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John Baker

President and CEO, D2L

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John Baker

President and CEO, D2L

John Baker founded D2L in 1999, at the age of 22, while a student at the University of Waterloo. He envisioned D2L as a global software company dedicated to changing the way the world learns.

John is a strong believer in community involvement and devotes both his personal and business efforts to supporting young entrepreneurs who are developing and applying technology to improve society worldwide. He was appointed to the Governing Council of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He is also a member (Entrepreneurs’ Circle) of the Business Council of Canada and the Business Higher Education Roundtable, is past chair of the board of Communitech, and is a board member of Canada’s National Ballet School. John has been awarded the Meritorious Service Cross, the EY Entrepreneur of the Year (Ontario for Software and Technology), the Young Alumni Achievement Medal from the University of Waterloo, and the Intrepid Entrepreneur of the Year in the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame.

John graduated from the University of Waterloo with an Honors B.A.Sc. in systems design engineering, with First Class Honors and an option in management sciences.

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Dr. Wendy Suzuki

World-renowned neuroscientist, professor and author

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Dr. Wendy Suzuki

World-renowned neuroscientist, professor and author

Dr. Wendy Suzuki is a world-renowned neuroscientist, a celebrated international authority on neuroplasticity, and a dynamic speaker frequently in-demand for her energetic and motivational keynotes. She was recently named one of the “10 Women Changing the Way We See the World” by Good Housekeeping and regularly serves as a sought-after expert for publications including The Wall Street Journal, Shape, and Health. Dr. Suzuki is best known for her research examining how the brain forms long-term memories, while her more recent work has focused on how aerobic exercise can be used to improve learning, memory, and higher cognitive abilities in humans.

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Barry Dahl

Teaching and Learning Advocate, D2L

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Barry Dahl

Teaching and Learning Advocate, D2L

Barry Dahl is the Teaching & Learning Advocate at D2L.

Prior to D2L, Barry served as the Vice President of Technology and Lake Superior Connect e-Campus at Lake Superior College in Duluth, MN, where he was the senior administrator in charge of online learning. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Instructional Technology Council that concentrates on providing useful services to member schools. He has a total of 27 years of work experience within higher education, and also milked his college student career for as long as he possibly could.

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Allison Sinclair

Customer Advocacy Manager, D2L

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Allison Sinclair

Customer Advocacy Manager, D2L

Allison Sinclair is a Customer Advocacy Manager at D2L.

Allison began her career as an educator in an intermediate classroom, and has her Masters of Teaching with a specialty in Science. A passion for technology brought her out of the classroom, and she has spent the last five years in ed-tech supporting educators with training, building community of D2L champions and sharing stories of success.

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Jack Pinette

Senior Director, Higher Education Product Management

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Jack Pinette

Senior Director, Higher Education Product Management

Jack leads the Higher Education product strategy at D2L, where he gets to work with an amazing set of institutions helping millions of students to meet their educational goals, and a smart, capable and caring group of professionals dedicated to advancing education.

D2L’s company mission is to transform the way the world learns. That plays out via institutions using technology as they roll out new models of accessible and inclusive education – and it also plays out in product improvements that empower students and instructors with every monthly release. Jack has built and led teams responsible for software development, solutions consulting, and product rollout/enablement, which has given him a chance to invent everything from early REST APIs to new UX/workflows to demo scripts and market-messaging frameworks.

He is deeply interested in technology at the scale of human emotion. How does interacting with our product make people happy, and improve their lives? How can technology lead to personal and institutional change, leaving teachers and learners better off than they started?

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Jeannette McNamara

Director, Product Management

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Jeannette McNamara

Director, Product Management

Jeanette leads a team of product managers who are responsible for D2L’s core platform and extensibility. Throughout her 15 years at D2L, Jeanette has gained a broad skill set in services, training, account management, technical sales, and product management. Her hands-on understanding of the full customer journey gives her deep insight into the impact that D2L has on teaching and learning.

Jeannette is passionate about speaking with clients, colleagues, and advisors to keep grounded, maintain her passion, and validate her decisions when it comes to product. Reflecting on her journey, two things motivate her most: new things to learn and old problems to own. She believes that having new things to learn motivates many people, but old problems to solve can often cause anxiety, paralysis, or worse – apathy. She finds that old problems offer opportunities to reveal the true values at the core of a team, a department, or a company. Tackling an old problem and reinvigorating others to come together to rethink a situation is her superpower.

