About IO

Interactive Ontario is a not-for-profit industry trade association committed to the growth of the Ontario interactive digital media (IDM) industry.

Interactive Ontario fosters growth in the IDM industry in Ontario through government advocacy, events, trade missions, connections to business development opportunities and meaningful partnerships with complementary organizations. IO hosts over 30 events each year, providing knowledge sharing and networking in this quickly evolving industry.

IO represents approximately 330 IDM companies, with a diverse group of members ranging from SMEs (small & medium enterprises) to large international corporations. They produce innovative experiences in a variety of subsectors including video games, eLearning, multiplatform storytelling, mobile apps, augmented and virtual reality, web series and more.

IO was founded in 2001 as the New Media Business Alliance and was renamed in 2007.

Digital Media in Ontario

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Board of Directors

  • Kristopher Alexander, Ph.D – Professor, Humber College
  • Jeremy Clark – General Manager, Gusto Worldwide Media
  • Denise Cooper – Lawyer, Denise Cooper Law
  • Lisa Coulman – CPA
  • Jeffrey Elliott – CEO, TableRock Media
  • Colin Ferguson – Managing Director, SHG Studios
  • Vikas Gupta – CEO, AVARA Media
  • Cindy Krizmanich – Marketing Executive
  • Tanya Lahiri – Director, Media & Entertainment, RBC
  • Lucie Lalumière – Founder, Lalumière Media
  • Lydia Sani – Partner, Redwood eLearning Systems
  • Andra Sheffer – Executive Director and CEO, COGECO Program Development FUND and Independent Production Fund
  • Sean Skelton – MTS Software Development Engineer, AMD
  • Mary Sorrenti – VP, Game Pill & VRGEN
  • Heather Steele – Director of Communications, Ubisoft Toronto
  • Emma Westecott – OCADU
  • William Zhou – CEO, Chalk

 

Executive

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Jeffrey Elliott

Chair

Lucie Lalumière

Vice-Chair and Acting President & CEO

Lisa Coulman

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Treasurer

David Dembroski

Secretary

Staff

Acting President & CEO
Lucie Lalumière is the Founder and Principal of Lalumiere Media, a Toronto-based consulting business specializing in digital media and emerging technologies.

Her passion for emerging technologies started over 20 years ago, when she worked on groundbreaking multimedia projects at Bell. Later on, she led innovative and award-winning teams 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 – Television, and COO & GM of supersonic MINDS.

Lucie is a staunch advocate for the extended reality as well as digital media sectors in Canada.  She is also an advisor and mentor to entrepreneurs. Lucie serves on the boards of Interactive Ontario and the Haltech Innovation Centre, and is a former board director of the Bell Fund. She regularly contributes to industry-related events and advisory committees.

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.

Program Director
Carly Beath comes to her role at IO from a background in marketing/communications and program management in the entertainment, politics and non-profit worlds.

Prior to joining Interactive Ontario, she worked with organizations and companies that include the National Campus and Community Radio Association, MapleMusic Recordings, and the LOFT Youth Centre for Social Enterprise and Innovation. She is well-versed in the cultural sector from both business and creative standpoints; she is a musician whose projects include live performance, independent releases, audio engineering, music supervision and more.

Communications and Events Coordinator
Joy has a background in Communications and extensive experience in the digital media industry having graduated from Conestoga College with a diploma in Public Relations, and the University of Waterloo where she did a joint major in Speech Communications and Drama Studies. Joy has always had a passion for film, gaming, digital narratives, and digital media, and her focus in school was how to incorporate digital technologies into theatrical performances. She recently finished a contract with Research Entrepreneurs Accelerating Prosperity (REAP), a digital media lab affiliated with the University of Waterloo, where she coordinated programming and events, and managed student work teams in the development in cutting edge applications.

In her spare time, Joy enjoys studying game design, neuroscience, and cognitive psychology, which she hopes to apply to a project she is working on in virtual reality.

Mandate

Interactive Ontario’s mandate is to:

Read our by-laws here