The GDC National Executive is voted from the National Council and serve a 2-year term, to a maximum of 6 years (exclusive of the position of Past-President). The Executive committee manages the affairs of the Society and has the functions, duties and powers of a board of directors.
CGD, Moncton NB
President of Hudson Design Group, Jim is one of Atlantic Canada's leading graphic designers. A graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, receiving a Bachelor's degree in Communication Design in 1981, Jim has more than 25 years experience in conceptual development, communications and graphic design for regional, national and international clients. A professional member of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, he is the recipient of several design awards throughout his career. Jim began his professional design and advertising career in Halifax as a designer at Bruce Law & Associates Advertising, before taking a position as a senior designer with the Nova Scotia Department of Government Services. Late in 1983, Jim returned to Moncton and opened his own firm Hudson Design Group. Today, the firm continues to prosper and its 16 employees offer a full range of design, advertising and public relations services. A master problem solver, Jim's creative approach to visual communications have made him among the most sought after and respected designer in Atlantic Canada. Jim is a former Director of the Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce, and served as chair of the Communications committee for five consecutive years.
Roderick CJ Roodenburg CGD, Vancouver BC
Rod is the past GDC National VP Communications, past GDC BC VP Communications, Events Coordinator, and Association Liaison serving the Graphic Designers of Canada BC Chapter over 10 years. He is the past Chair of BC's Alliance of Professional Design Associations representing architecture, interior design, apparel design, industrial design and communication design. He has been named among the 'Top 40 under 40' by Business in Vancouver, and the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design presented him with an Emily Award for lifetime career and community achievement in 2000. Rod has lectured to business and design associations, students and professional designers throughout Canada and internationally, and judged design and fine arts awards shows. He is a past sessional faculty member at University College of the Fraser Valley and Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design. Co-founder of Ion Design Inc. in Vancouver, BC (with David Coates), Rod is active in all aspects of the firm, from creative through to administration.
, CGD, Athabasca AB
Since graduating from Red River College’s Advertising Art program in 1991, Jennifer has experienced the gamut of communication/design challenges, picked up awards and continues to be a strong advocate for the GDC since joining as a student member in 1989.
Jennifer Luckay has served as Treasurer on the Executive of the Manitoba and Vancouver Island Chapters, and is a founding member of the Arctic Chapter.
Jennifer started her design career with Fanfare Communications Group in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and worked her way up to Art Director and remained for several years before working with another design studio in Winnipeg for a year. Then she got the itch to move beyond. And after several years as creative director for an advertising agency in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, she started her own studio, working primarily with environmental organizations dedicated to protecting the Northern wilderness and preserving cultural heritage and resources. Jennifer continues to provide communication and creative services to her northern clients.
Jennifer is currently residing in Athabasca Alberta and provides her services to Athabasca University.
Tara Kerner-Marsh, LGDC, Victoria, BC
Tara Kerner-Marsh has spent over ten years pursuing her field of study in both Canada and Europe achieving honours and an award of excellence in enhanced media, graphic design and typography. During her studies in Europe, Tara also received a commendation from Vittorio Porcelli, Ordine Delgi Architetti of the Superior Institute of Architecture and Design in Milan, Italy.
Throughout her career Tara has been involved as a designer with various publications and international advertising endeavours. She entered the industry with her own freelance company from 2002 to 2004 and since 2005 she has been working in the public sector. Currently, she is a graphic designer/project manager for the Public Affairs Bureau Graphic Design Unit in the Government of British Columbia and proud to be able to contribute on many high profile projects. Presently, she sits on the B.C. Government Graphic Standards Committee as well as the Forms Committee and in 2009 she was a member of the Social Media Committee, providing recommendations on how to incorporate social media into future communications.
Tara has been actively involved in the Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) assisting in professional development event coordinating in 2006 and serving as the Vancouver Island Chapter Secretary from 2006 to 2010.
In her spare time Tara has exhibited ink sketches and acrylic paintings both in Canada and throughout Europe. Extracurricular interests and activities include print production, interior design, painting, cooking, running and badminton. Tara Kerner-Marsh and husband Duane reside in Victoria, British Columbia.
, BA, CGD, Victoria, BC
Vice President, Membership Chair
A professional member of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC), Patrice has more than 20 years experience in the design industry. Currently, a principal/member of Beacon Hill Communications Group Inc., she spent 11 years as a designer for the University of Victoria, and worked as a print and web designer at Hot House Marketing and Design. Patrice also designed for New Star Books, spent time as the art director at Key Pacific Publishers, and was production manager at Pacific Rim Publications. She graduated from the University of California with a degree in Psychology/Women's Studies. Her main areas of expertise are identity and logo design, publication design, and new media, including designing and producing websites and CD and video packaging with a focus on community and environmental organizations. Patrice is past National Council Representative for the Vancouver Island Chapter.
