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Team

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.

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Michelle Caers MBA

CEO & Cofounder

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.

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Virginia Woodall BA

Account Manager

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.

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Courtney Savini BSc

Account Manager

With five years of experience in the edtech space, Courtney is committed to empowering institutions with the tools they need to excel in a dynamic educational landscape, bringing a consultative approach and a passion for cultivating strong client relationships. Outside of work, Courtney spends her time hiking and travelling.

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Dalen McClintock BA, MA

Account Executive

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.

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Jamie Gilgen BESc

Software Engineer

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.

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Wesley Moxam BSc

Software Developer
Wes has been building software professionally for nearly 20 years for companies large and small. Wes is a long time contributor to open source software with contributions to Ruby On Rails and the Crystal programming language. Aside from building software Wes enjoys working on his small hobby farm, tending to his wine grapes and chickens.
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Joshua Gorner BEng, MMath

Software Developer

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.

Michael Hoyle

Michael Hoyle BComp

Software Developer

Mike is a full-stack developer of 11 years, with a focus on reliability and simplicity. He’s worked all over the tech stack, from raw SQL queries to tweaking pixels in CSS, to designing APIs. He’s an avid video gamer and lover of all things sci-fi. He also enjoys baking pizza, collecting trivia factoids and fencing.

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Edwin Agbenyega BEng, MSc

Software Developer

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.

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Julian Lord BComm

Software Developer

Julian is a software developer with over 13 years of experience in the tech industry. He loves to build software that makes a direct impact in the lives of users, and is a passionate advocate for accessibility on the web. In his spare time, Julian performs improv comedy with St. John’s Improv in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. He also plays video games and collects retro video games. He can often be found with his corgi Taylor curled up beside him.

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Jo Lou BASc

Software Developer

Joanna is a full stack developer with experience working for tiny startups to large corporations. Her skills range from delving into infrastructure issues to writing large chunks of JavaScript to designing low fidelity wireframes of entire user flows. Outside of work, Joanna spends her time baking all sorts of pastries, attempting 100% runs of video games, and hitting the dance studio.

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Kushal Kumarasinghe BCS

Software Developer

Kushal is a full stack software engineer with 6 years of experience working primarily on web applications. He has implemented various third party platforms integrations, conducted technical strategy/scoping sessions with customers, and loves building internal tooling to improve developer efficiency. Kushal usually spends his free time making music on the guitar, playing video games or watching/playing soccer.

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Paul Mitchell BDes

Product Designer

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.

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Sandra O’Reilly BDes

Designer

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.

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Maggie Wood HBA, BEd

Customer Success Manager

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.

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Lucy Mitchell BA/LLB, GradDip Teaching

Customer Success Manager

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.

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Martin Pham BKin

Customer Success Manager

With a background in Health Sciences and Technology, Martin brings a unique skillset to his role. Combined with his passion for learning, problem-solving, and relationship-building, his goal is to enhance the education experience for educators and students. He holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Toronto, along with a Web Development Diploma from Lighthouse Labs. In his spare time, Martin enjoys immersing himself in new travel experiences, eating good food, and engaging in all sorts of physical activity!

Jessica Molisak-Ilczynski

Jessica Molisak-Ilczynski HBA

Customer Success Manager

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.

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Riley Steinbach BCom

Marketing Manager

With three years of experience in marketing for startups, Riley is an ardent professional who is deeply committed to fostering strong bonds between organizations and their customers. She holds a Marketing degree from the University of Calgary. In her free time, Riley can be found hiking with her dog, trying her best to cook, or indulging in the latest reality show.

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James Colliander PhD

Cofounder

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.

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