Deirdre Ayre

Deirdre Ayre

Deirdre Ayre

Head of Canadian Operations, Other Ocean Group Canada Ltd

Director

In 2006 Deirdre spearheaded the establishment of Other Ocean’s videogame development
studio on PEI – a spin off of a company her brother had founded in California. In 2007 she
oversaw the establishment of Other Ocean’s Quality Assurance Company Sculpin QA, followed
by the establishment of Other Ocean’s studio in St. John’s, NL. In 2013 Other Ocean’s original
PEI development studio was acquired by corporate giant Electronic Arts. In 2016 Deirdre
re-established Other Ocean’s production presence on PEI by expanding Sculpin to include
development of Original IP. Deirdre is recognized for her commitment to economic and social
diversification in Atlantic Canada, her collaborative efforts with educational institutions, and her
success in recruiting top talent from around the World. Nationally she is known as a fierce
advocate for the Atlantic Canadian high-tech sector particularly in the areas of skills
development and immigration. In July 2018 Other Ocean Group, with its partners, was
nominated for an Emmy Award for their development work on the globally successful Rick and
Morty franchise. Other Ocean currently employs over 80 people in Atlantic Canada and its
current release, Project Winter, is enjoying Worldwide success.

Deirdre was the first Atlantic Canadian to be elected to the Board of the Entertainment Software
Association of Canada. She is past Chair of the Canadian Interactive Alliance. She is founder
and Chair of Videogames PEI. She is a member of the Board of Innovation PEI. She is an ex
officio for the Premier’s Council for Recovery and Growth on PEI. In 2018 Deirdre was awarded
the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of New Canadian’s Diversity Award. And 2021 she
was awarded the P. J. Gardiner Newfoundland and Labrador Entrepreneur of the Year Award.


Current Board of Directors

Dan Brake
Dan Brake Chair
Caron Hawco
Caron Hawco Director
Deirdre Ayre
Deirdre Ayre Director
Ellissa Hull
Ellissa Hull Director
Joe Hickey
Joe Hickey Director
Johanna Brown
Johanna Brown Director
Khalid Hasan
Khalid Hasan Director
Mark Cumby
Mark Cumby Director
Neil Coombs
Neil Coombs Director
Sheri Wicks
Sheri Wicks Director
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