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Danna Murray, program advanced programming Ambrose was speaking Mon- director for Women Leading course at the B.C. Institute of day at a press conference to the Way, said the program Technology this past year. But promote the Minerva Foun- will be structured similar to an the real win for the student, who dation’s program and to MBA. Participants will have is in BCIT’s first cohort in the announce $367,529 in federal access to high-level mentors, Bachelor of Technology’s game funding. tutors and executive coaches. development option, was seeing The money is being allocated Participants will be women his school project released as a through the Women’s Commu- who have had some level of game for Microsoft’s Xbox. nity Fund of Status of Women leadership experience, “and “If you’ve done it once before in Canada. they’re ready to take the next it is pretty easy but since it was Ambrose said she had help step,” said Murray. my first time around, it wasn’t,” getting where she is today and “There seem to be a lot of said Bantog, who will be grad- that other Canadian women programs that are addressing uating from the new program could benefit from similar early [leadership-building] next spring. “I actually thought assistance. “I was fortunate needs, but not when they get I was finished back in July but enough when I was a young to that mid-career level,” said I had to redo some things and woman to be mentored by Murray. follow some of the rules that someone, invited to sit on a The program will focus on [Microsoft] wanted. board to gain governance and values-based leadership — “The process of getting your board experience,” she said. “we see that women bring a game reviewed and submit- The program is set to launch unique value to leadership,” ted is pretty long but we got in January 2011 and will shep- said Murray. through. The whole process herd women as they gain lead- Values-based leadership is made the game better than it ership skills and get real-world “that whole idea of access [to] was six weeks ago.” experience. those principles within your- Codex, a puzzle game that The program will be split into self ... those principles that are went through Microsoft’s XNA two components. The first will non-negotiable, have to always Creators Club and is available start in January and focus on be upheld,” said Michelle through Xbox Live indie games in-classroom and online train- Rupp, Chair of the Minerva for the equivalent to $3 US, ing and will run six months. Foundation Board. has a number of increasingly The second component will Ambrose said the Minerva difficult levels, awarding users match each woman with men- Foundation and the govern- gold coins for solving the puz- tors from her field of interest ment share similar visions for zles with the fewest number of and allow the women to apply women in leadership roles. moves possible. Players get sil- the classroom skills they’ve “I know how important it is ver coins if they take an extra picked up to a specific project. to gain confidence and expe- turn. They get a bronze medal Participants can be from rience so that when positions if they complete the puzzle but a business, non-profit or like this become available, take more moves to solve it. Ward Perrin/PnG community-leadership young women feel they have “It seems like everybody who Ranyl Bantog, pictured in his lab Monday, is in the B.C. Institute of Technology’s first graduating background. the capacity to take on those has found it so far likes it,” said class to have a game development option as part of its Bachelor of Technology program. Xbox Live The end goal of the program roles,” said Ambrose. Bantog, who said sales since is selling a game created by his two-person company, Good Guy Robots. is to increase the number of the game’s release last Thurs- women in leadership positions email@example.com day have totalled 38, although the school that Bill Gates once characters Jikko and Kana, home, Schroeder had sent con- the game’s unexpected quick went to. At 34, Bantog has both from Ninja school, set off cept art. That success prompted review process left him without an 11-year-old daughter (the to rescue their Ninja sensei who the partnership with Good Guy a trailer or other promotional reigning high scorer on Codex) was kidnapped by the warthog Robots. Run, Jump, Slash is material to draw attention to and two sons, one soon turning army. being created with the help of it. four, the other a one-year-old. Good Guy Robots is a part- three of Bantog’s BCIT class- Codex is only the first release Run, Jump, Slash, an action nership between Bantog and mates Jim Slemin, Brian Hume for Bantog’s fledgling two- game with the look of a Satur- Tyler Schroeder, an artist and and Alex Fontaine. person company Good Guy day morning cartoon, is due the husband of Bantog’s wife’s Meanwhile, Bantog is juggling Robots, which he launched for out in time for Christmas and best friend. Schroeder stepped his schoolwork at BCIT with a Codex and other games that are