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8th CANADIAN EDTECH 150
LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 150

“Designing Next Generation Schools for Today’s Student”

 

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO MADE THIS YEAR’S

EDTECH SUMMIT OUR BEST EVER!

WE COULDN’T DO IT WITHOUT YOUR PASSION FOR EDUCATION.

THANK YOU FOR ANOTHER AMAZING YEAR!

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Dear Thought Leader,

 

We’re thrilled to have had so many passionate educators at the 8th Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit! Redefining Schools of the Future was our theme for this year’s summit. This year’s engagement between education and technology leaders helped pave the way to best design and implement successful strategies to support students success within your institution. We’re thrilled to have so many passionate Canadian educators!

 

Special thanks to our stellar lineup of keynotes and presenters whose passion and expertise helped make the day a success! Let’s keep the conversation going at #CDNEdTech17!

 

I look forward to ‘mindsharing’ with you! Watch for next year’s Summit date coming soon!

 

Special thanks to our sponsors and valued partners, who helped make this Summit possible!

Until next time, keep the learning curve steep!

 

Best,

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Robert Martellacci – M.A. EdTech

Conference Chair

President, MindShare Learning Technology™

 

Delegate & Presenter Testimonials

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“Congratulation on another successful event. Loved the lineup of keynote speakers!

        –Peter Singh, Chief Technology Officer, TDSB

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“Thank’s to MindShare Learning for another great Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit!”

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

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“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

Special thanks to our MC, Keynotes & Spotlight Speaker!

Karen Grose

Former Minister of Education, UK

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Former Minister of Education, UK

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MASTER of CEREMONIES

Dr. Karen Grose – Vice President, Digital Learning TVO 

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.

OPENING KEYNOTE

Lord Jim Knight – Former Minister of Education, UK Government

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.

FEATURED KEYNOTE

Randall Fielding – World Renowned & Award Winning School Design Architect

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.

CLOSING KEYNOTE

Bridgitte Alomes – Creative Thought Leader Inspiring Classroom Design World Wide  

Bridgitte Alomes, CEO of Natural Pod, is a thought leader dedicated to better environments for play, learning and collaboration using sustainable furniture. In her work with Natural Pod, she has helped create over 5,000 learning environments throughout the world. She’s engaged over 20,000 educators through her workshops and presentations and has been dedicated to creating play-based pedagogy and sharing the importance of the learning environment design. Bridgitte also serves as President on the board of the Green Schools National Network, creating broad-based initiatives and successful strategies aimed at fostering healthy, sustainable K-12 schools across the United States.

SPOTLIGHT SPEAKER

Jeremiah Okal-Frink – DELL Education Strategist

Dr. Jeremiah Okal-Frink is a long-term veteran of the public education system in the United States. He has had the opportunity to support transformation of learning as a teacher, administrator, professional developer, regional director and currently as a Manager of Education Strategy for Dell EMC. Jeremiah has worked with districts and educational organizations worldwide to shift the focus of classrooms from teaching to supporting learning. As someone who strives to bring thoughtful research into actual practice, he supports leaders as they shift cultures, mindsets and structures to refocus on critical aspects of learning design that utilize what we know and have available to us in today’s world. His research and current focus looks at the shift in learning practices enabled by the purposeful design of space and pedagogy utilizing emerging technology.

8th EdTech Leadership Summit150 - Ignite the Night

We had a blast at our first ever Ignite the Night session; we hope you gained as much insight as we did. A very special thank you to everyone who attended, spoke and connected. Together we’re creating conversations that will define education in the midst of a digital revolution.

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Dr. Bill Hogarth - Panel Moderator

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.

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Keith R. Krueger

CEO, CoSN

Keith R. Krueger is CEO of CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking), a nonprofit organization that serves as the voice of K-12 school system technology leaders in North America. CoSN’s mission to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments.

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Dr. Ron Owston

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.”

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Peter Singh

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.

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Patricia Gartland

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.

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Classroom of the Future Central Winners

Cedarbrea Collegiate Institute, Toronto Ontario

The Panel will include Student voice from Cedarbrea Collegiate Institute  – Our Classroom of the Future Winner for Central Canada.

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Chris Besse

CEO, FreshGrade

A seasoned veteran of the educational publishing and software industry, Chris joined FreshGrade in 2015 to lead the team in an aggressive expansion. With 25 years of industry experience and leadership roles, Chris is committed to making a difference for all students.

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CEO, NELSON Education

Steve Brown is an accomplished leader with a proven track record in Canada and Internationally. Over the past seven years he served as the CEO of one of the world’s largest providers of pre-recorded multi- media products, both digital and physical, and related logistics services. This industry has undergone significant transformation due to pronounced changes in technology and customer expectation. He has also joined the Nelson Board of Directors.

Congratulations to the winner of this year's 'Dragons' Den Startup Challenge' Winner!
Our four 'Canadian EdTech Awards' winners will be announced here shortly!

EdTech Startup Challenge – Dragons’ Den Style AWARDWINNERS

Rules & Guidelines here

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.

For more information on entry guidelines and eligibility please go to this link for more information. Please send all applications to bradley@mindsharelearning.com.

