Design for a Better World

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Your are invited to a very special evening with Bertrand Derome, Managing Director of the World Design Organization (WDO). Bertrand will discuss the role of the WDO at setting a global design agenda, and themes that emerged from the 2019 World Design Assembly in Hyderabad India.

The WDO recently redefined Industrial Design as “a strategic problem-solving process that drives innovation, builds business success, and leads to a better quality of life through innovative products, systems, services, and experiences.” In 2016 the WDO adopted the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as central to its vision of improving quality of life through design. Global programmes include the World Design Talks, to discuss the priorities of regional members; Interdesign, workshops that examine international issues in a local context; and the World Design Impact Prize, awarded to a project that addresses humanitarian needs.

There are 150 corporate and educational WDO member organizations around the globe, including Algonquin College (Interdisciplinary Studies in Human-Centred Design) and Carleton University (School of Industrial Design).

OUR PRESENTER

Bertrand Derome is a design and innovation management not-for-profit organization manager and sustainable design advisor with more than 20 years experience. He is a confirmed lecturer who eagerly advocates for design’s social, environmental and economic impacts, for the betterment of the world. After graduating from the School of Design at Université de Montréal, he practiced design in a studio, as well as in a manufacturing company. He joined the Institute for Product Development as the Sustainable Design Advisor and became the Manager Director of the Institute in 2012, where he developed private and public partnerships, both locally and internationally, helping organizations improve their innovation practices. Currently, he is also acting President of the Quebec Association of Industrial Designers (ADIQ), Member fo the Board of Recyc-Québec and participates as an advisor on many public and sectorial committees and juries.

OUR HOSTS

Raquel Alves is a Graphic Designer who works to inspire others to learn more about the power of structured design, and through her work, hopes to help others in the community. In her free time, Raquel hunts for creative opportunities to grow professionally as well as a person.

Jed Looker coordinates Interdisciplinary Studies in Human-Centred Design, a graduate certificate at Algonquin College. He has over fifteen years’ experience creating products and services for mobile, desktop and television, and holds a Master of Design (MDes) with the School of Industrial Design at Carleton University. His research has examined sustainable development in design school curricula, as well as human factors for augmented and virtual reality systems. Off-campus Jed has been an IxDA (Interaction Design Association) Local Leader, is currently Chair of CapCHI (Capital Computer-Human Interaction), and is an educational member of the WDO (World Design Organization).