MaRS Best Practices - Building an Enduring Company
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EST)
How do you build a successful and enduring company with little capital and plenty of passion? John Baker will walk through the success story that is Desire2Learn. From humble beginnings to global leader in cloud based learning solutions, John will share examples, practical tools and tips on how to build a successful, independent and enduring company.
John Baker, Founder, President & CEO
John Baker founded Desire2Learn in 1999 at the age of 22, while still a student at UWaterloo. With passion, dedication and an exceptionally strong team behind him he has grown Desire2Learn to over 600 employees and more than 8 million users worldwide, all completely through self-funding. John is a strong believer in community involvement devoting both personal and business efforts to local entrepreneurship and development and applying technology to improve society worldwide.
Desire2Learn has been recognized for four consecutive years as one of Canada's fastest growing technology companies in the prestigious Deloitte Technology Fast 50; was the first academically focused learning management system (LMS) to implement the SCORM content standard; released the first Learning Repository in the industry; has received unanimous endorsement from MiCTA and the ATAlliance organizations twice for Desire2Learn Learning Environment and Learning Repository and received the USDLA 21st Century Best Practice Distance Learning Award in 2009.
John has been honored with the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, the KPMG Excellence in Technology Award and the Waterloo Region Record 40 Under 40.
Through Desire2Learn, John is committed to collaborating with clients to improve human potential globally by providing the most innovative technology for teaching and learning to make eLearning accessible to all.
When & Where
MaRS Discovery District, Social Innovation Generation & Ashoka Canada present
MaRS (www.marsdd.com) is a large scale, mission driven innovation centre located in Toronto and networked across Ontario, focused on building Canada’s next generation of technology companies.
MaRS works closely with entrepreneurs to grow and scale their ventures into global market leaders in life sciences and health care, information, communications and entertainment technologies, cleantech, advanced materials and engineering, as well as innovative social purpose businesses.
Social Innovation Generation (SiG) (www.sigeneration.ca) is a collaborative partnership founded by The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, the University of Waterloo, the MaRS Discovery District, and the PLAN Institute. Our ultimate goal is to support whole system change through changing the broader economic, cultural and policy context in Canada to allow social innovations to flourish.
Ashoka (canada.ashoka.org) is the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs – individuals with system-changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. Ashoka is redefining the global citizen sector by creating a system of collaborative entrepreneurship. Connecting the work of individual social entrepreneurs to business, academic and public sector partners, they create a network effect driving the sector forward and developing new solutions to global problems.