FACULTY

EDAC  thrives on merging arts and technology in a mentor-oriented learning environment.

Administration

Owen Brierley

Executive Director

Owen took on the role of Executive Director in 2008. He has been enthusiastically developing the school’s programs and faculty. He is honoured to have so many talented and dedicated professionals share their knowledge and skills with the students at EDAC.

Owen Brierley is a Digital Media Producer based in Edmonton, Alberta for over 15 years. Owen has been pursuing media production projects that explore the forefront of blending arts and technology. Working on projects like the Citadel Theatre’s production of “Make Mine Love,” projection mapping events like Make Something Edmonton’s “Sound, Light & Vision,” or creating gigantic projected murals for La Cite Francophone’s Flying Canoe Festival, are all part of the continual pursuit of merging technology and arts into a seamless, engaging whole. Owen has worked with Alberta Education, NAIT, U of A, MacEwan University, Athabasca University, the Banff Centre, CityTV, Global Visions Film Festival, YESS, Startup Edmonton, and many others in the Edmonton community.

Owen’s roles typically involve leadership, creative facilitation, strategy, forecasting, analysis and design, and user experience design. Owen is an active speaker and champion of the digital media industry in Alberta.

Tami Ambury

Student Experience Coordinator

With a BA in Political Science and an MA in Middle Eastern History at Simon Fraser University, and five additional certifications under her belt – from Teaching English as a Second Language to Yoga for Children and Teens to Bio-Energy Medicine – Tami is the epitome of a lifelong learner. Having spent the last ten years as a holistic health practitioner, while doing social media and event coordination on the side, Tami brings an array of skills to EDAC as our Student Experience Coordinator. In this newly established position, she hopes to make the lifecycle of student – from recruit, to student, to graduate looking for gainful employ – as stress free as possible.

Faculty

DESIGN

Heiko Ryll

www.heikoryll.com

Born a creative soul, Heiko Ryll is a 12 year veteran of digital media production and education. Heiko has augmented scope of teaching topics by becoming a nationally certified snowboard instructor. Underneath his numerous tattoos Heiko is a passionate learner who is continuously cultivating his understanding of what makes great educational experiences. Heiko seeks to make every learning opportunity a memorable event that connects with his students.

Jeremy Pudlowski

Jeremy Pudlowski

www.jeremydan.com

Jeremy joined EDAC in the spring of 2012 to take up the charge on the Digitial Design (aka Digital Media Production) program. He eagerly brought his previous experiences having worked on a variety of design projects. He is actively involved in his band “Death by Robot” and was nominated recently for an EMA for the music video he created for his song “No Need for Alarm.”

Owen Murray

www.ommphoto.ca

Canadian photographer specializing in Architecture, Archaeology & Conservation Photography. Fascinated by anthropology, influenced by photojournalism and comfortable wearing a number of different visual hats. Graduate of ACAD’s visual communications B.Design program. Check out Owen’s portfolio at http://portfolio.ommphoto.ca/about/

ILLUSTRATION

Lee Nielsen

Lee Nielsen

www.humanate.com

Lee is a core instructor in both the Digital Illustration & Sequential Art program as well as the Digital Media Production program. He brings the rigor and discipline needed to help our students develop the necessary skills to survive in the creative professional industries. Lee’s range of experience coupled with an innate understanding of teaching makes him a powerful mentor.
Lee Nielsen is an interdisciplinary artist from Calgary. In 2008 he received a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from ACAD. He has exhibited locally and nationally and has work in private collections in Canada and the United States. In addition to painting and drawing he is the sole proprietor of Humanate Enterprises, a business that deals with art, illustration, design and related projects. Other art practices involve experiments with photographs and sound/musical compositions.

Emily Chu

Emily Chu

heyemilychu.com

Emily Chu is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. She grew up in Calgary and received her Bachelors of Visual Communications at the Alberta College of Art and Design, majoring in Illustration. Although she specializes in commercial illustration, she also has a strong background in design. On the side, she also is a co-creator of HYMN Graphic Novels, publishing 2 volumes. Because she works in so many different streams of illustration, she considers herself visual graphics specialist, practicing in both traditional and digital media. Some of her clients include: CIWA (Calgary Immigration Women’s Association), Avenue Magazine (Calgary and Edmonton), Glass Buffalo Magazine to name a few. She also designs textile patterns for home decor manufacturers overseas, and shows her work at various expos, makers fairs, and trade shows.

3D MODELLING & ANIMATION

Cody Schiebelbein

Cody Schiebelbein (http://www.codyschiebe.com/)

Cody joined the EDAC team in September 2013 to instruct the 3D Animation Production program. He graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (New Media). Since then, he has worked as a 3D artist for local video game companies in Edmonton. Even before beginning his professional career, Cody has always felt a passion for animation. To him, animation is a powerful means of storytelling. It enables us to share a genuine human connection with the audience through believably animated characters. Compelling animation makes us truly empathize with those characters. Cody is a passionate learner always seeking to improve his craft. He is also eager to get involved with animation community.

Devon Carlson

Devon Carlson

www.devoncarlson.com

Devon is a 3D artist currently based in Edmonton, Alberta. As a recent graduate of the 3D Modelling and Animation diploma program at Edmonton Digital Arts College, Devon supports the core instructor as a Teacher’s Assistant. Devon’s focus is in video games, and he also has experience in a variety of other 3D, and 2D applications including: advertising, 3D printing, prototyping, etc.

