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.
Meet Your Officers for 2017-2018
President – Gillian Chesnais
Gillian is a full stack developer and has been a volunteer at the ACM SIGGRAPH conference or the Toronto Chapter for the past 7 years. As a student volunteer, he marvelled at the incredible work displayed at the conference and took an interest in Computer Graphics. Despite focusing on other facets of Computers professionally, he remains passionate and dedicated about Graphics and Interactive Techniques. He dreams of linking together the difference aspects SIGGRAPH throughout Toronto and facilitating Torontonians getting together to geek out about everything Graphics.
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.
Secretary – Alain Chesnais
Alain is a long time ACM and SIGGRAPH volunteer. He served as ACM President from 2010 to 2012 and ACM SIGGRAPH President from 2002 to 2005. In 2016 he received the ACM SIGGRAPH Outstanding Service Award. In 2003, he and his team received and Oscar for the creation of the Maya.software package. Currently he is head data scientist at ScribbleLive. He can often be found flying around the globe with his very own LEGO avatar
Past 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.
Member-at-Large – Nick Fox-Gieg
Nick Fox-Gieg is an animator and creative technologist based in Toronto. His film “The Orange” won the jury prize for Best Animated Short at SXSW 2010; his films have also screened at the Ottawa, Rotterdam, and TIFF film festivals, at the Centre Pompidou, and on CBC TV. Fox-Gieg was awarded an Eyebeam Fellowship in 2012, a Fulbright Fellowship in 2006, and has received media arts grants from Bravo!FACT, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the arts councils of Ontario, Pennsylvania, Toronto, and West Virginia. He holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University. Most recently, he’s been working on virtual reality and simulation projects at Framestore, Google Creative Lab, and the University of Waterloo.
Web Chair – Roya Shams
Roya is a student studying computer science at the University of Toronto, hoping to contribute to the field of computer graphics or HCI someday. She loves to learn as much as she can about how people from different disciplines love to use and experience technology, especially for their own creation, and generating empathy in different communities. When she is not maintaining the Toronto Chapter website, studying for midterms, or submitting assignments before the deadline, she likes to find any strange physical medium (bits of fabric, metal, yarn) and make something cool out of it. Sometimes she likes to sculpt!
About Our Sponsors
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Thanks in advance to all our Founding Members, for supporting this initiative.
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Find other ACM SIGGRAPH Chapters through the Professional and Student Chapter Commitee http://www.siggraph.org/chapters/pscc
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.