Kishonna Gray

Dr. Kishonna L. Gray (@kishonnagray) is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Gender and Women’s Studies. She is also a faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. She also previously served as a MLK Scholar and Visiting Professor in Women and Gender Studies and Comparative Media Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Dr. Gray is an interdisciplinary, intersectional, digital media scholar whose areas of research include identity, performance and online environments, embodied deviance, cultural production, video games, and Black Cyberfeminism.

Anastasiya Bila

With tons of on air hosting experience for the likes of ESL, Twitch Charity Zone, XSplit, Devolver Digital and most recently Loto-Quebec (in French ), Monkeyism’s real passion comes alive when she’s on Twitch. From covering new gaming releases, to streaming the great Montreal outdoors ( Cat Cafe anyone? ), to coffee time and a growing your brand segment – the motto here is – if it’s fun, I’m going to try it on camera.

Rose Agozzino

Rose is the Senior Marketing Specialist at Ludia, located right here in Old Montreal. She’s worked across many of the titles at the game studio, including 5 years across the Jurassic Park franchise. Graduate from McGill University in both Public Relations and Marketing, she spends her time optimizing user acquisition campaigns, fine-tuning the mobile games ASO and planning stellar Live Operations. She has over 7 years of customer service experience, building, training and leading teams.

Katharine Neil

Katharine is an independent game developer and a member of the Syndicat des Travailleurs et Travailleuses du Jeu Vidéo in France. Since entering the games industry 20 years ago, she has alternated between various development roles, including sound design, programming, game design and narrative design. In the distant past she co-founded Australia’s independent games festival Freeplay and directed the social impact game Escape From Woomera.

Dietrich Squinkifer

Mx. Dietrich Squinkifer (Squinky) is a writer, programmer, musician, and visual artist who creates games and playable experiences about gender identity, social awkwardness, and miscellaneous silliness. Their work has been featured in the Independent Games Festival and the IndieCade festival, as well as in venues ranging from the Smithsonian American Art Museum to an anarchist bookstore in Santa Cruz. Squinky is currently living in Montreal, where they are working on a research-creation PhD on autobiographical games at Concordia University, and helping to organize the local chapter of Game Workers Unite with the goal of unionizing the videogame industry.

Anna Scollan

Having obtained her Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from Université de Montréal, Anna Scollan went on to work at Ecojustice before joining ACTRA Montreal in 2012. In her capacity as National Industry Relations Rep, Anna has been at the forefront of numerous organizing and lobbying initiatives; helping to develop partnerships, encourage work opportunities, and negotiate collective agreements in various areas of the union’s jurisdiction, particularly video games.

Jason Della Rocca

Jason Della Rocca
Co-Founder, Execution Labs
Jason Della Rocca is a game industry entrepreneur, funding advisor, and cluster expert. He specializes in business/partnership development, pitching/funding, and ecosystem/cluster development.
As the co-founder of Executions Labs, he was a hands-on early stage investor to over 20 independent game studios from North America and Europe. Between 2000-09 he served as the executive director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA), and was honored for his industry building efforts with the inaugural Ambassador Award at the Game Developers Conference. In 2009, Jason was named to Game Developer Magazine’s “Power50,” a list which profiles 50 of the most important contributors to the state of the game industry. As a sought after expert on the game industry, Jason has lectured at conferences and universities worldwide.