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“Reimagining Sustainable Learning Environments”


Thursday, October 11th, 2018

University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus

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Dear Thought Leader,


I’m thrilled to invite you to participate in Canada’s 9th Canadian EdTech Innovation Summit — “Designing Sustainable Learning Environments.”


We’re challenging education & industry leaders along with students to join forces to help solve some of the most pressing challenges 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!


New this year! We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with Institute for Management & Innovation, University of Toronto Mississauga as the host site of this year’s Summit.


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 2018 Master of Ceremonies, Speakers, and Presenters!

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Founder and CEO of MindShare Learning

Robert Martellacci

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MScSM Program Director

Dr. Shashi Kant

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Director for Education and Skills

Andreas Schleicher

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Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools

Thomas C. Murray

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

Patricia Gartland


Teacher, Speaker, Coder, Maker

Brian Aspinall


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

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

Shashi Kant is a professor of forest resource economics and management at the University of Toronto. He is the founding director of the University’s groundbreaking Master of Science in Sustainability Management Program at University of Toronto Mississauga. He has been promoting a unique approach for global sustainability that integrates the concepts of love and sustainability. He has an international reputation as an expert in the intersection of forest management and human rights. In Ontario, he played a key role in modernizing the province’s forest tenure and  stumpage systems. He has also worked extensively with Canada’s First Nations to ensure their values inform forest management. Overseas, he has contributed to the recognition of forest rights in India and worked with numerous forest economists in China. He is leading a global think tank – New Frontiers of Forest Economics. The only Canadian to win the Queen’s Award for Forestry.  On February 27, 2018, Dr. Kant was awarded the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honour.


Andreas Schleicher – Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

As a key member of the OECD Senior Management team, Mr. Schleicher supports the Secretary-General’s strategy to produce analysis and policy advice that advances economic growth and social progress. He promotes the work of the Directorate for Education and Skills on a global stage and fosters co-operation both within and outside the OECD. In addition to policy and country reviews, the work of the Directorate includes the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), and the development and analysis of benchmarks on the performance of education systems (INES).

Before joining the OECD, Mr. Schleicher was Director for Analysis at the International Association for Educational Achievement (IEA). He studied Physics in Germany and received a degree in Mathematics and Statistics in Australia. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the “Theodor Heuss” prize, awarded in the name of the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany for “exemplary democratic engagement”.  He holds an honorary Professorship at the University of Heidelberg.

Andreas shares insights on his just released new book: World Class>>How to Build a 21st-Century School System.


Thomas C. Murray – Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools 

Tom serves as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, appeared on various television and radio shows such as Real Money (TV) and NPR, and has been featured in such publications as Principal Leadership Magazine, EdTech K-12 Magazine, Tech & Learning Magazine, Center for Digital Education, Edweek, EdSurge, Edutopia, eSchoolNews, THE Journal, Smartbrief, GettingSmart, among others. Connect with him on Twitter @thomascmurray.


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.


Brian Aspinall – Teacher, Coder, Developer, Speaker, Best Selling Author: Code Breaker  

Brian Aspinall is a teacher, learner, thinker, author, problem solver and question asker. He speaks professionally on the topics of 21st century education, assessment and evaluation and have given three TEDx talks on education reform. He has had a life-long fascination with innovative people and strives to be one. In high school Brian began writing software for local businesses and was featured in the media as someone to watch. His research in coding and computational thinking inspired colleagues to nominate him for the Prime Minister’s Award For Teaching Excellence.

Learn more about Brian Aspinall at his website www.mraspinall.com/

Cross Canada Check Up Panel


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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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.


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.


Dr. Gina Cherkowski

Founder and CEO of STEM Learning Lab

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.

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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.



2018 Classroom of the Future Winners

Our Lady of Victory, Halton Catholic School Board

The panel wil include student voice from Our Lady of Victory Catholic Elementary School – Our 2018 Classroom of the Future Extreme Makeover Challenge Winner for Central Canada.

Congratulations to the winner of this year's 'Dragons' Den Startup Challenge' Winner!

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


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!


Welcome and Official Greetings

8:30AM - 8:45AM

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

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


Opening Keynote - Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills

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


TBA – Coming Soon

The Panel Includes:

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

Peter Singh – CTO Toronto District School Board

Patricia Gartland, Superintendent of Schools, School District 43 Coquitlam

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

Dr. Gina Cherkowski, Fouder and CEO of STEM Learning Lab

Classroom of the Future Central Winner – Our Lady of Victory, Halton Catholic School Board


MindSharing Break

10:30AM - 11:00AM

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


Keynote - Thomas C. Murray, Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools

11:00AM - 12:00PM

Q&A to follow


Gourmet Lunch: Provided by Panera Bread & the 3rd 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!


Start Up Challenge 'Dragon's Den' Style

1:00PM - 1:30PM

5 Start ups. 5 Minute Rapid Fire Pitches.


Spotlight Speaker - Brian Aspinall

1:30PM - 1:45PM


Round Table Breakout Sessions

1:45PM - 3:45PM

  1. C21 Canada Roundtable: Shifting Minds for Learning 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.
  2. 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
  3. A Day in the Life of a School District CIO: Issues, Challenges and Trends, Peter Singh, Executive Officer, Toronto District School Board

  4. Latest Strategies and Trends in Blended and Online Learning, Dr. Ron Owston, York University, Former Dean of Education.
  5. Today, digital transformation continues to radically change the face of business in Canada. 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.

Networking Break

3:45PM - 4:00PM

Explore the Learning Commons/ Maker Space


Closing Keynote - Ananya Chadha – Founder of Greenence and BCI Developer

4:00PM - 4:45PM


VIP Networking Reception

4:45PM - 6:30PM

Enjoy a wrap up Networking Reception with drinks & food.

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