Four scholarship recipients from across Canada set to receive financial support and mentorship opportunities from leading animation studio; One recipient to receive $500 bursary

OTTAWA, ON – September 08, 2021 - Jam Filled Entertainment, a Boat Rocker company, announced the inaugural recipients of its scholarship program focused on attracting students from diverse backgrounds to the animation industry. The Jam Filled Diversity in Animation (JFDIA) scholarship program provides financial support and mentorship opportunities to promising second year animation program students.

The program, administered by Scholarship Partners Canada, a division of Universities Canada, on behalf of Jam Filled Entertainment, received dozens of applications. After careful review, four individual scholarships valued at $3,000 CAD per academic year, and renewable until the bachelor’s degree or diploma is obtained, have been awarded to:

  • Maïta Mutonji – Algonquin College
  • Joshua Sowa – Sheridan College
  • Christine Omere – Seneca College
  • Osazomwanogie Usuanlele – Seneca College

In addition, a $500 bursary was awarded to Marcos Silveira of Nova Scotia Community College.

“Thank you to every student who applied and congratulations to the recipients of the inaugural Jam Filled Diversity in Animation scholarship program,” said Kyle MacDougall, Phil Lafrance, and Jamie Leclaire, founders of Jam Filled Entertainment. “Diversity in animation is incredibly important to us and based on the quality of applications submitted for the program we believe the future of animation in Canada is bright.”

The Jam Filled Diversity in Animation scholarship program was launched earlier this year for students who identify as diverse and were entering the second year of an animation program at Algonquin College, Sheridan College, Seneca College, or Nova Scotia Community College.

“Congratulations to all the scholarship and bursary recipients,” said John Young, CEO, Boat Rocker Media. “Diversity and inclusivity are key pillars of Boat Rocker and we’re proud of the commitment Jam Filled has made to support students with diverse backgrounds through this important program.”

For more information about Jam Filled Entertainment and the Diversity in Animation scholarship program, please visit

About Jam Filled Entertainment

Founded in 2007, Jam Filled Entertainment is a full-service digital animation studio headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with additional studios in Toronto and Halifax. Acquired by Boat Rocker in 2016, Jam Filled offers industry-leading animation from a team of over 600 skilled artists and animators. The studio has worked on numerous hit shows, including The Casagrandes (Nickelodeon), The Loud  (Nickelodeon), Pinky Malinky (Netflix/Nickelodeon), Final Space (TBS), Thomas & Friends (Mattel Creative), the CBC holiday special The Great Northern Candy Drop,DC Super Hero Girls for Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network, and Dino Ranch (CBC, Disney Junior). For more information, please visit  

About Boat Rocker

Boat Rocker (TSX: BRMI) is the home for creative visionaries. An independent, integrated global entertainment company, Boat Rocker’s purpose is to tell stories and build iconic brands across all genres and mediums. With offices around the world, Boat Rocker’s creative and commercial capabilities include Scripted, Unscripted, and Kids & Family television production, distribution, brand & franchise management, a world-class animation studio, and talent management through Untitled Entertainment. A selection of Boat Rocker’s projects include: Invasion (Apple TV+), American Rust (Showtime), Orphan Black (BBC AMERICA, CTV Sci-Fi Channel), Dear…(Apple TV+), Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry (Apple TV+), The Next Step (BBC, Family Channel, CBC), Daniel Spellbound (Netflix), and Dino Ranch (Disney+, Disney Junior, CBC). For more information, please visit