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  • Kitchener-Waterloo, ON

John Baker Honoured Amongst Waterloo Region 40 Under 40

Press Release

Desire2Learn Founder, President & CEO selected as one of Region's leaders making a difference

Desire2Learn Incorporated (Desire2Learn) a leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, is extremely pleased to congratulate its Founder, President & CEO, John Baker, who has been selected amongst the Waterloo Region’s 40 Under 40 for 2009.

To qualify for the Waterloo Region 40 Under 40, individuals must be under the age of 40 and exemplify leadership, entrepreneurship and community building. Recipients of the first Waterloo Region 40 Under 40 were announced by The Record in a special edition today and celebrated at a luncheon held in the Canada Room at The Record.

“We are shining a light on outstanding young people in the community,” Lynn Haddrall, Editor-in-Chief, The Record said. “From the arts to education and industry, these 40 people represent the many individuals who are making a difference in our region. We celebrate their contributions and honour them as true leaders.”

“John is a great example of the entrepreneurial spirit thriving in our community,” declared Mayor of Kitchener, Carl Zehr. “Kitchener’s growth and evolution are closely tied to the innovative thinking of our citizens.”

“The University of Waterloo is proud of John Baker’s inclusion in the 40 Under 40 and of his work in education innovation,” stated University of Waterloo president David Johnston. “E-learning is a vital sector, and John has positioned Desire2Learn on the ground floor of a revolution.”

“John Baker is one of the brightest shining stars in Waterloo Region,” commented Iain Klugman, President and CEO, Communitech, “evidenced by his passion for technology and innovation, and his commitment to building a vibrant, engaged and progressive workplace. Communitech would like to congratulate John on his significant personal achievements and on receiving this well-deserved, prestigious recognition.”

“John is a perfect selection for the Waterloo Region 40 under 40. He exemplifies all that we hope our alumni will contribute to our region, country and the world,” remarked Jason Coolman, Director of Alumni Affairs, University of Waterloo.

“I am truly delighted to be a recipient of this prestigious award,” said John Baker, President & CEO, Desire2Learn. “Now in our tenth year of business, Desire2Learn continues to be a true passion of mine. As a company, as a team of dedicated professionals, we have a commitment to actively participate in our local and global communities to increase awareness of our company, to attract bright, capable candidates to roles within the company and to give back to our global community.”

About The Waterloo Region Record 40 Under 40

The Waterloo Region Record celebrates the area’s unheralded leaders giving them the recognition they deserve. Forty leaders, all under the age of 40, who are making a difference were selected from all nominees who live, work, study or play in the Region for the special honour roll. A panel drawn from the Waterloo Region Record’s editorial department evaluated and judged all applications. This is the Waterloo Region Record’s first 40 under 40. The Guelph Mercury has a similar 40 under 40 program, to be selected in June 2009. For a full list of honourees, please visit

About Desire2Learn Incorporated

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, values, goals, pedagogical approaches and branding. Desire2Learn and its subsidiaries support more than five million learners worldwide and clients include higher education, K-12, as well as associations, government and other leading organizations. For more information, visit:, call 1.888.772.0325 or 1.519.772.0325.


John McLeod
Director of Marketing
Desire2Learn Incorporated
519.772.0325 ext. 378
[email protected]