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Dr. Nicole Johnson (Executive Director) has been involved in the field of educational technology for over a decade. Her primary research interests include tracking macro-level trends in digital learning at the post-secondary level, defining and operationalizing key terms associated with digital learning, and better understanding how adults learn informally in digital contexts. She is also involved in collaborative projects with Bay View Analytics and Royal Roads University that investigate faculty experiences with digital technologies and the future of higher education in both Canada and the USA.

Dr. Jeff Seaman (Director of Analytics) has worked in education information technology his entire career and currently serves as Director of Bay View Analytics. His experience includes creating and running the Computing Resource Center at the University of Pennsylvania, Chief Technology Officer at, Vice President of Engineering for Vista Associates, and Chief Information Officer for Lesley University. He has taught at multiple institutions and served on numerous academic technology advisory boards including Apple Computer, IBM, and Microsoft.

Dr. Stephanie McKeown (Board Chair) (bio forthcoming)

Catherine Newell Kelly (Board Secretary) is the University Registrar at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, a role she has held since 2017. Cathy began her career at Waterloo in 1996 in what was then Distance and Continuing Education. She managed the University’s transition from distance learning delivery via audiotapes and notes to the robust suite of fully online courses and programs available today through the Centre for Extended Learning. After playing an active role in the development and 2015 launch of eCampusOntario, Cathy served a secondment as the inaugural Executive Director alongside a college-sector colleague as co-ED. Cathy has served on the executives of several associations, including the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education, the Ontario Council for University Lifelong Learning, and, currently, the Ontario University Registrars Association.

Dr. Bruno Poëllhuber (Board Member) is a Professor at the Faculty of Education and Director of the Centre de pédagogie universitaire (CPU) at the Université de Montréal. He is a researcher member of CRIFPE (interuniversity research centre for teacher education and the teaching profession), GRIIPTIC (interuniversity research group on the integration of ICT into teaching), and the education division of the International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Technologies (OIISIAN). His work focuses on the use of technology for post-secondary and adult learning in both face-to-face and distance education settings. He is co-author of the Digital Competency Framework (Québec Ministry of Education and Higher Learning, 2019) and is also interested in issues related to the digital literacy of teachers and students. He and his team at the CPU have implemented a series of measures to accompany, support, train, and collaborate with all the faculties to help teachers make the transition to distance learning.

Dr. George Veletsianos (Board Member) is a Professor at Royal Roads University, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology. He has been designing, developing, and evaluating digital learning environments for nearly 20 years. His research aims to understand and improve teaching, learning, and participation in digital learning environments by focusing on learner and faculty experiences with online learning, flexible learning, networked scholarship, open education, and emerging pedagogical practices. Dr. Veletsianos has individually and collaboratively published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, and reports. He blogs at and his latest book is Learning Online: The Student Experience (John Hopkins University Press, 2020).