Funded Projects

Evaluation Juries

A jury of experts evaluates all projects that apply for production support through our Experimental Stream and Aboriginal Program, using a criteria-based evaluation process. Projects are selected for support based on the results of this process, and available funding.

The jury provides an external perspective on innovation, and assesses the experience of the production and creative teams on their capacity to deliver the projects submitted for funding.

Our Evaluation Process


Successful applications are determined using a selective process in reference to an evaluation grid. The four basic assessment criteria and their respective weightings for funding are:
 
  • Experience and past achievements of the production/development team
  • Innovation and advancement of the project
  • The business plan, including the viability of the project and the financial stability of the applicant
  • The distribution strategy

The jury does not evaluate applications for development and marketing support.

Recent Jury Members

  • Annelise Larson
  • Audrey Pacart
  • Domenico La Porta
  • Elizabeth LaPensée
  • Francis Ingrand
  • Laurent Guérin
  • Liz Rosenthal
  • Mark Greenspan
  • Melissa Mollen Dupuis
  • Noemie Dupuy
  • Olaf Hirschberg
  • Philippe Pasquier
  • Rachel Noonan
  • Sylvain Rivard
  • Tina Keeper
  • Wendy L. Bernfeld

Adam Sigel

Fiscal Year

2013 - 2014|2013 - 2014

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation

Round

2|1

City

Los Angeles

Country

USA

Description:

Adam Sigel is a writer, producer and content strategist working across multiple platforms. As a writer, Adam’s list of credits include featur...

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Adam Sigel is a writer, producer and content strategist working across multiple platforms. As a writer, Adam’s list of credits include feature films and TV series for companies such as Alcon Entertainment, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, Paramount and Hearst Entertainment among others. He served as a writer and story editor for Steven Spielberg on his video game project for Electronic Arts and was a writer/producer of the award-winning web/mobile cross-platform series “Afterworld.” He has developed digital content and served as content strategist for a wide range of companies including Disney, Microsoft, Activision, Cisco, Johnson & Johnson, Sony/Columbia Tri-Star, Fox Searchlight, Suzuki, GE and NBC/Universal. Also, he has served as expert or mentor to cross-media producers for international organizations such as Nordisk Film and TV, Screen Australia, Torino Film Lab, Power to the Pixel, Independent Filmmaker Project, Berlinale Talent Campus, Atlantic Film Festival, Merging+Media, Distrito Cinema of Columbia, Forum Brazil, the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland and the National Film Board of Canada.

Adam studied film production at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and graduated with high honours from Wesleyan University (film and history).  

Alison Norrington

Fiscal Year

2014 - 2015

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

2

City

Essex

Country

United Kingdom

Description:

Alison Norrington is a writer/producer, CEO, Founder & Chief Creative Director of Storycentral, a London-based entertainment studio that incuba...

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Alison Norrington is a writer/producer, CEO, Founder & Chief Creative Director of Storycentral, a London-based entertainment studio that incubates and develops ground- breaking transmedia properties with global partners.

Alison is a best-selling novelist, scriptwriter and playwright, with an MA in Creative Writing & New Media and a current PhD researcher. Over her career she has worked with and consulted to Walt Disney Imagineering, FOX International, Harlequin Mills & Boon, SVT & P3 (Sweden), F&W Media, Eurovision Broadcasting Union, Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre.

She is writer and producer of the webseries The Loedown, three bestselling novels and creator of the first transmedia romcom Staying Single. She has also written plays A Fish & A Bonsai and Pistols at Dawn.

She is the European Academy (EBU) Transmedia Masterclass trainer and runs workshops and labs globally. She is also a judge for a series of global media festivals including Banff World Media Festival, Publishing Innovation Awards, IFP Fund and Transmedia Next.

She was Conference Chair for StoryWorld Conference & Expo in Los Angeles, is a two-time TEDx speaker and is featured on the BAFTA Guru series and is a member of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, The Writers Guild of Great Britain, Women in Film & TV and the Romantic Novelists Association.

Amber MacArthur

Fiscal Year

2013 - 2014

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

2

City

Toronto

Country

Canada

Description:

Amber MacArthur is the co-host of App Central on CTV, a television show that features the latest developments in mobile technology and social media...

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Amber MacArthur is the co-host of App Central on CTV, a television show that features the latest developments in mobile technology and social media. The show airs in Canada, Singapore, Australia and South Korea. She is also the President of Konnekt Digital Engagement, a digital marketing agency based in Halifax and Toronto. After receiving a post-graduate degree in Journalism, majoring in the digital realm, she moved to San Francisco to work for two tech start-ups during the dot-com boom. Upon returning to Canada, Amber worked as a web strategy manager with Microsoft Canada, leading the development and editorial teams to create a female-focused lifestyle portal. She was also the country’s first new media reporter, covering digital news for Toronto’s Citytv. In 2010, Canadian Business named Amber Canada’s top social media expert on how to build a brand.

Anita Ondine

Fiscal Year

2015 - 2016

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

1

City

London

Country

United Kingdom

Description:

Anita Ondine is an internationally renowned transmedia creator, consultant and educator, who has overseen the concepting and development of over a ...

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Anita Ondine is an internationally renowned transmedia creator, consultant and educator, who has overseen the concepting and development of over a dozen original transmedia properties, including Lance Weiler’s groundbreaking Pandemic 1.0 which was the first fully transmedia story experience to debut at the Sundance Film Festival. Anita also produced the companion short film “Pandemic 41.410806,-75.654259,” which premiered in competition at Sundance and was distributed via a US cable network reaching 28 million homes. Anita runs her own production company, LivOn Productions. Anita has also worked with several major broadcasters in Europe, Asia and the United States to develop their own transmedia programs. She co-founded the popular Transmedia Next workshop series where she is Creative Director and Lead Trainer. Anita is a vocal advocate of the power and potential that transmedia in particular, and digital media more broadly, provides storytellers and has a specific interest in using transmedia in the context of social change. She speaks internationally on themes related to transmedia and the intersection of technology and entertainment, and is a Board Member of Screen Tasmania.

Annelise Larson

Fiscal Year

2018 - 2019|2015 - 2016|2014 - 2015|2013 - 2014

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation|Innovation|Innovation

Round

2|2|1|2

City

Saskatoon

Country

Canada

Description:

Annelise Larson comes from a background as an independent producer, with training at such prestigious institutions as the Canadian Film Centre (Pro...

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Annelise Larson comes from a background as an independent producer, with training at such prestigious institutions as the Canadian Film Centre (Producers’ Lab) and Banff Centre for the Arts (Electronic and Film Media). Since 1995 she has been working in the field of online marketing and has always been an avid gamer and consumer of digital content. She works extensively with government organizations and production companies in the film, television and interactive industries in North America. Her focus is helping content creators and storytellers use the digital opportunity to define, find, attract and engage their audiences and work toward strategic and sustainable business models. She has sat on the Interactive Fund jury for BC Film + Media (now Creative BC), the Experimental Stream jury for the CMF, has taught across the country on behalf of such organizations as Telefilm Canada, the Canadian Film Centre, Women in Film, and the National Screen Institute, and is a highly sought after speaker for media festivals and conferences. Annelise has developed and implemented marketing strategies and gathered and analyzed online data for digital and screen media products as diverse as social TV apps, transmedia experiences, webisode series, feature films, television series and production companies themselves. Her online course Becoming a Storypreneur has been taught to media storytellers across Canada and in conjunction with Boost Hbg in Sweden to rave reviews. Currently, Annelise is excited to be working on launching a suite of webinars to teach how to think and work like a storypreneur and to bring the filmmaker crowdfunding and VOD platform Seed&Spark to Canada.

Annika Gustafson

Fiscal Year

2014 - 2015

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

1

City

Helsingborg

Country

Sweden

Description:

Annika Gustafson is the executive director of BoostHbg, a ground breaking development and funding incubator for innovative media and film in Helsin...

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Annika Gustafson is the executive director of BoostHbg, a ground breaking development and funding incubator for innovative media and film in Helsingborg, Sweden. Previously based in Montreal, Annika spent many years developing her creative and business expertise in the international film industry. Returning to Sweden in 2010, she produced the Financing Forum for Kids Content before joining BoostHbg as the Nordic countries' first Transmedia Commissioner.
 
In Montreal, Annika was a board member of Doc Quebec and in Sweden she’s a board member of DocLounge and Nemo. She’s a well sought after speaker and panelist who also coaches companies on storytelling and audience/consumer reach.
 
With her passion for strong stories that can develop organically over several platforms, Annika draws on her years of experience as an award winning filmmaker to help clients and talents increase reach, impact, and financing possibilities. She continues to nurture her passion for social change through documentary story telling. Her Sundance supported film Brown Gold will premiere in 2015.

Audrey Pacart

Fiscal Year

2018 - 2019|2017 - 2018|2016 - 2017

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation|Web Series

Round

2|2|1

City

Montréal

Country

Canada

Description:

After more than 15 years as an executive producer on more than thirty films and television series, Audrey Pacart then went on to manage the content...

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After more than 15 years as an executive producer on more than thirty films and television series, Audrey Pacart then went on to manage the content, programming and digital strategy of Tou.tv and Groupe V Média. Currently, within her new company, Very Story, she acts as an immersive content consultant and helps digital producers as well as artistic and cultural agencies to develop VR/AR financing and distribution strategies as well as installation projects. She also coaches and mentors creators while they develop their projects, namely in Columbia and France. Audrey regularly facilitates creative workshops and is currently working on the production of a VR fiction selected during the last Gap Financing Market at the 2018 Venice Festival.

Benjamin Hoguet

Fiscal Year

2018 - 2019

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

1

City

Bordeaux

Country

France

Description:

Benjamin Hoguet writes and designs new kinds of narratives. His interactive and social projects strive to find a balance between engaging storytell...

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Benjamin Hoguet writes and designs new kinds of narratives. His interactive and social projects strive to find a balance between engaging storytelling and audience involvement. His works range from interactive documentaries to digital comics, from virtual reality projects to native stories for social networks. These projects have been published by leading media company in France such as Le Monde and France Télévisions and by large institutions such as the French Ministry of Education, the European Parliament or an agricultural UNESCO chair in Paris.

He also writes about creating new narratives, having published four books on interactive storytelling and virtual reality. As a keynote speaker, during major events and in his weekly newsletter followed by thousands, he shares insights into writing and producing for the digital age and curates the largest collection of interactive works.

Britta Schell

Fiscal Year

2012 - 2013

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

2

City

San Francisco

Country

USA

Description:

Britta brings nearly a decade of insights, strategy, brands and advertising to the table, as well as a lifetime of being a digital native. Passiona...

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Britta brings nearly a decade of insights, strategy, brands and advertising to the table, as well as a lifetime of being a digital native. Passionate about developing and implementing great strategy and innovative insights to help brands and business achieve, Britta also has a special expertise in the digital and social space.
Britta has worked on digital, brand and innovation insights and strategy as well as creative campaigns and a few launches for a diverse group of brands including Coca-Cola, American Express, MTV, HBO, eos, P&G, Virgin America, Agent Provocateur, Jawbone, and the nonprofit Nanhi Kali. Most recently serving as Director, Digital Strategic Insights at MTV.

Bruno Guglielminetti

Fiscal Year

2014 - 2015|2013 - 2014

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation

Round

1|2

City

Montréal

Country

Canada

Description:

A new technology and digital media specialist since 1994, Bruno Guglielminetti worked as a director at Radio-Canada from 1987 to 2010, where he dir...

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A new technology and digital media specialist since 1994, Bruno Guglielminetti worked as a director at Radio-Canada from 1987 to 2010, where he directed the Christiane Charette en direct show on Radio-Canada’s Première Chaîne radio station from 2006 to 2010. He wrote for La Presse from 1996 to 2003 and for Le Devoir from 2005 to 2010. He served as Director of Digital Communications and Strategic Information at the public relations firm National in Montréal from 2010 to February 2014, and has served as Digital Communications Director at the Just for Laughs Group since February 2014.

He is the author of the best-seller Les 1 000 meilleurs sites en français de la planète, published by Éditions Logique. In 2003, he received the Communicator of the Year Award from the International Association of Business Communicators (Canada). In 2004, he received the Mérite de la langue française award in the field of new technology from the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF). In May 2009, he received the Excellence in Science and Technology Reporting Award from the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance, in Ottawa.

Caitlin Burns

Fiscal Year

2014 - 2015

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

2

City

New York

Country

USA

Description:

Caitlin Burns has spent a decade working with narrative intellectual property franchises, independent artists, brands and philanthropic initiatives...

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Caitlin Burns has spent a decade working with narrative intellectual property franchises, independent artists, brands and philanthropic initiatives. Developing content strategies, overseeing multiplatform storyworlds and supervising localization campaigns spanning the globe, she understands what it takes to create a success story. Her independent feature McCarren Park, a film distributed by a geolocated mobile app, premiered at the Tribeca Film Institute’s Interactive Day and screened at the New York Film Festival.

Her past work includes: Pirates of the Caribbean, Disney Fairies, and Tron Legacy for The Walt Disney Company, James Cameron’s Avatar for Fox, Halo for Microsoft, Happiness Factory for The Coca-Cola Company, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Nickelodeon and Transformers for Hasbro. She has also worked with Sony, Showtime, Pepperidge Farm, Scholastic, Tribeca New Media Fund, FEMSA, Wieden+Kennedy, Odd Division, Tool of North America, Campfire, Reebok, Stratasys and The Disney Channel.

