Canada Game Nation 2017 Reception

CIAIC’s annual gathering of Canadians returns for another year at GDC 2017 in San Francisco. In a celebration of the Canadian games industry there will be a chance to speak with participants from studios all across Canada, supporting partners and governments, as well as foreign companies interested in Canada. Come and network with industry leaders from all over Canada, have a drink, eat some poutine, and stop by the photobooth. TheCanada Game Nation’s 6th annual edition will host our 1,000 attendees on March 1st at 5:00pm at Jillian’s Metreon at 175th 4th Street, right by the doorsteps of the Game Developer Conference and Game Connection America.

This is possible only with the help of our generous sponsors and we thank them for their continuous support.

Registration will be opening soon, any organizations interested in supporting this event OR if you want to request an invite, please contact:


March 19th – 3rd edition of Game Nation Canadian Reception

March 19th @ Jillian’s San Francisco – 5 to 8:30 pm

Since 2012, the Canadian Interactive Alliance took over from the Government of Canada, as the lead organizer of the Game Nation Reception. This event, in addition to other activities held at the Intercontinental Canadian Business Lounge, is an integrated part of Canada’s video game industry companies and stakeholders’ efforts to network beyond the 2014 GDC and Game Connection America to take place in San Francisco, March 17-21.

CIAIC relies on partnerships to build on long standing tradition and to position Canada as the best place in the world to make video games, in line with two main objectives:

  • To facilitate great networking with international VIPs including publishers, investors and studio heads; and
  • To give Canadian game developers a chance to celebrate their great accomplishments.

Thanks to our partners, the Game Nation Canada 2013 Reception was a spectacular success with over 700 attendees from across Canada and around the world.

CIAIC is gearing up to make this 3rd edition the biggest and best yet, with your support! As a Canadian major industry player, we look forward to welcoming you and rely on your support and presence to make this year reception a success.

The formal invitation requests are now closed.

Contact Serge Landry, CIAIC Chairman & CEO at to become a 2015 Game Nation Canadian Reception Partner.

Thanks to our Partners for making 2014 Game Nation Canadian Reception possible!


Ottawa Game Conference announces speakers

The first annual Ottawa Game Conference (OGC), to be held at the Ottawa Convention Centre on May 29, 2012, announced its speaker lineup yesterday, including keynotes from Gabe Zichermann, author and gamification expert, and Jason Della Rocca, founder of Perimeter Partners and former executive director of the International Game Developers Association.

Combining speakers from Ottawa firms and developers around the world, the conferences’ business and content tracks will explore a variety of topics in gaming trends, including social game design, location-based gaming, vehicle-embedded gaming, multi-screen experience design, web, console, PC, mobile and more. [Read more…]

Pancake Mountain creators added as keynote speakers for INplay 2012

JR Soldano and Scott Stuckey, Executive Producers of Pancake Mountain, along with host/puppet/Chief Mayhem Officer/Chancellor of Entertainment Rufus Leaking, have been added to the INplay 2012 lineup as keynote speakers.

The Washington Post called Pancake Mountain “A thoroughly offbeat kids’ show that might be even more fun for adults.” During its eight year run, the show featured an impressive list of almost 150 musical acts that included Ian MacKaye, Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon, Andrew W.K., Deerhoof, The Flaming Lips, The White Stripes, Metric, Katy Perry, Henry Rollins, Bright Eyes, Tegan And Sara, M.I.A., Shonen Knife and Eddie Vedder. [Read more…]