The Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC), in collaboration with the Visual Effects Society Vancouver Section (VES), is hosting the city’s largest annual career fair on April 18 for Vancouver’s booming Digital Entertainment and Interactive sector.
The fair, now in its fourth year, provides sought-after local artists, programmers, design and production management talent the opportunity to forge relationships and land lucrative opportunities to work on projects with Vancouver local studios in the fields of visual effects (VFX), animation and video game development.
“Growth in the Digital Entertainment and Interactive sector continues to accelerate and this job fair is crucial for showcasing Vancouver’s thriving eco-system to potential talent,” says Ian McKay, CEO of the Vancouver Economic Commission. “The VEC sees great value in working with the VES to bring high caliber talent together with companies looking to fill quality, high paying jobs immediately.”
Close to 40 Vancouver companies will be featured at the career fair for talent in the digital entertainment and interactive sector, including video games, visual effects and animation. Participating exhibitors including Electronic Arts, Bardel Entertainment, MPC, Roadhouse Interactive and Sony Pictures Imageworks will be on scene competing for top talent for available roles.
The organizers expect this year’s fair to be the largest yet, attracting over 1400 job seekers – 200 more than last year. The 2015 edition includes a novel partnership with the Vancouver School Board – “Education Alley” – an onsite area which will promote jobs in the sector to high school students so they can learn about the latest programs for training and development needed to get a leg up in the industry and land jobs.
“Vancouver has quickly become one of the top cities in the world for visual effects, animation and video game studios to establish themselves and do business,” said Warren Franklin, Chairman of the Visual Effects Society’s Vancouver Section and member of the VEC Board. “This career fair is a great opportunity to showcase Vancouver’s talent, and for professionals to get to know Vancouver’s local studios and fill some of the hundreds of jobs available.”
“Vancouver has emerged into a world-class center for visual effects and animation production, attracting some of the best talent in the industry,” said Randy Lake, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Sony Pictures Imageworks. “As we move into our new state-of-the-art headquarters and ramp up production on multiple feature projects including Disney’s Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass and Rovio’s Angry Birds movie, events like the VES career fair are all the more important for our continued success.”
Visual Effects Career Fair
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre West Building
When: Saturday, April 18 from 10 am to 4 pm (VES Members 10:30am-11am; 11am-2pm professionals only; 2pm-4pm professionals, students and the public).