Interactive Ontario and Ryerson University's G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education Launch Innovative New Program for Video Game Entrepreneurs

TORONTO, Jan. 20 /CNW/ - Interactive Ontario (IO) in partnership with The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University, is pleased to announce the launch of EDGE: Education for Digital and Games Entrepreneurs. This part-time academic program will deliver targeted business-skills training to video game and digital media entrepreneurs. It will pilot in the spring with a full launch in the fall of 2011.

The goal of EDGE is to help grow the interactive digital media industry by providing in-depth business knowledge to video game entrepreneurs. EDGE will provide the training needed to make key business decisions and will teach entrepreneurs skills in training, leadership and administration.

"The EDGE program will be of huge value to digital entrepreneurs because the key to being a successful creator or innovator lies in your ability to navigate an ever-changing business environment," says Ian Kelso, President and CEO, Interactive Ontario. "Ryerson is uniquely positioned to combine world class business training, a solid digital media focus, and an embedded entrepreneurial spirit which will ensure this program will add tremendous advantage to anyone trying to grow an interactive digital media business."

Worldwide, the gaming industry is expected to grow 9.1 percent annually. Canada will benefit from this boom with profits estimated to be in excess of $346 million in 2012.

"Ontario is rapidly becoming viewed as a leader in digital media and gaming," says Dr Gervan Fearon, Dean of The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University. "Recognizing this growing market, The Chang School is pleased to be a partner with Interactive Ontario to offer programming to help prepare the next generation of leaders in this innovative industry."

EDGE will specialize in areas relevant to the business aspect of the digital media sector, including courses on Business Strategy and Tactics, HR/Labour Relations, Project Management, Finance and Marketing. The program will feature industry experts from Canada and around the world.  It will also provide opportunities to network and forge select business relationships.

The funding for the EDGE project was underwritten by Ontario's Ministry of Economic Development and Trade.

Interactive Ontario (IO) (www.interactiveontario.com) is a not-for-profit industry trade organization committed to the growth of the Ontario interactive digital content industry. To this end IO represents over 275 member-companies as an industry advocate within Ontario and nationally as a founding member of the Canadian Interactive Alliance /Alliance interactive canadienne (CIAIC).

Ryerson University's G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education (www.ryerson.ca/ce) is Canada's foremost provider of university-based adult education, facilitating access to the University's renowned, professionally relevant courses and programs. We have approximately 70,000 annual enrollments (in more than 1,400 courses) in Arts; Business; Communication and Design; Community Services; Engineering, Architecture, and Science; Gateway for International Professionals; and Programs for 50+. We also offer almost 80 career-related certificate programs and numerous course series. Our flexible, accessible programming is available on campus, via distance education, and off-site for employee groups at leading organizations. The innovative leadership of our Digital Education Strategies unit has been recognized with awards from the National University Telecommunications Network, the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education, and the Canadian Society for Training and Development.

SOURCE Interactive Ontario

For further information:

Danielle Engels,
Director, Marketing & Communications
Interactive Ontario,
416 516 0077 x224,
danielle@interactiveontario.com

Marilou Cruz
Communications Manager
The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University
416.979.5000 Ext. 4670
m1cruz@ryerson.ca

Profil de l'entreprise

Interactive Ontario

Renseignements sur cet organisme


FORFAITS PERSONNALISÉS

Jetez un coup d’œil sur nos forfaits personnalisés ou créez le vôtre selon vos besoins de communication particuliers.

Commencez dès aujourd'hui .

ADHÉSION À CNW

Remplissez un formulaire d'adhésion à CNW ou communiquez avec nous au 1-877-269-7890.

RENSEIGNEZ-VOUS SUR LES SERVICES DE CNW

Demandez plus d'informations sur les produits et services de CNW ou communiquez avec nous au 1‑877-269-7890.