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Director of Programming for the Lassonde School of Engineering’s Kindergarten to Industry (K2I) Academy, Lisa Cole, joins Canada Learning Code’s Board of Directors

December 3, 2020 By Canada Learning Code

We’re thrilled to welcome our newest Board Member, Lisa Cole!

Lisa is an award-winning physics educator and prior to joining Lassonde, held the role of Education Officer at the Ontario Ministry of Education, focused on provincial science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. 

Photo of Lisa Cole

Currently, Lisa is the Director of Programming for the Lassonde School of Engineering’s Kindergarten to Industry (K2I) Academy, where she spearheads the building of clear pathways for students to enter Lassonde’s engineering and science programs. Some of Lisa’s accomplishments include:

  • Organizing and launching the first-ever, completely virtual Helen Carswell STEAM Program for Women. This program enabled young, local women – who wouldn’t otherwise have access to high-quality STEM learning opportunities – explore science and engineering programs, get paid to do meaningful research work and experience post-secondary studies at Lassonde.
  • Ideating, designing and implementing the launch of the Lassonde Academy, a suite of custom-designed, online courses covering topics and concepts that are key for first-year student success. These include chemistry, computational thinking & coding, math and physics purposefully designed as a way to address the most common struggles students face in their first year of university.

Lisa is committed to working with communities and innovative partners to design and implement equitable STEM learning opportunities that will build STEM literacy, increase access to STEM learning opportunities, increase student achievement in STEM subjects, and inspire diverse students to embark on a career in STEM. 

Girl excitingly looking at her laptop

We’re eager for Lisa to bring her extensive experience and expertise to our Board! At Canada Learning Code, we’re here to ensure that people in Canada – particularly women-identified, transgender and beyond binary; Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) communities – have access to the knowledge they need to prosper in our digital world. We’re excited for Lisa to join us on this journey to create opportunities for those who are most underserved in the computer science space so that they have the skills and confidence to create a better and more inclusive future.

Welcome to the CLC family, Lisa!

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