December 9th, 2023 from 12:00pm-3pm

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The Digital Media Youth Expo will be hosted Saturday, December 9, 2023 and is hosted by the North Vancouver School District’s Digital Media Academy (DMA). The 2017 Expo was attended by more than 800 students and their families last year to learn about the many educational and employment opportunities available in the Digital Media Industry. The Digital Media Youth Expo is a place where students, parents, families, teachers and the community can meet with representatives from many Lower Mainland Post-Secondary Schools as well as local & global organizations & institutions and studios involved in digital media.


North Vancouver School District’s Digital Media Academy (DMA), located at Argyle Secondary School, is an enriched hands-on program that provides students with access to a broad and useful range of skills and knowledge in digital arts, project management, and problem solving. Students enter a 2 year program in Grades 11 and 12 to create meaningful stories and solve challenging problems. One of the main goals of the DMA is to prepare students for post-secondary training as well as the many careers and lifestyles in digital media.


Dr. Ted Gervan

Argyle is leading the way in support of the lower mainland's booming creative economy. CapU is a strong supporter of the DMA and we look froward to growing our relationship.

Parent Visitor

What a fantastic setting to connect high school students with employers and post-secondary educations in all facets of Digital Media. Also we do have to comment on the politeness and engagement of the current DMA students in the program.


We want to thank you and your team for such a well-organized expo! We had good conversations with parents and students. The event is so well attended and hopefully intrigue some kids to be future animators!


Coming soon!

In additional to our booth exhibitors, who will be setup for the entirety of the event, we have a few presentations at specific times. Please find that schedule below.

Rebekah Galpin - How to Join the International Cinematographers Guild Local 669

Time: 12:50pm – 1:20pm
Location: Room 137

Rebekah Galpin is the Trainee Coordinator at the International Cinematographers Guild, Local 669. As the Trainee Coordinator for Western Canada, Rebekah oversees approximately 100 trainees in Western Canada. During the week you can find her organizing training boot camps, ensuring trainees get placements on sets, dispatching trainees for day calls, and assisting trainees as they transition from trainee to full union member.

Paula Elle - What Does A Film Director Really Do

Time: 1:25pm – 1:55pm
Location: Room 135

Paula Elle is a Vancouver based filmmaker who has built a team of collaborators over the 14 years of set experience. She has worked on all types of shows from TV Series, to TV Movies’s, to Steven Spielberg films.
Originally trained as an Actor, Paula wanted to gain an understanding of set etiquette/protocols, so she started as a Background Performer. After creating, acting, and directing in her first short film, she realized behind the camera is where her passion was. She immediately shifted gears to focus all her energy towards directing. Paula has had the great fortune of shadowing many seasoned directors here in Vancouver. To date, Paula has directed a number of TV movies.

Jay Bulbrook

Time: 2:00pm-2:30pm
Location: Room 135

Jay Bulbrook is the Animation Director for NHL at Electronic Arts Canada. He has been working at Electronic Arts since 1997 and is passionate about giving back to the community. Jay has also been supporting the DMA for over a decade,  as a guest teacher, mentor and school trip chaperone with the Digital Media Academy students, including trips to San Francisco and Las Vegas.

Jay, the  Animation Director for NHL at Electronic Arts Canada will lead this workshop.
Learn to animate characters and props in the industry standard program Motion Builder by Autodesk.

Kiana Delsouz - Environmental Animation

Time: 2:30pm-3:00pm
Location: Room 137

Kiana Delsouz is a former DMA / Digital Media Academy student who now works on the FIFA team at Electronic Arts Canada. She has just completed her first year at EA and is looking forward to coming to help DMA students learn about 3D game environments, modelling, texturing, lookdev, and game engines.

Kiana, the environment artist at Electronic Arts Canada will lead the workshop.
Learn about the art pipeline and the different elements that come together to create the environments of video games.

Shelley Welsh - What Happens Inside A VFX Studio

Time: 2:35pm – 3:05pm
Location: Room 135

Shelley Welch is a Vancouver based artist who has been working in the local visual effects industry for the past decade. She has been focusing on layout because she loves making shots come to life. She has worked on shows such as Black Adam, Don’t Look Up, Free Guy, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Black Panther and more. She grew up on the North Shore and went to Emily Carr University where she got her degree in animation. In her spare time she likes to draw in her sketch book, play field hockey, journal, and crochet.

Paul Pammesberger - Animator at Sony Pictures Imageworks

Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Room 137

Paul fell in love with computer graphics and animation early on as a teenager. After his studies at the Campus Hagenberg of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria he was hired as a full-time generalist by the Vienna-based boutique animation studio arx anima.

Over the next four years at the studio, he worked on a variety of projects, ranging from art to games to visual effects and advertisements. To further develop the animation skills needed to break into the feature film industry, he completed the Animation Mentor program which allowed him to start as an animator at Sony Pictures Imageworks where he has worked ever since.

