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John Baker founded Desire2Learn in 1999 at the age of 22, while still a Systems Design Engineering student at the University of Waterloo.
John is a strong believer in community involvement devoting both personal and business efforts to supporting educators and young entrepreneurs that are developing and applying technology to improve society worldwide. He is an executive board member at Communitech, a board member of the National Ballet School (in Canada) and CTT, is on the affinity board for Memorial University, and alumni council member for the University of Waterloo.
John has won a Top 40 under 40 for Waterloo Region in 2009, has been inducted into the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame as an Intrepid Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009, won Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Waterloo Region in 2008, and received the University of Waterloo Young Alumni Achievement Medal in 2010.