Richard Ludlow

Richard Ludlow (moderator) is the Audio Director and co-Founder of Hexany Audio, a Los Angeles based sound and music studio specializing in audio for games, VR (Virtual Reality), and interactive media. Richard has worked on projects for Disney, Activision, Ubisoft, Universal, Tencent, Sony, Google, and many more. His credits include AAA games, immersive VR experiences, and theme parks as an audio director, sound designer, and composer. Richard is also a graduate of Berklee College of Music where he studied sound design and composition for games.

Tom Salta

ASCAP winning and MTV VMA nominated composer Tom Salta is one of the most versatile and prolific music artists/producers working in video games. Salta has received widespread industry acclaim for his world-class produced scores featured video games such as Killer Instinct: Season 3, HALO: Spartan Strike, HALO 2 Anniversary, HALO: Spartan Assault, HALO: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, Red Steel , Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter and H.A.W.X series, and original songs and adaptations for the world’s #1 dance game series, Just Dance.

Alexander Karpazis

Alexander Karpazis has been working in the video game industry for over eight years, with a history and background in graphic design, web design and advertising. He attended Ryerson University studying Graphic Communication Management. Starting as a graphic designer at Capybara Games in Toronto, he now directs presentation artwork on some of the largest brands at Ubisoft in Montreal.

Anne Gibeault

Anne Gibeault started working in the video game industry 14 years ago. She has worked in both artistic and managerial roles. First as a 3D animator and lead animator, then as a production manager, associate producer and finally producer, for companies such as Digital Fiction, Ubisoft and Red Barrels. The video game titles she worked on includes Splinter Cell, Far Cry, Just Dance, Outlast and Prince of Persia. She is now the creative lead and president of Epsilon Games, working on their first title Train to Primus Vita, a sci-fi first-person video game.

Jessica Moore

My role is to understand people and help them understand each other so we can make great games. People are really complicated, and my favourite challenge is identifying the interests of stakeholders and coalescing them into an actionable plan. When life is good, I write and make games about things that matter like cats, femmes, and cookies. When life is messy, I offer critical responses to game makers and media focusing on ethics and diversity in games.

I have studied video game theory, ethics, identity politics, and gaming communities through the Philosophy Master’s program at the University of Alberta. As a result of this research and industry consulting work, I have some unique experience analyzing video games according to specific criteria pertaining to qualitative and quantitative aspects of game play, marketing, and narrative, as well as communicating research to non-academics. My expertise centers on all aspects of ethics, identity, and diversity in game design and marketing choices.

EMi Spicer

EMiSpicer is a thirty-something good-for-nothing video game vagabond based out of New York. She is best known for her work as a documentarian photographer, events organizer, and social media manger. She has been affiliated with groups such as Feminist Frequency, GameTheory, Babycastles, Pulsewave, Fantastic Arcade, Different Games, IndieCade, and more. Sometimes she talks too much.

Rebecca Cohen-Palacios

Rebecca Cohen Palacios is the co-founder and director of the non-profit organization, Pixelles. Internationally recognized, Pixelles focuses on empowering more women in the games industry through 100% free workshops, mentorship, creation & portfolio-building programs, mid-career support, inclusive socials and online community for everyone.

Annually, she co-organizes the unconference GameLoop Montréal which fosters low-key discussions and sharing around topics in game development. Rebecca also coordinates a grassroots community for game developers of color in Montreal, Game & Color. In addition to community organizing, Rebecca is an experienced public speaker and advocate for diversity & inclusion.

Outside of her advocacy and volunteer work, Rebecca is a technical user interface artist in AAA games. She has shipped games on mobile and console such as Assassin’s Creed Origins, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Shape Up and more. Before her time in the games industry, Rebecca spent six years designing and programming user interfaces for apps, websites, as well as, a variety of digital experiences.