Robin Nishio was born in Toronto, ON in 1981, where he currently lives and works. He studied illustration at Sheridan College in Oakville, ON. Nishio is a fourth generation Japanese-Canadian who works across a wide range of mediums including illustration, photography and film.
As a graphic artist, Nishio has done work for clients such as Nike, Adidas, and Mishka NYC. Robin has designed graphics for local brands Avi Gold, Blue Tile Lounge, and WCROW, as well as the album art for Southern Lord’s recording artist Burning Love on their album Rotten Things to Say.
In 2015, Robin designed the logo for the Barneys New York holiday season. In 2011 Nishio joined the production company Psyop as a satellite story artist collaborating on works for clients such as Pepsi, Bethesda Softworks and Michelin. In 2014 Robin joined the Canadian collective Common Good as a Director where he has directed a number of prominent pieces for Samsung, Tangerine, and Majid Jordan. His photo book Wailed exploring the infant-terrible of alternative comics is currently available from Koyama Press.
Mo is formerly the Executive Director of Design at john st., where she spent the last five years building the design offering from the ground up. At john st., Mo has built a growing design business with an award-winning portfolio and leading a diverse team of multidisciplinary design thinkers. Born and raised in the Philippines, and growing up in Toronto, she brings a diverse point of view that mixes her passion for design, creativity and business strategy to Canadian design.
With over a decade of experience, she has always believed that design has the ability to not only create short-term interest and inspiration, it also has the power to build brands and their systems for the long term; brands that build true and meaningful experiences for their audiences.
Throughout her career, Mo has helped transform some of Canada’s most iconic brands from the ground up: Bell, Home Hardware, Sleep Country, Winners, Shoppers Drug Mart, President’s Choice and Koodo to name a few. She has also helped transform global brands like KFC, Coca-Cola, Corona, Audi, Subaru, Mitsubishi and helped them become relevant brands to Canadians.
She is a relentless optimist; be kind, do good work, have fun, travel often and eat more fries.
Outside of driving business growth for her clients, her work has also been awarded and recognized internationally by D&AD, How Design Awards, Cannes Lions, Luerzer’s Archive, Communication Arts, The Advertising & Design Club of Canada, Applied Arts, Marketing magazine, among others.
This fall, Mo will help build a new agency in Toronto, to build things a little differently with people who think differently than her and that challenge the ways we've always worked.
Kathleen Newman-Bremang is a Toronto-based writer and producer. She has produced many high-profile productions like The Social, eTalk: Live at the Oscars, the iHeartRadio MMVAs and Crave original series Cravings: The Aftershow. Her work focuses on the intersection of pop culture, race, and feminism. Her writing has appeared in Lainey Gossip, Cosmo, Elle, Corduroy Magazine and The Kit. She is currently the senior writer at Refinery29 Canada, a regular contributor to Cityline and a frequent culture commentator for various CBC and CTV programs.
VSP is the only large-scale resale company in the Canadian luxury/premium fashion market, gaining a cult following among fashion collectors since opening in 2013. Founded by Britt Rawlinson and based in Toronto’s west end, we offer thousands of unique and archival pieces online and in store. VSP is a destination for vintage curators and savvy deal-seekers alike. We offer a unique shopping experience with original luxury pieces at accessible prices, and the promise of one-of-a-kind style.
Devyani Saltzman is a Canadian writer, curator and arts leader with a deep practice in relevant, multidisciplinary programming at the intersection between art, ideas and social change. She is the Director of Public Programming at the AGO, working across all disciplines; she was brought into the museum context to increase engagement and continue to reshape the idea of the museum as a forum for discourse, reflecting community and the narratives of Torontonians. Saltzman was previously the Director of Literary Arts at the Banff Centre, the first woman and first woman of colour in that role, as well as a founding Curator at Luminato, North America's largest multi-arts festival. Her work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, National Post, The Atlantic and Tehelka, India's weekly of arts and investigative journalism. She sits on the boards of the Writers’ Trust of Canada, OAAG and SummerWorks Performance Festival, and has been a juror for the National Magazine Awards, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and The Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction. Saltzman has a degree in Anthropology and Sociology from Oxford.
Ashley McKenzie-Barnes has been a Creative Director, Design Lead,Curator and part-time Academic Professor with over 15 years of experience in the advertising, media/publishing, retail, editorial, financial, entertainment and charity, non-profit sectors.
