Executive Team

Doug Willms

President
 

Doug Willms

Position: President

Dr. J. Douglas Willms is the founder of The Learning Bar. He is the President of the International Academy of Education, a Member of the US National Academy of Education, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He recently held the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Literacy and Human Development for 14 years.

Dr. Willms has published over 200 research articles and monographs pertaining to youth literacy, children’s health, the accountability of schooling systems, and the assessment of national reforms. He developed the Educational Prosperity framework over the course of his career, which is used by jurisdictions in their capacity-building efforts and the development of educational policy. The model has been adopted by the OECD for PISA for Development, an initiative aimed at building capacity for low- and middle-income countries to monitor progress towards nationally-set targets for improvement. Dr. Willms and his colleagues have developed the questionnaires and the analysis plan for this international study.

Nicki manages the marketing team at The Learning Bar. She...

Nicki Brett

Chief Marketing Officer
 

Nicki Brett

Position: Chief Marketing Officer

Nicki manages the marketing team at The Learning Bar. She brings over 20 years international experience in the management and implementation of marketing and communication plans and strategic analysis. She is responsible for ensuring the vision and messaging of the company is represented clearly in our internal and external communications at the highest standards.

Fred is the Chief Technology Officer of The Learning Bar....

Fred Yeomans

Chief Technology Officer
 

Fred Yeomans

Position: Chief Technology Officer

Fred is the Chief Technology Officer of The Learning Bar. Bringing over thirty years of technology experience, ranging from satellite operations, military and aerospace, as well as both enterprise and internet software, on projects ranging from small to multi-billion-dollar, Fred applies a broad knowledge of software architecture, technology, and development processes to lead TLB’s technology team, and to drive a technology vision which solves real problems, and brings real value.

Ethan Young-Lai

Chief Product Officer
 

Ethan Young-Lai

Position: Chief Product Officer

Danielle leads a responsive research group, and is well experienced in...

Dr. Danielle Durepos

Chief Research Officer
 

Dr. Danielle Durepos

Position: Chief Research Officer

Danielle leads a responsive research group, and is well experienced in providing a strong supporting role in provincial and state-level initiatives. Danielle and her research group are equipped to assist the ASM team, often behind the scenes. Danielle frequently prepares responses to questions about the survey measures, underlying statistical methods, or other research techniques that periodically arise from various stakeholders. She provides information about any aspect of the data or findings, conducting statistical analyses, preparing reports based on the findings for meetings, or generally assisting where needed when questions arise.

Colette Wasson is the Chief Executive Officer of The Learning...

Colette Wasson

Chief Executive Officer
 

Colette Wasson

Position: Chief Executive Officer

Colette Wasson is the Chief Executive Officer of The Learning Bar, a senior executive responsible for the strategic success of the company, the execution of the strategy and the achievement of the vision “Giving all children the opportunity to thrive”.

Colette brings over 20 years of business and management experience working with large private and public sector organizations on strategic business and information technology initiatives. Colette has a solid reputation for delivering results.

With a degree in Computer Science, Colette’s early career focused on large software development and implementation projects. Colette attained an MBA to complement her computer science degree and for the past 20 years, has been leading strategic business initiatives with small and large organizations.

Colette has a passion for the well-being and success of all children; she understands the importance of evidence-based policy and planning in education to ensure that children reach their full potential.

Beth Fairbairn is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of...

Beth Fairbairn

Chief Operating Officer and Vice President
 

Beth Fairbairn

Position: Chief Operating Officer and Vice President

Beth Fairbairn is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of TLB, a senior executive responsible for handling the day to day operations of the company. Ms. Fairbairn has worked with Dr. Willms as his Research Program Manager at the Canadian Research Institute for Social Policy at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) for many years managing grant-funded and contracted research programs; and also as Vice President of KSI Research International. Ms. Fairbairn has led successful implementations of the Early Years Evaluation tools nationally in Canada, and internationally in China, Australia, Uruguay, and Dominican Republic. Ms. Fairbairn has an Arts degree (English -’93), a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA -’97) degree, and a Masters Certificate in Project Management (2009).

Allison is General Manager (Operations and Projects) and is responsible...

