Executive Team


  • Dr. J. Douglas Willms
    Dr. J. Douglas Willms
    President
Dr. J. Douglas Willms
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.

  • Colette Wasson
    Colette Wasson
    Chief Executive Officer
  • Beth Fairbairn
    Beth Fairbairn
    Chief Operating Officer and Vice President
  • Dr. Danielle Durepos
    Dr. Danielle Durepos
    Chief Research Officer
  • Fred Yeomans
    Fred Yeomans
    Chief Technology Officer
  • Ethan Young-Lai
    Ethan Young-Lai
    Chief Product Officer
  • Nicki Brett
    Nicki Brett
    Chief Marketing Officer
  • Allison  Blanco
    Allison Blanco
    Managing Director
Colette Wasson
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
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).

Dr. Danielle Durepos
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.

 

Fred Yeomans
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 is responsible for the output and activities of OurSCHOOL’s application development and support team. This team is tasked with producing all programming-related deliverables, general network and system maintenance, and providing technical support to clients. On provincial and state implementations as well as other larger district initiatives, he has worked directly with the client where any technical consultation is required.

Nicki Brett
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.

Allison Blanco
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


  • Myriam  Lopez
    Myriam Lopez
    Implementation and Engagement Manager
  • Simon Ketcheson
    Simon Ketcheson
    Implementation Manager
  • Charles Richard
    Charles Richard
    Systems and Support Manager
  • Claire Watton
    Claire Watton
    Product Delivery Manager
  • Katie Young Morris
    Katie Young Morris
    Product Director, Confident Learners
Myriam Lopez
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.

Simon Ketcheson
Implementation Manager
Product
OurSCHOOL
Region
Canada
Language
English, French

Charles Richard
Systems and Support Manager

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.

Claire Watton
Product Delivery 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.

Katie Young Morris
Product Director, Confident Learners

Katie is the Confident Learners Project Coordinator, 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.

Client Services


  • Lorna Cameron
    Lorna Cameron
    Strategic Engagement Trainer
  • Janette Desharnais
    Janette Desharnais
    Account Success Manager
  • Mohammed Hassan
    Mohammed Hassan
    Account Success Manager
  • Stephanie Guignion
    Stephanie Guignion
    Senior Account Success Manager
  • Alma López Garcia
    Alma López Garcia
    Sr ASM, EYE, and Business Development Lead (LA)
  • Melissa Morgan
    Melissa Morgan
    Account Success Manager
  • Carlos Rodriguez
    Carlos Rodriguez
    Account Success Manager
Lorna Cameron
Strategic Engagement Trainer
Janette Desharnais
Account Success Manager

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Mohammed Hassan
Account Success Manager
Stephanie Guignion
Senior Account Success Manager
Product
EYE
Region
Canada
Language
English, French

Alma López Garcia
Sr ASM, EYE, and Business Development Lead (LA)
Product
OurSCHOOL, EYE
Region
Mexico, Uruguay
Language
English, Spanish

Melissa Morgan
Account Success Manager
Carlos Rodriguez
Account Success Manager

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Research


  • Meghan Hadley
    Meghan Hadley
    Translation Coordinator
  • Joel Henderson
    Joel Henderson
    Research Assistant
  • Jennifer Morgen
    Jennifer Morgen
    Research Assistant
  • Stephanie Richardson
    Stephanie Richardson
    Senior Research Assistant
Meghan Hadley
Translation Coordinator
Joel Henderson
Research Assistant
Jennifer Morgen
Research Assistant
Stephanie Richardson
Senior Research Assistant

Sales and Marketing


  • Travis Bonnell
    Travis Bonnell
    Sales and Marketing Analyst
  • Micah Carey
    Micah Carey
    Business Development Specialist
  • Clayton Crane
    Clayton Crane
    Multimedia Developer
  • Yessica Enriquez
    Yessica Enriquez
    Mapping and Product Delivery Specialist
  • Christine Hole
    Christine Hole
    Business Development Director
  • Louis Dugal
    Louis Dugal
    Account Success Manager
  • Melissa Foote
    Melissa Foote
    Graphic Designer
Travis Bonnell
Sales and Marketing Analyst
Micah Carey
Business Development Specialist
Clayton Crane
Multimedia Developer
Yessica Enriquez
Mapping and Product Delivery Specialist
Christine Hole
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.

