Sessions – iVentures


Day 1 // 8:00am – 9:00am

Opening Remarks

Day 1 // 9:00am – 9:30am // Main Auditorium

IO and partners will welcome delegates to iVentures to set the stage for a successful conference.

Opening Keynote – How Discovery Tour by Assassin’s Creed Takes Education to the Next Level

 Day 1 // 9:30am – 10:30am // Main Auditorium

The benefits of video games are well documented for play and entertainment – but can the interactivity and immersion provided by games help in an educational setting? In February 2018, Ubisoft introduced The Discovery Tour by Assassin’s Creed: Ancient Egypt. This educational tool allows visitors to roam and explore the entire world of Egypt that was recreated in Assassin’s Creed Origins (released in October 2017). From Alexandria to Memphis, from the Nile Delta to the Sand Sea, from The Giza plateau to the Faiyum Oasis, visitors are immersed like never before in Ancient Egypt. Renowned Historian Maxime Durand will share the experience of bringing Discovery Tour by Assassin’s Creed to classrooms and museums around the world, and the insights gained from educators and students along the way.

Networking Break

Day 1 // 10:30pm – 10:50pm // Main Auditorium

Breakout Session: Motion Capture and Game Engines Driving New Forms of Content

Day 1 // 10:50am -11:50am // Main Auditorium

Ben Unsworth, Dan Fill & CJ Hervey will share how their new studio Dark Slope Studios is combining the use of mocap and real time rendering game engines like Unreal to create everything from innovative linear animation to multiplayer warehouse scale free roam virtual reality projects.


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Breakout Session: Evolution of Interactive Digital Humans from 3Lateral

Day 1 // 10:50am – 11:50am // Main Auditorium

Throughout this talk, Vojislav Pavkov of 3Lateral will introduce the evolution of their interactive digital humans by showcasing their previous projects and technologies supporting them.  Finally, the talk will provide some closer insights how these technologies would be applied in the future to support a diverse range of immersive, interactive and novel applications across industries.

Breakout Session: Marketing to Millennial Parents

Day 1 // 10:50am – 11:50am // Patty Watt Room

Marketing apps and kids toys to parents, rather than to the user, has its own set of challenges.  Teena Saur, Head of Brand Strategy and Marketing at Sago Mini will share her insights on how to connect with parents and delight their kids.

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Breakout Session: Building a Kids YouTube Channel

Day 1 // 10:50am – 11:50am // Patty Watt Room

Morghan Fortier of Skyship Entertainment has built a powerhouse channel for original kids entertainment on YouTube with over 11 million subscribers.  Find out how they did it and what their plans are for the future.

Breakout Session: The NFB and Interactive VR

Day 1 // 10:50am -11:50am // Main Auditorium

NFB Producer David Oppenheim will share the latest interactive VR/MR projects that the NFB is working on and talk about how they work with independent producers, freelance creatives, and partnerships of all kinds.

Find David on Instagram and Twitter

Lunch – Table Topics

Day 1 // 11:50am – 1:00pm // Main Auditorium

We’d also like to thank Nordicity who is our generous table topics sponsor!

Target Marketing for Interactive Digital Media Studios

Day 1 // 1:00pm – 2:00pm // Main Auditorium

Breakout Session: Game Studios and Mental Health Within Their Communities

Day 1 // 1:00pm – 2:00pm // Main Auditorium

What are your responsibilities as a game studio when it comes to the mental health of the members of a game’s community?  Do you know what your community manager should look for and how they should respond?  Dr. Jennifer Hazel of Checkpoint, a charity that connects mental health resources with video games and technology, will help you to navigate these issues.


Breakout Session: Master Class in Narrative Design with Ryan Kaufman

Day 1 // 1pm-2pm // Patty Watt Room

Learn how to craft a strong, high-quality narrative design in your game to engage players and expand potential audiences with Ryan Kaufman, VP of Narrative at Jam City and former Director of Narrative Design at Telltale Games.

Networking Break

Day 1 // 2:00pm – 2:20pm // Main Auditorium

Plenary – Blockchain and Gaming

Day 1 // 2:20pm – 3:20pm // Main Auditorium

What is blockchain?  How can it be used in the gaming and interactive media sector?  Is it just the latest fad?  These panelists will talk about how and why they have decided to build businesses based on blockchain technology.