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Kathleen Murphy

Creative Learning Strategist

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Kathleen Murphy

Creative Learning Strategist

Kathleen is a Creative Learning Strategist with over a decade of experience. She has been at D2L for over seven years now and loves working in education because she believes that helping people learn changes lives for the better. Kathleen has a background in Literature, Psychology, Rhetoric and Communication Design.

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Kenneth Chapman

Learning Innovation Advocacy

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Kenneth Chapman

Learning Innovation Advocacy

Part of D2L’s early team, Kenneth is responsible for D2L’s advisory board program, which involves working with top executives, administrators, and educational leaders across the company’s customer base. He is also responsible for analyst and thought leader relations, acting as an advisor to D2L’s senior executives and product leadership group on behalf of the institutions D2L serves. Deeply passionate about the connection between technology and learning, Kenneth strives to identify how the changing edtech landscape can help educators transform learner experience.

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Lindsay Shipman

Team Lead, Solutions Engineer Operations

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Lindsay Shipman

Team Lead, Solutions Engineer Operations

Lindsay Shipman is on the Solutions Engineering Operations team at D2L, where she is focused on strengthening the first-time user experience in Brightspace. Lindsay came to D2L after about a decade working in educational publishing and technology and after several years of teaching part-time using Brightspace at a Canadian college. Lindsay holds a Master of Professional Education degree (Curriculum and Pedagogy).

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Michael Bird

Senior Solutions Engineer, Team Lead

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Michael Bird

Senior Solutions Engineer, Team Lead

Michael is an experienced sales professional with a proven track record of consistently out-performing expectations. Having worked in education technology for 12+ years, Michael is obsessed with finding new ways to create efficiencies, deliver awesome outcomes and create the best possible learning solutions to any learning needs clients may have. He is most passionate about finding the simplest solutions to the most complex problems.

Whether working closely with pre-sales teams, instructors, or directly with clients, Michael excels at identifying needs and building solutions to delight stakeholders. He is a skilled collaborator and sales process innovator to drive higher win rate and enhanced efficiency.

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Stephen Laster

Chief Operating Officer

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Stephen Laster

Chief Operating Officer

Stephen leads technology, engineering and design, product management, and customer engagement at D2L. He is focused on delivering world-class product and customer experiences that enable D2L’s customers to reimagine learning.

Stephen has over 25 years of leadership experience in digital transformation, product development and technology enablement. Before joining D2L, Stephen was the Chief Product Officer of Ellucian, the market-leading student information system provider for global higher education. Prior to Ellucian, Stephen held critical roles including Chief Product Officer for Penn Foster, Chief Digital Officer for McGraw Hill Education, and Chief Information Officer for the Harvard Business School. He also served as a Trustee, member of the faculty, and head of innovation for Babson College. Previously, Stephen founded and ran Intelligent Solutions, LLC, a higher education technology consulting firm. Stephen has been a board member of IMS Global, Microsoft Higher Education Advisory Board, The Online Learning Consortium, and FineTune Learning.

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Surekha Rao

Senior Product Manager

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Surekha Rao

Senior Product Manager

Surekha Rao is a Senior Product Manager, working at D2L for over ten years. She believes in the power of technology to bring social change, supports micro-financing and loves to travel around the world.

