Curriculum Vitae


Below is a snapshot of my skills and technical experience which is also available to download in PDF format.  

For a copy of the full version of my résumé, please email me.


Skilled graphic designer with 18 years’ experience including 8 years digital work experience and 4 years of social media management. Leads and contributes to design projects including branding, advertising, web advertising, and more. Creates visually appealing marketing collateral and promotional materials using industry best practices. References have noted my excellent communication and storytelling skills, as well as my dedication to quality and innovation.
 

EXPERTISE IN PRINT & DIGITAL DESIGNS

  • Corporate branding
  • Interactive & accessible PDFs
  • Web, email & social media
  • Infographics & flowcharts
  • Advertising & signage
  • Typography & logos
  • Guides, publications, reports & templates
  • Charts, graphs & presentations

TECHNICAL SKILLS

  • InDesign CC
  • Illustrator CC
  • Photoshop CC
  • Lightroom CC
  • Acrobat Pro
  • PowerPoint
  • Word
  • Excel
  • Outlook
  • Experience with HTML

CAREER PROGRESSION

Superior Group (Contracted through Xerox at CMHC), Graphic Designer, Ottawa (May 2016 – Present)

RBC Ottawa Bluesfest & CityFolk Festivals, Graphic & Web Designer, Ottawa (May to Nov 2015)

Valecraft Homes Ltd., Graphic Designer & Marketing Assistant, Ottawa (Apr 2012 to Oct 2014)

Ashley Furniture HomeStore, Graphic & Multimedia Designer, Ottawa (Mar 2011 to Feb 2012)

Sun Media, Graphic & Multimedia Designer, Ottawa (Jul 2002 to Mar 2011)

Saatchi & Saatchi Canada, Internships, Toronto (Sep 2000 to Aug 2001 / Mar 1997 / Nov 1996)


FREELANCE WORK EXPERIENCE

Orienteering Ottawa, Promotions and Social Media (pro-bono) (Jan 2016 to Present)
Abundant Living Counselling Group, Graphic Designer, Art Director and Copywriter (contract) (Sep to Nov 2010)
Vinbella Winery, Web Designer (contract) (Sep to Nov 2008)
Circle J Ranch, Graphic & Web Designer (pro-bono) (May 2005 to Jun 2008)


EDUCATION & TRAINING

Diploma in Graphic Design with Major in Advertising, George Brown College, Toronto
Certificate in Adobe InDesign: Creating Accessible PDFs with PDF/UA and WCAG 2.0, Eliquo Training & Development, Ottawa
Dreamweaver & Dreamweaver Advanced, Algonquin College, Ottawa
CommonLook Global Access (Adobe Acrobat Pro Plugin for Creating Accessible PDFs)
FSC Certified by Xerox to approve FSC documents


I WOULD DESCRIBE MYSELF AS…

  • Creative and highly motivated
  • Always a team player
  • Dedicated and a hard worker
  • Truly passionate about what I do
  • Manage deadlines well
  • Good communicator
  • Organized, professional and have a positive attitude
  • Always updating and learning new skillsets
  • Giving – I care about helping people (especially through my work)
  • Active – I am an avid Orienteer and a horse owner


 
If you would like to meet me in person, please contact me at 613.282.4966 or send me an email at karen@kwhitbread.ca