C21 Canada and its members provide a collaborative vision and advocacy support for Canadian education organizations to deepen the development of 21st Century skills (creative problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, personal development, global citizenship and digital competency) and accelerate innovative learning practices.
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.
Giancarlo is the Education Strategist for SMART Technologies. With 17 years of experience working in K-University environments, he currently leads SMART’s engagement with the global community of thought leaders on education technology and supports product and marketing teams to understand emerging trends in education policy and practice.
Dr. Gina Cherkowski
Dr. Cherkowski is the Founder and CEO of STEM Learning Lab, a leader in STEM Education Curriculum and STEM Teacher Training. Dr. Cherkowski is a sessional instructor at the University of Calgary in STEM Education for pre-service secondary teachers equipping them with the skills, tools and mindsets they need to inspire and educate the problems solvers, creative thinkers, and innovators of tomorrow. Gina’s specialty is educating teachers how to use robotics and innovative technologies in the classroom to create rich, meaningful learning experiences for youth.
Dr. Cherkowski co-created and teaches a graduate level course called “Creativity Across the Disciplines” where she works with practicing educators and leaders in developing their creative capacity to design and implement innovative ways to teach STEM and Enterprise in the 21st Century.
Michael Furdyk is the Co-founder of TakingITGlobal, which provides innovative global education programs that empower youth to understand and act on the world’s greatest challenges. TIG was awarded the 2013 Intercultural Innovation Award by BMW and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. Michael has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, presented at TED, and was named one of Teen People’s “Twenty Teens that will Change the World.” Over the last decade, he has keynoted over 100 events across sectors, sharing his social media expertise and insights on youth engagement and educational reform to audiences in over 30 countries.
Krista is the senior advisor & lead of the Work & Learning cluster at MaRS. She has been a passionate innovator and builder of technology-based businesses since 1988. As an engineer, entrepreneur, mentor, she is known for her comprehensive knowledge of existing and emerging ICE technologies and architectures. To date, Krista has personally advised over 350 startups and worked with 1,300 ventures in the ICE industries. Krista and her husband owned a children’s technology educational franchise that fostered early innovation and creativity in robotics, animation, digital art and video game design.
Terry has more than two decades of experience in the Canadian IT sector. His career began in business development and sales with IBM as the organization was making the shift to a channel focus and e-business solutions were on the rise.
Since joining Compugen as a Corporate Account Manager 16 years ago, Terry held multiple roles in the sales organization before becoming VP of Sales Canada West and United States in late 2014. In his role as VP, Terry has played critical roles both in Compugen’s initial and ongoing expansion into the U.S., as well as in the company’s significant acquisition of Metafore.
Jessica Mosher is the Senior Vice President and Managing Director for the School, Higher Education and Trade divisions at Nelson. She has extensive experience in the educational publishing world, having started her career at Nelson over 20 years ago. She spent 16 years at Pearson, designing and executing growth strategies for divisions in both Canada and the US, before rejoining Nelson in the fall of 2016. In addition to prior board work with the Canadian Publishing Council and Access Copyright, Jessica is a founding board member of ForGirlSake, a non-profit organization focused on improving the lives of girls through education.
Ron Owston is Dean of the Faculty of Education and former 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.”
Since joining Microsoft Canada in 2004, Marc Seaman has held the position of national director of corporate and public affairs, including responsibility for leading and managing corporate communications and citizenship across Canada. Seaman was recognized as Manager of the Year for Microsoft Canada in 2007 and was awarded the J. Elder Award as Microsoft’s Leader of the Year in 2009. His professional achievements have earned him the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Award of Excellence for Marketing, as well as the Capitale Excel Award for Communications. He was a recipient of Ottawa’s 40 under 40 by the Ottawa Business Journal in 2007.
Dr. Bonnie Schmidt
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. During its 20+ year history, well over 4 million youth and educators have been reached and an estimated 26,000 volunteers have been engaged with Let’s Talk Science. Supporting education transformation and developing creative, critical thinkers the organization has a bold plan to impact 5 million more youth by 2020.
Dr. Guy G. Tétrault
Dr. Guy G. Tétrault started his career in education in 1976. He received his B.Ed. from the University of Calgary, his M.Ed. from the U of Saskatchewan and his Ed.D. from the U of Toronto. He taught French as a Second Language and French Immersion, was the principal of 5 different schools in Alberta and Saskatchewan, was an Educational Consultant for Alberta Education for 7 years, was the Deputy Superintendent for Red Deer Catholic Schools, the Superintendent of Schools (CEO) for Medicine Hat Catholic and is now the Director of Education (CEO) for our Sun West School Division No. 207.
Lee Taal is the Founder of ChatterHigh, a web application used in high schools that gamifies exploration of post-seconadary, career and labour market information, plus health and financial literacy resources. It is a free activity used by career educators across North America.
All of Lee’s work today is around building accessibility to the information today’s teen needs to explore. Considered a ‘philanthropreneur’ in his approach to helping schools, ChatterHigh raises funds for schools and WE Villages by having students actively explore their opportunities. Lee is a TEDx alumni, keynote speaker and workshop provider at numerous K-12 and PSE conferences and has presented to over 30,000 students in career classrooms across Canada
Robert Martellacci, MA EdTech, President, MindShare Learning Technology & President and Co-Founder, C21 Canada.
He has over 25 years of expertise in the learning & technology space as an administrator at York University & Country Manager, TLC Canada School Division. His board appointments include: Past Chair, Canadian eLearning Enterprise Alliance and board member York U IRLT. Robert was also appointed to the ICTC CTIC Task Force on Driving Change Education and Skills DigitalTalent2020 in 2016. Under his leadership MindShare learning, with the support of C21 Canada, was also awarded the Chair’s Global Partnership Award for outstanding work nationally and internationally for taking a leadership role in connecting industry and education.
Karen Yamada is Vice-President & CFO of C21 Canada.
She has enjoyed a 37-year career in leadership and collaboration with an ongoing focus on learning innovations in technology and assessment. Karen has been privileged to serve leader roles of influence in classrooms, schools, professional networks, district, government and post-secondary organizations, with continued service nationally and internationally.
David Roberts, C21 Canada Past President and Ambassador