Renee Gittins

Renee Gittins

General Manager
Phoenix Labs

Roundtable Leader


Renee is the General Manager of Phoenix Labs - Vancouver, and a multi-disciplinary leader with expertise in software engineering and creative direction. She is a passionate advocate and connector for developers and diversity in the game industry, with a background that spans across engineering, design, and production. She sits on the IGDA Board of Directors as Vice Chair and is outspoken about initiatives to increase diversity both within the game industry and gaming overall to help the game industry grow and improve for everyone. 

Cultivating Talent: Turning Managers Into Mentors 

The games industry is full of extremely passionate and talented developers, but discipline-based skills do not necessarily translate well into people skills. How do you help develop your discipline experts and people managers into effective mentors that will uplift the rest of their team? Let us discuss how to establish effective mentorship structures and leadership development to turn your studio into a supportive learning establishment that will continuously develop your internal talent and help you make the best titles possible.