Dear Thought Leader,
We’re thrilled to invite you to join us for the 8th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit! Redefining Schools of the Future is our theme for this year’s summit. As we’re in the middle of a digital revolution, it’s never been a more critical time to engage with education and technology leaders to make sense of how to best design and implement successful strategies for your institution to support students success.
We are honored to announced our keynote presenters; Lord Jim Knight – Former Minsiter of Education, UK Government, Randall Fielding – Founder & Editorial Director, Design Share, Sidneyeve Matrix – Associate Professor and Queen’s University National Scholar
Back by popular demand is our Cross Canada Checkup panel that gives deep insights on the national learning & technology landscape, moderated by Dr. Bill Hogarth.
Registration for the Dragons’ Den Startup Challenge is now open & Nominations for the 2nd annual Canadian EdTech Awards – Celebrating Excellence and Innovation in Canadian Education.
Watch for our bigger and better Makerspace Showcase to explore the latest EdTech innovations. Limited Sponsorship Opportunities are still available. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for all inquiries.
Whether you’re a education leader from post-secondary, K12 or a technology partner, our 8th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit promises to challenge your innovative spirit and design thinking.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly if you have further questions about this year’s Summit! Until next time, keep the learning curve steep!
Robert Martellacci – M.A. EdTech
President, MindShare Learning Technology™
P.S. Ask about our Special group rates available for 10 or more delegates!
“Congratulation on another successful event. Loved the lineup of keynote speakers!“
–Peter Singh, Chief Technology Officer, TDSB
“Thank’s to MindShare Learning for another great Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit!”
–Dr. Ron Owston, Dean, York University Faculty of Education
“Being recognized as a k-12 innovative educator among so many great Canadian teachers is such an a honour! I’m still shocked! I am inspired to continue to keep learning, sharing and teaching! Thank you MindShare Learning.”
— Brian Aspinall, Award Winning Educator, LKDSB, on leave with Fair Chance Learning
“It was an honor to be recognized for our mission and commitment to accessible learning, especially alongside the stellar companies that presented at the summit. We are thrilled to have been able to showcase BoostHQ and excited about the opportunity to continue our growth and make an even stronger impact in the EdTech hub.”
— Sara Rehman, Business Development & Operation Manager, SkyPrep
Karen Grose leads the organization in the development of innovative, evidence-informed content, product and services to improve outcomes and well-being for all ages of learners across the province of Ontario. Karen brings over 27 years of educational experience in the world of teaching and learning to TVO. Her curiosity regarding the power of technology-enabled learning began as a classroom teacher when she saw how technology enabled students to demonstrate their knowledge, anytime and anywhere, through any preferred learning modality.
Jim Knight is Chief Education Adviser at Tes Global. In his previous role at the company he was the Managing Director of Online Learning, where he built an online teacher development platform. He is a member of the House of Lords and a visiting Professor at the London Knowledge Lab of the Institute of Education. As a minister his portfolios included rural affairs, schools, digital and employment.
Randy champions FNI’s mission to transform learning by serving as a thought leader, learning collaborator, and design mentor. His experience extends from early childhood education to the university level and across 47 countries. The common thread throughout his work is the priority of learners, their relationships and needs in school facility design. Learning, not buildings, come first in FNI’s architecture.
Sidneyeve Matrix is an Associate Professor and Queen’s National Scholar. Dr. Matrix teaches Creative Entrepreneurship, Innovation in Practice, and Design Thinking at the graduate, undergraduate, and professional levels for Smith School of Business, Dan School of Drama and Music, and Western University Continuing Education. Dr. Matrix also serves on the Executive for the Dunin Desphande Queen’s Innovation Centre.
Jon Phillips is the Director for Dell Global Education Practice. In this role, he leads the global strategy for Dell’s education services and solutions. Leading Dell’s team of education experts focused on driving innovative technology solutions specifically designed to personalize learning for students and to increase efficiency in schools and universities around the world. He also leads Dell’s strategy around portfolio strategy and M&A strategy, product development and go-to-market strategies across the education business. 20 years combined experience in the Education space.
President ERDI Canada
As Director of Education for 16 years, Bill’s leadership was instrumental in moving the York Region District School Board from a narrow internal focus to a robust, continually evolving and sophisticated organization that advocates not only for York Region students, but for public education as a cornerstone of all healthy communities.
Former Dean of Education – York University
Dr. Ron Owston is a professor of education and former Dean of the Faculty of Education and founding Director of the Institute for Research in Learning Technologies (now IRDL) at York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In June 2007, York University awarded him the honorary title of University Professor for his “extraordinary contribution to the University as a colleague, teacher, and scholar.”
Chief Technology Officer, Toronto District School Board
Peter brings 23+ years of K-12 sector technology know-how to his CTO portfolio. He has been at the forefront of bringing innovative technologies to the Toronto District School Board. He’s a practitioner of emotional intelligence who is spearheading the TDSB “Information Technology Services” team from a digital era to Quantum Age of Information Technology.
Superintendent of Schools, School District 43 Coquitlam
Ms. Patricia Gartland has been Superintendent of Schools for School Distinct No. 43 (Coquitlam) since 2014 and is responsible for overseeing B.C.’s third largest school district with over 32,000 students and 4,000 employees in over 70 schools and facilities.
