What excites you about the future of design in Canada?

Canadian designers are being celebrated the world over for their ingenuity, creativity and moxie. I think this will only continue.

What’s becoming increasingly clearer though is that the big opportunity for design, is not just to create beautiful things, but to make transformational change. And with the ever increasing tech and innovation sector in Canada, the potential future opportunities for designers will eventually be endless.

What advice would you give to youth looking to get involved in the arts and culture community?

Persistence, gumption and moxie.

Everything is getting increasingly more competitive but always remember that ‘no’ is the first letter of the word ‘yes’. Never be afraid to ask, call, or walk up to someone at an event or party and introduce yourself. The worst thing that anyone can ever do is say ‘no’ — and technically, that’s not really such a bad thing afterall.

What’s a highlight from your experience at The Breakout Project?

The audience’s reaction.

During my presentation, I played a video about Zipline, a US/Rwandan company that has figured out how to deliver blood to remote Rwandan communities by drone. So if a surgeon is in mid-surgery and runs out of blood, it would be received in a few minutes rather than a few days – this is the difference between life and death for so many patients.

When the video ended, the audience clapped and cheered. It was clear that they too were positively impacted and excited by the potential of design, innovation and technology.

If you could kickstart your own word-changing project what it be?

I hope to be able to announce it next year (stay tuned)!