I've started a grass roots called the OpenSpark project to help accelerate the use of Open Data in Canada. I have 20 years background in integration/data and since first working with open data 4 years ago I noticed that a free education platform is one of the key elements to success. As a result, I decided to implement a platform that removes a lot of the complexity that developers experience in working with Open Data. I'm hoping to launch in late January, 2015 (the site is currently up and running in test mode at www.openspark.ca with a couple of Open Data connectors created). I'm in the process of aggregating open data from data.gc.ca and creating new api's that will be available soon. If you have any requests for api's based on Canadian data, feel free to reach out to me and I'll put them on my list to create.