industry through advocacy and public awareness to the value of design. The goals surrounding
the understanding of the power of design in our community does not stop at the local level, or
at the national level. The core principles behind social impact and design value is an international conversation, and one I wish to continue facilitating. In addition, recognition and reconciliation of the fragmented histories of indigenous First Nations culture, language, and design requires a stronger voice to regain the value and influence they deserve. These are the current drivers behind my personal design advocacy work, and I look forward to bringing recent learnings and tools, to support the ico-D Executive Board’s current and future mandates."
President Elect | Canada
As a design director, mentor, and creativity community advocate, Johnathon brings decades of
experience and involvement in the applied arts. As Director of Creative Services for HCMA
Architecture + Design, he both challenges and contributes to the contemporary fabric of design
today, and tomorrow. Johnathon has directly engaged and influenced the design industry
through curriculum design, advisory committees, and programming for design agencies and
educational institutions. He founded brand strategy and communications agency The Notice
Group and is the current president of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC), GDC
National Ethics Chair, and past president of Canadian Association of Professional Image
Creators (CAPIC) Vancouver. He is also a co-founder of CreativeMornings Vancouver.