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Practivism* is about envisioning and mobilizing a better future. Join us for an evening on practivist opportunities in a data driven world. Connect with others. Create change.

*Practivism = practical methods for radical sustainability in design

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GDC members & students $25
Non-members $45

Friday, November 21, 2014
7pm – 10pm at The Ironworks
235 Alexander St, Vancouver

Doors at 7pm. Speakers at 7:30pm. Cash bar.

Our 7th annual Practivism event centers on linking the design practice with community activism and engagement. The Society of Graphic Designers Canada, BC Chapter has invited Sheila Sampath to share her ideas. Sheila is a founder of The Public Studio, a community activist, creative director of Shameless Magazine and Design & Activism instructor at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD). A panel discussion will further explore the ideas, invite viewpoints and challenge individuals to take action.


Doors open
Panel Discussion
Closing remarks


Sheila Sampath

Sheila Sampath, Creative director of The Public, editorial and art director of Shameless magazine, instructor at OCAD University, bass and voice of Tu Suis. Activist. Craftster. Hoarder.

Sheila Sampath is an educator and an activist designer, who has been crafting creative for social good since 2003. Former chair of the board of directors at the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multi-cultural Women Against Rape, she has a background in grassroots activism and organizing which she incorporates into her strategic approach to graphic design and popular education as Principal and Creative Director at The Public. She is the Editorial and Art Director of the award-winning Shameless - Canada's feminist voice for young women and trans youth, teaches in the faculty of design at OCAD University and serves on the board of the South Asian Visual Arts Centre.

Sheila Sampath photo

Panel Discussion

Richard Hatter

Richard is an award-winning designer, illustrator, and conceptual thinker. He has 13 years of experience in graphic, print, and web design, as well as creative direction, market strategy and artistic management. He is a graduate of the Graphic Design Program at Malaspina University-College (now known as Vancouver Island University). Richard has worked for several large design firms, first at the production level and then working his way up to Creative Director. He has worked on a wide range of projects, including multi-million dollar accounts for nation wide clients. He has a black belt in judo and a young daughter at home.

Richard Hatter photo

Andrea Reimer

Andrea was first elected to school board in 2002 with the Green Party. Inspired by Gregor Robertson's leadership, she joined Vision Vancouver and was elected to Council in 2008.

Andrea has a solid record of environmental leadership that began in the non-profit sector before she was elected and continues now in her role as a city councillor. She chairs the Planning and Environment Committee and works to make Vancouver a global environmental leader with the Greenest City Action Team, implementing the ambitious strategies of the Greenest City Action Plan. She also serves as the Council liaison to the Joint Childcare Council, coordinating with the Park and School Boards.

Andrea and her partner Andy live near Trout Lake with their child. When not working, you'll find her gardening or on the soccer pitch playing goalie.

Andrea Reimer photo

Sergio Toporek

An established graphic artist in the music industry, Sergio has produced art for more than 70 cds and worked with Sony, Warner, BMG, Atlantic Records, Universal, and EMI. He is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and served on the jury for the first and second Latin Grammy Awards. A student of graphic design, photography, and film direction, Sergio is also an accomplished artist and has developed a body of work which explores human conflict, chaos theory, and the relationship among art, science, and technology. A native of Mexico, Sergio's work has been exhibited at the Epson Gallery in Mexico City. Since 1995 he has conducted conferences and workshops throughout Mexico, the United States, and Canada.

Sergio Toporek photo

Steve Fisher (moderator)

Steve is the Founder and Experience Architect at The Republic of Quality. He leads the charge on coordinating research, strategy, visual and interaction design, and content strategy.

Steve has over 18 years experience in research, business strategy, experience strategy, visual and interaction design, and content strategy for the web. During this time he has worked both as a freelance designer and served as Director of User Experience in various agency and studio settings.

Steve is a professional member of the Graphic Designer's Society of Canada and served as the national VP of web for three years. Beyond his extensive client-based work, he has taught numerous college courses on CSS, Web standards, UX, and creativity.

Steve Fisher

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