AFFILIATES
INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS

Giant Step is an active member of various industry organizations in the fields of marketing, interactive media, visual design, and more.


   International Academy of the Visual Arts (IAVA)

The IAVA is an assembly of leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media.

   Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television

The Academy honour outstanding achievements in Canadian film, television & digital media, increases awareness of productions, provides industry events and promotes Canada's film, television and digital media legacy.

   Toronto Board of Trade

The Toronto Board of Trade is Canada's largest local chamber of commerce, supporting 10,000 members in the greater Toronto area with opportunities for knowledge sharing, networking, business development, and city building.

   Interactive Ontario (io)

io is a not-for-profit industry trade organization committed to the growth of the Ontario interactive digital content industry. To this end "io" is an industry advocate within Ontario and nationally as a founding member of the Canadian Interactive Alliance / Alliance interactive canadienne (CIAIC).|

io represents over 200 interactive digital media companies - both content producers and distributors - as well as stakeholders from a range of industry sectors - e-Learning, games, mobile, television, online, social media, marketing and academia.

Interactive Ontario (io) was known as the New Media Business Alliance (NMBA) for almost six years until March 21, 2007.


   FilmOntario

FilmOntario is a privately funded, private sector consortium 30,000 strong, of companies, producers, unions, guilds and organizations within the Ontario screen-based sector (film & television and interactive media), and over $1.5 billion in economic activity annually.

With emphasis on marketing Ontario as a screen-based content creator and production destination, FilmOntario is lobbying all levels of the Canadian government (Municipal, Provincial and Federal) to ensure that the various government policies and programs support and enhance our vibrant industry.




   AMA Toronto

AMA Toronto is the local chapter of the American Marketing Association - a community that is run and supported solely through volunteers. As a result, it attracts experienced professionals who have an entrepreneurial spirit, are passionate about marketing, and are motivated and committed to make a difference in the larger community.

Giant Step was selected to participate as a mentee in the Mentor Exchange Program, a collaboration of the AMA Toronto and the Marketing Hall of Legends. The program matches over 50 top Canadian marketing executives and business leaders who have committed to form mentoring relationships that will enable the exchange of knowledge with the next generation of talent. The intention is to help create future Legends in an organized, systematic approach. Mentors participating in this program are from companies such as: Indigo Chapters, RBC Financial Group, Loblaw Companies Limited, CTV and Sick Kids Foundation.


   The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)

CIM is the world’s largest organisation for professional marketers, playing a key role in training, developing and representing the profession.



   Association of Internet Marketing & Sales (AIMS - Canada)

AIMS helps business professionals effectively leverage the internet in their day-to-day business. With over 5,000 members AIMS is Canada's largest Internet association.




   Youth Media Alliance (YMA) / L'Alliance Médias Jeunesse (AMJ)

Youth Media Alliance (YMA) seeks to enrich the lives of Canadian children and teens by helping improve the quality of the content created for them on all screen-based media. The Alliance pursues its mission of encouraging high-quality content by presenting annual awards of excellence to the best productions targeting young English- and French-speaking Canadians. It offers ongoing training tailored to the special needs of youth production professionals through workshops, seminars, and special events such as the Children, Youth & Media and Média-Jeunes conferences. It also conducts original research investigating the impact of screen-based media on young people. Finally, Youth Media Alliance lobbies governments to generate interest in all matters concerning screen-based content for young Canadians.