Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Richmond LLP
Weber Shandwick Canada
P. ENG., LL.B
Redwood e-Learning Systems
Executive Producer / Co-Founder
|Mark is a Co-Founder/Executive Producer of marblemedia, an innovative content creation company at the forefront of television and new media production, devoted to telling stories that entertain and engage audiences across all platforms. Mark and Co-Founder Matt Hornburg have received international acclaim as the Executive Producers behind the hit TV series and website: This is Daniel Cook and This is Emily Yeung, which now air in over 90 countries and in 12 languages. Mark is one of the co-founders of Distribution360, which distributes creative content internationally across all platforms.|
Mark is currently spearheading season 2 of Skatoony, a live-action/animated quiz show adventure for TELETOON geared to tweens (based on the Cartoon Network UK format). He is an Executive Producer for Taste Buds, now in season 3 on TVO, which is an original kids’ food adventure series and website. Taste Buds won a 2010 Gemini Award for Best-Cross Platform Project in the Children’s and Youth category. Additionally, Mark is also an Executive Producer for Splatalot, a hilarious physical game show geared to the tween audience airing in 2011 on YTV in Canada, BBC in the UK, and ABC in Australia. He has begun development on Chugga Chugga Wow, an animated/live-action hybrid preschool series for Kids' CBC.
In addition to his role as Chair of Interactive Ontario, he is a board member of the Canadian Media Production Association, and is on the advisory committee for the Ontario Media Development Corporation. Mark lends his time to various universities as a guest lecturer, and acts as a curriculum advisor at Centennial College, OCAD University, and Ryerson University.
Adding to many awards and accolades, Mark was honoured by The Hollywood Reporter as a Next Generation Producer. He was also recognized as Producer of the Year (2008) by the Canadian New Media Awards, and won the Lions Gate/Maple Pictures Innovative Producer Award (2007). marblemedia was recognized as the Canadian New Media Awards Company of the Year for 2008, and has been nominated for 21 Gemini Awards for a number of its projects. Mark was also appointed New Brunswick Ambassador.
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|Daniel Dales is CEO and Executive Producer of Smokebomb Entertainment, the digital media division of Shaftesbury, with responsibility for the development and production of original multiplatform series and companion web experiences for Shaftesbury’s broadcast slate of properties. Since launching Smokebomb Entertainment in January 2008, Dales and the Smokebomb team have produced several convergent online projects for Shaftesbury, including The Listener (CTV); Murdoch Mysteries: Curse of the Lost Pharaohs (Citytv); Overruled! (Family Channel); Baxter (Family Channel) and Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures (TMN, Movie Central). Dales also oversees the development and creation of Smokebomb’s slate of original online series for digital deployment, including Totally Amp’d and State of Syn, two groundbreaking App series that blend episodic scripted content with a suite of interactive games and activities.
Prior to launching Smokebomb, Dales was an award-winning producer of commercials, music videos, documentaries and corporate videos for high profile clients in the advertising and entertainment industries, including Sony Pictures Entertainment, Motorola, BMW, Axe, Subway, Breakthrough Entertainment and Dundee Wealth Management.
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Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Richmond LLP
|David practises in all areas of entertainment law including music, television, theatre, publishing and interactive media. His clients consist of well known recording artists, record companies, producers of dramatic and reality programs, writers, directors, theatrical producers and music and book publishers. He has helped a number of his clients expand into complementary businesses such as celebrity endorsements and merchandising.|
David's practice also includes sports law where he advises individuals and companies on sports related matters such as advertising and promotions, merchandising and licensing, broadcast rights, franchise operations, intellectual property, player contracts and ticket matters, among others.
David is a frequent speaker at conferences on music, sports, television, technology and other entertainment topics. David has been identified as a leading practitioner of entertainment law in the Canadian Legal Lexpert® survey.
David was a partner at the law firm of Aird & Berlis, LLP, where he practised for nine years. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Media, Sports and Entertainment section of the Canadian Bar Association.