Having worked on a variety of movies including Smallfootthe Mitchells vs the Machines and Vivo, he made his way from junior animator to becoming an animation supervisor on the upcoming movie Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.

After proving himself in this position he was recently given the opportunity to assume the role as the Head of the Animation Department at Sony Pictures Imageworks where he oversees the pipeline and tools as well as the overall direction of all things Animation.


We are unfortunately not able to offer our event in person this year; however, we are hard at work preparing a virtual expo over Zoom! The exact details on how to join the expo will be posted closer to the event date.

Watch this space for the Zoom link which will be posted at approximately 11:45 am on Saturday, January 29th, 2022.

** To get the best experience possible, please make sure to have the latest version of Zoom installed.

You are now able to join the event by clicking the link below. To get the best experience possible, please make sure to have the latest version of Zoom installed. 

We ask that you please keep your microphones muted during presentations in order to reduce noise in the channels.

Once you have joined, refer to the image on the right for instructions on how to join specific presentations.

Are you new to Zoom? No worries! Just click the link below to join the main meeting, and somebody will be there in the lobby to assist you.

If the button above does not work, try to copy/paste this link:

If that also doesn’t work, you can manually join with these details:

Meeting ID: 952 9417 6977
Password: 362043

If you continue to have issues, but would still like to join, please email

1131 Frederick Rd, North Vancouver, BC


Have any questions about the event? Feel free to contact us!

All submissions through the contact form will go straight to Jennifer Vandermye, our Event Coordinator. You will receive a response.

Phone: + 1 604-903-3300
1131 Frederick Rd, North Vancouver, BC


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Vancouver Animation School is a leading educational institution devoted to educate aspiring artists in the diverse disciplines that form the Animation, Visual Effects and Video Game industries.  We believe in empowering the artists to empower their art.

WRITER JUMP - Paul Donnett

Paul Donnett is the founder of WriterJump and an award-winning screenwriter and composer for film, graphic novels, web series, and host of the Film Night podcast. Paul wrote his first stage musical at age five and has been telling stories ever since. Prior to his career as writer and filmmaker, Paul worked as as educator, pastor, disabled services worker, and senior manager in the oil and gas industry. Father of five, he’s passionate about helping people discover their dreams, master their creativity, and tell their stories. In addition to his role as educational director and lead instructor at WriterJump, he has taught screenwriting at Vancouver Film School, Langara College, Vancouver Actors School, and Story Institute.


In 1987, Vancouver Film School introduced the world’s first true immersion film program. Today, VFS is Canada’s premier post-secondary entertainment arts institution, offering an immersive curriculum in film, animation, video game production, VR/AR development, motion and interactive design, programming, art/production foundation, and other related programs. VFS is known for providing high-quality education in accelerated timeframes. VFS alumni are consistently credited on the most successful products in the entertainment economies. In 2020, VFS alumni were credited on 5 of the top 10 highest grossing animated films worldwide in a global industry set to generate US$2.1 trillion in revenues in 2021

Mark Pudleiner - The Day in the Life of a Disney Animator

Mark Pudleiner, senior instructor for the VFS School of Animation, has worked in animation for over 30 years as a Character Animator and Story Artist at studios such as Nelvana, Don Bluth Studios, Dreamworks and Walt Disney Feature Animation. His film credit list includes An American Tail, The Land Before Time, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Mulan, Tarzan, Fantasia 2000, The Emperor’s New Groove, Shrek 2, Meet the Robinsons and many more! Join him as he talks you through the day to day process of what is expected as a Disney Feature Animator.

Mark will be joined by Aliza Amarshi, VFS High School Coordinator, to answer any questions you have about enrolling at VFS


Vancouver Institute of Media Arts (VanArts) is one of the world’s most well established and highly respected visual, media and performing arts schools.  Our mission is to unlock the creative and career potential within each student, in the areas of animation, game art, visual effects, photography, web development, acting, broadcasting & online media. With the help of our specialized instruction, small class sizes, industry-experienced faculty and connections to the booming industry in Vancouver, VanArts graduates have gone on to work for major studios, see their names in the credits of major feature films, and start their own companies.




The Langara College- Centre for Entertainment Arts is a digital entertainment school that offers Diplomas in Advanced 3D Animation, VFX, Game Design, Game Technology as well as a Foundation in Entertainment Arts Certificate. 

Our outstanding curriculum is taught by top industry experts and is designed to set you up for success. All students will graduate with the skills they need to immediately enter the job market.

Staying strongly connected with the local animation, vfx and gaming  community is important to us, from on-campus presentations to studio tours, students are exposed to the real-world application of the knowledge and techniques you will acquire in the classroom. Langara Centre for Entertainment Arts will work with you to discover the creative energy within and then teach you the necessary skills and discipline to harness that power. Our brand new 40,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility is located in the heart of Vancouver’s creative district, giving you opportunities to meet and network with industry professionals.

