The Executive Team

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David Bloomberg

Executive
Owner

Dave Bloomberg, co-owner of both Breakout & the Niagara Boardgaming Weekend, started gaming when he was 15 by being introduced to his first RPG; D&D – the Red Box edition. But his love of History and Politics led him to buy his first true wargame, Panzer Leader, and his passion for wargaming never ceased since that fateful day. Over the last 13 years, he co-founded the Toronto Area Boardgaming Society and has watched the Toronto board gaming scene grow into an incredible community of tabletop game enthusiasts. Now, if he could just find the time to play some of those 5000 counter wargame titles he owns, all still in shrink, he would really be happy!

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Pete L.

Executive
Owner

An avid gamer since youth, Pete’s interest in the hobby increased tremendously after being introduced, like so many, to D&D. Shortly thereafter, his passion for tabletop gaming grew as countless hours were spent with friends playing a variety of board gaming titles. Since co-founding the Toronto Area Boardgaming Society (TABS) in 2004, Pete has seen the board gaming community grow tremendously and flourish, and ultimately this led to a decision to establish a multi-day convention dedicated to tabletop gaming called Breakout, which he co-founded in 2016. Without question, his interaction with this expansive community of gaming enthusiasts and the many new friends that have come from it, has been one of his greatest pleasures, all the more so, on those occasions when he can find time to sit down, play and socialize with them.

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Kate Bullock

Executive

Kate Bullock is a community and convention organizer from the wilds of Canada. She's the President of the Indie Game Developer Network (IGDN), game room coordinator for Magpie Games, and one of the main organizers of Breakout Gaming Convention. You can find her blog at bluestockings.ca and her game, Crossroads Carnival, at Magpie Games. Her freelance gaming work can be found in Hack the Planet, The Veil: Cascade, Codex, and Atlas Animalis. She's best known for her work in community development, safety and inclusion, and convention organizing.

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Adam-Ali Kanji-Lalani

Executive

(He/Him) A community organizer and notable werewolf, Adam-Ali’s love of all things game is driven through a love of improvisation and a flair for the dramatic. Since starting off with chess and Monopoly all those years ago, his soft spots have veered into tabletop RPGs, live-action roleplay and whatever new thing he can try at least once. His current list of favourite games includes Urban Shadows, Dragon Age the RPG and Disney’s Villainous. When not co-organizing the Toronto Area Gamers, the Toronto Gaymers, or being part of the admin team right here at Breakoutcon, Adam-Ali can be found exploring new games out in the wild, reading good books, and leading haunted ghost tours.

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Christopher Ono

Executive

Christopher Ono is an architectural designer and manager whose love of boardgames, graphic design and history has translated into a variety of activities within the table-top gaming community. He is founder and current organizer of the Canucks Amuck monthly wargaming meet-up, does freelance graphic art and scenario design work for game publishers and has been a member of the Toronto Area Boardgaming Society steering committee for eight years. He’s happiest socializing around a gaming table, learning new and innovative games and making little “pew-pew” and explosion noises when his cardboard and plastic minions make war.

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Vicky Chin

Executive

Vicky is mostly known as a cosplayer and content creator under her online persona "Vickybunnyangel", but board gaming is her refuge when she just wants to unplug and unwind. Regulars of 401 Games may recognize her face as one that used to be behind the counter, and the organizer of several community outreach initiatives like Board Game Designer Night, demo days, and International Tabletop Day. Her favorite games at the moment are Dinosaur Island, Spirit Island, Fog of Love, Roll Player, and Champions of Midgard.

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Rob Deobald

Executive

Rob Deobald (he/him) is a community and convention organizer, podcaster, designer and tabletop game aficionado! He is an organizer for the Toronto Area Gamers community, and Breakout. Rob loves games ranging from epics abundant with intense world building and cosmic weirdness to quiet, introspective games that are personal and try to punch you in the guts.

The Operations Team

Ty Rodney

Operations

Ty Rodney (He/Him) would make for a great fantasy dwarf were it not for his terrible habit of missing deadlines. Having spent a childhood steeped in fantasy novels, cartoons and anime, Ty's now decade long love affair with gaming was more a matter of when than if. Though he dabbled throughout the years, Ty only got into tabletop RPGs after joining a Toronto Area Gamers sponsored superhero game that he often describes as 'The game that taught him games could be fun'. Nowadays Ty spends his hobby time writing for LARPs, running tabletop games and getting far too enthusiastic about pretty much anything. At Breakout Con, Ty can be found either running as if something were on fire or simply running the RPG Room.

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Amber Hines

Operations

Amber has been working with game designers for the past ten years, and is excited to return to Breakout for a second year. She’ll be one of the first faces you see at the convention, so make sure you say hi when you stop by the admin table!

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Karen Holah

Operations

Karen has played board and card games all her life. She figured she had found Nirvana when a friend told her that there were conventions for that!!! Since then, she has been demoing and teaching games any chance she gets. Karen can often be found at a demo table or running tournaments at local conventions. One of her favourite things is to get that game onto the table that someone has been avoiding because no one has taught them how to play it. Karen is in her happy place when she is surrounded by boards, cards, dice, meeples and players to share her passion with!

Jeremy Johnston

Jeremy Johnston

Operations

Jeremy Johnston is a long time roleplayer, having started with Dungeons and Dragons briefly, then playing Rifts and other RPG systems for two decades before coming back to D&D fifth edition.  Jeremy founded Unite the Factions, a volunteer group dedicated to spreading the hobby throughout the Greater Toronto Area. The group exclusively runs D&D Adventurers League events, capitalizing on the system's portability and accessibility to welcome new and returning players and to provide a consistent high quality play experience for all. Jeremy's passion and drive are behind events such as the first Adventurers League Open in Canada and Deadwinter Day 2018 (in Mississauga) showcasing adventures created by local authors.  Not many know it, but Jeremy also loves taking pictures and giving hugs, so feel free to ask for either or both ... and he will never pass up an invitation to Storm Crow Manor.

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Jessica Mifsud

Operations

Jessica (she/her) has always loved stories. That journey has taken her from Dungeons and Dragons, to the world of boffer LARP, to RPGs. She’ll read anything, but has especially strong opinions about fantasy novels and unreliable narrators. She would love to hear about your favourite reads, so please come and say hello. Jessica is thrilled to be returning to the Breakout Store for a third year.

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Corey Reid

Operations

Corey Reid (he/him) has been messing around in tabletop RPGs since the late Middle Ages, and loves talking about and listening to other people talk about games. He’s also quite loud and fairly tall, so he’s easy to find in large gatherings. At Breakout this year he’ll be hosting panels and helping lost children avenge their fallen parents.