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Catherine Mathys has worked in the audiovisual production and media sector for almost 20 years. Chronicler, reporter and animator, she specialized over the last decade in the analysis of technological and media transformations. She holds a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's degree in communication, and she particularly appreciates our relationship with technology and its impact on our daily lives.
Jing Xian (Jessica) Yang is a PhD student at the University of Southern California, studying the intersection between new media and fandom research. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia, double majoring in Psychology and Film Studies. Jessica’s current work aims to harmonize quantitative methods with cultural studies and textual analysis in an effort to better capture the complexities of online trends and communities.
Maxime Ruel works within CMF Trends, where he takes part in the organization’s strategic industry-monitoring effort and works on its two podcast series, Now & Next and Futur et médias. Prior to joining CMF Trends, he worked as a freelance writer and journalist and was part of C2 Montréal and Infopresse’s editorial teams. He also was the French digital editor for Passport 2017, a project highlighting Canada’s sesquicentennial.
Alexander Pierrin works as a writer/director on projects ranging from documentaries to humoristic webseries and radio performances. He wrote and directed the fictional webseries “doXa” for Studio 4 (France Télévision) as well as SURVIVRE, a documentary webseries on survivalists for the IRL platform (France Télévision). Finally, he was nominated for the “Prix SACD-Longueur d’ondes de la Fiction radiophonique humour 2018” for the collective creation Yoga Citoyen.
Amber Dowling is a Toronto-based freelance lifestyle and entertainment writer whose work has appeared in various newspapers, magazines and websites across Canada and the United States. A previous president of the Television Critics Association and former editor-in-chief of TV Guide Canada, she’s covered all aspects of the platinum age of television and the emerging industry for publications including Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Indiewire, Playback, The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail. Aside from watching too much boob tube she’s a world traveller and mom with a serious penchant for bold reds and stinky cheese.
Anne-Marie Archambault is the Strategy and Content Experience Director at Akufen. Versatile and centred on the user experience, she considers herself as the bridge between content and container, between strategy and emotion. She has worked as a freelancer for many years in television and digital, working in creative teams in experimental and interactive. Anne-Marie is fascinated by the process of creation, the clashing worlds and the ideas that come to life.
Benjamin Hoguet is a writer and a designer of interactive and transmedia works. He has contributed to many interactive documentary, fiction and comic strip projects. He has also written for Éditions Dixit four books on new forms of storytelling that make up the La Narration Réinventée collection.
Brigitte Monneau is the executive director of Femmes du cinema, de la télévision et des médias numériques, i.e., the Quebec chapter of Women in Film and Television International, since October 2017. She began her career as legal counsel for television production companies before joining Telefilm Canada where she several professional and managerial positions. She namely worked as director of coproductions and director of international relations in addition to managing several teams responsible for business relations and program administration for the Canada Media Fund. She is passionate about current affairs in the screen-based industry as well as the showcasing of content here and abroad.
Multi-platform content creator, editor and journalist, Catherine Martellini has collaborated on numerous media and cultural publications. More recently, she has been a special contributor to Le Devoir and Infopresse, a media specializing in communication, marketing, digital and leadership, where she also worked as editor-in-chief.
Producer in television, Catherine Viau is vice-president of the Via le Monde Group Inc., an audiovisual production consortium founded in 1967 by her partner Daniel Bertolino. With him, Catherine has produced all the films of the Group since 1983 in addition to ensuring the distribution of the catalog internationally and participating in major markets. She is also the author and director of several documentaries. In addition, she has initiated numerous international co-productions in the field of documentary, fiction and youth content. She also manages projects related to the preservation, digitization and marketing of the group's vast number of productions. Finally, she is in charge of the programming for Sherbrooke's Festival Cinéma du Monde since its creation in 2014.
