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D2L Fusion 2021
Speakers

The Fusion program is packed with session led by D2L experts, partners, and of course our fabulous customers – imagineers shaping the future of learning today!

Keynote Speakers

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Keynote Presenter

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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Fireside Chat Guest

Jose Miguel Valdes Rodriguez

SIDES Student

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Jose Miguel Valdes Rodriguez

SIDES Student

Jose is a 12-year-old with a Cuban background who was born in Vancouver, B.C. He showed an interest in science at a very early age. His particular way of learning has allowed him to advance very quickly through the academic grades, and he is planning to graduate from high school next June (2022). Jose’s interest in science has opened many doors for him. He has participated in the Vancouver Island Science fair with two different study projects which won multiple awards. Jose has been invited by the Physics and Astronomy department of the University of Victoria to give talks at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory and at the University of Victoria Observatory. He has also created a YouTube channel and has posted almost 80 science videos on a variety of topics including astronomy, chemistry, biology, physics, and more. Jose’s love for science and his academic achievements have been recognized by local news outlets such as CTV News Vancouver Island, the University of Victoria’s newspaper The Martlet, and the Times-Colonist, among others, in which they have portrayed him as “A Brilliant Boy” and “Victoria’s Very Own Child Prodigy”. ​

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Fireside Chat Guest

Karen Flello

Principal of South Island Distance Education School (SIDES)

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Karen Flello

Principal of South Island Distance Education School (SIDES)

Karen Flello is the principal of the South Island Distance Education School (SIDES) located in Saanich, British Columbia. SIDES serves students K – 12 school-aged and adult students who are interested in enhancing or completing their education. Karen started teaching in Victoria in 1990, and she has been an online educator and administrator at SIDES for more than 15 years. Karen loves to find creative ways to support students, and she is always delighted and moved by the stories of equity, opportunity, and success that the SIDES students share.

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Fireside Chat Guest

Cynthia Rodriguez Gonzalez

SIDES Parent

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Cynthia Rodriguez Gonzalez

SIDES Parent

Cynthia emigrated to Canada from Cuba 19 years ago. After working as a professional musician for many years, she made a change to her career, studying Computer Systems Technology at Camosun College. After graduating, she started working at Royal Roads University as a Systems Analyst. She is currently one of the two developers on the Planning and Delivery team which is in charged with developing and maintaining the University’s applications system.

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Solutions Spotlight

Kenneth Chapman

VP of Learning Innovation Advocacy, D2L

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Kenneth Chapman

VP of Learning Innovation Advocacy, D2L

Kenneth Chapman 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 student outcomes. He joined the original D2L team back in 2003, and has since played a major role in shaping customer support, product management, product design, and market strategy.

Kenneth graduated with distinction from the University of Guelph, holding an Honours Co-op Bachelors in Mathematics & Statistics and Computer Science. He has also subsequently achieved certifications in both product management and project management disciplines.

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Closing Keynote Presenter

Aprille Joy Ericsson

Rocket Scientist, Technologist & STEM Educator

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Aprille Joy Ericsson

Rocket Scientist, Technologist & STEM Educator

Aprille Joy Ericsson’s career is distinguished by “firsts”, she considers her most prestigious the honor of being the first person of color to receive The Washington Award from the Western Society of Engineers. She is the first African-American female to receive a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University (HU) and the first African-American female to receive a Ph.D. in Engineering at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), where she currently serves as New Business lead for the Instrument Systems and Technology Division.

During her 25+ year tenure with NASA, Dr. Ericsson has worked as Aerospace Engineer, Technologist, Project and Program Manager and Executive. She has taught at both Howard University, University of Maryland, and Bowie State University. Dr. Ericsson has been named one of the top 50 minority women working in science and engineering fields by the National Technical Association and she was ranked 8 of 20 on the 2016 list of the Most Powerful Women Engineers by Business Insider.

Ericsson was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. Raised in the projects of Bedford-Stuyvesant, she began her education being bussed to an elementary school in Brooklyn. She continued to excel academically and was accepted into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Minority introduction To Engineering, Entrepreneurship and Science program. During her time at MIT, she was involved in several Aerospace research projects and lead the research for Manned Mars Mission crew systems for interplanetary vehicles for her senior project.

She earned her masters and doctoral degree at Howard University (HU), Washington, D.C., where her research focused on developing practical design procedures for future orbiting space structures, like the Space Station. As an attitude control systems specialist, Ericsson developed and used programs for dynamic modeling simulation, which are invaluable in predetermining the dynamics and structural reactions of spacecraft. Ericsson’s work as an aerospace engineer has presented many opportunities to fulfill her dream of advancing space flight.

She speaks to young people across the country – especially minorities and women – to encourage them to follow in her footsteps. She mentors students every year and 20 years ago she created an email pipeline for groups underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

Dr. Ericsson’s many honors and awards include: an Honorary Doctor of Science from Medgar Evers College; The Tau Beta Pi Alumni of Distinction; The Washington Award; The Women’s Network “Top 18 Women Who Will Change the World”; National Technical Association’s “Top 50 Minority Women in Science and Engineering”; the Women in Science and Engineering Award for Engineering Achievement; the Black Engineers Award Conference Special Recognition Award; and several NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Honor Awards.

Dr. Ericsson has always pursued ambitious undertakings and has never shied away from aiming high. In fact, she lives by these words of Norman Vincent Peale: “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.

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Host

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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Niki Davis

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