Alberta North

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President: Amanda Schutz, CGD
Amanda graduated from MacEwan University’s Design and Illustration program before founding Curio Studio (as Woodward Design) in 2002. She has since guided it to become one of Edmonton’s most recognized graphic design firms. While she directs and designs everything from ad campaigns to visual identities, her passion for illustration is often woven into her ideas. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, been exhibited in New York’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and, in 2010, she was awarded a spot in Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40. When she isn't creating, she can be found happily eating, playing the accordion or hangin' with her friends at the GDC.


Vice President: Bryan Kulba, CGD
Bryan Kulba is the founder of Kobot, an Edmonton-based web design company. Over the past decade, Bryan has worked with bands, film makers, artists, restaurants and other organizations big and small to help achieve their goals on the web. A dedicated, lifelong learner, Bryan returned to school to get his bachelor of design, where he formalized and strengthened the skills he learned as a self-taught designer. Before he became a designer, Bryan had a career as an ornithologist chasing rare birds through the mountains and also spent years touring across Canada and the US in punk bands. Outside of work, Bryan spends time outdoors with his wife and dog, and collects rare Japanese monster toys.


Past President: Ana Herrera, CGD
Born and raised in Mexico, Ana has over 18 years of experience in graphic design and digital media. She holds a Masters degree in Visual Communication Design and just completed her MBA at the University of Alberta. Ana looks forward to the opportunity to combine her knowledge of design and business in her current role as President for the Alberta North Chapter. One of her goals is strengthening the reputation of design as a business asset among the local business community.
Ana has also served on the board of other Alberta-based non-profit and digital media associations. Some of her contributions have been as organizer of the first Alberta Digital Arts competition in 2001 and most recently as Chair of the PICA Conference in 2011.
Ana is co-founders of Lanternfish Design & Advertising, a boutique design studio offering services for print, web, video production and digital signage systems. Ana loves sharing her interest for design and visual communication with her two young and very creative kids.


Secretary: Michelle Weremczuk, Member
Michelle is a graduate from MacEwan’s Design Studies Program. Since then, she has worked as an exhibition designer with the Royal Alberta Museum. She has a healthy curiosity about everything – you can find her experimenting with artistic tools and techniques or sifting through library books on her spare time.





Treasurer: Lea Rouhiainen, Member
Lea graduated from the Bachelor of Design program at the University of Alberta in 2011, and since then has gained a variety of professional experience as a graphic designer. She is happy to be joining the board as Treasurer, and is looking forward to being a part of all the great things the GDC is planning for this year. Lea developed an interest in volunteering for the local design community by participating on the executive board for the U of A’s Student Design Association. Email:



Events Chair: Andrew Benson, CGD
Andrew Benson is a designer, illustrator and screen printer from Edmonton. He likes silly comics, photocopied textures, slimy creatures, wobbly lines, punk rock records, scribbled type and dirty halftones. He has worked in grimy print shops, ad agencies and currently owns and operates Hazel, a brand and identity studio. Email:





Events Co-chair: Janet King, Member
Janet is an alumni of the Grant MacEwan Design Studies program, where she currently teaches part-time. She has worked as a designer at advertising and design studios, and she currently works at an Ed-tech startup, designing books for Stonehouse Publishing on the side. In her extremely fleeting spare time, you can find her co-captaining the best (worst) Slo Pitch team in Edmonton, or kindling her unabashed love for pizza and sandwiches.



Education Chair: Valéry Goulet, CGD
Valéry Goulet is the owner of Valérydesignwrks, a graphic design studio based in Edmonton, Alberta. An Art Director originally from Québec, she has been evolving in the design and advertising industry for the past 14 years. Valéry is also a proud Graphic Design Professor at Grant MacEwan University and the University of Alberta. Her work has been recognized nationally and internationally, which is something that she takes great pride in.



Education Co-Chair: Alex Descôtes, Member
Alex is a graduate from the University of Alberta's Visual Communication Design program. This was where she quickly discovered her passion for creative problem solving. After graduation, she got her start in freelancing for local small business and not-for-profits, helping strengthen their visual identities, communication plans and public visibility. She currently works as Graphic Designer for The Met Agency.



Education Co-Chair: Adam Goudreau, Member
Adam Goudreau is a dude who takes photos of people that are a lot cooler than he is. When not standing behind the camera, Adam is in front of a classroom at MacEwan University teaching students about composition, lighting, and other stuff a photography prof might talk about. Adam also thinks science is interesting, partakes in various recreational activities, enjoys his pastimes, and is terrible at writing about himself in the third person.


Membership Chair: Nicole Bolton, CGD
Nicole has been a professional designer for over 8 years. She has worked her way from being an in-house graphic designer, to managing a team of designers, to overseeing the marketing efforts of not one but two home builders. More recently, she has decided to take a break from the corporate world to build her own design business. She enjoys a good paper stock and big budgets.  


