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SESQUI

SESQUI is a touring, immersive media experience that reframes how we imagine Canada as a nation. Featuring 360° cinematic, interactive content, live events, online activities and learning programs, SESQUI showcases the best in Canadian arts and innovation. By engaging with our shared landscape and culture of creativity, we invite all Canadians to participate in 150 celebrations.

With a vision to inspire Canadians to be co-creators of the Canada we want for the future, SESQUI will be reaching Canadians through live and digital experiences as we celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.

A Canadian initiative, SESQUI will engage millions of Canadians through its immersive media touring festival, 360° cinematic experience, interactive content,
live events, online activities and education programs showcasing the best in Canadian culture and innovation.

Working with industry leaders in immersion technology, film and digital, as well as touring and live event management, SESQUI will deliver a unique and extraordinary experience to Canadians, in person and online.

Learn more about the SESQUI team

Canada 150

2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the process that brought the federation of Canada into existence. To celebrate this milestone, Canadian Heritage is supporting a series of Signature Initiatives—high impact projects with national reach—through the Canada 150 Fund. SESQUI is proud to have been chosen as a Canada 150 Fund Signature Initiative.

Learn more about Canada 150

Programming

Team

SESQUI is being brought to life by a group of experts in technical development, immersive media, filmmaking, creative production, large scale event management and execution, private and public partnerships and marketing.

Our marketing and touring team includes veterans from Cirque du Soleil, TIFF Bell Lightbox, ING Canada, Alliance Atlantis Broadcasting, AGO and the Toronto Raptors. Our creative and digital teams have numerous recognitions and awards including Geminis and Genies, Canadian Screen Awards and an Oscar nomination.

  • Photo of Joanne Loton

    Joanne Loton

    Executive Producer, SESQUI

    Joanne Loton

    Executive Producer, SESQUI

    Joanne balances artistic inquiry in interactive forms with a career as a broadcast documentary producer/director and writer. Among the first to receive an MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University, Joanne is interested in challenging the standard of documentary narrative through experimentation with new forms, including mixed media installation. Past independent projects include a documentary for the NFB about an all female punk band and an independent film premiering at the NFB about the politics of feminist pornography. Joanne co-created I ME WED, an interactive installation that debuted in Toronto concurrently with NUIT BLANCHE in 2009. As an in-demand documentary producer and factual content developer, Joanne has shot blue chip productions around the world for channels such as Discovery Channel, National Geographic, History Channel and A&E. Her new series Wild Ride, debuts on MTV Canada.
  • Photo of Andrea Stewart

    Andrea Stewart

    Executive Producer, SESQUI

    Andrea Stewart

    Executive Producer, SESQUI

    Andrea is an award-winning filmmaker and writer. Her projects include Sun Dogs, a feature documentary about the Jamaican Dogsled Team that was distributed worldwide by Palm Pictures and premiered at CineVegas in 2007, and Searching for a Monster, a Gold Medalist at the Belgrade Film Festival. Other projects on which Andrea has acted as producer include Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream, which premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 2006, and an intimate interview session with Beatles producer George Martin at Abbey Road for PBS. Andrea has written and directed stop-motion animation, drama and numerous hours of broadcast documentary on subjects as diverse as the Canadian Calypso scene to the science of sin. Recent credits include producer/writer on Watershed, a multi-platform documentary and community engagement project on watershed issues in North America and writer/2nd unit director on a new Heritage Minute on George-Étienne Cartier. She is a 2013 semifinalist in the prestigious Academy Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship and a graduate of Ryerson's Photographic Arts (Film), where she was a recipient of the Norman Jewison Filmmaking Award.

  • Linda Antoniadis

    Vice President of Integrated Marketing & Partnerships

    Linda Antoniadis

    Vice President of Integrated Marketing & Partnerships

    Linda been involved in the analysis, development and execution of sponsorship, marketing and social media initiatives for 20 years. She has been responsible for partner relationships, marketing, and communications-related activities, as well as promotion across multiple platforms including broadcast television, events, promotions, on-line and social.  She has both agency and client-side experience in a variety of industries including sports, festivals, municipal marketing, tourism and not-for-profit. Working with a broad range of clients including Canadian Tire, TELUS, Intrawest, Pepsi and Pandora, Linda has experience and knowledge of multiple industry sectors. She has held senior management positions at a variety of corporations including IMG Canada, Labatt Canada and CIBC. Linda has an active interest in social media, and has been blogging and tweeting since 2009.
  • Pascale Bélanger

