Elise Hudson, Chair, School of Design, George Brown College
As Chair of the School of Design at George Brown College, Elise oversees nine programs related to graphic, interaction and game design, as well as design management and strategy. She has Master’s degrees in museum studies from the University of Toronto, and design history and material culture from the Bard Graduate Center in New York. She is writing a PhD about contemporary product design and issues of globalization, mapping the production, circulation and consumption of everyday consumer goods to reveal complex design processes and the division of creative labour. Elise has been engaged in design and education for over 15 years through her work in museums, colleges and universities. She was Director of Exhibitions and Associate Curator at the Design Exchange, Canada’s national design museum for eight years. At the Institute without Boundaries, Elise was Program Coordinator and faculty for the Interdisciplinary Design Strategy post-graduate program, and later organized exhibitions and events. This included charrettes in Dublin, New York and Milan, as well as a multi-year project on sustainable transportation resulting in a 200-person charrette and 8,000 square-foot multi-media exhibition. Elise is collaborating with Interaction Design students and faculty on a three-year project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to co-create a digital application with youth-at-risk on the topic of holistic crisis planning.