Rod Roodenburg is partner, director of civic engagement and creative director at Ion. Born in the Netherlands, Rod Roodenburg immigrated to Canada in 1966. Rod received a Fine Arts Diploma from Vancouver Community College in 1985, and went on to graduate from the graphic design programme at Emily Carr University of Art & Design in 1988. Rod co-founded Ion Branding + Design with partner David Coates in 1988. Rod has earned numerous design awards in all categories from print to interactive media and been published in many international design publications. Rod has judged design shows regionally, nationally and internationally and chaired national and international design exhibitions and conferences. Rod has served as National President of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) from 2008 through 2010, and is past VP Communications of GDC National, and past VP Communications for the BC Chapter, Events Coordinator and Association Liaison serving the BC Chapter over 10 years. He is also past chair of BC’s Alliance of Professional Design Associations representing architecture, interior design, apparel design, industrial design and graphic design associations. Rod has been named among the ‘Top 40 under 40’ by Business in Vancouver, and the Emily Carr University of Art + Design presented him with an Emily Award for lifetime achievement in 2000. Rod Roodenburg believes strongly in sharing knowledge, and has lectured to business associations, students at all of British Columbia's major colleges and universities, and to professional designers throughout Canada and several top universities in China (Beijing and Shanghai) and on the behalf of various corporate agencies, the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada and ICOGRADA. Rod has developed design courses for several BC universities and served as a sessional faculty member at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design.