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Tuesday Keynote
Tuesday, 04/Aug/2020:
9:15am - 10:00am

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The Changing Face of Design Education

Angela Bains

Assistant Professor, OCAD University / Strategic Director,, Canada

Design and strategy education is in need of massive scrutiny when it comes to not only diversity and inclusion but accessibility for ALL. Sharing a different lived experience in relation to education and business obstacles, my role at OCAD University is to bring a different lens to create greater awareness for change. Experiencing life differently, being left out of the picture and not allowed a seat at the table. What visions, thoughts, approaches are we as educators, corporations, and businesses not seeing? How does this get translated into the workforce? If the goal is greater innovation and successful diverse teams then we need to move from diversity intent to understanding and ACTION!

Angela is originally from the UK and is an educator, co-founder, and strategic director of TransformExp an award-winning design firm in Canada. As an educator, Angela has been nominated for seven local and national teaching awards of excellence. Her client list includes BBC Television, Swatch Canada, The Ritz-Carlton, and Continental Engineering Corporation (Hong Kong & Taiwan). She also spent many years designing for social change, including the Free Nelson Mandela Campaign.

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