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Who We Are

A history of change.

We’ve been elevating the learning experience for over three decades. What started with the Calgary Academy in 1981 as a private institute has expanded into an organization that’s elevating the learning experience globally. Success in one classroom led to a school, then research centres, and finally a team of specialized consultants. As we’ve expanded our reach, our story has become even more compelling.

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It all began with a school.

Our roots began with Calgary Academy, a flagship facility that has served over 4,000 students. Developing a unique philosophy and seeing the success at the Calgary Academy, we knew we could serve a larger community, and create educational success on a much larger scale. It was our big and bold dreams in the early days that ultimately set the stage for our success today.

As our offering expanded and knowledge base deepened, our reputation grew. No longer an organization with a single focus, we were world renowned leaders. We started two additional organizations, the Centre for Educational Research Applications (CERA) and the Calgary Academy Education Research Foundation (CAERF), which were dedicated to applied research and mastering the business of education. As many other educators and organizations began to demand change and improvement, we adapted to meet their needs. The three organizations were brought together under the umbrella of the Headwater Learning Solutions and our pursuit of transforming education gained even more momentum. Today, with five streams, several impressive case studies and the best minds in the business, we are truly making history.

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Education can be better.

Our greatest challenge is developing a system that ensures learners can gain, and hone skills that will prepare them for everything life has to offer. Over the years, we’ve built our business around this very idea. By bringing the brightest minds together, we’re driving lasting change in our schools, our communities and our education system. Our history has shaped our future, and yours.

Our Leadership

Welcome to the HLG team, Dr. Greg Bass!

Dr. Greg Bass, President and CEO

Dr. Bass has been an Alberta educator for almost 30 years. He has served the education community as a teacher, principal, superintendent and as an Alberta Deputy Minister of Education. Most recently, he has worked as a consultant assisting organizations in achieving their educational goals. Working alongside a team of talented and dedicated professionals, Dr. Bass will focus on achieving Calgary Academy’s mission which is to help our students realize their full academic and social potential, achieve independence as learners and experience success, changing the lives of both students and their families.

“There can be no greater calling than to shape the future of learning.


Jessica Richmond, Chief Innovation Officer

As Chief Innovation Officer, Jessica leads the 21st Century instructional design team within Headwater Learning Solutions as they identify and develop scalable innovations for implementation across all our affiliate organizations. In her previous role as Principal at Calgary Academy, Jessica championed two key initiatives, an electives program and new X Block class, which quickly became flagship components of the Collegiate program. Her previous experience includes serving as Principal at Mulgrave School in West Vancouver and educational consulting with StartRight Learning. Jessica also volunteers her time as the Board Chair for Scarboro Community Preschool.

“It’s amazing to see a student go from frustration and despair to confidence and success.”

Tim Carlson, Chief School Officer and Principal, Calgary Academy

Tim is responsible for the overall performance of Calgary Academy and testing new ideas in the classroom – ideas that fuel the future of our learning ecosystems. Working closely with his administrative team, he nurtures and supports the implementation of new ideas and innovations throughout the school. Tim began as a teacher at Calgary Academy nearly 15 years ago and has advanced his role from Academic Dean, to Principal, and now Chief School Officer.

“We see what is possible, and deliver what others thought impossible.”

Dana Braunberger, Chief Performance Officer

As CPO, Dana leads the expansion and development of the Reading, Writing and Math Learning Centres to provide students with more individualized remedial support. She also leads the integration of analytics to better drive employee performance. Working within the leadership team, Dana makes data-driven decisions that diagnose problems and identify opportunities. As a former Academic Dean and Principal, she has experience in every division. Dana has presented at local conferences, specialist councils and with teachers aspiring to improve their practice. She continues to work as a consultant.


We’re part eyebrow raising realists, part head-in-the-clouds idealists and all eternal optimists.

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