The Canadian is not here to simply espouse the virtues of his transformational company. Rather, he comes to EduTECH with a very personal message to share about equality, self-realisation and what can happen when technology, business and education converge for the right reasons.
Loiselle is certainly not afraid to share the gritty details of his upbringing and the struggles he faced as a youth “trying to make ends meet” on the streets.
“I grew up on welfare, I also failed at school, failed most of my classes,” he says.
Admitting he felt overwhelmingly “dumb” as a child, Loiselle left home at 16, ending up garbage picking to survive.
It’s hard to imagine the confident, accomplished professional before us has emerged from such a background of disadvantage and hardship.
Ambition, however, was something Loiselle never lacked.
“My resume didn’t match my ambitions. I didn’t fit the bill of an individual qualified from a recruiters’ perspective.
“I had to try and change my life and put on the shoes I wanted to wear,” he says, almost matter of factly.
Intent on growing his resume, Loiselle threw himself into paid work, cleaning toilets and working as a cook, among other assorted roles.
Job by job, the teen built himself into a thriving entrepreneur.
“I worked hard to become who I am today,” he notes.
The real tuning point, however, came when Loiselle became a father.
“I realised that building big stuff doesn’t satisfy me. It bothered me that we have so much poverty in this world…”
Travelling to India and China, Loiselle witnessed new levels of poverty. This time he could not turn away - this was not something he could just “change the channel on”.
He brings up a photograph taken in India, showing dirty and bedraggled children begging at the side of the road. They all hold mobile phones.
“I was there looking at this thinking ‘somebody has to do something’,” Loiselle tells the audience.
Having been denied access to a quality education himself, Loiselle realised that it was opportunity, not ability, that determines one’s outcomes.
“I thought that if I can create a company that provides access to education, I can do this to change the world,” he says.
Driven by the mantra “my life is my message”, Loiselle has pioneered the digital infrastructure needed to provide an online “repository of learning” for India.
“To educate the masses we have to work together,” he urges, noting that no one teacher can meet all the variable needs of any other individual.
Wrapping up his address, one can’t help but feel moved by the vision and tenacity which has motivated one man to make a difference.
Educators do more than control classrooms; we all serve a deeper moral purpose to pass on the gift of a quality education.