Shhh!! Quiet in the (Electronic) Theater!

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What a great start to an amazing event season here at the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter!

We had the pleasure to bring the SIGGRAPH 2014 Computer Animation Festival (CAF) Electronic Theater to the Monarch Tavern on Thursday March 5th. It was fantastic to see everyone who came out to join us from all over Ontario. Due to technical difficulties with the audio system, we were able to inadvertently delight those silent-filmophiles amongst us. In particular, Entracte, a short involving a mime, drew loud cheers from the audience.  Make sure you visit our Facebook page for more photos!

We would like to thank Roy Anthony, Chair of the SIGGRAPH 2014 CAF Production Sessions, for making the event possible. Roy will reprise his role as Chair of the CAF Production Sessions at this year’s upcoming SIGGRAPH Conference in Los Angeles, California, USA and hopes to see us all there.  We congratulate Roy on being selected SIGGRAPH 2018 Conference Chair!

Much like we were, the audio system was left speechless by the unbelievably amazing animations and new technological advances that were shown on the screen.  We cannot wait to see what SIGGRAPH 2015‘s upcoming festival will bring!

Thanks again to everyone who came out and we look forward to seeing you again at our next event.

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Holiday Party, Stereo D Open House and Election Results

Lots of toys!

Season’s greetings to the Computer Graphic community of Toronto! Thank you so much to everyone who braved the rain, sleet and snow to donate a toy to Toronto Fire Services Hall 315. Over 20 toys (2 boxes) will be given to needy children, distributed across our local neighbourhood. Thank you to Stereo D for bringing your team out and inviting our Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter to your December 10th open house. 
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And congratulations to Stereo D  for your incredibly successful Open House event at The Shangri-La.  Computer graphics professionals of all backgrounds and specialties were present to meet the newest team in town. Stereo D is currently hiring Depth Artists, Paint Artists, Tracking Artists, as well as for development, pipeline, animation, production, technical and support roles.  Cheers to your 3D reel presentation, a moving collaboration of pieces, featuring Stereo D “art, science, and work.“ Blockbuster movies such as Pacific Rim, Guardians of the Galaxy, Hercules, Godzilla, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Titanic were showcased.  If you missed it, you can still submit your resume to
We are pleased to announce the results for the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter Board of Directors elections.  Kristine Oel will continue to be our chapter Vice President.  We’d like to congratulate Sukhmani Kaur on becoming our new Treasurer and Ruzette Tanyag our new Web Master. We also welcome Gillian Chesnais as our new Member-at-Large.  
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Finally we would like to wish everybody happy holidays! Keep your eyes and ears open as the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH team reconvenes right after the New Year celebration to unveil our first event of 2015. Thank you for your continued chapter support!

Tech Talks II

Tech Talks II

At our Tech Talks II, we had the pleasure of seeing both new faces and dedicated Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter members, at the Monarch Tavern. The evening began with refreshing beverages, followed by two great presentations, bringing the spirit of SIGGRAPH home to Toronto. Thank you members and thank you speakers.
Our first guest speaker, Mark Elendt of Side Effects Software, was Dailies Program Chair for SIGGRAPH 2013 and 2014. He took us inside the challenges of game and video production from a CG perspective with a series of short artistic videos ranging from robots to ragdolls. You can learn more and submit
Our second guest speaker, James McCrae, gave us a virtually realistic peek at his entrepreneurial project flatfab which gives the computer graphics community a cool and easy to use way to design and test 3D objects, then recreate and assemble in real life. Check it out at  We also took look at James’ second project, JanusVR, a web browser that allows you to view HTML pages in 3D. 
We will see you and your TOY, to be donated to Toronto Fire Services No.315 on December 9th2015 for our Annual Holiday Party. We will also announce the results from our Election! There will be party games, prizes and a lot of good cheer circulating within the Chapter.
In addition, the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter has been invited to the Stereo D Canada Open House 
Wednesday Dec. 10th 5pm – 9pm
Shangri-La Hotel 188 University Ave, Toronto ON M5H 0A3

Event will include presentation of S3D reel in the Shangri-La Screening Room, along with meet and greet of key Stereo D Staff.

