2012 Speakers

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Jesse Albert - Producer & Consultant – Film, Television, Digital Media and Branded Content, Independent

  • Led US digital entertainment for 19 Entertainment, where he helped establish the first American Idol/iTunes relationship
  • Helped establish United Talent Agency’s online division and has worked with most of the major Hollywood studios
  • Has created high profile digital and branded entertainment strategy and engagements for world leading clients and brands including Beyonce, Chris Brown, Megan Fox, Showtime, Sony, Ford, Ikea, Activision and many others


Tom Barker, Chair/Graduate Program Director, Digital Futures Initiative (DFI), OCADU
  • worked as a researcher, strategist, designer and serial entrepreneur in the fields of technology and design for 20 years
  • extensive collaborations include work with Sony Playstation, Bank of America, Proctor & Gamble, Lend Lease, Unilever, 3 Mobile, O2 Mobile



Laura Baxter – President / Senior UXD Consultant, MitreBox Media

  • Laura has worked with clients that include MuchMusic, Fashion Television, Toyota, Bell Canada and the World Wildlife Fund
  • She founded MitreBox Media, a digital media consulting firm, in 2009
  • Her background includes senior positions with both corporate organizations and service agencies


Jay Bennett - Vice President, Digital/Creative Director, Shaftesbury/Smokebomb Entertainment

  • Creator, producer and writer of original content for the web, television, mobile devices and live events
  • Has worked for clients such as the BBC, Disney, CTV, Family Channel and UKTV
  • Prior to Smokebomb, he worked on Emmy-nominated for the BBC, TELETOON and others


David Bergantino – Writer/Executive Producer

  • Has held positions at Disney Interactive, Jim Henson Interactive, The WB Network, Visual Science, THQ and Nickelodeon
  • The author of 11 published novels
  • Directors he has worked with include M. Night Shyamalan, Wes Craven, Sean Cunningham and Steve Oedekerk


Mark Bishop, Co-CEO and Executive Producer, marblemedia

  • Gemini Award winning champion of of the production and development of digital media
  • Featured in The Hollywood Reporter as a Next Generation Producer, won the Lions Gate/Maple Pictures Innovative Producer Award and was also recognized as Producer of the Year by the Canadian New Media Awards.
  • Sits on the Executive Committee of Interactive Ontario, is a board member of the Canadian Media Production Association and is on the advisory committee for the Ontario Media Development Corporation


Seamus Blackley – President, Innovative Leisure

  • Co-creator of the Microsoft Xbox
  • Closed over $500 million in deals as founding head of the videogame division of CAA
  • Has designed programmed, produced and written music for videogames


Sasha Boersma - Business Analyst & Producer (interactive, convergent, games), bewareoftheleopard.ca

  • Advises on business management of interactive digital media studios, business models for digital media content, government policy for digital media content, funding proposals to government agencies, and project feasibility assessments.
  • Additionally, she is the Program Coordinator of the Centennial College Interactive Digital Media post-graduate program and an Instructor on marketing and interactive content for the Children’s Entertainment post-graduate program


Keith Boesky, Founder, Boesky & Company
  • Responsible for the three top grossing game to film transitions of all time, grossing over 750 million dollars and for game revenue in excess of 1 billion dollars.
  • His clients are responsible for creating franchises including Call of Duty, Midnight Club, Prince of Persia, Tomb Raider: Starring Lara Croft, Command and Conquer, Medal of Honor, Red Dead Revolver, Robert Ludlum’s: Jason Bourne and Afro Samurai.
  • Corporate clients include Apple, Morgan Stanley, Universal Studios and Paramount Pictures.


