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“The Future of Education and Skills 2030”


Dec 5-6, 2019

Centennial Secondary School, Coquitlam BC


Dear Thought Leader,


I’m thrilled to invite you to participate in Canada’s 10th Canadian EdTech Innovation Summit —“The Future of Education and Skills 2030”

This year, we’re taking our Summit on the road to western Canada in partnership with the Coquitlam SD43 in the Vancouver area to showcase a new state-of-the-art school, Centennial Secondary School.


We’re challenging education & industry leaders along with students to join forces to help solve some of the most wicked problems we face in education across Canada to get beyond pockets of innovation.


As we’re in the midst of finalizing our program, we have a call out for presenters and sponsors to support what promises to be an engaging and thought provoking day that will inspire and challenge you and your colleagues in raising the bar in keeping Canada at the forefront of innovation in education across the world!


Please don’t hesitate to drop me an email robert@mindsharelearning.com or call me at, 416-569-2106 to discuss how we can partner with you to maximize you and your team’s participation in our national EdTech Innovation Summit.

Until next time, keep the digital learning curve steep!



Robert Martellacci – M.A. EdTech

Conference Chair

Founder and President, MindShare Learning Technology™


Delegate & Presenter Testimonials

“Events like this are a terrific opportunity for industry professionals, educators, students and others to share information and discuss the rapidly developing field of technology. I am confident that this event will inspire Ontario students to explore the career paths in the field of technology and innovation while connecting them to professionals who can provide them with insight and knowledge to help them along the way.”

— Mitzie Hunter, Ontario’s Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development.



“A fabulous night with fabulous people. In great company! Thank you,  Jennifer Casa-Todd, MindShare Learning, and Brian Aspinall for a great evening. 

–David Carruthers, Tech Coordinator at Thames Valley DSB

“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

Introducing our 2019 Master of Ceremonies, Speakers, and Presenters!

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Founder and CEO of MindShare Learning

Robert Martellacci

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CEO/Superintendent of Schools, District No. 43 (Coquitlam)

Patricia Gartland


Director for Education and Skills

John Kao


Ph.D. Professor | Director, Human Early Learning Partnership, UBC

Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl



Richard Culatta


Robert Martellacci – Founder and  Conference Co-Chair 

Robert Martellacci (MA EdTech) is president of MindShare Learning Technology, Canada’s leading EdTech strategy, news & events company he founded in 2001. Mr. Martellacci is also president & co-founder of C21 Canada—Canadians for 21st Century Learning & Innovation.

Mr. Martellacci is a lifelong learner who is committed to connecting business and education to transform learning in the 21st century to support student success. He completed a transformational learning journey as a mature student earning a master’s in educational technology from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California which inspired the creation of the MindShare Learning Report—Canada’s Learning & Technology eMagazine.

Mr. Martellacci has over 25 years of expertise and thought leadership in education as a former university administrator at York University; he also launched The Learning Company School Division for Kevin O’Leary which was the catalyst to forming his start-up MindShare Learning following the Mattel acquisition.

One of Martellacci’s signature slogans, “until next time, keep the learning curve steep.”

Conference Co-Chair

Patricia Gartland – CEO/Superintendent of Schools, District No. 43 (Coquitlam) 

Ms. Patricia Gartland has been Superintendent of Schools for School District 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.

Ms. Gartland has also served a leadership role in School District 43 as the Assistant Superintendent – International Education.  Over a decade ago, she instituted what has become one of the most successful revenue generating International Education Programs in B.C. through the implementation of her vision for the internationalization of the school district and its communities – “guiding global citizens, becoming tomorrow’s leaders.”She has earned the accolades of her many colleagues and peers including being presented with the BCCIE Distinguished Leadership Award in 2012.Ms. Gartland is committed to team work and collaboration with district staff and community partners to ensure personal, social and career success for all students within the school district.


John Kao – Innovation Change Agent & Trusted Advisor to Leaders Worldwide, Founder & CEO of EdgeMakers, Past Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Innovation, Bestselling Author, Jamming: The Art and Discipline of Business Creativity and Innovation Nation

John Kao isn’t simply an innovator; he is a leader in creating and delivering high-end leadership programs for both the public and private sectors. The Economist named him “Mr. Creativity,” but John prefers to call himself an “innovation activist.” He went so far as to coin the term “large scale innovation,” to refer to innovation at a societal level. He even became a chairman of the Institute for Large Scale Innovation, whose i20 group is comprised of 30 national “Chief Innovation Officers.”

