Jade Raymond, born in 1975 in Montréal, Canada, is a video game producer, executive and, prior to that, TV host for The Electric Playground on G4. She graduated from McGill University with a bachelor's in computer science. After graduating, Raymond developed educational games for IBM and served as a consultant for Microsoft's Advanced Research Group.
She was the head of Montréal-based Motive Studios, a subsidiary of EA established by Raymond in July 2015. She was also responsible for Visceral Games, overseeing Amy Hennig's Star Wars project.
Raymond's start in the video game industry began with a programming job for Sony. Soon after, she signed with EA as a producer, working on The Sims Online. She then moved to There Inc. to work on There. During her time working at Ubisoft, she was the producer on Assassin's Creed, Assassin's Creed II and I Am Alive. Raymond was also the managing director of the newly founded Ubisoft Toronto and served as executive producer on Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Watch_Dogs.
In October 2014, Raymond announced her departure from Ubisoft to explore other interests and new opportunities. In July 2015, it was announced that she had joined EA to found a new studio in Montréal.
The 2015 Game Awards Flub
Jade made a special appearance to announce and hand out the award for Best Performance during the Game Awards for 2015. The award went to Viva Seifert for her performance in Her Story, however Jade stated that it was for 'The Witcher III: Wild Hunt', a game which Viva had no involvement with whatsoever. It was later confirmed by Geoff Keighley via Twitter that the fault was with the misinformation on the card she read from, and not Jade herself.
Outside the Game Industry
Outside of the gaming industry, Jade Raymond also has a seat on the board of directors for Leave Out ViolencE, or L.O.V.E.