Company

A leader in professional high-stakes testing.

Our promise is to deliver assessments that are rigorous and defensible, yet personal and responsive.

We help people achieve their dreams. It all started when our founders Chris LaBossiere and Don Riep took their flight exams. It felt like an ordeal from the 1970s. Why wasn’t the training and testing online? When so much depended on this exam, why wasn’t it better? They looked up at the sky, and down at the new licenses in their hands. They had an idea that soared far beyond flying.

When Yardstick launched in 2002, we were a small practice exam company with a big idea: that rigorous and defensible online testing could transform lives, could even change whole industries.

2002 — Yardstick co-founders Chris LaBossiere and Don Riep in their first office.

Since 2002, we’ve grown, acquired, and developed innovative approaches to psychometrics and online testing solutions.

In 2017, Yardstick’s testing division acquired Assessment Strategies Inc., Canada’s first homegrown full-service professional testing company.

The two testing powerhouses united under the common banner of Yardstick Assessment Strategies, forming the premier provider of professional testing services in the world. Today, we’re still growing, still building a safer, more confident world, one assessment at a time.

In 2018, Yardstick acquired Banister Research, a Canadian leader in social and market research, program evaluation, and engagement.

Banister, now Yardstick Research, merged with Yardstick Assessment Strategies to bring association, government, and private sector clients unprecedented access to integrated service delivery.

With 60+ employees across 3 Canadian offices we’ve helped learners achieve competency, we’re aiming for a billion.

Our staff

Executive team

Isabelle Gonthier, PhD
President & COO

Chris Beauchamp, PhD
VP of Psychometrics

Danielle Geddes
VP of Business Development

Sheena Bateman
Director of Exam Administration

Tracy With
VP, Yardstick Research

Talented staff