Leaders & Pioneers

An experienced team with +100 years of combined experience in AAA games with studios, including +60 years of combined experience in social & mobile games developing, publishing, marketing and entertainment.

Management Team

Darcy Taylor

Founder, CEO, Director

Global Senior Executive, Entrepreneur

Darcy has over 20+ years of senior executive experience building successful companies and brands spanning, Asia, Europe and North America. He has a proven track record in C-suite and senior leadership roles at IMG, Logic Technologies, JT International S.A. and MASEV Communications Inc. His experience spans corporate, agency, and entrepreneurial environments across FinTech, esports, Blockchain, FMCG/CPG, Digital Marketing & Media and Sports & Entertainment industries.

Mark Leung

CFO

Tech Finance

Mr. Leung has over 15 years of experience in finance and accounting. He has diverse industry experience which includes investment management, telecommunications and gaming.  Responsibilities included overseeing all aspects of financial planning and analysis, and strategic planning. Professionally, he is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA), and a graduate of the University of British Columbia (MBA).

Brian Wideen

VP Finance

Tech & Entertainment , Entrepreneur

Mr. Wideen is a computer programmer by trade, launching his first company, Sphere Computer Literacy Inc. in 2011.  He has held executive roles in small to large companies within telecom, video games and media industries. This includes a thirteen years at Electronic Arts Canada, running large franchises, including Chief Operating Officer for “Need For Speed”.  In 2012, he co-founded CineCoup Media (now “The Coup Company”) and in 2018, co-founded Beats Easts Life Incorporated. Currently as VP Finance at Growthworks Capital Ltd., he manages reporting and securities regulatory compliance. He holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Computing Science from Simon Fraser University, with a minor in Business Administration.

Jean Guy Niquet

Head of Studio & Mobile

AI Pioneer in Mobile Games 

With a background and education in cognitive science and AI, Jean-Guy has led an impressive career in the game industry for over a decade. He is noted for having over 15 games and apps in the iOS store and for holding positions as a Programmer, Technical Lead, Game Designer and Producer at some of Canada’s top digital media companies, including LDRLY, Marblemedia, Arkadium Canada. He has been honoured with the Best Mobile App Award by Applied Arts Magazine for Apollo 11 and has been nominated for a Gemini Award and Canadian New Media Award.

Board of Directors

Mark Rutledge

Director

Director

Mr. Rutledge has experience in technology, start-up structure and financing, and public markets. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Motto Technologies PLC, headquartered in London, UK, which is building a wealth management platform centered on digital currencies, aimed at millennials. Mr. Rutledge is also the President of Carraway Capital Corporation, a Vancouver-based early-stage angel investment group. Carraway’s investments include: Twenty Year Media Corp., a technology company focused on innovations in artificial intelligence and conversational interfaces, as well as Sosido Networks Inc., a leading knowledge-exchange community for health care professionals. Mr. Rutledge is an active member of the technology start-up community in Vancouver. In the early 2000s, Mr. Rutledge was the co-founder of InternetStudios.com, one of the early pioneers in the streaming of digital media. InternetStudios was publicly traded in the United States from 1998-2003. Prior to that, Mr. Rutledge practised securities and entertainment law in Vancouver. Mr. Rutledge holds a BA cum laude and a JD from the University of British Columbia.

Ian Macleod

Director

Mr. MacLeod has been the Corporate Secretary and General Counsel to the Teligence Group of Companies since 2007. The Teligence Group actively pursues the acquisition of opportunities in the telecom, payments, e-commerce and software development. Mr. MacLeod is responsible for acquisitions, structuring and strategic direction of the Teligence portfolio. In addition, Mr. MacLeod is the Chairman of Argo Blockchain PLC, a Bitcoin mining company listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:ARB).

Derek Lew

Director

Mr. Lew is the President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of GrowthWorks Capital Ltd. (“GWC”), and the President and Chief Executive Officer and/or a director of certain managed funds and operating subsidiaries of GWC, all of which are active venture capital investors. Mr. Lew is also a Partner with Initio Group Inc. (“Initio”), a Vancouver-based early stage angel investment firm, and is a lawyer with experience in the areas of corporate, commercial and real estate law. As CEO of GWC, and at Initio, Mr Lew is involved in overseeing these firms’ venture capital and angel investments, respectively. Mr. Lew was Chair of the British Columbia Innovation Commission (now “Innovate BC”) (2013 – 2018), the Crown agency of the Province of British Columbia responsible for the advancement of innovative businesses and entrepreneurs in the province. He has also been a director of Mobio Technologies Inc., a TSXV-listed company, since November 2012. Active in his community, Mr. Lew is a director of the Frank and Joan Lew Charitable Trust and the FJL Housing Society, which focuses on matters related to social housing in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Derek holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta, and is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia.

Advisory Board

Jason Bailey

Co-Founder Chairman East Side games

Pioneered Virtual goods based games

Jason Bailey co-founded Super Rewards, which pioneered monetization on the facebook platform, paving the way for the virtual goods based games that dominate the platform today. Jason bootstrapped Super Rewards from zero to a 100mm run rate to a healthy eight digit exit all in under 18 months. Over the last four years, Jason has facilitated more than a half billion dollars in Virtual Goods sales.

Josh Nilson

CEO, East Side Games

Award winning game designer

With 12 yrs experience in Information Technology at both Enterprise and start up companies. For the last 6 years, he has been specializing in the mobile and social game space, Josh had previously worked at Relic Entertainment, where he contributed to critically and commercially acclaimed RTS games Dawn of War II and Company of Heroes. 

Andrew Graham

Tech & Entertainment , Entrepreneur

Award winning Director

A proven senior executive with an international track record across the converging industries of media, technology, entertainment and finance over the last 25+ years.  CFO at NoiseMedia; digital animation and design studio listing on TSXV, Director at Emakina; digital agency for multi-national FMCG and luxury brands, VP at Propaganda GEM; product placement agency  for global brands. Most recently, he’s been trusted advisor, entrepreneur-in-residence and Board Member to a diverse portfolio of international startup companies.

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