Future Driven – Episode 22: Jason Wilmot

Future Driven – Episode 22: Jason Wilmot

Future Driven – Episode 22: Jason Wilmot 1920 1080 Adam Kopp

Welcome to episode 22 of Future Driven! This week, Adam spoke with Jason Wilmot, Head of Education at Canva. Jason believes everyone can be a designer and has a passion for making the world a better place through his work with educators and students.

Despite his past operational roles and his degree in supply chain management, Jason found himself focused on education for the majority of his career. In his last 10 years at Microsoft, Jason worked mostly in education and did everything from writing education contracts and building education platforms to leading education teams in various endeavors. Meant to be a tailored solution for classrooms, Canva for Education was launched in 2020 shortly before Jason joined the Canva team.

Future Driven is hosted by Adam Kopp, CEO of the strategic marketing agency, Madak. In each episode, Adam talks to a different industry leader, discussing their careers, leadership styles, and goals for the future.


0:45: Adam introduces Jason Wilmot, Head of Education at Canva.

1:20: Jason talks about his background and his passion for working with educators and students. 

4:35: What was the transition to Canva like and what was it that pushed you to make the move from Microsoft?

6:15: How long has Canva been around and what do you think the future of the company will look like?

8:00: “Visual communication is the future.”

9:35: Adam asks Jason about the education side of Canva.

11:00: Jason notes that using Canva for Education is “a more engaging activity, more fun, and it allows students to demonstrate learning in a different manner.”

12:40: Are you running into any barriers as you try to onboard Canva into education?

14:50: Jason talks about how all edtech (Education Technology) saw growth due to COVID-19, and Canva is no different一they have 12 million monthly active users, which is about double what it was before the pandemic.

18:10: Adam asks about the integration of Canva with other platforms for easy printing and shipping.

20:45: Jason shares some of the heartfelt and inspiring stories that he has gotten from teachers in regards to Canva for Education. 

22:55: Adam talks about how as design tools get easier to use, people will need to focus more on their storytelling, their speed, and what they can actually do with those tools.

26:20: Where do you see Canva going? 一 “We’re going to continue to deliver outstanding value to the design community.”


This week we heard from Jason Wilmot, Head of Education at Canva. After working for 17 years at Microsoft and becoming familiar with the world of education, Jason made the switch to Canva in 2020. With a vision for the future and the determination to make it happen, both Canva and its Head of Education have a bright future ahead of them.


LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasonwilmot11
Twitter: https://twitter.com/wilmotjason

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