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
"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:
Director, Marketing & Communications
416 516 0077 x224,
The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University
416.979.5000 Ext. 4670