She regularly speaks to educational institutions including: Ithaca College, New York University, The New School, Ontario College of Art & Design, Bloomfield College, SUNY Purchase and Columbia University. She also travels internationally to speak and educate on business models and changing production practices in the entertainment industry. 

Carl-Frédéric de Celles

Fiscal Year

2012 - 2013|2012 - 2013

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation

Round

2|1

City

Québec City

Country

Canada

Description:

A trained economist, Carl-Frédéric de Celles is co-founder, president and senior partner of iXmédia, one of Quebec’s leading interactive solu...

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A trained economist, Carl-Frédéric de Celles is co-founder, president and senior partner of iXmédia, one of Quebec’s leading interactive solutions design and production firms. He has developed many original, popular and highly successful projects and initiatives, including the ZAP Québec community network and the annual Le Web à Québec conference (WAQ), and has been associated with Kabane, Zengo, Opossum, Molecube and Caribou. He is a member of the board of directors at a number of organizations, including Rencontres cinématographiques de Québec, ZAP Québec, WAQ and the ANDI (Art numérique et divertissement interactif) regional business round table. In recent years, he has been chairman of the board of the TECHNOcompétences sectoral committee for the IT industry workforce, headed the Workgroup on Digital Production and Interactive Media, and served as treasurer for the Institut canadien de Québec, which operates Quebec City’s public library network.

Catherine Mathys

Fiscal Year

2018 - 2019

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

1

City

Montréal

Country

Canada

Description:

Catherine Mathys has worked as a columnist, reporter and host for more than 15 years now. She specializes in covering and analyzing technological t...

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Catherine Mathys has worked as a columnist, reporter and host for more than 15 years now. She specializes in covering and analyzing technological transformations. She holds a bachelor in sociology and a master’s degree in communication and particularly appreciates observing how we interact wioth technology and how technology impacts our daily lives. For several years now, she can be heard on ICI Radio-Canada Première and read in several other media outlets. She has been rewarded for her work at the Grands prix du journalisme indépendant du Québec as well as Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPA). Finally, Catherine works as a university lecturer.

Catherine Warren

Fiscal Year

2010 - 2011|2010 - 2011

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation

Round

2|1

City

Vancouver

Country

Canada

Description:

Catherine Warren is president of FanTrust Entertainment Strategies, an international management consulting firm for the digital distribution and me...

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Catherine Warren is president of FanTrust Entertainment Strategies, an international management consulting firm for the digital distribution and media production industries. A digital media veteran with 25 years of experience, Catherine has published more than 25 books on science and computing for adults and children, and produced numerous award-winning websites and interactive broadcasts. She is the North American executive board member of the United Nation’s flagship World Summit Award for Digital Media, and is a judge for the international Digital Emmy Awards and the Rose d’Or.

Christopher Sandberg

Fiscal Year

2017 - 2018|2016 - 2017

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation

Round

1|2

City

Stockholm

Country

Sweden

Description:

Christopher Sandberg’s passion is strong scripted drama with rich audience participation. He uses broadcast shows, mobile games, social media...

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Christopher Sandberg’s passion is strong scripted drama with rich audience participation. He uses broadcast shows, mobile games, social media and live events in a holistic way, to create world-renowned transmedia productions. Christopher Sandberg is Founder and Chief Creative Officer at The company P.

Christopher Sandberg’s productions have garnished numerous international awards and listed as milestones by WIRED Magazine UK. Christopher Sandberg created Scandinavia’s first participatory national digital TV-channel: TV4. He just premiered at the Royal Dramatic Theatre with a newly-written interactive play Gertrude’s Bachelorette, a prequel to Hamlet.

Cortney Harding

Fiscal Year

2018 - 2019

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

1

City

New York

Country

USA

Description:

Cortney is the founder and CEO of the VR/AR agency Friends With Holograms. She works with clients like Verizon, McGarry Bowen, McCann, the Associat...

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Cortney is the founder and CEO of the VR/AR agency Friends With Holograms. She works with clients like Verizon, McGarry Bowen, McCann, the Associated Press, and others to create groundbreaking AR and VR content. Cortney also writes for outlets like Billboard and Ad Week and has spoken at SXSW, Future of Storytelling, and Advertising Week, among other events. She is an adjunct professor at New York University. 

Domenico La Porta

Fiscal Year

2018 - 2019

Jury Type

Commercial Projects Pilot Program

Round

1

City

Liège

Country

Belgium

Description:

Domenico La Porta holds degrees in law and criminology, but it is his passion for audiovisual and new medias that has guided his main career choice...

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Domenico La Porta holds degrees in law and criminology, but it is his passion for audiovisual and new medias that has guided his main career choices over the last 15 years. Journalist, film critic on Belgian television (RTBF) and editor of the professional magazine Cineuropa.org, Domenico was appointed to head Wallimage Creative in 2014. The Walloon fund supports new media and digital innovation at the regional, national and international levels.

Lecturer and professor of multiplatform narration as well as of gamification, Domenico is also an author (series, films, video games, comic strips) and a script doctor on occasion. He focuses the fruits of his transversal experience on the development of original narrative intellectual property, incubated in the R/O Institute that he heads since 2016. The R/O Institute is both an incubator and a seasonal accelerator that welcomes a new generation of authors and invites them to deploy their narration over several complementary platforms including television, film, the comic strips, video games, mixed reality and mobile technologies.

Dré Labre

Fiscal Year

2011 - 2012|2010 - 2011

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation

Round

1|2

City

Toronto

Country

Canada

Description:

Dré Labre spent 15 years at agencies such as MacLaren McCann, Blast Radius, Tribal DDB, and (currently) Rethink. Dré’s strategy and artistry ...

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Dré Labre spent 15 years at agencies such as MacLaren McCann, Blast Radius, Tribal DDB, and (currently) Rethink. Dré’s strategy and artistry have earned him judging positions at awards shows including the DMAs, CMAs, London International and the Webbys. He is a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS) and is on the board of directors of the Advertising and Design Club of Canada (ADCC).

Eliana Russi

Fiscal Year

2015 - 2016

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

1

City

São Paulo

Country

Brazil

Description:

Eliana Russi is an international business developer in the interactive media sector, specializing in TV and videogames Industries. She currently le...

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Eliana Russi is an international business developer in the interactive media sector, specializing in TV and videogames Industries. She currently leads the Brazilian Game Developers Program promoting local companies internationally, fostering new business opportunities for the sector. Also, is the executive producer of Brazil’s International Games Festival (BIG), a major industry event for independent games in Latin America. Working with the Consulate General of Canada in São Paulo from 2001 to 2007, she promoted the Canadian Audiovisual sector in Brazil, fostering relationships to help the first feature film and television coproductions. Eliana is the sectorial representative for Games at SPCine, São Paulo Audiovisual Company and Secretaria de Cultura do Rio de Janeiro. She holds an MBA speacializing in e-Economy from the University of São Paulo.

Elizabeth LaPensée

Fiscal Year

2018 - 2019

Jury Type

Aboriginal

Round

1

City

Haslett

Country

USA

Description:

Elizabeth LaPensée, Ph.D. is an award-winning designer, writer, artist, and researcher who creates and studies Indigenous-led media such as games a...

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Elizabeth LaPensée, Ph.D. is an award-winning designer, writer, artist, and researcher who creates and studies Indigenous-led media such as games and comics. She is Anishinaabe from Baawaating with relations at Bay Mills Indian Community, Métis named for Elizabeth Morris, and settler-Irish. She is an Assistant Professor of Media & Information and Writing, Rhetoric & American Cultures at Michigan State University. Most recently, she designed and created art for Thunderbird Strike (2017), a lightning-searing side-scroller game which won Best Digital Media at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. She is a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow.

Emilia Zboralska

Fiscal Year

2017 - 2018|2016 - 2017

Jury Type

Web Series|Web Series

Round

1|1

City

Toronto

Country

Canada

Description:

Dr. Emilia Zboralska is an Instructor at Ryerson University, and is currently serving as Interim Director of the Transmedia Zone, Ryerson’s s...

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Dr. Emilia Zboralska is an Instructor at Ryerson University, and is currently serving as Interim Director of the Transmedia Zone, Ryerson’s storytelling and media innovation incubator. Emilia is also a Research Associate at Ryerson’s Media Innovation Research Lab, and the President of the Independent Web Creators of Canada. Her SSHRC funded PhD research project critically investigates the realities of entrepreneurship in the emerging, Canadian digital-first storytelling sector and provides the first benchmark analysis of gender and race across key creative roles in Canadian digital scripted series.

Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, and she has presented her research at conferences worldwide.

Emilia is also co-founder of King Squared Media, a boutique production startup that focuses on premium, narrative storytelling. With an eye toward innovation and solving real problems for real users, Emilia is also a strong proponent of design thinking as a problem solving and audience engagement strategy. She is involved in the delivery of high profile design jams that bring together a wide cross-section of stakeholders to address social, cultural, technical, organizational, and policy challenges.

Enrique Soissa

Fiscal Year

2016 - 2017

Jury Type

Web Series

Round

1

City

Toronto

Country

Canada

Description:

With over a decade and a half of experience in the media and entertainment industries, Enrique Soissa has spent his time working with and in major ...

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With over a decade and a half of experience in the media and entertainment industries, Enrique Soissa has spent his time working with and in major media organizations as well as start ups. From founding and running his own business in the music industry to running the Canadian content acquisitions for Dailymotion, he has vast experience with media and entertainment content, from programming to business development and more.

Éric Viennot

Fiscal Year

2015 - 2016

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

1

City

Paris

Country

France

Description:

Éric Viennot is pursuing a career these days as an author and independent consultant in the field of video games, documentaries and transmedia fict...

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Éric Viennot is pursuing a career these days as an author and independent consultant in the field of video games, documentaries and transmedia fiction. For many years, he taught courses on new media at the Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris. He then co-founded the Lexis Numérique studio which has specialized in digital imaging and multimedia since 1990. Éric has had a parallel career as a video game author. Besides Les Aventures de l’Oncle Ernest (Adventures of Uncle Ernest) and its sequels such as La Boite à bidules (The box of widgets), he is especially well known for the In Memoriam game series (released as Missing: Since January in English), often cited as a classic paradigm in the genre of alternate reality games (ARG). More recently, he has created the transmedia fiction Alt-Minds. Widely recognized in Europe as a pioneer in transmedia fiction (Les Echos magazine has dubbed him “the francophone pope of transmedia”). Éric is regularly involved in conferences and higher education programs on digital and transmedia creative in France and abroad (INA, ESCP, Centre Pompidou, MIT, Lincoln Center, Festival de Montréal, to name just a few). He was made a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2004.

Fabienne Fiorucci

Fiscal Year

2017 - 2018

Jury Type

Commercial Projects Pilot Program

Round

1

City

Paris

Country

France

Description:

Fabienne Fiorucci is a Creative Director at Dare.Win Paris. She began as a copywriter, trained at Young&Rubicam Paris, before joining Damien, h...

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Fabienne Fiorucci is a Creative Director at Dare.Win Paris. She began as a copywriter, trained at Young&Rubicam Paris, before joining Damien, her art director at TBWA\ Paris. 

In 2014, they joined Dare. Win Paris also passionate about user-centric ideas that reach receptive people wherever they are. In an ever evolving communication landscape, being able to think of ideas not through the medium but through the usage is key; whether it is on social media, websites, bills, mailboxes, etc. 

In 2015, they became creative directors. They still strive to cultivate their 'hackvertising' culture picked up at Dare.Win by rethinking habits and platform usage through big, bold and impactful ideas. 

The duo has received Epica Awards, Cannes Lions, Clio Awards, FWA, Awwwards and Shorty Awards for work they've done for Netflix, NBCUniversal, Pathé Films, 13eme Rue, to name a few.

Francis Ingrand

Fiscal Year

2018 - 2019|2016 - 2017

Jury Type

Commercial Projects Pilot Program|Commercial Projects Pilot Program

Round

1|2

City

Paris

Country

France

Description:

Francis Ingrand is a French videogame entrepreneur who also specializes in video game distribution issues worldwide. He is today the CEO of Plug In...

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Francis Ingrand is a French videogame entrepreneur who also specializes in video game distribution issues worldwide. He is today the CEO of Plug In Digital, a company that provides distribution and publishing services to video game creators worldwide. Working hand in hand with over 70 distribution partners on PC platforms or cloud gaming and with console manufacturers, the company has represented distributed more than 200 video games to this day.

Francis Ingrand has previously and successively been in charge of the Internet business start-up Blackorange (1999–2001), product manager and director of sales and purchases for the E-commerce site alapage.com, a subsidiary of the Orange Group (2001–2006), and VP Business development and Senior VP of the videogame division of the Nexway company (2007–2011). Since 2014, Francis Ingrand is also vice president of the SNJV (France’s national video game union) and, since 2015, president of The Game, an association dedicated to promoting and showcasing France’s video game industry on the international stage.

Frank Boyd

Fiscal Year

2011 - 2012

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

1

City

London

Country

United Kingdom

Description:

Frank Boyd founded the UK’s first digital media lab, the Arts Technology Centre (Artec), in1989. He was also a founder of European Multimedia...

