ABOUT ME

Resume and Contact Information

I have been involved with Graphic Design before computers took over the mechanical artist's job. I love the work and the challenges that each project brings. I have created animation for 3 films under director Lois Siegel of the National Film Board and continue to find new graphic design problems that challenge me. I have created several websites which are listed near the bottom of this page, feel free to visit them.

 

You can contact me at (403)966-8242.

 

Below is my resume, please feel free to read it.

 

PROFILE

 

A results driven, customer focused graphic artist and designer with more than 36 years experience managing advertising and internal communication needs at the national level for an established major Canadian corporation and for regional corporations. Motivational and empowerment designer style with a record of creating high-end presentations, publications, multi-media, illustrations and websites bringing attention to customer’s needs within a highly competitive corporate world.

 

Graphic designer qualifications:

 

• Website design

• Internal/external educational materials development

• Computer animation

• Expertise working with print suppliers

• Professional experience on PC and Mac OS

• Illustration in multi-mediums

• Corporate advertising

• Video creation/editing

 

SELECTED CAREER ACCOMPLISHMENTS

 

• Working in Safety & Regulatory Affairs within Canadian Pacific, created documents to capture data for major train derailments, saving corporation from repeat investigations to clarify facts. Savings to corporation $15,000 in travel/hotel expenses.

• Created for Hospitals (in Ontario, Quebec and the U.S.) touch-screen interface for patients. This allows patients to order food, track medication, order entertainment, and educate themselves on relevant surgeries from their bed. Utilizing simplistic graphics and large buttons, this aided patients who may be apprehensive or confused to access the information/entertainment they would request. This rolled out to over 300 hospitals generating over $2 million dollars.

• Hired by Canadian Pacific Police to design the new vehicle wrap for their law-enforcement vehicles. Varied from Dodge 1500 trucks to cruisers. The design needed to be obvious that the law-enforcement was rail-related and was required to been seen clearly in low-light situations. Two designs were created and used across Canada and in the U.S.

• Hired by the National Film Board under director Lois Siegel, created animation for two films; Stunt People and Baseball Girls. Both films won major Canadian Film awards.

• Teaching at Reeves College. I have learned to master the Adobe CS6 Suite and helped prepare numerous students find gainful employment in the Graphic Arts industry. I have received several recommendations from the students and received 2014 Top Honours Certificate for Consistent High Standards of Workmanship from the Director of the College as the most valuable employee.

• Pursued quotes from different commercial printers for internal publications. Saved Canadian Pacific $600,000 in print costs by using commercial printers rather than internal contract printer.

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

Websites

www.intercitygroup.com, www.intercite.com, www.meditel.com, www.hopitel.com, www.christineschoning.com, www.laoshealth.org

 

2013 to 2015 - Reeves College

Computer Graphic Design Instructor

 

Duties - Teach students the principles and software of computer graphic design in a Mac environment. I instruct the students what makes a design work and why, and what doesn’t work. I teach the class Adobe Creative Suite CS6 and Creative Cloud. I also teach advanced Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere, After Effects, Acrobat, Dreamweaver (and CSS), Fireworks, Sony Vegas Pro 13 and CorelDRAW X7. I verify that they are learning the tools that will find them gainful employment in the graphic arts environment when they graduate.

 

2009 to 2012 - Canadian Pacific

Co-ordinator - Customer Service Domestic and International

 

Duties - Update TMS in respect to customer load tenders; notify customers when their cars/containers are to be placed upon the short-term holding track; notify customers of operational failures; report seal violations and new seal numbers; assist customers with OS&D (Overage, Shortage & Damaged products) research. Within the Spirit Committee, provide all graphics for posters and desk drops.

 

1996 to 2009 (Position was abolished) - Canadian Pacific

Communications Designer - Health, Safety, Security & Environmental

 

Duties - Create and design all printed media, presentations, videos, spectra-lite displays, conference and web graphics for across system. To transfer safety videos to digital format for on-line library.To support the Health, Safety, Security & Environmental department in all graphic services needs. Coordinated all printing with internal and commercial printers. To teach graphics programs to US employees (Adobe CS2 and CorelDRAW 12). To set up safety conferences in external locations, prepare for over 600 attendees and create all accompanying literature, brochures, Spectralite displays and presentations.

