Janet Stewart, Founder and CEO

More than a decade ago..

More than a decade ago, I was supposed to fly to Toronto for a meeting, but there was a huge snowstorm, and nobody could get there, so I contacted the client and said,

“I tried this new thing called WebEx. I don’t have a lot of experience with it, but I can send everybody a link and we can learn it together and probably still have the meeting if you want to give it a shot.”

My client said, “That’s a great idea! Let’s give it a go!”

They were my first early-adopters and I’ve been working with them now since 2007, which is really rewarding. I’ll try something out and if it’s useful, I’ll find a way to work it into a project. Some people are afraid of change and see the fearful side of it, but I see only the opportunity. I’m activated by where we can go and what we can do. And I see digital learning as a way to ‘level the playing field’ and ensure that all persons have access to education, regardless of their socio-economic status or geographic location.

I got into eLearning before it was mainstream because I could see that would be the future of learning. Back then, few people even knew about my Instructional Designer credentials—it didn’t really matter to anyone, they just knew that I designed and delivered great training. Now those credentials really matter because as an eLearning creator you don’t get very far if you don’t know how to structure a course – you can’t “wing it” like some do in the live classroom setting

You have to find interesting ways to engage the learners, so that they really learn. In our courses we always design the avatar of the target learner, so that members of that organization can see themselves in the course characters and say, “That’s me!” Everything is created with that main learner in mind. It’s these kinds of details that set our work apart – we approach every project with the skills on an Instructional Designer, the creativity of a Graphic Artist and the digital literacy skills of an IT Professional.

We have very high standards of innovation and interactivity, which is why we work with clients who are looking for a long-term partner to take their training and education programs and move with them into the future.

P.S. And in case you are wondering…

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Janet just happens to be one of Canada’s most respected Learning Design professionals.

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She has a Diploma in Adult Education from St. Francis-Xavier University as well as a long list of credentials from other training and development institutions.

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She is a Certified Virtual Presenter, and an active member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers and the Learning Guild.

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With more than 30 years of experience in the training industry, she is in an elite crowd that really understands the relationship between solving problems and quality learning experiences for employees, members and stakeholders.

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Janet is an active participant in the international learning community and is often featured in podcast interviews.

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Her work with United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management and the Commonwealth Technology Organization have put WeLoveLearning on a world stage.

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