Our advisory board

Kidpick’s advisory board is comprised of a talented group of individual experts that will guide and provide feedback on the development of high quality and user-friendly applications for children and their parents. Our Board includes parents, educators, restaurant owners, social media marketers, developers as well as digital content producers, creators and directors, all working towards making Kidpick the most exciting platform for kids!

Eric Birnberg

Eric Birnberg, LL.B. is an experienced entertainment lawyer with hands-on experience in film and television production and distribution, and broadcasting, providing services to an array of clients from Canadian television series hosts to international production and distribution companies, and broadcasters.

Eric is also a co-founder and partner of Behind the Scenes Services, the 14-year old Toronto-based company that both manages all business and legal affairs on several film, television and digital media projects annually, and handles specialized business administration services, for many small and large Canadian production houses.

Syd Kessler

Recently inducted into the Marketing Hall of Legends, Syd is a successful entrepreneur, creative marketing legend, and producer extraordinaire. Syd grew a joint venture in 1988 with John Labatt Ltd. called Supercorp from $10M annual revenue to over $150M in just four years, becoming the commercial production industry’s unrivaled leader, controlling 68% of all advertising production in Canada and 2% in the U.S. In 1994 he created The Kessler Group which secured contracts with such notable American firms as Dow Jones, Wal*Mart and US West. Syd then became Co-Director of KPMG’s e-commerce practice in 1997. Syd now spends his time identifying, investing and mentoring new businesses, principally in the entertainment, advertising, and insight research industries.

Kevin Shea

Kevin Shea is a former president of Sirius Satellite Radio, YTV Television Network, Global Television Network and Alliance Atlantis Communications. He serves on the marketing board of the National Capital Commission and chairs the Ontario Media Development Corporation. His past governance experience includes chairing the Canadian Film Centre and serving on the boards of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, Canadian Women in Communications, the Canadian Cable Television Association, the Canadian Film and Television Production Association, the Banff International Television Festival, Life Network, Prime TV Network, CN Tower Limited, Children’s Broadcast Institute and the Canadian Children’s Foundation. He also chaired the Toronto Tourism Recovery Alliance in the aftermath of SARS. In 2013, Kevin was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal.

Stephen Ellis

Stephen Ellis is a veteran Canadian media entrepreneur with an extensive career in global content creation and distribution.

He leads the RocketFuel Media team in developing multi-platform projects for both proprietary and client needs.

Stephen produced over 300 award-winning titles in the wildlife, history, science and kids genres, seen in over 100 countries.

Stephen has also been a long time advocate for independent producers, and was millennial chair of the Canadian Media Production Association from 2000 to 2002.

Gadi Pollack

Gadi is a multiple award-winning video game producer who has worked at the world’s top publishers on some of the industry’s biggest franchises. Gadi’s specialty is project management and operations, taking some of the most complex projects in the industry to completion. Most recently, Gadi helped Ganz Interactive by managing the repositioning of their billion-dollar interactive kid’s property, Webkinz. 

Gadi was Lead Producer at Electronic Arts in Montreal, working on titles such as Need for Speed Nitro for the Wii, garnering the 2009 E3 IGN Best Racing Award. From 2003-2008 Gadi worked at Ubisoft Montreal as Lead Producer, creating Prince of Persia Forgotten Sands for Ps#, xBox and PC, Lost, and the Farcry franchise.

Jacob Kessler

Jacob has spent the last fifteen years as an entrepreneur in the entertainment, advertising, and technology sectors, building successful enterprises with his father, Syd Kessler. Jacob has taken on different roles in these organisations, including general manager, business and marketing strategist, creative thinker, and executive producer. As a producer, Jacob has been involved and led over 500 productions throughout his career across multiple media, from traditional TV, radio, stereoscopic 3D, out of home, and online.

Odette Levy

Odette Levy serves as a Director of Spin Master, the leading global children’s entertainment company that creates, designs, manufactures, licenses and markets a diversified portfolio of innovative toys, games, products and entertainment properties. Odette is responsible for philanthropy, events and launched successful innovation programs for young creators.

Ben Zlotnick

Ben Zlotnick is the CEO and founder of the INcubes startup accelerator in Toronto, plus the owner of one of Toronto’s most successful landscape and construction companies.