Board&Staff

Organization & Board of Directors


DigiBC’s Board of Directors is comprised of up to 15 industry leaders.
The Games Group (led by Peter Greenwood, Blackbird Interactive) and the Animation & VFX Group (led by Sharon Taylor, Animal Logic) were formed to provide additional support for these sectors.

 

 

Executive Office Staff

Loc Dao, Interim Executive Director

Loc is the co-founder of the groundbreaking NFB Digital and CBC Radio 3 studios and their industry shifting bodies of work. He has won over 100 awards including Producer of the Year, FWA Site of the Year, a Cannes Cyber Lion and 10 Webby Awards. He was recently the Chief Digital Officer for the National Film Board of Canada. Loc has advised the Government of Canada, Canada Media Fund, Sundance, Tribeca, IDFA, and VIFF Film Festivals.

 

Colleen Arndt, Marketing & Communications Manager

Colleen is a highly-organized and versatile professional who has 10+ years of experience in the video game industry and event management. She got her start in 2006 when she was hired on as a production coordinator for the NFS team at EA Blackbox. That led her to joining United Front Games in 2008, starting out as a project coordinator and then moving into HR two years later. On the event front, she brings 12+ years of experience with producing, organizing and coordinating various types of events from wrap parties to networking mixers, on and off-site studio events, webinars, panel discussions, town halls, music shows/festivals and more. In 2017, Colleen joined DigiBC and works in the executive office managing marketing, events, membership and communications.

DigiBC Board of Directors 2020/21

Jon Lutz, VP, Strategy & Finance, Electronic Arts // DigiBC Board Chair

Jon was born in London, England and attended Cambridge University where he graduated with a Master’s degree in Natural Sciences. The first two years of his career were at Proctor & Gamble in the European Health and Beauty Care division. Jon joined Electronic Arts Europe in 1998, the perfect fit for him as a video game enthusiast.

During his career at Electronic Arts, Jon has been based in London UK, Redwood Shores CA, Los Angeles CA and most recently Vancouver. Since moving here in 2006 Jon has held roles as VP, CFO, EA Canada; VP, CFO, EA SPORTS; VP, CFO, EA Labels Worldwide, and most recently assumed the role as VP, Financial Planning & Strategy.

Jon is the founder and Chairman of the Board for CANADA SCORES Vancouver, a not-for-profit organization that combines soccer, poetry, and service learning for at-risk children in the Lower Mainland.


Sharon Taylor, Chief Operating Officer, Animal Logic


Sharon joined Animal Logic in 2005 starting her career working on a number of feature film projects in a production accounting role.  In 2014, Sharon moved into the role of Group Head of Production, with projects such as The LEGO Batman MovieThe LEGO Ninjago Movie and a number of VFX projects all benefiting from her guidance and insight. 

In 2015, Animal Logic expanded its long-established animation production relationship with Warner Bros signing a three-picture deal to produce The LEGO Movie Sequel and two yet to be named animated features out of Canada.  With the opening of Animal Logic’s Vancouver studio, Sharon started as Executive Vice President and General Manager managing the overall operations of the studio, and then moved into the COO role in 2017. The studio is currently in production on The LEGO Movie Sequel due for release in 2019.



Peter Greenwood, CFO, Blackbird Interactive
 

Peter brings over 20 years of experience working in senior financial roles with major organizations in industry and Big 4 accounting practice, both in the public and commercial sectors. He specializes in financial management issues and their resolution and has a track record of delivery on a range of business impact, as well as regulatory compliance projects. Peter has been with Blackbird Interactive since 2015 and prior to that was with BT and KPMG in the UK.


Sarah Nathanson, General Counsel, Atomic Cartoons / Thunderbird


Sarah is General Counsel at Thunderbird and Atomic Cartoons where she provides legal and business affairs support to both the production crew and the corporate team. She has more than 12 years of experience in entertainment law, both in private practice and in-house. Sarah was previously Director, Business & Legal Affairs at DHX Media ad has worked on numerous productions from development and production, through to licensing and merchandise opportunities. Sarah currently sits on the BC Branch Council of the Canadian Media Producers Association and is a Vice-Chair of the Animation and Visual Effects Alliance of BC.


Jeanne-Marie Owens, VP, Operations, Phoenix Labs


Jeanne-Marie is the VP of Operations at Phoenix Labs, the Vancouver-based game development studio behind the hit free-to-play action-RPG, Dauntless. Jeanne was the first non-founder team member at the studio and has led hiring, HR, and operations as it has grown from a small start-up to a 100 person studio across three locations. She cares deeply about ensuring that working in the games industry is a positive and fulfilling experience for her teammates, and has focused on diversity and inclusion improvements and education for the studio. She hopes to help add perspective on that topic to the Vancouver games industry as a whole through her work with DigiBC. Prior to Phoenix Labs, Jeanne-Marie started her career at BioWare in Edmonton and then moved to Vancouver in 2011 to work at EA Canada.  


