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Parliament: The Virtual Experience

A co-production by the Library of Parliament and the National Film Board of Canada.
Creative team: Émilie F. Grenier, David Drury, Dpt. and Stéphane Poirier

2020 | 15 min

Selections and Awards

  • Winner : Best Interactive Experience: all categoriesGemini Awards 2020

About the Virtual Experience

Trailer – The Virtual Experience (60s)

Trailer – The Virtual Experience (20s)

Trailer – The Virtual Reality Experience

Parliament: The Virtual Reality Experience (360º video version)

Discover Parliament



Centre Block’s iconic spaces

The Virtual Reality Experience

The Online Experience (mobile & desktop)


Kit Frost
Executive Producer (Library of Parliament)

Kit Frost

Kit Frost is a Chief in Public Education Programs at the Library of Parliament. Originally trained in public history and museology, she has dedicated the past 15 years to projects that connect Canadians to Parliament on a variety of platforms. A specialist in interpretation and content creation, Kit has worked on interactive websites, print, video and public programming—all driven by the goal of helping Canadians to understand and engage with federal democracy and its role in the lives of people across the country.

Marie-Pier Gauthier
Producer (NFB)

Marie-Pier Gauthier

Marie-Pier Gauthier is a producer at the NFB’s Montreal Interactive Studio and has been contributing to this rich narrative laboratory for the past eight years. Whether it’s digital creation on mobile phones or on the web, interactive installations or virtual or augmented reality projects, she supervises the execution of projects by innovative creators working at the crossroads of different disciplines. She produces projects using a range of storytelling tools, including social networks, code, design, artificial intelligence, and conversational robots. With degrees in journalism and interactive production, Marie-Pier has collaborated on more than 100 interactive works (including The Enemy, Do Not Track, and Way to Go) which have received more than 100 awards in Canada and abroad. Marie-Pier is the first woman to occupy the role of producer at the Interactive Studio.

Louis-Richard Tremblay
Executive Producer (NFB)

Louis-Richard Tremblay

As an Executive Producer, Louis-Richard works at the converging point between documentary and technology and is involved in projects where interactivity helps to explain phenomena that affect individuals and societies. Trained in political science, he veered into radio and architecture before collaborating on the multi-platform media Bandeapart.fm and the creation of digital journalism units at Radio-Canada. His recent productions explore mobile experiences and immersive environments in virtual reality.

Hugues Sweeney
Executive Producer (NFB)
Photo : Karim Ben Khelifa

Hugues Sweeney

After several years of contorting both words and ideas through the study of philosophy, literature and death metal, Hugues Sweeney became interested in stories and the opportunities that technology offers to tell them. He first worked in new media at Radio-Canada, then as head of Bande à part and Espace musique, before joining the National Film Board of Canada in 2009 as executive producer dedicated to interactive works. Whether experimenting with the grammar of interaction, with sound creation or generative art, NFB Interactive Studio projects have received numerous international awards, including honours from SXSW and the Japan Media Arts festival, a Boomerang, and a FIPA d’or, as well as Digital Emmy, IDFA, and Gémeaux nominations.



Émilie F. Grenier
Creative Director

Émilie F. Grenier

Emilie F. Grenier is a narrative designer dedicated to the creation of remarkable objects and experiences. Her awarded portfolio spans across various platforms such as objects, spaces, cities and digital. Her work stems from deep research into materials and the significance of stories as cultural conduits. She perceives her role as a bridge between craft, user and experience, and designs with an interest for the social forces that drive us. She holds an MA in Material Futures from London Central Saint Martins, and her final project on the future of resources in the context of the 2013 economical crisis was selected by British design icon Tom Dixon to open at the Milan MOST Salone – and was further acquired by the Musée National des beaux-arts du Québec for their permanent collection. She strives for uniqueness and emotion. After Alfred Premium and Airplane Mode, this is her third collaboration with the NFB.

David Drury
Music and Sound Design
Photo : Varial Cédric Houin

David Drury

Born and raised in Montreal, David Drury has worked in music and sound art since the late nineties. He has produced an impressive catalogue of sound design and worked with a wide array of collaborators, including Moment Factory, DailyTous les Jours, Dpt., and the National Film Board of Canada. David has scored films, television shows, dance, and theatre. His own installation works have been featured at the International Computer Music Conference, Nuit Blanche, Mutek and Son & Vision, among others. David holds both a degree in electroacoustic music at Concordia University and a master’s in Sound Arts at SARC, Queens University, Belfast.