We are committed to providing our students with a distraction free learning environment that features the software, tools and equipment used by top industry professionals, which is essential to preparing you to enter the workforce.


Lee McNair, Animation Supervisor, Industrial Light & Magic

Lee McNair joined Industrial Light and Magic in 2013 as an animator and was promoted up the ranks through his contributions to the Academy Award nominated film The Revenant and multiple films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe including: Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, and Thor: Ragnarök. After being recognized for his achievements in Animation, Lee was promoted to Animation Supervisor where he pushed visual limits on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Matt Leonard, VFX Trainer, Industrial Light & Magic

Matt Leonard joined Industrial Light & Magic in Vancouver in 2017 as a Visual Effects Trainer, focusing on the Generalist, Environments and Creature Dev teams, along-with the wider needs of the studio. Today he continues to support the global ILM studios training needs, as well as helping to develop training programs such as the Jedi Academy. Matt has been in the Visual Effects industry for 28 years, starting out using 3D Studio (DOS) in 1993. From 2006 to 2015 he ran a small company offering bespoke Visual Effects training to artists and companies such as Framestore, Dreamworks, Ghost VFX and many others.

Julia James, Associate Training Program Manager, Industrial Light & Magic

Julia James joined Industrial Light & Magic in 2017 as the Training Coordinator for the Studio Talent Group, supporting new hire onboarding and training requests. In 2019 Julia was promoted to Associate Training Program Manager and continues to work with all levels of the business to support global onboarding and technical training initiatives.   


Founded in 1925, Emily Carr University of Art + Design is one of the oldest post-secondary institutions in British Columbia and the only one that is dedicated solely to professional education and learning in the arts, media and design. To that end we offer three Bachelor Degrees; Fine Arts (BFA), Design (BDes) and Media Arts (BMA), as well as two Masters Degrees in Fine Arts (MFA) and Design (MDes).

At every opportunity, the University promotes understanding and appreciation of fine arts, media arts, and design for their significant impact on the well-being of our society.

Joni Taylor

Joni Taylor is an artist and educator whose passion for the arts includes encouraging emerging artists as they explore their academic and career options. She is the Coordinator for Student Recruitment at Emily Carr University in Vancouver, BC, Canada, where she earned her Masters in Fine Arts.


Tony da Roza

Hi everyone, my name is Tony da Roza. I’m an Experience Design Director at Electronic Arts working in the newly formed Wildcard Sports Studio. I have been in video games for 20+ years now and have spent the last 18 at Electronic Arts. Over my career, I have worked on casual games from Monsters Inc and The Simpsons, to various sports titles on various consoles… and now mobile! I lead a team of artists across various counties such as Canada, Romania, Japan and the United States, overseeing the User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) of multiple games. My education in Graphic Design, Motions Graphics and Digital Media led to my career in the games industry. A year ago, my good friend and colleague Jay told me about the DMA program. Since then, I have enjoyed volunteering my time in the classroom and helping to guide wherever I can. I’m constantly amazed at the work being produced by these young artists and hope to see some of them in the EA studio in the future! I look forward to meeting you at the Youth Expo and answering any questions you may have.

Jay Bulbrook

Jay Bulbrook is the animation director for the NHL series of games at EASports. Over the past 23 years in the industry, he has worked on not only NHL, but SSX, SledStorm, James Bond, NBA Street, and Fifa. During each project, Jay is responsible for casting talent, writing the scripts, directing the motion capture shoot days, and wrangling the data. Once the content has been captured, he then assembles all the clips and hooks them up to the controller, to create the gameplay and cinematic experiences fans enjoy in the final product. He is also a proud mentor and a volunteer teacher at the DMA.


Nicholas Boughen

A Digital Media education Innovator.  Nicholas Boughen is an Emmy and Gemini nominated commercial visual effects artist, visual effects supervisor and visual effects instructor with over 20 years of professional experience in the industry.  With his wife and partner Vickie Boughen, he founded CG Masters School of 3D Animation & VFX to generate more qualified graduates for industry.  He is serious about production-ready skills and is deeply committed to the success of his trainees.  A more passionate mentor you will not find.  He says this: “I promise that when you leave this training centre, you will see the world in a completely different way.”


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Interested in Animation? Filmmaking? Photography? Graphic and Web Design?  Network Security?

Centre for Arts and Technology is a digital arts college based in Kelowna, BC.  CAT offers programs in the media arts field and our goal is to help you find your dream job!  How do we do that?  Well if you attend our Zoom presentation, we can answer those questions for you!  Plus we will discuss ways that high schoolstudents can get involved right now, through Digital Bootcamp and our upcoming Pathfinder online classes!

Other programs we offer are Interior Design, Audio Engineering and Production, Network Security and Veterinary Hospital Assistant!

Visit our website for more details!


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