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events: Building Digital Media Leaders, Toronto

bdmlI’m long over due posting about this, but there’s a new initiative in Toronto that looks kind of interesting:


Producers, Production Managers, Assistant Production Managers and Department Supervisors who are looking to advance in their careers in digital media are invited to attend a pilot program being offered by Sheridan College and Digital Media Industry of Ontario (DMIO, formerly known as Computer Animation Studios of Ontario) to be held at the TIFF Bell Lightbox this fall. The program is being generously supported by the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.


Building Digital Media Leaders – BDML – is a two day event that will cover three essential courses aimed at enhancing leadership capabilities: dynamic communications, leading teams, and proactive pipeline management. Registration details will be announced in July, for a Septemberintake. For a limited time only, this program is being offered free of charge.


“Rapid advances in technology are creating exciting opportunities in film and television, game design, and interaction design,” says Sylvia Lowndes, Dean of the Faculty of Continuing and Professional Studies at Sheridan College. “Sheridan is in a unique position to respond. As one of Canada’s leading digital media postsecondary institutions, we have a deep-seeded appreciation for creative industries. We also have significant expertise in delivering professional education courses that can help people gain the skills and knowledge they need to stay current and advance in their life goals and careers.”


“Our industry has grown organically over the past two decades and more dramatically over the past five years,”says Neishaw Ali, President of Digital Media Industry Ontario (DMIO, formerly known as Computer Animation Studios Ontario, CASO). “It is very encouraging to see that our post-secondary education institutions have recognized this and are enhancing their curriculum. Even more importantly collaborating with the Industry to establish best practices, as they will be producing the future leaders of ourcommunity. We are extremely supportive of this initiative by Sheridan and look forward to our members’ participation.”


“By investing in programs like Building Digital Media Leaders, OMDC aims to encourage collaboration and foster new business partnerships that encourage growth across Ontario’s creative media industries,” says Karen Thorne- Stone, OMDC President and CEO. “It is our belief that this initiative will lead to innovative developments in content and technology, which in turn, will help to ensure that Ontario remains competitive on the world stage.”


As one of Canada’s leading postsecondary institutions, Sheridan offers over 100 diploma, certificate, and bachelor degree programs. This September, Sheridan is launching two new Bachelor Degree programs – one in Interaction Design and another in Game Design. Sheridan’s aim is to become Ontario’s first university exclusively dedicated to undergraduate professional education – a model that will be based on applied learning and Sheridan’s renown for creativity and innovation. The model also focuses on meeting university accreditation requirements so that Sheridan graduates have more pathways to the continued learning that will underscore their personal, career, and industry success.


Digital Media Industry Ontario (DMIO, formerly known as the Computer Animation Studios of Ontario, CASO) is a non- profit association representing Computer Animation and Digital Visual Effects companies located in Ontario, Canada.


DMIO’s mandate is to promote the interests of its members and to enlist the support of government and private sector partners with an interest in the growth of the computer animation and visual effects industry in Ontario.


For more information on the BDML program, please contact:


Charlene Pineda-Fischer, Manager, Special Projects Faculty of Continuing and Professional Studies Sheridan College


Registration is open, so check it out. There’s a facebook group open as well, with updates, like this one:


Building Digital Media Leaders (BDML) Registration is now open! Be sure to sign-up for this free for a limited time program!

Advanced Leadership Training For:
Production Managers
Assistant Production Managers
Department Supervisors
Aspiring Digital Media Leaders
Computer Animators

BDML is a free for a limited time leadership training and development program to start in September 2013.

The program is offered by Sheridan College, in partnership with Digital Media Industry Ontario (DMIO), and is generously supported by the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

The BDML pilot program consists of three 2-day courses:
• Dynamic Communications, September 26 & 28, 2013
• Leading Teams, October 1 & 5, 2013
• Proactive Pipeline Management, October 15 & 19, 2013

All three BDML courses will be delivered in downtown Toronto at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

To register, please email:


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