John Baker (entrepreneur)

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John Baker
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John Baker, President and CEO of D2L speaking at Guelph University
Born John Baker
(1976-12-29) December 29, 1976 (age 40)
Occupation President and CEO of Desire2Learn[1]

John Baker founded the eLearning or Learning Management Systems (LMS) company Desire2Learn in 1999 after identifying his own unfulfilled need for learning online while studying Systems design engineering at the University of Waterloo.[2]

Baker and Desire2Learn are perhaps best known for the legal battle they were engaged in after their major competitor Blackboard Inc. obtained a contentious software patent and immediately filed suit against Desire2Learn. Desire2Learn finally won the approximately 3-year battle with a victory in the US Court of Appeals in July 2009.[3]

Baker has won numerous awards including Top 40 Under 40 in Waterloo Region in 2009,[4] has been inducted into the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame in Waterloo Region as Intreprid Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009,[5] and received the University of Waterloo Engineering Young Alumni Achievement Medal in 2010.[6][7]

John is a member of the Advisory Board at the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus.[8]


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  2. ^ "From the President: It began in Waterloo". The Greentree Gazette. March 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-03-15. Retrieved 2008-03-11. 
  3. ^ "Video of John Baker telling the Desire2Learn Patent Story". Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  4. ^ "John Baker". The Record. Archived from the original on April 10, 2010. 
  5. ^ Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved October 6, 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  8. ^ "Advisory Board profiles". University of Waterloo. Retrieved 24 August 2014.