Jeanne-Marie Owens


VP, People Experience / Nerdherder at Phoenix Labs

Jeanne-Marie Owens has been working in the video game industry since 2008, starting her career at BioWare Edmonton before moving to EA Canada. In 2014, she joined the founding team of Phoenix Labs, where she has since shepherded their growth from a 4-person start-up to a community of over 300 developers across four studio locations in Vancouver, Montreal, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Alongside her games industry journey, she branched off onto the motherhood sidequest – in fact, she often jokes that Phoenix Labs is her middle child, having started the role in 2014 when her eldest was only two, and her youngest being born along the way in 2016. In addition to leading the business operations of Phoenix Labs, Jeanne-Marie is a champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace, and has been invited to speak internationally as a consultant and commentator on DE&I and building great teams in the games industry. In 2019, Jeanne-Marie was invited to join the board of DigiBC, the industry group focused on making BC a global center of excellence for creative technology, and in 2021 was made chair of the Video Games Group Committee