Meet our practitioners and faculty

Ian Chalmers

Ian is the founder and Creative Director of Pivot Design Group in Toronto. He sees design as a strategic driver to improve the health and well-being of people, services and organizations. This translates directly into the innovation of the project, but more importantly, it impacts the well-being of a shared livelihood. Over the past 7+ years, Ian's philanthropic desire has found him lending his design hands as a Board Member for Pencils for Kids, which provides scholarships, farming programs and sewing programs for girls in a small community in Nigér, Africa. Ian's recent focus has been in the healthcare vertical, bringing a people-centered design research focus to the work Pivot creates for researchers, scientists, physicians, institutions. Ian's DesignMeets events have continued to be an exciting success with over 22 events to date, 2200 attendees, 84 speakers, 15 themes and in 4 cities. The event has tackled Design Thinking as a method to solve wicked problems that exist in HealthCare (#mHealth), Financial Services (#FinTech), and Public Policy to name a few.

Luigi Ferrara

Luigi Ferrara is a Registered Architect with seal, a member of the Ontario Association of Architects and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada as well as an Honorary Member of the Association of Chartered Industrial Designers.

In 2002, Luigi was appointed the Director of the School of Design at George Brown College. In 2007, his portfolio was enlarged and he was appointed Director, Centre for Arts and Design. In 2014, Luigi was appointed Dean, and worked to expand the school to become the Centre of Arts, Design and Information Technology. He also leads the Institute without Boundaries, the College's interdisciplinary think and do tank. He has served on the Board of the International Council of the Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) and was elected President from 2003–2005. He is currently an ICSID Senator.

In 1995, Luigi Ferrara founded the Architectural Literacy Forum (ALF), a non-profit organization composed of volunteer architects committed to promoting the public appreciation of the built environment.

From 1999 to 2002 Luigi served as President and CEO of DXNet Inc., a network for design and innovation that redefined the practice of design using digital media and advanced computing and telecommunication platforms. Between 1996 and 2002 he was the Vice-President of Programs and Services at the Design Exchange. Luigi has served as a principal of Ferrara Contreras Architects Inc. from 1989 to 2007 and now is a partner in the architectural and development firm Conifer Consultants and the strategy firm Co.Ferrara Inc.

Early in his career, Luigi worked for the internationally recognized architectural firm Stirling, Wilford Associates, and with local firms Peter Turner Architects, Paul Reuber Architect and Russocki Zawadzki Architects. He is a graduate with distinction of the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Toronto.

Trevor Haldenby

Trevor Haldenby is an imaginative futurist and entrepreneur with 10 years of experience in business innovation, strategic foresight, and digital storytelling. Interactive Producer at Canadian Film Centre (2004), Habbo Hotel (2006), Earth Rangers (2008). Special presenter and guest artist at TED, CBC, World Future Society, and Autodesk University. Trevor's MDes research in foresight at OCAD University (2012) explored taking scenarios and trend forecasts off the written page, and bringing the future to life through immersive and interactive experiences that integrate social media, physical artifacts, and live performances. Since 2013, his company The Mission Business has been commercializing this research, creating events, participatory workshops, and games that use play to unlock strategic insights about the business environment of tomorrow. TMB's clients include Autodesk, Microsoft, OntarioLearn, Synbiota, and Ubisoft.

Matthew Humphryes

Matt knows how to get things done. That's why his clients and colleagues trust him. With over 13 years of consulting in the field of User Experience, Usability, and Digital Marketing, he brings a plethora of first-hand successes to the table. What makes Matt such a valuable asset to the classroom is his varied interests and experience. In addition to being the Program Lead for User Experience Design at George Brown College in Toronto, Matt recently joined the Faculty of Communication and Design Studies at Seneca College (@York University) to lead the UX practice. He applies what he knows and believes in everything he does — even striving to create a winning search engine optimization strategy for his band — Saturday Night Superstars. As a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Matt has the ability to direct and manage complex and multi-tiered projects, and does so for his boutique digital agency, Urban Folk Consulting, all while employing best practices in User Experience and Project Management. Matt lives in downtown Toronto and loves spending time with his three sons.

Paul Rowan

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Paul developed his understanding of technology and design while mixing paint and fixing windows in his father's hardware store. It was here that the seeds were sown for his future calling. He graduated from George Brown College in 1974 with a diploma in Graphic Design and upon graduating moved to Ottawa to work in the world's first digital typography company. While settling into his new digs he was frustrated while trying to find a window treatment suited his practical and aesthetic needs. Motivated by this design challenge, Rowan solved the problem by designing his own window treatment, a printed-paper window shade. He presented childhood friend and entrepreneur Les Mandelbaum with the shade idea and Umbra ('shade' in Latin) was born.

For the past 30+ years, Paul, as Vice-President of Inspiration and founding partner at Umbra, has dedicated his career to creating purposeful, intelligently designed products that people want. Umbra has been able to produce a prolific flow of new product due to the visionary leadership of Paul combined with a highly creative design team. Whether they are working on a soap pump or a trash can, Rowan and his team never lose sight of Umbra's mantra: Design products that provide style and function for every room in the home.