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Frank Boyd founded the UK’s first digital media lab, the Arts Technology Centre (Artec), in1989. He was also a founder of European Multimedia Labs, the UK Digital Media Alliance and the BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Awards before joining the BBC Innovation and Learning Department as director of creative development. In 2002, he created Unexpected Media to support innovation and creative research on media of the future. Recent projects include the BBC Innovation Labs and the international Crossover Labs program in Australia, Canada, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Italy and the UK. Frank is currently a consultant on convergence and the creative industries for the UK government’s Technology Strategy Board.

Frédéric Cavazza

Fiscal Year

2012 - 2013|2011 - 2012

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation

Round

1|2

City

Paris

Country

France

Description:

Frédéric Cavazza has worked in the web sector for more than 12 years as a consultant on various missions for French and international firms, includ...

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Frédéric Cavazza has worked in the web sector for more than 12 years as a consultant on various missions for French and international firms, including Renault, L’Oréal, Orange and Vodafone. Nowadays he is an independent consultant, delivering expertise, education and training, and speaking at engagements in France, Switzerland, Canada, Romania, Chile and other countries worldwide. Frédéric is also a natural-born tech evangelist, who writes 8 blogs on topics ranging from innovation, social media and e-commerce to enterprise 2.0 and wireless technologies.

Frederic Josue

Fiscal Year

2017 - 2018

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

2

City

Paris

Country

France

Description:

Frédéric Josué is a media and brands specialist with a particular intuition and capacity in forecasting future trends. This unique ability has prov...

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Frédéric Josué is a media and brands specialist with a particular intuition and capacity in forecasting future trends. This unique ability has proved revolutionary in improving Havas, its clients and the Startups he mentors’ business strategy. He is the founder and Director of 18havas.io, a collaborative-innovation research network based in Paris, Tel Aviv, Los Angeles, Bogotá, Seoul/Tokyo and Shanghai. 18-Havas sponsors the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab, UCLA TFTDM in Los Angeles, Technion in Israel, Kaist and SNU-Seoul. He is the Global Executive Advisor of Dominique Delport, the Managing Director of Havas Media Group and President of Vivendi Content. He also advises Yannick Bolloré, chairman of Havas Group, on innovation and accompanies him during his several roadshows overseas. Frederic addresses all the aspects and questions raised by Havas business.

On top of his regular job Frederic Josue is a serial speaker and member of a number of associations on the topic of multi-platform storytelling. He participates in the organization of the yearly “I Love Transmedia” festival and also of the Marseille WebSeries-Festival. He is a Member of the CNC - French National Center for Cinema’s New Media Commission and is the President of the French Virtual-Reality & Alternate-Reality Think Tank called UNI-VR that promotes French Entrepreneurship and Artists. Frederic has been teaching a class at Institut Sciences-Po Paris since 2007 about Cultural Industries and the impact that social issues and current news have on storytelling. He is the Creator and co-scriptwriter of the CanalPlay digital series FRAT on counter terrorism and radical islam. Frédéric also advises companies’ Marketing & Communication Executives on Immersive Storytelling.

Driving his relentless quest in looking for the most innovative solutions are Frédéric’s Franco-Brazilian origins, which could be used to explain his work ethic, creative and multicultural mindset. A postgraduate from the Sorbonne University in Industrial Economy and Finance, Frederic Josue started his career as an analyst at the French Ministry of Defence, in Competitive Intelligence and continued as a Financial Analyst in a private research institute called Xerfi. He then became an editor for Canal Plus, after which he collaborated on the development of the television show C.U.L.T., about urban culture, which went on to win an Emmy award.

Frederik Lesage

Fiscal Year

2011 - 2012|2011 - 2012

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation

Round

2|1

City

London

Country

United Kingdom

Description:

Dr. Frederik Lesage is a lecturer in Cultural and Creative Industries and Digital Humanities at King’s College London and a visiting lecturer...

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Dr. Frederik Lesage is a lecturer in Cultural and Creative Industries and Digital Humanities at King’s College London and a visiting lecturer in the Screen Media and Cultures program at Cambridge University. Frederik was awarded a Ph.D. by the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics in 2009. His research specializes in investigating how small to medium-size organizations develop scalable platforms and co-creative practices for delivering online content. Frederik has made presentations at numerous international conferences and his work has been widely published.

Gavin McGarry

Fiscal Year

2017 - 2018|2016 - 2017|2015 - 2016|2010 - 2011|2010 - 2011

Jury Type

Commercial Projects Pilot Program|Commercial Projects Pilot Program|Innovation|Innovation|Innovation

Round

1|2|2|2|1

City

Los Angeles

Country

USA

Description:

Before founding social media agency Jumpwire Media in 2009, Gavin worked for Skype funded webvideo start up Joost and he was the Head of Cross Plat...

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Before founding social media agency Jumpwire Media in 2009, Gavin worked for Skype funded webvideo start up Joost and he was the Head of Cross Platform Business Development at global media company Endemol. 

Jumpwire Media specializes in building and managing social media communities for pages with fans over 100,000. Jumpwire clients include: Starz, Sony, Yahoo, Katie Couric, BBC, etc

Gavin has been working in media space for over 25 years. He has lived in Japan, Africa, and Europe exploring and understanding the global digital space.

He is invited to speak at media industry conferences around the world including: MIPCOM, International Institute of Communications, Harvard Business Club of New York, etc.

He is an avid cyclist, surfer, skier, and soccer player. He lives in Los Angeles. 

Gina Desjardins

Fiscal Year

2011 - 2012|2011 - 2012

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation

Round

2|1

City

Montréal

Country

Canada

Description:

Gina Desjardins is a journalist and columnist specializing in new technologies and digital media. She worked for several seasons as a reporter for ...

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Gina Desjardins is a journalist and columnist specializing in new technologies and digital media. She worked for several seasons as a reporter for Vox Télé and the technology show Le Lab, before moving on to M.Net (Musique Plus) as a video game reviewer and as a researcher for VLOG (TVA), a program devoted to the best videos on the web. Today Gina blogs in the tech sections of MSN.ca and Radio-Canada (Triplex), and is frequently invited to comment on the current scene on radio and television. She also works as a consultant, coach and speaker on social networking, tech user experience (sites, applications), the history and playability of video games, and multimedia and transmedia strategies.

Guy Gadney

Fiscal Year

2012 - 2013

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

2

City

Sydney

Country

Australia

Description:

Guy has 20 years’ experience in digital entertainment projects across multiple platforms and has produced over 200 projects including massive...

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Guy has 20 years’ experience in digital entertainment projects across multiple platforms and has produced over 200 projects including massively multiplayer games, EPGs, digital radio interfaces and interactive fiction. He was Head of Multimedia for Penguin Books UK before going on to produce acclaimed websites for the band Oasis, the Guardian newspaper, and FoxKids.

After leading the broadband and interactive TV production for BBC Worldwide, Guy produced the online massively multiplayer game Diaspora which pitted thousands of online players against each other simultaneously, and developed 3D games engines for PC and Playstation.
He has been General Manager of Digital Services for PBL Media (Channel Nine and ACP Magazines) and Director of Content for Telstra BigPond. He is currently with The Project Factory.

Until recently, he was President of the Australian Interactive Media Industry Association (AIMIA) for 4 years and remains an active Board member. He was a judge for the BAFTA Interactive awards before moving to Australia and is a current judge for The Webbys.

Isabelle Marazzani

Fiscal Year

2016 - 2017

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

1

City

Montréal

Country

Canada

Description:

Since 2013, Isabelle Marazzani has managed the organizational, administrative, pedagogical and integrated development of the college-level activiti...

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Since 2013, Isabelle Marazzani has managed the organizational, administrative, pedagogical and integrated development of the college-level activities and training services at Campus en Arts et Divertissement numérique (ADN) in a perspective of educational success, customer service and profitability.

From 2007 to 2012, she offered her freelance consulting services in business strategy to major clients in the digital media sector, including Alliance numérique, SECOR Group, Electronic Arts, Dionne+Gagnon, Telefilm Canada, Innovation PEI and the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. She also served four years as a startup coach at Inno-centre, where she helped more than 100 Mexican and Québec technology firms to take their first commercial steps.

After obtaining a bachelors’ degree in Communications with a major in Journalism from Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in 1992, she worked for several years in media, and then, from 1994 to 2007, held several management positions in marketing and communications within various companies, including Matrox, Behaviour Interactive, Transcontinental Group, as well as at the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau.

For over 20 years, Isabelle has been contributing to the rise of Québec’s video game development industry. She has served twice as a member of the jury for Québec’s digital industry NUMIX Awards—in 2013 in the Video Games category and in 2016 in the Games Startup category. Isabelle is co-founder and Vice-President of the International Game Developers Association of Montréal (IGDA), for which she has volunteered since its foundation in 2001.

Jason Della Rocca

Fiscal Year

2017 - 2018

Jury Type

Commercial Projects Pilot Program

Round

1

City

Kirkland

Country

Canada

Description:

Jason Della Rocca is a game industry entrepreneur, funding advisor, and cluster expert. He specializes in business/partnership development, pitchin...

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Jason Della Rocca is a game industry entrepreneur, funding advisor, and cluster expert. He specializes in business/partnership development, pitching/funding, and ecosystem/cluster development. 

As the co-founder of Executions Labs, he was a hands-on early stage investor to over 20 independent game studios from North America and Europe. Between 2000-09 he served as the executive director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA), and was honored for his industry building efforts with the inaugural Ambassador Award at the Game Developers Conference. In 2009, Jason was named to Game Developer Magazine’s “Power50,” a list which profiles 50 of the most important contributors to the state of the game industry. As a sought after expert on the game industry, Jason has lectured at conferences and universities worldwide.

Jason Edward Lewis

Fiscal Year

2017 - 2018|2016 - 2017

Jury Type

Aboriginal|Innovation

Round

1|1

City

Montréal

Country

Canada

Description:

Jason Edward Lewis is a digital media poet, artist, and software designer. He founded Obx Laboratory for Experimental Media, where he directs resea...

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Jason Edward Lewis is a digital media poet, artist, and software designer. He founded Obx Laboratory for Experimental Media, where he directs research/creation projects on computation as a creative and cultural material. He co-directs the Initiative for Indigenous Futures, the Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace research network, and the Skins Workshops on Aboriginal Stortyelling and Video Game Design. He is a Trudeau Fellow, and University Research Chair in Computational Media and the Indigenous Future Imaginary as well as Professor of Computation Arts at Concordia University, Montreal.

Lewis' creative work has been featured at Ars Electronica, Mobilefest, Urban Screens, ISEA, SIGGRAPH, and FILE, among other venues, and has been recognized with the inaugural Robert Coover Award for Best Work of Electronic Literature, a Prix Ars Electronica Honorable Mention, several imagineNATIVE Best New Media awards and five solo exhibitions. He's the author or co-author of chapters in collected editions covering mobile media, video game design, machinima and experimental pedagogy with Indigenous communities, as well as numerous journal articles and conference papers. 

Before joining academia, Lewis spent fifteen years in Silicon Valley exploring early digital and networked media at the Institute for Research on Learning (where he was a Carnegie Fellow), Fitch Design, and Interval Research. In 2009 he founded Arts Alliance Laboratory, the research and development arm of London-based venture capital firm Arts Alliance. Born and raised in northern California, he is Cherokee, Hawaiian and Samoan.

Jason Ryle

Fiscal Year

2017 - 2018

Jury Type

Aboriginal

Round

1

City

Toronto

Country

Canada

Description:

Jason Ryle is the Artistic Director of the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival based in Toronto, Canada. imagineNATIVE is the world’s la...

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Jason Ryle is the Artistic Director of the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival based in Toronto, Canada. imagineNATIVE is the world’s largest showcase of film, video, audio and digital media works created by Indigenous media artists. In his capacity as Artistic Director, Jason oversees all artistic and programming aspects of the annual Festival and the organisation’s year-round activities, including international co-presentations and special projects. He is an Advisor for the NATIVe - A Journey into Indigenous Cinema special series at the Berlinale (Germany) and has served on numerous festival and council juries in Canada and internationally, most recently at the Tampere Film Festival (Finland).

Jean Michel Albert

Fiscal Year

2016 - 2017

Jury Type

Web Series

Round

1

City

Marseille

Country

France

Description:

Jean-Michel Albert holds a BBA (finance option) and a BA from the University of California. He today has a total of 20 years of experience in the c...

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Jean-Michel Albert holds a BBA (finance option) and a BA from the University of California. He today has a total of 20 years of experience in the completion of development projects, from conception to production. He has also developed innovative and creative projects for many national and international production companies. He currently works as an independent producer and consultant in the field of new media and founded the Marseille Web Fest, an international festival held for the first time in 2011.

Jean-Pierre Faucher

Fiscal Year

2012 - 2013|2010 - 2011|2010 - 2011

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation|Innovation

Round

1|2|1

City

Montréal

Country

Canada

Description:

Jean-Pierre Faucher is an international business consultant in the interactive media sector, specializing in video games. He also provides expertis...

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Jean-Pierre Faucher is an international business consultant in the interactive media sector, specializing in video games. He also provides expertise as senior business advisor at Inno-centre Montréal and Technology Business Accelerator in Mexico City, serving in this capacity as a coach for Mexican- and Quebec-based firms. He is a member of the executive committee of the UNESCO Chair of International Communication and Development at UQAM, a co-producer of the Canadian Guide to the Video Games Industry. Jean-Pierre was formerly director of partnership development for the Alliance numérique du Québec, founder of the Montreal International Gaming Summit, co-founder of the Canadian Interactive Alliance (CIAIC), publisher and product manager for Quebecor Media and a jury member for the OCTAS Gala of the Réseau action TI du Québec.

