How To Make Engaging Online Content with Michael Justason

Michael Justason of The LightBoard Depot Inc. just appeared live on the TIPS Podcast Series.

“How To Make Engaging Online Content” was the focus on Justason’s interview, and he also had the opportunity to demo the technology for viewers.

The LightBoard Depot Inc.’s innovative product provides a glass pane between the presenter and the webcam, allowing instructors to write on it as they would on a traditional whiteboard while facing their audience. Unlike previous solutions, The LightBoard addresses the impersonal nature of digital meetings by providing presenters with familiar tools used in classrooms or boardrooms.

The LightBoard Depot Inc.’s remarkable technology enables presenters to share visuals on the screen and interact with them in real time. The crystal-clear screen automatically reverses the text, ensuring optimal readability for viewers. Already trusted by over one hundred top-rated institutions across North America, The LightBoard Depot Inc.’s solution revolutionizes education by enhancing the remote learning experience and addressing the challenges of online classrooms.

Michael Justason

Michael D. Justason, M.Eng., MBA, P.Eng., F.CSCE

Assistant Professor and Program Chair, Civil Engineering Infrastructure Technology

Faculty of Engineering, McMaster University

At McMaster, Michael teaches courses in geotechnical and foundation engineering and engineering economics.  He is a graduate of Civil Engineering and Management and a Masters in Civil Engineering, both from McMaster.  Michael also holds an executive-MBA from Western University, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Dept. of Civil Engineering at McMaster.

Before McMaster, Michael worked for Bermingham Foundation Solutions (now Soletanche-Bachy Canada) for 18-years.  His roles at Bermingham included: Product Manager and Engineering Manager.  His main areas of expertise include pile driving and deep foundations.  Michael spent 10-years as the Product Manager for the innovative StatnamicTM load testing technology, invented by Bermingham, and he was the primary author of a new ASTM Specification related to the technology. 

Michael is active in several industry organizations and served as the 2014-15 president of the Pile Driving Contractors Association.  In his work with Bermingham, Michael travelled to over 40 countries and has worked on major civil engineering projects on 6 continents.  Some notable projects include Taipei 101, the Library of Alexandria, the Burj Al Arab Tower Hotel in Dubai; the Levees in New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina; and the reconstruction of the Hanshin Expressway in Kobe, Japan. 

In 2019, Michael won the President’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning – McMaster’s highest honour for teaching.  He is also the co-founder and CEO of LightBoard Depot Inc., a start-up company that manufactures and sells innovative solutions for improving student engagement in online teaching.

In 2022, Michael was inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering.