Statement on Technology Week Keynote Speaker

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ms. Chartier: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I’m pleased to rise to honour Darwyn Peachey, the chief technology officer of Pixar Canada. Mr. Peachey’s keynote presentation was the highlight of Technology Week, an annual University of Saskatchewan event. From November 1st to 5th, instructors, researchers, staff, and students learned of major issues and future trends in information and communications technology.

Mr. Peachey graduated from the U of S [University of Saskatchewan] with a bachelor’s degree in computer science in 1978 and a master’s degree in 1983 and is a member of the Innovators Hall of Fame at the Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence.

While working as a researcher at the U of S, he published articles in scholarly computer science journals. These articles garnered the attention of a then small computer-generated imaging studio in Los Angeles, known as Pixar Animation. Mr. Peachey was part of the team that created the blockbuster hit Toy Story, and he was also involved in the creation of A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Ratatouille, and Up, the first-ever feature animated film in 3-D. As he led the team that created Up, Peachey’s keynote provided insight into the history of 3-D movies and their place in the animation world.

Mr. Speaker, he also discussed how digital evolution has affected the art of movie making. As a result of digital effects and digital characters, filmmakers can tell stories in ways they never could have before. Another important result of the evolving digital world is what Mr. Peachey refers to as the democratization of moviemaking. Digital cameras, state-of-the-art computers, and Internet distribution are now all easily accessible to anyone with the desire to create movies.

Mr. Speaker, I don’t think there could be a better role model for Saskatchewan students aspiring to pursue careers in international industries like film or technology. Please join me in thanking Mr. Peachey for the trail he has blazed for Saskatchewan people in respect to arts and technology.

 

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