EdInnovation 2013

Welcome to EdInnovation 2013.

Digital networks are reducing global barriers of government, industry, and education. Canada is well positioned to play an increasing role in education due to its highly educated workforce and growing entrepreneurial spirit. In education – workplace, K-12, universities/colleges – opportunities are abundant for innovation.

Our aim is to showcase and share innovative experiences and solutions of the most successful, disruptive and creative educational technology startups, SMEs and entrepreneurs in Canada and worldwide.

Join us as we bring together innovation and creativity to engage with venture capitalists, technology buyers and top notch researchers.

The conference #Edinnovation13 is hosted by Athabasca University in Calgary, Alberta from May 1st to May 3rd. #Edinnovation13 will be the first of many steps to create, stimulate and structure a sustainable ecosystem for innovation in education technology.


Confirmed Speakers:

  • John Baker

    John Baker CEODesire2Learn

    John Baker founded Desire2Learn in 1999 at the age of 22, while still a Systems Design Engineering student at the University of Waterloo. John has built an incredibly passionate and talented team of over 575 employees focused on transforming the way the world learns. With people based in Canada, Australia, Brazil, Singapore, the US, and the UK, the company currently supports over 700 clients, and over 8 million learners in higher education, K12, healthcare, government and the corporate sector including the Fortune 1000. Desire2Learn has won a Deloitte Fast50 award in 2009, 2008, 2007, and 200...

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  • Deborah Quazzo

    Deborah Quazzo Founder and Managing PartnerGSV Advisors

    Deborah is a 25-year investment banker and entrepreneur. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of GSV Advisors, which she started in April 2009. GSV Advisors is a merchant bank providing advisory services to the education and business services sectors, as well as making select investments on an individual basis in private companies including Altius, FiftyOne, Inc., HotChalk, Dreambox Learning, and Alltuition GSV clients have included Collaborative Learning, Praml, Teachscape, rSmart and ePals (TSXV:SLN). Prior to GSV Advisors, Deborah co-founded ThinkEquity Partners in 2001, which grew to a ...

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  • Jose Ferreira

    Jose Ferreira CEOKnewton

    Knewton CEO Jose Ferreira was formerly an executive at Kaplan, Inc., where he designed their first learning systems that generated a unique study plan for each student. He invented Kaplan™ Preview/Classroom/Review course architecture, and, in 1995, led a company-wide re-engineering effort that designed the courses used today. He is the only person whose strategies the Educational Testing Service (ETS) admitted “broke the code” on question types, forcing them to discard hundreds of thousands of test booklets. He also reverse-engineered the security and scoring algorithms on computeriz...

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  • Audrey Watters

    Audrey Watters Writer

    Audrey Watters is a writer who’s worked in the education field for the past 15 years: as a graduate student, college instructor, and program manager for an ed-tech non-profit. Although two chapters into her Comparative Literature dissertation, Audrey decided to abandon academia, and she now happily fulfills the one job recommended by a junior high aptitude test: freelance writer. Her work has appeared in Edutopia, MindShift, Fast Company, Inside Higher Ed, The School Library Journal, O’Reilly Radar, ReadWriteWeb, and The Huffington Post, in addition to her own blog Hack Education.

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  • Dan Pontefract

    Dan Pontefract TELUS

    As Head of Learning & Collaboration at TELUS, Dan is responsible for the overarching learning, collaboration & leadership development strategy for the company. He has driven a philosophical and cultural shift in the way TELUS views and experiences learning called “Learning 2.0”; the shift to a social, informal and formal learning and collaboration model for all 40,000+ team members, bringing TELUS to the forefront of learning leadership. In parallel to these actions, Dan championed the introduction of the TELUS Leadership...

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  • Dean Shareski

    Dean Shareski Community ManagerDiscovery Education Canada

    Dean Shareski is the Community Manager for Discovery Education Canada. He taught grades 1-8 for 14 years and spent 9 as a digital learning consultant for Prairie South School Division in Moose Jaw, SK. In addition he teaches pre-service teachers at the University of Regina. His blog consistently ranks among the top educational blogs. Dean also blogs for Tech Learning and the Huffington Post. In 2010 he won the ISTE Award for Outstanding Leader of the Year. Dean has had the opportunity to speak to a variety of education audiences both nationally and internationally. His passion rem...

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  • Heather Payne

    Heather Payne Founder Ladies Learning Code

    Heather Payne is the founder of Ladies Learning Code, a Toronto-based not-for-profit startup that runs popular workshops for women (and men) who want to learn computer programming and other technical skills in a social and collaborative way. Ladies Learning Code now has chapters in Vancouver, Ottawa and Halifax. In 2012, she founded HackerYou as a way to bring more intensive technology learning experiences to Toronto and beyond. Recently she spent a year working on a project for the Mozilla Foundation: her job was to build a community of people and organizations in Toronto who care...

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  • Robin Winsor

    Robin Winsor President and CEO Cybera

    Robin Winsor is President and CEO of Cybera, a not-for-profit organization that works to spur and support innovation in Alberta. He is focused on leveraging the province’s high-bandwidth and cloud computing infrastructure and expertise to make Alberta the destination of choice for forward-thinking companies.

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  • Nashir Samanani

    Nashir Samanani Serial Technology Entrepreneur

    Nashir Samanani is a serial technology entrepreneur with a proven track record for launching and growing award-winning, market-leading start-ups. Mr. Samanani has founded several technology firms and taken them successfully from inception to exit. His most recent success was selling his latest venture, Elluminate Inc., a leading provider of web collaboration solutions to hundreds of academic institutions, corporations, NGOs, and governmental agencies worldwide to a US publicly traded firm in 2010. With Elluminate, Mr. Samanani served as co-founder and Chief Executive Officer and under his ...

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