Charles Stéphane Roy is a multiplatform producer and innovation lead at La maison de prod since 2013. Before that, he was the editor-in-chief of the daily Qui fait Quoi. He also carried out research and strategic analysis mandates for the Observatoire du documentaire du Québec and and Evolumedia Group. His projects, which incorporate filmtech and innovative business models, were selected at Cannes NEXT and the Cross Video Days and by the Storytek accelerator, in addition to earning the POV Hackathon Award and the HackXplor Liège TV5 Monde Award.
Digital content coordinator, music programmer, radio producer, research assistant, community manager, columnist: Claudia Beaumont played many roles in the field of music broadcasting at Société Radio-Canada over a 10-year period. She then went on to work in the audiovisual industry, as a product manager for TV5 and Unis TV’s digital platforms. Over the past several years, she also developed an interest in the impact of digital technologies on artistic creation and its marketability. Her master’s thesis focused on crowdfunding and its role in cultural intermediation in Quebec.
Danielle Desjardins offers analysis, research and writing services for media and cultural enterprises through her company, La Fabrique de sens. Before that, she was director of planning for Radio-Canada, where she was responsible for strategic, corporate and regulatory matters for more than 20 years.
Like some kind of tree, Émélie Rivard-Boudreau has been rooted since her childhood in Val-d'Or, Abitibi. From there, she has been doing her work as an independent journalist since 2013. As a freelancer, she writes regularly for the newspaper La Terre de chez nous, Rando Quebec magazine and the Unpointcinq.ca and Ricochet websites. She also works as a radio and web journalist for Radio-Canada. Her texts have been published in many Quebec media including La Presse, Quebec Science, Journal de Montréal, as well as the magazines KMAG and Oxygène.
Executive Producer and Co-CEO of the Montreal-based Tobo Studio, Florence Roche has always been captivated by interactive youth media. She has worked in the interactive domain since 1996, acquiring solid expertise in project management at Project Images Films and gaining experience as a scriptwriter and game designer for various games (The Adventure Company, Trinome and Microids). Over the course of her career, Florence has produced a number of youth titles for reputable international partners.
Francis has a doctorate in economics and is a multipreneur. Associated with the Sage Consulting Group since 2018, he is also the president of Norbert Hill and chairman of the board of directors of FailCamp, an NPO dedicated to promoting entrepreneurism and apprenticeship. He has worked as a consultant in the fields of education, media, real estate and financial services for clients such as Ubisoft, École des sciences de la gestion (ESG UQAM), Radio-Canada, Lune Rouge, BNP Paribas, Allied Properties and the Institut de Développement Urbain. He is a staunch believer in the virtues of social and philanthropic engagement, sits on the board of directors of the MUTEK Festival and is a member of HEC Montréal’s Club of 100 young philanthropists. Since 2012, he raises MIRA dogs for the benefit of people in need and contributes financially to this important cause.
Alternately a creator, producer and developer in the video games industry, columnist and screenwriter in television, journalist, blogger and scriptwriter for the stage, François Dominic Laramée has been working in the media world since 1992. He published four books in the United States, has a doctorate in digital history and two master's degrees.
A former television journalist at Radio-Canada, Gaëlle Engelberts is the editorial coordinator for CMF Trends. In parallel to her research and editing work with the Canada Media Fund’s Industry and Market Trends team, she recently completed a master’s degree in communication at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) focused on new narrative forms in journalism and documentary, namely interactive webdocumentaries and serious games.
Gaëlle Saules is a multi-platform digital specialist, with strong experience in channel development and digital content distribution acquired while working at France Télévision Distribution. She now works for Tobo where she's developping usage and discoverability strategies. She has worked on projects such as Jenny (Avenida, Unis) and with clients such as Radio-Canada or Bayard.
Strategist behind the legendary marketing of the Misteur Valaire group, Guillaume Déziel currently works at the crossroads of the cultural industries and the world of technology, where he exploits the disruptive potential of the blockchain among other things. Since 2010, he is deeply involved in a variety of political reflections on the digital challenges of our culture. At the beginning of his career, he worked in the world of media and telecommunications, namely for Radio-Canada, TVA and Bell Mobility, where he held the position of director of business development, acquisition and distribution of French-language content. On a part-time basis, he teaches web updating and music editing at Montreal’s Musitechnic school.