Technology Showcase

Day 1 // 3:30pm – 4:30pm // Main Auditorium

Three companies will each show off an innovative technology product. This session is designed to inspire with the latest-and-greatest content-enabling technology!

A Fireside Chat with Wim Stocks, CEO of WorldGaming and Collegiate StarLeague

Day 1 // 4:30pm – 5:00pm // Main Auditorium

Esports is a rapidly growing business on a global basis.  Hear about the business and brand opportunities in competitive gaming from one of its leaders, Wim Stocks, CEO of WorldGaming and Collegiate StarLeague.

Wim will be interviewed by Shaun Hatton of Vintage Tech Hunters.

Closing Remarks

Day 1 // 5:00pm – 5:10pm // Main Auditorium

Onsite Cocktails

Day 1 // 5:10pm – 6:30pm // Main Auditorium

Registration Opens – Day 2

Day 2 // 9:30am – 10:00am // Main Auditorium

Welcome – State of the Union

Day 2 // 10:00am – 10:10am // Main Auditorium

Showcase – Colombia

Day 2 // 10:20am – 11:20am // Main Auditorium

A delegation of eight Colombian companies part of the Soft Landing program led by PROCOLOMBIA and Interactive Ontario, will present five minute pitches. This session will expose delegates to the variety of creative and tech products coming out of Colombia.





Workshop – Presenting with Confidence and Clarity

Day 2 // 10:20am – 12:30pm // Patty Watt Room

You have done the work, you have the vision, and now you need to share your story.  Making a memorable presentation while still being yourself is a skill that can be learned.  In this fast-paced workshop, lead by Marjorie Malpass, Founder of Nerve Strategic Inc, you will learn instantly usable skills to make your next pitch be one of confidence and clarity.

Plenary – Making Money as an Indie Studio

Day 2 // 11:30am – 12:30pm // Main Auditorium

That’s the big question that everyone wants answered.  These three studios and one publisher will talk about the changing trends in business models and how they’re beating the odds.



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Lunch – Keynote Presentation with Ariella Lehrer

Day 2 // 12:30pm – 1:30pm // Main Auditorium

Too often when we talk about entrepreneurship we hear only the stories of glory and success. But they say it is from our failures that we learn the most, and our ability to adapt in the face of these failures that we can capitalize on unforeseen opportunities and changing circumstances leading to even greater success. Dr. Lehrer joins us to share some of the invaluable lessons she’s learned during her years of pivoting, first from academia to business, and then at multiple points after launching not one, but three companies. Laugh, cry and applaud during this sometimes funny and other times poignant talk while learning from the school of hard knocks from a career that has spanned 30 years and multiple industries.

Content Showcase

Day 2 // 1:40pm – 2:40pm // Main Auditorium

Content Showcase:

Josh ManricksSecret Location – Transpose

Transpose is a dreamlike VR puzzle game set in a universe where time and gravity are used as tools to manipulate the world. By creating and working with looped recordings of their actions, players must solve increasingly complex physics puzzles in a mysterious setting where notions of space and time no longer apply.

Priam Givord and Lisa Ellis – Small Wonders

Immerse yourself inside a 15th century prayer bead and explore the intricate carvings made visible through the power of micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) and virtual reality. Produced by the Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab (CFC Media Lab) and Seneca College School of Creative Art & Animation, this artistic and technical collaboration between the AGO Conservator, Lisa Ellis and Interactive Artist and Designer Priam Givord marks the first time anyone will be able to move through, around and within one of these small wonders.

Simon Paquette  – Reptoid GamesFossil Hunters

Fossil Hunters is a casual action-adventure game about digging for fossils and building your own dinosaurs.

You are an adventuring Fossil Hunter who has traveled to a remote, mysterious dig site to discover the most incredible fossils the world has ever seen! Discover and assemble your own fossil creations and avoid cave-ins, monsters, and traps while you explore exciting underground environments. Find secrets, treasure and more as you uncover clues to the whereabouts of the fossil hunters who came before you, and endeavor to reach the very bottom of the caves.

Closing and Wrap-up

Day 2 // 3:20pm – 3:30pm // Main Auditorium