Jon Barker, President and CEO Desire 2Learn, an engineer, innovator, and pathfinder who following an unsatisfactory experience in his undergraduate years, decided to do something to challenge the way teaching and learning has been perceived and conducted. Jon studied engineering in theUniversityofWindsorwhere he laid the foundation of what would today become an innovation in learning.

 With a passion for learning and a desire to transform and improve the status quo in teaching and learning, in 1999 he founded Desire2learn Incorporated, an elearning Learning Management System (LMS) with the aim to be a leading provider of innovative eLearning solutions to academic and other leading organizations worldwide.

He continues to lead Desire2Learn to drive the current wave in learning technology, carving a niche through providing user-centered teaching and learning environments.

In 2009, Jon Barker won the Top 40 under 40 award in the waterloo region attesting to the impact and achievement of Desire2Learn under his leadership which also earned him an induction in theWaterloohall of fame. He has also received many other awards including, Entrepreneur of the year 2009 andUniversityofWaterloo Engineering Young Alumni Achievementmedal in 2010.


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