Dr. Irene S. Berkowitz, is an MBA instructor at the Ted Rogers School of Management, and a senior research associate in Ryerson University’s Media Innovation Research Lab. Her doctoral dissertation on Canadian media policy received national recognition during the CRTC’s “Let’s Talk TV” initiative. As a leading thinker, her opinions are often sought by the media, including The Globe and Mail, Playback, BNN, Sirius XM, and the CBC. Dr. Berkowitz holds a PhD from Ryerson University, an MA from the University of Chicago, and a BA from Cornell University.
Jason Della Rocca is a game industry entrepreneur, funding advisor, and cluster expert. As the cofounder of Executions Labs, he was a hands-on early stage investor in over 20 independent game studios in North America and Europe. Between 2000- and 2009, he served as the executive director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA). As a sought-after expert on the game industry, Jason has lectured at conferences and universities worldwide.
A diligent observer of developments in audiovisual and digital companies, technological transformations and the evolution of television content consumption practices, Jean-Claude Cadot has worked for more than 20 years for private broadcasters, as well as in public organizations. Today, he provides screen industry decision-makers with monitoring, research and writing services in the strategic, economic, technological and regulatory fields.
Executive Producer and Co-CEO of the Montreal-based Tobo Studio, Judith Beauregard has been active in the interactive domain since 1993. She specialized in youth content for over 15 years and is particularly interested in the intersection of fun and learning. She also teaches at l’INIS (National Institute of Sound & Image) and sits on the board of the Youth Media Alliance.
Julia Cook is a freelance writer and marketing consultant from the East Coast of Canada. She worked for eight years with CBC in PEI and Newfoundland-Labrador as a broadcast journalist. During that time she tested her hand at radio, TV, and online news, as well as radio hosting, producing, and documentary making. Julia has spent years writing stories about the local arts communities and emerging technologies.
Kathryn Armstrong is an independent consultant and media scholar with a body of work driven by the communities and individuals who shape Canada’s diverse media ecosystem. Her most recent publications include her thesis for the University of Toronto’s Cinema Studies Institute on Canadian national film discourse. She also frequently presents at conferences such as the Film Studies Association of Canada, on topics like the relationship between Canada’s independent producers and its national broadcasters. As a connector and intellect, Kathryn has done research for the CMPA and has worked closely with TIFF and Ontario Creates. She holds an MA from Ryerson University in Media Production, as well as both an MA and BA in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto.
Laura Mingail is an award-winning marketer, strategist and thought-leader in the entertainment space. She founded Archetypes & Effects to provide organizations in storytelling industries with impactful strategy, marketing and business development support. She is also a contributing author and media commentator focused on innovative forms of storytelling and technologies.
Maxime Johnson is an independent journalist who specializes in the analysis and observation of new technology. He writes a column for the Métro newspaper and for L’Actualité magazine. He also collaborates with several magazines including Protégez-vous and can be heard on the radio, namely during ICI Radio-Canada Première’s La sphère show.
Patrick is a writer and creative producer with a passion for Canada’s media, technology and cultural industries. He brings with him many years of experience as a broadcast journalist, professional content writer and consultant in the arts sector. He really loves digital design, filmmaking, video games, and interviewing the multimedia creators who make the world a more magical place. He lives in Charlottetown, PEI with his boyfriend and a menagerie of animals, but you can catch him on social media.
Passionate about video games since (almost) always, Pauline Zampolini decided to pursue a master’s degree UQAM on that very same subject. While she closely follows the indie scene, eSports and the presence of women in video games, she’s interested in everything related to gaming.