Bantog sees that game – which in when Bantog and some BCIT one-day-a-week job at the Van- already in the works. is a reminiscent of Super Mario classmates were stymied at a couver police department doing The puzzle game was only with running, jumping, taking global game jam at the Univer- programming work to help pay created for the class project but on bad guys and collecting trea- sity of B.C. last January. In the the bills. Another game in the Bantog’s real focus for Good sure along the way – as reflec- game jam, the creators had 48 works is an educational one tar- Guy Robots is on action games tive of Good Guy’s focus. hours to create a game. Ban- geted for grade six math. Ban- his kids would enjoy. Bantog With the game not even yet tog and four other program- tog is also dealing with UBC in hardly looks old enough to ready for release, Bantog said mers had a concept for a game developing a research platform have kids but he is a father of he got an e-mail from a fan in but no artist to provide the art- to study the effectiveness of three and is back in Vancouver France who has started a users’ work. Bantog called Schroeder educational games. Wayne Leidenfrost/ PnG after a stint working for Micro- group based on an early pre- from UBC and by the time Ban- Status of Women Minister Rona Ambrose announced funding soft, where his kids attended view. In that game, the two tog drove to his east Vancouver firstname.lastname@example.org Monday to help women develop leadership skills. real esTaTe Bubbles threaten to burst in hottest housing markets, report warns bursting. cities has historically held sta- increases have exceeded the in Canada could change rap- which required a down payment By Norma greeNaway “The hottest six real-estate ble at between $150,000 and growth in inflation, household idly if mortgage rates return of 10 per cent and a 25-year markets could be in for a cor- $220,00 in today’s dollars. But incomes and economic growth. even part way to their historic mortgage. Current rules call Steep housing price increases rection at best or, at worst, a the current average price in all “Canada is experiencing for norms,” the report says. for five per cent down and a in six of Canada’s hottest real bubble burst,” writes David six major markets now is over the first time in the last 30 Macdonald, a research asso- 35-year mortgage. estate markets since 2002 Macdonald. “Rate setters at $300,000. years, a synchronized housing ciate with the centre, said in Macdonald says the best sce- have all the hallmarks of an the big banks are in the driver’s Macdonald says a housing bubble across the six largest an interview he doesn’t expect nario would be to have housing “accident waiting to happen” if seat now as mortgage rates inch bubble burst has been a rare residential real-estate markets mortgage rates to increase prices stagnate over the next mortgage rates rise too sharply, up. They need to hit the breaks phenomenon in Canada. Since in Canada.” much in the near term. His con- five to 10 years while inflation warns a new report. lightly.” 1980, it has only happened The report traces the trend cern is three to five years down slowly eats away at their value. The report by the Canadian The chief concern is the price three times — in Vancouver in in large part to low mortgage the road. The goal should be to get Centre for Policy Alternatives increases in those markets are 1981 and 1994, and in Toronto rates and access to easy credit, Macdonald called on the big prices back to the “comfort says smart mortgage rate set- outside the “historic comfort in 1989. which can encourage buyers to banks and other mortgage zone” where house prices are ting is needed to prevent the level,” which makes them much “But the steep rise in house purchase homes they might not lenders to stick to slow, gentle in line with inflation and own- bubbles hanging over the more susceptible to mortgage prices in so many cities displays otherwise be able to afford. increases to avert the bottom ers neither gain nor lose a lot of housing markets in Vancouver, rate changes, the report said. all the hallmarks of an accident “While housing may be falling out of housing prices. money when they sell. Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, The average, inflation- waiting to happen,” Macdon- ‘affordable’ based on record low He also recommended return- Ottawa and Montreal from adjusted house price in the ald writes, adding the price rates, the affordability situation ing to pre-2006 mortgage rules, Postmedia News online inSiDe | C10 weDneSDay Quarterly reports Personal finance Secret codes The Bank of Nova Scotia is among Budgeting is something that money There are mysterious symbols companies expected to release third- quarter financial results today. Updates at www.vancouversun.com/business should be at the top of students’ to-do lists as college and university resume next week. Watch popping up on Vancouver lampposts. It’s a code that only those with smartphones can unravel.
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