University of Windsor, LL.B. – 1993
Called to the Ontario Bar – 1995
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Dr. Sara Diamond is the President of OCAD University, Canada’s
“university of the imagination”. She holds a PhD in Computer Science and
degrees in new media theory and practice, social history and
communications. She is an appointee of the Order of Ontario and the
Royal Canadian Society of Artists. While retaining OCAD University's
traditional strengths in art and design, Diamond has guided the
university in becoming a leader in digital media, design research and
curriculum through the Digital Futures Initiative, new research in
Inclusive Design, health and design, as well as in sustainable
technologies and design. She also played a leading role in OCAD
University's establishment of the unique Aboriginal Visual Culture
Program. These initiatives have built strong partnerships for OCAD
University with science, business and communities, in Ontario and
abroad. Currently, she serves on the Ontario Ministry of Culture’s
Advisory Council on Arts & Culture, ORION (Ontario’s high-speed
network), SHARCNET, IO (Interactive Ontario), Canadian Women in
Communications; i-Canada; is Chair of the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
Toronto Advisory Committee. Diamond serves the larger university
community through her membership on the Standing Advisory Committee on
University Research (SACUR) of the Association of Universities and
Colleges and as Chair of the Standing Committee on Relationships with
Other Postsecondary Institutions for the Council of Ontario
Universities. Diamond is a member of the Council of the Canadian
Academies’ expert panel on the State of Science & Technology in
|Jeffrey Elliott was the Founder, President and Chief Strategy Officer of GlassBOX Television. Jeffrey and has over twenty-five years of strategic and creative experience in broadcasting, production, and new-media. Including the Emmy-winning Bite TV, the worlds first Interactive and multiplatform television channel.|
Throughout his career, Jeffrey has been at the forefront of emerging technologies in broadcasting and new-media. Prior to launching GlassBOX Television, Jeffrey held senior positions with leading Canadian media companies including Senior Vice President Interactive at Alliance Atlantis, where he was charged with creating the broadcaster’s new media strategy. Before that, he was Managing Director at Netstar Communications (then parent company The Sports Network and Discovery Canada) and Director of Programming at TSN, where he was responsible for the creation of one of the country’s first multiplatform content projects, the highly successful The Legends of Hockey. Jeffrey also led the launch of Discoverychannel.ca and TSN.ca, which revolutionized on-line sports in Canada.
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|Trevor Fencott has been at the forefront of the interactive industry for over a decade. He is currently President and Head of Content for bitHeads Inc. a connected technology company that creates cutting-edge digital, mobile and social media content through its studio subsidiaries Bedlam and Playbrains. As a co-founder of boutique game publisher, Groove Games and, later as co-founder of transmedia studio, Bedlam, Trevor has been responsible for the release of more than 30 titles accross all major console, digital and social platforms. |
He serves on the Board of Directors of Interactive Ontario and both the Interactive Industry Advisory Committee and the Screen-Based Industry Advisory Committee of the Ontario Media Develoment Corporation.
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Vikas Gupta is the CEO & President of TransGaming Technologies (TSX-V: TNG), a leading developer of software portability for the multi-billion dollar electronic entertainment industry. TransGaming's products allow the rapid deployment of triple A video games content across multiple platforms without the need for traditionally arduous and expensive redevelopment. The company’s clients include some of the largest game developers and publishers in the world ranging from EA, Ubisoft, THQ, Turner Broadcasting, just to name a few. Prior to joining TransGaming, Vikas was the founder and President of InterLogic Systems, a telephony consulting and systems integration firm dedicated to delivering innovative and creative enterprise solutions to Fortune 1000 clients in the areas of Computer Telephony Integration, Interactive Voice Response Systems, and fax processing systems. InterLogic was acquired by Prima Telematic and Vikas served as President of Prima Canada and Executive Vice President of Prima Telematic.
Lucie Lalumière is the principal of Lalumiere Media and helps organizations achieve their goals with digital media initiatives. A digital media pioneer with over 15 years of experience, Lucie has held a number of strategic positions, including VP & GM, Interactive at Corus Entertainment Television; Executive Director, New Media at Radio-Canada; and General Manager, French Services at Sympatico. An environmentalist at heart, she was also VP Digital Content & Giving (a.k.a. Bring Back the Wild) at Earth Rangers. Lucie sits on the OMDC IDM Industry Advisory Committee. Prior industry involvement include serving on the board of the Bell Broadcast & New Media Fund and chairing the International Multimedia Committee of the Communauté des Télévisions Francophones. Lucie has an MIS degree from Université de Sherbrooke and an MBA from McGill University completed at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program. Over the years, she has shared numerous awards with her teams.