Cedarbrea Collegiate Institute, Toronto Ontario
The Panel will include Student voice from Cedarbrea Collegiate Institute – Our Classroom of the Future Winner for Central Canada.
President & COO, freshgrade
Mr. Chris Besse serves as President and Chief Operating Officer at FreshGrade Inc. Mr. Besse serves as Vice President of Market Development of Thomson Nelson Learning. Mr. Besse served as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of School Division at Nelson Education Ltd. until September 8, 2015.
CEO, NELSON Education
Karen brings over 27 years of educational experience in the world of teaching and learning to TVO. Her curiosity regarding the power of technology-enabled learning began as a classroom teacher when she saw how technology enabled students to demonstrate their knowledge, anytime and anywhere, through any preferred learning modality.
Congratulation’s to last year`s winner SkyPrep and to both runners up Helping Hands and PeekaPak. We had such a depth of new and exciting talent that choosing last year’s winner was not an easy decision. Thank you to each of our winners and contestants.
We look forward to seeing what new talent this year’s Dragon’s Den Startup Challenge will produce!
This year we are accepting FIVE startup’s to compete – Each EdTech startup company entered in this contest will be given five minutes to pitch their companies platform/approach/achievements during the 8th EdTech Leadership Summit to a panel of judges, made up of esteemed industry leaders and past winners, in a bid to win top prize.
This year’s prize for the Top Startup company is FREE booth space at the startup pavilion at FETC 2017!
We are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Canadian Edtech Awards – Celebrating Excellence in Canadian Innovation & Education.
Voting will take place in the following four categories:
Under the leadership of founder Robert Martellacci MindShare Learning Technology is Canada’s Leading EdTech Strategy, News and Events company. Through our vast national network of education and technology solution providers, MindShare was inspired to launch the Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit to better serve a rapidly growing sector that was fragmented and not clearly understood by stakeholders. Our continuing passion is to provide professional learning opportunities in a focused forum to support and nurture deeper insights for both education and technology stakeholders; to inspire innovative learning environments to support student success and to maintain Canada’s leadership in education on the global stage.
Education Leaders -Senior administrators from K12 and post-secondary institutions including superintendents, CIO’s, IT Directors, Principals and provincial government education officials focused on learning and technology. Passionate & innovative teacher leaders.
EdTech Leaders – Education Technology solution providers focused on the K12 & Post-secondary market segments.
EdTech Start-Ups – Innovators and developers of Educational Startup’s.
Students – All students who are passionate about Learning and Technology from K12 to post-secondary. Special Pricing Available!
… and those who are globally minded and prepared to learn, engage and champion 21st century learning models for success
The EdTech Leadership Summit is your opportunity to hear some of today’s most influential thought leaders speak on education and it’s future. Our speakers come from every walk of the education landscape and provide multiple views, ideas and insight into education in the 21st Century. Don’t miss out on the chance to expand your knowledge with our Keynote presenters!
Share your ideas with other Educators, Industry leaders, and EdTech Start up’s at this years EdTech Leadership Conference. Gain new ideas to bring back to your classroom and find new avenues to incorporate pedagogy and technology into the classroom of the future. Our break out sessions will allow you to collaborate and share in an area of your interest, where you will come away with new and valuable knowledge and insight.
Meet other conference attendees from across Canada and beyond. Connect with leaders and innovators from the U.S, Canada and world wide; gaining new national and international perspectives on the classroom of the future. This is a great opportunity to expand your social network!
7:30AM - 8:30AM
Registration and Check-in will be located at the lower levels of MaRS across from the elevators. Please have your digital or physical copy of your EventBrite Ticket ready!
8:30AM - 8:45AM
Greetings from Conference Co-Chair Dr. Ron Owston, Former Dean, Faculty of Education, York University, Krista Jones, Head of the Work & Learning Cluster, MaRS DD
Conference Robert Martellacci chart the course for the remainder of the day.
8:45AM - 9:30AM
Q&A to follow
9:30AM - 10:30AM
Dr. Bill Hogarth – President ERDI Canada
The Panel Includes:
Dr. Ron Owston – Former Dean of Education, York Univeristy
Peter Singh – CTO Toronto District School Board
Chris Besse – CEO, freshgrade
Patricia Gartland, Superintendent of Schools, School District 43 Coquitlam
Classroom of the Future Central Winner – Cedarbrea Collegiate Institute Teacher & Student Insights
10:30AM - 11:00AM
Exploring the Learning Commons MakerSpace & build your personal learning network by connecting with conference delegates.
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Theme: ‘Design for Personalized Learning in a Global Network’
Q&A to follow
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Enjoy your delicious lunch (Included – one per person) while exploring the Learning Commons Classroom of the Future MakerSpace and catch the 2nd EdTech Leadership Awards!
1:00PM - 1:30PM
5 Start ups. 5 Minute Rapid Fire Pitches.
1:30PM - 1:45PM
1:45PM - 3:45PM
3:45PM - 4:00PM
Explore the Learning Commons/ Maker Space
4:00PM - 4:45PM
4:45PM - 6:30PM
Enjoy a wrap up Networking Reception with drinks & food.
6:30PM - 8:00PM
Connect with some of Canada’s best Education Champions