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Ed Douglas is a video game developer and filmmaker from Vancouver, BC, with a passion for storytelling, sci-fi and astrophysics.

He’s worked on some great game series like Mass Effect and Need for Speed, and some pretty terrible movies like Steven Seagal’s lesser 2000s efforts. After travelling the world with companies like Electronic Arts and Ubisoft, and founding his own game studio, Flying Helmet Games, he’s back in BC refocusing on Film & TV.

Brenda Bailey is the Executive Director of DigiBC, the industry association for interactive and digital media (IDM) companies in BC. Membership includes multinational companies such as Electronic Arts, Animal Logic, and Relic Entertainment (Sega), as well as a slate of homegrown success stories such as Finger Food Studios, SkyBox Labs, Hyper Hippo, and Blackbird Interactive.

Bailey is a seasoned video game executive having co-founded two studios, Deep Fried Entertainment and Silicon Sisters. Silicon Sisters was a pioneering video game studio focused on high-quality games for women and girls. Bailey is also a much sought-after speaker for women in games, designing for a female market, and trends in the video game industry.

As a strong advocate for the creative tech industry in BC, Brenda is driven by educational and professional development initiatives that will ensure the sector is a benefit to British Columbians across the province, both now and in the future.

James Hursthouse is a seasoned interactive and game technology entrepreneur, currently consulting with a select number of companies and organizations across mobile, mixed reality, infrastructure and blockchain. A UK national, now living in Vancouver, BC, James spent 15 years in Japan prior to moving to Canada and is fluent in Japanese. James has built an extensive network of contacts in the global online game development, publishing, and technology sectors.

James was formerly CEO at Roadhouse Interactive, an independent game company focusing on mobile free-to-play games and VR. Until recently he was the Executive Director at DigiBC – The Interactive & Digital Media Industry Association of British Columbia, where he helped drive the mandate of the organization to support and grow the creative technology sector in BC.

James’ current primary focus is the strategic development of AMPD Technologies, working closely with the CEO to implement an expanded high-performance computing strategy, including establishing AMPD as a founder of the Canadian Digital Technology Supercluster, and fundraising in anticipation of rapid growth in Q1 2020 and beyond.

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Fuckup Nights Vancouver is a local chapter of the global movement and event series that shares stories of professional failure. Each month, in events across the globe, we get three to four people to get up in front of a room full of strangers to share their own professional fuckup. The stories of the business that crashes and burns, the partnership deal that goes sour, the product that has to be recalled, we tell them all.

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