Our Toronto Chapter Vision
One day, every citizen of the Greater Toronto Area will discover his/her passion for computer graphics.
Our Toronto Chapter Mission
- To draw together, support, and build the local computer graphics community by producing events where professionals and students can experience, discuss, and celebrate the wonder of computer graphics and interactive techniques.
- To expand the professional networks of our members in the local computer graphics industry
- To generate excitement and appreciation for computer graphics in the general public
- To promote ACM SIGGRAPH and the SIGGRAPH conferences
ACM SIGGRAPH is dedicated to the generation and dissemination of information on computer graphics and interactive techniques. We are a membership organization that values passion, integrity, excellence, volunteerism, and cross-disciplinary interaction in all of our activities.
Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter Bylaws
Meet Your Officers for 2013-2014
President – Jacobo Bibliowicz
Jacobo (aka Jacky) is the designated President of the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter. He is a master in Colombian Salsa and has a Masters in Architectural Science, and is the lead architect in the Toronto’s chapters start up. He will apply his leadership skills, Applied &amp; Engineering Physics and software background to engineer city wide Computer Graphics success. With over 12 years in the Computer Graphics industry, Jacobo is a Senior Research Scientist at Autodesk Research leading the Parametric Human Project under the Ergonomics and Environment Research group. He attended his first SIGGRAPH conference in 2003 in San Diego and has been a volunteer at SIGGRAPH ever since. He has held a number of global roles at SIGGRAPH conferences and currently serves as a Representative for Latin America in the ACM SIGGRAPH International Resources Committee. He is also the International Resources Booth Manager and the SIGGRAPH Village for SIGGRAPH 2013. He is also the International Resources Booth Manager for SIGGRAPH 2013. Kicking ass as an avid real-estate investor and in martial arts, Jacky has spear-headed the Toronto Chapter vision and is focused upon delivering a great Toronto experience.
Vice President – Kristine Oel
Kristine Oel is the Vice President of the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter. With 21 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 started within the realm of Visual Communications as an illustrator, and then fell in love with the world of 3D Animation and Special Effects watching the groundbreaking achievements of artistic vision and new technology blended together in the motion picture Jurassic Park. After seeing some of the behind the scenes movie magic for the film, she changed career directions and dove head first into the world of Computer Graphics and animation. Believe it or not, at her first ACM SIGGRAPH Conference in Los Angeles 2010, she got to hear keynote speaker, Jim Morris (Lead executive at ILM during production of Jurassic Park) and meet him afterwards—amazing! As the Art Director of Astral Media’s specialty channels – The Movie Network, HBO Canada, Family, Disney Junior and Disney XD – she articulates brand strategies into ON AIR and OFF AIR branding, marketing and promotional content from concept to completion, envisioning the bigger picture, and ensuring the culmination of all the creative pieces that bring ideas to life. As an artistic sculptor she is as talented with a hammer and chisel shaping marble as she is drawing the talent together to generate Left Brain and Right Brain creativity.
Treasurer – Sukhmani Kaur
Sukhmani Kaur converses in four languages fluently and articulately- English, Hindi, Punjabi and Entrepreneurship. With a bachelor in Communication Design and post graduation in Digital Character Animation from Sheridan College, she proactively represented her class to both the Dean and Student Council and graduated with honors. She traveled with His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston to India as a Sheridan Ambassador. As an excellent coordinator and multitasking manager, she volunteered as an Official Student Volunteer at the SIGGRAPH 2013 Conference in Anaheim, CA and for our local Toronto Chapter. She is a multidisciplinary creative with a passion for design & production and is currently working with a startup as a co-founder and designer. Her globally great communication skills, leadership, guidance and enthusiasm towards the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter, is warmly welcomed. When she`s not volunteering or in front of her computer she loves to socialize, shop, practices yoga and workout..
