Hear Josh Nilson’s unconventional path from rural BC, to being a proud Metis co-founder and CEO of the $150M tech company, East Side Games. Josh breaks the myth that you need to go to college or university to work in tech – and shares his beliefs that formal education requirements can block DEI initiatives.  This candid conversation will discuss the industry’s power, privilege, and social responsibility to move the needle on drawing more diverse people into the tech sector – and how the industry can become a great equalizer by opening up jobs for everyone.


  • Josh’s lived experience and non-traditional path from working in a rural kitchen in northern BC, to founding a highly successful gaming company
  • The opportunity to train and re skill workers from any demographic, geographic location or ethnicity into tech jobs
  • Raised awareness of the work that still needs to be done to build culturally safe, inclusive and welcoming work environments for Inuit, Metis and First Nations Peoples
  • How we can build towards drawing more diverse people into tech