Allison Blanco

Managing Director
 

Allison Blanco

Position: Managing Director

Allison is General Manager (Operations and Projects) and is responsible for handling the day to day operations of the Australian business as well as project management of implementations. Allison has extensive experience in operations management, project management, risk & compliance, finance, intellectual property, privacy and general law, adult learning and development. Prior to joining The Learning Bar, Allison led operations for the Mars Legal function globally, and was Director of the Mars University Legal College focusing on team engagement, adult learning, and line manager excellence. Allison has a passion for developing talent at any stage in life and believes schools play a key role in providing the foundation to enable children and young people to thrive.

Management Team

Simon Ketcheson

Client Success Director
 

Simon Ketcheson

Position: Client Success Director

Product

Region

Language

OurSCHOOL|TTFM

Canada

English, French

Myriam completed a Bachelor of Arts in Management (HR), Sociology...

Myriam Lopez

Implementation and Engagement Manager
 

Myriam Lopez

Position: Implementation and Engagement Manager

Myriam completed a Bachelor of Arts in Management (HR), Sociology and French at the University of Sydney. Myriam worked in Human Resources, specialising in the implementation of Learning and Development projects before completing a Masters in Teaching, secondary Business Studies and Commerce. Myriam has had a variety of teaching experiences in NSW public schools. Myriam speaks English, French and Spanish, and has experience in customer service and client relationship management. As a passionate advocate for equity and equality in education, Myriam believes in the transformative role that education can play in childrens’ lives.

Katie is the Confident Learners Project Director, working with the...

Katie Young Morris

Product Director, Confident Learners
 

Katie Young Morris

Position: Product Director, Confident Learners

Katie is the Confident Learners Project Director, working with the project team to deliver an exceptional program that bolsters the success of children making the critical transition from learning to read, to reading to learn. With over a decade of experience applying research insights to public and private products and services, Katie brings a level head and holistic approach to program delivery. Katie holds a BPhil in Interdisciplinary Leadership (’04), an MPhil in Policy Studies (’06), and a Masters Certificate in Project Management (‘08) from the University of New Brunswick.

Claire leads the Product Delivery team for the Early Years...

Claire Watton

Product Manager
 

Claire Watton

Position: Product Manager

Claire leads the Product Delivery team for the Early Years Evaluation (EYE). This team supports EYE clients both during and following their EYE implementations: from setting up their sessions in the EYE online data entry system, to producing all client deliverables once their evaluations are complete. This team also works closely with the EYE Account Success Management team and the EYE Application Development team to drive improvements to EYE user experience based on client feedback and ongoing educational research. Claire brings both an education and a research background to the EYE team, having completed a B.A. (Contemporary Studies) and a B.Ed. (Junior/Intermediate Math and Social Sciences) in 2012, and an M.A. (Sociology) in 2014.

Charles oversees the organizational and completion of OurSCHOOL product delivery...

Charles Richard

Development Director
 

Charles Richard

Position: Development Director

Charles oversees the organizational and completion of OurSCHOOL product delivery tasks. Charles also is responsible for the reliability and performance of The Learning Bar network and applications. With more than 15 years experience in IT with responsibilities that varied from programming roles to production system support roles, Charles has a very strong knowledge of the development and product delivery cycles.

Client Success

Stephanie Guignion

Senior Client Success Representative
 

Stephanie Guignion

Position: Senior Client Success Representative
Product
Region
Language
EYE
Canada
English, French

Mohammed Hassan

Account Success Manager
 

Mohammed Hassan

Position: Account Success Manager

Melissa Morgan

Account Success Manager
 

Melissa Morgan

Position: Account Success Manager

Lorna Cameron

Strategic Engagement Trainer
 

Lorna Cameron

Position: Strategic Engagement Trainer

Janette Desharnais

Account Success Manager
 

Janette Desharnais

Position: Account Success Manager

Cheryl Bowie

Professional Learning Coordinator
 

Cheryl Bowie

Position: Professional Learning Coordinator

Carlos Rodriguez

Account Success Manager
 

Carlos Rodriguez

Position: Account Success Manager

Research

Stephanie Richardson

Senior Research Assistant
 

Stephanie Richardson

Position: Senior Research Assistant

Meghan Hadley

Translation Coordinator
 

Meghan Hadley

Position: Translation Coordinator

Joel Henderson

Research Assistant
 

Joel Henderson

Position: Research Assistant

Jennifer Morgen

Research Assistant
 

Jennifer Morgen

Position: Research Assistant

Alma López Garcia

Research Associate
 

Alma López Garcia

Position: Research Associate
Product
Region
Language
OurSCHOOL|TTFM, EYE
Mexico, Uruguay
English, Spanish

