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 over 20 years of experience, Pheinixx specializes in composing the artistic and graphic look of a brand. This involves her in graphic design, art direction, brand development and marketing: and has worked with such international brands as Julien Macdonald and Roberto Cavalli, and here in Canada with GustoTV, Warner Bros. Music, Fashion’s Night Out, Mastercard Stylicity, TFI’s New Labels, and chef’s Rob Rossi, Rob Rainford and the spice goddess Bal Arneson.
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 graphic design. Pheinixx was also one of the finalists in Marketing Magazine’s Creative Face Off.
Pheinixx has designed layouts and graphic materials for Vogue, Elle, InStyle, GQ and W in Italy, Russia, China and Korea. As a sought-after art director, Pheinixx has been conceptualizing and directing imagery for over a decade: leading photographers, stylists and hmu artists to create memorable images for both commercial and editorial projects.
Pheinixx continues to build brands through strategy and design while leading the GDIM program and remains a sought-after guest speaker.
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.
Visual artist and graphic communicator, a roundly-panoramic profile with a career spreading among Romania-Germany-Italy-France-Canada-USA, from the Biennale in Venice with video installations to teaching in OCAD, Toronto, Visual Communications & Art Direction, from teaching classical art in Paris to teaching Theology and Art of Icon in the theological academic milieu in USA, from art-directing and designing for BBDO, Young&Rubicam to art-directing cinema magazines and theme-based fashion shows in Bucharest and Paris, Nedi Gavriliu brings the colourfully-exotic breath of the very cultural milieu of Europe and a world-round perspective upon Visual Communication. Nedi speaks Romanian, English, French, German, Italian and holds Masters in Fine Arts, Engineering and Theology.
Margot Trudell is a graphic designer and art director from Toronto. She started designing at 13 when she stumbled across a guide on how to code and starting making websites for fun. This lead to a life long love of visual communication and problem solving. Since graduating from OCAD University with a Bachelor of Design degree, she has worked for numerous large and small clients from all over the world, creating websites, print and digital campaigns and interactive experiences. She also has a passion for community and works to bring together creatives across the city, share resources and promote each other’s work, and overall help grow the design and advertising scene in Toronto.
Luke Pauw, is a freelance designer and illustrator based just east of Toronto. He has a passion for creativity and loves simplifying communications through design and illustration. With nearly 15 years of experience, he’s worked in a varied range of disciplines and business sectors, both close to home and some internationally—from small start ups to bigger established companies. He is in love with print design—but likes digital too—with a focus on branding and editorial design.
With over 10 years experience working in non-profit communications, Kyle is passionate about creating bold and functional design that provokes thought, comment and action. A member of the Association of Registered Graphic Designers, Kyle has produced award-winning, multi-format collateral that includes editorial design, branding/identity, digital and video projects for a number of organizations including ACT, The Writers’ Trust of Canada, CAMH and The National Ballet of Canada.
Carolyn is an artist, project coordinator, and graphic designer. Her projects focus primarily on creative approaches to print and social media, conducting workshops, creative administration and overseeing the implementation of independent projects, festivals, and exhibitions.
She is also an educator and lecturer, giving talks on artistic practice and management, design, and software instruction. Recent lectures include special invitations to speak with the Sheridan Institute for Advanced Learning with the Art and Art History Guest Lecture Series, and with Ryerson University, 4th Year Photography.
John started his advertising career in Los Angles at the prestigious Art Center College of Design, where he received a BFA. His schooling and talent lead to a career based in Los Angles, Chicago and Toronto. Through an ongoing career in different countries for more than 25-years, John has been honoured with hundreds of awards for creative excellence; he has been an Art Director, Creative Director, Partner, owner and mentor.
John has a wide-range of experience in marketing, promotion, and putting it all together in advertising campaigns. John has creating over 500 TV commercials, hundreds of radio commercials and countless print pieces. He has also had the good fortune of working with some of the best in the marketing business both in the U.S., Canada and around the world. He is currently pursuing his MFA, teaching at the Toronto Film School and running an advertising/design agency.
Martyn Lee was introduced to display and communication arts while working at a heritage museum, in his southern Ontario hometown. Having an artistic and aesthetic sensibility, an interest grew. A career of being creative in a three dimensional way, with possibilities to educate, persuade or evoke emotion appealed to him.
After studying fine art in post secondary school, Martyn went on to graduate from a Visual Merchandising Arts program. This was the launching point into an exciting 19-year career.
As a Visual Presentation Specialist, he took every opportunity to move through his field gaining exposure, experience and education. Martyn is proud to have worked at two of Toronto’s leading department store, flagship locations.