David has more than 25 years of experience across a range of technology roles, encompassing movie studios, chip development, consumer electronics, telecommunications, technology investment and R&D labs. David has served as VP Technology for Warner Bros, Director of Broadband Research at Vulcan, and multiple responsibilities at AMD, Nortel and Bell-Northern Research. Most recently David was Founder and CTO of VRCinematic and VP Architecture at Charter and is an Adjunct Professor at SMU.
Legendary filmmaker and visual effects pioneer, Douglas Trumbull was one of the Special Photographic Effects Supervisors for 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). He went on to become the Visual Effects Supervisor for such classics as Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), and Blade Runner (1982), each of which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects. He has an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement for the creation of Showscan. Douglas is currently involved in the evolution of visual effects using virtual digital sets and digital cinematography and is constantly pushing the technological limits for high-resolution/high frame-rate film presentation.
John has been an entrepreneur since 1983 when he started his first business: a restaurant in Halifax. He has since been owned & operated a variety of businesses in the construction, human resource consulting, forestry, agriculture and sustainable technology sectors. He also served as Executive Director of several NGOs in Canada, Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America promoting International Development and Human Rights. John was honoured in 2018 as a member of The Wise 50, an award given to people who have started multiple businesses over the age of 50 Years. John is presently a principal of North 45 Orchards, HaskaPower and SK Living.
Michael-Andreas Kuttner is a veteran producer of both television and digital media. Founding Canadian digital pioneer Collideascope Digital Productions when he was 25, his was the first company in the world to produce an animated television series using Flash. This innovation spread from Collideascope and changed the way television is animated worldwide. His work within the cultural and business communities earned him an armful of accolades including a Gemini Award, an Award of Excellence from the Alliance for Children and Television, and Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 business award at the tender age of 32.