Jeff Mignon

Fiscal Year

2011 - 2012

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

2

City

New York

Country

USA

Description:

Jeff Mignon is the founder and CEO of the RevSquare/Mignon-Media digital agency, which specializes in communications for the corporate, education a...

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Jeff Mignon is the founder and CEO of the RevSquare/Mignon-Media digital agency, which specializes in communications for the corporate, education and media sectors. He is also the publisher of a news site for kids, Kiddoki.com, and an investor in two start-ups: Open Topic and Fuzu Media. He is the co-creator of Quelcandidat.com, the first participatory media site in France, featuring news from both professional reporters and “citizen journalists.” In addition to this, he was the founder of Formules Presse, a Paris-based media consulting firm, where he was co-CEO and creative director as well for 10 years. He also helped create the 5W Infographics computer graphics agency (New York, Madrid) and the Mediapolis media consulting agency (Warsaw).

Joël Bassaget

Fiscal Year

2017 - 2018

Jury Type

Web Series

Round

1

City

Berlin

Country

Germany

Description:

Lives in Berlin and has been writing scripts for television since 1990. Passionate about new formats and independent production, he created the blo...

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Lives in Berlin and has been writing scripts for television since 1990. Passionate about new formats and independent production, he created the blog "Web Series Mag" on the French newspaper Liberation website to review the web fictions of the whole world. Also a consultant, he observes, analyzes, criticizes, studies and catalogs this particular format, offering his expertise to online platforms and content producers. He regularly gives lectures on webseries. In 2015, he founded the Web Series World Cup and released the first statistic study (“Web Series Anatomy”), in 2016 he published “Le guide des Webséries – la nouvelle vague” and in 2017 was elected first president of the French web creators’ association (WAF).

Kelly-Lynne Ashton

Fiscal Year

2017 - 2018

Jury Type

Web Series

Round

1

City

Toronto

Country

Canada

Description:

Trained as an entertainment lawyer, Kelly Lynne Ashton has been working in the Canadian film, television and digital media industries for over twen...

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Trained as an entertainment lawyer, Kelly Lynne Ashton has been working in the Canadian film, television and digital media industries for over twenty years. She has worked as a business affairs executive in several Toronto television production and distribution companies, including Atlantis Films Limited and the Owl Group of Companies. Kelly Lynne then entered the world of digital media to act as Senior Producer at children’s web studio Big Orbit Inc. While at Big Orbit she also developed, managed and marketed the online youth research company Reactorz. She has also worked in government relations and media policy as Director of Policy at the Writers Guild of Canada. Kelly Lynne is currently bringing together the different strands of her career in the Canadian media industries - legal, business, marketing and research - and providing consulting services to clients in all areas of the industry including evaluation services for various funds, authoring research reports and acting as Conference Curator at Interactive Ontario’s iVentures. Kelly Lynne recently obtained a Certificate in Leadership and Inclusion from Centennial College and implemented it in authoring the “A Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit for the Interactive Digital Media Industry” for Interactive Ontario.  

Laurent Guérin

Fiscal Year

2018 - 2019

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

2

City

Toronto

Country

Canada

Description:

Laurent Guérin is an expert in digital transformations and specializes in content creation, development and distribution strategies. He is one of t...

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Laurent Guérin is an expert in digital transformations and specializes in content creation, development and distribution strategies. He is one of the visionaries behind TFO’s success on the digital stage. With TFO, he has successively held the positions of senior content and digital director and vice-president of content and digital from 2013 to 2018. His insightful strategic management, innovative choices and leadership have been fundamental to developing the new face of TFO. Among other things, he repositioned the creation and distribution of content for the digital platforms. Laurent’s passion for content and digital platforms as well as his ability to create boldly are recognized on both sides of the Atlantic.

He figures among online video content pioneers. In 1999, Laurent took part in the creation de nouvo.com, a French web-based television platform. Laurent was later involved in video-on-demand services, namely Neuf and SFR. He also produced Detective Avenue (2011), a revolutionary transmedia production with a budget of $1 million. In 2016, he was one of the recipients of a Cynopsis Digital It List Award, which rewards the most innovative executives in the digital media sector who excel in digital content, marketing, advertising, social media and online content.

With TFO, Laurent and his teams have received many distinctions: a Gémeaux (2017) for the BRBR app, a Gémeaux (2015) for the Rêve de Champlain website, a Numix jury special mention (2015) for Wuxia le renard and two YouTube Silver Play Buttons for the Mini Dorémi et Mini ABC channels.

Laurent holds an MBA from the IUA in San Francisco and possesses vast marketing and business development experience.

Laurent LaSalle

Fiscal Year

2016 - 2017|2015 - 2016|2012 - 2013

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation|Innovation

Round

1|2|2

City

Montréal

Country

Canada

Description:

Laurent LaSalle is author of Branchez-vous, a technology news blog. He is also a commentator on the Radio Talbot show, where he discusses gaming an...

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Laurent LaSalle is author of Branchez-vous, a technology news blog. He is also a commentator on the Radio Talbot show, where he discusses gaming and technology news. He also produces and co-hosts videos for the YouTube channel Le jeu, c’est sérieux.

His expertise in new technologies has led him to work as a commentator for Radio-Canada (Triplex blog), MusiquePlus (M. Net), and TFO (Flip), and as a researcher for TV5 (Cliquez).

A Web enthusiast with over 15 years of experience, he has worked on the design and development of various projects, notably for ARTV, HEC Montréal and Indica Records.

Liz Rosenthal

Fiscal Year

2018 - 2019|2017 - 2018|2016 - 2017|2011 - 2012

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation|Innovation|Innovation

Round

2|2|1|2

City

London

Country

United Kingdom

Description:

A pioneer of immersive and interactive storytelling, specialising in audiovisual innovation. Liz Rosenthal specialises in boosting the digital pote...

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A pioneer of immersive and interactive storytelling, specialising in audiovisual innovation. Liz Rosenthal specialises in boosting the digital potential of creators, institutions and media business. She is the founder and CEO of Power the Pixel and programmer of immersive content for Venice International Film Festival’s Venice VR, the official competition section and Venice Production Bridge Finance Market. Throughout her career, Liz has helped international media businesses and creatives to innovate and adapt to changing audiences. As a consultant for leading international festivals,  international media organisations, national and regional funds, Liz shares her expertise in innovation strategies to help creators and businesses to ideate, finance and distribute immersive and interactive projects. Liz is a board director of The Space (BBC and Arts Council England commissioning fund for digital arts projects), an advisory board member of Immerse UK whose content subgroup she runs and Mediamorfosis. She is a member of BAFTA, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the RSA. She has served as a jury member for numerous festivals and project funding programmes.  Liz is invited regularly to keynote at international conferences and film festivals including Berlin, Cannes, Hong Kong, Dubai, London.

Lorenzo Benedetti

Fiscal Year

2016 - 2017|2014 - 2015

Jury Type

Web Series|Innovation

Round

1|2

City

Paris

Country

France

Description:

Lorenzo Benedetti began his career in 2004 as a project manager in the programming department at France 5 television network. In March 2006, he joi...

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Lorenzo Benedetti began his career in 2004 as a project manager in the programming department at France 5 television network. In March 2006, he joined the Nagui development team, Air Productions, as project manager for streaming, fiction and entertainment programs. From 2007 to 2011, he was general manager for the Prod 360 entertainment label at Telfrance.

In January 2012, Benedetti founded The Social Company, a firm specializing in the production of content for digital platforms. That same year he launched Studio Bagel, an original content YouTube channel with 1.8 million subscribers. Videos on the channel showcase popular web comedians like La Ferme Jérôme, Mister V, Maxime Musqua, Bengui, Gael Mectoob, Kevin Razy, Natoo, Ludovik, Kemar, Mady, Alison Wheeler and Monsieur Poulpe.

Also in 2012, Benedetti created an MCN (multi-channel network) which became the leading YouTube comedy channels network in Europe in just a few short months, racking up some 40 million video views per month and more than 7 million subscribers. In March 2014, Canal+ acquired a 60% stake in Studio Bagel with the intention of making it one of the pillars of its new OTT strategy. 

Lori Schwartz

Fiscal Year

2017 - 2018

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

2

City

Los Angeles

Country

USA

Description:

Lori H. Schwartz is a true technology catalyst (‘Tech Cat’). As a leading advisor and speaker in marketing and tech innovation, Lori co...

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Lori H. Schwartz is a true technology catalyst (‘Tech Cat’). As a leading advisor and speaker in marketing and tech innovation, Lori collaborates with top creative and strategic executives of multiple brands, tech and content companies to ensure their understanding of emerging business models while designing unique experiences to create engagement.

Los Angeles Based, Lori is a CNN Technology Contributor and a frequent speaker at major industry events as well as for private companies helping to facilitate conversations around new business models and technology innovation. You can find her broadcasting weekly on Voice America's business channel on her 'Tech Cat Show'. Lori's StoryTech initiative facilitates communication between storytellers and technology companies. The trends briefings, curation and tours products have become well known globally through their work @CES, @NAB, @NATPE and @AdTech. She is frequently curating large trade show plenaries and hosting events to help drive conversations around the latest marketing and advertising technology as well as the latest content business models.

Previously, Lori was Chief Technology Catalyst for McCann Worldgroup, North America where she was responsible for driving technology innovation at one of the world’s largest marketing communications companies. She was the key principal to launch the highly regarded IPGLAB. Lori oversaw the group’s strategy, helping to keep clients ahead of the digital curve. She facilitated emerging media upfronts for Microsoft, Intel, General Motors, Nestlé and Sony. She has been profiled as one of the “30 Executives Shaping the Evolution of Media and Technology” by Variety and “100 People to Have Lunch with” by MediaPost Publications. An active spokesperson, Lori launched Digital Hollywood’s ‘Women’s Entertainment and Technology Mentor Program’ and is a recipient of the Lucy Hood Digerati Award for her contributions to the Television Academy.

Louisa Heinrich

Fiscal Year

2012 - 2013

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

1

City

Berlin

Country

Germany

Description:

Louisa has worked in digital and user experience design fields for almost as long as these fields have existed. Her work has covered every maj...

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Louisa has worked in digital and user experience design fields for almost as long as these fields have existed. Her work has covered every major sector: financial, government consumer goods, b2b, b2c, commercial organizations, nonprofits, client side and agency side. Louisa spends most of her time helping businesses small and large find more innovative, engaging means of meeting their goals by relating to their customers through the creative application of well-designed technology. Her credits include time at the BBC and work with clients such as United Airlines, Procter & Gamble, the US Internal Revenue Service, Eli Lilly, Nokia, Orange, Samsung, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone and El Mundo.

Lucie Lalumière

Fiscal Year

2017 - 2018|2017 - 2018|2012 - 2013|2011 - 2012|2011 - 2012|2010 - 2011|2010 - 2011

Jury Type

Commercial Projects Pilot Program|Innovation|Innovation|Innovation|Innovation|Innovation|Innovation

Round

1|1|2|2|1|2|1

City

Toronto

Country

Canada

Description:

Lucie Lalumière is the Founder and Principal of Lalumiere Media, a Toronto-based consulting business specializing in digital media, emerging techno...

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Lucie Lalumière is the Founder and Principal of Lalumiere Media, a Toronto-based consulting business specializing in digital media, emerging technologies and immersive applications. 

Her passion for emerging technologies started over 20 years ago, when she worked on groundbreaking multimedia projects at Bell. Later on, she led innovative and award-winning teams in various strategic roles. Her executive positions include GM French Market at MediaLinx Sympatico, Executive Director New Media at Radio-Canada, VP & GM Interactive at Corus Entertainment – Television, and COO & GM of supersonic MINDS. 

Lucie is a staunch advocate for the virtual/augmented reality as well as digital media sectors in Canada.  She is also an advisor and mentor to entrepreneurs. Lucie serves on the boards of Interactive Ontario and the Haltech Innovation Centre, and is a former board director of the Bell Fund. She regularly contributes to industry-related events and advisory committees.

Lucie is the winner of the inaugural WIFT-T Digital Trailblazer Crystal Award (2015). She has a B.Sc. in Management Information Systems from Université de Sherbrooke, an MBA from McGill University completed at New York University (Interactive Telecommunications Program), and an Award of Achievement in Digital Analytics from the University of British Columbia and the Digital Analytics Association.

Lynda Brown-Ganzert

Fiscal Year

2012 - 2013|2010 - 2011|2010 - 2011

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation|Innovation

Round

1|2|1

City

Vancouver

Country

Canada

Description:

In the course of an award-winning career, Lynda Brown-Ganzert has pioneered numerous digital media initiatives that have helped businesses in the d...

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In the course of an award-winning career, Lynda Brown-Ganzert has pioneered numerous digital media initiatives that have helped businesses in the design, development and marketing of advanced high-end products and services. Prior to becoming vice president, Nordicity West, Lynda was president of New Media BC and founding president of the Canadian Interactive Alliance (CIAIC). She co-authored the business plan and raised the funds for the Canadian Centre for Digital Media and its Masters of Digital Media (MDM) program. She is a former vice president of Karyo Edelman and was the founding president and CEO of zuluMe, a private mobile phone network. Lynda holds a BA in Communications and a Master’s of Education in Educational Technology from Simon Fraser University, where she is currently a member of the Board of Governors. She also sits on the boards of the Information Technology Association of Canada and the Vancouver International Film Festival.

