Leading innovators and creatives from Canada join the line-up of international speakers at this year’s World Congress on Creative Economy (WCCE), taking place from 7 – 9 December at the Dubai Exhibition Centre, in the heart of Expo 2020 Dubai.

The creative industries are a strength of the Canadian economy, and are at the heart of its competitive advantage on the international stage. In 2019, the creative industries accounted for $57.1 billion in GDP and represented 2.7% of Canada’s overall GDP.

Hosted by the UAE Ministry of Culture and Youth, under the patronage of Her Excellency H.E. Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, WCCE aims to “define the future of the global creative economy”, with a programme organised around six broad themes.

On 9 December, leading gaming industry entrepreneur, funding advisor and ecosystem cluster expert Jason Della Rocca will present a keynote address titled “Entrepreneurs Energised: Supporting SMEs & New Ventures.”

His talk will focus on support channels available to entrepreneurs in the gaming and entertainment clusters, including best practice insights when pitching for investment.

As the co-founder of Executions Labs, Jason was a hands-on early stage investor to over 20 independent game studios from North America and Europe. Between 2000-09 he served as the executive director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA), and was honored for his industry building efforts with the inaugural Ambassador Award at the Game Developers Conference.

Christopher Deacon, President and CEO of Canada’s National Art Centre, which is also the official Cultural Partner of the Canada Pavilion at Expo, will join the panel discussion Bouncing Back, under the “Reworking Work” conference theme. His session will explore how to rebuild economies with imagination.

And contributing to the theme “Elevating the Media & Communications Landscape” is Eloi Beauchamp, CEO and Founder of L’ÉLOI and Partner of Iregular, a production services company that represents and facilitates the creation process for outstanding photographers, videographers and art directors to allow them to fully express themselves and focus on their art. His session entitled The World, Multiplied explores the evolution of media, from analog, to digital, to 3D installations and heading into the metaverse.

To mark the conclusion of the day two of the conference, Canadian singer-songwriter Dominique Fils-Aimé from Montréal will present an award-winning performance. While her musical roots are grounded in early soul and jazz, her voice transcends contemporary urban soundscapes. Dominique’s most recent work won the 2020 JUNO Award for ‘Vocal Jazz Album of the Year’ as well as the Félix prize for ‘Best Jazz Album’ at the 2019 ADISQ Gala, and was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize.

Source: MOJO PR 

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