As a Creative Director and Art Director, she has conceptualized and lead award-winning global campaigns for Scotiabank and executed large-scale projects for Indigo’s digital platforms, TEDxToronto, Bell Media, WE Charity and several small to mid-sized creative agencies. Her designs skills were also most recently acquired by Lauryn Hill for her fashion collection celebrating 20 years of the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Most recently she was one of the 2019 curators for Nuit Blanche Toronto, and her curatorial work has included programming, exhibitions, creative collaborations and installations for companies such Samsung, Harbour frontCentre, Manifesto Festival and Soho House.
Throughout the year, she’s public speaker,and has moderated and facilitated workshops and talks across many forums including OCAD, City of Toronto, Humber College, #MoveTheDial, Ontario ArtsCouncil, TDSB, The Power Plant, Ontario Association of Art Galleries,FreshBooks, ArtReach, Nia Centre for the Arts, UofT, Artscape and others.
Toni Allen has worked with organizations to help them create and improve their products and services, and market them to the right audience.
She is seasoned at leading clients and project teams from ambiguity to clarity by setting direction that aligns business goals with customer needs.
Toni’s lean approach to strategic design facilitates proof of concept development. Her pragmatic style allows her clients to understand the tangible benefits that digital and strategic innovation may have on their unique business cases; from concepts to real-world applications.
Toni has created User Experiences for brands such as Facebook and YouTube. She is also a Professor at the George Brown School of Design."
She obtained an MBA from Imperial College (University of London) with a concentration in customer focused strategy.
Toni is a Professor and the Program Coordinator for the DesignManagement Program at the George Brown School of Design.
Toni is mentor at The Hatchery, a joint initiative between University ofToronto’s Faculty of Engineering and Rotman Business School and sits on the Board of Directors for Storefront Humber (an organization that provides services for seniors and adults with disabilities)
Edouard Ratiarson has deep and extensive experience leading the strategy and design on many global projects for companies like Boston Scientific, Medtronic, Citibank, TD Bank and Nestle.
Edouard has experience both at the conceptual level and in the pragmatic improvements that need to be made to existing websites and mobile apps.
Edouard founded an agency that became a Global AOR for Nestle. His efforts helped save Nestle 300M USD, while helping to give birth the NIRF (Nestle’s Internet Resource Framework).
As Head of Digital at Ogilvy & Mather, Canada, Edouard was instrumental in establishing Ogilvy & Mather Canada’s Digital Division (Ogilvy Interactive).
As Global Experience Lead for Citibank Global Service Design Team, Edouard lead a group of digital strategists, UX practitioners and creative designers to produce various omni-channel service concepts for various parts of the global bank.
As Global Digital Innovation Lead for Boston Scientific, Edouard applied the Lean Customer Development Innovation methodology in order to innovate the sourcing process of medical devices and generate new revenue streams from a traditionally cost heavy service-driven offering.
Edouard is also a part-time Professor of Design Management at George Brown School of Design.
He studied engineering science at the University of Toronto and also studied design thinking at Stanford’s D-School.
Frontier is a design office. We’re built to deliver an idea: Purpose-Driven Performance. To deliver on this idea, we do a few things.
We collaborate with organizations using a process called Purpose Design to help define their core purpose and long-term ambition, then build all the communications tools they need to express that internally and externally. That could be a logo or a website, a product or an environment.
We create media to help ourselves and others discover the leaders of Purpose-Driven Performance who are making the. world a better, more inspiring place.
Finally, we design and manufacture high-performance products built on socially and environmentally responsible foundations.
By designing, manufacturing, and selling our own products, we understand all the parts of a business in a way that many other design and advertising agencies cannot. We believe this combination of collaboration, content, and product development helps us create better companies, stories, and products because we understand how businesses work from idea to execution. Dedicating ourselves to a big idea instead of a single product means we are really good at figuring out how to get lots of things done. And it means we have a pretty deep toolbox. Our capabilities include content, brand strategy, communication, digital, graphic, spatial, and product design. We create exhibits, websites, products, logos, names, and films that all express an organization’s core purpose.
Tanya Sinclair is the Chief People Officer for Artscape. Tanya has 20 years of human resources expertise and a passion for diversity, inclusion and mental health in the workplace. Tanya has served on the Board for Telecare Spectra Distress Centre in Brampton and for Taibu Community Health Care Centre in Malvern. Tanya was appointed to the Diversity Advisory Committee for Durham Region Police Service and is a member of the Program Advisory Committee for the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Program at George Brown College. Through her teaching experience at Durham College and her HR work for not-for-profits and public libraries, she has developed an understanding of community interests and needs. A 2020 recipient of the Harry Jerome Award, Tanya also has a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and is the founder of the Black HR Professionals of Canada. Tanya’s leadership motto is Lead, Learn, Laugh.