Category Archives: Business

Champlain Montreal Turns 10!

By Karisa Desjardins (BUSA ‘16)

Our amazing student volunteers, who made everything possible! (Hannah Cartmel)

In 2007, Champlain College realized a long-held dream to open a study abroad campus outside the United States. Montreal, Quebec, Canada was chosen not only because of its eclectic mix of languages and cultures, but also due to the city’s exciting learning and professional opportunities in Emerging Media. Since then, Champlain Abroad Montreal has seen more than 600 students pass through its doors, placed 131 interns at companies like Ubisoft and Behavior, and now has over 20 alumni working and living in the city. With all of these achievements and more, it was time to celebrate!

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The Internship Chronicles – Katie

By Katie Boynton (GDDM ’17)

Maybe it’s the sentimentality of these Montreal days, or the rapidly approaching end of my college career, but I can’t seem to stop reminiscing– sorting through and reliving my memories of the past four years. I don’t mean this to sound bleak. In many ways, my introspection is happily and embarrassingly self-indulgent. I’m beyond proud of everything that I have been able to accomplish during my time at Champlain College, but this semester has definitely been the cherry on top.

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Gaming the City

By Laura Reilly (EGPR ’18)

Montreal is a huge gaming hub. What I mean by this is that Montreal is full of not only great game companies like Ubisoft or Compulsion, but Montreal is also home to some of the greatest gaming opportunities for either developers or those that just love playing video games. To name a few would be an understatement, so I’m here to name all of the different aspects of gaming culture here in Montreal!

  1. In the classroom

If you’re majoring in a division of the Game Studio, chances are your professors are developers themselves at different companies. For example, artists here learn VFX  from a developer at Behaviour, and two sections of Production ll learn from a producer and a gameplay programmer at Ubisoft! Since our professors are in the industry themselves, they have the firsthand experience of working in the industry to apply knowledge into the classroom. And if you’re lucky, they’ll invite recruiters to come and play your Production games! (Some are coming next week to see mine…help).

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The Internship Chronicles – Tyler

By Tyler Chermely (EGPR ’18)

One of the things I wanted most while at Champlain College was to get workplace experience with an internship. Luckily, Champlain College has an abroad campus in the heart of one of the biggest game development hubs, Montreal. With over 150 different studies ranging from AAA to Indie, I knew I had to go abroad.

During this semester, I have been an intern at Moment Factory as a Unity Programmer. Moment Factory is a multimedia studio which combines many different skillsets in order to create incredible experiences for the public. From decorating LAX to creating a beautiful interactive experience in a forest, there is no company that does it better.

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A City on the Thaw

By Freeman Fletcher (FILM ’18)

Keanu Reeves, star of John Wick 2, shocked to find out that he is indeed Canadian. (Courtesy: dlisted.com)

The other night, I went to see John Wick: Chapter 2, the sequel to one of the better Hollywood action offerings of the last decade. The sequel is even better. My feelings towards the film aside, one of the most magical experiences I’ve ever had at a movie theater unfurled before my eyes. There is a scene when the titular Wick (Keanu Reeves,  a native Canadian) is beset upon by a female assassin who moonlights as a street violinist. It’s a lot cooler in the movie.

What follows is a good, fun, neck-snappy brawl in a cool, colorful, stylish hallway; lots of back-lighting and changing LEDs. But you know what the best part is? I LIVE WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF IT. Yeah, the scene is SUPPOSED to be set in New York but it was shot in Montreal’s very own Place des Arts, a block away from where our student residence!

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Making the Most of MIGS

By Maina Chen (PWRT ’18)

A section of Ubisoft’s booth, featuring a VR glimpse into Watch Dogs 2.

For gamers coming up to Montreal in the Fall, one of the most talked about events other than the weekly game company visits, deals with prepping for the Montreal International Game Summit; classes are shuffled around and professors reschedule to accommodate. Titled MIGS for short, for three days in mid-November, MIGS is a gathering place for anyone interested in the game industry. With people appearing from Hibernum, EA, PlayStation VR, Microsoft, Playtika, Frima, Ubisoft, WB Games Montreal, Eidos Montreal, Ludia, and a bunch of indies; MIGS is open to those looking for future jobs.

In fact, they’re marketed not only to those already in the industry, but students like us who want to try stepping foot in that door. The price of the tickets is daunting, but with the Super Early Bird discounts, the price can be cut down 20 percent, and even more so for Student passes. I’ve had the pleasure of attending and have some words of advice to anyone looking forward to the 2017 edition.

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The Internship Chronicles – Steven Margolin

By Steven Margolin (GDES ’18)

Champlain promises a lot of things to applicants and admitted students. The most alluring of all of these is the opportunity for internships. It was definitely what helped me make my decision three years ago. And now, while studying abroad in Montreal, I can say that Champlain did not lie. Industry internships are available to students who apply and yes – they are worth the three year wait.

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The Internship Chronicles – Emily Poltor

By Emily Poltor (Theater – Ohio Wesleyan ’17)

An important part of my journey in my major has been taking what I’ve learned in the classroom and spending some time away and putting it into practice. Learning about Montreal theatre through my internship at MainLine Theatre has been a unique experience that I get to bring back to my colleagues in Ohio. 

Located on the busy street of St. Laurent, MainLine Theatre is an affordable theatre for companies to rent and rehearse in. As a result of this, I have seen all different types of theatre — anywhere from improv to musicals to one person shows — pass through MainLine’s two theaters. Down the street from the theatre is MainLine’s gallery space where art shows came and went throughout my time.

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A Healthy Generosity

By Dehjia Thompkins (BUSA ’18)

Credit: roastedmontreal.com

The place we visited was the NDG Food Depot. This is a place that focuses solely on bettering their community’s health and immune systems.  This place values choice all while making a difference in their community with having high hopes that their small impact will later impact the entire world. This is not a company or organization that benefits off of what they are given by the government! They bank and strive on the large impacts they have on lives of the people that they help. By this I mean that they just don’t give food to people, they are working to ensure that the people who are coming to their organization get the healthy food they need and the healthy food they want!

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Company Bee

By Michael Manfredi (GART ’18)

Credit: themainmtl.com

One extremely fascinating and, frankly, unique company in Montreal is called Alveole,  a company that puts their focus on beekeeping. More specifically, they encourage beekeeping all around the city. Alveole’s main service is aiding clients in the installation and care of their own apiaries. The benefits of having one of these on the property of your home or business is two fold: Not only do you get a self sufficient source of honey, perfect for a restaurant or eatery, but you also encourage pollination in your local area. Alveole also has a second function: education. It hosts classes on bees and beekeeping, available to anyone, but especially encouraged if you are actually establishing a hive; you must know how to take care of it! With time, Alveole hopes to spread their appreciation of bees across the whole city.

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