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  • Kitchener-Waterloo, ON

Desire2Learn Joined by Premier McGuinty to Celebrate Rapid Growth

Press Release

As Kitchener-Waterloo's leading tech space, The Tannery will host the Premier of Ontario for an open house to showcase expansions at both Desire2Learn and Communitech

Desire2Learn Incorporated (“Desire2Learn”), a leading provider of enterprise teaching and learning platforms, today announced that Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, will join the leaders of Desire2Learn and Communitech in the Communitech Hub to unveil recent expansions for each organization.

At this special “open house” event, the Premier will celebrate the expansion of Desire2Learn into the newly renovated second floor of The Tannery, the 15,000 square foot expansion of the Communitech Hub, and the launch of the VeloCity space for the University of Waterloo.

Desire2Learn is experiencing remarkable growth. In the past 12 months they have added over 180 people to their team, growing their number of employees to almost 400 worldwide, and they hope to add more than 200 this year.

“There is nothing more invigorating for us than to see the positive impact that Desire2Learn has on learners around the world,” remarks John Baker, President and CEO, Desire2Learn. “It’s not only a testament to the determination and strength of our creative employees but also an indication of the incredible technology center that Waterloo region has become. We are thrilled to be part of the Premier’s showcase of the region’s innovative expansions.”

Now occupying over 67,000 square feet and three floors of The Tannery building, Desire2Learn assists clients and prospective clients in creating innovative, inspiring, and high-quality education. With Desire2Learn solutions now enhancing the learning of over 8 million users worldwide, this celebration of Desire2Learn’s expansion with the Premier, Communitech and other prominent business leaders underscores the company’s forward-looking growth trajectory.

Communitech is the regional hub for the commercialization of innovative technologies, supporting and building a Southwestern Ontario tech cluster of more than 800 companies that now generates more than $25B in revenue. Communitech supports tech companies at all stages of their growth and development, from startup companies, to rapidly growing SMEs, to large global players.

“Desire2Learn’s continued growth and success is a great contribution to the strength of the Waterloo Region tech sector,” said Iain Klugman, CEO of Communitech. “We congratulate Desire2Learn, Google and the University of Waterloo’s VeloCity incubator for their ongoing expansion and successes being celebrated today, along with the expansion of The Communitech Hub itself.”

About Desire2Learn

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 six 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:, 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).


Press Contacts:

John McLeod
Vice-President, Marketing, Desire2Learn
Twitter: @Desire2Learn