$50 / Ticket + tax



We’ll start the day with an hour for registration from 8am-9am. Settle in with a coffee and begin with the first of our featured presentations in the Florence Simmons Performance Hall. Emily Cohen, author of Brutally Honest, will give her keynote presentation titled, “Best Practices Any Design Firm Should Know.” After a short break, we will continue on with our second keanote presentation with Chris Govias, the first Chief of Design with the Canadian Digital Service.


A bigger conference means better options! Lunch will once again be catered on-site by Leonhard’s with the addition of pizza as a lunchtime option. Even better, lunch is still included in the cost of the ticket. This will give you a chance to catch up with old friends and introduce yourself to some new ones.


This year you will be able to attend your choice of a series of presentations, panels, and discussions taking place across the Holland College Prince of Wales campus. Presentations will feature content on UI/UX, design-related issues, arts education, and other adventures in creativity!


After a day packed with information and conversation, we’ll all be ready to relax with a chilled beverage at MAVOR’S RESTAURANT.

We also encourge everyone to attend the fall exhibitions opening night at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery at 7PM.


Keynote Presentations


Photo By: Jason Varney

A brutally honest consultant, Emily Cohen has been honored to consult and work with many leading design firms across the US and Canada. Through these experiences, she has developed, tested, and curated key business insights and strategies that have helped firms become more effective, profitable, and fun to work at. Emily conducts strategic business planning retreats and provides confidential, best-practice insights and advice on staff, client, and process-management strategies. She loves sharing her expertise through speaking engagements, guest posts, her Skillshare class, webinars, industry activism, and, most recently, in her new business book for creatives, Brutally Honest, No-bullshit business strategies to evolve your creative business. Emily Cohen is also fast-talker,a designer by degree, an avid reader, a trend-spotter, a connector, and her client’s advocate.



Chris Govias is a Canadian designer who has spent the past decade in London, UK. He’s worked with startups, charities, and Fortune 500 companies including Expedia, where he was a Design Lead. As Head of Design for the Ministry of Justice UK, he was on the forefront of delivering transformative, user-centred government services. He returned to Canada to become the first Chief of Design with the Canadian Digital Service, a new initiative from the Government of Canada to deliver simple, easy to use services for everyone in Canada.

Chris’s work on Spacelog.org, which converted scans of NASA transcripts from early space missions into a searchable, accessible, linkable website, won praise from the Huffington Post, the Atlantic, Popular Science, BoingBoing and NPR, to name a few. His work has also appeared in Applied Arts, the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Design Magazine, and Communication Arts.




Do We Really Need Arts Education?

1:00PM - 2:30PM

{Florence Simmons PErformace Hall}

People made art long before art schools. Paul McCartney can’t read music. Pablo Picasso famously said “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Some argue that arts education is downright dangerous - actually killing creativity instead of promoting it. This session will feature a Great Debate moderated by trained trumpet player and self-taught comedian, Patrick Ledwell. Do we really Need Arts Education? Prepare to be offended and inspired.


The Future of Arts & Creativity Education on PEI

2:30PM - 4:30PM


What is the true state of our arts and creativity education landscape? What’s already happening and what can we do to move ourselves further down the path to excellence? Join us for a World-Café style discussion around the Future of Arts & Creativity Education on PEI—you’ll have a chance to discuss the experiences that have been most valuable in your own education, and how we can work together as a sector to build more of these experiences into PEI’s arts & creativity education ecosystem. The afternoon will be punctuated by “reports from the field” of innovative initiatives happening here and elsewhere, to bring fresh ideas and energy to our afternoon dialogue. Bring your best…the revolution starts here!


1:00PM - 2:30PM


Draw & Dash

This collaborative art experience is all about relaxing and letting your imagination run wild. Each participant will be provided a sheet of paper, pencil, black marker, and colored pencil. You will have a limited amount of time to draw something from your imagination before you have to shuffle your art to the next person. At the end of the activity, each participant will have a unique piece of art created by everyone in the room that they can take home.

3:00PM - 4:30PM

{Florence Simmons PErformace Hall}

Portfolio Best Practices

If you are new to your industry, looking to update your promotional materials, or wanting to make a career move, this is the session for you. Join our panel discussion led by representatives from the fine arts, video game, photography, and design industries. They will discuss successful strategies for creatives as they prepare and present their work in today’s local and global market place.


The Wallet Project

1:00PM - 2:30PM


Developed for d.school (Institute for Design at Stanford University), the iconic Wallet project is an immersive activity meant to give participants a full cycle through the design thinking process in as short a time as possible. Through a 90-minute fast-paced project, participants pair up, show, and tell each other about their wallets, ideate, and make a new solution that is “useful and meaningful” to their partner.


UX Diagnosis

3:00PM - 4:30PM


Ask a UX designer! Share your website, app, or portfolio, and the designers in this session will give you constructive UX feedback to improve your product.



Rumpus Room

12:00PM - 4:30PM


The Rumpus Room is a place to escape, let go, and exercise the left side of your brain. With loads of opportunity for afternoon artistry, you’ll find: a jam-out corner to impress your friends with your favourite Johnny Cash cover, a media craft table to create the most exquisite paper bag puppet the world has ever seen, a collaboration mural, a dancefloor, writing activities to inspire your greatest haiku, and much more! We give you permission to take a break, and explore your own imagination (with bottomless coffee close at hand). As Maurice Sendak once wrote, “Let the wild rumpus start!”

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We have a great community that supports our visual artists and want to help them succeed. These organisations and and businesses are supporting this professional development event because they recognize the value you bring to our communities.

Purchase your ticket online or RSVP by emailing April.


April Condon

Graphic Design Instructor


Holland College

140 Weymouth Street
PE  C1A 4Z1