Sam Fisher, CEO, Hyper Hippo


Hyper Hippo is an entertainment company connecting people around the world through fun!  Sam has overseen the growth of Hyper Hippo to include teams in Kelowna, Vancouver, and Seattle.  Hyper Hippo created the AdVenture brand, including the hit mobile games AdVenture Capitalist and AdVenture Communist. Sam lives in Kelowna, where he enjoys sports, music, and time with his family.


Sara Maseko, Controller, SkyBox Labs

Sara is a CPA currently working as the Controller for SkyBox Labs. She’s spent 14 years continuously developing skills and expertise in accounting and finance, previously working freelance as well as in public practice. As a Vancouver native, Sara loves to be involved in her community and is excited in her board appointment to be able to participate in DigiBC’s continued growth.  

Nick Facey, Lead - Industry Solutions, Unity Technologies

Nick is currently the Industry Solutions Lead at Unity Technologies. Prior to that he was the Senior Director of Innovation at Finger Food ATG and Chief of Staff for the Minister of Innovation, Technology & Citizens' Services and the Ministry of Education.

Tim Teh, Founder & CEO, Kano


Tim is the Founder and CEO of Kano, a Victoria, BC-based indie game developer. Building meaningful connections through social games, Kano has reached over 30 million players worldwide. Teh attributes Kano’s success to its hyper-focus on the customer and on building a values-driven organization around amazing talent.


James Hursthouse, Chief Strategy Officer,  AMPD Technologies


James is a seasoned interactive and game technology entrepreneur, currently consulting with a number of companies and organizations while plotting another attempt at world domination. A UK national, now living in Vancouver, he previously spent 15 years in Japan and is fluent in Japanese. James has built an extensive network of contacts in the global online game development, publishing, and technology sectors. Until recently, James was CEO of Roadhouse Interactive, an independent game company focusing on mobile free-to-play games and VR.



 
Lance Davis, CFO, Biba Ventures // Director, Boule Management // DigiBC Board Treasurer


Lance Davis has extensive experience in the British Columbia local technology industry. Over the last 20 years, he has focused on the video game and interactive technologies sector. He has experience with the Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Incentive program (SR&ED), BC Interactive Digital Media Tax Credits (IDMTC), Canada Media Fund (CMF) and Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP). He has worked diligently with local, provincial and federal organizations to bring attention to the tech and gaming sector.

Coupled with extensive administrative, financial management and banking experience, Lance has held the positions of Director and Chief Financial Officer for Slant Six Games, provided Virtual CFO services for Relic Entertainment, Radical Entertainment, Totally Hip Software, Granville Entertainment Group, and Barking Dog Studios.


Karam Bayrakal, Partner, Fasken LLP // DigiBC Board Secretary


Karam is a partner at Fasken, a leading international business law and litigation firm with eight offices around the world. He practices in the corporate/commercial group where he focuses on information technology, online services, emerging technology, and intellectual property. He advises global and regional clients on the strategic, legal and commercial aspects of acquiring, transferring and developing technology, and is also involved in the related issues around cybersecurity, privacy, and confidentiality.


Stephane Morichere-Matte, Principal Program Manager, The Garage (Microsoft)


A seasoned technology professional with over 20 years of experience working in the digital entertainment and enterprise spaces. Stéphane has held product development and other technical roles for leading companies such as Ubisoft, Relic and Microsoft.  At Microsoft, Stéphane is a Principal Program Manager and The Garage Vancouver Lead. The Garage is a program that drives a culture of innovation, and he is primarily responsible for running and executing an intensive 16-week internship that centers on innovation and building experimental products for Microsoft’s newest and most exciting platforms and devices. In this role, Stéphane has the unique privilege of mentoring early career developers, designers and program managers.


Kay Wong-Alafriz, CFO, Kabam


Kay is an experienced, high integrity strategic partner bringing a broad array of finance and operations experience to bear in helping public and private companies achieve corporate objectives. She serves as the CFO, and Head of User Acquisition, Data Science & Analytics, Legal and Asset Infrastructure teams at Kabam, Inc., a subsidiary of Netmarble Corporation.

Kay is passionate about championing a collaborative, operational approach for the finance function that leverages technology and data to drive decision making. She is responsible for financial and operational leadership post-acquisition and to help set Kabam on a strong footing for continued growth. Kay's expertise includes corporate development and financing, international and cross-border expertise, regulatory and compliance, operations and risk management.  She is also an experienced board member, skilled in the dynamics of both private and publicly listed companies.