Who We Are
We represent Albertan creators who make video games, board games, XR experiences and support a diverse, robust, sustainable industry — province-wide.
Interactive Arts Alberta is a non-profit society ran by a board of directors elected. Membership is open to anyone with interest in the industry.
This means AAA, it means indies, it means educators, it means hobbyists, and it means students. If you want to see game and technology development in Alberta grow, we want to help you.
Interactive Arts Alberta is focused on ensuring that Alberta is the best place in Canada to make games. We work with organizations of all types to ensure that the needs of our community are met.
We believe in education! Building games and using new technology can be tough. The multidisciplinary process that benefits from ongoing learning is one that we work with institutions to directly advocate for support. We provide workshops and other educational and networking events aimed at helping developers grow their skills and their businesses.
There are so many development-related initiatives happening in Alberta. We embrace our role as a partner and sponsor in helping these diverse groups grow. We understand this to be paramount to a healthy community — if you need help, we want to talk!
Who did the amazing art on your website?
Interactive Arts Alberta has embraced the northern lights look that inspired previous GDX branding and worked with Lisa Wylie-King for her incredible watercolours series to be featured on our site as well as some of our in-person collateral. See more of her art here.
At Interactive Arts Alberta, we are incredibly lucky to work with local artists and especially local artists from marginalized groups. We strive to represent the wide variety of talent across the province and represent Alberta through their works.
Our Board of Directors
Derek Kwan is the founder and current president of Interactive Arts Alberta. After stepping away from the board to complete his MBA in Community Economic Development, Derek rejoined and brings an impressive background to the board. A former employee of the Government of Alberta and the City of Edmonton, Derek has extensive experience working in the public sector and is currently working in Organizational Culture with NorQuest College. Derek previously contributed as a stakeholder to Alberta’s first Interactive Digital Media tax credit and Edmonton Arts Council’s 10-year arts and heritage plan, volunteered for ten years with the University of Alberta’s Certificate in Computer Game Development program, created the Game Discovery Exhibition, and previously founded two indie studios. You may have caught his presentation at GDC 2022!
Nick Diaz is a “retired” average Smash Bros competitor and one of the original founding board members of Interactive Arts Alberta. Nick has rejoined the board and brings his ten years of event management experience and seven years of esports event management with him. With his day job, Nick works in the public sector and manages endowment funds and advises charitable giving at the Edmonton Community Foundation. If you miss his streams, most days you can find Nick bouldering or enjoying the city of Edmonton.
Vic is the President of the Alberta Esports Association and leads the Business Development Department. Vic is also a Director for the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta, an Esports Instructor for Mount Royal University, and a Board Director for the Canada Esports Association.