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Canadian Game Development Talent Awards nominees announced

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on 14 October 2011

The first-ever Canadian Game Development Talent Awards, an award ceremony created by Alliance numérique in collaboration with the Canadian Interactive Alliance, set to take place on November 2, 2011, in Montreal.

The CGDT Awards are given to Canadian game developers, recognizing “amazing creativity and expertise.” There are seven different categories, with five different Canadian nominees in each.

Here is a list of the 2011 CGDTA nominees:

Animator of the Year

Aaron Bouthillier (Shank)
Cristinel Bostan (Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood)
Matt Hammill (Gesundheit! for iOS)
Roxy Liao (Fight Night Champion)
Yvan Deschamps (A Space Shooter for Two Bucks)

Audio Professional of the Year

Fabien Noel (Splinter Cell Conviction) 
Mathieu Jeanson (Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood)
Michael  McCann (Deus Ex: Human Revolution)
Simon Ashby (Wwise)
Steve Szczepkowski (Deus Ex: Human Revolution)

Designer of the Year

Jean-Francois Dugas (Deus Ex: Human Revolution)
Kris Piotrowski (Sword & Sworcery EP)
Mary DeMarle (Deus Ex: Human Revolution)
Matt Rix (Trainyard)
Preston Watamaniuk (Mass Effect 2)

Emerging Talent 

Alexandre Fiset (Spider-man: Shattered Dimensions)
Annie Dickerson (Blokhead)
Gerald Orban (Skate 3)
Jared Thomson (Jetpack)
Richard Flanagan (Fract) 

Producer of the Year

Casey Hudson (Mass Effect 2)
David Anfossi (Deus Ex: Human Revolution)
Marie-Jo Leroux (Driver San Francisco)
Mark Darrah (Dragon Age 2)
Vincent Pontbriand (Assassin’s Creed : Brotherhood)

Programmer of the Year

Chris Thiffault (Undergarden)
Frédérick Blais (Michael Jackson The Experience)
James Hall (Dead Rising 2)
Jean-Philippe Auclair (Flash 11 Molehill)
Stéphane Girard (Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood)

Visual Artist of the Year

Craig Adams (Sword & Sworcery EP)
Derek Watts (Mass Effect 2)
Jeff Agala (Shank)
Jonathan-Jacques Belletête (Deus Ex: Human Revolution)
Kun Chang (Osmos)


“After much discussion and strong debate, we feel that we have nominated the best of the best in the game development field for this past year,” said General Manager of Alliance numérique, Pierre Proulx. “We hope everybody will join us for this first-ever edition of the Talent Awards,”

The awards ceremony will take place at Montreal’s Hilton Bonaventure Hotel on November 2, at the Montreal International Game Summit (MIGS 2011). PSU will be attending MIGS 2011 so make sure to check back for coverage early November.