Marie-José Montpetit

Fiscal Year

2013 - 2014

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

2

City

Boston

Country

USA

Description:

Dr. Marie-José Montpetit is an internationally renowned social TV, video and wireless innovator with over 20 years of experience in architecture, s...

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Dr. Marie-José Montpetit is an internationally renowned social TV, video and wireless innovator with over 20 years of experience in architecture, systems and technology. She is a lecturer on the future of TV at MIT Media Lab, a course she created 5 years ago, an advisor to local Boston start-ups as well as an invited speaker and lecturer at international venues. Her cross-platform Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) project won the Motorola Innovation Award in 2007 and her work on social TV was rewarded with a MIT Tech Review TR’10 in 2010 and a TEDxSilkRoad presentation in 2012. Also in 2012, she was named one of the 20 top second screen visionaries by Appmarket.tv. 

Mark Greenspan

Fiscal Year

2018 - 2019|2017 - 2018|2016 - 2017

Jury Type

Commercial Projects Pilot Program|Innovation|Innovation

Round

1|2|2

City

Toronto

Country

Canada

Description:

Mark Greenspan has spent the last 20 years supporting digital media and advertising professionals. He has done this by building a wide variety of i...

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Mark Greenspan has spent the last 20 years supporting digital media and advertising professionals. He has done this by building a wide variety of industry recognized training and business development programs. Mark started off is career during the first dot com boom working with internet consultancy firm Razorfish in London and Milan where he sold and delivered digital solutions to Fortune 500 clients. He then went on to run the training programs for the Canadian Film Centre’s Digital Media Accelerator and build nextMEDIA and the Digi Awards. Most recently he founded The Digital Growth Lab which created influenceTHIS, Canada’s first conference series and marketplace dedicated to influencer marketing. Mark holds a Masters of Education from the University of Toronto and is passionate about building inclusive business ecosystems that create economic impact.

Martin Lessard

Fiscal Year

2012 - 2013

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

1

City

Montréal

Country

Canada

Description:

A strategic web expert and advocate of social media, Martin Lessard holds a master’s degree in multimedia studies (1997). He was one of the p...

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A strategic web expert and advocate of social media, Martin Lessard holds a master’s degree in multimedia studies (1997). He was one of the pioneers of the World Wide Web in Quebec, and is the author of Comment bloguer en contexte d’affaires (How to blog in a business context, 2007) and the Guide des meilleures pratiques Web (Guide to best practices on the Web, 2009). Martin was recognized by La Presse in 2010 as one of the key figures in Web 2.0 in Montreal. He has been writing his own blog, “Zéro Seconde,” since 2004, and the Triplex blog on Radio-Canada.ca since 2011. He is a columnist on the Radio-Canada (Première chaîne) program La Sphère. He was manager of the interactive consulting group at Cossette from 2000 to 2004 and at BBDO from 2004 to 2006. Martin Lessard teaches a master’s degree course on “Emerging Issues in Technology” at the Université de Sherbrooke. His latest book, Les médias sociaux en entreprises (Social media in business), will be published by Éditions Infopresse in September 2012.

Maxime Johnson

Fiscal Year

2014 - 2015

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

2

City

Montréal

Country

Canada

Description:

A freelance journalist specializing in new technology trends and analyses, Maxime Johnson has penned articles for over 30 Canadian publications in ...

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A freelance journalist specializing in new technology trends and analyses, Maxime Johnson has penned articles for over 30 Canadian publications in the past few years. He writes weekly posts for “Triplex,” the Radio-Canada tech blog, and the Vie numérique column in the Métro daily paper. He’s also a regular contributor to Protégez-vous magazine.  

Johnson closely follows all the latest tech trends, especially those relating to mobile apps, video games and new platforms available to creators.

In addition to serving on the board of directors of the Association des journalistes independents du Québec (AJIQ) and helping organize the Grands prix du journalisme indépendant, Johnson has also been a judge for the AJIQ-Le devoir and Kenneth R. Wilson awards. 

Melissa Mollen Dupuis

Fiscal Year

2018 - 2019|2017 - 2018

Jury Type

Aboriginal|Aboriginal

Round

1|1

City

Montréal

Country

Canada

Description:

Melissa Mollen Dupuis is an Innu Nation member from the community of Ekuanitshit on the North-Shore region of Quebec. She has over 17 years of expe...

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Melissa Mollen Dupuis is an Innu Nation member from the community of Ekuanitshit on the North-Shore region of Quebec. She has over 17 years of experience in the cultural activities sector with First Nations organisations including the First Nations Garden, McCord Museum, Wapikoni mobile and more recently Native Montreal. She developed a great facility at sharing the richness of her Innu culture through contemporary visual arts, video, performance and storytelling. She studied Mediatic visual arts at UQAM University in Montreal. An organizer, actress, cinematographer and urban activist within the indigenous community in Montréal, Melissa is engaged with Native Montreal Friendship Centre, she is also the Board President of the Wapikoni and the co-founder of Idle No More Quebec. She has been awarded as one the 2017 Ambassador of Conscience by Amnesty International.

Michael Gubbins

Fiscal Year

2015 - 2016|2015 - 2016

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation

Round

2|1

City

London

Country

United Kingdom

Description:

Michael Gubbins is an analyst, journalist and consultant, working in the international film, entertainment and media industries, with particular ex...

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Michael Gubbins is an analyst, journalist and consultant, working in the international film, entertainment and media industries, with particular expertise in the changing on-demand digital economy. He is the chair of the Ffilm Cymru Wales and the co-founder of consultancy and analyst company SampoMedia.  With more than 30 years in journalism, Gubbins edited Screen International and ScreenDaily, Music Week and business technology magazine Computing, as well as editing and writing for daily newspapers in the UK and Europe. He is a member of Experts Committee of Europa Cinemas and a member of the advisory board member of Power to the Pixel and the Met Film School. Gubbins is a regular chair and keynote speaker at conferences and film events around the world.

Michael Longford

Fiscal Year

2015 - 2016

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

1

City

Toronto

Country

Canada

Description:

Michael Longford is an Associate Professor in the Digital Media Program at York University in Toronto, and has served as the Associate Dean of Rese...

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Michael Longford is an Associate Professor in the Digital Media Program at York University in Toronto, and has served as the Associate Dean of Research in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design. He is the incoming director of Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology, an ambitious new research centre that supports cross-disciplinary work in application and content creation, artistic and scientific inquiry, policy development and critical discourse in digital media arts. He is a co-editor of the Visual Communication Journal published by Sage (UK), and has served on numerous academic awards committees. His most recent project, “Tentacles,” developed with researchers at OCAD University and the CFC Media Lab uses a smartphone to create a multi‐user ambient gaming experience projected into public spaces.

Michael Sikorsky

Fiscal Year

2011 - 2012

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

1

City

Calgary

Country

Canada

Description:

In 2010, Michael Sikorsky was honoured as one of the “Top 40 under 40 in Calgary,” was appointed Entrepreneur In Residence at the Unive...

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In 2010, Michael Sikorsky was honoured as one of the “Top 40 under 40 in Calgary,” was appointed Entrepreneur In Residence at the University of Alberta Engineering Faculty and developed an iPad app that became number 2 in popularity across the UK – while his company, Robots and Pencils, won the Innovation and Leadership Award from Digital Alberta for their work on the iPhone/iPad (iOS). In the years preceding, Michael won the Great Canadian Pitch-Off at the Canadian Venture Forum, was named Canada’s Internet Revolutionary by Profit magazine (2007) and spoke at Cyberport Hong Kong, Harvard Business School, MIT and Stanford University. Michael currently runs the Calgary iPhone/iPad Dev Camp, teaches iPhone/iPad Development and also runs an intimate weekend start-up seminar.

Michael Tippett

Fiscal Year

2016 - 2017

Jury Type

Commercial Projects Pilot Program

Round

2

City

Vancouver

Country

Canada

Description:

Michael Tippett has been a successful entrepreneur for almost two decades, having founed and managed several early stage technology companies in Ne...

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Michael Tippett has been a successful entrepreneur for almost two decades, having founed and managed several early stage technology companies in New York and Vancouver. In 2005 he founded and later sold Nowpublic, one of the top five most useful new sites on the web by The Guardian, and named one of the Top 50 Websites for 2007 by Time magazine. A two-time Emmy nominee, Michael Tippet ran GrowLab, Hootsuite Labs and was Director, New Products at Hootsuite. He is currently the CEO and founder of wantoo.

Michael Tippett is on the Provincial Steering Committee for Startup Canada also donates his time to run Vancouver’s Startup Weekend. He is a member of the University of British Columbia’s School of Journalism Advisory Board, Capilano University, Bachelor of Professional Communication Advisory Committee and was a board member of CABINET, a Vancouver-based arts organization.

Michel Reilhac

Fiscal Year

2014 - 2015|2014 - 2015

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation

Round

2|1

City

Paris

Country

France

Description:

Michel Reilhac is an independent interactive story architect. He is also a thought-leader for hybrid forms of storytelling, and immersive, particip...

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Michel Reilhac is an independent interactive story architect. He is also a thought-leader for hybrid forms of storytelling, and immersive, participatory, and interactive experiences. He is currently in pre-production for his project « Ultratrailer », using 6 different narrative blocks and platforms.

He is Head of Studies for Venice Biennale College, and Director of the Multi Platform Master Studies at Media Business School (Ronda residency) in Spain, and is frequently invited to teach and speak at international events such as Cannes International Film Festival, SXSW Austin, Tribeca Film Festival, Sunny Side of the Doc, The Pixel Lab, Dixit, FEMIS, just to name a few.

From 2002-2012, Michel was Head of Film Acquisitions at Arte France and executive director of Arte France Cinema. In 2012, in recognition for his work at Arte, Michel was named Man of the Year in film by the French trade magazine « Le Film Français ».

Michel’s past includes his work as a contemporary dancer and producer of international tours for major dance companies; a stint as designer and director of the Forum des Images, Paris; the design and production of innovative events and shows based on his original concepts; and the direction of documentary and feature films. He holds an international MBA.

Michele Perras

Fiscal Year

2011 - 2012

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

2

City

Toronto

Country

Canada

Description:

Michele Perras is a consultant and designer based in Toronto specializing in strategic development, content and intellectual property. Over the pas...

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Michele Perras is a consultant and designer based in Toronto specializing in strategic development, content and intellectual property. Over the past decade she has worked with a wide variety of organizations in academia, the public sector and industry, from start-ups to Fortune 500 multinationals. She is the founder of and former director of the Mobile Experience Innovation Centre, a nonprofit organization dedicated to design leadership, applied research and innovation in Canada’s mobile industry. Her advisory roles include board of directors positions with the MEIC, IAB Canada, ABC Interactive and the CMA.

Michelle Blanc

Fiscal Year

2015 - 2016|2015 - 2016

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation

Round

2|1

City

Montréal

Country

Canada

Description:

Michelle Blanc is a graduate of the first class of Master of Sciences in electronic commerce, with a specialization in management, in Canada. She i...

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Michelle Blanc is a graduate of the first class of Master of Sciences in electronic commerce, with a specialization in management, in Canada. She is the founder and President of Analyweb, a consultancy company specializing in e-business management and marketing. She also started Yulbiz.org an international movement of business bloggers gatherings that is now in 6 countries. Mrs. Blanc is the author of numerous scientific, research, didactic and “how to” publications and she writes a blog at michelleblanc.com. She has received the honour of being the personality for the Yahoo-Canada Big Idea Chair. Mrs. Blanc has provided research and advice to Fortune 500 as well as small businesses, government agencies and associations. She is amongst the 50 Canadian experts consulted by Industry Canada to set the Canadian e-economy objectives and policies for its internal and external position to such international forums as Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. 

Michelle Sklar

Fiscal Year

2013 - 2014|2012 - 2013

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation

Round

1|2

City

Calgary

Country

Canada

Description:

As an agent of innovation, Michelle Sklar focuses her professional career on bringing ideas from inception to execution. With a strong skill set in...

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As an agent of innovation, Michelle Sklar focuses her professional career on bringing ideas from inception to execution. With a strong skill set in team building, connecting people and creative problem solving, she is a leader in the development of new business opportunities and strategies. As an on-line broadcaster she engages with thousands of high-level business leaders around the world in the emerging technology sector from start-ups to industry power brokers. Michelle Sklar is currently a principal with Bravo Consulting, a digital strategy consulting company focusing on business and industry development, marketing and corporate communications. Prior to this, she was Vice President of Industry Relations at Poynt Corporation, an award winning mobile local search and advertising platform in Calgary. She is also President of Digital Alberta, the province’s leading technology industry trade association. Earlier this year, Michelle Sklar launched the Charity App Challenge with two other founding organizations to run a hack-a-thon for charities in Calgary, which has since evolved into an App Marketplace for the charity sector. In 2012, she was recognized by RCR Wireless as one of the Women to Watch in Wireless. In July 2009 she was featured on the cover of Avenue Magazine for being a fashion influencer and tech maven. In July 2010, she was recognized as a Top 50 Influencer in Alberta in Alberta Venture Magazine. A graduate from the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University, Michelle Sklar currently lives in Alberta and is fluent in French.

Morgan Bouchet

Fiscal Year

2017 - 2018

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

1

City

Paris

Country

France

Description:

Morgan Bouchet has more than 18 years of experience in “digital". He began his career in 1997 at FKGB, the French leader in 360° com...

