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British Colombia Chapter Chair

Murray Goldberg

“By shining a light on our innovators, we convince our children that it is “cool” to invent & innovate, to deploy their inventions, and to change the world. We create a culture of innovation. This is how we will succeed as a country and a society. I think life is about leaving the world just a little bit better than how we found it. To me, that is what the Ernest C. Manning Innovation Awards are all about.”

Murray Goldberg has been the Foundation’s British Columbia Chapter Chair since 2008 and previously won the $100,000 Principal Award in 2004 for developing Developed WebCT, the world's first and most widely used Course Management System.

After years as a tenured faculty member in the department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia, Murray left to become the President and Founder of WebCT. WebCT grew to 350 employees providing the world's leading learning management system (LMS), serving 14 million students in 80 countries at 4,000 universities and colleges. Since then, Murray has founded a number of eLearning and social-academic companies including Silicon Chalk, Brainify and AssociCom. Most recently, after working as a learning consultant with British Columbia Ferries Inc, Murray developed a learning management system specifically suited to the maritime training context. As a result of the success of this new LMS, Murray created Marine Learning Systems, to make it available to the maritime industry at large.

Murray has won numerous prizes including the prestigious UBC Killam University Teaching Prize while in his first year as a faculty member; he was honored at the 2000 National IWAY Awards in Canada as one of five extraordinary Canadians for his outstanding contributions to information technology; he was also the recipient of the New Media Hyperion Award.

In 2004, Goldberg was granted an Honorary Doctorate of Technology from the Southern Cross University for his pioneering work in the area of educational technologies.

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