Juan Saavedra, art director and designer, is a speaker at the DesignTO Symposium: Unlocking the Future of Work happening on Saturday, January 26, from 1pm to 5pm at George Brown College.

Juan Saavedra is an art director and designer whose experience reflects a range of industries which include fashion & apparel, art, music & entertainment, and community & sexual health. His interests are volunteerism, social innovation, design-activism, and entrepreneurship.  Prior to moving to Ottawa in 2017, he received the Mayor’s Community Safety Award from the City of Toronto for promoting collaboration and developing innovative arts-based programming. Other accomplishments include winning the 2015 Youth Arts Pitch contest from ArtReach Toronto, spearheading a Vital Ideas grant to research emerging issues among Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing LGBTQ youth, and supported the planning and delivery of Nuit Rose – Toronto’s Queer Arts and Performance Festival. Currently he is pursuing his masters of design at Carleton University’s School of Industrial Design.