Manuel Badel is a senior consultant and speaker, specialized in digital media financing, production, distribution and business models. He is a CIO Certified Blockchain Professional, focused on innovation and business applications of blockchain technologies in film, TV, digital media and gaming sectors. Manuel Badel contributed to initiate Blockchain TFO, the first prototyped solution of its kind in the Canadian broadcasting industry (2016-17); designed, organized and presented the first blockchain conference and workshop in a major film festival (Berlinale/EFM-Horizon 2018); is the author of the first research on blockchain and media industries in Canada (2019).
Manuel Badel benefits from a deep knowledge and expertise in Canadian funding programs, incentives and tax credits. He has worked on a diversity of digital projects, such as Panora.tv, the online content marketplace by CBC/Radio-Canada, and StellarX.io the VR/AR content creation platform by OVA. Manuel Badel previously served as a manager at Telefilm Canada, deputy director for the Canada Media Fund programs, and film-TV tax credit manager at SODEC. Over the years, he has built up strong professional networks in public and private sectors in Canada and at an international level.
Manuel Badel draws on a solid background in management, finance, marketing and e-commerce from École des HEC Montréal (B.B.A. and Graduate Diploma) and McGill University (project management). He is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Network of Innovation Clusters, the MIM (Montreal in Motion) series of events, is an advisor for the startup ikast.io, and is a member of Xn Québec and of the network of Ambassadors of the city of Lyon (Only Lyon).