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From Science Fiction to Science Fact
Tue, 7 March 2017, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST
Join us at Winks Eatery on March 7, 2017 at 5:00 for “Science Fiction To Science Fact”
London Bridge Network would like to invite you to our March 2017 meeting which has the intriguing title: Science Fiction To Science Fact. We have assembled a panel of four technology leaders to discuss how technologies that previously existed only in the realm of fiction have become real technologies in use today. Some of the topics to be discussed are; virtual reality, artificial intelligence, 3d printing and the internet.
Winks Eatery is located at the corner of Richmond and Albert. Networking from 5:00 to 5:45. Panel discussion from 5:45 to about 6:30 or 7:00
We look forward to seeing you there!
Our host and moderator for the evening will be Rigel Chiokis. Appropriately, Rigel has recently started an online short story service that uses technology that was first seen in SciFi stories from many decades ago.
Our guest panelists:
Peter Rocca serves as CEO of Start.ca, one of Ontario’s largest independent Internet Service Providers, and has proudly called London home for over 20 years. His commitment to providing outstanding customer service has vaulted Start.ca to becoming the #1 rated provider for customer service across all of North America. Peter believes in bringing value not just to the customer, but also to the city of London and the awesome events throughout the community, supporting such events like Rock the Park and sports teams like the London Knights. This year, in addition to continuing the expansion of Start’s very own fibre optic network, brand new phone and fully loaded TV services will also be added to the company’s portfolio, encouraging more choice than ever before for consumers across Ontario.
Dan Sinai is currently a Senior Executive at IBM Canada where he works with the Canadian start-up community and manages the company’s innovation and incubation initiatives.
Prior to joining IBM, Dan served as Western University’s Associate Vice-President (Research). In this capacity, Dan set the strategic direction for, and led, a team of research administration professionals at one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities.
A graduate of the University of Waterloo, Dan has held various key research administration positions with both the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada. He also has extensive R&D program and policy experience, and has worked for several high technology companies, including Nortel and EK3 Technologies.
Dan and his family have lived in London, Ontario, Canada for more that 15 years, where he has served on various local Boards of Directors.
Dr. Ben Cecil received his Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario, specializing in financial and corporate geography with additional specializations in cooperative business behaviour and technology partnerships. In 2007, Ben completed the College and University Administrator’s Program through the University of Manitoba, and just recently completed the Advanced Administration Program in 2015. From 2001 to 2008, Ben was a faculty member at the University of Regina. He served in increasingly responsible roles such as the Department Head of Geography and Head of the School of Journalism at the University of Regina and as the Inter-University Prairie Studies program coordinator between the University of Regina, the University of Saskatchewan and the First Nations University of Canada. In 2008, Ben joined Niagara College Canada as the Dean of the School of Technology and was quickly promoted to the position of Dean of the Environment, Media and Technology Division in 2009. In 2013, Ben joined Fanshawe College as the Associate Vice-President, Academic, leading the institution’s Academic Excellence, Research and Innovation initiatives. Since joining Fanshawe, Ben has been instrumental a number of strategic initiatives for the College:
• The creation of the $16.22M, federally funded, Canadian Centre for Product Validation
• The creation and successful launch of the School of Public Safety
• The growth of the Centre for Research and Innovation making Fanshawe one of Canada’s Top 50 research Colleges
• The creation of the College’s enhanced Stage Gate process leading to the largest number of programs developed in the College’s history
• Enhanced scheduling resulting in 100% course loading each term; and
• Project OPTO resulting in significant cost savings for the college as room allocations, massing, utilization and general enhancements are providing additional capacity without incurring significant costs or new capital requirements for classrooms.
Ben is the former co-editor of the Great Lakes Geographer, a member of numerous professional associations, and is a Board Member for three organizations spanning both the profit and not-for-profit sectors. Locally and nationally.
Prior to joining the academy, Ben was the Executive Vice President of the Centre for Advanced Management Education, Leadership and Organizational Training with 10 years experience in strategic business planning, corporate analysis, business development and consulting specializing in high-technology manufacturing and data-to-web deployment.
Ben is the recipient of the Barry M. Moriarity Award for scholarly contributions to the Southern Regional Science Association, an accomplished researcher with over 35 publications, a nationally acclaimed award-winning teacher, and he is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Statistics Canada, and US National Research Foundation funded scholar.
Ben now leads a great team at the Canadian Centre for Product Validation at Fanshawe as its Chief Business Officer.
Mike Schmalz founded Digital Extremes Ltd. In 1993 and it now proudly ranks as one of the world's top development studios in the interactive entertainment industry.
Headquartered in London Ontario, Canada’s 10th largest city, Digital Extremes got its foothold early on in the game industry during the shareware craze of the early 90s. Epic Pinball was a ten month project written entirely in assembly language by Schmalz that went on to become one of the most successful shareware games ever made, trailing only behind such industry greats as Duke3D, Doom and Wolfenstein 3D. Sequels such as Silverball and Extreme Pinball were released shortly thereafter and together they helped fund the creation of what would become one of the industry’s blockbuster franchises, Epic Games’ Unreal®.
Beginning in 1994, Digital Extremes partnered with Epic Games (at that time, its shareware publisher) and co-created Unreal and its counterpart Unreal Tournament. Both games set new standards for first-person action games and broke new ground in online multiplayer gaming. Tremendously rich graphics, fine-tuned gameplay, frenetic action and high quality production value are descriptions that have become synonymous with any Unreal branded game. To date, the award-winning Unreal franchise, including Unreal, Unreal Tournament and Unreal Championship has sold more than 12 million units worldwide across the PC, PlayStation®2, Xbox™ and Dreamcast™ platforms.
Digital Extremes completed development on its original IP for the current generation of consoles, Dark Sector®, which shipped to stores in 2008, using its proprietary next-gen technology, the Evolution Engine™. Following its success, the studio expanded to two teams to allow for simultaneous development on separate projects.
Digital Extremes completed work on the Multiplayer component of 2K Games’ blockbuster, Bioshock® 2 as well as the PC version of THQ hit, Homefront™. The company also recently ventured into the mobile world with the release of Retro Pinball for Apple’s iOS platform, a throwback to the company’s roots. More recently, Digital Extremes earned critical acclaim for the development of first-person action game, The Darkness® II, based on the comic book series of the same name. In addition, the company assisted Microsoft with additional multiplayer content to Halo®4. The studio is currently developing and publishing the Free-to-Play action game, Warframe®.
Once again, the meetings are at Winks Eatery on the corner of Richmond and Albert in the heart of Downtown London.
Join us from 5:00 to 7:00 pm for the best in London networking and information!
A special thank you to our sponsor to the LEDC for making our events possible!