Digital Alberta

Digital Alberta is the interactive and digital media industry association for Alberta. We are a member-supported, non-profit organization at the intersection of technology and art, that represents the following industries: digital media, martech, video game development, eLearning, visual effects, animation, AI and VR/AR industries. Our members embrace technology as entrepreneurs, artists, developers, designers, educators and students.

We believe that digital in Alberta will thrive with the right support. To accomplish this, our mandate is to:

  • Listen to and be a single, cohesive voice for local companies as we represent business interests and drive engagement at all levels of government.
  • Accelerate the growth and commercialization of Alberta’s interactive digital media community within our province, country and globally.
  • Celebrate and promote individuals and organizations that foster innovation, technology and digital media in Alberta.
  • Encourage students and talent to stay in Alberta in order to increase capacity and productivity within the industry.
  • Promote innovation and collaboration between individuals and organizations, acting as the conduit and connector for our community.
  • Connect entrepreneurs and talent with industry information, funding, training and related entrepreneurship programs, to guide and support industry professionals.


Alecia Peters

Executive Director


Alecia is a passionate ecosystem builder and purpose driven leader that fosters shared value relationships and brings strategy to life.  She’s fuelled by creating meaningful partnerships and mobilizing communities to achieve impact. Alecia engages with a wide range of stakeholders (creators, builders, investors, government, academic institutions, students, corporate) who are passionate about advancing Alberta’s digital community making the ecosystem inclusive and accessible. Formerly Alecia led Calgary Economic Development’s innovation strategy team where she collaborated with community leaders to advance innovation and entrepreneurship in Calgary. Alecia curated opportunities working with clients to address gaps leveraging mechanisms like the Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund to deliver game changing projects. She recently joined the board of the Centre for Sexuality and is committed to creating healthy cultures where everyone can thrive. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary and completed a global marketing and communications program in the UK through Boston University International programs.


Paisley Churchill

Program Manager


Paisley is passionate about growing Alberta's digital industries and supporting the growth of tech companies. In her previous role as Manager of Client Experience at Vog App Developers, one of Calgary largest custom software shops, she worked with entrepreneurs and established companies to build and implement new products. Paisley also previously worked at Calgary Economic Development as part of the core team that founded the Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund, and evaluated over 200 funding applications before moving to the Talent Attraction team to support the strategy for growing and attracting tech talent to Calgary. Paisley holds a BBA from Mount Royal University as well as a diploma in international business from the Forum for International Trade Training.

Board of Directors



Nick Facey

Chair | Advocacy, Policy and Research Committee Chair


Lead - Industry Solutions, Unity Technologies (Calgary)

Nick Facey also serves as a board director for DigiBC - The Interactive & Digital Media Industry Association of British Columbia. He is a former Chief of Staff for the BC Minister of Innovation, Technology & Citizens' Services and the BC Ministry of Education.

Houran Li

Treasurer


Manager, Private Company Services, PwC Canada

Huoran is a manager and trusted advisor in PwC Tax. He is a designated CPA with more than 5 years’ experience in public accounting, establishing a breadth of experience in industries such as start-up technology companies, real-estate, financial services, professional services, and manufacturing. Outside of his professional life, Huoran is an avid technology enthusiast and enjoys exploring the latest tech trends. He hopes to contribute the growth of Alberta's tech sector as he believes the expansion of the tech sector is essential for the economic advancement of Alberta.

James Konopka

Secretary | Finance & Governance Committee Chair


Edmonton

James is a lawyer practicing in tax planning and litigation. While attending law school, he worked with the Alberta Ministry of Labour. James finished his articles as a clerk at the Tax Court of Canada in Ottawa. He has experience working with committees and boards from his time as a board member and treasurer of the Alberta Law Review, and from his previous career as a peace officer with Alberta Health Services where he sat on numerous management committees.

Bruna D. Kalinoski

Director


Calgary

Bruna is an intellectual property, technology, and litigation lawyer at Burnet, Duckworth and Palmer LLP in Calgary. Her practice focuses on all contentious aspects of intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyright, industrial design and trade secrets, with an emphasis on complex intellectual property litigation. Prior to joining BD&P, Bruna worked in Canada’s leading intellectual property boutique after starting her career in the IP and Technology groups of a top national law firm in Toronto. She has experience litigating a broad range of technologies, including pharmaceutical, telecommunications, mechanical, high technology, and software, from both a technical and economic/damages perspective. Bruna served as judicial law clerk to the Hon. Justice Eladio Rocha of the Court of Appeals of the State of Santa Catarina, Brazil, for several years before immigrating to Canada. There, I was routinely engaged in deliberations in appeal proceedings involving a broad array of civil and commercial disputes. Bruna obtained her LLM degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and has a health science background from attending Dentistry School for 2 years before transitioning to Law School.