Featured Speakers

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Colleen James

Principal Consultant and CEO, Divonify

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Laura Osborne

Faculty Training & Certification Coordinator, Stephen F. Austin State University

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Andrew Bieronski

Technology Enabled Learning and Teaching Consultant, WRDSB

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Barbra Thoeming

Sales Enablement Manager, D2L

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Rosanne Holmes

Learning and Development Manager, D2L

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Brielle Harrison

Sr Solutions Engineer Operations Specialist, D2L

Speakers

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Janice Aanenson

Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence

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Jen Alexander

VHS Learning

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Jeff Allison

Grand Erie District School Board

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Jessica Ament

University of Arizona

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Dayna Armstron

Bongo

John Baker Picture

John Baker

D2L

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T. Adam Baldry

Pima Community College

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Tina Bergman

HPEDSB

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Andrew Bieronski

Waterloo Region District School Board

Michael Bird Picture

Michael Bird

D2L

Maurice Mark Boland Picture

Maurice Mark Boland

Technological University Dublin

Mary Bollash Picture

Mary Bollash

Carrier

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Dr. Jeff Borden

National University

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Andrew Brackett

New York University

Terri Brown Picture

Terri Brown

East Georgia State College

Patrick Brunet Picture

Patrick Brunet

D2L

CARLOS CARRILLO Picture

CARLOS CARRILLO

Pima Community College

Dr. Sambhavi Chandrashekar Picture

Dr. Sambhavi Chandrashekar

D2L Corporation

Kenneth Chapman Picture

Kenneth Chapman

D2L

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Lynn Cooke

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Liz Cote Picture

Liz Cote

Southern New Hampshire University

Delia Couto Picture

Delia Couto

D2L

Chris Cramer Picture

Chris Cramer

CPA Canada

Barry Dahl Picture

Barry Dahl

D2L

Niki Davis Picture

Niki Davis

Southern Illinois University

Lauren Daws Picture

Lauren Daws

CFIA

Craig Debbo Picture

Craig Debbo

D2L

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Brendan Desetti

D2L

Reed Dickson Picture

Reed Dickson

Pima Community College

JP Dunn Picture

JP Dunn

Southern Illinois University

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Joshua Eckenrode

National University

Robert Egan Picture

Robert Egan

New York University

Zala Fashant Picture

Zala Fashant

Minnesota State

Martha Fedorak Picture

Martha Fedorak

D2L

Mark Felix Picture

Mark Felix

University of Arizona

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Sean Fitzgibbons

D2L

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David Fonseca

Pima Community College

Kari Frisch Picture

Kari Frisch

Central Lakes College

Kassia Gandhi Picture

Kassia Gandhi

D2L Corporation

Kim Godwin Picture

Kim Godwin

Middle Tennessee State University

David Gomes Picture

David Gomes

Greater Essex County District School Board

Jackie Guan Picture

Jackie Guan

D2L

Susan Halick Picture

Susan Halick

Michigan State University

Kelly Hall Picture

Kelly Hall

Southern New Hampshire University

Megan Hamilton Giebert Picture

Megan Hamilton Giebert

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Marisha Handzel Picture

Marisha Handzel

New York University

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Wendy Hanwell

Southern New Hampshire University

Rod  Hardman Picture

Rod Hardman

D2L

Christa Hardy Picture

Christa Hardy

D2L

Brielle Harrison Picture

Brielle Harrison

D2L

Carin Headrick Picture

Carin Headrick

D2L Corporation

Michelle Hernandez Picture

Michelle Hernandez

D2L

Rochelle Hill Picture

Rochelle Hill

D2L

Ben Holmes Picture

Ben Holmes

Purdue University

Rosanne Holmes Picture

Rosanne Holmes

D2L

Kristin Hrynczuk Picture

Kristin Hrynczuk

Western Michigan University

Angelia  Huggins Picture

Angelia Huggins

Georgia WebMBA

Sheri Hutchinson Picture

Sheri Hutchinson

Brian Jacobsen Picture

Brian Jacobsen

Bongo

Steve Jaegle Picture

Steve Jaegle

University of Rhode Island

Divya Jagan Picture

Divya Jagan

D2L

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Shireen Jahedkar

Texas A&M AgriLife

Laura Janusek Picture

Laura Janusek

D2L

Jon Johnson Picture

Jon Johnson

Red Rocks Community College

Anita Joshi Picture

Anita Joshi

D2L

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Renée Judd

National Louis University

Mark Knockemus Picture

Mark Knockemus

NortheasternTechnical College

Melissa Koenig Picture

Melissa Koenig

DePaul University

Charles Kroger Picture

Charles Kroger

Minnesota State

Hilda Ladner Picture

Hilda Ladner

Pima Community College

Karen LaPlant Picture

Karen LaPlant

Metropolitan State University

Stephen Laster Picture

Stephen Laster

D2L

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Amy K. Lavender

Georgia WebMBA

Ada Lee Picture

Ada Lee

D2L

Meg Longhi Picture

Meg Longhi

Southern New Hampshire University, Global Campus

Sarah Love Picture

Sarah Love

MGH Institute of Health Professions

Josh Luckens Picture

Josh Luckens

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Crystal Mallner Picture

Crystal Mallner

Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College

Stephanie Markowitz Picture

Stephanie Markowitz

Pellissippi State Community College

David McGeary Picture

David McGeary

D2L, Ltd.