This year’s prize for the Top Startup company is FREE booth space at the startup pavilion at FETC 2017!

2nd Annual Canadian EdTech Awards 

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:

  1. K12 Educator of the Year
  2. K12 Administrator of the Year
  3. Post Secondary Professor of the Year
  4. EdTech Partner of the Year

Click here to submit you vote!

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ABOUT CANADIAN EDTECH LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

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

Register TODAY
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LEARN

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!

LEAD

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.

CONNECT

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!

DON’T MISS THIS AMAZING CONFERENCE DOWNTOWN TORONTO

CONFERENCE AGENDA

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Summit Agenda

7:30AM

Check-In/ Explore the Learning Commons Makerspace while you enjoy your Continental Breakfast

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

Welcome and Official Greetings

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

Opening Keynote - Lord Jim Knight, Former Minister of Education, UK Government

8:45AM - 9:30AM

Q&A to follow

9:30AM

Cross Canada Check up Panel

9:30AM - 10:30AM

Gain valuable insights on K-12 and Post Secondary EdTech Trends

Moderator 

Dr. Bill Hogarth – President ERDI Canada

The Panel Includes:

Dr. Ron Owston – Former Dean of Education, York Univeristy

Keith Krueger – CEO, CoSN

Steve Brown – CEO, NELSON Education

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

MindSharing Break

10:30AM - 11:00AM

Exploring the Learning Commons MakerSpace & build your personal learning network by connecting with conference delegates.

11:00AM

Keynote - Randall Fielding, Founder & Editorial Director, DesignShare

11:00AM - 12:00PM

Theme: ‘Design for Personalized Learning in a Global Network’

Q&A to follow

12:00PM

Gourmet Lunch: Provided by Panera Bread & the 2nd Canadian EdTech Awards

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

Start Up Challenge 'Dragon's Den' Style

1:00PM - 1:30PM

5 Start ups. 5 Minute Rapid Fire Pitches.

1:30PM

Spotlight Speaker - Dr. Jeremiah Okal-Frink - Dell Education Strategist

1:30PM - 1:45PM

1:45PM

Round Table Breakout Sessions

1:45PM - 3:45PM

  1. Designing School & Spaces for Classrooms for the Future Today – Hosted by Julia McLean, Steelcase
  2. The Converging Classroom: Integrating STE(A)M, Coding & Robotics – Hosted by Gina Cherkowski, CEO STEM Learning Labs
  3. Advocacy and Influence through the lens of the Spiral Playbook:  CMEC and C21 Canada Summit 150 breaking ground in stakeholder engagement.  Hosted by Karen Yamada, Vice President C21 Canada & David Roberts, Ambassador, C21 Canada
  4. Secrets to a successful Startup – Hosted by Chris Besse, CEO FreshGrade
  5. A Deeper Dive into the Life of a CTO: Challenges and Opportunities – Hosted by Peter Singh, Chief Technology Officer, TDSB 
  6. Evolution of Online Learning: Bridging the Gap between K12 & higherEd – Hosted by Dr. Ron Owston & Maxim Jean-Louis 
  7. Invent the Future – Hosted by Keith Krueger, President CoSN
    • This is the 25th anniversary year of CoSN, the Northen association of school district technology leaders/CTOs. What have been the key shifts that have shaped the use of technology in education? CoSN’s CEO discusses key shifts from Digital Divide to Digital Equity, from Acceptable Use to Responsible Use, from Privacy to Trust. Using the Horizon K-12 annual reports of the last decade, peek into our crystal ball and see what key trends that education leaders need to understand and leverage if we are to personalize learning going forward.
  8. The Future of Student Information Systems – Although Student Information Systems are typically regarded as a foundational element in the operations of school districts, many legacy SISs are based on old functional requirements and are primarily used to gather data for administrative purposes. But what if that could be changed? What if these systems could be used to greater effect on the student learning side? What would you like to see in a student information system? Let’s discuss what a 21st century SIS should include. – Hosted by Frank Coster and Mike Czukar, Follett
  9. Education towards tomorrow Courageous school leadership strategies, practices, and programs that drove student success and transformed a school into a site of excellence. – Hosted by Dr. Heather Lotherington York University  & Cheryl Paige,  Principal TDSB
  10. Join this round-table discussion where veteran marketers with experience in the worldwide education industry will explore ways to promote your business in the US. Learn strategies and best practices on the decision-making process, funding, strategic marketing, Increasing sales, the buying cycle, and enhancing your reputation. – Hosted by Michael Campbell, President and Principal Advisor, Forward Thinking EDU
3:45PM

Networking Break

3:45PM - 4:00PM

Explore the Learning Commons/ Maker Space

4:00PM

Closing Keynote - Bridgitte Alomes – CEO, Natural Pod

4:00PM - 4:45PM

TBA

4:45PM

VIP Networking Reception

4:45PM - 6:30PM

Enjoy a wrap up Networking Reception with drinks & food.

6:30PM

Ignite Session Featuring Brian Aspinall & Jennifer Casa-Todd

6:30PM - 8:00PM

Connect with some of Canada’s best Education Champions

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