Conception, Design and Programming


Dpt. is an immersive experience studio at the intersection of film and gaming, art and code, design and research.

Stéphane Poirier
Photo : Shany Bélanger

Stéphane Poirier

Stéphane Poirier is an illustrator who lives and works in Montreal. The luscious documentary picture books he constantly read as a child exerted a lasting fascination on him. He thought his passion for understanding things would lead to a career in the sciences, but he ended up becoming an illustrator. In his work, which combines graphic design with traditional illustration, he takes a project-based approach, adapting his style to the idea at hand. Stéphane has worked across a multitude of disciplines on a variety of editorial assignments, publishing projects, permanent installations in museums, animations and interactive installations.


A production by
Library of Parliament
National Film Board of Canada

Creative Team

Creative Direction
Émilie F. Grenier

An experience built by

Music and Sound Design
David Drury

3D Modelling (VR)
Carleton Immersive Media Studio

Illustrations (Web)
Stéphane Poirier

Visual Identity
Anouk Pennel and Leon Lo (Feed)

Jeni Ross


Creative Direction
Nicolas S. Roy

Art Direction
Raed Moussa

Technology Direction (VR)
Hugues Bruyère

Project Management
Caroline Deforges
Geneviève Trépanier

Programming (VR)
Louis Thériault-Boivin
Josquin Zabka
Alexandre Bordereau

Programming (Web)
Stéphane Demotte
Arnaud Blaszkowski

3D Artists (VR)
Samuel Walker
Hugo Forget

Carleton Immersive Media Studio (VR)
Stephen Fai
Katie Graham
Cailen Pybus
BIM team
DAS team


Illustrations (VR)
Stéphane Poirier
Pascaline Lefebvre
Delphine Meier

Storyboards and Concept Art (VR)
Jean-Philippe Marcotte

Set Director (Narration Recording)
Benoît Rousseau

Maxime Giroux Casting Inc.

Juliana Urban
Emily Wall
Charlotte Cumberbirch
Alexandra Asher
Samuel Champagne
Arthur Tanguay-Labrosse
David Benson
Victor Léouffre

Choirmaster and Arranger
Francis Choinière

Library of Parliament

Executive Direction
Heather Lank, Parliamentary Librarian
Catherine MacLeod

Project Direction
Benoit Morin

Project Lead
Kit Frost

Project Team
Renée Asselin
Jennifer Ford
Elizabeth MacLean
Lindsay Moore
Laura Munn-Rivard

The National Film Board of Canada

Executive Producers
Hugues Sweeney
Louis-Richard Tremblay

Executive Director, Institutional Program
André Picard

Marie-Pier Gauthier

Senior Production Coordinator
Marie-Eve Babineau

Editorial Managers
Laurence Dolbec
Valérie Darveau

Technology Director
Martin Viau

Production Coordinators
Dominique Brunet
Caroline Fournier

Senior Administrative Coordinator
Claudia Boutin

Marie-Andrée Bonneau

Technical Coordinator (Post Production)
Mira Mailhot

Narration Recording and Premix
Geoff Mitchell

Information Technology
Sergiu Suciu

Marketing Managers
Tammy Peddle
Gabrielle Harvey

Marketing Coordinators
Stéphanie Quevillon
Sophie Thouin

Social Media Strategist
Emilie Nguyen Ngoc
Hannah Martin

Community Managers
Melissa Sauvé
Alyssia Duval-Nguon

Head, Media Relations
Magalie Boutin

Press Relations
Marie-Claude Lamoureux

Legal Services
Dominique Aubry
Julie Patry
Jean-Claude Wazik

Special Thanks
The Honourable George J. Furey, Q.C., Speaker of the Senate
The Honourable Anthony Rota, P.C., M.P., Speaker of the House of Commons
The Honourable Geoff Regan, P.C., M.P., Speaker of the House of Commons
Sonia L’Heureux
Manon Robert
Christine Ivory
Élise Hurtubise-Loranger
Téa Markovic
Rebecca West
Mivil Deschênes
Dominic Turmel
Jill Murray
Tracy Bacenas
Rebecca Windheim
Ruben Farrus
Raphaëlle MacKay
Guillaume Blanchet


Archival audio presented courtesy of
Senate of Canada
House of Commons of Canada

© 2020 Library of Parliament and National Film Board of Canada

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  • About the NFB

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