Director, Digital Engagement
Weber Shandwick Canada
|Andrew consults on digital and social inline integrations for all corporate and consumer Weber Shandwick clients in Canada while contributing to the larger North American Senior Digital Team. Andrew’s current clients include major Canadian and international brands such as Best Buy, Holiday Inn, Campbell, McDonald's and Energizer to name a few. He provides strategic counsel and works with Weber Shandwick teams in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver to integrate inline thinking into all Weber Shandwick Canada initiatives. In addition, Andrew works with the North American Emerging Media Team with a focus on the mobile and tablet markets helping to develop and implement the firm’s thought leadership position and technical capabilities into everyday operations across the continent.|
Before joining Weber Shandwick, Andrew worked on numerous international award-winning and critically-acclaimed multi-platform content projects, across traditional and digital media with focuses in sports, entertainment and the arts. His work was consistently recognized for a high level of innovation and a strong focus on delivering the highest quality content to niche audiences while driving business results.
Andrew is a featured speaker and thought leader, having presented at many notable Canadian business conferences, notable educational institutions and to top industry organizations. He is also a member of the Interactive Ontario Social Media Committee and maintains a personal blog at nitch.ca
|Mike is experienced with businesses in rapid growth situations, where
hands on knowledge of capital markets, cash management, and
implementation of internal controls is essential. Prior to joining
Silicon Knights, Mike had over 18 years of professional experience as a
CFO/Vice-President, Corporate Controller and Supervising Senior at KPMG
Boston. Other positions that Mike has held over the years include;
Principal – CTS Partners & VP Finance/CFO – Control Delivery Systems
Inc out of Boston MA. He holds his CMA and attended the University of
Windsor, graduating with Honors in Business Administration (HBA).|
Mike also belongs to the following professional associations: Society of Management Accountants of Canada as well as AICPA – The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPA).
Spence N. McDonnell
Parter, Tax Services
|Spence is a tax partner in our Technology, InfoComm and Entertainment practice who has been providing a broad range of tax services to Canadian and international clients. Spence has extensive experience in restructuring financing arrangements, dispositions of business units, U.S. and international expansion, corporate group reorganizations as well as assisting clients manage their tax compliance requirements. Spence has assisted many entertainment and technology clients with cross-border tax planning and assisting with their Film/TV, Interactive, and SR&ED tax credit submissions.|
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P. Eng., LL.B.
|Peter Miller is a lawyer and engineer with 20 years of broadcast and telecommunications industry experience, in both private practice and senior executive positions. Since 2005, he has acted as an advisor to select clients in both the public and private sectors, specializing in business and policy development, particularly in regards to digital media. His experience includes senior positions with the Vision TV group of companies, CHUM Limited, and the Canadian Association of Broadcasters.|
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|Lydia Sani has spent over 20 years in the corporate communications industry since graduating from Concordia University’s Communications Faculty. Her early career featured positions at Du Pont in their internal training group and later at Ogilvy & Mather in their communications division. In 1988 Lydia founded Invisions Productions. Since that time she has guided the company to its current position as one of the pre-eminent players in the Canadian communications industry. She started up Redwood e-Learning Systems in 2003 specifically to address the online learning market. With a sole focus on training, Redwood’s mission is to advance skills through a new level of e-learning by having learners engage with immersive environments and social media. Lydia is on the board of CeLEA, the Canadian e-Learning Enterprise Alliance and IO’s E-Learning Committee. She has presented many papers on soft skills E-learning and other high performance learning initiatives.|
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Michael Schmalz is the president of Digital Extremes Ltd., a London, Ontario based company software developer for Xbox360, Playstation3 and PC. Digital Extremes is a pioneer in the videogame industry having worked on some of industries most popular first person action franchises including BioShock and Unreal. Michael has been responsible for various business development activities including working with government and other game industry leaders to develop programs to help promote the video game industry and helping the company manage its growth and internal transformation to a “next-gen” company. In 2010, Digital Extremes was named as one of the top 10 companies to work for in Canada by the National Post and one of Canada’s top employers for young people by Maclean’s Magazine.
CEO, Impact Mobile
Chair, MEF North America
Over the past nine years, Gary has played a leadership role in the mobile industry, founded Impact Mobile in 2002 running the first cross-carrier short code campaign in North America.