2015 WIFT-T Ubisoft Toronto Producer Mentorship: Chelsea O’Hara

TORONTO, August 27, 2015 – Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) is pleased to announce Chelsea O’Hara as the recipient of the 2015 Ubisoft Toronto Producer Mentorship. This immersive one-week mentorship, offered for the second consecutive year, provides one female producer with a unique behind-the-scenes learning experience in all aspects of game production onsite at the Ubisoft Toronto studio.

“WIFT-T, in partnership with Ubisoft Toronto, is thrilled to offer a mentorship that promotes innovation and creativity in our rapidly evolving digital media industry,” said Heather Webb, WIFT-T Executive Director. “As technology advances, we firmly believe it is vital for WIFT-T to continue nurturing our storytellers and content creators by providing access to skills that build interconnectivity between media.”

“The best games are made when there are successful collaborations between team members of varying perspectives and expertise. We can strengthen the game industry by continuing to find ways to diversify our teams, especially by attracting more women to game development,” says Lesley Phord-Toy, Producer at Ubisoft Toronto. “By giving women opportunities to explore game production through programs like the Ubisoft Toronto Producer Mentorship, our goal is to motivate, inspire and raise awareness with young talent about the career possibilities available in games.”

As the recipient of the Ubisoft Toronto Producer Mentorship, O’Hara will experience everything from a performance capture shoot to an inside look at the processes involved in creating AAA quality games. The mentorship will provide O’Hara with an opportunity to experience the latest gaming innovation, make exceptional contacts at a leading video game studio, and understand how to cross pollinate ideas from one screen to the next.

“Being selected for this mentorship honestly feels like a dream come true,” said Chelsea O’Hara, the 2015 Ubisoft Toronto Producer Mentorship recipient. “Twelve-year-old me is freaking out with excitement right now. Thank you friends and family for your ongoing support, and special thanks to Ubisoft Toronto and WIFT-T for making this opportunity possible!”

ABOUT CHELSEA  O’HARA:
Chelsea is a digital media producer from Toronto specializing in a wide range of mediums. Presently, she works for a financial technology firm (IFDS Canada) in downtown Toronto, in the Marketing & Communications department. Over the past year, she has sought out projects and experiences in web development to increase her programming knowledge. Chelsea is choosing a career in game development not just because she loves them, but so that she may contribute to their creative evolution. She is keen to change the way games are structured, experienced, perceived, and shared. Within game production, Chelsea is most interested in story development, cinematic production, and art direction. To fully appreciate the game development process, she is teaching herself the necessary languages and skills to create games of her own.


Presenting Partner

Shasha Nakhai – 2014 recipient

'Participating in the mentorship was an incredible opportunity'
"Participating in the WIFT-T Ubisoft Toronto Producer Mentorship was an incredible opportunity and I was honoured to be given access to the Ubisoft Toronto studio. I got to develop valuable contacts at all levels of game production, grasped an overview of the game production pipeline, made some friends, observed and learned from top-notch producers and played some great games before they were even out yet. Thank you Ubisoft and WIFT-T for making this happen!"