Patrick Hohol

Web & Tech Committee Co-Chair


Software Dev Team Lead, BIS Safety Software (Sherwood Park)

Patrick is a software development team lead for BIS Safety Software, a rapidly growing Health and Safety Management Software company based in Sherwood Park. He has over 10 years experience as a freelance web developer, and hopes to help contribute to the growth of Alberta’s Digital Ecosphere to provide opportunities for other IDM professionals.

Jamie Humble

Web & Tech Committee Co-Chair


Account Manager, Vision Creative Inc (Edmonton)

A proud alumni of MacEwan University’s BComm program and strong community advocate, Jamie’s role with Vision Creative - an Edmonton based marketing communications agency - has exposed her to a multitude of organizations representing a variety of industries in Alberta. She works to analyze a client’s strategic and reputational needs, then collaboratively develops compelling creative solutions targeting business strategy, brand positioning and stakeholder engagement. Managing multiple vendors and individuals involved in the successful execution of a project, she is known for taking charge of a situation and demonstrating valuable leadership qualities. Jamie is keen on staying on top of new communication technologies and digital resources and strongly believes that support and advocacy for the tech industry in Alberta will be integral to the future of our economy.

Mehreen Kapadia

Director


Operations Manager, Red Iron Labs

With over 10 years experience in the non-profit, Mehreen is now making a difference in the for-profit technology sector. As the Operations Manager at Red Iron Labs, she focuses on efficient processes and building a vibrant community. With a passion for leveraging technology to reduce inequality, Mehreen aims to answer crucial impact and beneficiary questions while shaping their strategy.

Mehreen played a pivotal role in expanding a tech non-profit across Alberta, starting in Calgary. Additionally, Mehreen actively represents the United Nations Association in Canada (UNAC) as the Prairie Regional Representative, championing their mission since 2012. Combining her non-profit expertise with her current tech role, she remains dedicated to using technology as a force for positive change, advocating for equality, and making a lasting impact in her community and beyond.

Jen Laface

Director


Creative Director and Producer, Only by Midnight

Jen is the co-founder of Only By Midnight, an Edmonton-based indie video game studio that believes in combining entertainment with impactful narratives. In her dual role of Producer and Creative Director, she helped develop the studio’s first game, Curved Space. Jen brings to the interactive and digital media industry a passion for meaningful storytelling that was developed during her years working as a Publisher’s Assistant for On Spec, Canada’s longest running English-language science fiction and fantasy magazine. She believes in the power of story to build communities through sharing experiences, information, contacts, resources, and aspirations. Her position is that the best form of success is that which brings others with you, and looks forward to supporting other Alberta developers in whatever stage they are in.

Shawn Mahoney

Director


Manager, Digital innovation Labs, Suncor

In the last 5 years, Shawn has delivered more than $200M in value through his Digital Strategy and Innovation work across the energy value chain (sub-surface to retail). Shawn is known for bringing new & creative methods to bear on business problems that traditional methods have not been able to solve. Using a human-centric approach, he has led teams to develop high-value, innovative products over the asset lifecycle.

Mike McCready

Director


XR Researcher & Educator, Lethbridge College

Mike McCready is an educator and researcher with a focus on immersive technologies such as virtual and augmented reality. He has over 23 years of development experience and is driven to explore new technologies and understand their application within business and society. He introduced one of the first VR development courses at Lethbridge College in 2016. One of Mike’s focuses is the social interactions made possible with VR and has planned and facilitated numerous social VR activities that have garnered national and international attention, including the world’s first full-day conference held in VR – Merging Realities.

Rathan Moorthy

Director


Executive Producer, Missing Socks Entertainment & Titan1Studios

Rathan is an Executive Producer & Ecosystem Builder leading cross-media teams in the development of TV/Film, Video Game & Publishing IP. He is the founder of Titan1Studios, an Intellectual Property and Production company, and Missing Socks Entertainment, a Calgary-based Animation studio. Rathan has been a part of the Interactive Digital Media sector in Alberta for over 20 years and is committed to the accelerating the growth, relevance, and diversity of the sector in the province.