Membership Co-chair: Iwona Faferek, Member
A graduate of the University of Alberta’s Design Program, Iwona can’t get enough of creative problem solving. For her, the process of design is just as thrilling as the end result. Iwona works as a multidisciplinary designer at the University of Alberta’s City-Region Studies Centre and Centre for Public Involvement. Because she’s always up for a new challenge (that loving problem solving thing), she also uses her design superpowers to make research & engagement more fun for creating positive social impact in the city. Her daily addictions include killer americanos and crosswords....then more coffee. Because, coffee.


Membership Co-chair: Natasia Martin, Member
Natasia is a graphic and website designer in Edmonton, AB. She holds a Bachelor of Design degree from the University of Alberta. With almost 10 years of practical, industry experience ranging from in-house, to studio, to agency, she is well versed in many areas of design. She now runs her own design business, Natasia Designs. Natasia is also a Graphic Design Instructor at MacEwan University. When she's not designing up a storm, she is busy trying new things, crafting and exploring the great outdoors.


Membership Co-chair: Janelle Holod, Member

Janelle is a designer at the U of A Students' Union, and does freelance design for local non-profits and businesses. She has a BDes in Visual Communication Design and works on bookbinding projects in her spare time. Her favorite design things are patterns, type and illustrations. Janelle loves strong coffee, notebooks, tacos and scotch, in no particular order. She collects plants and has too many of them.



Portfolio Chair: Adnan Huseinovic, Member
Adnan has spent the last decade working for Edmonton’s most influential design firms and advertising agencies and collaborating with the best minds in the industry. He has rebranded some of Edmonton’s most deeply rooted not-for-profit organizations, like Bissell Centre, HOPE Mission and Sorrentino’s Compassion House – not to mention a handful of prominent public and private projects, including Edmonton Tourism and ICE District. He is currently the Senior Designer at DDB, where he develops locally, nationally and internationally award-winning work that runs the gamut from brand identities to publications, environments and installations.


Communications Chair: Rachel Beyer, Member
Rachel Beyer is a Canadian graphic designer, illustrator and woodworker based in Edmonton, Alberta. She attended Macewan University and holds a diploma in Design and Illustration. She has a love for working with her hands and enjoys experimenting with different types of media. Rachel works at a boutique studio in the city. In her spare time she is a chronic binge eater and and pottery enthusiast.



Communications Co-Chair: Molly Little, Member
Molly is a graphic designer and illustrator about town. She graduated with a diploma in Design and Illustration from Grant MacEwan university in 2014. She likes old cartoons, spooky stuff, and trying to read science books. Molly has worked for print shops, startups, ad agencies and as an in-house and freelance designer.


Communications Co-Chair: Ray Lam, Member
Ray is a graphic designer, illustrator, and photographer based in Edmonton, Alberta. In his spare time he enjoys collecting design-related books, hiking in the mountains, and cooking Vietnamese food (mmm, bún riêu).






Sponsorship Chair: Anne Brown, Member
Anne is a recent graduate from the University of Alberta's Bachelor of Design program. She got her start with internships at Versett and The Met Agency, and is now working as a designer at Free Branding & Digital. Being new to the industry, Anne is a passionate creative who loves to absorb as many different experiences as she can.


Sponsorship Co-chair: Lilian Lam, Member
Lilian is a graduate of Grant Macewan University with a Design and Illustration major in 2013, with Distinction. Through experiences working on brand campaigns, Lilian has been recognized with several awards ranging from the local level to the international level. She has a passion for visual communication, with main specializations in: branding, illustration and advertising. Her creative career started as a fresh grad with an internship at Artsmith Communications. Followed by working at ATB Financial with their in-house creative agency. Now she is working on various freelance projects with local startup companies. In her spare time she pursues another passion of competing as an amateur Muay Thai fighter, from which she has earned medals at the national and international level.


Volunteer Chair: Peter Haughland, CGD
Peter Haughland is the owner of Hello Public, a Spruce Grove design studio that services Spruce Grove, Edmonton, and St. Albert. Peter graduated from Medicine Hat College with a Bachelors of Applied Arts in Visual Communications. After graduating, Peter worked for several prominent design studios, and in-house design departments in both Alberta and Saskatchewan. When not designing identities, websites, and print material for local companies, municipalities, and national corporations, Peter spends his time being a part-time photographer and full-time father of two. Email:


Member at large: Robyn Stuart, CGD
Robyn has been working in graphic design for many years and is currently a partner at Cut + Paste Design Inc. She’s excited to be back assisting with GDC events, having previously served in this role and helping to organize PICA 2011, as well as talks featuring Stefan Sagmeister, Aesthetic Apparatus, and Scott Stowell. Unlike her events co-chair, she prefers a mullet over a beard and felines over inanimate blocks of wood. She could probably beat him in an arm wrestle, anyhow.