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September 2012

Landing a dream job through Mitacs-Accelerate

While completing her Masters program at the University of Toronto’s Department of Computer Science, international student Yeleiny Bonilla was seeking an internship with a well-known Canadian company. Her eight month Mitacs-Accelerate internship with Toronto-based Side Effects Software, a 25 year veteran in the 3D animation and visual effects world, proved to be an invaluable experience, landing her a full-time position in an industry and country she’s passionate about.

For the last year and a half, Side Effects Software had been developing a web-based marketplace for highly-customizable 3D content. Similar to Apple’s App Store or Android’s Market, the company’s Orbolt™ Smart Asset Store is an application marketplace where digital artists can purchase smart 3D assets. Entering the e-commerce marketplace for the first time meant the company faced a number of unique challenges. They turned to Yeleiny through Mitacs-Accelerate for web performance expertise. “In addition to excellent problem-solving abilities and a proactive results-focused ethic, Yeleiny brought a wealth of database knowledge and programming experience” says Luke Moore, Director of Special Projects at Side Effects Software. “She became an integral member of our development team, going above and beyond the research goals. Her contributions were pivotal in choosing the project’s direction and determining its long-term success. We hired her without hesitation.”

For Yeleiny, the real-world business skills she acquired during her internship were invaluable for her professional growth. “As a member of a multidisciplinary team of 3D artists, designers and software developers, I had the opportunity to contribute business decisions every step of the way. Coming from an undeveloped country like Cuba, the chance to be involved in the project from beginning to end gave me the confidence to thrive in a fast-pace environment.”  With the recent launch of the Orbolt™ Smart Asset Store, Yeleiny will continue to shape the direction of the project as a full-time employee.


Mitacs thanks the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario for their support of the Accelerate research internship in this story. Across Canada, the Accelerate program also receives support from Alberta Innovates, the Government of British Columbia, the Government of New Brunswick, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Prince Edward Island, the Government of Quebec, the Government of Saskatchewan,and Research Manitoba.


Do you have a business challenge that could benefit from a research solution? If so, contact Mitacs today to discuss partnership opportunities: BD@mitacs.ca