Award for Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The Quebec Video Game Guild’s Award for Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, offered in partnership with National Bank, recognizes the excellence of a studio that stands out for its values and internal D&I practices. This initiative is part of our diversity, equity and inclusion action plan, in which we are committed to highlighting best practices within the industry and among our members. The award will be presented at the Montreal International Game Summit (MIGS) on November 8.
The Prix 2023 will be awarded to a studio with between 40 and 150 employees.
In collaboration with National Bank
Proud to support companies that distinguish themselves through their initiatives to implement a culture of inclusion and internal practices that adhere to DEI’s principles, National Bank will award an $8,000 prize to the winning studio.
The winning studio will be able to choose between two options:
Take DEI-related training courses worth up to $8,000
Offer the $8,000 grant in its name to a non-profit organization working in the video game industry in the field of DEI.
Eligibility and evaluation criteria
Entries will be evaluated according to four criteria:
- Team composition (20%);
- DEI structures, objectives and action plan (30%);
- Internal processes and policies (20%);
- Studio values (30%).
Studio eligibility criteria :
- Be a member of La Guilde du jeu vidéo du Québec;
- Have between 40 and 150 employees.
Congratulations to our winning studio:
An exceptional jury
The jury is composed of various experts in diversity, equity and inclusion:
Fatima Imsirovic (elle / she)
Senior Inclusion and Diversity Advisor - National Bank
Fatima began her university career in 2014 at the University of Ottawa. In 2018, she obtained her B.A. specializing in psychology, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She then continued her studies by undertaking a PhD in Work and Organizational Psychology at the Université de Montréal, which she completed in 2022. Her essay is a review of the literature on discrimination against LGBTQ+ people in the workplace. Throughout her studies, Fatima held various positions in a banking institution. Since 2015, she has held the position of Customer Experience Associate, then Financial Services Representative and finally Customer Experience Manager. In 2021, she joined National Bank, where she holds the position of Senior Advisor, Inclusion and Diversity.
Sébastien Côté (il / he)
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist - Consultant
Sébastien is passionate about teaching and business management. Since completing his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2018, he has accumulated experience on several boards, notably in public organizations. His intersectional approach to different social inequalities led him to become involved in DEI consulting as a designer and educational content manager. In his practice, Sébastien focuses on management principles that require a human and caring approach. He stands out for his precision and ability to listen, in order to create and implement policies adapted to organizations adhering to DEI principles.
Charles-Éric Desîlets (il / he)
Violence in the workplace lawyer - Juripop
Charles-Éric Desîlets specializes in Juripop’s workplace violence program. To this end, he advises, accompanies and represents people who have experienced psychological or sexual harassment, or any other form of violence in the workplace. His keen interest in the cultural sector, combined with the importance he attaches to issues of diversity, equity and inclusion, led him to become involved with l’Aparté, a program sponsored by Juripop. Previously, he practiced litigation for three years with a firm specializing in labor law, defending workers, managers and union organizations.
Tessy Jean-Paul (elle / she)
Equity, diversity and inclusion specialist - Consultant
Tessy specializes in labour relations, with a particular focus on equity and inclusion issues in the workplace. She has expertise and a detailed understanding of issues affecting under-represented groups, particularly those associated with discrimination in the workplace. Her goal is to provide organizations with strategic and structural tools to facilitate organizational change, with the aim of creating more inclusive and safe workplaces for all. A candidate for a Master’s degree in Industrial Relations at Université de Montréal, Tessy also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from UQAM.