In 1998, Paul Rowan took home the Best Design Strategy Award from the Design Effectiveness Awards, which is Canada's only professional, multidisciplinary competition. In addition to sponsoring numerous educational institutions, Paul was awarded the Best Collection award from New York's Accent on Design Show in 1999 and has been the Chairperson of George Brown College's Design School advisory board since 2000. In 2001, he was also granted the Premier's Award for Outstanding Achievement from the colleges of Ontario. In October of 2002, Paul Rowan was honoured for his outstanding contributions in the field of design in the City of Toronto by the TD Centre's Salute to the City Award program.

In the same week, The Fashion Group International presented Paul Rowan with a Tiffany Star for his contribution to Canada's fashion and design worlds at the Night of Stars event. As of 2006, Paul sits on the Board of Directors on the Design Exchange in Toronto, Canada. In 2010, Paul was inducted into the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends as a Visionary. In 2014, Paul appointed to the Board of the International Housewares Association. In 2015, Paul was appointed to the Board of Governors of the Ontario College of Art and Design.

Kevin Stolarick

Dubbed the "Official Statistician of the Creative Class", Kevin combines expertise on cities, urbanization, statistics, data, and economic development with an appreciation of the importance of finding and sharing the knowledge or "pearls of wisdom" gained from leveraging his research, writing, management and organizational skills. The author of over 100 peer-reviewed articles and commissioned reports, he has presented over 75 invited key-note speeches and presentations to public, private and government audiences and completed over 100 print, radio, television, and on-line media interviews and appearances. Kevin was the founding Research Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management and the inaugural Walton Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Sustainability, Arizona State University. He is currently researching inclusive statistics and the economic impacts of inclusion for people with disabilities for the EU and member states. He is also teaching Design Management at Ryerson University. He held a faculty position at Carnegie Mellon University and worked with technology in the insurance industry as a manager of strategic projects. He holds a PhD in Business Administration and an MBA from the Tepper School of Management, Carnegie Mellon University, a Masters in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Toronto, and a BS in Honors in Applied Computer Science from Illinois State University. He has taught numerous courses in Creative Cities, Design Management, Statistical Analysis, Information Systems and Regional Economic Development. His research interests include inclusive statistics, understanding the importance of creativity, innovation and inclusion to regional economic growth and prosperity; the interplay of urbanization, sustainability, and infrastructure in creating regional prosperity at a global level; and the individual and joint contributions of technology, talent, tolerance and territory assets to regional prosperity. Kevin provided quantitative research and analytical support for several of Richard Florida's books including The Rise of the Creative Class and Rise Revisited (the 10th Anniversary Edition). He is currently writing Inconvenience Regretted: The Jugaad Urbanization of India with Dr. Amit Kapoor. He continues in collaboration with other researchers in the development of measures, indicators, and benchmarking approaches with significant impact on the growth and development of the Creative Class and Creative Economy theory. Kevin is one of the few statistical analysts who has the complete works of Edward Tufte and Donald Norman on his shelves.

Anouk Natalya Willy

Anouk is a Toronto based Couturier and Fashion Art Director renowned for her reverence for the tradition of design within the arts and crafts. Integral to her aesthetic is an unyielding experimentation with technique and cut merged with the in-depth exploration into raw process and innovation. She creates architectural silhouettes with detailed craftsmanship, combining the strength of masculine tailoring with the fragility of feminine romanticism. Anouk currently consults as a Fashion Art Director and is responsible for directing, designing and developing several acclaimed Women's and Men's Luxury Brands in Canada and the U.S. Her designs have been showcased at Holt Renfrew, Bloomindales, Saks Fifth Avenue, TNT and several luxury boutiques across North America and Europe. Anouk is dedicated to the artistic growth and entrepreneurial development of youth, students and professionals. She is a Fashion Design professor at George Brown College and The Fashion Exchange/Daniel Spectrum. She is a mentor and consultant for the Toronto Fashion incubator and Ryerson Fashion Zone, where she runs several master classes, workshops and presentations both locally and internationally. Anouk is an active participant in the education and fostering of the arts and artists in the community where she has created and runs the non-profit "Fashion Design Lab" for at-risk and marginalized youth and has been recently appointed the "Artist in Residence" for the Toronto Public Library to host this lab at the York Woods Library. Anouk was awarded the Jones Apparel Scholarship and the Fairchild's Most Promising Designer award for excellence in design. Her work has been showcased in numerous publications notably; Flare, Fashion, Elle Canada, Boomer, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, National Post, Now and The Huffington Post UK. Anouk recently completed an apprenticeship with Lesage and The Paris Academy of Arts in Paris, France. She continues to create one of a kind couture gowns and is actively involved in the cultivation and promotion of artists in Toronto.

Juan Camacho

Juan Camacho is an Industrial Designer with a wide experience in store planning, fixtures, exhibitions and products. He is part of the IwB faculty at George Brown College and works with Luigi Ferrara in the developing of exhibitions, city projects and public art. He is a founder of Morpho-Synthesis Inc. that creates exhibitions, retail environments and products.

