May 7, 2016


Jean has delivered keynotes, workshops and seminars to over 16,000 people, sharing her experiences as an edtech entrepreneur in video game publishing, her experiences as a comedian and joy coach, and her childhood growing up as a hard of hearing girl in a deaf household. As a native signer, Jean delivers engaging content in both English and American Sign Language.

Games Industry Talks

  • Speaker, PAX Australia, Serious Subjects in Game Narrative & Accidental Educators: What 10-year-olds taught us about our games startup (10/18)
  • Speaker, GCAP (Game Connect Asia Pacific, Melbourne), Serious Subjects in Game Narrative (10/18)
  • Speaker, Poznan GIC, One Game at a Time: The First 5 Years of an Indie Studio (10/18)
  • Speaker, Munich Play & Dev, Exploring Mental Health Issues in Game Narrative (10/18)
  • Speaker, Grace Hopper Conference, PTSD & Sexual Violence in Video Game Narrative (09/18)
  • Speaker, #MoveTheDial Stories Toronto (09/18)
  • Speaker, IGDA Games Leadership Summit, One More (Story) Game at a Time: Our indie studio’s 5-year journey (09/18)
  • Speaker, Bay Area Women’s GamesCon, Combating Difficult Topics in Games by Creating Strong Characters (03/18)
  • Speaker, TEDxCollingwood, What 10-Year-Olds Taught Us About Our Tech Startup (10/17)
  • Keynote, Speaker, Panelist, Jalloo Festival of Animation and Gaming (6/17)
  • Speaker, Women in Games Boston – Accidental Educators: What 10-Year-Olds Taught Us About Our Gaming Startup (4/18/17)
  • Speaker, Capital Gaming Expo, Ottawa – Accidental Educators: What 10-Year-Olds Taught Us About Our Gaming Startup (4/1/17)
  • Speaker, Power-Up Digital Games Conference – Storytelling in Games for Traditional Authors (01/17)
  • Panelist, Women in Virtual Reality and Film panel, Brussels, BE (10/16)
  • Panelist, San Diego Comic-Con – Writing in the Computer Games Industry (07/16)
  • Seminar, Yeti-Con – Writing Interactive Narratives, an Introduction (06/16)
  • Seminar, Bouchercon (mystery reader/writer conference) – Exploring Interactive Fiction: Storytelling in Social Games (11/14)
  • Seminar, Bloody Words (Author conference) – Writing Interactive Narratives for Games (06/14)


  • One Game at a Time: The First 5 Years of an Indie Studio

After the near-death of her husband while living in Dallas in 2012, Jean and Blair moved back to his hometown of Barrie after being away for 20 years. Jean launched her coaching program Joy Bootcamp, helping people find more mindfulness, joy and gratitude in their lives and Blair started developing a prototype for simplifying video game creation to help traditional authors create narrative-based video games. It was clear to them that they would be a dynamic powerhouse together and they soon joined forces to create One More Story Games, raise over $500,000 and land internationally renown authors for their narrative games platform. They’d go on to teach kids how to use it, develop unexpected revenue streams, and navigate the tricky world of startup life.

  • Accidental Educators: What 10-year-olds taught us about our tech startup

As a startup, entrepreneurs are focused on what they think they know about their customers. Jean explores what the team at One More Story Games learned while working with youth over two summers and how they changed the course of their startup to include customers they didn’t know they had. <>

  • Betwixt: Navigating Identity as a Child of Deaf Adults

Being born hard-of-hearing into a deaf family (mom, dad & sister are deaf), Jean shares the journey of her childhood enriched in the deaf community, a family divided, and being bullied by both hearing and deaf people. She shares her perspective on politically-charged issues within the deaf community – being called an “audist” for wanting to communicate with both deaf and hearing viewers in her spoken/signed cooking videos, what it means to have Deaf heart and how deaf do you have to be to be a member of the community.

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  • Health and Humour: What’s laughter got to do with it?

Drawing from her training as a certified Laughter Yoga leader, Jean talks about the health benefits of laughter and positive mindset. Did you know that we experience a multiplier effect when we laugh in a group setting? It’s kinda like a joy cocktail party! A team that laughs together, works together! This talk combines an educational component with a hands-on laughter yoga experience!


Select Keynotes, Seminars & Workshops

  • Keynote speaker, VOICE for Hearing Impaired Children Canada
  • Keynote speaker & workshop facilitator, Northern BC Children and Families Hearing Society
  • Keynote, Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie
  • Regular Guest, Rogers’ Daytime Television
  • Workshop facilitator, Vancouver Coastal Health Well-Being Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Speaker, Canadian Deaf Women’s Conference