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Interactive Ontario appointments

Four new directors join Canadian trade body.

For immediate release

TORONTO (Jan 28, 2009) Interactive Ontario today announced four new directors have been elected to the Board. These directors were voted in on January 26th at the Interactive Ontario Annual General Meeting of Members.

Newly elected board members include:

Sara Diamond, President, OCAD

Collin Douma, VP, Social Media, Proximity Canada

Gary Schwartz, President & CEO, Impact Mobile

Jeffrey Elliott, Founder and Co-CEO, GlassBOX Television Inc.

“Interactive Ontario is thrilled to welcome these new directors to the Board. Each one is a leader in their field, and contribute greatly to the interactive digital media industry,” said Ian Kelso, president and CEO of Interactive Ontario. “ We look forward to working with them over the course of the next year to continue to build the interactive digital media industry in Ontario and Canada.”

Re-elected board members include:

Mark Bishop, Partner, marblemedia

Danny Dowhal, COO, The Learning Edge Corp.

Trevor Fencott. Managing Partner & CEO, Bedlam Games

Laura Jo Gunter, Dean - Information Arts & Technology, Seneca College

Mike Mays, VP Finance, Silicon Knights

Returning Board members include:

Pary Bell, Vice President, Product, Digital Media, Rogers

Vikas Gupta, CEO & President, TransGaming Technologies

Lydia Sani, Partner, Redwood e-Learning Systems and Invisions Productions Inc.

Michael Schmalz, CFO, Digital Extremes

Scott Simpson, CEO, bitHeads / Headgames / playbrains

The executive was re-appointed by the board and includes:

President - Ian Kelso, President and CEO, Interactive Ontario

Chair - Mark Bishop, Partner, marblemedia

Vice-Chair - Lucie Lalumiere, VP, Interactive, Earth Rangers

Treasurer - Spence McDonnell, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Secretary - Diana Cafazzo, Partner, Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Richmond LLP

Retiring from the board this year is:

Claude Galipeau, Senior VP Digital Media, Rogers Media

Bart Nickerson, Director of New Product Launch and Content Management, Rogers Wireless

Tony Tobias, President, Pangaea Media & Music

Tobias was the last of the original founding board members. He has been a board member since January 2001.


About Interactive Ontario (

Interactive Ontario (IO) is a not-for-profit industry trade organization committed to the growth of the Ontario interactive digital content industry. Representing over 200 member-companies IO is an industry advocate within Ontario and nationally as a founding member of the Canadian Interactive Alliance /Alliance interactive canadienne (CIAIC).

For more information:

Danielle Engels, Interactive Ontario, 416.516.0077 x 224

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