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GameON: Ventures 2016

October 20th & 21st, 2016 / MaRS Discovery District / Toronto

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Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) is responsible for stimulating Job creation and investment in the province’s cultural media industries including book and magazine publishing, music, film, television, and interactive digital media. The agency administers a range of programs and funds including tax credits, investment funds, research initiatives, and events.


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The Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, develops, finances and promotes the production of Canadian content and applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment by fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through public and private sector partnerships. The CMF receives financial contributions from the Government of Canada and Canada’s cable, satellite and IPTV distributors.


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First and foremost, Telefilm Canada is a team of some 200 professionals serving the industry from four offices located across Canada. Dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada’s audiovisual industry, Telefilm, through its various funding and promotion programs, supports dynamic companies and creative talent here at home and around the world.

Telefilm’s driving goal is, as it has been since 2011, to continue to stimulate demand for and access to Canadian productions – in Canada and everywhere, from big screens to those still being invented, and every platform in-between.

Telefilm also administers the programs of the Canada Media Fund.


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Humber’s School of Media Studies & Information Technology houses the largest combination of media-sector programs in Canada. Our 35 full time and many continuing education programs include 3D animation, game programming, interactive media, user experience design, multimedia design, graphic design, digital arts, film and television production and web-based media and information technology. Students learn through a polytechnic, learning community model of applied research and hand’s on projects supported by our many Live Labs, and create experiences and content through collaboration and the thought process supporting our multi-platform storytelling environment.


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Pong Game Studios creates cutting edge skill-based games and game management software. Through their robust platform, Pong provides companies across North America with everything they need to offer exciting entertainment experiences to their guests.


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Let your creativity thrive at the Story Arts Centre, Centennial College’s School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design. The Story Arts Centre campus is home to the college’s Communications, Media, Art, Design and Performing Arts programs and is conveniently located in downtown Toronto at the heart of the film, media, communications, art and design industries. With a focus on interactive storytelling in collaborative and experiential learning environment the school has been ranked best among all GTA colleges for student satisfaction and graduate employment for the past two years.


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EDC is Canada’s export credit agency. Their job is to support and develop Canada’s export trade by helping Canadian companies respond to international business opportunities. They are a self-financing, Crown corporation that operates at arm’s length from the Government. EDC provides insurance and financial services, bonding products and small business solutions to Canadian exporters and investors and their international buyers. They also support Canadian direct investment abroad and investment into Canada. Much of their business is done in partnership with other financial institutions and through collaboration with the Government of Canada.


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The Department for International Trade (DIT) is responsible for promoting British trade and investment opportunities across the world. This includes developing, coordinating and delivering a new trade and investment policy to promote UK business and bringing high-quality investment to the UK.


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The Cultural Service of the Embassy of France in Canada works through the five Consulates to implement a cultural policy that focuses on three principal areas: inter-university cooperation, cultural cooperation, and French-language initiatives. Audiovisual content, cinema, and new media are three high-priority issues.

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Le service culturel de l’Ambassade de France au Canada développe à travers ses cinq consulats une politique culturelle dans trois domaines : la coopération universitaire, la langue française et la coopération culturelle. L’audiovisuel, le cinéma et les nouveaux médias font partie des priorités des services culturels français au Canada.


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Nordicity is one of the world’s leading experts in policy development, strategy, and economic analysis in the games and digital media industries. We help governments, associations, and industry leaders learn about how digital industries work – and what they need to grow. From tax credits to export initiatives, Nordicity principals have been involved with the design, analysis, and evaluation of a wide variety of public and private initiatives intended to support the growth of various creative and digital industries.


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PwC Canada is the Canadian firm of the PwC network. The firms of the PwC network provide industry-focused assurance, tax, deals and consulting services to enhance value for clients. In Canada, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, an Ontario limited liability partnership, and its related entities have more than 5,700 partners and staff in offices across the country who share their thinking, experience and solutions to develop fresh perspectives and practical advice.


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Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) and its subsidiaries operate under the master brand name RBC. They are one of Canada’s largest banks and one of the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. Royal Bank of Canada are one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies, and provide personal and commercial banking, wealth management, insurance, investor services and capital markets products and services on a global basis.


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Jonathan Ferrara has over a decade of experience in the finance and banking industry. With TDWealth Private Investment Advice Jon develops comprehensive personalized strategies for high net worth individuals, families, and businesses, helping them to protect and grow their wealth.  He utilizes a team that has expertise with investment strategies, retirement planning, tax minimization, estate planning, insurance and wealth preservation.


