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[February 18, 2013]

Toon Boom and ICTC Collaborate to Expand Youth and Education Initiative

MONTREAL --(Business Wire)--

ICTC has recognized Toon Boom Studio and its curriculum as one of the best vehicles to teach 21st century business and technology skills to Canadian students.

Montreal-based Toon Boom Animation Inc., the two-time Emmy award-winning digital content and animation creation software provider, has been approved as an official educational resource and curriculum to support the learning of 21st century skills among Canadian students through one of ICTC's youth and education initiative programs, Focus on IT (FIT).

At a time when youth unemployment is at a high, FIT provides the necessary building blocks for an innovative learning experience and encourages students to acquire 21st century skills in business, technology and communications while completing their secondary school diploma.

President and CEO of Toon Boom, Joan Vogelesang notes, "It is an honour to be recognized by ICTC as an essential learning tool for Canadian students, as it aligns with our goals to meet the needs of educators at all levels, who are looking for ways to integrate interactive media and business information and analysis curriculum into their existing classroom environments. The use of our pedagogic materials enables the achievement of higher literacy rates for greater engagement while meeting overall learning objectives."

Meeting the FIT tandards is a great testament of Toon Boom Studio's significant pedagogic impact not only in Canada but also in the United States and beyond.


ICTC President and CEO Namir Anani, comments, "It is through the educational innovation of organizations such as Toon Boom that our Canadian students have access to first-class curriculum that prepares Canadians for the ICT jobs of the future. Toon Boom Studio engages students in a meaningful way, exposes them to the possibility of working in the interactive media field and better prepares them for the workforce through instilling critical business and technology skills."

In order to kick-start its educational partnership, Toon Boom will be hosting workshops at FIT professional development events for teachers across Canada as part of ICTC's youth and education initiative.

ICTC is a centre of expertise in digital economy research, labour market intelligence, policy development, program management and delivery. Through our strong network of industry, academia and government, we enable the progress of Canada's future economies by empowering industries to maintain a competitive advantage in a global market through a highly-skilled and innovative workforce.

ICTC is pleased to offer a Seal of Approval and authorize its use exclusively by entities that have completed ICTC's vendor certification process. Certification and the right to use the Seal of Approval is offered on a non-exclusive, vendor-neutral basis.

The Focus on Information Technology project is funded by the Government of Canada's Sector Council Program.

About Toon Boom Animation Inc.

Toon Boom Animation Inc. (toonboom.com), a Corus® Entertainment Inc. company and a 2012 and 2005 Primetime Emmy Engineering Award recipient, is the worldwide leader in digital content and animation creation software, delivering products and services online to its global community. Toon Boom carries user-friendly applications for all, catering to children, home users, creative professionals as well as students, educators and schools. Toon Boom is fully dedicated to education and goes far beyond just developing technology and curriculums that enhance the classroom experience. Toon Boom is an influential advocate of bringing industry and education together, while partnering with value-added partners to help students achieve their goals.

At the high-end studio level, Toon Boom offers a wide product range from powerful pre-production tools to leading-edge animation production solutions. Relying on its extensive expertise in animation production, Toon Boom provides consulting services in the fields of optimization, pipeline integration, production assistance and custom development.

Copyright © 2013 Toon Boom Animation Inc. All rights reserved. Toon Boom and the Toon Boom logo are registered trademarks and Toon Boom Studio is a trademark of Toon Boom Animation Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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