montréal 2017

ico-D Montréal Platform Meeting 'Design is Global' took place in Montréal (Canada) on 13–14 October 2017 along with the ico-D 27 General Assembly. The events were held in conjunction with the The World Design Summit

The format of the Meeting included forums, and will also provided an opportunity for exchange between Members from the educational, professional and promotional sectors. 

Please send any Platform Meeting related inquiries to:
Event Manager Elizabeth Carbonell

  • Read and download: 2017 Montréal Platform Report: Design is Global (PDF, 4Mb)
  • General schedule and programme

    The Montréal programme and schedule was designed to permit overlap between Professional/ Promotional and Educational Members.

Members are invited to participate in all the components of the two-day event 13-14 October 2017 and to submit a proposal for the Member forum. (See section below for details) 



    Platform schedule:





    Download the Montréal Platform Meeting schedule here.


    About the programme:


    In the face of technological advancements of past decades, there is a need for clear delineation between professional designers and amateurs. Establishing standards for design professionals, educators, and leaders through certification programmes, is one way of creating rigorous, standardised criteria. The question is: how do we go about this so that competency and skills are assessed fairly on national and international levels? Presentations on accreditation by Canadian Members will address this issue in order to open up the issue in its global context.

    Discussion Forums
    Montréal Platform Meetings: The discussion forums will provide an opportunity for Members to connect with colleagues from around the world to talk freely about common challenges and to pool their collective resources. It’s a chance for Members to help each other and strengthen their own organisations through international collaboration!

    Indigenous Design
    The International Indigenous Design Charter is a best practice protocols document to assist designers when working on projects involving indigenous representation. It is intended that the Charter be used to help facilitate accurate and respectful representation of indigenous culture in design and associated media. Past President Russell Kennedy will discuss the Charter and its future goals.

    Blueprints for Designers’ Lifelong Learning
    Lifelong Learning has ongoing relevance in a person’s life trajectory — it is the ‘glue’ that holds our complex identity of competences, credentials, and actions together and ensures a future of meaningful work. Vice President Cihangir Istek will present on the concepts and outcomes of the Competences, Credentials, Actions Lifelong Learning Workshop held recently at the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennale.

    Regional Reporting on LATAM and ASEAN
    Referring to past and future Regional Meetings, Member organisations from these two regions will have an opportunity to discuss regional issues.

    Beijing 2018
    In 2018, ico-D’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), Board Meeting and Platform Meetings will be held in Beijing hosted by ico-D Member Central Academy of Fine Arts China (CAFA) . ico-D Member Bejing Design Week will also be presenting on activities of BJDK which will occur during the same time period.

    National Design Policy
    National design policies are an effective tool countries can use to develop a cohesive strategy. But what constitutes a design policy, and how can design associations advocate for a national design policy?

    Participants from different countries attending the national design policy topic will be encouraged to present on their own countries’ attempts at developing a policy or promoting design and/or the special challenges they face, to review of the many forms national design policies have taken—from fully developed strategic plans, to ongoing programs executed by design centers, to precursor strategies, such as design awards programmes, exhibitions, and manifestos. Looking to the future, we’ll engage in a brainstorming session on what stance we would like ico-D to take on encouraging governments to engage the design sector in developing effective solutions to global issues.

    Read more about the National Design Policy Work Group.

    Member Forum
    During this portion of the Platform, Member organisations can choose to present topics outside of the above issues. If you would like to participate in the Member Forum, send us your proposals for presentations (details in next section).

  • This year's Platforms will be held in one of Québec's leading National Archives: BAnQ Vieux Montreal, the National Library and Archives of Québec. A meeting of Classical and Contemporary architecture, this one hundred year old building was renovated by the winner of the 2008 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Gold Medal award.

    The BAnQ Vieux Montréal is located at: 
    535 Avenue Viger E, Montréal, QC H2L 2P3, in Montréal Canada.

    Have a look inside 

  • Do you have content you would like to share with your fellow Members? You are invited to submit your proposals via the online registration system in the link below.

    Please keep in mind that Platform Meetings are not for presenting academic content if you have papers to present, please submit them to the call for proposals of the WDS Congress.


    The Platforms are a unique opportunity for organisations to share challenges and successes. Professional Members we would like to hear from you about how you address the challenges of giving members value, supporting your local design community, obtaining support from your government and business communities. Educational Members, we would like to hear about how you keep current with training designers in a changing industry, how you prepare designers for practice, how you attract the best students and keep them motivated and what direction research is taking.


    Member Forum proposals may include:

    1. Reports on special projects undertaken by Members that are of interest to the general membership
    2. Reports or proposals on programmes of special interest (Communicating Value of Design, Curriculum Development, Design Research, Anti-Spec Work efforts, Professional Practice Issues, etc.)
    3. Challenges facing Members (This could be in the form of a discussion paper/editorial article, or any other relevant form.)

    Submit your proposal via the online form here.

    The deadline to submit is 10 August 2017.

  • The registrations for the Platform Meetings is open to all ico-D Members. Individuals from the ico-D Community such as Friends of ico-D and other Observers need an invitation to attend.


    ico-D Members, register here

    ico-D Community and Observers, send your request for an invitation here

  • Accommodation

    Limited-time special offers for participant accommodation have been secured, these hotels were selected after carefully considering several factors, in order to offer: security, moderate price, proximity to venue, convenient location, etc.

    The hotel booking is provided by the World Design Summit Organization, to arrange your hotel reservation, follow the instructions listed below.

    We encourage all attendees to book as soon as possible as reservations are made on a first-come first-served basis.

    Download the Hotel list and reservation procedures here.


    Travel Documents 

    Please note that there are new Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA)  required to travel to Canada now that needs to be applied for in advance.


    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:

    Take note:

    • 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.
    • 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.


    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.


    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.

    An official invitation letter to attend the ico-D 27 General Assembly may be requested via the GA Registration form with information for each of your delegates and/or accompanying persons.

    Note that each person attending the ico-D 27GA or Platform Meetings is personally responsible for obtaining a visa.