Super Session: Meet the Funders

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Monday, June 26th, 2017
CR2D2-17 (Room 201)

Super Session: Meet the Funders

Learn about funding programs for VR, AR and/or 360 productions made in Ontario. One after another, CMF/Telefilm, FACTOR, OCE, OMDC, and SIRT/IRAP will present their respective programs and engage in Q&A.

Lucie LaLumiere
Lucie Lalumière, Founder & Principal | LaLumiere Media (Moderator)

Lucie Lalumière is the founder of Lalumiere Media, a consulting business specializing in digital media, emerging technologies and immersive applications (virtual reality, augmented reality). It offers a broad range of services such as advising clients on strategy, financing and business development, as well as production and operations. She is the winner of the inaugural WIFT-T Digital Trailblazer Crystal Award (2015), has a B.Sc. in Management Information Systems from Université de Sherbrooke, an MBA from McGill University (completed at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program), and an Award of Achievement in Digital Analytics from UBC/DAA.

Martin Lord
Martin Lord, Senior Business Development Manager, High Performance Computing | Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)

Martin has worked for small and large companies in R&D and international business development. At OCE, he currently focuses on the delivery of the IBM Innovation Incubator Project. His interests are advanced computing, wireless communications, multimedia production, human-machine interfaces, and connected/automated vehicles. He has spearheaded multidisciplinary industry-academic collaboration consortia such as 3DFLIC, iGO3D, and NEXT.

Martin holds an M. A. Sc. from the University of British Columbia and a B. Eng. (Honours) from McGill University, both in electrical engineering.

Erin Creasey
Erin Creasey, Manager, Industry Initiatives | Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC)

Erin Creasey is Manager, Industry Initiatives at the Ontario Media Development Corporation. Erin’s portfolio includes funding programs for the film, tv, interactive digital media, books, and magazines sectors, along with international business development and industry support.

Previously, Erin was Sales and Marketing Director at ECW Press, and President of the Association of Canadian Publishers, the national organisation representing 133 English-language book publishers. Erin also represented ACP on the Public Lending Right Commission, was on the faculty of the book publishing certificate program at Ryerson University, and worked regularly with Canadian publishers as a mentor and professional development speaker.

Agnes M. Zak
Agnes M. Zak Business Analyst, Digital Media – Experimental Fund | CMF

Agnes joined Telefilm Canada in 2002. She is relentlessly passionate about helping producers realise their dreams. Agnes held multiple roles in the organisation and championed the most promising Canadian storytellers in film, television and digital media. She managed the Canada New Media Fund, worked with the national and international events and festivals as the Regional Director of Business Development. Now, in her current role with the Experimental Fund, she is responsible for evaluations and decision making on the Innovation and Commercial Funds.

Evelyn Cream
Evelyn Cream, Manager, Collective Initiatives | FACTOR

Evelyn joined FACTOR late 2016 and brings extensive experience from the Canadian and International music industry to the Collective Initiatives program. She has worked at labels, in management, publishing, helped start a jazz festival, worked with JUNO & Grammy-winning artists and 2 members of the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. A big concert fan, Evelyn has attended 1,000+ shows.


Mustafa Jaffer
Mustafa Jaffer, Industrial Technology Advisor | NRC—IRAP

Mustafa is a seasoned High Technology professional with over 30 years of experience ranging from start-ups and SME’s to multinational enterprises including: Viewstar, Belltronics, Gennum, Seneca College, Mosaid, ATI, Tundra, Silicon360, NIH enterprises and NRC-IRAP. In these organizations he has been directly responsible for Quality assurance, Business development, Reliability engineering, Project management, Quality management standards development and Operations encompassing Strategic planning, Teaching, R&D, and Finance. Mustafa has a B.Sc. in Electrical / Electronic Engineering from Huddersfield, UK and also has the following accreditations: Quality Management professional (ASQC CQE,CQM, six sigma Black Belt), Program management professional ( PMP), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA/CMA).

He is the voluntary Canadian chair for the development of the ISOTC176 quality management standards under the stewardship of CSA and standards council of Canada. In this role, he has recruited talented Canadian experts that have contributed to developing highly effective standards in auditing, customer satisfaction, calibration, statistical techniques and Economics-of-Quality Management.

David Dexter
David Dexter, Senior Business Development Manager | Screen Industries Research and Training Centre (SIRT)

David Dexter is the Operations and Business Development Lead for Sheridan’s Screen Industries Research and Training Centre (SIRT). SIRT is one of Canada’s leading innovation centres supporting the media and entertainment industry.David has been integral in transitioning SIRT into a sustainable research and technology access centre with a current focus on Virtual and Augmented Reality.

Twenty-five years of experience in multiple industries, including mobile (Nokia), technology (IBM) and music, combined with an acumen for business development and delivering cutting-edge products to market, makes David a leading expert in bridging the gap between training, technological development and studio production.

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Super Session: Meet the Funders