May Chung CGD, Halifax NS
May Chung, MGD, MGDC, is Associate Professor of Design at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, NSCAD University in Halifax, where she teaches Typography and Graphic design as it relates to cognition, technology, and culture. Her own practice focuses on institutional, exhibit, and corporate systems design with clients including colleges and universities in Alberta, British Columbia, and throughout the Maritimes; Vancouver EXPO' 86; Dow Chemical Inc.; Parks Canada and a variety of international partnerships with design practitioners in South Asia, South America and the United States. May has initiated and coordinated numerous collaborations between organizations such as Feed Nova Scotia, Heritage Trust (Atlantic Historical Architectural Preservation Society), 2b Theatre Company, and Brigadoon Children's Camp Society to foster awareness and her own interest in design opportunities for improvement of life. She was a board member of Design in Business Nova Scotia and currently serves on the board of the Mulan Chinese Cultural Centre and is a member of the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia.
FGDC, Vancouver BC
Vice President, Communications Chair
Matt graduated from Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario in 1983. He entered the business with Typsettra, one of Canada’s leading typesetting firms where he learned pre-computer era typography, handlettering and art assembly. Matt’s next move was to the Toronto office of world-renowned corporate identity specialists, Gottschalk + Ash International, where he worked as a production designer until 1989. That year he migrated to Vancouver where he joined one of the city’s leading firms, Herrainco Design Associates, where he worked until 1997 when Emdoubleyu Design became a full-time operation.
Matt is known as a strong advocate for design in Canada and beyond. He has been actively involved with the GDC since joining the BC Chapter in 1990, (he served as President on the GDC National Executive from 2002–2004), and was President of the BC Chapter from 1997 to 2000 and VP Communications from 1993 to 1997. He was also VP Communications on the National Executive 1998–2002 and was instrumental in developing the gdc.net newsletters, the GDC membership binder contents in 2001 and various award-winning promotional materials and ads for the GDC—especially the large AGM commemorative posters. Matt has also co-chaired the Environs Conferences in Vancouver 2000 and 2002 and was actively involved with the Vancouver Icograda Regional Meeting in March 2002. Matt coordinated a series of profiles on the GDC Fellows with Applied Arts magazine which were published in 2002–2003 and in 2003 he chaired the Graphex’03 National Design Awards. His work with the GDC has enabled him to promote the economic benefits of a strong community of graphic designers.
Matt’s outspoken and direct nature has led him to participate on a number of design-related committees such as the Alliance of Professional Design Associations (APDA) which was formed in BC in 1997; the Canadian Craft & Design Museum Advisory Committee from 2001–2002; the editorial advisory board of the GDC Journal from 1996 onwards; and the Canada Post Stamp Advisory Committee from August 2001 to 2008. He currently serves as Chair of the Kwantlen Graphic Design for Marketing Degree Program Advisory Committee and is an instructor in the BCIT/ECUAD Design Essentials program.
Steve Fisher, CGD, Vancouver, BC
Steve is an internationally renowned interactive designer, speaker and open source evangelist. He has done work for companies all over North America and travels the world talking about design, user experience and open source.
Currently Steve is working as the UX Director for Yellow Pencil, serves as the national vice president of web for the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada and can be found hanging out with some of the core teams contributing to open source projects like Drupal.
Steve likes running, fancy shirts and twitter. Find him at www.hellofisher.com or on Twitter: @hellofisher
Martin Batten, CGD, Vancouver, BC
Vice-President, Sponsorship Chair
[until November 2010]
With over 20 years designing compelling brands, Martin knows how to bring big ideas to life. Prior to joining Karo, Martin worked for some of Toronto’s premier design studios creating compelling design for top retail brands like Nestlé, Swiss Chalet, Smarties and Nescafé. At Karo, Martin has become one of the top brand advisors for our finance and insurance clients. His brand solutions helped PI Financial to overcome poor market reputation and re-positioned Schill Insurance and Renfrew Insurance to prepare them for market growth. Moreover, Martin is the creative lead in the development of Vancity’s first combined annual and accountability report for 2010.
As well as his creative expertise, Martin brings an acute understanding of design and branding to all his work. He received his undergraduate degree in graphic design at Kingston University in the U.K. After being awarded a Fellowship, Martin pursued his master’s in Graphic Design at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, where he focused on strategically applying graphic design to brand development.
Martin is a member of the Graphic Designers of Canada and has received numerous design and advertising awards throughout his career.
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Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave
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Melanie joined the GDC as the Administrative Director in 2006. She has a decade of accumulated experience in people and project management through customer-facing roles in the retail, finance, and high-tech sectors. Melanie is a voice-of-the-customer advocate and is an experienced training workshop designer and facilitator. She holds a B.A. in History from Carleton University, as well as a Certificate in the Study of Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University.
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