Our Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team

Murray Goldberg

Murray Goldberg

Founder and CEO
Murray Goldberg’s relationship with eLearning began as a tenured faculty member in the University of British Columbia’s department of Computer Science where he researched the effects of technology in learning. In 1995, he went on to develop the world’s first commercially successful Learning Management System, WebCT. He grew WebCT to 350 employees serving over 14 million learners at 4,000 large organizations around the world.

Today, Murray is widely acknowledged as one of the key pioneers in the field of Learning Management Systems, and is a regular speaker on the subject around the world. Among other awards and distinctions, Murray was awarded the Killam teaching prize at UBC,  the national Manning Award for Innovation, the national Canarie IWay award for his contributions to information technology, the national New Media Hyperion award for his contributions to learning technologies, and an honorary doctorate from the Southern Cross University for his pioneering work in shaping educational technologies.

Murray’s response when asked what he does in his free time: “free time?”, tells us everything.


Terry Coatta

Chief Technology Officer
As Chief Technology Officer, Terry manages the development team responsible for building the software behind MarineLMS. He selects the fundamental technologies used to build the product and helps formalize the processes that the team follows to create software that helps our customers solve their problems.

Before joining Marine Learning Systems, Terry founded, and was a part of senior management at, several Vancouver technology companies. They include NSG Network Software Group, Silicon Chalk, GPS Industries and Vitrium.

Terry received his B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia. He also holds a M.Sc. of Computer Science from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. of Computer Science from the University of British Columbia.

Along with being a part of the Editorial Board at ACM Queue Magazine, Terry enjoys riding his motorcycle and playing guitar outside of work.


Peter Frankel

Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Peter is responsible for developing and refining the sales and marketing processes at Marine Learning Systems. His focus is on bringing the core vision and message to the market.

Peter brings to the company over 20 years of experience in the B2B industry. He started his career as a developer but quickly shifted to more sales-related technical roles. In his last position, Peter led a large team that oversaw a combination of sales engineering, customer success and direct sales work. His team has brought in over one billion dollars of revenue to the company over a ten year period.

Peter holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science (Honours) from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from Simon Fraser University.

Peter’s free time is spent preventing his children from permanently damaging his home, skiing on the local mountains and dragon boating.


John Morrison

Director of Learning and Instructional Services
John is our head educational design consultant. He brings years of deep expertise in learning and education to help shape our customer’s learning solutions and course content.

Prior to joining Marine Learning Systems, John was the Director of Blackboard Beyond at Blackboard. Before that, he served as the Senior Director of Support at WebCT and as the Educational Technology Coordinator at the Okanagan University College.

John holds a B.Sc. from the London School of Economics and a B.Ed from the University of Regina. He earned his M.Ed. from the University of Regina and has a Ph.D. in Education from Simon Fraser University.

You can find John spending time with his family when not in the office.


Nic Mullens

Director of Operations
Nic is responsible for all internal and customer-facing technical deployments and configurations.

Before stepping into his position as Director of Operations, Nic has worked in various development-related roles in Vancouver. He had also spent many summers as a volunteer firefighter for the province of British Columbia.

Nic spends his time outside of work taking care of his newborn son, fishing on the Fraser River, hiking and enjoying the outdoors.


Mike Cripps

Director of Development
Mike’s main responsibilities as the Director of Development is the help lead the design, implementation and maintenance of MarineLMS software and the company’s software processes.

Mike brings more than a decade of experience in Vancouver’s technology industry. He has worked for a diverse array of companies involving web, mobile, desktop and video game technologies. Prior to joining Marine Learning Systems in 2014, Mike worked on 3D simulation and training software as a Senior Engineer at NGRAIN Corporation.

Mike holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science and a B.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia.

When he’s not in the office, you can often find Mike at the gym.


Daryl Hutchings

Director of Quality Assurance
Daryl serves as the Director of Quality Assurance at Marine Learning Systems. He works with the team to improve overall product quality and develops the internal processes that monitor and better our software.

Daryl has over 20 years of experience in the field of quality assurance. He has led multiple teams in a wide variety of organizations before joining us here at Marine Learning Systems.

He holds his Computer Science degree from North Staffordshire University.

Daryl served as the president of the Vancouver Gaelic Society and is a seasoned stage and voice actor.

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