Ian Verchere (’89)
Ian is a creative producer, writer and visual artist. Since graduating with honours from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (ECIAD) in 1989, he has been involved in the creation and development of dozens of games for computers, game consoles, and mobile devices. Millions of people have enjoyed playing SSX Tricky and NBA Street V2 on PlayStation and Xbox, and the classic Sega Genesis RPG Beavis and Butt-Head. On mobile devices, over 20 million people have now connected and competed against each other in games like Red Bull Air Race and Bike Unchained. His new company, Session Games, is developing original titles for mobile, virtual and augmented reality; and continues live game development for Red Bull Media House.
Ian has a long history in the Vancouver game industry; he was one of the founders of Radical Entertainment in 1990, and co-founded Roadhouse Interactive two decades later. Prior to going to attending ECIAD, he skied professionally for 15 years, and was one of the pioneers of freeride mountain biking on Vancouver’s North Shore. He was the lead singer of Vancouver punk legends Curious George, a band formed in the print shop of Emily Carr, and along with fellow ECIAD alumni Douglas Coupland, co-wrote Mom’s Cookies, a feature screenplay that was bought by Disney. Coupland also provided a forward for Ian’s first non-fiction work, V0N1B0 General Delivery, which was published by Douglas & McIntyre in 2006. The book is a sardonic memoir of having lived in Whistler for several years. Ian builds things that aren’t games with his wife, the artist Germaine Koh, in East Vancouver, and on Saltspring Island.