Secretary – Valerie McCulloch MBA
Val is an entrepreneurial marketing professional and currently collaborating CanWood Entertainment Inc. Val first heard of ACM SIGGRAPH in 2012, as Director of Marketing for RenderLife. With the opportunity to attend the conference in LA, she was inspired by the experiential edutainment: industry education mixed with entertainment (and the parties). Enchanted by the epic events and incredibly intelligent people, she realized a Toronto Chapter Revival was imperative. She enjoys socializing, networking and connecting online and in-person, or at the beach. She invites you to Follow the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter or Twitter, Like US on Facebook and Link up through LinkedIn.
Member-at-Large – Greg Blair
Greg’s first SIGGRAPH conference was Dallas ’81. He has been an ACM and SIGGRAPH member since that time. He was instrumental in forming the Chapter originally in ’85, reunited the Chapter in the early 90’s and now is applying his experience as the Toronto Chapters Pioneer Advisor in the 21st century. Greg is an international mover and shaker. He thrives on land as a mathematician advancing the state of the art of 3D imaging, by sea with trans-oceanic sail boat sailing experience, and by air a long time ago as a member of the the Brock University Sky Diving Team. His extreme sport enthusiasm is equal to his square root passion for high performance computing and all things related to graphics. He is a go to guy for making things go fast whether that be writing ray tracers in FORTRAN on an IBM 370, in the day, wire-wrapping his own frame buffer in the mid 80’s, applying graphics algorithms on a state of the art SGI workstation/Reality Engine graphic systems or a GPU system of today. He was a member of the design team for Environment Canada’s super computer climate forecast model used as the reference model for the Kyoto Protocol. Greg’s thrives on doing things that have never been done before, on land and sea and 3D. He is an expert in acoustic 3D sound pressure field modelling and has designed and built the finest 3D digital projection system. With the Toronto Chapter, Greg is sharing his insatiable appetite to learn and propel discoveries forward in the ACM SIGGRAPH community.
Events Coordinator – Jenny BlackLock
Holding 17 years experience in the CG industry, Jenny is the Technical Support Manager at Side Effects Software Inc. With a degree in Astro-Physics she was flying planes before driving cars, and now encourages others to shoot for the stars! At Side Effects she assists customers with their technical troubles, and helps train new users in the wonders of Houdini. Jenny also implemented the International Internship Program within the Toronto office. Guiding talent through professional progression, and transitioning from educational channels to enterprise, Jenny facilitates career advancement and cultivates success. Jenny is the Events Coordinator for the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter, and looks forward to new introductions, positive interaction and continued inspiration within the CG community.
Member-at-Large – Gillian Chesnais
Gillian Chesnais, is our newest Member-at-Large and a well-developed SIGGRAPH SV student volunteer all-star (2011-2014). He’s assured quality experiences for conference attendees from the Art Gallery to eTech ,and now for our local Toronto Chapter members. As a recent University of Toronto graduate of Computer Science and Math, and a pineapple juice lover, Gillian’s retired from his actor days – performing theatre plays in French with EFUT, Etudiants Francophone de l’Universite de Toronto – Francophone students of U of T. Gillian is a Web Programmer/Junior Developer for Enthrive Inc. and communicates artistically in English, French and code.
About Our Sponsors
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Top 10 Reasons to join the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter
- Collaborate with the computing community through the top graphics not -for -profit association.
- Align with aspirational and inspirational professionals, companies and organizations—all of whom love what you do!
- Learn, develop and teach: Mentors and Mentees welcome! Contact us for more info.
- Establish new and valuable relationships: connect, link and leverage our networking platform.
- Enjoy the combination of art and technology, including information on leading- edge advancements.
- Identify with enthusiastic, eager and encouraging Chapters members who are dedicated to professional and personal progression and promoting computer graphics.
- Celebrate and showcase creativity, innovation and achievements within a technological community: online and in- person.
- Gain diverse industry insights covering all computer graphics verticals: studio perspectives, production and process overviews, technological advances, fundamentals and techniques.
- Engage and experience a very cool melting pot: science and art mixed with great people!
- Give back by volunteering to create a lasting positive impression and contribute to the Toronto Chapter.
*Reasons 1-10 all include having FUN and envisioning that one day, every citizen of the Greater Toronto Area will discover his/her passion for computer graphics and interactive techniques.