Staff

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.

Collaborators

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

Whether engaging with industry professionals, reading think pieces, or studying old GDC and E3 press conferences, Scott lives and breathes video games and their community. He has been actively engaged in the IDM space for over a decade, and decided to join their ranks after graduating with Honours from the Public Relations program at Algonquin College.

Utilizing his expertise in PR and Community Management, Scott enjoys concocting and executing strategies that help move the IDM social space forward. When he isn’t playing, he can be found reading a good fantasy novel or listening to the industry’s top personalities and latest news in gaming.

Jermaine Williams

Jermaine Williams

Web Designer

Jermaine is an emerging UX and web designer, and Master of Information candidate at the University of Toronto, 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.