    Production Manager, SESQUI Tour

    Pascale Bélanger

    Production Manager, SESQUI Tour

    Pascale has worked in the television and live entertainment industry for more than 24 years and has worked with many organizations including RDS, Normand Latourelle Productions and the Cheval Theatre. She brings her exceptional experience as a producer, manager and director to SESQUI as the Tour Project Manager. Together with Pierre Boileau, Guy St-Amour and Lise Lépine Pascale founded a live show and television production company – Pourquois Pas Productions Internationales. Events produced included directing the 2003 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards of Canada (in association with the SRC, the CBC and the National Arts Centre of Canada) and Las Soirée Planétaire, at the Montreal Casino de Montreal as part of the events surrounding the presentation of the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Canada. Most recently Pascale has been the General Manager of Gilles Ste-Croix's show Saka – a horse show presented under the big top, production manager for Cirque Éloize and Associate Producer for an international tour by Création Uccello Inc.
  • Jennie Cross

    Educational Consultant M.Ed

    Jennie Cross

    Educational Consultant M.Ed

    As a creative education strategist with over 15 years' experience in educational media production, research projects and resource development Jennie has had the opportunity to work with some of Canada's brightest, most innovative production companies, artists and school boards, helping them harness learning opportunities and explore the world through children's programs. Prior to launching her own consulting company Jennie was responsible for creating, producing and executing learning programs for the Toronto International Film Festival as their Manager of Learning Resources. In this role she worked on the team that was instrumental in developing learning plans and strategies for the building and launch of Bell Lightbox which sees thousands of visitors to its world renowned festival and exhibitions each year.
  • Liz Dougherty

    Director of Immersive Technology

    Liz Dougherty

    Director of Immersive Technology

    Liz Dougherty first embarked with 360° video in 2006 with Immersive Media Inc. (BC), on teams pioneering projects for Google Streetview and the first live 360° streaming system for the CBC. After applying her visual anthropology background on documentary and experimental immersive web projects, she continued delving into the technical end with R&D and technical writing for prototype 360° arrays and post- production workflow. She has collaborated long term with the mobile immersive arts organization, Recombinant Media Labs - CineChamber. She comes to SESQUI with a passion for sharing the expanded cinema experience.
  • Phil Hutchins

    Program Manager

    Phil Hutchins

    Program Manager

    Phil has over 18 years of production experience in the television industry. He was the Vice President of Production at two successful production houses – 11 Television Canada Inc. and Primevista Television Inc. Prior to that, Phil was a production supervisor, series producer, line producer and production manager for more than 25 series and documentaries including: Panic Button, Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?, The Carbonaro Effect, Fool's Gold, Holmes on Homes andThe Next Star. Phil is a graduate of the University of Toronto's Advanced Project Management Certificate Program, and is also a Project Management Professional (PMP), an Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) and ITIL certified; he uses these qualifications to oversee large-scale projects in both plan-driven and agile environments.
  • Alex Kurina

    Creative Director

    Alex Kurina

    Creative Director

    Alex Kurina is an award-winning designer and media artist from Toronto, Canada. He holds a BFA from Ryerson University's New Media program and has worked for international commercial clients in various creative capacities. His work has been exhibited at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, InterAccess (Toronto), The Guggenheim (New York) and Eyebeam (New York). Alex is increasingly exploring new media technologies to examine more deeply the role of media technology on how viewers experience art and express themselves, breaking down the barrier between artist and spectator.  With a strong body of commercial and personal work in graphic design video and animation, Alex's artistic practice is heavily design-focused producing polished and visually compelling work.
  • Drew Lightfoot

    Director, SESQUI film

    Drew Lightfoot

    Director, SESQUI film

    Drew Lightfoot is a storyteller and visual trickster of international acclaim. His background as artist, director, visual-effector, and animator permeates his work with playful and clever charm. He navigates fluidly between the live-action and special effects driven realms. He is known for directing commercials for international brands such as VW, IKEA, Chevy, Bud Light and countless others. Drew has also been creating award-winning music videos for the likes of Guster, K-OS, Dragonette and many more. Drew is currently finishing his directorial debut with the feature length documentary ‘Spotless’ which is a quizzical glimpse into the hype and feverish economic craze of the Contemporary Art world. With eyes cast beyond the tangible world, Drew is deeply immersing himself in the realm of Virtual Reality, with a few music videos exploring this new form of storytelling.
  • Mike McDougall