Logan Foster

Logan Foster

Logan’s Portfolio on Wix

Logan is an accomplished 3D and 2D Artist and Animator based in Edmonton, Alberta. With over 16 years of experience in art and production design & development for games and digital media, Logan has been contributing as a key member to dozens of original IP and contract games and animation projects over his career for multiple mediums and platforms.

Outside of his normal work duties, Logan also contributes as a private beta tester for Autodesk, has spoken at several independent game development festivals and games development. In 2009, he helped co-found GameCamp Edmonton/IGDA Edmonton, an industry organization whose goal it is to help further advocate and network the game development industry in Alberta.

VIDEO GAME DESIGN

Mark Barazzoul

Mark Barazzoul

A game designer who has worked at BioWare on Dragon Age 1 and 2, plus the Awakening Expansion, and all DLC in between. Mark has released a number of mobile games, and was nominated with his partner for an independent game award for “Foamzilla”, alongside other games like “World of Goo”, “Fez”, and “The Misadventures of PB Winterbottom”. Mark is leading the Video Game Design diploma program at the Edmonton Digital Arts College.

Craig Graff

Craig Graff

Craig has over thirteen years’ experience with making video games. He has worked as a professional for nine years – first at BioWare and now on my own.

His career in the video game industry started with Neverwinter Nights, where he was an active part of the modding community. At BioWare, he started in Quality Assurance but quickly moved into design where he worked on pretty much every Dragon Age title (major and minor) produced so far, including the recent Dragon Age: Inquisition.

SPECIAL GUEST INSTRUCTORS & MENTORS

Brad Halliwell

Business Communications Instructor

Brad`s business career spans over 25 years: from retail, to franchising, to business development. He is an entrepreneur, professional speaker, certified master instructor and coach. Through his consulting practice, he has helped business professionals from a wide range of backgrounds such as: event planning and interior design to advertising agencies and non-profit organizations. Some of his clients were established, while others were just starting out. Each client had a barrier that needed to be overcome so they could move forward on their journey to success.

Tori Lunden

Stress Management Instructor

Tori has a degree in Social Work through the University of Calgary.  Though no longer practicing social work in a formal setting, she remains passionate about social justice and building healthy communities. Tori completed her first yoga teacher training in 2008 through the World Conscious Yoga Family in Rishikesh, India. She has since completed yoga training programs through Yogaworks, Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga, Paul Grilley, and Leslie Kaminoff.

Megan Bertagnolli

Megan Bertagnolli

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Megan Bertagnolli is an Edmonton-based writer who completed her Master’s thesis about the convergence of contemporary museum culture and artists whose practices involve collecting this past fall. She has previously written about art in both institutional and freelance positions and has been involved in various curatorial projects. She feels strongly about engaging the different communities in dialogue about visual culture and about fostering open and accessible relationships between art, institutions and the public.

Adam Rozenhart

Adam Rozenhart

On top of being a professional communications and personal brand instructor at EDAC, Adam is the head of the digital team at Calder Bateman where he has helped lead a number of clients into worlds they never imagined. His client work has included projects like Plenty of Syph and Sexgerms with Alberta Health Services; and the NoHomophobes project with the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services at the University of Alberta.

In 2007, with a small group of partners, he founded the wildly popular hockey blog OilersNation.com (followed shortly by FlamesNation.ca and CanucksArmy.com). Adam co-hosts and co-produces his own hyper-local podcast — the Unknown Studio — and is the co-founder of Nerd Nite Edmonton and the Edmonton New Media Awards (lovingly called the Yeggies). Adam was named one of Alberta Venture’s Next 10 in 2011, and Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2013. Most recently, he worked as the director of digital advertising and communications on the wildly successful Don Iveson mayoral campaign.

Research & Innovation

Dr. Patrick Finn

Dr. Patrick Finn

Chair of Research & Innovation

Edmonton Digital Arts College (EDAC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Patrick Finn as the inaugural Chair of Research & Innovation. Dr. Finn is a globally recognized expert in performance and technology with a deep knowledge of transmedia, media arts, and new models of research, teaching, and learning.

EDAC is committed to preparing the creative professionals that define the 21st Century. Dr. Finn shares our values and ideals, and grounds his work in the types of creative and professional practice that resonates with our mission. His experience with arts groups, governmental and nonprofit organizations, and in the private sector, aligns with our belief that the digital arts are the centre of the diversification of Edmonton, Alberta, and the world around us.

Dr. Finn’s work with boards, governmental organizations, and private sector groups in Alberta and abroad support our own multi-sector approach. In particular, we share Finn’s recognition that Albertans currently play a central role in the future of arts, education, and professional practice. His work, which emphasizes the importance of practice relevant to the media forms of the future, is central to EDAC’s faculty, staff, and students.

As an artist, educator, and practitioner with a longstanding knowledge of code, Dr. Patrick Finn’s belief that transmedia serves to unite and inform our collective future is inspiring and aligns with our mission and practice. Dr. Finn understands the leading role of EDAC, its supporters, faculty, and students. He joins our team in recognition both of his work, and of our shared belief in the exploration of the best of research, innovation, and expression across and beyond traditional media forms.

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