Wojtek Kawczynski, MSc, MBA

Wojtek
Kawczynski, MSc, MBA

Biography

Wojtek Kawczynski teaches part-time at George Brown College in the game design program. As well, he runs BDA Entertainment with a focus on growing Realm of Empires, the company's flagship massively multiplayer online real-time strategy game.

Prior to this, Wojtek headed up the studio division of TransGaming with responsibilities for strategy, game design, operations, business development and partnerships. The division developed and published six games spanning iOS, Wii, PC, Mac and GameTree TV. While running the game division of SilverBirch, Wojtek set strategy, oversaw the operations of the publishing and development groups, identified merger and acquisition opportunities, and led integration efforts within the division. He also directly ran the operations of SilverBirch Studios, the development studio that founded the game division.

Before entering the game industry, Wojtek worked at an enterprise software start-up as director of product management and before that spent five years at one of Canada’s top venture capital firms as an investment officer. In his spare time, Wojtek coaches a girls rep soccer team as well as doing the occasional consulting project through his company, Wark Studios.

Academic Credentials

Master of Business Administration, Schulich School of Business, York University, 2001

Master of Science, McGill University, 1995

Bachelor of of Science, Concordia University, 1992

Areas of Specialization

Business

Portfolio Preparation

Areas of Expertise

Start-ups

Strategy

Business Development

Fundraising

Career Highlights

2014-Present – Chief Executive Officer, BDA Entertainment Inc.

2013-Present – Part-time Professor, George Brown College

2013-Present – Chief Executive Officer, Wark Studios

2009-2013 – Managing Director, Studios, TransGaming Inc.

2007-2009 – Senior Vice President and General Manager, SilverBirch Inc.

2004-2007 – Director of Product Management, Avokia

1999-2004 – Associate, Venture West

Other Activities

Soccer Coach – SC Toronto, girls rep team, 2002-Present

Member – Advisory Committee, Interactive Digital Media Group, Ontario Media Development Corporation, 2008-2012