    Creative Director

    Mike McDougall

    Creative Director

    Mike McDougall is an award-winning director of visual effects and motion graphics, producing design-driven solutions for the film, broadcast, commercial and entertainment industries. With a strong interest and background in contemporary art and critical theory, he brings a fresh perspective to problem solving and creative visualization. Mike has been a speaker, presenter and judge for various North American arts' organizations, and has been recognized by the Gemini Awards (Best Achievement in Title Design), Cannes (Official Selection) and the World Photography Organization among others.
  • Ivana Manzon

    Director of Marketing & Communications

    Ivana Manzon

    Director of Marketing & Communications

    Ivana has led marketing initiatives and executions for 20+ years. She’s a firm believer that companies have to deliver positive, consistent customer experiences whether they’re online, on the phone or in your store. Putting the customer first, she has led the development and implementation of hundreds of campaigns for leading Canadian brands such as CIBC, Interac, Esso, Rogers, BMO, RSA Canada, Plan Canada and True Patriot Love Foundation. She has worked both client and agency side, and is an experienced integrated marketer – from print to digital to event and everything in between. Ivana has served on the Board of Directors for the CMA and is always interested in tracking brands and trends that deliver exceptional experiences.
  • Joel McConvey

    Director of Digital

    Joel McConvey

    Director of Digital

    Joel R. McConvey works as a writer and producer across platforms. As a partner in FilmCAN, he co-created the Genie and Gemini-winning National Parks Project, a media project exploring the link between landscape and creativity through the lens of Canada's national parks. His latest productions are Mission Asteroid (2013), which was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award, and the short doc Beyond the Horizon (2015), which premiered at TIFF. He is a contributor to The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, Canada’s History and other magazines, and he is the author of an e-book, The Last Ham, published by House of Anansi Digital.
  • Michael McNally

    Line Producer Original Content

    Michael McNally

    Line Producer Original Content

    Michael has spent 20 years in film and television production, starting with making sandwiches on the set of Kratt's Kreatures. He worked his way to directing music videos (for bands like Hennessey and Beautiful 2000), to an award-winning short film (One Hundred Yard Therapy) to most recently spending six years as a Production Executive for Cineflix Productions on series such as Mayday, Gangland Undercover and Dinner Party Wars. In his time, he has worked as a writer, a camera assistant, an editor, and done a spot of acting. The bulk of his work has been production managing, assistant directing and producing – mostly music videos, commercials, unscripted TV and scripted TV shows.
  • Lyn Royce

    Development Strategist, Foundations & Grants

    Lyn Royce

    Development Strategist, Foundations & Grants

    A firm believer in the tenet, if you can’t find it, create it, Lyn continues to display her talent for balancing the bottom line while nurturing relationships over a career trajectory spanning three decades. As Audience Services Director of Canada’s renowned Shaw Festival for seven seasons, Lyn spearheaded one of the Festival’s largest senior staff portfolios, championing accessibility, cultivating audience stewardship and establishing service consistency. By turns creative and cognitive, Lyn guides projects with an eye to finding the best resolution for all parties. Her forays into independent consulting have been interlaced with service as Regional Advisor for the Ministries of Citizenship and Immigration, Tourism, Culture and Sport. Recently, Lyn has focused her considerable energies on third sector development projects with Capacity Canada and one-on-one arts mentorships in organizational aptitude with Creative Enterprise Initiative. A skilled teacher and facilitator, she considers such feedback as “You taught me stuff when I wasn’t looking!” among her greatest achievements. Her commitment to arts and culture is exemplified in longstanding memberships with the Canadian Museums Association and Toronto’s Arts and Letters Club.
  • Jen Scott

