Hélène was educated in graphic design at l’Université du Québec à Montréal in 1979. She joined the design team of Gottschalk+Ash in 1980, became an associate in 1985 and a partner in 1991. She opened Interaction/design in 2004. Hélène designed many annual reports for some of Canada’s largest corporations, such as Petro-Canada, Imasco, Air Canada and SNC-Lavalin. Furthermore, she has lead many large-scale branding projects: Ciba Specialty Chemicals, a multinational Swiss based company (1996), CGI, Canada’s premier information technology company (1998) and CDP Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Quebec’s Public Pension Fund Manager (2002).
Her intimate knowledge of information design and analytical capabilities have enabled her to develop intricate nomenclature systems and branding guidelines for above mentioned corporations and others, such as Investissement Québec, SITQ and Ivanhoé Cambridge. Hélène has been intimately involved with some of Montreal’s important urban environmental projects, providing branding, signage and wayfinding expertise: Lachine Canal, Old Montreal and Complexe environnemental St-Michel. She has been the recipient of many national and international design awards, amongst them a prize from AIGA for Canada Post’s Millennium Stamp Book, which is part of the permanent collection at Columbia University’s Rare Books and Manuscript Library.
In 1993, Hélène developed the 25-year retrospective exhibition for Gottschalk+Ash, which was shown in Montreal, Toronto, Zurich and Bejing, followed by an exhibit, in 1998, for AGI (Alliance Graphique International) at the Royal Ontario Museum. Hélène is a member of the Société des designers graphiques du Québec (SDGQ) and teaches part-time at Dawson College in Montreal.