Jessica Clark-Bojin, Head of Department - Entertainment Business Management School at Vancouver Film School
As a founding executive of Zeros 2 Heroes Media, Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin has worked with the CBC, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Seven24 Films, Halifax Film, BioWare, Rainmaker Entertainment, and many others to develop strategies that capture increasingly fragmented audiences and take advantage of emerging revenue models.
The former Head of the Vancouver Film School's Entertainment Business Management program, Jessica worked to impart the principle of embracing change and all forms of media to the next generation of entertainment producers. She continues this work through speaking engagements at seminars and festivals throughout North America, including San Diego's Comic-Con and TIFF. She is currently in development as executive producer on the digital series and feature film, "The Little Mermaid."
Sandy Fleischer, Managing Partner of Pound & Grain
Sandy has over 15 years of digital agency experience and an entrepreneurial spirit to the Pound & Grain team with work for clients such as McDonalds, SAP, AT&T, Electronic Arts, Sony Ericsson, Diageo, and Nintendo.
In his secret other life, Sandy is known as DJ Pescatore, and has played to crowds across Canada, the US and Italy. On a good day, he can juggle four tennis balls.
Steve Rechtschaffner, Executive Creative Director at Wyley Interactive
Steve has 25+ years of pioneering in the worlds of branded entertainment, product marketing and digital entertainment. He has changed how we think about wrist watches, live events, home fitness, video games, snowboarding and how we experience entertainment in the living room. He’s recently reconnected with some former EA friends, and together they have launched a disruptive mobile games & advertising platform called Play4Perks.
His life-long focus has been on “combining innovation and entertainment to create exciting and sustainable growth for brands and businesses. Over the years, Steve has done this for Swatch, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Reebok, Converse, the U.F.C., ESPN, FOX TV and the U.S. Ski Team, amongst others.
Non-professional time for Steve is spent practicing yoga, riding his bike, trying to become a kite surfer, while also being a husband and father of 3 offspring.
Alex Spinelli CTO of McCann World Group
McCann Worldgroup delivers marketing solutions that transform brands and grow businesses. The company is comprised of a collaborative roster of best-in-class agencies that emphasize creativity, innovation, and performance, including McCann Erickson (the world’s largest advertising agency network); MRM (digital marketing/relationship management); Momentum (experiential marketing); McCann Health (professional/dtc communications); and Craft Worldwide (global production).
Matt Toner, President of Zeros to Heroes Media
Matt Toner is an outspoken advocate for Vancouver's creative industries and an internationally recognized new media expert: in 2010, he was featured in the Vancouver Sun as one its "top ten" technology innovators.
Before switching to the new economy, Matt worked at the Bank of Canada in Ottawa and at the Canadian Consulate General in Manhattan. He holds a graduate degree in economics.