Executive Team


  • Dr. J. Douglas Willms
    Dr. J. Douglas Willms
    President and CEO
Dr. J. Douglas Willms
President and CEO

Dr. J. Douglas Willms is a Professor at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and the founder and CEO 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.

  • Beth Fairbairn
    Beth Fairbairn
    Chief Operating Officer
  • Robert DiDiodato
    Robert DiDiodato
    Chief Business Development Officer
  • Fred Yeomans
    Fred Yeomans
    Chief Technology Officer
  • Dr. Danielle Durepos
    Dr. Danielle Durepos
    Chief Research Officer
  • Ethan Young-Lai
    Ethan Young-Lai
    Chief Client Services Officer
Beth Fairbairn
Chief Operating Officer

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).

Robert DiDiodato
Chief Business Development Officer

Robert leads the Business Development and Marketing division, focused on discerning customer needs and finding the appropriate school improvement solutions. With a background in education and business, he understands the requirement of delivering exceptional products while structuring mutually beneficial arrangements; something that is compulsory in today’s tough fiscal climate. A keen handyman, in his spare time Robert can be found running on the trail system in Fredericton, playing golf and tennis, engaging in a game of chess (of which he is an avid player), and spending time with family.

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.

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.

 

Ethan Young-Lai
Chief Client Services 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.

Management Team


  • Nicki Brett
    Nicki Brett
    Head of Marketing
  • Christine Hole
    Christine Hole
    Head of Account Success – EYE
  • Charles Richard
    Charles Richard
    Systems and Support Manager
  • Nerrin Warr
    Nerrin Warr
    Project Management Lead
  • Claire Watton
    Claire Watton
    Product Development Manager
  • Sui-Linn White
    Sui-Linn White
    Co-Director and Lead Implementation Coordinator
  • Katie Young Morris
    Katie Young Morris
    Program Coordinator, Confident Learners
Nicki Brett
Head of Marketing
Christine Hole
Head of Account Success – EYE

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.

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.

Nerrin Warr
Project Management Lead

Nerrin provides project management advice and is responsible for the scoping and planning of large scale implementations, and supports ongoing product and service delivery across all phases for stakeholders. With 13 years of experience in project management and leadership across the aviation, mining and telecommunications industries, Nerrin brings operational performance knowledge and best practice skills to the business.

Claire Watton
Product Development 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.

Sui-Linn White
Co-Director and Lead Implementation Coordinator

Sui-Linn is Co-Director of The Learning Bar’s Australian operation. Sui-Linn brings to the company her expertise in education and passion for equity and student voice. Her experience with the NSW Department of Education as a head teacher and senior education officer, working with school principals and leaders in school improvement is applied in her role, leading the team to provide excellence in service delivery. Sui-Linn has a deep appreciation for the work of schools in transforming the lives of children and young people.

Katie Young Morris
Program Coordinator, 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.

Account Success


  • Daniella Boyd
    Daniella Boyd
    Account Success Manager
  • Stephanie Bruniges
    Stephanie Bruniges
    Senior Account Success Manager
  • Peter Cullen
    Peter Cullen
    Senior Account Success Manager
  • Alma López Garcia
    Alma López Garcia
    Account Success Manager
  • Emily Gavranich
    Emily Gavranich
    Implementation Coordinator
  • Stephanie Guignion
    Stephanie Guignion
    Account Success Manager
  • Simon Ketcheson
    Simon Ketcheson
    Account Success Manager
  • Ryan Ryan
    Ryan Ryan
    Account Success Manager
  • Helen Starkey
    Helen Starkey
    Senior Consultant
Daniella Boyd
Account Success Manager
Product
OurSCHOOL|TTFM
Region
Canada
Language
English, French, Spanish
Stephanie Bruniges
Senior Account Success Manager
Product
OurSCHOOL|TTFM
Region
Canada
Language
English, French
Peter Cullen
Senior Account Success Manager
Product
OurSCHOOL|TTFM
Region
Canada
Language
English
Alma López Garcia
Account Success Manager
Product
OurSCHOOL|TTFM, EYE
Region
Mexico, Uruguay
Language
English, Spanish
Emily Gavranich
Implementation Coordinator
Product
TTFM
Region
Australia
Language
English
Stephanie Guignion
Account Success Manager
Product
EYE
Region
Canada
Language
English, French
Simon Ketcheson
Account Success Manager
Product
OurSCHOOL|TTFM
Region
Canada
Language
English, French
Ryan Ryan
Account Success Manager
Product
EYE
Region
Canada
Language
English
Helen Starkey
Senior Consultant
Product
EYE
Region
Australia
Language
English

Research


  • Joel Henderson
    Joel Henderson
    Research Assistant
  • Heather McGrath
    Heather McGrath
    Mapping Specialist
  • Jennifer Morgen
    Jennifer Morgen
    Research Assistant
  • Stephanie Richardson
    Stephanie Richardson
    Research Assistant
Joel Henderson
Research Assistant
Heather McGrath
Mapping Specialist
Jennifer Morgen
Research Assistant
Stephanie Richardson
Research Assistant

Marketing


  • Clayton Crane
    Clayton Crane
    Multimedia Developer
  • Melissa Foote
    Melissa Foote
    Graphic Design
  • Rachel Watters
    Rachel Watters
    Graphic Design
Clayton Crane
Multimedia Developer
Melissa Foote
Graphic Design
Rachel Watters
Graphic Design

Product Delivery


  • Ben Allinson
    Ben Allinson
    Product Development Assistant
  • Matthew Gwathmey
    Matthew Gwathmey
    Literacy Specialist
  • Léonard (Léo) Branch
    Léonard (Léo) Branch
    IT / Admin Support
  • Jonathan MacKenzie
    Jonathan MacKenzie
    Web Application Developer
  • Kalatheeswaran Meganathan
    Kalatheeswaran Meganathan
    Web Application Developer
  • Melissa Morgan
    Melissa Morgan
    IT Support
  • Deepa Nambiar
    Deepa Nambiar
    Product Delivery Specialist
  • Mohamad Younes
    Mohamad Younes
    Product Delivery Specialist
Ben Allinson
Product Development Assistant
Matthew Gwathmey
Literacy Specialist
Léonard (Léo) Branch
IT / Admin Support
Jonathan MacKenzie
Web Application Developer
Kalatheeswaran Meganathan
Web Application Developer
Melissa Morgan
IT Support
Deepa Nambiar
Product Delivery Specialist
Mohamad Younes
Product Delivery Specialist

Development


  • Adam Gavin
    Adam Gavin
    Web Application Developer
  • Bin Liao
    Bin Liao
    Senior Web Application Developer
  • Stephen Wood
    Stephen Wood
    Senior Web Application Developer
Adam Gavin
Web Application Developer
Bin Liao
Senior Web Application Developer
Stephen Wood
Senior Web Application Developer

Administration


  • Fiona Baker
    Fiona Baker
    Administration Coordinator
  • Megan Wilson
    Megan Wilson
    Accounting Clerk / Bookkeeper
Fiona Baker
Administration Coordinator
Megan Wilson
Accounting Clerk / Bookkeeper

Consultants


  • Norma Barron
    Norma Barron
    Literacy Assessment Consultant
  • Dr. Robert Laurie
    Dr. Robert Laurie
    Research Associate
  • Dr. Lucia Tramonte
    Dr. Lucia Tramonte
    Research Associate
  • Colette Wasson
    Colette Wasson
    Strategy Director
Norma Barron
Literacy Assessment Consultant
Dr. Robert Laurie
Research Associate
Dr. Lucia Tramonte
Research Associate
Colette Wasson
Strategy Director