Distinguished Alumni Series - Jade Raymond

Jade Raymond - Haven Studios (Sony Interactive Entertainment)

March 1, 2024, 2:30 p.m. - March 1, 2024, 3:30 p.m.

MC 204

An incredibly successful pioneer of the video game industry, Jade Raymond is President and Founder of Haven Studios. After graduating from McGill, she joined the games industry as an engineer turned producer and entrepreneur. Haven was acquired by Sony Interactive Entertainment in 2022, establishing the first PlayStation Studio in Canada. Jade is best known for helping create the Assassin’s Creed and Watch Dogs franchises, founding Ubisoft Toronto and EA Motive, and was Vice President at Google. Jade has focused her career on driving innovation in action-adventure and online multiplayer games while continuously supporting the advancement of women and youth in the industry.

The talk will take the form of a discussion between Jade Raymond and moderator Prof. Joelle Pineau (SOCS-McGill and VP of AI Research at Meta).  Topics being discussed will include Raymond’s career path, advice to computer scientists in training and future entrepreneurs, as well as challenges faced by underrepresented groups (esp. women) in computer science and ways to address systemic barriers.