Prune Lieutier is both an independent digital experiences producer for youth, and a young researcher in education at UQAM. As part of her work for young audiences, Prune has been in charge of many innovative projects, mostly involving a large work ecosystem, where creators, developers, researchers and broadcasters (Interactive Fonfon, The Mysterious Creatures Club, etc.) collaborated. She is also very involved in various academic research, for the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, the Quebec Research Fund-Society and Culture, and others. As part of her practice and research, she has published and given numerous conferences and papers, notably at the National Library of France in Paris, at Berkeley University or for major scientific media. Her projects for youth, led as a producer or as a young researcher, won two Boomerang Grands Prix (Best application for youth, tied with the NFB, and Content), the NUMIX Convergence Jeunesse Award, and the MITACS-National Research Council Canada Award for Commercialization, among others. Finally, Prune is the founder and general director of the children's podcast production studio La puce à l'oreille, the first of its kind in the French-speaking world.
Originally from Abitibi-Témiscamingue and now based in Montreal, Samuel Larochelle has been a freelance journalist since 2012 for some 20 media outlets, including La Presse, HuffPost Quebec, Les Débrouillards, Fugues, L'actualité, Nightlife, Échos Montréal and many others. Also a writer, he has published two novels (À cause des garçons, Parce que tout me ramène à toi), the first two volumes of a series for teenagers and young adults (Lilie l'apprentie parfaite, Lilie l'apprentie amoureuse), as well as literary news in three collectives (Treize à table, Comme chiens et chats, Sous la ceinture - Unis pour vaincre la culture du viol).
Sruti Islam is a voracious consumer of all things literary. She is currently a consultant for Librairie St-Henri, art book publisher Anteism, as well as a publicist for Metatron Press. She served as a judge for the 2019 Publishers Weekly BookLife Prize Project, while also freelancing in literary and cultural coverage.
Stephanie Dubois is an award-winning freelance journalist and writer with almost two decades of journalism experience. She is currently a reporter and associate producer with CBC News Edmonton. Her past reporter experience includes CTV News, Metro News Canada, Yellow Pages and various other print and online publications. She also volunteers her time as the social media coordinator for the Alberta and Northwest Territories branch of Crohn's and Colitis Canada.
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The Phi Centre is a versatile space in Montreal with venues that adapt to accommodate the event at hand: launches, conferences, seminars, screenings, exhibitions, concerts, performances, interactive installations. It has creative studios and production suites. It’s also a multifunctional centre and a space where people can exchange, learn, discover, launch, shoot, record, and more.
Gruvi is a technology-based media agency that helps film distributors and producers around the world reach and build audiences for their films. The company offers a suite of products and services including programmatic solutions dedicated to serving campaigns on various platforms for the entertainment industry. Gruvi also publishes a blog focusing on content discoverability and audience management in the digital environment.
The website pulseonvr.ca presents an ongoing snapshot of the Canadian Virtual Reality (VR) ecosystem as it evolves. It presents quarterly data drawn from a survey of the Canadian VR ecosystem – its workflows, tools, challenges and opportunities. This website was launched by CFC Media Lab and OMERS Ventures in collaboration with Nordicity.
In over 10 years in the multimedia industry, Antoine van Eetvelde has been in charge of all aspects of a project from coding to QA, from localization to building a complete range of apps. Successive experiences have given him the chance to work with world leaders and startups alike, on all sorts of platforms and projects, both in size and in scope. Antoine holds degrees in business administration from the Louvain School of Management and in foreign affairs from the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium). He also completed a degree in web development (Technofutur3, Belgium).
Ben Johnson’s expertise spans marketing and the entertainment industry, as well as business development and the digital sphere. Ben is the CEO and co-founder of Gruvi, a company active in all aspects of distribution and exhibition for helping with the marketing of films, games, TV shows, events and festivals. Gruvi’s platform provides efficient tools to reach, connect with and engage audiences for a fraction of the cost of traditional marketing and with trackable results. Gruvi’s client base includes HBO, Sony, Disney, as well as many independent distribution companies globally.
