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    We are pleased to announce that the 28 ico-D General Assembly (28GA) and associated activities will be held from 29 November–01 December 2019 at Emily Carr University in Vancouver (Canada).


    At the biennial General Assembly, Members will consider and vote on policy, elect the next Executive Board, approve financial statements, appoint the Audit Committee and ratify the admission of new Member organisations, as well as discuss important proposals to make ico-D better able to serve the international design community. Please download the official Notice of Meeting for more details.

    For more information on the calendar, key dates, Registration, Executive Board Nominations, Visa procedures and logistics, please see below.


    Calendar and Social Activities

    29 November 2019:
    Special Event: "Practivism"

    ico-D Members and Community are invited to join in on a day-long social activity hosted by ico-D Member Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC). The day will include an edition of “Practivism”, an event about envisioning and mobilising a better future through practical methods for radical sustainability in design. The Member Social is also an opportunity for networking with the local Vancouver design community and the ico-D international community. Topics to be covered include: Indigenous Design and Sustainability. Please note that this is not an ico-D event and that there will be a cost of entry. Further information will be added here as we have it.

    30 November 2019:
    ico-D 28 General Assembly

    In a response to Member feedback, we will attempt (for the first time) to condense the 28GA down to one day. All regular business will be conducted to fulfil 28GA requirements, leaving one additional day for a more participative Member event (ico-D Platform Meeting) the following day.

    01 December 2019:
    ico-D Platform Meeting

    A day of workshops, discussions and opportunities for Member participation. In a departure from the regular Platform format, we will create touch points and provoke cross-pollination through multiple participatory activities. For more details on the Platform Meeting, visit the event page here


    Key Dates and Deadlines

    30 August 2019

    Deadline for Nominations to the 2019-2021 ico-D Executive Board


    30 September 2019
    Deadline to propose General Assembly Agenda items


    30 October 2019
    Deadline to register delegates (GA and PM) or assign a Proxy.


    This Event page will be updated regularly.

  • Delegates representing ico-D Member organisations can now register for the 28GA and Platform via the online registration form. This form will also allow you to register your 2019-2021 ico-D Executive Board Nominations and request Visa letters of invitation for your delegation. In order to register, you will need:


    — the name and contact email of all the individuals in your delegation

    — the name of the voting delegate (only one)

    — passport information of all those requiring invitation letters for visas

    — the names of those individuals you wish to Nominate to the ico-D Executive Board (NB: this can be also done at a later date if you wish to)


    Unable to Attend?

    We urge all Members who are unable to attend the General Assembly to assign their proxy through the proxy registration form

    Non-Member Entities and ico-D Community


    The ico-D 28GA is a Members-only Meeting. Entities that are not Members of ico-D, members of the ico-D Community and Friends who are interested in attending the 2019 General Assembly and Platform Meeting as Observers may do so by invitation of the ico-D President. Requests for invitation can be submitted here.


    "Practivism" GDC Event

    ico-D Members and Community are invited to participate in the event "Practivism" an activity presented by ico-D Member Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC). Registration to this event is paid and will be via a separate on-line platform. See back here for more information as we have it!


    Nominations to the 2019-2021 ico-D Executive Board are now open. Nominations may be made via the ico-D 28GA Registration form no later than 30 August 2019. We would like to remind you that, as a result of the Bylaw change that was voted in the 27GA, nominations from the floor are no longer accepted. Therefore no Board Nominations will be accepted after 30 August 2019.

    Nominations are accepted from ico-D Professional, Educational and Promotional Member organisations in good standing. All nominees must be members or officers of ico-D Member entities. Upon receipt of nomination, nominees will be contacted by the ico-D Secretariat to confirm their willingness to stand for election and to verify understanding of Board obligations, Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. 

    Nominations are accepted for the following Board positions: 
    — President Elect (President 2021–2023) 
    — Secretary General 
    — Treasurer 
    — Vice President (up to 5 nominations) 



    ico-D Board Nomination Process

    01 Nominations are submitted by ico-D Member entities in good standing (by no later than 30 August 2019)


    02 ico-D Secretariat will confirm the nominee's standing (nominee must be in good standing with their home organisation)


    03 ico-D Secretariat will confirm the nominee's willingness to stand and provide further documentation (including Board Handbook, term calendar, legal responsibilities, ico-D Governing Policies, etc.)


    04 the Nominee must submit a written confirmation of their willingness to stand for election and a statement of intent, which will be published in the 28GA Report and submitted to Members for their consideration


    05 Nominees will be asked to present a statement at the 28GA to support their candidacy (30 November 2019).


    06 the 2019-2021 Executive Board will be announced following elections at the 28 GA (30 November 2019).


    NB: The first Executive Board Meeting of the 2019-2021 term will take place on 02 December 2019, in Vancouver Canada (directly following the ico-D GA and Platform Meeting).



    Additional Documents: 
    ico-D Board Code of Conduct 
    ico-D Articles and Bylaws


  • This event page will be updated regularly with new information.


    Details on accommodation and updates on programming will be announced on this page soon



    Travel documents

    Please note that there are new Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) requirements to travel to Canada. You must apply in advance of entry for this document.

    What is an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA)? An eTA is a new entry requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals flying to or transiting through Canada. The authorization is electronically linked to your passport and is valid for five years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.

    Who needs an Electronic Travel Authorization?
    Citizens from countries other than the United States (U.S.) who do not need a visa to enter Canada will need to obtain an eTA before flying to Canada. Travellers do not need an eTA when entering Canada by land or sea. Most people need a visa or an eTA to travel to Canada. Some people may only need their valid passport.  Find out if you need an eTA: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp


    Take note:

    U.S. permanent residents need an eTA to fly to Canada (as well as their U.S. Green Card). They do not need an eTA if entering Canada by land or sea.

    Canadian permanent residents do not need an eTA to fly to Canada, but they do need to travel with their Canadian permanent resident (PR) card or PR travel document. Otherwise, they may not be able to board their flight to Canada.

    How do I apply for an eTA for travel to Canada?
    Applying for an eTA is a simple online process that takes just a few minutes. You need your passport, a credit or debit card and an email address. It costs CAD $7 to get an eTA. It is valid for up to five years. Apply for an eTA. 

    Note that the process can take up to 2 weeks, please ensure this is done on time.


    Visa Applications

    We encourage all those who will be applying for a Visa to do so as soon as possible, to avoid delays or complications.

    You will be able to request an official invitation letter to attend the ico-D 28 General Assembly via the 28GA Registration form.

    Note that each person attending the ico-D 28GA is personally responsible for obtaining a visa.