 

1979 to 1996 - Canadian Pacific

Graphic Artist/Illustrator - Corporate Communications & Public Affairs

 

Duties - Create and design all printed media, illustrations, displays and videos for the Corporation. This encompassed internal communications (e.g. CP Rail News) and external publications (e.g. US Report, Canadian Report). Worked with outsourcing typography to create final graphics and partnering with commercial printers following the print process from Colourkeys to final prints.

 

1981 to Present - Inter-City Group

Creative Director/Illustrator/ Graphic Artist

 

Duties - On a freelance basis, design all advertisements, printed media, magazine ads, websites, on-site graphics, catalogues, animations, image manipulation and vehicle wraps.Create all logos for sub-companies within Inter-City group (Panadata, Hopitel, Meditel, Inter- City Video, Inter-City TV, and Connex). Create graphics and animation for touch-screen monitors for over 60 hospitals in Quebec, Ontario and the US. Majority of the projects are created in both, French and English.

 

2011 - 2013 - Michaels Arts Store

Fine Arts Teacher

Duties - Teaching fine arts techniques to adults and children. Teaching landscape/portrait techniques using acrylic, oil, egg tempura, watercolour and alkyd. Won awards as best art instructor for June, July and September 2012 for entire Graumacher chain in both Canada and U.S.

1982 to 1996 - Roussan Publishing Inc.

Graphic Artist, Book Designer, Illustrator

Duties - On a freelance basis, to read the manuscripts and design the internal look of the book, to design and illustrate the covers, to design and execute all the public relations materials. Designed 46 published books for young adults.

 

Programs

Canadian Pacific has used graphic programs in the PC environment since they were first available in 1981.  I’ve worked with most of these programs when introduced as Version 1:

 

Graphics Programs

CorelDRAW X7, Corel R.A.V.E., Adobe CS6 Premium (Photoshop, ImageReady, Illustrator, Acrobat Professional, InDesign, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash, Bridge, On-Location, Soundbooth), AVS Video Converter, Poser 7, Microsoft Office 2013, MS Expression4 Suite, Bryce 8, Micrografx Simply 3D, AVS Suite, Sony Vegas Pro 13, Corel Video Studio, Dragon Naturally-Speaking 5.0, Omnipage Pro 13.0.

 

Art Mediums

I work with acrylic, watercolour, oil, alkyd, egg-tempera, inks and airbrush. I work on all media boards.

 

Education

 

2015 - Ongoing training from Adobe Manuals and on-line tutorials. Working towards being an Adobe Certified Teacher.

2009 - CorelDRAWX5 Boot Camp - Mastering CorelDRAW X5 - Phoenix AZ.

2008 - Photoshop Users, Metafore, Calgary, AB

2008 - Mastering InDesign CS3, Metafore, Calgary, AB

2007 - Advanced Users Adobe Illustrator 7.0, Metafore, Calgary, AB

2007 - MS Office 2007, Metafore, Calgary, AB

2005 - Advanced Photoshop 4.0, Calgary, AB

2004 - PageMaker 7.0, Calgary, AB

2003 - CorelDRAW Users, Calgary, AB

2001 - CorelDRAW 10, Calgary AB

1999 - Website Design, HTML for Professionals, Calgary, AB

1995 - PowerPoint for Professionals, Montreal, QC

1987 - Introduction to HTML, Montreal, QC

1986 - Dawson College - Adult Education - HTML

1984 - 1985 - Toastmaster's Adult Education - Graphic Design

1984 - Pagemaker, Montreal, QC

1982 - CorelDRAW 2.0, Montreal, QC

1980 - Dawson College - Adult Education - Graphic Design - Certificate

1976 to 1979 - John Abbott College - Art & Design - Diploma

1976 - Secondary V Certificate

 

Interests

I have been involved with theatre in an actor and director's capacity.  I enjoy fine art painting and illustration, canoeing, horseback riding, cycling and archery.  I have volunteered at Pioneer Ranch Camps - Sundre since 2006 as a camp counsellor, arts & crafts specialist, drama teacher, kitchen staff.

 

I have volunteered to be a Beta tester for Microsoft for Windows 7, Internet Explorer 8 and MS Office 2010. I have also volunteered as a Beta tester for CorelDRAW X3, X4, X5, X6 and X7.

 

I have volunteered at Inn from the Cold for 4 years, acting as overnight security for our guests.