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Morgan Bouchet has more than 18 years of experience in “digital". He began his career in 1997 at FKGB, the French leader in 360° communications specialising in the field of entertainment, to develop their customers' digital business (Sony, Universal Studios, Warner Bros, Edelman, Playstation, among others). M Bouchet joined Orange in 2000 to develop content related activities (broadband portal, Video and Music on Demand). In the Content Department of the Orange Group, M. Bouchet develops new business and content experiences activities: Virtual & Augmented Reality, Transmedia and Social TV, and millennial content. M. Bouchet set out to promote, assess and experiment with new forms of storytelling and experiences associated with development of new uses and technologies. An early adopter, he teaches "Marketing multi-screen Strategies" at SciencesPo and the ESG School. M.Bouchet is also founder of the French VR Think Tank UNI VR.

Nicholas Fortugno

Fiscal Year

2018 - 2019|2017 - 2018|2016 - 2017

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation|Innovation

Round

1|1|2

City

New York

Country

USA

Description:

Nick Fortugno is a game designer and entrepreneur of digital and real-world games based in New York City, and a founder of Playmatics, a game devel...

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Nick Fortugno is a game designer and entrepreneur of digital and real-world games based in New York City, and a founder of Playmatics, a game development company. Playmatics has created a variety of digital and real-world games for organization including Red Bull, AMC (such as the CableFAX award winning Breaking Bad: The Interrogation), Disney, American Museum of Natural History, the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and the Red Cross/Red Crescent. For the past ten years, Fortugno has been a designer, writer and project manager on dozens of commercial and serious games, and served as lead designer on the downloadable blockbuster Diner Dash and the award-winning serious game Ayiti: The Cost of Life.  Nick is also a co-founder of the Come Out and Play street games festival hosted in New York City and Amsterdam since 2006, and co-creator of the Big Urban Game for Minneapolis/St. Paul in 2003. Nick teaches game design and interactive narrative design at Parsons The New School of Design, and has participated in the construction of the school’s game design curriculum. He holds a BA in Literature and Philosophy from Purchase College and is currently completing his MFA in Design and Technology. Some of Nick’s writing about games can be found in the anthology Well-Played 1.0: Video Game, Value, and Meaning, published by ETC-Press.

Noemie Dupuy

Fiscal Year

2018 - 2019

Jury Type

Commercial Projects Pilot Program

Round

1

City

Montréal

Country

Canada

Description:

Having worked in the technology field for more than 20 years now, Noémie Dupuy is the cofounder of Budge Studios, a company that develops gaming ap...

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Having worked in the technology field for more than 20 years now, Noémie Dupuy is the cofounder of Budge Studios, a company that develops gaming applications for children and employs a hundred or so people. Having studied in finance at HEC, Noémie played a key role within the company as co-president for 7 years. Today, she sits on the board of directors of Budge Studios as well as on the board of Québec’s Conseil consultatif sur l’économie et l’innovation. She is also a member of Digital Industries Table of the Government of Canada. Finally, Noemie was a Dragon invited in 2018 to an episode of Dans l’œil du dragon (the French-language version of Dragon’s Den) broadcast by Radio Canada.

Nuno Bernardo

Fiscal Year

2016 - 2017|2012 - 2013

Jury Type

Commercial Projects Pilot Program|Innovation

Round

2|1

City

Porto

Country

Portugal

Description:

An award-winning and Emmy nominated transmedia writer, Nuno Bernardo is the producer and creator of Sofia’s Diary, the world’s first in...

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An award-winning and Emmy nominated transmedia writer, Nuno Bernardo is the producer and creator of Sofia’s Diary, the world’s first international interactive online teen series. He is also the creator of four award-winning transmedia series: Flatmates, Aisling’s Diary, Beat Generation and Final Punishment, produced for OITV in Brazil. In North America, he is an executive producer of several primetime TV series, including The Weight (featuring Linda Hamilton) and Living in Your Car for HBO Canada. He’s also the producer of the upcoming feature films Beat Girl and The Knot (featuring Mena Suvari and Noel Clarke), the author of The Producer’s Guide to Transmedia, based on his own experiences and a bestseller in its field, and is a frequent speaker at key industry events, fairs and festivals.

Olaf Hirschberg

Fiscal Year

2018 - 2019

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

2

City

Cologne

Country

Germany

Description:

Prof. Olaf Hirschberg has been working as media artist, director, director of photography and producer for the last 20 years. He shot and produced ...

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Prof. Olaf Hirschberg has been working as media artist, director, director of photography and producer for the last 20 years. He shot and produced more than a dozen feature films and documentaries that premiered on international film festivals, including Berlinale, Montreal, Karlovy Vary. His work includes numerous video installations and VR/AR experiences. He was artist in residence at Le Fresnoy—Studio national des arts contemporains (Tourcoing, France) and received several grants, including VFF Producers Business Angel Grant Munich, Mediengründerzentrum NRW and the Artist Union Cologne. He is currently working on VR Applications that increase immersion using sensitive robotics.

Patrice Slupowski

Fiscal Year

2016 - 2017|2013 - 2014|2013 - 2014

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation|Innovation

Round

1|2|1

City

Paris

Country

France

Description:

Patrice Slupowski is Vice-President, Digital Innovation at Orange, where he runs the open-innovation corporate product marketing team. He is in cha...

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Patrice Slupowski is Vice-President, Digital Innovation at Orange, where he runs the open-innovation corporate product marketing team. He is in charge of several projects around APIs, the Internet of Things, mobile applications & mobile OS, personal data aggregation, privacy and emerging technologies.

Patrice is a marketing expert in social networks, social and connected TV, wellness and personal data services, and mobile multimedia services. He founded a startup called Waptoo in 1999, one of the first companies to believe in the opportunities around mobile data, creating WAP and mobile services and proposing automated mobile testing software for telcos and other companies. Waptoo has since been acquired by Lagardère Group.

Patrice has been involved in the digital space from its inception, and has been permanently connected since 1990. Patrice is a graduate in Information Science and Technology from Paris-Dauphine University.

He is also President of Cadence, a Paris-based dancing school for children and adults, and is Vice-President of the Carrefour of the Internet of Things, a professional association fostering collaboration in the IoT ecosystem.

Patrick Cohendet

Fiscal Year

2010 - 2011

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

1

City

Montréal

Country

Canada

Description:

Patrick Cohendet is professor of economics at the Université de Strasbourg, France. He is presently a visiting professor at HEC Montréal business s...

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Patrick Cohendet is professor of economics at the Université de Strasbourg, France. He is presently a visiting professor at HEC Montréal business school, where he teaches in the International Business Department. His research interests include the economics of innovation, technology management, knowledge management, theory of the firm, and the economics of creativity. Patrick has published 15 books and over 50 articles, and has conducted studies on innovation for the European Commission, the EU, the OECD, the Council of Europe and the Canadian Space Agency.

Paula Zuccotti

Fiscal Year

2016 - 2017

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

1

City

London

Country

United Kingdom

Description:

Paula Zuccotti is a strategist, ethnographer, industrial designer and trends forecaster, and the founder of The Overworld, a London creative consul...

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Paula Zuccotti is a strategist, ethnographer, industrial designer and trends forecaster, and the founder of The Overworld, a London creative consultancy that specializes in research, insights, strategy, design and production, working for clients such as Google Creative Lab, Starbucks, LG and Nike. Paula works at the intersection of people, culture and technology and advises clients on the future. She travels the world researching people’s everyday lives and uncovers insights that lead to the creation of successful products, brands and services. She speaks regularly at international events about research, user-centric design, user behaviour, cross-media and the consumption of art and entertainment. She has also co-created educational programs for secondary school students with the Victoria and Albert Museum.

She is the author of the acclaimed Penguin book Every Thing We Touch: A 24-Hour Inventory of Our Lives, which is also the basis for an upcoming documentary in which she chronicles the lives of over 60 people around the world through photographs of the objects each touch in a day. Her work has achieved rapturous applause from around the globe and press coverage from Wired to The Guardian.

As an artist, Paula works with photography and film, documenting society with her unique perspective and expertise gained through her work over the past 15 years. She exhibited at the Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, in June 2015 and was a finalist of the 2015 LensCulture Visual Storytelling Awards.

Argentine-Italian, Paula holds a BA Honors degree from the University of Buenos Aires and moved to London in 2000 after being awarded a scholarship from the British Council for an MA in Design, Strategy & Innovation at Brunel University. After graduating, she worked at design and innovation firm seymourpowell for eleven years, where she was Director of Futures.

Philippe Pasquier

Fiscal Year

2018 - 2019|2017 - 2018|2016 - 2017

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation|Innovation

Round

2|2|2

City

Vancouver

Country

Canada

Description:

Philippe Pasquier researches creative processes and generative systems. He is both a scientist specialized in artificial intelligence, a multidisci...

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Philippe Pasquier researches creative processes and generative systems. He is both a scientist specialized in artificial intelligence, a multidisciplinary artist, an educator, and a community builder. His contributions range from theoretical research in multi-agent systems, computational creativity, creative AI and machine learning, to applied artistic research and practice in digital art, computer music, and generative art. Philippe is an associate professor in the School for Interactive Arts and Technology, where he directs the Metacreation Lab for Creative AI, and an adjunct professor in Cognitive Science at Simon Fraser University.

Philippe’s artistic work has been shown in prominent venues on all five continents, including at Ars Electronica (Austria), Les Bains Numériques (France), Centre Pompidou (France), Earzoom Festival (Slovenia), GMEA (France), IRCAM (France), ISEA 2012 (Turkey), ISEA 2014 (Dubai), ISEA 2016 (Hong Kong), ISEA 2017 (Columbia), the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (Canada), Mutek Festival (Canada), Plus One Gallery (USA), Space One (Korea), Sydney Biennale (Australia), Vooruit (Belgium), and ZKM (Germany).

Philippe was founding chair and investigator of the International Workshop on Musical Metacreation (MUME), the MUME concerts series, the International ACM Conference on Movement and Computation (MOCO), and was the director of the Vancouver edition of the International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA 2015). He has co-authored over 130 peer-reviewed contributions presented in the most rigorous scientific venues. His online class on Generative Art and Computational Creativity for SFU in partnership with Kadenze.com is the most popular of its kind.

Philippe’s projects have gained support and recognition from more than 20 scientific or cultural institutions including the Canadian Council for the Arts (CCA), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), France’s Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, the European Community, the Australian Research Council and the Australian Council for the Arts.

Pierre Cattan

Fiscal Year

2016 - 2017|2015 - 2016

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation

Round

2|2

City

Paris

Country

France

Description:

Pierre Cattan began his career with the creation of several French magazines such as TOC and Usbek & Rica. He also created and ran several prod...

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Pierre Cattan began his career with the creation of several French magazines such as TOC and Usbek & Rica. He also created and ran several production companies such as Otoko Films and 5ème Étage Production. In 2012, he founded the transmedia studio, Small Bang, which develops hybrid interactive projects. The products range from film productions, to print and digital work, as well as sound production, event planning, product conception, application and game design.

Pierre Cattan produces and designs live shows for Mediapart. There have been fifty evening shows since December 2011, amounting to 6 million views during live sessions and more than 3 million online replays. He also co-produced with Upian the online 30 minute hyper-video experience Happy world: Burma, the dictatorship of the absurd for which he received the Orson Welles Prize for Best Documentary at the California Film Awards in 2012.

Pierre Cattan produced and ran the transmedia experience Cinemacity with Arte, released in July 2013. Most recently, he produced BirdLab, a free participatory game that aims to validate scientific hypotheses thanks to the players’ experience. He also produced the free story app Morphosis with France Télévisions (2015) and Phallaina, a free scrolling grafic novel, available in french and english. He is also co-founder of the association Open Bidouille Camp and Coworking space Superbelleville.

Pierre-Mathieu Fortin

Fiscal Year

2016 - 2017

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

2

City

Montréal

Country

Canada

Description:

Pierre-Mathieu Fortin is a Media industry professional since Y2K. After graduating from UQAM in New Media, he cofounds BonGolem, a successful multi...

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Pierre-Mathieu Fortin is a Media industry professional since Y2K. After graduating from UQAM in New Media, he cofounds BonGolem, a successful multimedia agency with over 30 video and multimedia projects to its credit, and has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the business including Peter Greenaway, Robert Lepage, Arcade Fire, and Canada’s National Film Board. As a producer and director, he has extensive experience working in TV, film and interactive media, as well as in the world of video games. He was the creative head of original content for Internet and digital services at Radio-Canada (the French-language arm of the CBC), where he developed multiple award-winning digital projects and helped bolster the national broadcasters’ online visibility. He then becomes executive creative producer for SIDLEE where he is responsible for developing and producing original and branded content, with a special focus on international markets. He was responsible for producing and developing LIBTV, a series of short form content for Videotron’s online platforms. Throughout his career, Pierre-Mathieu Fortin has collected various accolades, from Prix Gemeaux and NUMIX in Quebec to nominations at the International Emmy Awards and South By Southwest, to a silver medal at the New York Festivals® International Television & Film Awards™. He now works as an independent consultant.

Rachel Noonan

Fiscal Year

2018 - 2019|2017 - 2018|2016 - 2017

Jury Type

Commercial Projects Pilot Program|Innovation|Innovation

Round

1|2|2

City

Toronto

Country

Canada

Description:

Rachel Noonan has 14 years of experience in strategy development, integrated consumer brand marketing and insight development in the entertainment ...

