The Interactive Society of Nova Scotia (ISNS) was formed in October 2017, to advocate for interactive and video game development and foster collaboration within the industry in Nova Scotia. According to the Entertainment Software Association of Canada (ESAC), over 300 people are employed in 20 studios around the province, making it the 4th largest provincial game development industry in Canada. ISNS members are committed to the further development of the industry in Nova Scotia, hiring graduates from local Universities and Colleges, and working to promote high standards of relevant education. In addition to its advocacy and educational outreach work, the ISNS also organizes events to foster collaboration within the Nova Scotia game developer community.
About the Interactive Society of Nova Scotia (ISNS)
Board of Directors
Gwen is a 20-year industry veteran. By trade a 3D artist, now Managing Director and Product Owner, he’s created video games for the best part of his adult life. Born in France where he started his career, he joined Ubisoft in Montreal in 2002. Now living in Halifax with his family, he is mixing creative and operation management at Ubisoft’s first North American mobile studio.
Jeff is a 20-year veteran of the video-game industry, working primarily as a software engineer. He has created games for both the indie scene and big publishers such as Microsoft, THQ, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, HBO and 2K. He began his entertainment career in the television industry as a character and FX animator, skills he utilizes at Alpha Dog along with his programming background.
Selena has been working in the Nova Scotia Arts Community for 20 years, with a career ranging from Theatre, TV, Film, Animation and Video Games. Her diverse background has allowed her to see how industries develop from the ground up and she applies this knowledge towards developing a robust and sustainable Games industry in Nova Scotia. Selena proudly works at Ubisoft Halifax as their HR Manager, where she recruits top talent, manages International mobility, immigration processes, deploys strategies for organizational and talent development, and heartily advocates for Nova Scotia and the resources we harbor here.
Mark is a 22 year veteran of the animation and games industry, living and working in Nova Scotia since the year 2000. A traditionally trained classical animator he’s worked in all disciplines and departments at various points in his career currently serving proudly as Ubisoft Halifax’s Art Director. Mark is passionate about mentoring young talent and fostering a feeling of community in the local animation and games industry. He currently resides in Dartmouth with his family and his Habs memorabilia.
Shawn is an award-winning artist with nearly 20 years experience in the interactive and video games industry. Formerly an Art Director of Microsoft, Relic Entertainment and Fit Brains, his experience spans all aspects of leadership, design, development, and all platforms from PC to Console to Mobile to Web and Video Editing. He strongly advocates for ITC, the fastest growing sector in Nova Scotia, and guest speaks at schools around the province.
Jayson Hilchie is President & CEO of the Entertainment Software Association of Canada, the trade association representing companies that develop, publish and distribute video games in Canada. Under his leadership, the organization has broadened its membership to include a cross section of major publishers, mobile developers and independent studios, making the association more inclusive and strengthening its voice to government.
Darryl has been a developer and leader in software and video games for over 20 years, shipping titles on multiple generations of consoles including Electronic Art's groundbreaking Ultimate Team franchise. Since returning to Nova Scotia, Darryl opened Punk Science Studios Inc. as a platform for his own creative ideas and now works as the managing director of Gogii Lighthouse Studios, the new Halifax arm of Gogii Games.
Evan has spent the better part of a decade helping the Nova Scotia interactive media sector grow through various projects encompassing 5 continents and over 100 conferences/expos, with a single aim: to make Nova Scotia studios succeed. As of November 2016, with a primary focus on Digital & Interactive Media, Evan is responsible for attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the province of Nova Scotia. Working in partnership with industry and government, his objective is to identify and lead international partnerships, attract investment and cultivate growth within the Digital and Interactive Media sector in Nova Scotia.
As an employee of the Nova Scotia government, Evan’s role of the Board will not include participation on topics pertaining to government relations.
Interactive Society of Nova Scotia
Gwen Heliou – President
1115 – 1498 Lower Water St.
Halifax, NS – B3J 3R5