D2L

D2L provides next generation learning environment and solutions to engage and inspire lifelong learners.
D2L

The story so far

D2L (Desire2Learn) was founded in 1999 by John Baker. At the time, his engineering class was being challenged to look at the world in new ways by coming up with questions that no one had asked before. John realized that despite all the change technology was driving in the world, his University campus seemed almost untouched by that momentum. The question he wanted to ask was clear: how can technology dramatically transform learning? John's belief behind D2L is that one of the most important things we can do to help each other is to ensure that everyone has access to the best possible learning opportunities.

D2L is working with customers around the world to help learners at a scale that was hard to imagine in 1999. Today, D2L is a global leader in EdTech and the creator of Brightspace, the world’s first integrated learning platform. The company partners with thought-leading organizations to improve learning through data-driven technology that helps deliver a personalized experience to every learner, regardless of geography or ability. D2L’s open and extensible platform is used by more than 1,100 clients and almost 15 million individual learners in higher education, K–12, healthcare, government, and the enterprise sector—including Fortune 1000 companies.

The company has operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Brazil, and Singapore.

OMERS Ventures invested in D2L in 2012.

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2012

ABOUT THE FOUNDER

John Baker

John Baker is the founder and CEO of D2L. John founded D2L in 1999, at the age of twenty-two, while attending the University of Waterloo. D2L is a global software company that believes learning is the foundation upon which all progress and achievement rests. John graduated from the University of Waterloo with an Honours B.A.Sc. in Systems Design Engineering, with First Class Honours and an option in Management Sciences.

The OMERS team

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