    Director of Original Content

    Jen Scott

    Director of Original Content

    Jennifer Scott has taken on many roles throughout her broadcast career, starting right out of Journalism school, hand-picked by the CBC as a local reporter. She worked her way up as field producer, studio producer, columnist and fill-in host on CBC Midday. She then turned her eye to documentaries, reporting for The Health Show and The National where she covered key social and political topics of the day and was awarded her first of four Gemini nominations. Following her love of nature and science, she then produced and reported for Discovery Channel for 7 years before she entered the world of independent production. As Series Producer and Executive Producer for close to a decade, Jennifer has been at the helm of many successful series - for Discovery Channel, History Television, Military Channel, Food Network, HGTV and W. Known as someone who likes challenge and adventure Jennifer loves telling a story – in whatever form the industry demands.
  • Nicolas Sirois

    National Manager of Community Engagement

    Nicolas Sirois

    National Manager of Community Engagement

    Nicolas is a bilingual special event and stakeholder relations professional with experience working on national brands such as the Canadian Tourism Commission and Mountain Equipment Coop.  Nicolas has worked with a broad range of stakeholders, including representatives from all levels of government, industry partners, international and domestic media, sponsors, agencies and a multitude of vendors. He has organized and supported a number of tourism and editorial film productions across the country, including 3D shoots, international TV segments, and B-roll capture shoots. Most recently, Nicolas was the community engagement lead for the southern region of the Pan Am Games Torch Relay, playing a critical role in organizing all operational elements for the relay's visit to Toronto, the southern Ontario region and Richmond, BC.
  • Guy St-Amour

    Technical Producer & Dome Designer, SESQUI Tour

    Guy St-Amour

    Technical Producer & Dome Designer, SESQUI Tour

    Guy St-Amour has been involved in the performing arts for more than 30 years. He began his career in 1975 as a technician and has participated in an impressive number of projects in theatre, cinema, television and circus. Guy is one of the Cirque du Soleil pioneers, working in a number of technical direction capacities between 1984 and 1995. He participated in the creation of rigging systems for aerial numbers, special effects, acrobatic equipment and set design elements. He has been interested in audio since 1984, and created the sound design for Nouvelle Expérience in 1989. He also designed, created and supervised the installation of the big tops for Cirque’s European and North American tours between 1989 and 1995. Viva ELVIS is his third Cirque production as a designer. In the early 2000s, he designed the tent and bleachers for Cheval Théâtre, the equestrian show created by Gilles Ste-Croix. In addition to this work, Guy has worked with clients including Expo '98 in Portugal, the Montreal Casino, the National Film Board of Canada, the Just For Laughs comedy festival, Opéra de Montréal's Carmen Sous les Étoiles and the Montreal International Jazz Festival. He is intensely involved in training the next generation of technicians in Quebec, teaching at the National Theatre School, the École Nationale de Cirque and the Montreal-based circus arts national network En Piste.
  • Réalisations Inc.

    Partner in Interactive and Immersive Content Technology and Experiences

    Réalisations Inc.

    Partner in Interactive and Immersive Content Technology and Experiences

    For their collaboration with SESQUI, Réalisations Inc. Montréal has provided guidance to create a meaningful live interactive storytelling experiences along with immersive content integration of guest’s presence and multi platform metadata analysis. Réalisations has also developed all of the project's multimedia systems, including the spherical multi-camera system design, the software for the 360° video projection inside of the domes, the interactive technology and the rapid video projection calibration under touring conditions. Founded in 2000 by Roger Parent, Réalisations Inc. Montréal, creates remarkable events for audiences worldwide in the fields of live performance and interactive experiences. The prize-winning firm is currently involved with projects in Canada, the US and Asia and continues to develop applications in the area of Ambient Intelligence around the globe. In recent years, New York City's Metropolitan Opera, the One World Trade Center Observatory and the Marriott Renaissance NYC midtown hotel have called upon the technical savoir faire and artistic vision of Réalisations to help them differentiate their offer. Doha's International Airport, Plano Texas’ Nature Interpretation Center and the Jacques Cartier Bridge in Montreal also count among their clients that wish to engage audiences in meaningful ways. Réalisations explores the use of immersive video, audio and other theatrical and industrial technologies controlled through their high performance Sens.ei software platform for creating one-of-a-kind interactive environments, blending media savvy with tangible experiences.
  • Pinnguaq

