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Where: Toronto Reference Library & Online

When: November 2-4, 2023

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Toronto Animation / VFX Job Fair


Marissa Collyer

Director of Production, Pipeline Studios

An established production executive, Marissa Collyer has over twenty years of experience within the entertainment industry. Marissa plays a key role in defining procedures and maximizing production workflow. She has overseen aspects of studio staffing, operation requirements and resource management.

Marissa began her career at Nelvana Limited where she produced several popular series including Rescue Heroes, Franklin the Turtle and Cyberchase. She later joined DKP Studios / IDTE Toronto / Starz Animation as Senior Producer, working on both full length features and episodic television series. She recently left 9 Story Media Group after 7 years, during her time there she was their Head of Studio Operations and Supervising Producer, contributing to several of the company’s successful series including the prime time comedy Fugget About It and the evergreen favourite Max & Ruby.

Marissa is now at Pipeline Studios the Director of Production.

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

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