Lenny Brown – Creative Consultant, Film/TV & Video Games

  • Past four years ran point for Transmedia strategy at video game company THQ
  • Talent deals included Guillermo del Toro, Tomonobu Itagaki, Patrice Desilets, and Matt Stone & Trey Parker



Rob Caouette - Sector Advisor, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Sector Team, Export Development Canada. (EDC)

  • Has over 15 years of experience with Export Development Canada
  • He has been an innovative force in developing and supporting EDC’s New Media Sector Strategy


Deborah Day - Digital and Social Media Strategist/Digital Media Producer, Innovate by Day
  • Award -winning television and film director and producer with over 20 years in the entertainment industry
  • designs and runs training and development programs for industry organizations and associations
  • recently worked with Bell Media as the Digital Producer of CTV’s hit summer series Saving Hope


Jason Della Rocca – Founder, Perimeter Partners

  • Served as Executive Director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) for nearly 9 years
  • Was named to Game Developer Magazine’s “The Game Developer 50″, a list which profiles 50 of the most important contributors to the state of the game industry

Ipsa Desai, Strategic Partnerships, Google

  • Responsible for Canadian YouTube partnerships
  • Drives localization efforts for Google products in Canada


Flint Dille – Writer, Ground Zero Productions
Photo by Georgia Laughton 

  • Deemed by the Writer’s Guild of America to be the most published game writer in the world
  • His credits include games, interactive movies, graphic novels, and digital comics
  • He has been immortalized in Frank Miller’s 300 (as narrator Dillios) and other projects


Stephen Ellis, President, RocketFuel Media Inc.

  • For over three decades he’s also been an advocate for independent Canadian production and distribution
  • Was awarded him the CFTPA-Kodak Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005


Victoria Evans – Partner & Producer, Stitch Media

  • At Stitch Media,Victoria has produced award-winning projects that include webseries, an interactive documentary, e-learning and extension to TV Series
  • Her background includes work on international news broadcasts, documentaries and an alternate reality game
  • Nominated in 2010 for ‘Producer of the Year’ at the Canadian New Media Awards


Emmanuel Evdemon BA, LL.B., LL.L., Entertainment Counsel, www.mediaslaw.com
  • focuses practice on providing exclusively entertainment industry clients with legal advice relating to their businesses
  • has presented on entertainment law and industry related topics at universities, legal conferences, and industry events including X-Summit

Jay Ferguson, President, 3o’clock.tv

  • Co-wrote, co-produced, co-shot and directed  the online series GUIDESTONES which  won the 2012 Banff Rockie for Best Web Series
  • Award winning filmmaker who has contributed as a writer, director, producer and cinematographer on over 15 feature films
  • Jay has  spoke across the globe about the content and distribution innovations


Ryan Fitzgerald – Community Manager/Content Creator, Celtx

  • His writing credits include linear and non-linear media in film, TV and new media
  • Has taught transmedia nationally
  • Currently he fosters community, discussion and feedback among Celtx’s 2,000,000 users worldwide


David Fono – Director – The Mission Business 

  • An award-winning game designer and developer whose work has been featured at Indiecade, Gamercamp, Come Out and Play, London’s National Theatre, and Berlin’s HAU
  • In addition to Atmosphere, he is involved with Recess.to, Board Game Jam, and theatre/transmedia project ZED.to


Anthea Foyer – Creative Director & Founder, Red Squid Lab

  • Has created, produced and advised on graphic novels, interactive installations, online narratives, wearables, participatory theatre, multiplatform experiences and TV & film convergence projects
  • Is a speaker, mentor and workshop presenter who has produced large-scale conferences and curated acclaimed exhibits


Mark Gantt – Executive Producer, Rapid Creative

  • Currently in post-production on two multi-platform series
  • Co-wrote, produced and starred in The Bannen Way, a web series/feature film with over 14 million views that is currently being developed as a TV series
  • Recently guest-starred on Showtime’s Dexter 


Trevor Haldenby – Director, The Mission Business

  • Co-Creator of ZED.TO, award-winning Toronto end-of-the-world ARG, and ByoLogyc
  • Producer, writer, designer for Habbo Hotel, Earth Rangers, Canadian Film Centre
  • Consultant to Arup, NFB, CFC Media Lab, and Photographer
  • Researcher in foresight and design futures at OCAD University


Steven Hein – Steven Hein, Vice President, Fox Digital Entertainment 

  • At Fox he has supervised such series as the Buffy: The Vampire Slayer Season 8 Motion Comic, Wolfpack of Reseda, Let’s Big Happy, and Suit Up
  • He has worked with director Sam Raimi and produced a number of independent films
  • Founded Quality Filmed Entertainment, a literary management and production company focused on feature films, television, and new media


