Staff

We are your trusted advisors, committed to helping you, your team, your organization and our community get to the next level.

Our team has over 100 years of combined IDM experience to support you. We’d love to hear from you!

Louie Ghiz has been with NMM since 2009 and has been the Executive Director since 2016. Louie ensures that NMM has strong connections with our members, as well as stakeholders in government and academia. He has over fifteen years of experience working with the interactive digital media industry, as prior to NMM he worked as an investment analyst and new media manager at Telefilm Canada offices in Halifax and Toronto.

If you’re looking to learn more about the IDM community, discuss strategic partnerships or get involved in IDM advocacy, you can reach Louie at: [email protected]

Juliet joined the NMM family in September 2019 and has 20 of experience working with a variety of IDM companies and innovation strategists in Winnipeg and in Vancouver. She has contributed to Manitoba’s tech community for over ten years and brings an abundance of enthusiasm and experience to this new unique role working with our sector partners and contributing to NMM’s workforce development responsibilities. She’s the contact for employees from the academic community who program Work Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunities, and the Interactive Digital Media (IDM) business communities that are hungry for talent, and invested in creating real-world work experiences to help grow the province’s workforce.

Get in touch with Juliet, she’ll help;

  • Post-secondary and secondary training institutions that want their students to learn more about current and future opportunities in IDM; coordinate WIL placement programs; and host events that require industry experts; 
  • Educators who are champions of applied IDM learning opportunities for their students and require presentations, resources, curriculum and training;  
  • Business owners and their teams who are hungry for talent and want to know more about relevant WIL placements with upcoming skilled talent; opportunities to attend/present/ network with educational partners; and work collaboratively with academia to align and expand the labour pool.
  • You can reach Juliet at: [email protected]

Taralee Turner brings more than 12 years of senior organizational and administrative leadership experience to our new Director of Operations role.

As a CPA, CMA with an undergraduate degree in Education, she’s followed a path of service with organizations and associations supporting education, training and community enrichment. Taralee’s journey has provided a wealth of experience that she is eager to share, and she looks forward to working collaboratively toward supporting Manitoba’s IDM community.

Want to get in touch? Email: [email protected]

Marc has a vast array of experiences and skills that he brings to New Media Manitoba as the Game Design Instructor. A recent graduate from the Toronto Film School in Game Design & Animation; Game Design, Production, Game Art, and Programming. Marc especially enjoys sharing that knowledge and excitement with everyone interested.

Marc also helps organize community events and workshops in both Pixel Pals and the Winnipeg Digital Art Group. Participating and helping grow the local Game Development community is something Marc enjoys doing as he continues to develop his own skills in the fast changing industry that is Game Development.

Want to get in touch? Email: [email protected]

Sharmila Vijayann brings over 14 years of experience to their role as Workforce Development and Training Manager.
With a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, a CTDP (Certified Training and Development Professional) Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt, and Lean Greenbelt, Sharmila is a committed continuous learner; and is currently engaged in their Masters in Learning and Technology program.
Throughout their career, Sharmila has strategized and led several medium and large-scale learning and development initiatives that have added business value by building digital mindsets, skillsets, and performance, across a range of industry sectors. 
Sharmila is enthusiastic about providing innovative, measurable, high-impact workforce and organizational development solutions through collaboration and a deep understanding of organizational and industry-specific needs.

Want to get in touch? Email: [email protected]

Rubab brings with her more than 8 years of creative communications, experience creation and relationship development experience working in both nonprofit and corporate sectors. With her education background in television production, communications, physical theatre, international business and community development, there is a wide array of projects she has under her belt. In her past roles she has worked in business development, marketing, public relations, brand development and client relations. She is passionate about interactive media and clever storytelling and cannot wait to see this combo evolve in society.

Want to get in touch? Email: [email protected]

With over seven years of cross-industry expertise, Viktoriia Kozerenko is an accomplished professional renowned for her international exposure and diverse skill set. With a background coordinating AI-driven and tech startups, she excelled in navigating complex projects and fostering cross-cultural collaborations.

Assuming the role of Special Projects Coordinator, Viktoriia aims to leverage her varied experience to innovate and achieve projects’ goals. Collaborating closely with the Business Development Manager, she brings valuable expertise in digital and project management to the team.

Want to get in touch? Email: [email protected]

Jonathan leads New Media Manitoba’s latest workforce development initiative – StudioLab xR. This is a first-of-its-kind facility that provides training and support for emerging technologies such as virtual production. Jonathan is responsible for managing training and devising strategies to increase the adoption of these emerging technologies by Manitoba companies. Jonathan has decades of experience working with both interactive and linear content producers and looks forward to helping them realize their creative visions at StudioLab xR.

You can reach Jon at: [email protected]

Corinne leads NMM’s business development and market access initiatives, including applications for funding and execution of programs. In collaboration with the Executive Director, she develops strategies and execution plans for business development and market access, assessing other programs for the IDM industry and identifying new potential opportunities to pursue. Corinne provides advisory services and ecosystem navigation for members while developing and maintaining relationships with potential members, key partners, and network contacts.

Want to get in touch? Email [email protected]

Olivia has 7 years of 3D knowledge under her belt, as well as a graphic design skillset. She’s been living and breathing video games since she was big enough to sit at a computer desk. Olivia graduated from RRC Polytech’s Digital Media Design program in 2021. She’s a 3D Computer Animation major and is passionate about 3D art and game design. Olive’s goal as the Digital Media Coordinator is to share her passion with students.

She is the face behind the Girls in Gaming program, manages the NMM newsletter, runs the social media channels, and is a teaching assistant for the Tech Hub program.

Want to get in touch? Email [email protected]

Matt is a fluent tech enthusiast who is experienced in working with the latest technologies. He understands how new, exciting tech can help build more impactful interactive experiences, and can enrich the digital landscape for those who want to learn.

He has a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Winnipeg and a Diploma of Game Design from the Vancouver Film School.  Matt is always developing his skill set to devise better support for the growing needs of the interactive digital media industries.

Want to get in touch? Email: [email protected]

Ogochukwu Eze is New Media Manitoba’s Human Resources Consultant. She is an internationally trained Human Resources Professional with years of experience partnering with organizations to help them successfully grow and achieve their overall corporate goals.  She also supports our partner organizations to establish and maintain a safe work environment and a culture that fosters collaboration, engagement, productivity, and growth, where every human resource customer feels valued and empowered to succeed. She is a CPHR candidate, holds a Master’s degree in Industrial and Personnel Relations, a Certificate in Human Resources Management from the University of Manitoba and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication.

Want to get in touch? Email: Ogochukwu@newmediamanitoba.com

Phillip is a logical, solution-focused IT professional with years of remarkable experience in providing comprehensive technical support to clients and companies. Adept at leveraging superior analytical thinking skills to prioritize tasks, identify technical issues, and provide timely resolutions. He possess incomparable communication abilities to convey innovative ideas to diverse audiences of varying technical expertise.

Want to get in touch? Email: [email protected]

With an advanced diploma in Game Development from Algonquin College and several years working in both the video game and animation industry. Kentyn brings extensive technical Unreal knowledge from cinematics to immersive 3D interactive environments.
Kentyn works alongside StudioLab xR’s team to help grow their virtual production expertise by creating 3D environments as well as maintaining and supporting projects with technical aspects of Unreal Engine.

Want to get in touch? Email: [email protected]

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