Executive Team

 
Our Team - Dr Doug WIllms

Dr. 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.

Our Team - Colette Wasson

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

Colette Wasson

Chief Executive Officer
 
Our Team - Colette Wasson

Colette Wasson

Position: Chief Executive Officer

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

Colette attained an MBA to complement her Computer Science degree. She brings over 25 years of business and management experience working with large public and private sector organizations in a variety of industries. Over the years, Colette has developed a solid reputation for delivering results by empowering teams and bringing heart and mind to every challenge.

Colette is a volunteer with the ELF (Elementary Literacy Friends) program and loves to read with Grade 2 students.

Colette is the proud mother of two children and has a passion for the well-being and success of all children; she values and recognizes the importance of a quality education to ensure that all children reach their full potential.

Our Team - Dr Danielle Durepos

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

Dr. Danielle Durepos

Chief Research Officer
 
Our Team - Dr Danielle Durepos

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.

Our Team - Fred Yeomans

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

Fred Yeomans

Chief Technology Officer
 
Our Team - Fred Yeomans

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.

Our Team - Nicki Brett

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

Nicki Brett

Chief Marketing Officer
 
Our Team - Nicki Brett

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.

Ethan Young-Lai

Chief Product Officer
 
Our Team - Ethan Young Lai

Ethan Young-Lai

Position: Chief Product Officer

Our Team - ALLISON BLANCO

Allison is the Managing Director with responsibility for the Australian...

Allison Blanco

Managing Director
 
Our Team - ALLISON BLANCO

Allison Blanco

Position: Managing Director

Allison is the Managing Director with responsibility for the Australian operation.  With qualifications in Business Administration and Management from The University of Technology, Sydney and the Australian Institute of Management, and Risk and Governance qualifications from the Governance Institute of Australia, Allison has extensive experience in all aspects of operations management.  Prior to joining The Learning Bar, Allison gained extensive international experience during her 10 years at Mars, Incorporated as Business Manager and College Director for the Global Legal Function reporting to the General Counsel.  With excellence in operations, including business transformation and finance, Allison led the implementation of a number of global programs for the legal function in the area of finance, e-billing  and risk and governance.  Prior to that Allison gained extensive experience as a senior intellectual property paralegal at international law firm Baker & McKenzie while managing a key account as North Asia Intellectual Property Coordinator.  Allison believes that expectations for success plays a key role in children achieving their full potential and having the opportunity to thrive.

Management Team

Our Team - Charles Richard

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

Charles Richard

Development Director
 
Our Team - Charles Richard

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.

Our Team - Claire Watton

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

Claire Watton

Product Manager
 
Our Team - Claire Watton

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.

Simon Ketcheson

Client Success Director
 
Our Team - Simon Ketcheson

Simon Ketcheson

Position: Client Success Director

Product

Region

Language

OurSCHOOL|TTFM

Canada

English, French

Belinda Shaw

With over 12 years’ in the education industry, Belinda’s experience...

Belinda Shaw

Manager, Programs and Training
 
Belinda Shaw

Belinda Shaw

Position: Manager, Programs and Training

With over 12 years’ in the education industry, Belinda’s experience includes administration, training, customer service and business development in various support and managerial roles. Prior to joining The Learning Bar, Belinda worked as a TAFE Teacher and most recently as a Business Development Manager. Belinda achieved her latest professional development goal in 2020, completing an Advanced Diploma in Leadership and Management. Belinda is inspired to utilise the newly acquired skills and knowledge, together with vast industry experience and an avid interest in the education sector, in her role of Manager – Programs and Training at The Learning Bar.

Myriam Lopez

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

Myriam Lopez

Director of Projects and Client Success
 
Myriam Lopez

Myriam Lopez

Position: Director of Projects and Client Success

Myriam completed a Bachelor of Arts in Management (HR), Sociology and French at the University of Sydney, and a Masters in Teaching, secondary Business Studies and Commerce. Myriam has extensive experience in Human Resources specialising in Learning and Development projects, and has several years of teaching experiences in NSW schools. Myriam compliments her experiences with speaking English, French and Spanish. Myriam is responsible for the strategic management and guidance of various systems’ program implementations, ensuring delivery excellence, client success and satisfaction. As a passionate advocate for equity and equality in education, Myriam believes in the transformative role that education can play in childrens’ lives.

