“This will be our first-ever annual conference held outside the United States, and we’re proud to invite our international community to gather in this beautiful, cosmopolitan city,” says Jessica W. London, SEGD’s chief executive officer. “Montreal is extremely progressive in its promotion of design as not only an issue of aesthetics, but of economic stimulus and social well-being. It serves as a model for cities that wish to use design as a catalyst for growth and change.”
The conference will explore the meanings of the diversity theme. “As the world has become a global village without borders due to electronic media, we are more than ever exposed to a variety of expressions, disciplines, and possibilities,” says Conference Chair Udo Schliemann, design director with Gottschalk+Ash International in Toronto. “Now the vast complexity that we face in projects and tasks demands that we listen to a broad range of views and ideas and work together toward solutions.”
The annual event will combine presentations from design leaders, clients, and change agents with panel discussions, technical sessions, networking, social events, and SEGD’s signature Workshops on Wheels, which invites attendees to visit and experience project sites firsthand. There will also be a one-day Expo at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal in which attendees can mingle with industry professionals and meet project collaborators with expertise in EGD and related fields.
Another conference highlight is the program celebrating winners of the 2011 SEGD Design Awards for excellence in environmental graphic design. There will also be a banquet honoring the 2011 SEGD Fellow and other individuals and companies that have contributed to the betterment of environmental graphic design.
Visit the conference Web site for more information: http://montreal.segd.org.