    Virtual Reality Developer

    Pinnguaq

    Virtual Reality Developer

    Pinnguaq is a company rooted in the creation of unique cultural experiences.  We operate in Ontario, Nunavut and British Columbia, with a cutting edge mandate to create interactive experiences that push both the limits of technology and cultural expression. Pinnguaq has created games, websites, apps, films and environments in virtual spaces. Now we are looking to combine all of these elements into experiences that integrate unique interpretations of art and culture in an immersive and interactive way. Pinnguaq was created in 2012 with the goal of providing play experiences in Indigenous languages. Since then, the organization has begun to embrace ways of incorporating play and gaming into wide reaching applications that can benefit tourism, education and economic development. At the root of our mission statement is the embracing of technology as a mean of unifying and enabling both Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures. Pinnguaq’s technical team has combined decades of experience in the technology industry with AAA games, high-end tech development projects and independent games. The core team has been assembled for three years and made a name for itself as one of the most advanced teams when it comes to bringing culture, language and technology together.
  • uForis

    Virtual Reality Platform Development

    uForis

    Virtual Reality Platform Development

    uForis is a BC-based company that applies unique expertise in Virtual and Augmented Reality to solve space and time problems. They aim to showcase VR’s potential as a tool that can offer solutions to real-world challenges. Part of their exploration involves working with talented teams that want to create world-class content, and providing them the necessary tech to make their vision happen. Co-founders Dora Cheng, Vaugham Hong and David Li bring technical and business experience spanning AAA game development and business development for brands such as Microsoft, Electronic Arts and IBM.

Advisory Council

  • Martin Abel, CPA, CA

    Principal, Centreline Management

  • Shelley Ambrose

    Executive Director & Co-publisher, The Walrus


  • Denise Donlon

    Broadcaster

  • Douglas Knight

    President, St. Joseph Media

  • Rob Olson

    Managing Director Manitoba Wildlife Federation

  • Jatinder Rai

    President & CEO, Response Advertising

  • Lindsey Scully

    Vice President and General Manager, Ensight

SESQUI Inc. Board

Nationally Incorporated Not-For-Profit

  • Victoria Grant, Vice Chair

    President, Moving Red Canoe

  • Brad Kelly, Board Chair

    Partner, Global Governance Advisors


  • David McMullen

    Marketing/Franchise Executive

  • Aron Solomon, Secretary

    Innovation Lead and Senior Advisor, Education Technology MaRS

  • Jaime Watt

    Executive Chairman, Navigator

  • Joanne Loton

    Executive Producer, SESQUI; Ex-Officio, Non-voting

    Joanne Loton

    Executive Producer, SESQUI; Ex-Officio, Non-voting

    Joanne balances artistic inquiry in interactive forms with a career as a broadcast documentary producer/director and writer. Among the first to receive an MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University, Joanne is interested in challenging the standard of documentary narrative through experimentation with new forms, including mixed media installation. Past independent projects include a documentary for the NFB about an all female punk band and an independent film premiering at the NFB about the politics of feminist pornography. Joanne co-created I ME WED, an interactive installation that debuted in Toronto concurrently with NUIT BLANCHE in 2009. As an in-demand documentary producer and factual content developer, Joanne has shot blue chip productions around the world for channels such as Discovery Channel, National Geographic, History Channel and A&E. Her new series Wild Ride, debuts on MTV Canada.
  • Andrea Stewart

    Executive Producer, SESQUI; Ex-Officio, Non-voting

    Andrea Stewart

    Executive Producer, SESQUI; Ex-Officio, Non-voting

    Andrea is an award-winning filmmaker and writer. Her projects include Sun Dogs, a feature documentary about the Jamaican Dogsled Team that was distributed worldwide by Palm Pictures and premiered at CineVegas in 2007, and Searching for a Monster, a Gold Medalist at the Belgrade Film Festival. Other projects on which Andrea has acted as producer include Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream, which premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 2006, and an intimate interview session with Beatles producer George Martin at Abbey Road for PBS. Andrea has written and directed stop-motion animation, drama and numerous hours of broadcast documentary on subjects as diverse as the Canadian Calypso scene to the science of sin. Recent credits include producer/writer on Watershed, a multi-platform documentary and community engagement project on watershed issues in North America and writer/2nd unit director on a new Heritage Minute on George-Étienne Cartier. She is a 2013 semifinalist in the prestigious Academy Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship and a graduate of Ryerson's Photographic Arts (Film), where she was a recipient of the Norman Jewison Filmmaking Award.

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