Crowdmark was built by educators for educators.
Our mission is to enrich the teaching and learning experience for students and educators by transforming assessment into a dialogue for improvement.
Michelle Caers MBA
Michelle has over 20 years of experience in education and technology, where she has led teams in 6 successful start-up companies at various stages of growth. Michelle is also the Founder of DesignedUX, a strategy and design firm. Previously Michelle was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) at the Ryerson DMZ a world leading accelerator for tech startups in Canada. Michelle is a frequent speaker at technology and education conferences and advises a number of start-ups on strategy, design and customer acquisition.
Jamie Gilgen BESc
A passionate software developer with 16 years of programming experience, Jamie is a member of the founding team of Crowdmark. She loves to build software that is functionally and aesthetically beautiful. Upon completion of a degree in Computer Engineering, Jamie worked at IBM for five years accumulating multiple awards and patents. Jamie has created several successful web applications, including Yoleo Reader. In her spare time Jamie loves to race her bike competitively.
Sandra O’Reilly BDes
Sandra is a talented designer and front end developer who specializes in user experience design. She is a member of the founding team of Crowdmark. With over 10 years of experience in graphic design and front end development, Sandra has worked on projects in a variety of industries. Sandra previously worked at York University for three years, designing accessible web applications and providing faculty training and support.
Wesley Moxam BSc
Joshua Gorner BEng, MMath
Josh is a detail-oriented software developer and computer engineering graduate hailing from Newfoundland. He’s had over 10 years of professional experience, including architecting key customer-facing features on web applications for CIBC and Soapbox, among others. In his spare time, Josh has volunteered as a programming workshop mentor, and enjoys trying to figure out where all those big new TV shows are going to be available in Canada.
Edwin Agbenyega BEng, MSc
Edwin is a software developer with a passion for building interactive web applications and data visualizations. He spent 6.5 years at the University of New Mexico working with student data, during and after pursuing a masters in Computer Engineering. He enjoys learning languages, both programming and natural languages as well as playing the piano, and traveling.
Sheila Cassidy BA
Sheila has 10+ years of experience in the post-secondary education space and is a proven operations professional. She was previously employed at Sales Talent Agency, with a dual role as Director of Operations and Managing Director Great Canadian Sales Competition (GCSC), an initiative she launched and developed across 80+ universities and colleges. Sheila began her career at Western University, developing her passion for education, which has been a consistent focus throughout her career. In her spare time, Sheila enjoys exercising, reading and watching the latest documentary series on Netflix.
Maggie Wood HBA, BEd
Maggie came to Crowdmark after 2.5 years at Shopify, combining her passion for accessible education with experience working on SAAS. Before getting into tech, Maggie held teaching licenses in British Columbia and Ontario. A baseball lover, Maggie built a program to educate young Canadian ballplayers about their options in post-secondary. Maggie is a classically-trained vocalist, chorister and musical theatre actor, and when she’s not at the ballpark you’ll find her singing karaoke.
Lucy Mitchell BA/LLB, GradDip Teaching
Passionate about education and learning, Lucy spent 4 years teaching in New Zealand secondary schools then moved to Vancouver to work in the EdTech industry. Lucy enjoys exploring Vancouver and spends her time hiking and skiing.
Jessica Molisak-Ilczynski HBA
Jessica has worked in higher education for 5 years, bringing experience in operations, assessment and student success. She is passionate about helping others succeed, crediting the intersection of education and technology in making learning more accessible and impactful for all. Jessica completed her BA in English Literature and Digital Communications from the University of Toronto, as well as a Diploma in Digital Media from Sheridan College. In her free time, she enjoys reading, yoga and being outdoors.
Paul Mitchell BDes
Paul believes that a great user experience stems from a willingness to learn from and empathize with others. With over 10 years of experience in web and digital design, Paul is passionate about building, prototyping, and continually evolving web products. Employing extensive research, usability testing, and a human-centred design process, he designs experiences focused on simplicity, functionality, and accessibility. As an avid traveller, Paul enjoys gaining new perspectives and developing meaningful connections.
Dalen McClintock BA, MA
Originally from Toronto, Dalen lived in China for 5 years where he completed his Master’s Degree and developed an interest in teaching. Upon returning to Canada he joined the EdTech community and discovered a passion for helping instructors provide the best possible learning experience for their students through the use of technology. Outside of work, Dalen enjoys karaoke, mahjong, and traveling; he has also been known to engage in spirited discussions about GNU/Linux.
Virginia Woodall BA
Virginia has worked in education for 10 years, both in post-secondary and high school environments. She has a consultative approach to client relationships, always striving to understand the root of clients’ needs to best guide them on their user journey. In addition to learning and education, Virginia is passionate about theatre, comedy, and softball; these interests combine in her role as captain of a team in the Toronto Comedy Softball League.
James Colliander PhD
James is an award-winning Mathematics professor with an active research program at the interface of partial differential equations, harmonic analysis and dynamical systems. He is interested in education and research policy and in new models of education delivery. He is the inventor of the Crowdmark concept.