About The Speaker
Amanda Arrizza is the president and founder of Otakuthon, the largest fan-run Japanese anime convention in Quebec and the second largest of its kind in Canada. Since 2006, Otakuthon has been celebrating Japanese traditional and popular culture with fans and welcomed over 25500 fellow fans during its most recent physical edition. A fan of Japanese animation since her childhood, this pastime introduced her to the wonderful culture of fandom and community that she wanted to help grow and share with others to enjoy. Her efforts have helped Otakuthon earn an award from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in 2018 where the event was recognized for its promotion of cultural exchanges between Japan and Canada. When not running an anime convention, she can be found making detailed travel and financial planning.