AUGUST 30, 2019 | OCAD 100 McCAUL ST.

A Conference for Early Stage Designers

Themes

Fighting Imposter Syndrome

Design Foundations

Difficult Conversations

Level Up Your Toolkit

Paths of Self Discovery

About
Ladders Conf. brings together early stage designers from multiple disciplines to amp up hard and soft skills and empower you to take your career to the next stage. Connect and collaborate with other industry professionals to level up your craft and build people skills at the conference in an open and inclusive environment of your peers.
Schedule
The conference is a one-day event filled with informative talks, candid panel discussions, and networking opportunities with over 200+ designers and creative professionals. It begins at 8.30 AM in the morning and goes until 4.30 PM in the afternoon with 2 snack breaks and a lunch break. There will also be a social in the evening, post conference. See below for detailed schedule of events.
Venue
OCAD U is the largest and most comprehensive art, design and media university in Canada. We’ve partnered with them to help you bring a one day intensive programming on leveling up your knowledge around craft and people skills, so you can better navigate your career.
Cost
In order to keep the one day conference accessible to early-stage folks, we’ve kept our ticket prices quite affordable.
Tickets are only $90 for early stage designers.

Speakers

 Dori Tunstall  

 Dean, Faculty of Design 
 OCAD University 

 Shu Lai 

 Director of Design 
 Coursera 

 Helen Tran  

 Founder & CEO 
 Jupiter 

 Tom Cotterill  

 Design Recruiter 
 London, UK 

 Samaneh S.  

 Partner 
 Playground Inc. 

 Sally Chan  

 Product Designer 
 WeWork NYC 

 Billy Kiely  

 VP of Design 
 Invision 

 Michael Sacca  

 VP Product 
 Dribbble 

 Ainsley Wagoner 

 Sr. Experience Designer 
 Adobe 

 Chris Govias  

 Chief of Design 
 Canadian Digital Services 

 Andrew Douglas  

 Manager, Design System 
 Telus 

 Andrea Burton  

 Design Advocate 
 Abstract 

 Laura Schaefer  

 Sr. Manager, UX Strategy  
 CIBC 

 David Han  

 Dir., Experience Design 
 Publicis Canada 

Schedule

NOT JUST A ONE DAY THING

Thursday, Aug 29

 BONUS | Only 50 spots

Portfolio Reviews

6 PM . Loopio 310 Spadina Ave #600

 

 BONUS | Only 50 spots

Figma 101 Workshop

6PM . Brainstation 460 King St West

 

 

Friday,Aug 30 . OCAD

8.30 AM

Registration

Registration

 

9.30 AM

Opening Remarks

Preet Singh, DesignX Community

 

10.00 AM

Respectful Design

Keynote – Dean Dori Tunstall, OCAD

 

10.40 AM

Design Foundations

Shu Lai, Coursera

 

11.15 AM

Difficult Conversations

Andrea Burton, Samaneh S., Michael Sacca

 

12.00 NOON

Lunch Break

Served at venue

 

1.30 PM

Building Up Your Portfolio

David Han, Publicis

 

2.10 PM

Fighting Imposter Syndrome

Helen Tran, Billy Kiely, Sally Chan

 

3.00 PM

Map Your Path of Progression

Workshop by Laura Schaefer & Andrew Douglas

 

3.45 PM

Coffee + Donuts Break

Served at venue

 

4.15 PM

How to talk about design: presenting your work to anyone

Ainsley Wagoner, Adobe

 

4.45 PM

Paths of Self Discovery

Closing – Chris Govias, CDS

 

5.30 PM

Evening Drinks & Social

At the venue

 

Tickets

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