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Where: Toronto Reference Library & Online

When: November 2-4, 2023

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Toronto Animation / VFX Job Fair


Karen Jackson

Chair, TAAFI

Karen Jackson is the newest Chair for TAAFI. As TAAFI's first female chair, Karen is excited to bring with her new ideas and efforts in increasing inclusion and diversity into TAAFI's events. Karen has worked tirelessly for TAAFI for many years and is proud to have the opportunity to continue building TAAFI towards further success. Karen currently works at Mainframe Studios and has over ten years experience in the Animation Industry bringing with her a strong background in managing teams, organizing events, building event and organizational pipelines and running the business.

1:00PM - 2:00PM

Epic Hall

Opening Keynote: Mindy Johnson

Author of Ink and Paint's Mindy Johnson, the woman who literally wrote the book on the contributions of women in Animation, is coming IN-PERSON to Toronto to open our conference! A powerful speaker and visionary, Mindy's talk is one you can't miss!

With Karen Jackson Chair, TAAFI Mindy Johnson Author/Scholar/Filmmaker

2:15PM - 3:15PM

Epic Hall

Trailblazing Women in Animation presented by Pipeline Studios

Since the dawn of the animation industry, women have always played an integral role in helping to shape the creative vision and execution of various projects– and even more recently, many have become leaders in their field, paving the way for even more talented women! 

Join trailblazing female leads Deborah A. Anderson (BlkWmnAnimator), Marge Dean (Head of Studio at Skybound Animation, Women in Animation), Mindy Johnson (Animation Historian & Author), Sumira Dhawan (Head of CG, Redefine) and Shaleen Sangha (Vice President of Kids and Family Content at Boat Rocker Media) on Friday November 3rd for a roundtable discussion about the challenges women have historically faced throughout the industry, the successes of women rising to positions of leadership within animation, and the work still yet to be done to help create opportunities for women entering the workforce (and become trailblazers themselves!)

We’re ecstatic to have such a wide and wonderful array of talented and awe-inspiring panelists and can’t wait to learn more!

With Deborah A. Anderson Animation Journalist/3d Modeler, Skybound Entertainment Karen Jackson Chair, TAAFI Marge Dean Head of Studio, Skybound President, Women in Animation Mindy Johnson Author/Scholar/Filmmaker Marissa Collyer Director of Production, Pipeline Studios Sumira Dhawan Head of CG, Redefine - Dneg Shaleen Sangha Vice President - Kids and Family Content, Boat Rocker Media

5:30PM - 6:30PM

Epic Hall

Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse Behind-the-scenes

Canada enters the Spider-Verse!

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse blew audiences away with its boundary pushing imagery and animation, blending an eclectic array of styles seamlessly with dazzling results. The sequel, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, pushes the boundaries even further, thanks to a team of talented artists, including home-grown talent from right here in Canada! Now, TAAFI enters the Spider-Verse with JP Welsh, (Senior Character Animator) Sheldon Lisoy, (Compositing Lead), and Dani Devereux (Matte Painting Supervisor) as they trace the threads they spun into the multi-dimensional web of this groundbreaking animated blockbuster.

With Dani Devereux Matte Painting Supervisor, Sony Pictures Imageworks Jane Harrison Vice President, Pipeline Studios Jean-Philippe (JP) Welsh Senior Character Animator, Sony Pictures Imageworks Sheldon Lisoy Lighting and Compositing Supervisor, Sony Pictures Imageworks

Moderator: Karen Jackson Chair, TAAFI


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