Sales and Marketing

Yessica Enriquez

Mapping and Product Delivery Specialist
 

Yessica Enriquez

Position: Mapping and Product Delivery Specialist

Travis Bonnell

Market Analyst
 

Travis Bonnell

Position: Market Analyst

Micah Carey

Business Development Specialist
 

Micah Carey

Position: Business Development Specialist

Melissa Foote

Graphic Designer
 

Melissa Foote

Position: Graphic Designer

Clayton Crane

Multimedia Developer
 

Clayton Crane

Position: Multimedia Developer

Christine completed her dual honours degree in Psychology and Criminology...

Christine Hole

Business Development Director
 

Christine Hole

Position: Business Development Director

Christine completed her dual honours degree in Psychology and Criminology at Saint Mary’s University, and holds a Master’s Degree in Social Personality Psychology from the University of Manitoba. Prior to attending graduate school, Christine taught elementary school children in South Korea, ages 4 – 13, for two years, focusing on English as an additional language. This amazing experience served to strengthen her respect and admiration for teachers and solidified her passion for improving the life chances for all children. Christine has also been fortunate enough to work with children with special needs, in addition to a number of SLP’s, OT’s, PT’s and SP’s, while working with the Halifax Regional School Board and the Calgary Board of Education.

Product Delivery

Melissa Gamarra

Product Delivery Specialist
 

Melissa Gamarra

Position: Product Delivery Specialist

Ben Allinson

Product Delivery Specialist
 

Ben Allinson

Position: Product Delivery Specialist

Technology

Stephen Wood

Web Application Developer
 

Stephen Wood

Position: Web Application Developer

Matt Rothenberg

Product Delivery Specialist
 

Matt Rothenberg

Position: Product Delivery Specialist

Manoj Asokan

Web Application Developer
 

Manoj Asokan

Position: Web Application Developer

Kalatheeswaran Thiru Meganathan

Web Application Developer
 

Kalatheeswaran Thiru Meganathan

Position: Web Application Developer

Jonathan MacKenzie

Web Application Developer
 

Jonathan MacKenzie

Position: Web Application Developer

Evan Kennedy

Web Application Developer
 

Evan Kennedy

Position: Web Application Developer

Deepigha Shree Vittal Babu

Web Application Developer
 

Deepigha Shree Vittal Babu

Position: Web Application Developer

Deepa Nambiar

Product Delivery Specialist
 

Deepa Nambiar

Position: Product Delivery Specialist

Brandon Crowther

Web Application Developer
 

Brandon Crowther

Position: Web Application Developer

Adam Ganong

Web Application Developer
 

Adam Ganong

Position: Web Application Developer

Adam Gavin

Web Application Developer
 

Adam Gavin

Position: Web Application Developer

Administration

Shaun McBride

Human Resources Manager
 

Shaun McBride

Position: Human Resources Manager

Megan Wilson

Finance Officer
 

Megan Wilson

Position: Finance Officer

Léonard (Léo) Branch

Bilingual Customer support, Administration and Technology Specialist
 

Léonard (Léo) Branch

Position: Bilingual Customer support, Administration and Technology Specialist

Grigory Libin

Bookkeeper
 

Grigory Libin

Position: Bookkeeper

Emma Bagnall

Administrator and Account Support
 

Emma Bagnall

Position: Administrator and Account Support

Consultants

Shelley Watt

Confident Learners Literacy Coach
 

Shelley Watt

Position: Confident Learners Literacy Coach

Norma St. Croix

Literacy Assessment Consultant
 

Norma St. Croix

Position: Literacy Assessment Consultant

Neil Debassige

Indigenous Education Consultant
 

Neil Debassige

Position: Indigenous Education Consultant

Dr. Lucia Tramonte

Research Associate
 

Dr. Lucia Tramonte

Position: Research Associate

April Rodgers-Sahib

Literacy Specialist
 

April Rodgers-Sahib

Position: Literacy Specialist