[A near-final reminder to our friends in Canada that our colleagues' GDC Canada event is going off really rather soon now, if you want to go check it out - sounds like fun for the parties alone, actually.]

As GDC Canada nears, organizers have added key lectures for the May 6th-7th Vancouver event, including a BioWare duo on Dragon Age and former EA exec and current VC Glenn Entis on funding for game developers.

These confirmations come on the heels of already-announced emerging market lectures from Zynga and Diner Dash creator Nick Fortugno, and other recently debuted talks from Obsidian, Blizzard, Telltale, and Blue Castle Games execs and creators.

The new set of lectures round out a major program of events at the Vancouver, Canada-based show which include lectures on console and emerging markets. Some of the top new talks include:

- 'Bringing Dragon Age to Life - Digital Actors in an Epic RPG' features BioWare's lead animator Clove Roy and lead character artist Shane Hawco who will "provide an in-depth look in how to tell a huge complex story through an interactive narrative, complete with hundreds of emotionally engaging digital actors" for the Canadian-developed hit title Dragon Age: Origins.

- In 'Funding for Game Developers - Do's and Don'ts', Vanedge Capital co-founder Glenn Entis, formerly CTO of Electronic Arts and now running a game-focused VC fund, will give "an overview of what it takes to fund a young company or game development studio."

- Other notable GDC Canada lectures that have just debuted details include updates of high-rated GDC 2010 talks, including Bungie's Brian Sharp on 'Concrete Practices to be a Better Leader', and Critical Thought's David Whatley on 'Striking it Rich with iPhone Games: The geoDefense Example' -- plus Disney's Howard Donaldson debuting a talk on tax credits and game development.

GDC Canada tracks will also focus on hot game industry topics including digital distribution, social games, and iPhone games, with a full schedule of announced lectures now available.

The show, presented by Reboot Communications and this website's parent the UBM Techweb Game Network, will also host newly confirmed evening parties and networking events, as well as an expo hall. In addition, the debut of the Canadian Videogame Awards will occur the night before the show starts.

More information on the 2010 GDC Canada event, including pricing specifics, a full list of lectures and registration deadlines are available on the official GDC Canada website.