A graduate in business from the Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec (BAA), Sylvain Viau has been involved in audiovisual work for the last 15 years. Whether behind the camera as director or in front of it in an acting capacity, he has developed a very diversified track record in this activity sector. His passage at the department of youth and animation at Motion International (now TVA International), gave him valuable experience in planning and budget tracking for Canada/Europe television coproductions in 2D animation, highlighted by such work as the Adventures of a Fly and Fantômette. Since 2002, he has acted as executive producer for such series as Martin Mystery, Totally Spies, Team Galaxy, Monster Buster Club, Amazing Spiez and Walter!. As president of IEC, Mr. Viau was nominated as a finalist in 2005 in Quebec for the internationally recognized business achievement awards from Ernst&Young in the Emerging Entrepreneur category and in 2010 was awarded the E&Y top prize as Entrepreneur of the Year – Media and Entertainment. He also was a laureate for the Mérite STIQ 2005 awards for having set a standard for integrating the best business practices in Quebec.
Mr. Viau is also a representative of the Cinema/Television grouping at the Quebec Cinema and Television Bureau (BCTQ) and is occasionally invited as a speaker at international events. In this regard he represented Canada at Cannes in 2009 and his topic was how Quebec/Canada coproductions work in the animation sector and, in January 2011, he represented Canada at the Forum Blanc in France to discuss the new multiplatform avenues in Canada.