Jeannette McNamara Picture

Jeannette McNamara

D2L

Tanya McPherson Picture

Tanya McPherson

D2L

Cecile Michniewicz Picture

Cecile Michniewicz

D2L

Amy Miele Picture

Amy Miele

VHS Learning

Anneka Moline Picture

Anneka Moline

D2L

Gregory Moore Picture

Gregory Moore

MGH Institute of Health Professions

Micheal Moore Picture

Micheal Moore

D2L

Susan Moore Picture

Susan Moore

Spartanburg Community College

Tarah Moore Picture

Tarah Moore

Texas A&M AgriLife

Alexis Morton Picture

Alexis Morton

Southern New Hampshire University, Global Campus

Ruth Mullen Picture

Ruth Mullen

D2L

Kathleen Murphy Picture

Kathleen Murphy

D2L

Robb Nash Picture

Robb Nash

The Robb Nash Project

Elyssa Naval Picture

Elyssa Naval

University of Arizona

Jacqueline Nelles Picture

Jacqueline Nelles

D2L

Laura Osborne Picture

Laura Osborne

Stephen F. Austin State University

Meredith Painter Picture

Meredith Painter

Vanderbilt University

Tina Parscal Picture

Tina Parscal

CCCS

Tara Perrin Picture

Tara Perrin

Middle Tennessee State University

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Abby Pfeiffer

Western Governors University

Jack Pinette Picture

Jack Pinette

D2L

Josie Quinn Picture

Josie Quinn

DeafBlind Ontario Services

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Valentin R. Mancha

University of Arizona

Alicia Ramberg Picture

Alicia Ramberg

Horry-Georgetown Technical College

Surekha Rao Picture

Surekha Rao

D2L

Julie Reginek Picture

Julie Reginek

Ridgewater College

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Sara Reidy

Southern New Hampshire University

Alex Reis Picture

Alex Reis

D2L Corporation

Derk  Riechers Picture

Derk Riechers

Northeastern Technical College

Tom Roberts Picture

Tom Roberts

Canada School of Public Service | École de la fonction publique du Canada

Jacki Ross Picture

Jacki Ross

D2L

Kelly Ross Picture

Kelly Ross

Southern New Hampshire University

Jeff Salin Picture

Jeff Salin

D2L

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Alison Sberna

Ohio Department of Education

Suzanne Schlangen Picture

Suzanne Schlangen

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

Gideon Sears Picture

Gideon Sears

D2L

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Shereen Seoudi

D2L

Lindsay Shipman Picture

Lindsay Shipman

D2L

Allison Sinclair Picture

Allison Sinclair

D2L

Michel Singh Picture

Michel Singh

Canada School of Public Service | École de la fonction publique du Canada

Leo Smith  Picture

Leo Smith

Purdue University

Alexander  Snyder Picture

Alexander Snyder

HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College

Ron Stafford Picture

Ron Stafford

Northeastern Technical College

Laura Stewart Picture

Laura Stewart

D2L

Dr. Wendy Suzuki Picture

Dr. Wendy Suzuki

New York University

Barbra  Thoeming Picture

Barbra Thoeming

D2L

Sue Tischendorf Picture

Sue Tischendorf

J.C. Turner Picture

J.C. Turner

Saint Paul College

Frank Vazquez Picture

Frank Vazquez

CCCS

Ramanuja Vokkarane Picture

Ramanuja Vokkarane

National Louis University

Carolyn Vos Picture

Carolyn Vos

DePaul University

Kim Vossen Picture

Kim Vossen

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

Jennifer Wagner Picture

Jennifer Wagner

Michigan State University

Megan Walker Picture

Megan Walker

D2L Inc.

Jaymes Walker-Myers Picture

Jaymes Walker-Myers

Southern New Hampshire University

Harold Watkins Picture

Harold Watkins

Western Michigan University

Chris Watson Picture

Chris Watson

D2L Inc.

Heather Watson Picture

Heather Watson

D2L

Lori Wendt Picture

Lori Wendt

Parkland College

Jonathan Werth Picture

Jonathan Werth

MinnState

Stephanie Wickman Picture

Stephanie Wickman

Front Range Community College

Megan Wilcox Picture

Megan Wilcox

MGH Institute of Health Professions

Amy Williams Picture

Amy Williams

Western Governors University

Jennifer Wilson Picture

Jennifer Wilson

PNW BOCES

Lucy Wolski Picture

Lucy Wolski

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Lara Wolters Picture

Lara Wolters

Purdue University (Northwest campus)

Pepe  Wonosikou Picture

Pepe Wonosikou

Saint Paul College

Adam Woodrow Picture

Adam Woodrow

Westmoreland County Community College

Alyssa Young Picture

Alyssa Young

DeafBlind Ontario Services

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