Team

Lucie Lalumière–President & CEO, Interactive Ontario Industry Association

President & CEO

Lucie’s passion for the techno-creative video game and interactive digital media industry started over 20 years ago, when she worked on groundbreaking multimedia projects at Bell. Later on, she led innovative and award-winning teams producing games and interactive content in various strategic roles. Her executive positions include GM French Market at MediaLinx Sympatico (Bell), Executive Director New Media at Radio-Canada, VP & GM Interactive at Corus Entertainment, COO & GM of supersonic MINDS, and Founder & Principal of Lalumiere Media.

Lucie is a staunch advocate for the video game and interactive digital media sector. She is dedicated to helping the industry grow, compete on the global stage, and create leading-edge techno-creative jobs in our communities. Lucie serves on the board of directors of the Canadian Interactive Alliance / L ‘Alliance Interactive Canadienne (CIAIC) and of the Haltech Innovation Centre. She is a member of several advisory committees, including the Screen Industries Research and Training Centre (SIRT) advisory board.

Lucie is the winner of the inaugural WIFT-T Digital Trailblazer Crystal Award (2015). She has a B.Sc. in Management Information Systems from Université de Sherbrooke, an MBA from McGill University completed at New York University (Interactive Telecommunications Program), and an Award of Achievement in Digital Analytics from the University of British Columbia and the Digital Analytics Association.

Sarah Saucier

Sarah Saucier

Director of Operations

As CEO of award winning social enterprise Every1Games, Sarah gained a reputation for developing high impact skills development programs supporting the accessibility of careers in the Interactive Digital Media (IDM) sector. She is an advocate for accessibility, diversity and inclusion, and supporting mental health. Sarah has held a variety of business development roles in the video game and IDM industry since 2009. Her experience managing funding application development and delivery, operations management, and policy development is an asset in her role at Interactive Ontario.

Sarah holds multiple nominations for RBC’s Canadian Women of Influence Award and is a recognized Ashoka Changemaker Alumni. She has a BA in Digital Humanities studying Interactive Arts and Sciences, and English Literature and Languages, at Brock University and has since continued education as Alumni of Ryerson University’s Digital Media Zone Business Incubator, and WIFT-T’s Media Leadership Program at Schulich Executive Education Centre.

Sarah is the Chair of Humber Colleges Game Programming Industry Advisory Board and remains an active member of WIFT and the Canadian Screen Academy. She has been an active member of Interactive Ontario for almost 15 years.

Katie Barnes

Membership & Operations Coordinator

With a background in theatre and education, Katie is drawn to jobs that combine creativity and connecting with people. In her roles as producer, content strategist and quality assurance analyst for several studios in Ontario (all IO members!), Katie has gained experience and insights into the entire digital project pipeline. Nothing makes her happier than being able to contribute to turning an idea into a reality.

She has a BA in Communication Studies from Concordia University and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Interactive Digital Media from Centennial College. In her spare time, Katie loves being in her garden, musicals and anything to do with yarn.

Hannah Yohannes

Hannah Yohannes

Program Manager

Hannah Yohannes is a director, screenwriter and program manager who is well known for her critically-acclaimed short film, Home Away, which has been featured on Issa Rae’s Short Film Sunday Series and won the Shaw Media Fearless Female Directors Award. Hannah has studied at the Instructing Adults Certificate Program at George Brown College and has been nominated as one of 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women by the Hon. Jean Augustine for her vast experience and empowerment approach when developing film work, advocating for accessibility to education and designing transformative programming.

Scott Miley

Scott Milley

Communications & Content Lead
Scott is a communications professional who specializes in the video games and interactive entertainment industry. Utilizing his expertise in community management, content creation, podcast hosting and general communications, he continues to welcome new challenges in the shifting landscape of gaming. With the recent launch of The Lodgge, Ontario’s home for interactive entertainment, Scott has stepped into the role of Content Lead for the next iteration of Ontario-centric video games media.
When he’s not working in the industry, Scott can be found reading a good fantasy novel, listening to gaming news, or losing himself in a dark fantasy RPG.
Jermaine Williams

Jermaine Williams

UX & Web Designer

Jermaine is an emerging UX and web designer with over 6 years of experience in digital media. His history of designing digital experiences, strong understanding of the digital problem space, research skills, and broad range of technical knowledge to act as an advocate on behalf of users. He credits his persistent curiosity and reverence for experiences to his background in studio art, media studies, and love for all things The Twilight Zone.

When he’s not at a computer Jermaine can be found behind the lens of a Canon A-1.

Collaborators

Cody Foo

UX & Web Design Assistant

Cody is an emerging user experience designer focused on creating meaningful spaces and experiences. He is passionate about addressing user’s needs, utilizing storytelling, user research (i.e. interviews and surveys), and graphic design. He looks forward to opportunities which allow him to combine his architectural background and knowledge in UX to design spaces, both physical and digital, that are both universally accessible and visually appealing.

When he’s not designing, Cody enjoys playing a game on his Nintendo Switch or staying active by playing tennis.

Hemanth Kasichayanula

Communications Assistant

Having started out as an engineer and a marketing analyst on the other side of the planet, Hemanth’s long-time passion for video games and dream of working in IDM led him to Toronto to pursue an MBA in marketing, communications, and digital media at York University. With his experience working alongside some of the world’s biggest Fortune500 companies, Hemanth brings a multitude of skills to Ontario’s IDM industry, ranging from product launch marketing and campaign analytics to creative writing.

When he’s not at school, Hemanth is often found replaying old Pokémon games, trying to unlock all achievements on Hades, or with his nose buried in a fiction book.

Natalie Doherty

Marketing Coordinator

Natalie is currently a RTA: New Media student at Toronto Metropolitan University, where her studies focus on; social media marketing, communications, and video game development. She supplements her work and educational knowledge with pet projects and hobbies; including voice acting and design management for an animated web series, illustration work, and playing lots and lots of video games.

When she’s away from her studio Natalie can be found singing and dancing around on stage.

Ethan Bowbyes

Project Coordinator

Ethan is a recent graduate of Brock Universities Interactive Arts & Science Honours program with a concentration in digital expression and digital prototyping. During his studies, he primarily focused on user-centered UI/front-end development, but enjoys wearing multiple hats, often gravitating towards producer/coordinator roles. Ethan also has experience with social media/marketing, but this remains primarily a hobby.

Ethan’s spare time consists of nature walks, photography, videography, social media and reading personal development books.