Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit Celebrates National Award Winners – Announces the Launch of the Canadian EdTech Alliance –


Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit
Celebrates National Award Winners

– Announces the Launch of the Canadian EdTech Alliance –

TORONTO, November 5, 2020– MindShare Learning Technology, a catalyst in driving innovation in education and nurturing 21st century skills, recently celebrated Canada’s Schools of the Future Challenge national winners, Canadian Storytelling in Minecraft Challenge winner and the Canadian EdTech Award Winners at the Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit.

“One of the highlights of our Annual EdTech Leadership Summit is to Celebrate Excellence in teaching & learning and innovation through our national Schools of the Future Challenge and EdTech Awards. This was an exceptional year given the pandemic where School Systems across the country were forced to pivot virtually overnight demonstrating creativity, resiliency along with ingenuity to sustain learning. We need to recognize these accomplishments and capture the learnings for the future.” says Robert Martellacci, president, MindShare Learning Technology and Co-founder & CEO, C21 Canada.

The School of the Future Challenge gets Canadian publicly funded K12 schools to create and capture innovative teaching and learning with technology practices depicting how they engaged and motivated their students through a short video. MindShare Learning Technology with generous supporting sponsors assembled an array of latest technology and professional learning prizes to support digital learning.

“On behalf of Dell Technologies, congratulations to all the Schools of the Future contest winners! It’s wonderful to see how students are learning, looking forward, and transforming education with digital technology.” Erin Buchholz, Mid-Market Field Marketing Analyst, Dell | North America Marketing.

The following three schools rose above a very competitive field of entries leveraging their creative abilities to use technology to enhance student learning in their classrooms using a wide variety of tech tools.

1st Prize Winner: School: Naahii Ridge Public School – Ridgetown, ON
Teacher: Gregg Martin
Principal: Kari Aubertin
Winning video:
Principal quote:
“Thank you MindShare Learning for recognizing the innovative ways our students are learning and for providing them with a platform to showcase how technology has impacted our classrooms.”

2nd Prize Winner: Redcliffe Middle School – Truro, NS
Teacher: Phil Carter/ Tracy MacKinnon/ Kyle Cormier/Lauchie Mackinnon
Principal: David Hazelton
Principal Quote: “We, as a school community, are extremely proud to be recognized by MindShare Learning Technology in this capacity. Our students and staff work extremely hard to incorporate and learn 21st Century Skills in today’s classroom to help prepare our students for the future. Thank you to MindShare Learning Technology for this honour!”

3rd Prize Winner: Christ the King Catholic Elementary School – Richmond Hill, ON

Teacher: Dana DiLoreto
Principal: Diana Carbone
Principal quote: “On behalf of the Christ the King school community, we would like to thank Mindshare Learning for recognizing our school as a School of the Future. Our school community is dynamic, collaborative, and innovative. During the school closures in March 2020, we exemplified our school motto of “Feel the Spirit, Get Involved, and Make a difference” as we found meaningful ways, through technology, to connect, inspire, and contribute to those in need. We are grateful to Mindshare Learning and contest sponsors for providing us with more tools to continue providing these learning experiences for all of our students.”
“Merci d’avoir choisi l’École Élémentaire Christ the King comme une école de l’avenir ! Nous sommes honorés et reconnaissants d’avoir été choisi et nos étudiants sont enthousiastes à l’idée d’utiliser la technologie pour l’apprentissage significative.” – Mlle. Di Loreto

Since the contest inception 12 years ago, close to $1million in prizes has been allocated to schools and classrooms across Canada. See the Schools of the Future Challenge website:

Special thanks to this year’s sponsors: Dell Technologies, Diversified, Copernicus, Edwin, Logics Academy, Padcaster, Steelcase, Smith System, Code2Learn and C21 Canada.

Canadian Storytelling in Minecraft Education Edition Challenge

“We were delighted to host an opportunity during The current climate that gave students a creative and collaborative avenue to tell their amazing stories from across our country using Minecraft EDU! Thanks to the support and partnership of Minecraft EDU, Microsoft Canada and Mindshare Learning,” says Ramy Ghattas, Co-Founder & CEO, Logics Academy. You can all watch out for the fantastic submissions on the Logics on the Logics Flipgrid site:

The Winners of 2020’s Canadian Storytelling in Minecraft EE Challenge:

First place Winner
Annika Roderick, Hejin Wang, Jonathan Corscadden, George English and Sam Kikuchi – Millidgeville North School, St John NB

Second place Winner
Alexander Coghill – Woodcrest Public School, Thunder Bay ON

Third place Winner
Harman Patel – Williams Parkway Public School, Brampton

Read about the winning entries and see their builds at

5th Canadian EdTech Award Winners 2020

In our 5th year running, we’re pleased to announce Canada’s EdTech Award recipients exemplifying leadership, innovation and passion for their exceptional impact on teaching and learning across Canada and internationally. Stay tuned for exclusive MindShareTV podcasts featuring our esteemed 2020 award winners and the secrets to their success!

Canada’s EdTech Award recipients for 2020:

K12 Educator of the Year: Dr Anju Bajaj, STEM Educator for the Catholic Schools Commission of Winnipeg Manitoba
EdTech Startup of the Year Edsby
Post-Secondary Leader of the Year Dr. Lesley Wilton, OISE
EdTech Partner of the Year Compugen
EdTech Pivot of the Year Jeremy Hedges, InkSmith
Not for Profit of the Year voicEd Radio Canada

MindShare Learning Launches The Canadian EdTech Industry Alliance

Welcome to the inaugural launch of the Canadian EdTech Alliance where education technology leaders can connect, share and grow.

2020 proved to be a pivotal year for EdTech with the onset of COVID-19 and the massive requirement for edtech tools and resources. While many companies thrived the majority have been left challenged to pivot and sustain facing a changing education market where school visits were no longer permitted. Certain high touch technologies not permitted for use, the closure of makerspaces in schools and learning commons/libraries–the heart of a thriving school.

As chief curator, Robert Martellacci, founder of Mindshare Learning technology with over 20 years of EdTech expertise believed there was an essential need to research and define the vast and vibrant edtech community across Canada.

“We were amazed to discover some 400 EdTech Companies in existence and some great success stories that have gone on to thrive on a global scale. Our mission is to shine a spotlight on the Canadian EdTech sector as a whole in order to help all companies thrive, especially during these challenging times,” says Robert Martellacci, Founder, MindShare Learning Technology & Founder & Chief Catalyst of the Canadian EdTech Alliance.

To Learn More:

About MindShare Learning

MindShare Learning Technology is Canada’s leading EdTech industry consulting, news and events company. MindShare counsels education and industry leaders in understanding the emerging needs of learners to succeed in the 21st Century global knowledge-based digital economy to support student success. MindShare Learning is also a proud publisher of Canada’s Leading Technology & Learning eMagazine–The MindShare Learning Report.


Robert Martellacci, President & Founder
MindShare Learning Technology
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