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Connect. Learn. Lead. 


Thank you to delagtes, presentors, sponors and partners for helping make this year's summit a successs!


Dear Thought Leader,


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“Redefining Schools of the Future,” was the theme of this year’s summit. We challenged delegates, whether you’re an education leader in K12, HED or an industry leader to identify what’s standing in the way of innovation and three things you plan to do to overcome these barriers. Our overarching passion is to inspire and nurture the next generation learning environments as a legacy to our future leaders.


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 #CDNEdTech16!


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 digital learning curve steep!


Robert Martellacci

President, MindShare Learning Technology™

Delegate Testimonials


“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

EdTech Startup Challenge – Dragon’s Den Style

Congratulation’s to this 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 this year’s winner was not an easy decision. Thank you to each of our winners and contestants. You showed Canada’s innovative spirit and engaged the audience with great new ideas. All the best.

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


EdTech Award Winners Announced!


 K-12 Educator of the Year – Brian Aspinall


K-12 Leader of the Year – Chris Kennedy


Post-Secondary Leader of the Year – Alec Couros


EdTech Business Leader of the Year – FreshGrade



Vice President of the Education Technology Network of SIIA

Dr. Karen Billings


Dr. Karen Billings – Vice President, Education Technology Industry Network of SIIA

EdTech is Just part of the Story: Back Then, Now, and in the Future

As Vice President of ETIN, the Education Technology Network of SIIA, Dr.Billings drives strategic direction, programs, and initiatives for the 180 company members focused on providing technology products and services to the K-12 and postsecondary markets. She has 45 years of experience in the industry and in K-12 and postsecondary classrooms. She has authored four books and numerous articles for education journals, and is a frequent speaker at education conferences.

Doug Currie

Minister of Education, Early Learning and Culture MLA for District 11: Charlottetown - Parkdale

Hon. Doug Currie


Hon. Doug Currie – Chair, Council of Ministers of Education Canada (CMEC)

Providing the Latest Provincial and National Perspective on Learning and Innovation Priorities

In January 2015, Mr. Currie was appointed Minister of Education, Early Learning and Culture, P.E.I.

Currie grew up in District 11 Charlottetown –Parkdale where he currently lives with his two daughters. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Prince Edward Island and a Master of Education degree from the University of New Brunswick.


Ontario High school Student.

Maya Burhanpurkar


Maya Burhanpurkar – International Award Winning Science Student

Inspiring Leaders for Tomorrow

Maya is a 16 year old Ontario high school student. She has been a recipient of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 award, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal, Ontario’s Junior Citizen of the Year award, has twice won the Grand Platinum award at Canada’s national science fair for novel discoveries in microbiology and fundamental physics, and has been a finalist at both the Google and Intel International Science Fairs.



Education Leaders – Senior administrators from K12 and post-secondary institutions; provincial government education officials.

Industry Leaders – Education industry solution providers; technology innovation fund managers.

EdTech Start-Up Firms – Innovators and developers of new business opportunities.

Students – Post-secondary students and graduate students who are working in the fields of education and/or technology.

… 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!





Thursday, 03 November, 2016


Check In/ Explore the Learning Commons Makerspace & Continental Breakfast

7:30AM - 8:30AM

Registration and Check in will be located near the front door of the conference. Please have your EventBrite Ticket ready!


Welcome and Official Greetings

8:30AM - 8:45AM

Welcome and official greetings from the Minister of Education – Mitzie Hunter.

Greetings continued from Partners; Dr. Ron Owsten, Former Dean, Faculty of Education, York University and MaRS official, Krista Jones, head of the Work & Learning Cluster.

Chair Robert Martellacci will wrap up by charting the course for the remainder of the day.


Opening Keynote - Dr.Karen Billings

8:45AM - 9:30AM

Global EdTech Expert Shares Latest Research and Trends


Cross Canada Check up Panel

9:30AM - 10:30AM

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


Dr. Bill Hogarth, President ERDI Canada


The Panel Includes:

Maxim Jean-Louis – President – Chief Executive Officer of Contact North

Peter Singh, CTO Toronto District School Board

Angela Gauthier, Director of Education, TCDSB

Sandra Nagy, Director of Learning, Future Design School (FDS)

Krista Jones, Head, Work & Learning Cluster at MaRS

Bonnie Schmidt, President, Let’s Talk Science

Kevin Custer, Founding Principal, Arc Capital Development


Networking Break

10:30AM - 11:00AM

Exploring the Learning Common Maker Space


Keynote - Hon. Minister Doug Currie - Chair / CMEC

11:00AM - 12:00PM

Providing the latest provincial and national perspective on Learning and Innovation priorities


Lunch: Provided by Panera Bread

12:00PM - 1:00PM

Take this time to recharge your batteries, grab a delicious lunch (Included – one per person) and network while exploring the learning commons maker space!


