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Helen Kerr leads product and system development with a focus on research and strategic innovation. From the complex realm of healthcare, to relevant sustainability issues, and the intimate study of how we eat, her insights and design direction guide clients to realize business ideas as fully integrated solutions. For more than 20 years, Helen has collaborated with her team to deliver complete brand experiences. She is an Associate Professor in graduate studies at OCADU. She has applied her foresight capabilities to government policy both federally and provincially and is often sought as a lecturer, juror and conference speaker. She has been recognized at the highest level by IDSA and Phaidon Press.

Nigel Smith is a designer, art director and photographer by education, and a businessman with 17 years of leadership experience. He has worked in London, Milan and Toronto. He has an extensive work background with diverse international clients in a variety of commercial and cultural sectors. He has taught at both Harvard and the University of Toronto. He lectures regularly on design and branding. He wrote a column on branding for the National Post. His work has been acclaimed and recognized internationally by Taschen Books, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, a Presidential Design Award and the Art Director’s Club and the Advertising and Design Club of Canada.

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