GDC Fellowship

On May 3, 2003 the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC), at its National Annual General Meeting in Ottawa honoured Matthew Warburton of Vancouver, BC with Fellowship status.

Fellowship is awarded by the National Society to a professional graphic designer who, by accomplishment or influence, has made a major contribution to graphic design in Canada. It is the highest honour that can be bestowed by the Society and has only been granted to 52 other individuals since 1960.

Throughout his career, Matt has shown great leadership, vision and passion for design and is a strong advocate for design in Canada and beyond. He has been actively involved with the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada since 1990, (currently as President, on the GDC National Executive and Chair of the Graphex’03 National Design Awards), and was President of the BC Chapter from 1997 to 2000. He was also Vice-President of communications on the National Executive 1998-2002 and was instrumental in developing the newsletter, the GDC membership binder and various award winning promotional posters. Matt has also co-chaired both Environs Conferences in Vancouver 2000 and 2002 and was actively involved with the Icograda Regional Meeting in 2002. His work with the GDC has enabled him to promote the economic benefits of a strong community of graphic designers.

The GDC’s mandate is to maintain a defined, recognized competent body of graphic designers and to promote high standards of graphic design for the benefit of Canadian industry, commerce, public service and education.

The GDC was founded in 1956, grew to become a national association by 1974 and was granted a Federal Charter in 1976. The GDC’s membership in the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (Icograda) affiliates the GDC with a world-wide organization of graphic designers and provides its members with the opportunity of international recognition and professional development.

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