Jo Holz - SVP, Client Research Initiatives, Nielsen

  • Works with Nielsen’s television clients in helping them understand the rapidly evolving media environment and assess its impact on driving their audiences
  • Previously served as Vice President of Research for NBC News, MSNBC, and CNBC


Kirsty Hunter – Managing Director, The Project Factory UK

  • Multi-platform credits include The British (Sky), The Great British Property Scandal (Channel 4), Britain from Above (BBC), Horrible Histories (cbbc) and History Detectives (PBS)
  • Her projects have received a Digital Emmy, RTS, Digital Broadcast, History Maker and IVCA Awards
  • She has spoken at many leading international events including MIP Screenings and The World Congress of Science and Factual Producers


Brian Seth Hurst - CEO, The Opportunity Management Company, Inc.

  • Former Second Vice Chair, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and Former Producers Guild  Of America Board Member and two term chair of the PGA’s New Media Council
  • Known as “the father of cross-platform”
  • TOMC has assisted broadcast clients and content rights holders in, extending their story worlds and programming, and building communities on new platforms
  • Recently published “WHOLE” a collection of essays that illustrate how our thoughts, beliefs and the way we feel serve to create not just our personal reality but also our national and global realities. Available on iTunes and Amazon.


J. Joly - CEO/Founder, DimeRocker/Cinecoup

  • In his two decades in the media industry, he has worked in all aspects of production
  • Developed dimeRocker, an award-winning tech-enabled agency focused on branded social games, gamification and social TV strategies
  • Named one of TechVibes “Digital Media People to Watch in 2011″


Evan Jones – Creative Director/Partner, Stitch Media

  • A two-time Emmy Award® winner and recognized as one of the ‘Top 10 New Media Groundbreakers’ according to the Bell Broadcast & New Media Fund
  • International clients have included Microsoft, Disney, FOX, CBC, Bell, Discovery and The Movie Network
  • Nominated as “Producer of the Year” at the 2011 Digi Awards


Johnny Kalangis – Creative Director, marblemedia

  • Prior to working at marblemedia, he worked at the CBC on properties such as “The Nature of Things,” “Being Erica” and “The Rick Mercer Report.”
  • His movie, “Love Is Work,” premiered at the Whistler Film Festival in 2005, and won the People’s Choice Award


Richard Kanee – CEO/Founder, CreativeD

  • Creative D is an entertainment software company whose products blend content, social media and games
  • Held business development positions at CHUM and CTV
  • Has structured licencing deals with major labels and studios such as Disney and Warner, as well as distribution agreements with Apple, Bell Mobility and Telus


Byron Laviolette – Director, The Mission Business

  • Playwright, director, dramaturg and critic
  • His criticism and arts journalism has appeared in Eye Weekly, In Toronto Magazine, Scene Changes and Adbusters


Gina Lijoi , Vice President, RocketFuel Media Inc, Partner/Rocket Digital Management, Inc

  • Expertise in stakeholder relationship management, cross-functional team leadership, web development production cycles and interactive strategy
  • Is an advisor for Humber College’s web development program, is a leading blogger in the digital management space, and has served as a mentor for Wired Women, Toronto Chapter.


Maureen McHugh – Writer, Fourth Wall Studios

  • Novelist and short story writer
  • Began working in multiplatform marketing in 2003 and has worked on campaigns for Halo 2 and Nine Inch Nails, among others


Jeremiah McMillan – Managing Director, Global Content Group

  • Specializes in “second-screen” strategy (web, mobile, TV) and multiscreen content developmet, licensing and digital distribution
  • A member of Academy of Television, Arts & Sciences – Interactive Media Group, and the Producer’s Guild of America – New Media Council


Andy Merkin - Producer for Special Projects and Transmedia, Mirada

  • Specializes in developing narrative for film, interactive and digital
  • Currently works at Mirada, a multi-platform studio co-founded by Guillermo del Toro
  • His work includes interactive music videos, apps and websites
  • A frequent speaker on transmedia strategy and production approaches, at USC, UCLA, Harvard Business School, and professional conferences such as PromaxBDA


