I enjoy being involved in creative discussions, contribute to fresh ideas that are dynamic and that challenge conventional thinking, and collaborate with other designers in a hands on studio environment. I’ve dedicated a portion of my career to programs that encourage creative thinkers who aspire to develop an identity for themselves in the design community. With real world experience, I believe I add a different and valuable perspective to classroom discussions, lectures, and design assignments.
As an active member of the Registered Graphic Design Association, I volunteer as a mentor, participate in the annual RGD Creative Direction Conference as a portfolio reviewer and lecturer and contribute articles to the RGD Insights newsletter.
Industry Advisor, George Brown College, Institute Without Boundaries International Charrette
I was invited to participate in the annual IwB Charrette as an industry advisor. It was a privilege to collaborate with students, faculty, and industry experts in exploring innovative solutions for complex issues and building towards the notion of a resilient city. The IwB hosted the annual Toronto International Charrette from February 26th to the 29th. There were 180 student participants that came from all over the world. The focus was on economic development and job creation for the Iveragh Peninsula located in the Southwestern part of Ireland in County Kerry.
Industry Advisor, Curriculum development Charrette – Degree Program
The GBC School Design held a curriculum development charrette for thier new proposed degree in Branding. The charrette brought together 29 participants, made up of faculty, industry, alumni, and students. Teams discussed everything from the name, brand, and elevator pitch for the degree, to the knowledge, attitudes, and skills of graduates, the structure of the four-year curriculum, and the course content and projects.
I was recently invited to speak at George Brown College School of Design to aspiring design entrepreneurs. These students are focused on designing and prototyping a product, exploring new technologies and acquiring basic entrepreneurial knowledge and skills. My lecture was on branding and sustainability in package design.