Client Success

Carlos Rodriguez

Account Success Manager
 
Our Team - CARLOS RODRIGUEZ

Carlos Rodriguez

Position: Account Success Manager

Janette Desharnais

Account Success Manager
 
Our Team - Janette Desharnais

Janette Desharnais

Position: Account Success Manager

Mohammed Hassan

Account Success Manager
 
Our Team - MOHAMMED HASSAN

Mohammed Hassan

Position: Account Success Manager

Stephanie Guignion

Senior Client Success Representative
 
Our team - Stephanie Guignon

Stephanie Guignion

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

Melissa Morgan

Account Success Manager
 
Our Team - Melissa Morgan

Melissa Morgan

Position: Account Success Manager

Hayley Yarnold

Sales and Implementation administration support
 
Hayley Yarnold

Hayley Yarnold

Position: Sales and Implementation administration support

Rebekah Dykes

Implementation Coordinator
 
Rebekah Dykes

Rebekah Dykes

Position: Implementation Coordinator

Melissa Gamarra

Product Delivery Specialist
 
Our Team - MELISSA GAMARRA

Melissa Gamarra

Position: Product Delivery Specialist

Research

Jennifer Morgen

Research Assistant
 
Our Team - Jennifer Morgan

Jennifer Morgen

Position: Research Assistant

Joel Henderson

Research Associate
 
Our Team - JOEL HENDERSON

Joel Henderson

Position: Research Associate

Meghan Hadley

Translation Coordinator
 
Our Team - MEGHAN HADLEY

Meghan Hadley

Position: Translation Coordinator

Stephanie Richardson

Research Associate
 
Our team - Stephanie Richardson

Stephanie Richardson

Position: Research Associate

Alma López Garcia

Research Associate
 
Our Team - Ben Allison

Alma López Garcia

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

Ben Allinson

Research Assistant
 
Our Team - Ben Allison

Ben Allinson

Position: Research Assistant

Lorna Cameron

Learning Specialist
 
Our Team - Lorna Cameron

Lorna Cameron

Position: Learning Specialist

Sales and Marketing

Clayton Crane

Multimedia Developer
 
Our Team - Clayton Crane

Clayton Crane

Position: Multimedia Developer

Melissa Foote

Graphic Designer
 
Our Team - MELISSA FOOTE

Melissa Foote

Position: Graphic Designer

Micah Carey

Business Development Specialist
 
Our team - Micah Carey

Micah Carey

Position: Business Development Specialist

Yessica Enriquez

GIS and Media Specialist
 
Our team - Yessica Enriquez - formal

Yessica Enriquez

Position: GIS and Media Specialist

Travis Bonnell

Market Analyst
 
Our Team - TRAVIS BONNELL

Travis Bonnell

Position: Market Analyst

Our Team - Christine Hole

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

Christine Hole

Business Development Director
 
Our Team - Christine Hole

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.

Technology

Adam Gavin

Web Application Developer
 
Our Team - Adam Gavin

Adam Gavin

Position: Web Application Developer

Deepigha Shree Vittal Babu

Web Application Developer
 
Our team -Deepigha SHREE VITTAL BABU

Deepigha Shree Vittal Babu

Position: Web Application Developer

Evan Kennedy

Web Application Developer
 
Our Team - EVAN KENNEDY

Evan Kennedy

Position: Web Application Developer

Kalatheeswaran Thiru Meganathan

Web Application Developer
 
Our Team - KALATHEESWARAN THIRU MEGANATHAN

Kalatheeswaran Thiru Meganathan

Position: Web Application Developer

Manoj Asokan

Web Application Developer
 
Our Team - MANOJ ASOKAN

Manoj Asokan

Position: Web Application Developer

Stephen Wood

Web Application Developer
 
Our Team - STEPHEN WOOD

Stephen Wood

Position: Web Application Developer

Matt Rothenberg

Product Delivery Specialist
 
Our Team - MATT ROTHENBERG

Matt Rothenberg

Position: Product Delivery Specialist

Deepa Nambiar

Product Delivery Specialist
 
Our Team - DEEPA NAMBIAR

Deepa Nambiar

Position: Product Delivery Specialist

Adam Ganong

Web Application Developer
 
Our Team - Adam Ganong

Adam Ganong

Position: Web Application Developer

Phoebe Nguyen

Web Application Developer
 

Phoebe Nguyen

Position: Web Application Developer

Ben Stilwell

Web Application Developer
 

Ben Stilwell

Position: Web Application Developer

Administration

Grigory Libin

Bookkeeper
 

Grigory Libin

Position: Bookkeeper

Megan Wilson

Finance Officer
 
Our Team - MEGAN WILSON

Megan Wilson

Position: Finance Officer

Shaun McBride

Human Resources Manager
 
Our Team - Shaun McBride

Shaun McBride

Position: Human Resources Manager

Léo Branch

Bilingual Customer support, Administration and Technology Specialist
 
Our team - Leo Branch

Léo Branch

Position: Bilingual Customer support, Administration and Technology Specialist

Emma Bagnall

Manager, Finance and Administration
 
Our Team - Emma Bagnell

Emma Bagnall

Position: Manager, Finance and Administration

Consultants

Dr. Lucia Tramonte

Research Associate
 
Our Team - DR. LUCIA TRAMONTE

Dr. Lucia Tramonte

Position: Research Associate

Neil Debassige

Indigenous Education Consultant
 
Our Team - Neil Debassige

Neil Debassige

Position: Indigenous Education Consultant

Shelley Watt

Confident Learners Literacy Coach
 
Our Team - SHELLEY WATT

Shelley Watt

Position: Confident Learners Literacy Coach

Dr. Norma St. Croix

Literacy Assessment Consultant
 
Our Team - Dr Norma LaCroix

Dr. Norma St. Croix

Position: Literacy Assessment Consultant

Karen Power

Leadership Development Consultant
 

Karen Power

Position: Leadership Development Consultant