After a welcome greeting from Radical President Kelly Zmak, New Media BC President Kenton Low opened the AGM with a quick recap of 2007’s events and milestones, along with a look into the future plans and how New Media BC will move our west coast digital media forward. With a growing membership base, a good financial position, an expanding list of programmes and a higher level of political awareness, the future does indeed look bright for the New Media BC Association.
Brief reports were filed in regards to Opportunity Alert, Mobile Muse and The Fusion Forum. NMBC members also received a progress report on the Board’s lobbying efforts with the Provincial and Federal Governments in hopes of improving the economic outlook for the digital media industry in British Columbia. Of course the most exciting announcement of the night was the fact that Vancouver will be home to GDC Canada, which will take place during Vancouver Digital Week in May of 2009.
The next order of business was the election of the 2009 Board of Directors. An executive decision had been made earlier in the year to expand the Board to 14 members, ensuring involvement in the Association from all major industry areas of Digital Media.
The New Media BC Board of Directors are:
Warren Franklin, CEO, Rainmaker Entertainment
Delna Bhesania, CEO, Bardel Entertainment
Carla Mauro, VP, Assistant General Manager, Nintendo of Canada
Howard Donaldson, VP, Studio Operations, Propaganda Games
Darshan Kaler, Director, Olympic Services & VCEC Operations, Bell Canada
McLean Mashingaidze-Greaves, President/Founder, The Nimble Company
Matthew Peters, Partner, Business Law Group & Technology Group, McCarthy Tetrault LLP
James Topham, Partner, KPMG
Douglas Tronsgard, CEO, Next Level Games
Stephen Beck, Partner, Co-Creative Director, Engine Digital Inc.
Wendy Boylan, Public Relations & Marketing Manager, Action Pants Inc.
V. Paul Lee, former President of EA Studios of Electronic Arts Inc.
Rochelle Grayson, COO, Donat Group Enterprises
Sandy Fleischer, VP, General Manager, Fjord Interactive Marketing & Technology
Sean Murch, CEO/Founder, Playful Entertainment Inc.
Once all of the official business was concluded, the 2008 AGM was closed and the National Digital Media Day Mixer began. Sponsored by Fjord Interactive Marketing & Technology and Wired Woman, there was plenty of opportunity to network and meet new people. Also featured during the evening was a screening of Politube Shorts, presented by New Forms Festival