Peter Miller – P. Eng., LL.B., Chair, Interactive Ontario

  • His legal and consulting clients have included the CMPA, Shaw, Astral, Blue Ant, Rogers Media, the CRTC, Canadian Heritage, the OMDC and more
  • Served as Chief Operating Officer for the Vision TV group of companies and Vice President, Planning and Regulatory Affairs for CHUM Limited
  • Currently serves as Chair of Interactive Ontario’s Board of Directors


James Milward - Founder / Executive Producer, Secret Location

  • As Executive Producer at Secret Location, James has built numerous award-winning, large-scale digital entertainment and brand projects
  • Under his watch, Secret Location won a Digital Emmy® in the Best Digital Program: Fiction category
  • ames is a regular speaker at international conferences around the world including: SXSW Interactive, FITC, nextMEDIA, and others


Amy Miranda – President/Executive Producer, Lunch Inc.

  • Winner of multiple Gold Cannes Cyber Lions
  • Has worked at companies that include CNN, U8TV/Alliance Atlantis, Henderson Bas, TAXI and Grip Limited
  • Founded Lunch in 2009


Darren Morenstein – Co-Founder/Managing Director, NextTime Productions 

  • Co-creator of EpicMealTime, one of the top 10 most subscribed YouTube channels worldwide
  • Has created and developed strategic partnerships to monetize the channel
  • NextTime Productions has worked with The Collective, Yoshimoto Entertainment, CH Media, MSN, Trion Worlds, Hearst Communications, Netflix, Kingmaker and Ubisoft


Jacqueline Nuwame - Senior Manager, Client Relationships, CFC Media Lab

  • Supervises project and prototype development while working closely with industry partners on strategic relationships on projects and national training activities
  • Currently working with OCADU on the recently jointly launched Digital Futures MA program
  • Her background includes ontent strategy, online/broadcast convergence, branding & marketing, and communications strategy


Marc Scarpa – Founder, Simplynew

  • Live participatory media credits include The X-Factor’s Pepsi Digital Pre-Show and Second Screen Experience, The Global Citizen Festival, Incubus HQ Live, GRAMMY LIVE!, Earth Day Network’s Earth Day Live! Concert on the National Mall
  • Produced and directed several pioneering “firsts” for the live participatory programming genre including Townhall with President Clinton, Woodstock ’99, The Tibetan Freedom Festivals

Bryan Segal - Vice President, Media Metrix Canada, comScore, Inc.

  • His clients have included CBC, Bell Media, Google Canada, The Weather Network and many more
  • A dedicated member of the Internet Advertising Bureau and CARF Board of Directors

Vanessa Shaver, Creative Producer / Consultant, Independent
  • While at the CFC, she co-created a Kinect prototype called Heart of Stars, which debuted at Nuit Blanche
  • Currently collaborating with director Alison Humphrey, York University, Gesture Tek and Motives in Movement / Dynamixyz


Orrin Shivley - Director of Art & Design, Disney Online Studios

  • Over 20 years’ experience with Disney
  • Manages creative staff and serves as Art Director on a variety of products
  • Works primarily on MMO titles and new initiatives


Tessa Sproule, Director, Interactive Content, CBC

  • Oversees production of interactive content for shows like Dragons’ Den, Mr. D, Arctic Air, Over the Rainbow & more
  • Creates compelling new ways for audiences to engage and interact with stories


Jon Taylor, Senior Director, Bell Media Digital
  • Responsible for the creation and publishing of Bell Media’s premiere video content on Digital platforms
  • Senior Producer of Digital Media for Canada’s Olympic Consortium at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games



Corey Vidal - ApprenticeA Productions

  • ApprenticeA Productions is one of the largest and most-viewed YouTube networks in Canada
  • Over 65 million YouTube views since 2006


Dave Wolfenden - Faculty, OCAD / CFC Media Lab & Senior Consultant, Canadian Blood Services

  • A leading expert in solution-focused change, applied systems thinking, team performance and strategic design thinking
  • Holds faculty positions at The Institute without Borders at George Brown College, The New Media Lab at the Canadian Film Centre, Ontario College of Art and Design University and Carnegie Mellon Design School




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