John is an advisor to many different nations, cities, and companies about innovation strategy and execution. The list is long and ranges from Abu Dhabi to the City of San Francisco, as well as sectors of US government and the European Union’s innovation policy team.

He is a graduate of Yale College (philosophy), Yale Medical School (psychiatry) and Harvard Business School (management). During his time in the faculty of Harvard Business School, 1982-96, he created executive and MBA programs for innovation.


Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl – Ph.D. Professor | Director, Human Early Learning Partnership, UBC 

Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl is an Applied Developmental Psychologist and a Professor in the Human Development, Learning, and Culture area in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She is also the Director of the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), an interdisciplinary research unit focused on child development in the School of Population and Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. She received her MA in Educational Psychology from the University of Chicago, her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Iowa, and completed her postdoctoral work as a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Fellow in the Clinical Research Training Program in Adolescence at the University of Chicago and the Department of Psychiatry at Northwestern University Medical School. Prior to her graduate work, Dr. Schonert-Reichl worked as middle school teacher and then as a teacher at an alternative high school for “at risk” adolescents. Connect with her on Twitter @kimschon


Richard Culatta – CEO ISTE 

Richard Culatta is an innovative educational leader with experience in government, k-12, higher education, and adult learning settings. Areas of expertise include education policy, teacher preparation, educational technology, and innovation. Culatta is known for his thought leadership, coalition building, and public speaking.

Coming Soon!

Last Year’s Cross Canada Check Up Panel


Armand Doucet

Educator, Visionary, Leader, Inspirational Speaker and Co-Author

A passionate, Global Teacher Prize Top 50 Nominee 2017 and award winning Educator, Leader and Business Professional with a unique combination of entrepreneurial, teaching and motivational speaking experience. Proven sales, marketing, and management abilities and over 20 years of community involvement.


Peter Singh

Executive Officer – IT Services TDSB

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.


Doug Currie

VP Government Relations, Nelson

Former Minister of Health, Education Early Learning and Culture with a demonstrated history of working in the government administration industry, former Minister of Education, Early Learning and Culture. Minister Currie was the lead Minister (Chair) of all Education Ministers (CMEC) Ministers of Education Canada and also co-chair of the National Early Childhood Framework with Federal Minister Duclos who is the Minister responsible for Families, Children and Social Development in Canada.

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Dr. Shashi Kant

MScSM Program Director – University of Toronto

Dr.Shashi Kant is Director of Master of Science in Sustainability Management (MScSM) Program. In addition to his administrative duties, he teaches two courses in the program; most fittingly, the first and last core courses; SSM1010Y – Principles of Sustainability Management and SSM1090H – Capstone: The Sustainable Enterprise.

Shashi is also Professor of Forest Resource Economics and Management at the Faculty of Forestry, with emphasis on economics of sustainable forest management.


Kat Phelan

Director of Professional Learning, STEM Learning Lab

Kat is one part teacher, one part traveller, two parts improviser, three parts artist and a big part bird watcher. Too many parts? Kat joined STEM Learning Lab with the belief that hands-on, experiential, and inquiry-based learning is a MUST for all students and STEM, STEAM, and design thinking provides the perfect opportunity for all learners to take the plunge. Her experience as a teacher, with degrees in International Relations and Education, has lead her two most strongly believed convictions: Carol Dweck’s Growth Mindset philosophy is genius and failure is the greatest teacher of all. Whether working on a coding project with students, presenting at workshops, or performing improv—challenges are there to teach us, not defeat us.


Dean Vendramin

2nd Prize Winner, Classroom of the Future Extreme Makeover Challenge

Archbishop M.C. O’Neill C.S.S, Regina C.S.D

Centennial Secondary School
School District No. 43 (Coquitlam)



Taking the GO train to Clarkson, take the Mississauga bus right at Clarkson – bus # 110 North – and it arrives directly to the campus. The time the busses leaving to when GO train arrivals.