Ana Caracaleanu

Ana is an expert marketing and communications strategist and a pioneer in the crowdfunding industry. Since 2014 she has been teaching Social Media at George Brown College. Ana is also an entrepreneur as she has founded several companies including Luevo.com, the first fashion crowdfunding platform & learning hub for emerging designers. Lately, she has been consulting and working with small businesses and start-ups. Her specialities are in the field of management consulting, communications & PR strategy, marketing strategy (online & offline) and customer relationship Management. Ana is passionate to help businesses succeed, to coach, to teach and to mentor.

Ramon Delgado

Ramon is a former Editor/Host and producer of Spanish Language Television and Radio shows in Panama, US and Canada, he also worked in the Digital Media Industry producing multimedia and digital graphic content for the Web and Television Industries since 1992. Ramon has taught Interactive Media and Video Game Design and Development at the College Level in Ontario, Canada since 1997 and is the program coordinator for Interaction Design and Development and Interactive Media Management at George Brown College.

Bahar Mousavi Hejazi

Bahar is currently the Manager of Special Projects, Professor and Program Coordinator at George Brown College School of Design. In addition to her previous international teaching and design experience, Bahar has experience teaching a variety of interdisciplinary courses at the GBC School of Design and OCAD University. Bahar has a Bachelor and Master's Degree in Industrial Design, and a PhD in Art Study, and is currently pursuing her research on the implementation of outcomes-based education in Design Management as a PhD Candidate in Higher Education at OISE, University of Toronto. Bahar has presented her research in the field of design and design education in several national and international peer-reviewed conferences such as Design Educators Conference at York University and OISE Dean's Conference in 2013, ISSOTL 2014 in Quebec City, Higher Education in Transformation Symposium in Dublin, the European Academy of Design (EAD11) Conference on the Value of Design Research in Paris in 2015 and most recently in the 2015 Design Educators Conference in Toronto. Bahar is a Professional Member of the Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ontario (ACIDO) and has acted as the Director of Membership from 2009 to 2012.

Jorge L. Olenewa

Jorge has been a Professor at George Brown College for over 15 years and has worked in various capacities in the computer industry for more than four decades. Jorge continues to teach and assist in the creation and implementation of several programs of study related to networking and wireless technologies. He has authored three editions of Guide to Wireless Communications, published by Cengage Learning since 2006 and has been principal investigator on applied research projects in wireless applications for in-vehicle entertainment systems, Wireless Real-Time Location Systems, two Mobile Learning research projects. With his students, Jorge led the alpha testing of the first mobile version of the Cisco Packet Tracer app. Jorge was also coordinator for the Computer System Technology program for six years and currently Manages the Cisco Networking Academy and Area Support Centre at George Brown College, in addition to his teaching duties. Since 2015, Jorge has been working closely with the Cisco Networking Academy, pilot testing four courses on Internet of Everything (IoE), the last three of which are scheduled to be released in late 2016. He holds a B.Sc. in Electronic Information Systems from B.L.A.I. in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Paul Royes

Paul E. Royes holds an M.A. in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, specializing in holistic education. Paul is a member of the Holistic Research Educator's Group at OISE/U of T and presents workshops annually at international holistic education events and conferences. An accomplished songwriter and musician, he also composes music and performs concerts in the musical duo: The Shaman & The Clown. In 2015, Paul authored the book: Just for Today: An Holistic Journal which is being used as a course textbook for holistic design courses. Another book on the best practices of holistic educators is currently in production and due for release in 2016. Paul is a full-time professor at George Brown College, School of Design, Graphic Design Program, specializing in holistic design, motion graphics and web design.

Rob Sgrignoli

Rob is a Graphic and Motion Designer working out of Toronto, Canada. His clientele includes a diverse array of businesses and organizations including design firms, marketing agencies, charitable foundations, the entertainment industry and indie producers. From working on branding and typography to music videos, motion graphics and UI design, Rob found that he loved the fusion of practical projects with the design process. He enjoys a creative challenge, working directly with his clients, and pushing himself to produce the best work possible.

Christopher Turner

Christopher is a technically minded artist with over a decade of experience as lead artist painting murals. He currently has artwork in 56 cities in North America. He then found his true calling in the video game industry and has been working as a character artist on projects for over 15 years with titles on PC, Xbox and PlayStation. He now dedicates his time to teaching the next generation of developers while continuing to work as a contractor for studios in need of quality art work.

Sheeraz Wania

Sheeraz is a Graphic Designer and a design educator, with a Master's degree in Educational Leadership & Management, focusing on Art & Design schools, from the University of London, UK. Having lived and taught internationally, for many years, she now resides in Toronto and teaches courses related to Design at George Brown College, OCAD University and Sheridan College. Her research interests lie in the arena of design pedagogy in reference to culture and context, with its implications to social change. As an international freelance designer, Sheeraz has experience working on brand design and editorial design projects with a focus on including design thinking into her professional practice. Design is her passion, and she believes that good design that works is more than a pretty picture, involves a thorough and well-thought process and impacts society in a positive way.