Faculty in the Graphic Design & Interactive Media program are dedicated professionals who have achieved success and recognition in their field. Links to faculty members’ websites, which showcase their work and accomplishments, appear in the program’s faculty roster below.
Paula began her career in education as the Chair of the Fashion Marketing & Merchandising program in 1998 while remaining a partner in a fashion agency.
With over 20 years in the fashion industry, she brings extensive experience in fashion merchandising, retailing and wholesale. Paula has worked with a number of designers, manufacturers and retailers developing lines and private label programs across Canada and into the U.S. In 2005 Paula opened Mix Consulting – working with new fashion entrepreneurs to help develop their marketing, merchandising and sales strategies. Paula worked closely with The Toronto Fashion Incubator conducting sales clinics, seminars, workshops and webcasts.
She was a keynote speaker for the Educational Program for CSCEx 2006, a member of the Business Advisory Board for the Yukon Territory and a BDC consultant. In 2009 Paula acquired additional responsibilities, Chair of the Fashion Design program and the Campus Principal role.
In 2012 Chair of the Graphic Design and Interactive Media program was added to her portfolio.
In 2014 Paula was promoted to Director of Education for Toronto Film School, where she oversees the management of nine diploma programs, across three campuses in Toronto; along with working closely with the Director of Toronto Film School online at Yorkville University in New Brunswick.
Building partnerships and relationships both nationally and internationally is a key component of her responsibilities.
Paula is currently on the board of Apparel Connexion, a member of Fashion Group International and the Affinity Apparel Group. She is a graduate of York University.
With 18 years of experience, Pheinixx specializes in composing the artistic and graphic look of a brand. This involves her in graphic design, art direction, marketing and communication planning: and has worked with such international brands as Julien Macdonald, Roberto Cavalli, and here in Canada with NADA, Warner Bros. Music and chef Rob Rainford.
As the daughter of a painter and fashion designer, Pheinixx grew up with a pencil or camera in her hand at all times. She studied design and advertising where she won awards for media, copy writing and art direction: Pheinixx was also one of the finalists in Marketing Magazine’s Creative Face Off of 2009.
Pheinixx has lectured on web design for the North American Design Exchange, and is a frequent guest speaker and panelist to both students and professionals. Pheinixx was voted as the Regional Director for Fashion Group International for 2008 & 2009, and she currently donates her time as the Creative Branding Mentor at the Toronto Fashion Incubator, as well as a judge for Art of Fashion. Pheinixx currently works as an Independent Creative Director, designing smart identities and visuals for Canadian brands
Over 15 years of Milorad’s career has been spent designing and focusing on the latest trends in Graphic Design. In those years he has expanded his knowledge of various levels in digital communications and kept up to date with all technological advances.
Along the way he has worked with a wide range of clients and companies delivering some of the most creative and advanced digital media work for both on-line and print. Some of the companies include: Rosewood Marketing, Central Dental, Swiss NF Metals, In-house Publishing & Forestadent Canada (Canadian-German Division).
Milorad is delivers industry standard professional expertise in and out of the classroom, and the best part of it is that he enjoys every moment of it.
At age four James cut up a wedding dress trying to make clothes for his Barbie doll. James passion did not end there and attended V.C.C.-Fine Arts- for textile manipulation, and Ryerson Polytechnic for Fashion. After graduation came a 10-year stint as a noted fashion designer. James then worked for 12 years as Chair of Fashion at the Academy of Design and then as the Director of the School of Fashion at AOD.
After working in fashion education, James then started his own line: TEXTI’LL in the past 5 years. Shows include: SKIN: in the Cooler at MADE, The One of a Kind (Toronto), Originals (Ottawa), The Cabbagetown Festival, The Queen West Art Crawl, Pieceworks (Gladstone Hotel), Radiant Darkness I (Toronto), Radiant Darkness I (Cambridge) as well as several private commissions, including work for the Government of Ontario.
Passionate about all things creative, Gabrielle Lasporte is a tenured and talented bilingual Graphic Communicator with over 14-years experience in the design industry. She has worked with various clients including non-profit, corporate and retail industries over the years and continues to expand her design portfolio through her design studio.
Gabrielle is also a visual artist mainly designing works using the relatively unknown medium of Modern Batik Batik (creating artwork by applying wax and dyes on fabric). She stays connected to her visual artist roots through her participation in many events such as Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, The Artist Project and various art collective events.
A strong believer in making things happen for oneself, she has co-created theDeesse Collective which is a collaborated project bridging the gap between art and jewellery. She has also presented diverse curated events within the GTA.
Brad Leitch is a trained illustrator who is proficient in photo retouching, graphic design and has taken multiple courses in photography. He has a total of ten years experience in apparel design, working on multiple lines with varying styles and demographics. He has worked with many small businesses creating their brand identity and design work. He has worked with larger design firms to create pitch work for current and potential clients, as well as final illustrations for campaigns.
Early Adopter. Explorer. Activist.
Creativity, a sense for adventure and entrepreneurship come together in a rare left and right brain collaboration that helps Richard address a myriad of business, marketing and communications challenges at work on any given day. I think a lot, daydream regularly, love the art and power of the story and enjoy building and rallying communities of like minded individuals towards a common and meaningful purpose.
As Director of Digital at K-9 Strategy+Design, I am the digital braintrust and executional team leader who employs expertise, business intelligence and creative energy in meaningful and productive ways on behalf of K-9 and its list of amazing clients. I especially love working with bright, talented and enthusiastic people who design great things to advance worthy causes while being respectful of the earth and the people who live on it.
Rick has an extensive experience in business. He has experience in HR, marketing and sales. Rising successfully to National Sales Manager and in marketing to Director of Marketing and onto the level of Managing Director.
Currently Rick owns and runs his own Marketing & Sales consulting company with clients including: Walkers Shortbread, Lazzaroni Biscuits, Guylian Chocolates and Advertising Standards Canada. Rick has taught Marketing, Psychology, Communication skills and Professional Selling at Ryerson and Toronto Film School for over 19 years.
Originally from Switzerland, Sylvie Pusztaszeri has over 18 years of international experience in visual communication, with a focus in art direction, photography management and branding expertise.
Her international experience has included designing and creating various marketing materials for non-profit organizations, interior design agencies, fashion retailers, financial corporations and private clients. She’s a creative thinker who enjoys managing projects from conceptual beginning to final product. For every new project her goal is to create an emotional impact that achieves her clients’ needs.
She is constantly keeping up to date on industry trends, design, fashion and is always looking for interesting and amazing opportunities.
Doris Montanera is an award-winning freelance writer and editor with more than a decade of experience. Along with a stint as the editor of Stylemagazine, her work has appeared in top publications such as The Globe and Mail, National Post, Chatelaine, Elle Canada, Best Health, Flare, Glow, Style at Home, and others.
Andrew Nguyen is a veteran Digital Visual Effects Artist in the post production industry. His diverse skill set ranges from Motion Graphics, Compositing, 3D to Matte Painting. His expertise has allowed him to direct commercials, and lead television and movie projects.
After graduating from the Ontario College of Art and Design, Andrew jumped head first into the Visual Effects Industry and has been there for over 15 years. During this time, he has been nominated for an Emmy and three Gemini awards for Best Visual Effects. His most recent notable works are featured in Crimson Peak, The X-Men Movie and The Resident Evil movies. Andrew recently took on a new role as Visual Effects Supervisor and a VFX producer on a feature movie called Patch Town. He is currently working at Mr. X, Toronto’s biggest visual effects studio.
Andrew loves to travel with his wife and two boys. His other passions include photography and staying active.