NATI launches TechWomen NL

NATI (Newfoundland and Labrador Association for Technology Industries) is launching a support and mentoring group for female professionals in the province’s advanced technology sector.

The association’s goal is to host quarterly luncheons featuring topics of interest and to establish a professional network of women within the NL advanced technology sector. [Read more…]

CMPA and Ryerson team up for transmedia training

The Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) is collaborating with Ryerson University’s RTA School of Media on a new Transmedia Production Acceleration Program, a workshop and mentorship program that focuses on acquiring skills for transmedia production.

Supported by the OMDC’s Entertainment and Creative Cluster Partnerships Fund, this  program will provide 40 transmedia producers with the opportunity to participate in a full-day workshop. From this group, 18 individuals will go on to complete five-month job placements with Ontario-based transmedia production companies. [Read more…]

Behaviour’s Rémi Racine appointed CBC chair

Rémi Racine, president and executive producer of Montreal’s Behaviour Interactive, has been named chairperson of the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors for a five-year term, as announced by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. [Read more…]

Sixteen winners take home Digital Alberta Awards

The winners of the 2012 Digital Alberta Awards were revealed earlier this month to a full house.

They include:

Community and Education 
Best in Student Interactive Digital Media and Creative Design: First Generation Albertans, Giannitsos & Poon
Best in E-learning: Time to Drill, Sajak & Farki
Best Digital Media Leader – Community Leader, Educator, Program Leader, or Department Head: Owen Brierley, Guru Digital Arts College

Philanthropy 
Best Digital Philanthropy Innovation: How a Regional Bank will Change the World, Benevity

Film, Television and Gaming 
Best in Cross-platform Content: HDNet Fights Second Screen App, Mobovivo
Best Use of Film, Animation or Special FX: Bear 71, NFB
Best in Gaming: Catch the Princess, Robots & Pencils [Read more…]

Canada’s next-gen digital sector requires new forms of capital to compete globally

Latest study unveils industry growth opportunities through more private investment
(See below for a link to a PDF of the study.)

(TORONTO and BANFF, June 12, 2012) Increased private capital is the missing link for building up successful interactive digital media companies in Canada, according to a new report commissioned by the Canadian Interactive Alliance / l’Alliance Interactive Canadienne (CIAIC).

New Directions for the Financing of Interactive Digital Media in Canada is released by the CIAIC with research conducted by Communications MDR and authored by Maria De Rosa and Marilyn Burgess, in partnership with the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), Canada Media Fund (CMF) nand the assistance of the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund, Department of Canadian Heritage, National Film Board and the Canadian Media Production Association.

The newly released study takes an in-depth examination at the current financing landscape for Canada’s interactive digital media industry. Additionally, it assesses the effectiveness of financial mechanisms that support the sector including from the private sector, and identifies potential new financial vehicles that are of interest to the OMDC, CMF and other relevant funders. [Read more…]