Speakers – English

Gathering the right information

Tyler Long

Head of Game Development & Publishing - Newzoo

Tyler has worked in the games industry for over a decade at companies such as The9 and 2K Games and has co-founded two development studios. Since March this year, Tyler is the Head of Game Development and Publishing at Newzoo, the global leader in games market data and analytics. Leveraging his experience in business development, operations, production, development, and publishing he regularly engages with key stakeholders in the games industry to share Newzoo’s unique insights and data analytics.

Finding the right collaborators

Bertrand Vernizeau

CEO/Investment Partner - Game Seer Venture Partners

In 2014, Bertrand joined one of the biggest game distributors in Europe as head of game operations and helped push the 100 employees structure to outstanding financial results. Quadrilingual and considering Goat simulator as the best game ever created, Bertrand's ultimate goal is to make Game Seer a highly performing entity in funding studios.

Ryan Donaldson

Director of Business Development - Studio Capital Management

Ryan is Director of Business Development at Studio Capital Management, a leading agency representing game developers and helping them grow their business. He's worked at EA and Microsoft, and co-founded a studio, taking it to a successful exit. He focuses on helping SCM's clients understand the market, pitch concepts, and find the right publishing partner for their next great game.

Nathalie Provost

Director - Codev & Art Outsourcing

Graphic Technical Director at several Ubisoft Studios (Montreal, Tokyo, Paris) from 1997 to 2008, Nathalie joined the HQ as Director of KM Production, setting up events such as the Ubisoft Developers Conferences.

Returning to Montreal in 2011, she founded the Codev & Art Outsourcing team, whose mission is to support Canadian projects in their international collaborations.

Sandra Jiang

Trade commissioner - Consulate General of Canada in Shanghai

Sandra Jiang joined in the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) in 2005 and has been responsible for the ICT and Digital Media files since then. Based at the Consulate General of Canada in Shanghai , she helps Canadian companies to explore business opportunities and find new business partners in China, with focus on Video Games, Animation and IoT technologies.

Jennifer Kay

First Secretary and Trade Commissioner - Embassy of Canada in Seoul

As First Secretary and Trade Commissioner at the Embassy of Canada in Seoul, Jennifer Kay leads a team of three covering diverse sectors. Jennifer is also responsible for the gaming sector in South Korea, where she helps Canadian companies succeed in this market. Before joining the team in Seoul in 2017, Jennifer held posts in Ottawa, New York and Minneapolis.

Powerful pitches

Christopher Chancey

CEO - ManaVoid Entertainment

Christopher Chancey specializes in the financing and marketing of video games. In 2014, he founded ManaVoid Entertainment and has managed to raise over 3 million dollars for their latest IP, Rainbow Billy: The Curse of the Leviathan (release Q2 2021). Since 2015, he has also managed several crowdfunding campaigns that have amassed over half a million dollars.

Charismatic presentations

Carina Kom

Founder/Creative Coach - P.V.P Circuit

Carina Kom (she/her) is a Game Producer and founder of B.C's only game pitch event; P.V.P is a place where developers get mentorship on the spot, live, from industry professionals. In the last 10 years her knowledge in indie games, mid-sized for-hire development, and AAA game development continues to support others.

Hosted by

Carl-Edwin Michel

CEO - Northern Arena

Carl-Edwin Michel is a tech and video game enthusiast, he is the founder and CEO of Northern Arena, an esports, TV and production company.

Mentors

Carina Kom

Founder/Creative Coach - P.V.P Circuit

Carina Kom (she/her) is a Game Producer and founder of B.C's only game pitch event; P.V.P is a place where developers get mentorship on the spot, live, from industry professionals. In the last 10 years her knowledge in indie games, mid-sized for-hire development, and AAA game development continues to support others.

Daniel Posner

Co-founder/President - Finish Line Games​

As CEO of Finish Line Games, Daniel brings over 23 years of game industry experience to bear, with over 30 shipped titles to his name. He led production and business development for the releases of Cel Damage HD, Maize, and Skully. After graduating from the University of Toronto with a degree in Electrical Engineering, he co-founded Pseudo Interactive Inc. where he was responsible for production, operations, and business development. Daniel also regularly consults with government agencies on industry development, and is a Professor at the School of Design at George Brown College

Pierre Moisan

Senior Consultant/New Media - CEIM

Pierre Moisan is one of Canada’s pioneers in the digital entertainment industry, a seasoned manager and entrepreneur. He has acted, over the last twenty years, as Vice-President of Megatoon (Behavior), founder and president of Artmedia Studio, and producer at Ubisoft.​

Warren Currel

President and CEO - Sherpa Games

Since 2001, Sherpa Games has helped dozens of independent game developers bring their games to market. As one of the first game agents in Canada, Sherpa Games has helped Canadian indie development studios such as Metanet, Queasy Games, Little Guy Games and Klei Entertainment.