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Royal Roads Design Thinking


Leading Design Thinking in the Classroom and the Workplace

March 5 – 6, 2022 (online event)
Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)

Royal Roads Design Thinking Educators’ Conference

NOTE: The following is from the 2022 event. Check here to see details on our 2023 event.

The Royal Roads Design Thinking Educators’ Conference is a place for those who teach Design Thinking—whether in the classroom or the workplace—to come together in a learning community. Presenters will challenge your thinking while sharing strategies and tools. You will be invited to join a conversation of educators and practitioners.  

Conference Theme: Design, Equity, and Power

Design Thinking holds enormous potential to serve the interests of a more just world within classrooms, organizations and society. Design Thinking can serve to replicate and even exacerbate existing inequities if practiced without attunement to power and privilege. 

The theme will be highlighted in our keynote speeches and in the expert panel: “How might Design Thinking act as a force of good?”

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Connecting Visually

Graphic recording and facilitation will be used as a means to draw out emergent themes, document your burning questions, and engage all conference participants in co-creating meaning. Meet our graphic facilitator, Sam Bradd.

2022 Keynotes

Judy Mellett

Director, Service Design & Strategy at TELUS Digital

Judy’s current focus centers on engaging in purposeful design and delivery of end-to-end service experiences that reinforces TELUS’ brand proposition and sustains…

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Ledia Andrawes

Co-founder, Sonder Collective

Born in Egypt, raised in Australia, and having lived in Kenya and the UK, I am humbled by my privilege and constantly outwitted by my choices. I’m a designer, strategist, and anthropologist who loves to integrate rigour with heart to reimagine more equitable social futures… 

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George Aye

Co-founder-Greater Good Studio & Full Professor(adj) at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

George co-founded Greater Good Studio to use design to heal, to be just, to be restorative. Previously, he spent seven years at a global innovation firm before being hired as the first human-centered designer at…

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Tania Anaissie

Founder and CEO, Beytna Design and Founding Creator of Liberatory Design

Tania Anaissie is the Founder and CEO of Beytna Design, a Founding Creator of Liberatory Design, a Founding Member of the Equity Design Collaborative, former Faculty at The National Equity Project…

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Doreen Arrowmaker

Chief of Gamètì, Northwest Territories

Doreen Arrowmaker is the first female chief of Gamètì, Northwest Territories. Earlier this year, she was recognized for her commitment to the Tłı̨chǫ region with the Wise Woman Award from the Status of Women Council of the NWT…

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20 Workshops & Presentations

Conference presenters are actively engaged in practicing, teaching, and researching Design Thinking.

Meet three of the experts who will be presenting:

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Angèle Beausoleil

Professor of Business Design and Innovation, and academic director of the Business Design Initiative at Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto

Jacqueline Antalik

Director of User Experience at OXD

Winnie Ho

Senior User Experience Designer at OXD

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