deputy Superintendent in 2012, Jordan was Deputy Superintendent in Vancouver School District and Superintendent/CEO in Comox Valley School District on Vancouver Island. Jordan began his career in the oceanography industry where he was an Electronics Engineering Technologist. He is a founding C21 Canada Academy Board member. Through Jordan’s leadership Surrey  School District was recently honoured with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)  2015 Sylvia Charp Award for District Innovation in Technology. The award recognizes a school system for exhibiting effectiveness and innovation in the application of technology.

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Lane Merrifield, Founder of Club Penguin (Acquired by Disney Corp.)
CEO of FreshGrade, an EdTech Start-up 


Lane Merrifield is co-founder and CEO of FreshGrade, a learning collaboration and portfolio tool focused on the challenges facing teachers, parents, and students in the 21st century classroom. Prior to starting FreshGrade, Lane was co-founder and CEO of Club Penguin and Executive Vice President of Disney Interactive.  Lane worked to help create and launch Club Penguin and joined the Walt Disney Company after they acquired it for $350M.  

Lane and his team won a BAFTA Award and a Webby Award.  Lane has received an Honorary Fellows Award, several leadership awards, and was listed as one of The Hollywood Reporters Top 35 Executives under 35.  Most recently he has been appointed to the University of British Columbia’s Board of Governors. Follow @lanemerrifield

Professor Sidneyeve Matrix, Associate Professor at Queen's University, ON
Recipient of the OUSA Award for Excellence in Teaching at Queen's University


Sidneyeve Matrix is Queen's National Scholar and Associate Professor of Media and Film. She teaches courses in digital communications, culture, and commerce. An Educator in Residence at The Centre for Teaching and Learning at Queen's, Sidneyeve is the recipient of the OUSA Award for Excellence in Teaching at Queen's University, by the Alma Mater Society and the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance. Her educational technology initiatives and research have been featured in University Affairs Magazine, Maclean’s Magazine, Yahoo!,,, The Toronto Star & The Globe and Mail.

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Brian Aspinall, Teacher, Lambton Kent District School Board, ON
TedX Speaker, Entrepreneur & App Developer


Brian is an intermediate public school teacher in Chatham who currently resides in Blenheim, Ontario. As a Computer Science graduate from the University of Windsor, he also develops web applications for the educational community in order to further the progression of 21st century teaching. He is a firm believer in progressive education and when not teaching, coaching sports or developing software, you can find him knee deep in a long afternoon of retro gaming or lost in social media collaborating with others. 

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To see photos from last year's event, click here.



As classrooms become increasingly better equipped with technology, we must pause and ask what kinds of uses are being made by students and how are teachers being prepared to use the technology effectively? The Summit is an ideal opportunity for leaders to discuss critical issues such as these."  

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



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


                                                            -- Robert Martellacci, Conference Chair & President,                                                                                                                   MindShare Learning


I enjoyed myself and it was great to hear what is happening in other school boards as well as new EdTech start up companies. The "Dragon's Den" style EdTech start up pitch was a highlight!"   
                             -- Stacey Hymmen, Limestone District School Board



Congratulations on the success of this year's event. I have been creating some good buzz around the office about it!"
                             -- Tania Sterling, Ed D, VP Efficacy at Pearson Canada


Cross Canada Check-Up Panel Presenters

1. Mistene Clapp,  Teacher at Limestone District School Board & MindShare National Video Challenge winner (Central Canada)

2. Maxim Jean-Louis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Contact North

3. Peter Singh, Chief Technology Officer, Toronto District School Board

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

4. Student, TBA

5.  Dr. Gina Cherkowski, Director of Learning STEM Alberta

6.  Dr. Jordan Tinney, Director, CEO, Surrey District School Board

Round Tables:

1.   C21 Canada Shifting Minds 3.0: Redefining the Learning Landscape in Canada

2.  I of T - The Next Digital Revolution 

3.  Harnessing the Power of  BIG Data in Education

4. EdTech Startups: The Art of Starting and Thriving

5. What role does technology play in Canada's classsrooms? Find out in our new Report by The Learning Partnership

6. The 'Unconference' Round Table: Current Issues in EdTech

7.  Emerging trends with STEM/STEAM and Maker movement 

8. eLearning/Blended and Open Learning: Exploring Challenges and Opportunities 

9. EdTech & Aboriginal Education

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

Peter Singh, Chief Technology Officer, Toronto District School Board

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

Krista Jones, Senior Advisor and EdTech Lead at MaRS Discovery District

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

David Marsi, Senior Manager Training Initiatives, ScotiaMcLeod