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Rachel Noonan has 14 years of experience in strategy development, integrated consumer brand marketing and insight development in the entertainment and media industries. She has worked in film, fashion, technology and music; leading efforts for brands such as Pony Footwear, The Canadian Film Centre, Worldwide Short Film Festival, Alliance (now eOne), Rdio/Vdio, Samsung and Microsoft. She has also consulted for organizations such as the CRTC and Dine Alone Records; providing intelligence about the digital media business landscape and advising on consumer engagement planning. Rachel has launched two brands during her career, re-launched a heritage brand, developed first-to-market API integration partnerships and helped build a hybrid technology/music brand from the ground up. She has a Masters of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCAD University, and has spoken on numerous panels about arts, innovation, and how to engage audiences with authenticity. She is currently the Director of Audience Development at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Rebecca Denton

Fiscal Year

2015 - 2016

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

2

City

London

Country

United Kingdom

Description:

Rebecca is an award-winning digital executive producer who specialises in next generation storytelling. She transforms existing or original IP into...

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Rebecca is an award-winning digital executive producer who specialises in next generation storytelling. She transforms existing or original IP into compelling digital experiences that captivates and nurtures audiences.  She produced an enormous range of content working across a diverse range of genres, featuring eclectic talent as Jack White and Scooby Doo.  Her credits include The Amazing World of Gumball, Rockfeedback for Channel 4, the global number 1 kids franchise Ben 10, ITV’s Switch and multi award-winning Being Human for the BBC.  Rebecca is currently consulting as a content strategist in London and her first novel Going Solo will be published this spring.

Richard Lachman

Fiscal Year

2016 - 2017|2014 - 2015|2014 - 2015

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation|Innovation

Round

1|2|1

City

Toronto

Country

Canada

Description:

Dr. Richard Lachman is Director of the Transmedia Zone and Associate Professor, Digital Media at the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University. He ...

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Dr. Richard Lachman is Director of the Transmedia Zone and Associate Professor, Digital Media at the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University. He also serves as a Technology and Creative Consultant for entertainment and software-development projects. A Gemini award-winning producer, Richard has worked on many highly successful Canadian and US interactive and convergent-media projects over the past 15 years.

Richard completed his doctorate at UNE in Australia, studying software recommendation engines. He is a graduate of MIT in Computer Science and holds a master’s degree from the MIT Media Lab’s Interactive Cinema group. He joined a startup that was eventually acquired by Mattel, which led to him being appointed Lead Designer and Lead Engineer for the Petz software, which shipped over three million units worldwide. The software has received awards from ID Magazine and Communications Arts, was featured in The New York Times, USA Today and Time Magazine, and was part of an exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York.

His later work in transmedia has garnered a Gemini, CNMA and Webby Honouree award. He leads the Transmedia Research Centre, which explores the future of content through industry partnerships and cutting-edge research, and also directs the Transmedia Zone, an ideation and prototyping incubator for digital storytelling projects. His areas of interest include transmedia storytelling, digital documentaries, augmented, locative and VR experiences, mixed realities, and collaborative design thinking.

Richard Smith

Fiscal Year

2017 - 2018

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

1

City

Vancouver

Country

Canada

Description:

Dr. Richard Smith (BA, MA, PhD) is the Director for the Masters of Digital Media program at The Centre for Digital Media and has been a professor a...

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Dr. Richard Smith (BA, MA, PhD) is the Director for the Masters of Digital Media program at The Centre for Digital Media and has been a professor at the School of Communication at SFU for over fifteen years. He has also served as Director of SFU’s Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology (CPROST) and as an Associate Research Chair for Technological Change. His active engagement with local, national and international media on issues related to his research into the contemporary world of technology, social media and public surveillance has also made him a recognized public commentator. Dr. Smith has received the President’s Award for Service through Public Affairs and Media Relations as well as the IEEE Consumer Electronic Society Service Certificate award. With academic training in communication and law, Dr. Smith has degrees from Carleton University (BA) and Simon Fraser University (MA and PhD).  His diverse projects and creative works have explored such subjects as privacy issues in the use of mobile technology, electronic scholarly publishing, and the development of technologies for mobile media-rich, urban shared experiences.

Rogerio Soares

Fiscal Year

2013 - 2014|2012 - 2013

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation

Round

1|2

City

Sao Paulo

Country

Brazil

Description:

Rogerio Soares is the Content Director of TAL TV (www.tal.tv), a Latin American association of more than 200 audiovisual institutions. He is curren...

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Rogerio Soares is the Content Director of TAL TV (www.tal.tv), a Latin American association of more than 200 audiovisual institutions. He is currently developing transmedia strategies for public television in Latin America, having recently coordinated a workshop for TeleSUR (Venezuela) to build a multiplatform project for a documentary series. He is also coordinating an action between the NFBC and the Ministry of Education/TAL in Brazil to build a transmedia project for more than 50 million teachers. Rogerio Soares is furthermore working on a new TV format project in Temuco (Chile) and will be in Kurdistan (Iraq) conducting a documentary project for young people with Rudaw TV.

Sam Punnett

Fiscal Year

2012 - 2013

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

1

City

Toronto

Country

Canada

Description:

Sam Punnett is head of the Toronto-based consulting firm FAD Research Inc., and an advisor to the University of Toronto’s ThinkTank Lab. He i...

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Sam Punnett is head of the Toronto-based consulting firm FAD Research Inc., and an advisor to the University of Toronto’s ThinkTank Lab. He is a co-founder of the Canadian New Media Awards and a member of the US Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (The Emmys) Interactive Media Peer Group, where he served on the committee that created the Emmy Award for interactive media. He was a founder, chief knowledge officer and CTO at Delvinia, and has directed and written policy projects that have been used for CRTC submissions and provided guidance for government institutions at all three levels in Canada relating to economic development and the future of media. He was a founding member of the International Game Developers’ Association, a contributor to Pew Internet/Elon University Future of the Internet Project and the author of three chapters of the Canadian Internet Project (2008), part of the World Internet Project. He was the first business analyst enlisted in the Telefilm Multimedia Fund pilot project, the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund and the SaskTel New Media Fund.

Sébastien Provencher

Fiscal Year

2016 - 2017|2015 - 2016|2015 - 2016|2014 - 2015|2013 - 2014

Jury Type

Commercial Projects Pilot Program|Innovation|Innovation|Innovation|Innovation|Innovation|Innovation

Round

2|2|1|1|2

City

Montréal

Country

Canada

Description:

Sebastien Provencher is CEO & Co-Founder of Folders, a Montreal startup developing a data-driven small business management software. Serial Web...

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Sebastien Provencher is CEO & Co-Founder of Folders, a Montreal startup developing a data-driven small business management software. Serial Web entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience building small business products & services, Sebastien recently spent two years working as Vice President, Product Innovation at HomeAdvisor Canada.  He co-founded his first startup Needium (Praized Media) in 2007 and he worked there as Vice-President Product Management & Business Development until his departure in 2012. From 1999 to 2007, Sebastien played an instrumental role in formulating Yellow Pages Group’s online strategy in Canada. He developed their most successful online advertising product ever (DirectoryPlus), struck a strategic partnership with Google, and created a vision around local search. He regularly writes about the Montreal tech scene and startup life on his blog and tweets at @sebprovencher.

Siobhan O’Flynn

Fiscal Year

2013 - 2014|2012 - 2013

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation

Round

1|2

City

Toronto

Country

Canada

Description:

Siobhan O’Flynn, PhD, consults on digital/interactive/participatory storytelling via her company NarrativeNow. She is also the cofounder of P...

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Siobhan O’Flynn, PhD, consults on digital/interactive/participatory storytelling via her company NarrativeNow. She is also the cofounder of PlusCity Design; co-creator of the online site, TMC Resource Kit; and co-founder of Transmedia 101, a community building and education initiative for Canadian producers moving into the digital sphere. She is a senior lecturer, Canadian Studies, University College, University of Toronto, and faculty since 2001 with the CFC Media Lab. In 2006-2007 she was the narrative design consultant on LateFragment, a feature film/dvd (CFC/NFB) that screened at Cannes in 2008 as part of the Future of Cinema Salon. Siobhan O’Flynn has mentored in numerous digital skills workshops across Canada and internationally and has given numerous keynotes, workshops, and master classes on topics that include transmedia and crossmedia development and design, interactive/web documentaries, and disruptive innovations in the Web 2.0 world. She has presented at MIT, StoryWorld SF and, this year, the National Film Board (NFB) French Program, the CBC and the Screen Edge Forum, Auckland, New Zealand. She was a Jury Member for the Sheffield Doc/Fest Innovation Award 2012, and is the Canadian Representative for StoryLabs, an international organization for transmedia producers. She has published numerous articles and holds a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant to research the impact of social media on public interaction during Toronto’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche.

Stéphane D’Astous

Fiscal Year

2016 - 2017|2015 - 2016

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation

Round

1|2

City

Montréal

Country

Canada

Description:

As a seasoned manager, Stephane D’Astous has worked for more than twenty years in the technology sector. Stéphane quickly distinguished himse...

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As a seasoned manager, Stephane D’Astous has worked for more than twenty years in the technology sector. Stéphane quickly distinguished himself for his strategic and operational management expertise.

Having worked for more than seven years in the aerospace industry, including at Bombardier Aerospace and at CAE, Stéphane has managed, over the last 13 years, to combine career and passion by holding key positions for many major technology companies in Montréal. He was Director of Operations at Ubisoft Montréal for three years and then, from 2007 to 2013, Stéphane held the position of General Manager of the Eidos-Montréal studio. As a true pioneer, he managed to build from scratch a world-class studio now employing more than 500 employees. In 2014, Stéphane held the position of COO at Hibernum Creations. More recently, he was the Executive Producer of permanent projects at Moment Factory.

Stéphane was an active member of the Alliance Numérique, of which he was president between 2011 and 2013. He has also been a steering committee member of the Numix and CVA (Canadian Video Awards) for over three years.

In 2009, he won the Tremplin prize of the Québec MBA association. In 2010, Eidos-Montréal won several international awards. In 2005, his management tools developed at Ubisoft won second prize at the Elixir gala of the PMI-Montréal chapter.

A native Montrealer, Stéphane holds a BA in Industrial Design from Université de Montréal and an MBA from HEC Montréal. He also has a PMP certification.

Suzanne Lortie

Fiscal Year

2018 - 2019|2017 - 2018|2013 - 2014

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation|Innovation

Round

1|1|1

City

Montréal

Country

Canada

Description:

Holder of a production degree from the National Theatre School of Canada and a MBA from HEC Montréal, Suzanne Lortie teaches at the École des média...

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Holder of a production degree from the National Theatre School of Canada and a MBA from HEC Montréal, Suzanne Lortie teaches at the École des médias of Université du Québec à Montréal since July 2012. Since 2013, she is the director of the bachelor’s program in cultural and media production strategy communications. Initially tour manager for LaLaLa Human Steps, the Almeida Theater (London) and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  she also managed the production of several festivals in Montreal (Montreal International Jazz Festival, FrancoFolies de Montréal). She has worked as a television production manager and line producer since 1992 (major variety and culture series, documentaries) and has also worked as a new media strategy consultant. She has developed and directed many productions for Sogestalt 2001 and Spectra, Productions Pixcom, Trinôme and Productions J among others. She has also been contributing to the Canada Media Fund’s Trendscape blog since its creation and has been a consultant for the Canada Council of the Arts (summit and fund for the arts in a digital world). She hosts a monitoring cell that follows the development of new business models in culture and media.

Sylvain Carle

Fiscal Year

2013 - 2014|2011 - 2012|2010 - 2011

Jury Type

Innovation|Innovation|Innovation

Round

1|2|2

City

San Francisco

Country

USA

Description:

Sylvain Carle lives and breathes emerging technologies. He has been on the leading edge of media, technologies and networks for the last 15 years. ...

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Sylvain Carle lives and breathes emerging technologies. He has been on the leading edge of media, technologies and networks for the last 15 years. Entrepreneurship, software development, digital and social media, open source and open standards are among his core expertise and passions. He loves sharing his experience and is an advocate of collaboration as a pragmatic means of making things happen. He currently lives in San Francisco and works for Twitter as a Developer Advocate. He is also on the board of OSMO, the non-profit behind the Notman House in Montréal.

Sylvain Perron

Fiscal Year

2013 - 2014

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

1

City

Montréal

Country

Canada

Description:

Sylvain Perron joined Sonic Boom Creative Media as Managing Partner in October 2011. Sonic Boom, a digital media agency operating as an integrated ...

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Sylvain Perron joined Sonic Boom Creative Media as Managing Partner in October 2011. Sonic Boom, a digital media agency operating as an integrated division of NATIONAL Public Relations, offers its clients services in the areas of creation, strategy and technology. Sylvain Perron manages Sonic Boom’s activities and his goal is to make the company a leader in digital communications in major Canadian markets. Before joining Sonic Boom, he was General Manager of Edelman in Montreal and was also Managing Director, Digital, at the national level. Prior to that, Sylvain Perron started K-OS Multimedia and worked with prestigious clients such as Pfizer, Future Shop/Best Buy, La Senza, Radio-Canada and many more. He additionally led the Marketing division of Quebec tech firm Kangaroo TV, which made it possible to broadcast sporting events through mobile devices, and share audio, video and statistics with fans. He actively participated in the introduction of this technology to NASCAR, Formula One and the National Football League (NFL).