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Big Viking Games, founded in 2011, is the largest independent mobile and social game studio in Canada and a pioneer in mobile HTML5 games. The company has grown profitably to a team of over 100 Vikings across two studios in Toronto and London, Ontario. From their beginnings with hits like FishWorld and YoWorld, they have become a leader in live operations, and a pioneer of what is possible with mobile HTML5 technologies to redefine the future of mobile entertainment. Their titles are played by millions of people on iOS, Android, Facebook and the mobile web.


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As a nationally registered exempt market dealer, FrontFundr uses technology to enable entrepreneurs to raise money from a broad investor community across Canada.  FrontFundr works with entrepreneurs and investors through the entire funding cycle from pitch to funding completion, using an easy, transparent process.  FrontFundr is creating a new capital market! 


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George Brown College offers a wide variety of programs in art and design, business, community services, construction and engineering technologies, hospitality and culinary arts, preparatory studies, as well as specialized programs and services for recent immigrants and international students.

The College’s School of Design prepares graduates with intensive training necessary to work with industry in programs such as game development, game design, interaction design and interactive media management.

With close ties to industry, Toronto’s new YouTube Space is located at the School of Design, and is one of nine creator spaces around the world, providing creators with equipment, mentorship and classes.


Hub International

HUB International is the 8th largest insurance brokerage in the world and the official broker for the International Game Developers Association (IGDA). Our game industry experts speak your language and offer a one-stop solution for all your personal and business insurance policies. We offer proprietary products and services that are specifically designed to protect game developers and publishers.


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Jaguar Capital is an Advisory Practise for growth companies targets and adds value to capital intensive companies in the growth stage requiring strong strategic direction, governance, financial risk management and advanced financial counsel. Our client focus is on growth companies in Energy, Digital Media, Technology, Manufacturing, Healthcare and Financial Services. We help Companies accelerate and CEO’s succeed.”


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Mark Media is an exciting new film, television and digital media production company based in Toronto that combines culture and technology to create media properties that entertain, inspire and educate across platforms. With expertise in kids, factual, feature film and digital gaming, Mark Media produces culturally engaging cross-media content for global audiences of all ages.


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A global innovation hub, MaRS helps innovators change the world. We provide entrepreneurs with expert advice and mentorship, as well as access to the talent, customers and capital they need to launch, grow and scale successful companies.


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Pycap Venture Partners (“Pycap VP”) is a Venture Capital (“VC”) firm dedicated to growing its portfolio companies and achieving the highest return possible for investors.Pycap VP has exclusive access to an enormous amount of deal flow through its vast involvement with other VC Firms, Government Organizations, Incubators, Accelerators, Research & Innovation Centres, Technology Funding Competitions, Angel Groups and Universities.Early-stage technology investing can be risky but Pycap VP aims to mitigate that risk through a deep level of due diligence, a very selective on-boarding process, and by working with its portfolio companies, providing them with a high-level of guidance on marketing, strategy, and finance.Portfolio companies have the opportunity to expand their market share overseas, as well as raise follow-on rounds of financing, through Pycap VP’s VC partner organizations.


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The faculty and students in Seneca’s communication, art and design programs value the currency of ideas, and nurture them to spark progress. Our collaborative setting encourages individual and collective expression. Out of this comes expertise that is vital to a meaningful and successful career within the creative economy.


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Wallimage S.A. is an audiovisual Investment Fund created by the Walloon Region (Southern Region of Belgium). As a subsidiary of Wallimage S.A., Wallimage Creative is a €1Million Fund dedicated to develop and support transmedia projects.

Set to provide a tailored response to the needs of the booming digital economy and further aid its development, Wallimage Creative provides all-year round funding for multiplatform, transmedia, application, narrative and innovative projects through four specific lines of subsidies: Wallimage Creative Award, Wallimage Creative Kiosk, the Canada-Wallonia Digital Media Incentive for Multiplatform Projects, and the Cinema Cross Marketing Competition.


 

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Happy Worker Toys & Collectibles Collaborating with game studios and publishers, Happy Worker creates (great!) retail merchandise, collector’s editions and convention exclusives. We make toys and collectibles that excite casual players and hardcore collectors alike, sparking unboxings, reviews and shares. It’s all about design accuracy, perfectionist quality, and most importantly – happy fans! 🙂

 

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External Development Summit (XDS) is the only annual, international games industry event held in Canada, with a primary focus on external development for art, animation, audio, software engineering, QA and localization. XDS will take place in Vancouver from September 7 – 9, 2016.

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