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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.
The Industry and Market Trends team, headed by Catalina Briceño, is composed of analysts Pierre Tanguay and Sabrina Dubé-Morneau, as well as editorial coordinator Gaëlle Engelberts. Twice a year, the team publishes a Trends Report that draws a portrait of the macro trends that are shaping today’s screen-based industries.
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.
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.
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.
Catalina Briceño has over 17 years of experience in the audiovisual and new media industry. Her role is to ensure that the policies for supporting the production of Canadian television and digital media content are aligned with emerging developments in Canada and internationally. Ms. Briceño provides the CMF with all the market intelligence necessary to develop effective policies and plays an instrumental role in developing and incubating strategic funding partnerships and initiatives.
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, producer, researcher, community manager and columnist: Claudia Beaumont has been involved in several aspects touching music broadcasting at Radio-Canada. At the same time, she's been following the effect of digital technologies on musical creation and distribution. The subject of her master's thesis focused on crowdfunding and its role in music 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
A versatile multiplatform creator focused on content experiences, Anne-Marie Archambault has worked on a variety of development, research, writing and screenwriting (both linear and interactive) projects for the web and TV. She is the creative link between form and substance, always working in synergy with production teams.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Xavier Kronström Richard is the digital innovation coordinator at CBC/Radio-Canada. He holds a master’s degree in scientific journalism from Denis-Diderot University (Paris) and is particularly interested in R&D, innovation and creativity processes in the media industry.