Sylvain Rivard

Fiscal Year

2018 - 2019

Jury Type

Aboriginal

Round

1

City

Montréal

Country

Canada

Description:

Sylvain Rivard is interested in the many aspects of First Nations culture. Holder of a certificate in multidisciplinary micro-program in children&#...

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Sylvain Rivard is interested in the many aspects of First Nations culture. Holder of a certificate in multidisciplinary micro-program in children's literature, he specialized in First Nations art and culture. His knowledge of languages ​​allows him to render songs and stories with respect and accuracy. His knowledge of material culture allows him to create contemporary works intimately linked to ancestral techniques. His work is of interest to the museum, film and television community as well as to education and publishing. He is the author of a collection of tales entitled "Tales of the Asshole" published by Cornac in 2010, a series of three books of legends "Moz in five times, Skok in seven times and Pmola in four times" and as "Joseph Lawrence" an essay on one of the first Native American writers. He is also co-author of the book "archeology Sound" dealing with the songs of the First Nations published in 2001 at Éditions Trois, "The Algonquins" published by Cornac in 2012 and "The Iroquoi" also published at Cornac in 2015. He is presently working on a series of trilingual youth books on First Nations clothing, three of which have already been published (The Ribbons 2015, La Tuque 2015, and The 2014 Sash) at Hannenorak. In addition, he has hosted the documentary series "Indians in the City" on the image of First Nations in urban areas in six languages ​​(Mohawk, Innu, Anishnabe, Cree, English and French) on APTN. His work in visual art has been seen in publications such as the magazine "Amerindian Research in Quebec" (2010) and the book "Native American Splendor" (Éditions Henri Rivard 2004), as well as in the following places: The Canadian Guild of Métiers d'arts (Montreal), The Abenakis Museum (Odanak), The Huron-Wendat Museum (Wendake), The Native American Museum of Mashteuiatsh, The House of Governors (Sorel), The House of Culture Ahuntsic-Cartierville (Montreal) , the Gabrielle-Roy Library (Quebec City), National Library and Archives of Quebec (Montreal), and the Montreal Botanical Garden. His story book "Moz in Five Times" is selected by the International Youth Library Munich in 2012 and Mr. Rivard is invited to represent Canada at the White Raven's Festival in Munich as an author, illustrator and storyteller.

Tessa Sproule

Fiscal Year

2014 - 2015

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

2

City

Toronto

Country

Canada

Description:

Tessa Sproule is a digital innovator, visionary leader and change agent with a clarity of vision for the future and proven intuition for identifyin...

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Tessa Sproule is a digital innovator, visionary leader and change agent with a clarity of vision for the future and proven intuition for identifying opportunities in the unrelenting advance of disruptive technologies in the media space.

For nearly two decades, she worked with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) at the front lines as the media landscape changed, leading legacy media's response through the dramatically shifting storytelling space. Now she takes a place at the front of the shift as the Co-founder of VUBBLE, a soon-to-launch digital content discovery service that merges human curation with artificial intelligence in the on-demand short-form video space.

Tina Keeper

Fiscal Year

2018 - 2019

Jury Type

Aboriginal

Round

1

City

Winnipeg

Country

Canada

Description:

Tina Keeper, Norway House Cree Nation, is a producer and actor. She is best known for her work on the hit television series 'North of 60', ...

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Tina Keeper, Norway House Cree Nation, is a producer and actor. She is best known for her work on the hit television series 'North of 60', and for serving as a Member of Parliament for the federal riding of Churchill. To collaborate in the development and production of Indigenous film and television, Tina partnered with Buffalo Gal pictures in 2010 to create Kistikan Pictures Inc. Most recently, Tina has co-produced the feature film Through Black Spruce with Serendipity Point Films, and co-produced a 360-3D VR short film Sky Stories with Tangent Animation. Additional projects include 2015 feature film Road of Iniquity, the full-length ballet Going Home Star co-produced with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Cashing In drama Tv series for APTN and the REDress Redress Project, short documentary.

Tishna Molla

Fiscal Year

2013 - 2014

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

2

City

London

Country

United Kingdom

Description:

Tishna is the COO of Power to the Pixel (PttP) and has a keen interest in finding new ways for content creators and businesses to create, finance a...

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Tishna is the COO of Power to the Pixel (PttP) and has a keen interest in finding new ways for content creators and businesses to create, finance and distribute stories that engage with audiences across multiple platforms. She also produces PttP’s internationally-renowned annual Cross-Media Forum held in London, and produces and mentors The Pixel Lab, the company’s European cross-media initiative that develops business strategies and encourages innovation through project-driven work.

She is regularly invited to speak at international festivals and events including CPH:Dox, Future Media 2.0, Transform@Lab and Women in Digital Publishing in 2012 and is a guest lecturer at Royal Holloway - University of London and Central St. Martin’s - University of the Arts.

She produces her own projects through Bandit HQ and her most recent production is titled Dummy Jim (Tiger Nominee, Rotterdam Film Festival 2013 and EIFF 2013 nominee). She also received a nomination for the Best British Feature Film (Michael Powell Award).

Toby Coffey

Fiscal Year

2018 - 2019

Jury Type

Innovation

Round

1

City

London

Country

United Kingdom

Description:

Toby Coffey is Head of Digital Development for the National Theatre where he focuses on developing forms of digital engagement and interaction arou...

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Toby Coffey is Head of Digital Development for the National Theatre where he focuses on developing forms of digital engagement and interaction around the NT and its repertoire of productions. In 2016 he established their Immersive Storytelling Studio to examine how Virtual Reality, 360° film, Augmented Reality and other emerging technologies can widen and enhance the NT’s remit to be a pioneer of dramatic storytelling and to enable an audience to stand in the shoes of another. 

It’s work has been shown around the world including premieres at Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and the Venice International Film Festival. In 2017, for its verbatim cinematic VR documentary HOME | Aamir, the Studio won the Grand Jury prize for VR at the Encounters Film Festival as well as Best Director and Jury Prize Winner for Best Journalistic Achievement at the Social Impact Media Awards. 

Whilst at the National Theatre Toby has co-produced the documentary Making War Horse revealing the creative process and groundbreaking techniques behind one of the most popular and acclaimed productions in the NT’s history. He was executive co-producer for: Alan Bennett and the Habit of Art, a BAFTA nominated film and winner of the Royal Television Society Award for Arts documentary; and Frankenstein: A Modern Myth - exploring the relevance of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to modern society using Danny Boyle’s National Theatre production as a central reference point. 

Toby has over 18 years expertise in the digital arena from creative, technical, production and social perspectives. 

Valérie Hénaire

Fiscal Year

2018 - 2019|2017 - 2018|2017 - 2018

Jury Type

Innovation|Commercial Projects Pilot Program|Innovation

Round

1|1|1

City

Québec City

Country

Canada

Description:

Valérie has 23 years of professional experience in the entertainment industry. Now acting as an independent entertainement executive, she worked at...

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Valérie has 23 years of professional experience in the entertainment industry. Now acting as an independent entertainement executive, she worked at Frima as VP of original content for 2D « smartseries », video games, mobile apps and other formats. Before joining Frima, Valérie was a partner at SAGA, a studio specializing in the creation of transmedia narrative universes.. Previous to that, she spent eight years on Ubisoft Québec’s executive board, all while producing popular titles such as Prince of Persia, Assassin’s Creed and Might & Magic: Duel of Champions. Pioneer of the video game industry in Quebec, she oversaw the production of over 30 titles, several of which fall under the ‘edutainment’ category. She also participated in the production of several feature films, short films, animated series, TV ads, and documentaries.

Valérie currently sits on the board of directors for 3 E / Festival d’été de Québec and on the ANDI advisory committee. She previously sat on the board of festival Vitesse Lumière, as well as on the advisory committee for Québec city’s Grands événements, the Bureau du film de Québec, and the Réseau des femmes d’affaires du Québec. She also played a role in organizing the first edition of the MIGS and co-founded the Fonds Grant-Mathieu.

Valérie holds diplomas from Université Laval in Social Advertising and Education Technologies. She was awarded the Corus scholarship for the Banff New Media Institute Career Accelerator Program and is one of the few to be awarded the prestigious recognition of "influential graduate" by Université Laval.

Véronique Marino

Fiscal Year

2017 - 2018

Jury Type

Web Series

Round

1

City

Montreal

Country

Quebec

Description:

Co-founder since 2016 of an agency specialized in applied digital vision, Digital Productions LaCogency, Véronique Marino is a specialist in develo...

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Co-founder since 2016 of an agency specialized in applied digital vision, Digital Productions LaCogency, Véronique Marino is a specialist in development and multiplatform digital strategy for the field of culture and entertainment. From 1996 to 1999, she was involved in the development and implementation of the InfiniT.com portal on behalf of the Videotron Group, and the first Internet site for the TVA television broadcasting network. From 1999 to 2001, she continued her career as product manager of a software suite based on natural language recognition on the Web within Nomino Technologies. Her managerial skills and her understanding of innovative development led her to Nurun where she oversaw the development of numerous projects with the entire Quebecor Group. Director of the Interactive Media program at L'inis since 2004, she developed in 2009 her consulting service, Espace Infusion, specialized in transmedia. She regularly gives workshops as well as conferences throughout Canada and France on innovation, the impact of new technologies on culture but also on the user with an always original angle of analysis. Since 2013, she has been working at the HEC on the Executive Committee of the Carmelle and Rémi-Marcoux Arts Management Chair and since 2016 in the Heritage Talent Leader Program at Canadian Heritage (mentoring of Cultural Managers). Véronique Marino was also elected 2012 digital media personality by the FCTNM in Quebec.

Voyelle Acker

Fiscal Year

2017 - 2018|2016 - 2017

Jury Type

Web Series|Innovation

Round

1|2

City

Paris

Country

France

Description:

Voyelle Acker is a graduate of the EDHEC – Lille business school and she holds a post-graduate diploma in Audiovisual Communications Law and ...

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Voyelle Acker is a graduate of the EDHEC – Lille business school and she holds a post-graduate diploma in Audiovisual Communications Law and Administration from the Panthéon-Sorbonne University – Paris 1. She began her career in 1998, at the public broadcasting channel La Cinquième, first as a researcher, then as a host and journalist for the show Les Écrans du Savoir. In 2000, she joined NPTV, a company specializing in interactive television applications. Here, she helped to develop their interactive content division and edited itv-drama.org, a website devoted to interactive fiction. After spending a year as a production assistant for an animation studio in New York, Voyelle Acker joined M6 in 2001, first as Head of Acquisitions and Coproductions, then later as Assistant Director for Children’s Programming. In 2006, she started at France Telévisions as Deputy Head of Acquisitions and Coproduction for Youth Programs for France 3. In 2008, Voyelle Acker became the New Formats and New Media Manager for Youth Programs, a cross-channel position.

With Boris Razon, she helped to create the New Writing and Transmedia Department in August 2011, which would be responsible for web writing and new media, as well as transmedia developments for all France Télévisions branches. She acted as Deputy Head from 2011 to 2015, before becoming the Department Head in December 2015. Leading a team of roughly 15, she has selected and financed nearly 200 projects, ensuring their development and production. She left France Télévisions in 2016 to focus on international training and coproduction projects related to interactive media and new writing.

Wendy L. Bernfeld

Fiscal Year

2018 - 2019|2016 - 2017|2015 - 2016|2013 - 2014|2012 - 2013|2011 - 2012|2010 - 2011|2010 - 2011

Jury Type

Innovation|Web Series|Innovation|Innovation|Innovation|Innovation|Innovation|Innovation

Round

2|1|2|1|2|2|2|1

City

Amsterdam

Country

Netherlands

Description:

Wendy Bernfeld is founder and managing director of Rights Stuff (Europe), working internationally. She specializes in content acquisition, distribu...

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Wendy Bernfeld is founder and managing director of Rights Stuff (Europe), working internationally. She specializes in content acquisition, distribution,  and related strategy, curation and rights advice for and to traditional and digital platforms. For example she draws upon a comprehensive internal database of international VOD buyers, to help producers and distributors achieve fuller exploitation of the overseas digital distribution marketplace beyond just the Big5. Occasionally she picks up select films and series  for international digital distribution. She’s further active on the biz and brokering side of SVOD “Originals’’ deals as well as web and VR content acquisition and distribution via alternative buyers or funders.

Originally from Montréal, Wendy has over 25 years’ experience in Europe and North America in film, pay TV, and program acquisition, as well as production, distribution, and program channel (linear and nonlinear) start-up. Prior to founding Rights Stuff in 1999, she was CEO of Canal+ International Acquisitions and Managing Director of Alliance-Atlantis International in Europe, after her earlier years in pay TV with The Movie Network (Toronto). Wendy has a Juris Doctor/Bachelor of Laws Degree from Queen’s University, after one year of BA/MBA at McGill University and University of Toronto. She is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and is on the Roll of Solicitors in the UK. She sits on various international film festival and industry advisory boards and was named one of the Brave Thinkers of Indie Film, 2010 by Oscar-winning independent producer Ted Hope. In addition, Wendy writes and lectures on the digital sector (for e.g., for Sundance) and in May 2016 she wrote ‘‘An Update on International VOD Opportunities  Outside the US in the Indie Film Sector’’, updating her June 2014 opening chapter ‘‘Digital Distribution in Europe’’ in The Film Collaborative’s ebook ‘‘Selling Your Film Outside the U.S.’’