Digital Alberta

Digital Alberta

June 18, 2013 10:30 ET

Digital Alberta Elects Owen Brierley as New President

New Board Elected to Represent Alberta's Expanding Digital Media Landscape

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - June 18, 2013) - Current Digital Alberta board member Owen Brierley was elected president of the organization on May 29, 2013 at the Annual General Meeting held at Innovate Calgary and Hybridforge in Edmonton. Owen Brierley is an active Canadian technologist and his experience in the digital industry will have a significant impact on the future of Digital Alberta. Along with the appointment of Mr. Brierley, one executive position and four board member positions were elected.

Owen is the Executive Director of Guru Digital Arts College and brings 15 years of experience in the digital media industry. He also served as the Multimedia Development Coordinator for Alberta Learning's project, a repository of digital learning objects for the K-12 sector.

Wade Muri, from WadeCo Ventures was elected VP North, where he will be working in Edmonton. Jas Panesar from Damaag Consulting will also be joining the Edmonton division as a board member. Peter Bishop from ZGM Collaborative Marketing, Jamie Clark from Business Instincts Group and Tyler Shandro from Robots and Pencils were elected as board members for the Calgary division.

The new board members join existing members Arleigh Vasconcellos as Vice President South, Joon Chan as Treasurer, Meredith MacDonald as Governance Chair, and Kevin Dhal, Ryan Bonnell, Chelsea Klukas and Chad Smith as directors. Former President Michelle Sklar will remain on to serve as Past President.

Speaking about his appointment as President, Owen Brierley commented, "After an overwhelmingly successful 2013 Digital Alberta Awards, I am very excited to move forward with this organization and build on the dedication and leadership of Michelle Sklar as President, Lisa Hagen as VP North, Alex Gault as Secretary and Hart Steinfeld as Director who were all so influential to the growing digital sector in Alberta. I am grateful for this opportunity and I couldn't be more enthusiastic to work with such a knowledgeable and passionate team. Looking into the future, the board plans to work hard to increase our member services, further our professional development initiatives, and showcase Alberta's industry talent globally."

2012-2013 Digital Alberta Board:

Owen Brierley - President; Wade Muri - VP North; Arleigh Vasconcellos - VP South; Joon Chan - Treasurer; Meredith Macdonald - Governance Chair; Peter Bishop - Director; Ryan Bonnell - Director; Jamie Clark - Director; Kevin Dhal - Director; Chelsea Klukas - Director; Jas Panesar - Director; Tyler Shandro - Director; Chad Smith - Director.

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About Digital Alberta:

Digital Alberta is an industry-led organization devoted to promoting and connecting the thriving digital media community across Alberta, Canada. Through professional development workshops, advocacy work, education, event, and business development activity, Digital Alberta is building the digital media industry provincially and promoting it abroad.

The digital media industry is defined as the creative convergence of digital arts, science, technology and business for human expression, communication, social interaction, and education. The industry spans several disciplines, including but not limited to: audio, video, game design, animation, modeling, simulation, and interactive design.

In Alberta, digital media is considered a key contributor to the provincial ICT industry which is made up of 6,300 companies, 57,000 employees, and generating over $450 million in annual revenues. Areas of key growth in Alberta's digital media industry include: Social media content and applications, Interactive entertainment, Content and applications for mobile devices, E-Learning and games for training and education, Interactive marketing, and finally Standards-based web design and development.

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