Renowned for her outstanding communication and engagement skills, for the past 20 years, Catalina Briceño has helped companies in the media and cultural sectors develop and deploy digital transformation, innovation, and diversification initiatives. Among her main accomplishments, she contributed to the growth and the international success for Têtes à claques (Salambo Productions) and founded and managed the Canada Media Fund’s Industry & Market Trends department (2010-2018). As a visiting professor at UQAM’s École des médias, she today shares her passion for industry and market trends and forward thinking on the future of television and media with her students and industry colleagues.
Author and director of interactive documentaries and artist-in-residence at the MIT Open Documentary lab, David Dufresne has signed ten or so investigative works including New Moon, café de nuit joyeux (Le Seuil, 2017) and Tarnac, magasin général (Calmann Lévy, 2012). He designed the PhoneStories collection and wrote and directed several interactive documentaries including Hors Jeu (2016, Arte/Upian), DADA-DATA (2016, Arte/SSR SSRG) and Fort McMoney (2013, Toxa/Arte/ONF). He also teaches new narrative forms and emerging media.
Duncan Stewart is the Director of Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Research for Deloitte Canada. He is a globally recognized speaker and expert on the forecasting of consumer and enterprise TMT trends. Working worldwide and across all industries, Duncan advises clients on the impacts of new and existing technology, and demographic and regulatory changes to their business strategies.
Fabien Loszach holds a doctorate in sociology specialized in social imagery, art and pop culture. He works for the Brad agency as its director of interactive strategy and as a consultant in the media and digital fields. Furthermore, he contributes as a commentator to the digital culture show La sphère broadcast on Ici Radio-Canada Première. Each week, he discusses a current issue from a sociological perspective.
Frédéric Guarino has been at the crossroads of media, content and technology for almost 20 years : agent, entrepreneur/startup guy in the mobile content space in Europe and in New York, co-head of a New York-based tech lab for a French advertising group, associate producer, Frédéric has worn many hats. He is also an amateur historian of the cultural economy, most notably the positive friction between technical progress and its impact on visual storytelling.
As a former editorial coordinator at the CMF, Gabrielle Madé today manages Le Slingshot, a creative studio representing YouTubers. Launched in 2015, Le Slingshot represents the majority of popular French-speaking YouTubers in Québec Le Slingshot is part of the Attraction Média group. At the end of 2015, Gabrielle was named among the Top 30 Under 30 by Infopresse, which recognizes the accomplishments and potential of youth under 30 who work in communications in Québec.
Jean-Robert Bisaillon is a specialist in descriptive metadata for the cultural sector. He co-manages the LATICCE (Laboratoire de recherche sur la découvrabilité et les transformations des industries culturelles à l’ère du commerce électronique) at UQAM. He also heads the development of the TGiT software, which indexes metadata for the music industry, packages and exports the metadata in accordance with international standards, and promotes the data as well as blockchain technologies over the web.
Trained as an entertainment lawyer, Kelly Lynne Ashton has been working in the Canadian film, television and digital media industries for over twenty-five 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 programming industry conferences. Kelly Lynne obtained a Certificate in Leadership and Inclusion from Centennial College and now provides clients with diversity and inclusion consulting services.
Kevin Oke is co-founder of Victoria BC-based LlamaZOO Interactive, an award-winning educational technology start-up. Kevin has worked as an employee and consultant in digital interactive entertainment for 10 years. He has worked with Fox, Electronic Arts, Sky Sports and Nickelodeon on 40+ projects.
A professional in the culture and media sector, Laurianne Désormiers is responsible for the editorial section of CMF Trends. In parallel with her work with the Canada Media Fund, Laurianne is pursuing a Master's degree in Communication at UQAM, with a specialization in cinema and moving images. In the past, she has worked with the Phi Centre, DHC/ART, and CISM, and has collaborated on several cultural publications.
Léo Soesanto is a journalist and festival programmer. He is the editorial director of Soap, a new magazine on TV series. He is also the programming director of the International Independent Film Festival of Bordeaux and programmer of the TV series section of the Rotterdam International Film Festival. He heads the feature film selection committee of the Semaine de la Critique du Festival de Cannes.
