D2L (formerly Desire2Learn) is an educational technology company using software to educate millions. Founded in Waterloo Region in 1999 by President and CEO John Baker, D2L is best known for Brightspace — the learning management system that serves as D2L's core product.

Baker spoke to Communitech News about founding his company, how D2L has grown, why he's stayed in Waterloo Region and the people and ideas that make this community unique.