CareerMash 2016 Speakers
Mark Swierszcz – Manager, YouTube Space, Toronto
Mark is joining us today to introduce the newest of nine global YouTube Spaces and the first in Canada. A collaboration between YouTube and George Brown College, the new Space on Richmond Street East is a place where you can learn, create and connect.
Mark has held a variety of positions driving digital innovation. Before joining Google/YouTube, he was the Director of Digital for Bell Media Specialty, overseeing the digital strategy and rollout of properties including Much Music, MTV, M3, E! Canada, The Comedy Network, Space, Bravo and The Loop.
Social tag: #youtubespaceto
Aaron Brindle, Head of Public Affairs, Google Canada
Aaron oversees corporate communications for Google Canada. He is a frequent commentator on Google Trends and has traveled extensively in Canada’s north as the project manager behind Google’s arctic mapping efforts. Aaron is a passionate advocate of STEM, managing several of Google Canada’s outreach initiatives. Before joining Google, Aaron worked as a journalist and writer. In 2002, he was part of the team at CBC who created the national current affairs program The Current, and went on to serve as Documentary Producer and Assignment Editor. He has earned a number of national and international distinctions for his documentary work, including the 2011 Amnesty International Media Award. As an occasional TV writer, Aaron has developed dramatic series for CBC and CTV, and was a writer for the CTV/CBS series Flashpoint.
Rima Brek – Studio Production Director, B. Eng. – Ubisoft Toronto
A Ubisoft veteran of 18 years and a founding team member of the Toronto studio, Rima’s contributions at the studio are diverse. From kick-starting the technology team in Toronto and helping ship the critically-acclaimed Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist, to facilitating knowledge sharing between projects and providing strategic management guidance across teams, Rima is a sought after advisor whose guidance and leadership have directly helped Ubisoft Toronto grow to 400+ game developers in just five years.
Before joining Ubisoft Toronto, Rima started her career in the game industry at Ubisoft Montreal as the first female programmer to join the studio. Following her passion for AI development, Rima was instrumental to shipping numerous projects in Montreal including Rainbow Six Raven Shield and Rainbow Six 3. As Lead Programmer on Rainbow Six Black Arrow and Open Season, Rima refocused her efforts on managing and building strong core teams. After spending a year as Programming Development Director, Rima joined the Ubisoft Technology Group as Engineering Manager for Middleware, helping to build tech for projects across all studios at the company.
Rima volunteers her time to help educate Computer Engineering and Computer Science graduates looking to break into the games industry.
Rima is a graduate of McGill University where she studied Electrical Engineering.
Rima’s twitter – https://twitter.com/rimabrek
Andy Forest, Co-Founder, STEAMLabs
“Prototyping Your Future”
Andy is an innovator and a thought leader in education and connected learning. His passion and purpose are to empower kids and adults to invent the future!
Along with Marianne Mader, he is the co-founder of the non-profit STEAMLabs. As a founding member of the Mozilla HIVE Toronto network, Andy has provided assistance to numerous other youth digital literacy organizations. Andy was chosen as a Pioneer in the LEGO Foundation and Ashoka’s Re-imagine Learning Challenge. The Pioneers are educator-innovators using the transformative power of play to unlock learning and development benefits in young thinkers.
Andy is an active member of the Maker Education community. He was invited to be a member of Harvard’s University’s Agency By Design maker education learning community. He is a contributor to Make Magazine, writing about maker education. Andy is also on the Maker Ed makerspace playbook working group, which produces guides for people setting up new makerspaces.
As a public speaker, Andy has inspired thousands of educators and social innovators at conferences all over the world including Toronto, New York, San Francisco and London England. He has also taught programming, Arduino, web development and other topics to adults as a teacher at the International Academy of Design and as a visiting lecturer at the International Space University. Andy founded Dimentians, a successful web development firm celebrating its 20th anniversary in the spring of 2015.