Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee

Our curriculum maintains vocational relevance in current design media by engaging an Advisory Committee which oversees Advertising and Design and the Digital Media programs as a collective. The members of the committee are top creative professionals, department heads from other design institutions, design organizations and student members. The committee meets to discuss what is required of students to be industry ready, to inform the applied arts community of our educational intentions, and to further develop the vital relationship between education and industry.


Carol Aitken  
Capilano University - Co-coordinator Admissions, IDEA Program (Design & Illustration)

Carol has worked as a designer for print and web in the UK, Australia, Papua New Guinea and Canada and has been a studio partner for most of her career. She studied graphic design in London, England, holds a Masters degree in Publishing from SFU and is an HFI certified usability analyst. She currently teaches in the IDEA Program, and through her own studio is involved in communication design and web interface projects. Carol is a professional member of the GDC and CAPIC.


Mark Busse  
Industrial Brand - Partner / Design Director 

Busse is a co-founder and Design Director at Industrial Brand in Vancouver, BC where for the last 15 years he has successfully lead clients to their business objectives through brand strategy, identity, communication and interactive design solutions. 

He invests time in his creative community as a teacher, advisor, mentor and host of Likemind VancouverInteresting Vancouver and CreativeMornings/Vancouver as well as an executive board member of the BC chapter of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada. Busse is also a passionate cook and food lover and co-founder of the popular food blog,

He lives with his wife Andrea and blind dog Charlie in the Commercial Drive area of East Vancouver.


Ian Grais 
Rethink Communications - Creative Director & Designer

At Rethink, Ian creates and directs a wide range of projects encompassing advertising, design, interactive, branding and installation. His work has been consistently recognized by major international award shows, including Communication Arts, the One Show, Cannes and Clios. He was ranked the number one art director in the country four years in a row (1997–2001), and he and his partner Chris Staples were ranked as Canada’s top creative directors in 2005, 2007 and 2008 by Strategy magazine.


Andy Maier  
President, GDCBC / COURAGEOUSb  - Graphic Designer and Brand Strategist

Andy Maier has 17 years of experience in design and strategic brand development. His company, COURAGEOUSb, offers Brand Encouragement and Creative services to organizations that have the courage to make a social, environmental and community impact that goes beyond just financial returns. Andy has a 1989 Foundation Year Certificate from Emily Carr, and a 1992 Diploma from Capilano College’s Graphic Design & Illustration program where he was a Salazar Awards Finalist. Andy worked for many years with the BC Epilepsy Society pro-bono and he currently volunteers on the Hospitality & Restaurants Committee of BC Children’s Hospital.


Sadira Rodrigues
Emily Carr University - Director, Continuing Studies 

Sadira Rodrigues is a curator, writer and arts administrator based in Vancouver. She has worked on numerous local and international exhibitions. She has had a long relationship with the Emily Carr community. Prior to her current appointment as Director of Continuing Studies, she taught courses in curatorial practice and visual culture. She has a Masters in Art History from the University of British Columbia. She has written for books, journals and catalogues, including Vancouver Art and Economies, Thirdspace and Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art and Ciel Variable. Over the last decade she has been involved in a range of artistic projects—from Manager of Arts Programs with 2010 Legacies Now and Diversity Facilitator with the Canada Council for the Arts to Public Program Coordinator at the Vancouver Art Gallery.


Stu Ross  
Ross Creative Resource - Freelance Art Director and Communications Designer 

Stu is an award-winning freelance creative with over 20 years experience spanning multiple disciplines. In the early years it started with corporate branding, signage and wayfinding. This lead to retail marketing and packaging. Then came real estate and resort marketing which transitioned to web and motion design and advertising. With a healthy volume of environmental and exhibitory work mixed in. Today he splits his time exercising all those skills for his clients while cultivating his most recent interest of photography and directing. He currently holds the VP of Communications Chair of the BC Chapter of the Society of Graphic Designers
of Canada (GDC).


Dave Shea
Bright Creative - Designer  

Dave Shea is the creator and cultivator of the highly influential website, and co-author of The Zen of CSS Design (New Riders, 2005) with Molly Holzschlag.

He works on design projects of all types through Bright Creative, his one-man studio in Vancouver, Canada. Dave is fortunate to count among his clients New York University, Google, CNet, and Six Apart, among others. He speaks internationally at conferences and workshops. You might have bumped into him at SXSW, Webinale, @Media, Carson Workshops, FITC, Web Directions, or one of many others.


Jeremy Thorp  
The New York Times - Data Artist in Residence

Jer Thorp is an artist and educator from Vancouver, Canada, currently living in New York. A former geneticist, his digital art practice explores the many-folded boundaries between science and art. Recently, his work has been featured by The New York Times, The Guardian, BusinessWeek and the CBC.

Jer has over a decade of teaching experience, in Langara College’s Electronic Media Design Program, at the Vancouver Film school, and as an artist-in-residence at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Most recently, he has presented at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Art, at Eyebeam in New York City, and at IBM’s Center for Social Software in Cambridge.

Jer’s unique collection of organic Flash experiments and generative artworks, has won numerous awards and has been featured in many art and design publications, both online and in print. Jer is a contributing editor for Wired UK.


Nancy Wu  
Nancy Wu Design - Senior Communication Designer and Art Director

Nancy is an award-winning designer, art director and illustrator with experience in development of brand identity systems, packaging design, custom typography, and a variety of print communications. Educated at The University of British Columbia and Capilano College, Nancy has over 19 years of design experience with established firms including Rethink, Karacters Design Group/DDB Canada, Suburbia Studios & Ken Koo Creative. She is a Professional Member of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, a contributing editor for &, a guest critic, a design competition judge, and a sessional instructor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Nancy’s talents have been recognized by Communication Arts, Applied Arts, Lotus Awards, GDC/BC Salazar Awards, HOW Magazine and 37 international design publications.

Greg Blue  

Langara College - Manager, Creative & Applied Arts

Johnathon Strebly 

Langara College - Instructor, Digital Media

Marianela Ramos Capelo

Graduate of the Communication Arts Certificate Program