Building locator

We will be hosting our event in building # 1833 on this map (Kaneff Centre, Blackwood Gallery and Innovation Complex):


Parking map

Pay & Display in Lots 4, 9 and 9 – all other lots are permit only (staff, faculty, with yearly passes):


Shuttle bus

This schedule will be updated for the fall. Currently it is on a very limited summer schedule that will actually be somewhat similar to the schedule during Reading Week. The logistics remain the same: tickets must be purchased in advance from the ticket machines at the stop (outside Hart House). The machines take cash or credit card, not debit cards. $6.00 each way. Drops off near the library on UTM campus.  The shuttle bus ride length is dependent on traffic. During rush hour, it can take more than an hour. Off times, it can take only 35 minutes:


Enter the 5th Annual EdTech Awards

EdTech Startup Challenge – Dragons’ Den Style 


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Rules & Guidelines here

Dragon’s Den Startup Challenge Challenge Was Highly Contested and the Winner is…….Dr. Vinay Singh, Co-founder & CEO, Orange Neurosciences 

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

This year’s prize for the Top Startup company is FREE booth space at the startup pavilion at FETC 2019!

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 9th EdTech Innovation Summit to a panel of judges, made up of esteemed industry leaders and past winners, in a bid to win top prize.

Congratulations to the 2017

EdTech Awards 

We are pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Canadian Edtech Awards – Celebrating Excellence in Canadian Innovation & Education.

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

Congratulations to last year’s winner:

Dr. Steve Joordens

Professor of Psychology

University of Toronto

Lee Taal

Chatter High Communications Inc.

Mike Hengeveld

STEM Program Co-ordinator

Vancouver School Board

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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 Innovation 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!




Summit Agenda

Day One Dec 5th


Pre-Conference Registration Noon-1:00PM

12:00PM - 1:00PM

Registration and Check-in will be located in the main atrium in Cenntenial Secandary School.

Please have your digital or physical copy of your EventBrite Ticket ready!


Pre-Conference Workshops TBA/ School site visits (Middle, Secondary & IHUB)

1:00PM - 4:00PM


Registration and opening reception

4:00PM - 6:00PM


Fireside chat & musical performance with -John Kao – Innovation Change Agent & Trusted Advisor to Leaders Worldwide, Founder & CEO of EdgeMakers, Past Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Innovation, Bestselling Author, Jamming: The Art and Discipline of Business Creativity and Innovation Nation

6:00PM - 8:00PM


Pre-Conference Registration Noon-1:00PM

12:00PM - 1:00PM

Registration and Check-in will be located in the main atrium in Cenntenial Secandary School.

Please have your digital or physical copy of your EventBrite Ticket ready!

Summit Agenda

Day Two Dec 6th


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

7:30AM - 8:30AM

Registration and Check-in will be located in the main atrium (Rotunda) in the innovation complex.

Please have your digital or physical copy of your EventBrite Ticket ready!


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

7:30AM - 8:30AM

Registration and Check-in will be located in the main atrium (Rotunda) in the innovation complex.

Please have your digital or physical copy of your EventBrite Ticket ready!


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

7:30AM - 8:30AM

Registration and Check-in will be located in the main atrium (Rotunda) in the innovation complex.

Please have your digital or physical copy of your EventBrite Ticket ready!


Welcome and Official Greetings

8:30AM - 8:45AM

Greetings from Dr. Ulli Krull, UTM Vice-President and Principal.

Greetings from Dr. Shashi Kant, Director of the Master of Science in Sustainability (MScSM) Program

Conference Co-Chair Robert Martellacci charting the course for the day.


Opening Keynote -John Kao – Innovation Change Agent & Trusted Advisor to Leaders Worldwide, Founder & CEO of EdgeMakers, Past Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Innovation, Bestselling Author, Jamming: The Art and Discipline of Business Creativity and Innovation Nation

8:45AM - 9:30AM

Q&A to follow


Cross Canada Check up Panel

9:30AM - 10:30AM

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


Robert Martellacci -President, MindShare Learning Technology

The Panel Includes:

Armand Doucet – Educator, Visionary, Leader, Inspiration Speaker, and Co-Author

Peter Singh – CTO Toronto District School Board

Doug Currie, VP of Government Relations, Nelson

Dr. Shashi Kant, Master of Science in Sustainability Management Program Director

Kat Phelan, Director of Professional Learning, STEM Learning Lab

Dean Vendramin – 2nd Prize Winner, Classroom of the Future Extreme Makeover Challenge, Archbishop M.C. O’Neill C.S.S, Regina C.S.D


MindSharing Break

10:30AM - 11:00AM

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


Keynote - Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl – Ph.D. Professor | Director, Human Early Learning Partnership, UBC

11:00AM - 12:00PM

Q&A to follow


Gourmet Lunch: Sponsored by College Board & the 3rd Canadian EdTech Awards

12:00PM - 1:00PM

Lunchtime Sponsor Welcome from Terry Godwaldt. Enjoy your delicious lunch (Included)  while exploring the Learning Commons Classroom of the Future MakerSpace and catch the 3rd EdTech Leadership Awards!


