The topic of discussion was Marketing Canadian Design. The discussion panel included
designer Patty Johnson, Shaun Moore & Julie Nicholson of MADE design , curator Rachel Gotlieb, and Karen Von Hahn from the Globe and Mail as moderator.
The panel had unique and sometimes contradicting views on their identification with the words "Canadian Design". Discussion included mainly of personal views, local examples, and corporate examples (borrowing from Ikea and H&M's different usage of "SWEDISH-NESS"), all which raised interesting perspectives and points as to how designers should be proud of labeling our work as Canadian designed. Perhaps slowly and surely, Canadian design will be seen outside of the standard maple leaves and beaver tail motif, and reach a new international level of design.
Oh, and it was open bar.