John Baker founded Desire2Learn in 1999, at the age of 22, while attending the University of Waterloo. He saw that online digital tools could open the door to entirely new, more effective models of learning that could be used by students and employees around the world. Baker understood that prosperity in our increasingly complex society depends on growing the knowledge of high-school and college graduates, and keeping the knowledge of private- and public-sector employees up-to-date.
With his leadership, Desire2Learn has grown to more than 750 employees with offices around the world. The company has been the recipient of numerous awards, including Canada’s Top 100 Employers for Young People; 2012 Microsoft US Public Sector Partner of the Year; Platinum Learning Impact Award, IMS Global Learning Consortium; 2012 Business of the Year, Greater Kitchener- Waterloo Chamber of Commerce; Best 50 Small and Medium Employers in Canada; Top 15 Employers, Waterloo Region; and Deloitte 50 Best Managed Companies 2012.
Baker is also chair of the board of Communitech, and is a board member of Canada’s National Ballet School and other organizations. He graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Design Engineering, with first class honours and an option in management sciences.