Marc Roberge is an interactive screenwriter and Senior Game Designer at Tobo. Passionate about scriptwriting, he has worked on numerous television projects, such as Police Scientifique, Victimes and Enquêtes (Canal D), Haute surveillance and Kif-Kif (Radio-Canada), Cornemuse (Télé -Québec) and Coroner (TQS). Marc Roberge has more than 15 years of experience as an interactive screenwriter for edutainment websites (NFB, CREO, Tobo) and convergent television series (Tobo, Productions Version 10).
Mark Greenspan has spent the last 17 years supporting the growth of digital media companies by building a wide variety of industry recognized training and business development programs. Mark built nextMEDIA and The Digis, Canada’s most influential series of digital media conferences and award shows which was eventually sold to Brunico. Most recently he founded The Digital Growth Lab which created influenceTHIS, a Canadian marketplace for influencer marketing and social content creation.
Michel Reilhac is an independent interactive storytelling and virtual reality author. He writes, directs and develops his own projects, exploring hybrid forms of storytelling. He heads Submarine Channel, an interactive storytelling production company and is head of studies for the Venice Biennale Cinema and VR Colleges. Since August 2017, he handles the virtual reality competition for the Vienna International Film Festival. He regularly lectures at virtual reality festivals and international events.
Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Nthabiseng started her career in 2013 at one of the continent's top film companies, Moonlighting Films. She is the brains behind 10-part Docu-Series African Legacy Project that profiles African men & women who have excelled in their chosen fields. Nthabiseng’s passion lies in documentary filmmaking, wanting to tell stories of the African people. Her website The Reel Nthabiseng shines a light on African film & celebrates the continent’s storytellers. Nthabiseng is also completing her first documentary short called Zi Big Days.
Renee Robinson, Strategist and CEO at Strategic Screen, is a media industry creative strategist and thought-leader with management experience in programming, regulation/policy, strategic planning, and industry intelligence - both in Canada and internationally. Prior to relocating to Toronto in 2008, Renee advised on policy development and industry intelligence to the Ministers of Culture, Entertainment, Tourism, and Foreign Affairs in Jamaica. Renee holds a MA in Communications and Culture with a specialization in Telecommunication policy.
As a former member of the CMF industry and market trends team, Samuel Bischoff has a particular interest for new media trends and today's challenges for distributing and accessing content. He has worked in film distribution as well as the development of branded content and advertising in France and Quebec. Samuel holds two Masters’ degrees from the Sorbonne University: one in Law, Economy and Management of Audiovisual Content and the second in Film Studies.
Sasha’s 15-year career in Canadian screen-media industries has spanned across game studios, television producers, funding agencies, and academia. She is producer for Sticky Brain Studios, which she cofounded, and works as a contract faculty at Centennial College’s Story Arts Centre.
Suzanne Lortie holds a diploma in production from the National Theatre School of Canada as well as a MBA from HEC Montreal. She became a professor at Université du Québec à Montreal in July 2012. She has also worked as a production manager and line producer for television since 1992 (major variety and cultural series that won several Gémeaux and ADISQ awards, documentaries) and is a consultant in new media strategies.
Véronique Marino is cofounder of LaCogency.co, an agency that focuses on the integration of digital technology in the cultural and entertainment industries. Director of the Interactive Media program at L’inis since 2004, she regularly facilitates workshops and conferences across Canada and in France (for the INA, the INASup, and ParisWeb).
Victoria is a strategist and content producer with over a decade of experience in traditional media and digital interactive content. Her work with several media agencies, including five years spent co-steering as partner of Stitch Media Inc. has seen her recognized with 20 awards to date including a 2010 nomination for Canadian Producer of the Year with NextMedia. She is also a prolific speaker at major events and has educated and mentored media professionals transitioning to the digital realm at Centennial College.