Originally from Edmonton, Canada, I lived in Eindhoven, the Netherlands for 6 years. In 2014 I made the leap back across the Atlantic and moved to Toronto, Canada. Since the completion of my Masters Degree from the Man+Humanity department in 2010, I have worked as the lead designer for a social design organisation, as a designer within a financial company, an independent designer on social projects, a design researcher for the Design Academy Eindhoven, and now as the Academic Coordinator and faculty at the Institute without Boundaries post-graduate Interdisciplinary Design Strategy program.
During these various roles I have established a design department that applies design thinking into all aspects of a neighbourhood organisation, co-designed projects about teamwork development and change management, designed and lead a multi-stakeholder research project about ageing and mobility, and helped to design and implement an interdisciplinary strategic design post-graduate curriculum. I have also lead and facilitated countless workshops with both designers and non-designers.
Currently my interest is to understand the role a designer and design researcher plays in identifying and developing new ways of working, and ways of involving people and stakeholders into the design and creative process. My strengths include designing and leading workshops, encouraging people to think together, mentoring students and bringing enthusiasm into the mix! I work to pin-point what a project is and then set out to develop an approach, methods, and tools to carry it forward. I lead multi-disciplinary teams and work to bring diverse expertise to think and work together.
You are welcome to have a look at my CV to see a full list of experience.