Louis Dugal
Account Success Manager
Melissa Foote
Graphic Designer

Product Delivery


  • Ben Allinson
    Ben Allinson
    Product Delivery Specialist
  • Cheryl Bowie
    Cheryl Bowie
    Training Coordinator, Confident Learners
  • Melissa Gamarra
    Melissa Gamarra
    Product Delivery Specialist
  • Mohamad Younes
    Mohamad Younes
    Product Delivery and Development Specialist
Ben Allinson
Product Delivery Specialist
Cheryl Bowie
Training Coordinator, Confident Learners
Melissa Gamarra
Product Delivery Specialist

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Mohamad Younes
Product Delivery and Development Specialist

Being a Product Delivery specialist, working primarily on Tell Them From Me®, Mohamad’s role consists of monitoring TTFM® implementations as well as identifying and resolving any issues that may arise. By having a Bachelors of IT and Master of Business Administration, as well as experience working in large scale organisations, Mohamad is able to understand the client’s needs while also determining the most efficient way to go about achieving them. He is particularly passionate about all things business and loves that he can apply his knowledge to the education sector.

Technology


  • Manoj Asokan
    Manoj Asokan
    Web Application Developer
  • Brandon Crowther
    Brandon Crowther
    Junior Web Application Developer
  • Adam Ganong
    Adam Ganong
    Web Application Developer
  • Adam Gavin
    Adam Gavin
    Intermediate Web Application Developer
  • Evan Kennedy
    Evan Kennedy
    Junior Web Application Developer
  • Jonathan MacKenzie
    Jonathan MacKenzie
    Web Application Developer
  • Tim	McCarron
    Tim McCarron
    Web Application Developer
  • Deepa Nambiar
    Deepa Nambiar
    Product Delivery Specialist
  • Kalatheeswaran Thiru Meganathan
    Kalatheeswaran Thiru Meganathan
    Java Software Developer
  • Matt Rothenberg
    Matt Rothenberg
    Product Delivery Specialist
  • Deepigha Shree Vittal Babu
    Deepigha Shree Vittal Babu
    Intermediate Developer (Java)
  • Stephen Wood
    Stephen Wood
    Senior Web Application Developer
Manoj Asokan
Web Application Developer

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Brandon Crowther
Junior Web Application Developer
Adam Ganong
Web Application Developer
Adam Gavin
Intermediate Web Application Developer
Evan Kennedy
Junior Web Application Developer
Jonathan MacKenzie
Web Application Developer
Tim McCarron
Web Application Developer
Deepa Nambiar
Product Delivery Specialist
Kalatheeswaran Thiru Meganathan
Java Software Developer
Matt Rothenberg
Product Delivery Specialist
Deepigha Shree Vittal Babu
Intermediate Developer (Java)
Stephen Wood
Senior Web Application Developer

Administration


  • Emma Bagnall
    Emma Bagnall
    Administrator and Account Support
  • Léonard (Léo) Branch
    Léonard (Léo) Branch
    Bilingual IT – Administration Specialist
  • Grigory Libin
    Grigory Libin
    Bookkeeper
  • Shaun McBride
    Shaun McBride
    Human Resources Manager
  • Megan Wilson
    Megan Wilson
    Finance Officer
Emma Bagnall
Administrator and Account Support
Léonard (Léo) Branch
Bilingual IT – Administration Specialist
Grigory Libin
Bookkeeper
Shaun McBride
Human Resources Manager
Megan Wilson
Finance Officer

Consultants


  • Neil Debassige
    Neil Debassige
    Indigenous Education Consultant
  • April Rodgers-Sahib
    April Rodgers-Sahib
    Literacy Specialist
  • Dr. Norma St. Croix
    Dr. Norma St. Croix
    Literacy Assessment Consultant
  • Dr. Lucia Tramonte
    Dr. Lucia Tramonte
    Research Associate
  • Shelley Watt
    Shelley Watt
    Literacy Coach
Neil Debassige
Indigenous Education Consultant
April Rodgers-Sahib
Literacy Specialist
Dr. Norma St. Croix
Literacy Assessment Consultant
Dr. Lucia Tramonte
Research Associate
Shelley Watt
Literacy Coach