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Aug 02, 2021

Creating Equity in the Design Industry as Senior Professionals Panel Discussion

Gavin Barrett, and Nicola Hamilton RGD
Photos of panelists: Gavin Barrett, Chino Nnadi, Julian Franklin

About this video



Gavin Barrett
, Owner, Founding Partner, Chief Creative Officer of Barrett and Welsh; Co-founder of People of Colour in Advertising and Marketing (POCAM) and the Multicultural Marketing Alliance of Canada
Gavin was the inaugural Jury chair and has been a multiple time juror at Marketing multicultural awards. In pursuit of big ideas he has nibbled on pigs' ears (not on a live pig at the time); gone elephant-back in the Thai jungle (no elephants were hurt); gambled in a Macau casino (was utterly destroyed). His work has been brought to life on screens and on pages by Deepa Mehta, David Carson, Bruno Barbey and Louis Ng. His work has run in 35 countries, helped elect prime ministers, attracted the ire of the lawyers for Dolly the clone sheep, drew an angry crowd in Lagos, been studied in business texts in Canada and India and received derisive mention in a John Irving novel. His poems can be found in Understan, his new book and in Penguin anthology of 14 contemporary Indian poets, Reasons for Belonging. He has accumulated 1 wife, 2 kids, a BA (econ.), an MA (eng. lit), a murderous guppy, a scruffy cocker spaniel poodle and 100+ awards for his work. He cannot: sing.

Julian Franklin, President, Franklin Management Group Inc. (FMG)
Julian is a Canadian Marketing Hall of Fame member and business leader with 20+ years client and agency experience in consumer-packaged goods and sports industries. His expertise includes strategic planning, communications, and marketing. His career is distinguished by marketing leadership roles in Canada and the U.S. where he perennially achieved successful business results. He is President, Franklin Management Group Inc. (FMG), a strategic planning, sponsorship and activation consultancy for blue chip clients. Julian corporate governance experience is extensive; he is also a Founding Member of POCAM (People of Colour in Advertising Marketing), an association that advocates for the inclusion and advancement of Black, Indigenous, People of Colour(BIPOC) within Marketing.

Chino Nnadi, Talent Acquisition Specialist at MetaLab
Working in the talent strategy space for 7 years, Chino has had the pleasure of building some of the best teams for top agencies and global brands. Chino is currently is at MetaLab, focused on building out their Global Design team where their work includes products for clients such as Slack, Google, Headspace, Pitch, and Amazon (to name a few). Over the years, working directly with executive leadership to make hiring decisions has given Chino a unique, behind-the-scenes insight into the industry. An advocate for diversity, Chino has pushed to break barriers and challenge how the industry hires talent. Now, Chino has joined POCAM steering committee to continue to use her voice and insights on how the industry hires for the future.

Moderated by Nicola Hamilton RGD

Nicola Hamilton RGD

Issues Magazine Shop

Nicola is an independent art director and graphic designer, who specializes in editorial design. She’s obsessed with magazines, so much so that she opened Issues Magazine Shop, a retailer of independent magazines in July 2022. Her work has been internationally recognized by the D&AD, the Society of Publication Designers and the National Magazine Awards, among others. Nicola is also the co-founder of The Scaries Project, an artistic exploration of the emotional realities of being creative, and a part-time design educator.