Beyond Pockets of Innovation, is the theme of this year’s Summit and the most commonly talked about challenge we face in the Canadian EdTech space today.”
                    -- Robert Martellacci, Conference Chair, President & Publisher, MindShare Learning.

MindShare Learning is pleased to host the 4th Annual Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit in support of 21st century digital learning in Canada. Our goal is to strengthen the connection between education and business to harness the power of what’s possible through technology to support student success.

We're thrilled to be partnering with MaRS Discovery District in hosting this year's summit at this state-of-art venue. Come join us for a day of discovery and innovation, as well as the opportunity to network with Canada's K-12 and post-secondary leaders in the learning and technology space. 


Ron Canuel, CEO, Canadian Education Association
Ian Fogarty, Enriched Chemistry/Physics Teacher, Riverview High School, Riverview, New Brunswick
Gary Kern, Director of Instruction; Technology and Innovation, West Vancouver District School Board
Dr. Ron Owston, Dean, York University Faculty of Education
Peter Singh, CTO, Toronto District School Board
Heidi Siwak, Teacher, Hamilton Wentworth District School Board, Past MindShare Learning National Contest Winner
Anthony Vandyke, Principal, George Harvey Collegiate, Toronto District School Board

Moderated by: Bill Hogarth, President, ERDI Canada 


RonReed.jpgRon Reed

SXSWedu Exec Producer 

Ron Reed, Executive Producer of SXSWedu, has been involved with educational publishing and technology since graduating from the University of Texas. In the mid-80's, Ron helped launch Optical Data Corporation, which pioneered the first state-adopted technology alternative to traditional textbooks and was acquired by McGraw Hill. He then joined Publishers Resource Group, an Austin-based curriculum development organization that was purchased by Thomson Learning.

In 2006, he established an independenconsulting firm where he produced several educational sessions for SXSW Interactive. The experience led him to launch SXSWedu in 2011, an international convergence event focused on innovations in learning, for educators, business, industry, legislative and policy leaders. SXSWedu has doubled in attendance each year and a similar trajectory is expected for the 2014 SXSWedu Conference & Festival, March 3-6, in Austin, Texas. Ron also chairs an Educational Technology Task Force for the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, focused on supporting and expanding the area's vibrant ed tech ecosystem, and is a member of the University of Texas Chancellor's Council.

SXSWedu | MSL Report Interview


JeremyFriedberg.jpgJeremy Friedberg

Spongelab Interactive, Partner & Co-


Jeremy is an accomplished scientist, educator, speaker, educational game designer and entrepreneur. He has founded several education technology companies, led the development of numerous education communication tools and designed revolutionary educational games which have garnered international recognition with awards from the National Science Foundation, Journal of Science and the United Nations.

Jeremy holds a Doctorate in molecular genetics and biotechnology from the University of Guelph. He has been involved extensively in both public and private scientific education programs, consults and designs for global interactive educational initiatives and volunteers with high school students, talking about the importance of a strong background in science and alternative science-based careers. Jeremy is an invited speaker on many aspects of science and education, specifically, on promoting the use of data-driven personalized learning technologies, the efficacy of digital learning tools in formal education settings and the gamification of education.

Spongelab | jeremyfriedberg.com@Spongelab | MSL Report Interview



Susanne Lajoie

Canada Research Chair Tier 1,

Educational and Counselling

Psychology(ECP), McGill University

Dr. Susanne Lajoie, of McGill University, is the Director of the newly funded Learning Environments across Disciplines (LEADS) project. With close to $2.5 million over the next eight years from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), LEADS brings together an international group of experts ranging from educators, psychologists and computer scientists to engineers, physicians and an historian to explore how to best use digital technology to enhance learning not only across disciplines but also across age groups, from kindergarten kids to university students.

LEADS | MSL Report Interview




HallDavidson2.jpgHall Davidson

Director of the Discovery Educator

Network,Discovery Education Canada

 Hall Davidson has worked from think tanks in Turkey to classrooms in Tennessee. He has collaborated with thought leaders including teachers, superintendents, and consortiums from across the world. A former bilingual math and language arts teacher, he left the classroom to became part of an Emmy-winning team creating math programs. For thirty years, he was an educational innovator in broadcasting and technology. His talks blend humor, deep insight, and data from both education and industry. A former bilingual math and language arts classroom teacher, he blends the big picture with nuts and bolts, He has worked with transformational industry groups, education ministries, and with thousands of students through guidance of the nation’s oldest student media festival. Across four decades of work with education, he identifies right now as the most transformative and important time for teaching and learning.

Discovery Education Canada | @HallDavidson 


All of the speakers were amazing...I really enjoyed the Summit and look forward to EdTech Summit 2013!"
 -- John Steele, National Business Development Consultant Education, Dell Canada

Who Should Attend? 

Education leaders from K12 and post-secondary institutions; provincial government education officials; education industry solution providers; EdTech start-up firms; technology innovation fund managers; 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