Please register at
The Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter would like to wish our President, Jacky B, the best of luck in Shenzhen, China for SIGGRAPHAsia 2014. As the International Resources Committee Chair, Jacky leads a global initiative to facilitate worldwide collaboration within the SIGGRAPH Community. Jacky thank you for all your volunteerism, we appreciate the best practices you continually share leading our professional chapter. 
Check out our Facebook Page to see photos of the events the professional chapter hosts and attends. Follow us on Twitter for realtime coverage and updates. Thank You for your continued interest in the Toronto computer graphics industry and chapter social support.

Announcing our Election Candidates

The candidates for our Board of Directors election, scheduled for November, have been announced.

Candidates For Vice-President:

Kristine Oel

krisbwKristine Oel would like to continue in her role as Vice President of the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter. With 23 years in the Computer Graphics Industry, she is focused upon giving back to the CG community by encouraging others to design their dreams with artistic integrity. Kristine’s experience as Art Director of Astral Media’s specialty channels – The Movie Network, HBO Canada, Family, Teletoon, Disney Junior and Disney XD, adds a wealth of industry experience and networking opportunities to the organization. She hopes to continue giving her time and efforts to bring Toronto’s CG community together to share knowledge, creativity and passion for the arts.

Candidates For Treasurer:

Alain Chesnais

Alain_smallbwI have been an ACM SIGGRAPH volunteer over 25 years. I have served as President of the organization from 2002 through 2005 and, more recently, have served as President of our parent organization, ACM, from 2010 through 2012. I’ve been involved with chapters throughout the years, having served as Chair of the Paris SIGGRAPH Chapter, member at large of the Local Groups Steering Committee and serving as ACM Director for Chapters in the early 90’s. I currently serve as Vice Chair of the ACM SIGGRAPH Professional and Student Chapters Committee that oversees all of the chapter activities worldwide at ACM SIGGRAPH. I firmly believe that the success of ACM SIGGRAPH is largely due to the involvement of chapters at all levels and would like to serve again in the Toronto SIGGRAPH Chapter in the role of Treasurer.

Sukhmani Kaur

sukhSIGGRAPH is my family. It has been my esteemed pleasure to be a part of the SIGGRAPH community for the past one and half year and I have cherished every aspect of it. I have been given a lot of opportunities by SIGGRAPH and I believe it is time to start giving back to the society.

For Member-at-Large:

Gillian Chesnais

gillianchesnaisphoto_smallAs a former ACM SIGGRAPH student volunteer, I enjoyed the spirit of cooperation throughout the SIG and am now looking to get involved with the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH chapter. I am excited to help with events and contribute what I can to the website. Currently working in a small company, I am used to having to be versatile and taking care of many different tasks. I will aim to promote our chapter as much as I can and do my part to help it grow. I look forward to working alongside everyone else.

A Fall-tastic Event to Start the Season

To begin the line-up of fall events for 2014, the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter got its geek on!
On October 17th, the Chapter hosted an evening of Technical Papers in the facilities of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto.

After an introduction and some brief announcements, we started of the evening with a recap of the SIGGRAPH 2014 paper True2Form: 3D Curve Networks from 2D Sketches via Selective Regularization. The paper’s first author, Baoxuan Xu, described the algorithms he developed for inferring 3D shape by drawing 2D sketches of an object, with impressive results.  Baoxuan recently finished his M.Sc. degree from the Univeristy of British Columbia and is currently working with the 3D printing team at Autodesk.

Next up, we had Matthew O’Toole, a Ph.D. student at the Dynamic Graphics Project from the University of Toronto, present his research on recovering the 3D shape of objects using structured lighting and time-of-flight computations. Matthew discussed two of his recent publications: 3D Shape and Indirect Appearance by Structured Light Transport, which received an Honourable Mention for Best Paper Award at Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) 2014, and his SIGGRAPH paper presented in Vancouver titled Temporal Frequency Probing for 5D Transient Analysis of Global Light Transport. Although the content was highly-technical, Matt delivered an easy-to-understand and informative presentation.

Before ending the meeting, the door prize was raffled off. Our winner was Emil Borissoff, who received a copy of the book HTML5 Game Programming with enchant.js.

Finally, in order to encourage our audience to speak to our presenters in a more intimate setting, the crowd moved to a local bar for food, drinks, and merriment.

Don’t forget to visit our Facebook page for more photos of the event!  And make sure you also follow us on Twitter!

A special Thank You to Joseph Raghubar from the Department of Computer Science for his help scheduling this event.

Our officer elections are coming up in November.  The positions available are Vice-Chair, Treasurer, and Member-at-Large.  To nominate yourself, contact us and send us a brief statement and a headhost by October 24th!

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