18th June 2013

Digital Alberta Elects New President

digital albertaCurrent Digital Alberta board member Owen Brierley was elected president of the organization on May 29, 2013 at the Annual General Meeting held at Innovate Calgary and Hybridforge in Edmonton. Owen Brierley is an active Canadian technologist and his experience in the digital industry will have a significant impact on the future of Digital Alberta. Along with the appointment of Mr. Brierley, one executive position and four board member positions were elected. Read the rest of this entry »

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12th June 2013

Canadian-made Video Games Flexing Muscles on World Stage at E3 Expo

ESACA slew of Canadian-produced video games are on display at this year’s E3 Expo, putting a spotlight on the strength and vitality of Canada’s growing video game industry. At this year’s E3 Expo, taking place in Los Angeles from June 10 to 13, 2013, Canadian-developed games from ESAC member companies include: Read the rest of this entry »

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11th June 2013

National Promotion Strategy Highlights And New Brand Presented During Banff World Media Festival

eye on canadaHere are all of the details about the new Eye On Canada national promotional brand that I was tweeting about yesterday from the Banff World Media Festival. Valerie Creighton, President and CEO of the Canada Media Fund (CMF), Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada and Michael Hennessy, President and CEO of the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) presented an update of this National Promotion Strategy and the new brand to promote Canadian audiovisual content. Read the rest of this entry »

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3rd June 2013

2013 SOCAN Songwriting Prize Nominees Announced

socanThe Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada has announced the five finalists for its eighth annual SOCAN Songwriting Prize (formerly the SOCAN ECHO Songwriting Prize) in English, and the nominees once again reflect the breadth and depth of Canada’s rich songwriting talent. Read the rest of this entry »

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3rd June 2013

YTA Technology Leadership Award Winners Announced

York Technology AllianceWith many incredible tech company success stories in the GTA it can be difficult to start and grow a company that stands out among its peers, but last Friday evening in a gala event held at the BMO Institute For Learning, the York Technology Alliance (YTA) recognized five companies that are leading the way in the GTA tech hub.  Read the rest of this entry »

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31st May 2013

Women In View On TV Report Shows Scarcity Of Women Creating Content For Canadian Television

women In viewCanadian women are significantly underrepresented in key creative and content-creating roles in Canada’s TV production industry. This means the stories and values communicated through the influential and far-reaching medium of television are badly skewed, according to a report released today by non-profit organization Women in View. In its report Women in View on TV 2013, the organization examined 21 Canadian live action television series, which, in 2010-2011, received a total of $99.1 million in public funding by the government’s Canada Media Fund. Productions examined include Being Erica, Flashpoint, The Listener, Rookie Blue, Republic of Doyle, The Borgias, Heartland, Murdoch Mysteries, Hiccups, Lost Girl, and Little Mosque on the Prairie. Read the rest of this entry »

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31st May 2013

Canadian Video Game Industry Contributes $2.3 Billion to GDP – A Critical Component of New Digital Economy and Source of National Pride

ESACIn a keynote address at the Ottawa International Game Conference (OIGC), Jayson Hilchie, President & CEO of the Entertainment Software Association of Canada (ESAC) today unveiled new research about the Canadian video game industry. The research shows that Canada’s overall video game industry is still growing at a moderate pace, even as the sector and its business models continue to evolve. Unveiling top-line results from new research conducted by Nordicity for ESAC, Hilchie showed that Canada’s 329 video game studios are a critical component of this country’s new digital economy generating over $2.3 billion in GDP for the Canadian economy in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

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29th May 2013

Spin Master And Canadian Youth Business Foundation Celebrate Innovation Fund Recipient Achievements

Canadian Youth Business Foundationspin masterSpin Master Ltd. and The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) honoured Canada’s leading young entrepreneurs last night as recipients of the Spin Master Innovation Fund to celebrate innovation, entrepreneurship and the guidance and support they received on their path to business success. For the third consecutive year, CYBF and innovative children’s toy and entertainment company Spin Master Ltd. teamed up for the Spin Master Innovation Fund, which provides young entrepreneurs with $50,000 in start-up financing, a hand-matched mentor from CYBF’s industry-leading mentorship program and a trip to Toronto to attend a two-day Innovation Workshop, with exclusive access to industry experts and senior Spin Master executives. Last year’s Fund culminated with last night’s networking celebration, held at Toronto’s The Spoke Club, honouring their tremendous achievements as innovative young entrepreneurs. Read the rest of this entry »

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24th May 2013

Milk Carton 2.0: Digital Innovations Transform The Search For Missing Children In Canada

Missing Children Society of CanadaIn 2012, The Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC) introduced The World’s Most Valuable Social Network – the first online search party that allows Canadians to “donate” their Facebook or Twitter newsfeed as a vehicle for raising awareness when a child goes missing. The World’s Most Valuable Social Network has assisted in the safe return of six missing children since its launch, and the tool is expanding to include Pinterest and Foursquare in the search for missing children. Up to 50,000 children are reported missing in Canada every year. Today, leading up to International Missing Children’s Day (May 25th), MCSC is expanding The Most Valuable Project with the launch of two new digital tools: Most Valuable Check-In and Most Valuable Pinboard. Read the rest of this entry »

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17th May 2013

CanWIT BC Presents: The June Breakfast Club

CanWIT BC ChapterJoin the CanWIT BC chapter from 8 – 9:30am on June 12 as the association hosts Judy Rogers and her discussion on the Path to Board Appointments. This event will take place in the CN Strategies Room (2800) at the Segal Graduate School, SFU Campus at 500 Granville Street in Vancouver. Tickets are $15.00 for members or $20.00 for non-members. Come and hear from the recipient of numerous awards and honours, on the path to her current position as the Chair of the BC Housing Commission and as chair of the BC Assessment Board. Judy will provide insights and lessons learned from her experience in not-for profit, public sector and board leadership through an interactive discussion with participants. Read the rest of this entry »

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