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  • Kitchener-Waterloo, ON and Brasilia, Brazil

Desire2Learn CEO Accompanies the Governor General of Canada on an Official Visit to Brazil

Press Release

John Baker joins Governor General David Johnston to highlight Canadian involvement in education, innovation, trade and commerce

Desire2Learn Incorporated (“Desire2Learn”), a leading provider of enterprise teaching and learning platforms, today announced that John Baker, President and CEO of Desire2Learn, has been selected to accompany His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, on an official visit to the Federative Republic of Brazil to highlight Canadian involvement in education, innovation, trade and commerce.

Photo credit: Sgt Ronald Duchesne, Rideau Hall
Photo credit: Sgt Ronald Duchesne, Rideau Hall
© Her Majesty The Queen in Right of Canada represented by the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General (2011-2012)
Reproduced with the permission of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General.

At the request of the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, the Governor General is travelling on an official visit to Brazil to showcase Canada’s strength in the innovation, science and technology sectors. His Excellency is leading a delegation of university, college and polytechnics leaders who represent the best of Canada’s excellence in education. Baker has been selected to join the Canadian delegation from April 22-28 as a thought and business leader at the intersection of education and technology, to strengthen the higher education relationship at all levels. Baker will also participate in a Canadian business panel discussion in São Paulo, Brazil on Friday, April 27.

While in Brazil, the delegation will share their experiences and knowledge with their counterparts, and further develop Canada’s strong relationship with Latin America by promoting co-operation in various sectors, especially education and economic development.

“Desire2Learn is committed to advancing the quality and access to education around the world, and this visit is an opportunity to strengthen our partnerships with educational leaders in Latin America.” remarks John Baker, President & CEO, Desire2Learn. “LATAM represents a strategic business opportunity for us that begins with investments we are planning in Brazil.”

Brazil represents the sixth largest economy in the world that is poised for huge growth and expansion over a short period of time. According to Baker, “Education is the key to supporting this growth at all levels by equipping those from the rural areas of the Amazon to the wealthy urban center of São Paolo with access to the educational content and tools they need to transform and grow.”

To follow John Baker as he documents his experience, please visit @JohnBakerD2L on Twitter for the latest updates. For more information on the Governor’s General official visit to Brazil, and to view a full listing of the Canadian delegation as well as a detailed itinerary of the trip, please visit www.gg.ca. Members of the public can also follow the official visit at www.gg.ca where speeches, photos and videos of the visit will be posted.

About Desire2Learn Australia Pty Ltd.

Desire2Learn Australia Pty Ltd. is a subsidiary of Desire2Learn Incorporated is a world-leading provider of enterprise eLearning solutions that enable institutions and other organizations to create teaching and learning environments that reflect their vision, goals, and branding. Desire2Learn and its subsidiaries support more than eight million learners worldwide. Clients include higher education, K-12, and healthcare, as well as associations, government and other leading organizations. Founded in 1999, Desire2Learn has personnel in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. For more information, visit: www.Desire2Learn.com, call 1.519.772.0325 or toll-free 1.888.772.0325 (within North America), +44 808.234.4235 (U.K. and Europe), 0.800.452.069 (New Zealand) and 1.800.656.210 (Australia).

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Press Contacts:

Marie-éve Létourneau
Rideau Hall Press Office,
613-998-0287
marie-eve.letourneau@gg.ca
John McLeod
Vice-President, Marketing, Desire2Learn
519.772.0325
PR@Desire2Learn.com
Twitter: @Desire2Learn