Statistical Analysis of Women’s Representation in the Animation and Visual Effects Industry in Vancouver - BC-362

Preferred Disciplines: Data analysis, statistics; Masters or PhD
Project length:  4 to 12 months (1 or 2 units)
Desired start date: As soon as possible
Location: Vancouver, BC
No. of Positions: 1
Preferences: A female would be preferred. Language: English
Company: Creative BC | Drawn Together Vancouver


About Company:

Creative BC brings a strategic and integrated approach to the growth and development of the province's creative industries. We provide professional expertise and business support to strengthen BC's motion picture, interactive digital, music and publishing sectors. Our programs, services and investments act as a catalyst to help these sectors realize their economic and creative potential and to contribute to the future prosperity of our province. Established by the provincial government, we collaborate with many provincial ministries and initiatives, municipal resources and relevant industry associations and committees to grow our sector.

Drawn Together Vancouver’s mission is to empower and advance women in the art, technical and business sectors of the animation industry, leading to greater diversity and equality in our storytelling. We are receiving funds for this project from 3 local studios (Atomic  Cartoons, Bardel, and Bron) plus we have a pledge for $5000 for The Canadian Producers Association (a non-profit BC trade organization that undertakes a variety of industry development initiatives to build the capacity of BC based companies) and are a candidate to receive funds from Creative BC (an organization that brings a strategic and integrated approach  to the growth and development  of the province's creative industries).

Project Description:

Without accurately gathered data including an understanding of how to collect that data and how to use it, Drawn Together Vancouver (DTV) struggles to address our goal which is to further the careers of women in business, technical and creative roles in Vancouver and BC thus providing richer and more diverse storytelling.

The goal of this project is to gather and analyse data relating to the number of women in the animation and visual effects industry in Vancouver focusing specifically on current number of women in creative, business and technical leadership roles. The goal is to set up a framework where we can effectively track the data regarding growth of women in leadership roles.

Background and required skills

Research Objectives/Sub-Objectives:

  • To track current numbers of women in leadership roles in creative, technical and business
  • To track increases or reductions in numbers of women in these roles
  • To track causes for increases or reductions in numbers of women in leadership roles
  • To be a leader in animation and visual effects nationally and internationally regarding sourcing data and implementing that data to provide tangible results


  • Survey local studios for basic statistics (number of employees, number of women employees)
  • Create a calculation method that relates to the uniqueness of the animation and vfx industry in Vancouver. Vancouver artists are mostly hired on a contract basis which can last from a few months to several years depending on the project. An artist may find that they work for several different studios in the course of their career. This can make tracking number complicated.
  • Survey industry employers and workers
  • Survey women in the industry to give context for why they're making certain career decisions and to take or turn down leadership opportunities
  • Analyse data to provide results that we can use to build statistical reporting to our members

Expertise and Skills Needed:

  • Data collection
  • Data analysis
  • Survey administration
  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis
  • Literature review.


For more info or to apply to this applied research position, please

  1. Check your eligibility and find more information about open projects.
  2. Complete this webform. You will be asked to upload your CV. Remember to indicate the title of the project(s) you are interested in and obtain your professor’s approval to proceed.
  3. Interested students need to get the approval from their supervisor and send their CV along with a link to their supervisor’s university webpage by applying through the webform or directly to Andrea Globa at agloba(a)