This 2-day event will maximise the opportunity for interaction between presenters and delegates. An invited list of international experts will lead the presentations, conversations and workshops.
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    Marian Bantjes
    (Canada) Typographic illustrator and educator, Marian’s long list of clients include Saks Fifth Avenue, Wallpaper*, WIRED, The Guardian (UK) and The New York Times.
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    David Berman
    (Canada) David Berman has over 25 years of experience in award-winning communication design, including Web design and software interface development. His professional work has brought him to over 25 countries in the past few years.
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    Peter Busby
    (Canada) Peter is a founder and recent Chair of the Canada Green Building Council, and he has devoted much of his time to his profession, to the community, and to the advancement of sustainable education and practices.
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    Don Ryun Chang
    (Korea) Don Ryun Chang is currently advisor for the Korean Olympic Committee, Seoul Metropolitan government and is the author of five books including 'How to succeed in business with design', 'Brand Media Innovation' and 'Birth of Place', which is in its second printing.
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    Frank Chimero
    (United States) Frank Chimero is a designer, illustrator, educator and writer in Portland, Oregon. His fascination with the creative process and visual experience informs all of his work.
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    Brian Collins
    (United States) Brian is Chief Creative Officer of COLLINS:, the design & innovation firm dedicated to inventing brand experiences and communications that shape companies and people for the better. The firm is a division of The Martin Agency, Adweek's Advertising Agency of the Year, 2010.
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    Ashwini Deshpande
    (India) After graduating from NID, Ashwini became a founding partner of Elephant Strategy + Design, India’s largest independent design consultancy. Her current priority is professional consultancy to help products & services become relevant in the emerging markets.
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    Valerie Elliott
    (Canada) Valerie Elliott, MGDC, has a life-long passion for protecting the environment which began in her late teens with the launch of her first book on energy conservation (1978).
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    Blair Enns
    (Canada) Blair Enns is the founder of Win Without Pitching and a business development consultant to creative firms world-wide. He is on a mission to change the way creative services are bought and sold.
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    Steve Fisher
    (United States) Steve is a renowned interactive designer and has taught numerous college courses.
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    Heather Fraser
    (Canada) Heather Fraser is Director of DesignWorks™ and Rotman’s Design Initiative. She is also an adjunct professor of Business Design at the Rotman School, which she joined in 2005 after over 25 years in industry.
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    Ali Gardiner
    (Canada) For almost eight years, Ali Gardiner has been working in her dream job promoting sport and Canada through branding and design for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
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    John Gleason
    (United States) John was Proctor & Gamble's first executive dedicated to leading and shaping the company's external design and innovation relationships. In 2007, John founded A Better View Strategic Consulting, LLC to "enhance the intersection of creative relationships".
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    Dr. Tony Golsby-Smith
    (Australia) Tony is the founder and CEO of Second Road Pty Ltd. Consulting for more than 20 years, he combines the arts of language, design and creative thinking to help transform corporate cultures through strategic innovation.
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    Ian Grais
    (Canada) Ian is Creative Director & Designer at Rethink Communications. He and his partner Chris Staples were ranked as Canada’s top creative directors in 2005, 2007 and 2008 by Strategy magazine. His work has been consistently recognised by major international award shows.
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    Bruce Haden
    (Canada) Bruce Haden is a partner at Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden Architects. His architectural and urban design work has been recognised globally, particularly for the Governor General’s and World Architecture Festival winning design for the Nk’ Mip Desert Cultural Centre.
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    Ben Hulse
    (Canada) Ben Hulse is the Design Manager for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Organizing Committee (VANOC). Born in North Yorkshire, England, Ben moved with his family to Western Canada as a child in 1986.
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    Ronald Kapaz
    (Brazil) Ronald Kapaz was born in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1956. Like all children, he began to draw at the age of 4 and, unlike most of them, never stopped...
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    David Lancashire
    (Australia) David’s collaboration with indigenous cultures has resulted in world class visitor centres in remote parts of Australia.
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    Dave Mason
    (Canada/United States) Award-winning designer, strategist, film producer, speaker and conference founder, Dave’s clients include Sesame Workshop, Swiss Army Brands, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NCR.
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    Debbie Millman
    (United States) Debbie Millman is President of the design division at Sterling Brands, working with global brands such as Pepsi, Procter & Gamble, Campbell’s, Colgate, Nestle and Hasbro. She is AIGA President, serves as Chair of the Masters in Branding Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and hosts “Design Matters with Debbie Millman.”
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    Martin Miruka
    (Kenya) Miruka is the Founder, CEO and Lead Strategist of ATOM-tdf, a Business Innovation and Brand Strategy firm based in Nairobi, Kenya. He has over fifteen years experience in entrepreneurship and is a pioneer and thought leader on Brand Strategy in Kenya.
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    Oscar Pena
    (The Netherlands) Oscar’s main function at Philips Design is Global Senior Creative Director for Lighting. He is also Creative Design Manager of the Consumer Lifestyle group. He oversees everyday design projects and strategic design initiatives, particularly for lighting, kitchen appliances and consumer lifestyle products.
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    Mark E. Sackett
    (United States) Mark has been an award-winning Designer/Director/Producer for 31 years. Founder of Brainfood Creative Programs, Mark is a public speaker and thought leader who helps people live more creative lives by teaching them about what he calls “Left of Center Thinking.”
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    Gregoire Serikoff
    (France) Design expert for the World Economic Forum and Regional Ambassador of INDEX: Design to Improve Life, Grégoire is also a founding member of The Value Web.
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    Nathan Shedroff
    (United States) Nathan is an Experience design pioneer and Chair of the Design Strategy MBA programme at the California College of the Arts.
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    Cameron Sinclair
    (United States) In 1999, Cameron Sinclair co-founded Architecture for Humanity, which seeks architectural solutions to humanitarian crisis and brings design services to communities in need.
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    Debra Sparrow
    (Canada) Debra is a self-taught Musqueam designer who integrates her peoples' history in her art and design.
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    Helen Walters
    (United States) Helen Walters is the editor of innovation and design at Bloomberg/ BusinessWeek, where she has covered the intersection of business and design since 2006.