Start Up Challenge 'Dragon's Den' Style

1:00PM - 1:30PM

7 Start ups. 5 Minute Rapid Fire Pitches.


Microsoft Education Spotlight

1:30PM - 1:45PM

Hosted by Brian Aspinall – Teacher, Speakers, Coder, Maker


Round Table Breakout Sessions

1:45PM - 3:45PM

  1. Learning Commons Maker Space – Designing your ideal learning commons maker space environment – Hosted by Steelcase and Frank Coster, Follett
  2. EdTech Start Ups – Developing Growth Strategies for the U.S. Market – Hosted by Kevin Custer & Dr. John LaBrie, Founding Principal, North Eastern University, Toronto.
  3. CIO Round Table –  Trends and opprotunities to get engaged. Gain insight from one of Canada’s largest network of CIO’s – Hosted by Peter Singh
  4. Drilling Deeper – International EdTech Report Findings – Hosted by Dr. Karen Billings
  5. C21 Canada – Shifting Minds 4.0: Shifting Systems – Exploring how to shift School Systems through Learning and Innovation – Karen Yamada, David Roberts & Dr. Guy Tetrault
  6. Online / Blended Learning – Challenges and Opportunities – Dr. Ron Owsten, York University and Maxim Jean-Louis, CEO Contact North
  7. Redesigning Schools of the Future Today – Customizing Learning.
  8. School Transformation – Microsoft Canada – Hosted by Brian Aspinall
  9. Math Education in the Digital Age – TVO Education – Hosted by Sandra Chow and Katina Papulkas
  10. Indigenous Education – Exploring the role of collaboration technology supporting education in remote communities – Hosted by Cooper Dupré & Michael Furdyk, TakingITGlobal

Networking Break

3:45PM - 4:00PM

Explore the Learning Commons/ Maker Space


Closing Keynote - Maya Burhanpurkar - Nation and International Award Winning Science Student

4:00PM - 4:45PM

Inspiring Leaders for Tomorrow 


VIP Networking Reception hosted by Global Affairs Canada Trade Commission Service

4:45PM - 6:30PM

Cross Canada Check Up Panel

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Maxim Jean-Louis

President – Chief Executive Officer of Contact North / Contact Nord

Maxim Jean-Louis is President – Chief Executive Officer of Contact North | Contact Nord, Ontario’s Distance Education and Training Network, headquartered in Thunder Bay, Ontario.


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.


Angela Gauthier

Director of Education, Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB)

Angela Gauthier was appointed as the new Director of Education in August, 2013. A highly respected and experienced educator with an extensive record of achievement, Ms. Gauthier brings a wealth of leadership experience to the position, having served as the TCDSB’s Associate Director of Academic Affairs since 2008.


Sandra Nagy

Director of Learning, Future Design School (FDS)

She has spent the last decade as a senior strategist at Pearson Education – the world’s leading learning company. She received her Master’s in Technology Education from Harvard and has helped digitize classrooms across Canada through her expertise in experience design. Sandra joined Future Design School to build strong academic partnerships and develop efficacious youth programming.


Kevin Custer

Founding Principal, Arc Capital Development

Arc has invested and been responsible for more than $8 million in 25 companies that provide products and technology for educators and people with special needs or autism. He serves on the Board for 4 of the companies and has an active role in 3 others.


Krista Jones

Head of the Work & Learning Cluster at MaRS

For the past four years, Krista has been the driving force behind MaRS’ globally leading Work & Learning Cluster (formally known as the EdTech Cluster). She works with the entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, investors and technologists who are applying innovation and leading-edge technologies to create solutions that are advancing the competitiveness of global workers and workplaces.


Bill Hogarth (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.


Bonnie Schmidt

President & Founder – Let’s Talk Science

Dr. Bonnie Schmidt is the founder and president of Let’s Talk Science, an award-winning, national charitable organization that she started in 1991 while completing a PhD in Physiology. Let’s Talk Science helps children and youth fulfill their potential and prepare for their future careers and citizenship role by supporting their learning through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) engagement.

Conference Advisory Board

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Maxim Jean-Louis

President – Chief Executive Officer of Contact North / Contact Nord


Ron Owsten

Former Dean, Faculty of Education, York University


David Marsi

Senior Manager, Training Initiatives at ScotiaMcLeod


Ron Sedran

Managing Director of Equity Capital Markets at Canaccord Genius


Sandra Chow

Award Winning TDSB Teacher

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