The ESIO came to Game Con Canada 2024 to showcase the work by the participants in two of our Strategic Initiatives Fund (SIF) programs, the Trailhead Program and the Summit Push Program.


The Trailhead Program was set up to support recent graduates of the University of Alberta’s Computer Game Development Certificate program to take their projects to the next level, providing hands-on industry experience, mentorship and an opportunity to add to their portfolio and help prepare them for jobs within the games industry.

The ESIO recognized an opportunity to bolster the current program and provide students with an opportunity to get hands-on industry experience, mentorship and get a project portfolio under their belt, to prepare them for jobs within the games industry. The 6 week program culminated in each team showcasing their work at Game Con Canada 2024.

The 2024 projects were reviewed by a committee comprised of UofA faculty and the ESIO and the selected proejcts were:


The Summit Push Program aims to increase the visibility of local producers/developers by showcasing their work at internationally recognized events and providing support to engage their ideal investment targets. The program includes an educational component to prepare participants to showcase at these events through workshops or other activities about exhibitor strategies, presentation skills, and effective networking at industry events.

The ESIO will lead and coordinate showcase opportunities at specified international markets for participants by providing access exhibition space for demos, sponsored events, meetings, and other events or activations benefiting the group. The ESIO will also provide financial support to succesful applicants to help alleviate the burden of costs studios face in preparing to attend these events.

The 2024 particpant studios were: