Ian Grais, Founder & National Creative Director
Rethink Canada, Vancouver, BC
Ian was born and raised in Western Canada. He studied Economics at the University of British Columbia then advertising and design at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, prior to founding Rethink in 1999. Rethink was recently awarded Silver for Canadian Design Agency of the Year by Strategy. At Rethink, Ian directs a wide range of projects encompassing design, interactive, installation, advertising and social. Ian has been ranked by Strategy as the number one art director and the number one creative director in Canada numerous times.
Katie Maasik, Senior Designer
Saje Natural Wellness, Vancouver, BC
Lauren Wickware RGD, Graphic Design & Art Direction
Lauren Wickware Design, Hamilton, ON
Lauren partners with cultural institutions to create a broad range of materials with a focus on publication design. She does more than simply move boxes around on a page—she is passionate about creating work that has longevity, extending the life and expanding the reach of a text, event or exhibition by creating highly tactile and tangible objects. Lauren’s portfolio includes projects for the Aga Khan Museum, ACTRA National, the Art Gallery of Ontario and RBC Royal Bank of Canada. Her work is recognized for its excellence through various awards, including from The Advertising and Design Club of Canada, the Alcuin Society, the Ontario Association of Art Galleries, and Applied Arts. A graduate of OCAD and Parsons The New School for Design, Lauren cultivates the next generation of designers as a faculty member of the Interdisciplinary Design Strategy and Graphic Design Programs at George Brown College’s School of Design.
Design Exponent at Automattic
Washington, DCAshleigh is an international speaker, strategic creative, and an advocate for design's ability to break barriers and create positive social change. She is also an executive board member for AIGA and an editorial board member for Design Observer. Ashleigh served as the Creative Director and a Digital Strategist for the Obama White House, from within the first-ever Office of Digital Strategy. She is also the president emeritus of AIGA Washington D.C., where she formed and leads DotGovDesign, an initiative and annual conference connecting and empowering government designers.
Daniel Gordon RGD
Director, Information/Knowledge Management, at Health Canada
Simone St. Aimée
Senior Designer at CNIB