In-house Panel: What makes a successful in-house designer?

Join our panelists as they share tips to guide designers along meaningful career paths while ensuring they stay productive and valued within their creative teams. They'll offer tips for managing conflict; define mentorship vs management; and identify the traits they most value in their team members and how to encourage and cultivate those traits in all creative professionals.


The panelists will discuss:

- How to respond to feedback from in-house colleagues when it isn’t clear or you don’t agree with it.
- How to effectively sell your ideas to internal decision makers and train your non-design co-workers to understand design.
- How to keep skills current and stay motivated and creative.
- How to make the transition from in-house designer to manager.




Moderated by:

Gigi Lau RGDHarlequin

Gigi is an art director at the world's leading publisher for women's fiction, Harlequin Books. For over the past 12 years, Gigi has created compelling book covers for bestselling, emerging and debut authors. The books she designed and art directed have hit the New York Times bestseller list and been recognized with national and international awards.



Josh McInerney RGDRyerson University

Josh is the Manager of Design and Creative Services at Ryerson University. He was also creative director and partner at Modu Design where he worked on design projects for BMW, Manulife Financial, The University of Toronto and Cineplex. Josh has spoken on branding, design and creative thinking at the Schulich School of Business, at the RGD DesignThinkers Conference, and the creator of the Start Up Design speaker series. He is also sits on the advisory board of NextCanada for helping new tech startups with their branding and design. Josh has been recognized by HOW Magazine, Marketing Magazine (“Great Canadian CreativeFaceoff 2010”), the Web Marketing Awards, and the Retail Advertising and Marketing Awards. When not designing (which rarely happens) he's probably chasing after with his son, burning a perfectly good risotto, or playing a pretty mean harmonica. @mickandernie


Munro CullenCBC

Munro is Senior Creative Director for CBC Communications, Marketing & Brand. He is a team leader and international award-winning Copywriter/Director with over ten years experience building brands and determining creative direction primarily within the broadcast entertainment industry, which includes prominent co-promotional campaigns for major national brands. Munro has proven ability to immediately grasp ideas and effectively communicate concepts with original, creative and inexhaustible commitment to finding solutions that generate results.
Michelle Hopgood RGDMartin Prosperity Institute
Michelle has a Bachelor of Design from OCADU and her Masters in Information, specializing in Knowledge and Information Management, from the University of Toronto. She is the lead Graphic Designer at U of T’s Rotman School’s Martin Prosperity Institute where she focuses on infographics, data visualization and design.