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 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 leads design at Crowdmark with a focus on user experience. With over 8 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
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.
Joshua Gorner MMath, BEng
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.
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.
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.
Casey Hudson BA, MBA Candidate
Casey is a passionate marketing professional with 12 years experience in marketing and higher education. Casey earned her BA from the University of Minnesota. After moving to Toronto in 2018, she began her MBA studies at Ryerson University. Casey shows her love of learning outside her professional life as she continues to learn to play piano.
Elliot Borins BA
Elliot has over 10 years of experience in education, half of which has been spent in the EdTech sector. His passion for education started out in university when he became a tutor. From there he went on to work in the publishing sector, specializing in sales for universities and colleges and then moving to the world of assessments and certifications. Born and raised in Toronto, Elliot enjoys traveling and especially scuba diving whenever he has the chance.
Graham Edward HBBA
Graham has over 12 years of experience in the education world, with a keen focus on solving problems. His work has allowed him to leverage technology and he has joined Crowdmark to further that goal. Graham has had the opportunity to live in Bulgaria and the USA, as well as travelling to over 50 countries working with a wide variety of educational institutions. He still loves to travel and also plays the Scottish bagpipes in his spare time.
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.
As a seasoned UX/UI designer in a former life, Janet brings a unique user-focused approach to product management. In addition to spending several years as a university instructor, Janet has spent over a decade working for tech companies across Canada. When not at work you can find her enjoying one of her curiously broad range of hobbies, from pretending to be a dancehall queen to working on her tiny off-grid cabin build.
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.