Start Up Challenge 'Dragon's Den' Style

1:00PM - 1:30PM

5 Start ups. 5 Minute Rapid Fire Pitches.


Round Table Breakout Sessions

1:45PM - 3:45PM

  1. Infusing Design thinking in Learning & Maker Spaces to optimize student and teacher engagement and productivity. Hosted by Robert Martellacci, MindShare Learning Founder and CEO, and Barry Brennan, Regional Manager for Education, Eastern Canada.
  2. C21 Canada Roundtable: Shifting Minds for Learning, Partnerships and Innovation in School Systems and Schools
    • C21 Canada and the CEO Academy share the way forward in K to 12 Education by leading inquiry-based innovation to change relationships for transformation and reconciliation.  Leaders share ways to consolidate system coherence to scale and deepen global competencies. Hosted by Karen Yamada, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, C21 Canada; and David Roberts Senior Consultant and Ambassador, C21 Canada.
  3. Forward Thinking EDU Roundtable: Succeeding in the Global Education Market.
    • Explore strategies to grow your EdTech company. Gain insight into strategies and best practices for your EdTech business. Tap into a global network of advisors! Hosted by Michael Campbell, President and Principal Advisor, Forward Thinking EDU
  4. Learning, Learning Environment, and  Human Well-being. Hosted by Dr. Shashi Kant, Master of Science in Sustainability Management Program Director.

  5. A Day in the Life of a School District CIO: Issues, Challenges and Trends. Hosted by Peter Singh, Executive Officer, Toronto District School Board
  6. Latest Strategies and Trends in Blended and Online Learning. Hosted by Dr. Ron Owston, York University, Former Dean of Education.
  7. Today, digital transformation continues to radically change the face of business in Canada. Hosted by Diana Barbosa, ICTC Director, K-12 Education and Standards
    • It is estimated that by 2021, there will a shortage of 216,000 skilled workers in the ICT sector.  Join the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) as they provide an insightful look at the current state of the digital economy and what the future holds in Canada! Learn about the opportunities ICTC can provide for educators and students to prepare Canada for future careers in this changing digital age.
  8. College Board: The State of Computer Science in Schools. Hosted by Terry Godwaldt, Director, AP & College Board Programming, Canada
    • By 2019, there will be almost 250,000 IT jobs unfilled in Canada. Currently, every Canadian province is struggling to find teachers able to teach Computer Science classes. In this session, the College Board will bring leading experts from across Canada to better understand the state of Computer Science in Canadian schools, while sharing a game changing pilot that will increase the number of Computer Science teachers in Canada by 50% in 5 years.
  9. Empower Every Learner:  All Are Welcome

    There is no limit to what people can achieve when technology reflects the diversity of all who use it.  Join us as we explore how all students can thrive when accessibility features are seamlessly built-into the fabric of their digital learning environment. Hosted by Dustin Jez, Professional Learning Specialist, Microsoft Canada.

  10. Canada 2067 – Findings from a national consultation about the future of STEM learning

    Hosted by Dr. Bonnie Schmidt, Found and CEO, Let’s Talk Science

  11. The impact of Artificial Intelligence on Language Learning promises to be extremely disruptive.

    Artificial Intelligence is a hot topic. Many experts are comparing it to the invention of electricity in the 1800s. How is this new discipline already disrupting everything – including our approach to language learning? Its impact is bound to reverberate in interesting and unexpected ways. Hosted by Hosni Zaouali, co-founder and CEO of Voilà Learning and a Course Facilitator at Stanford University.


Networking Break

3:45PM - 4:00PM

Explore the Learning Commons/ Maker Space


Closing Keynote - Richard Culatta – CEO ISTE

4:00PM - 4:45PM


VIP Networking Reception

4:45PM - 6:30PM

Enjoy a wrap up Networking Reception with drinks & food.

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