NEWSWhy Attend?

At DesignThinkers, we come together to explore the ideas, trends, strategies and processes driving design communications. And we curate stimulating discussions about design’s impact on business, culture and social innovation.

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At this inspiring two-day event, we offer in-depth analyses of trends and best practices in branding, design thinking, design management, communications technologies and user experience with a range of opportunities to exchange ideas with colleagues, new and old. Attendees leave with a reconsidered and refined design or creative process, feeling inspired, refreshed and connected to the creative communications community. Learn more about the conference.

Below is a comprehensive list of the reasons you should attend.


DesignThinkers offers a unique opportunity for 2,000 creative professionals to come together and connect with their community.

“Being around all those other creatives is very inspiring. I came away refreshed, both creatively and mentally.” – Junior Designer, Henderson Printing


Our speakers offer in-depth discussions and practical advice for real-life workplace situations.

“It’s a great conference because people talk more about their thinking, strategy and process than just about the work.” – Knowledge Manager, Martin Prosperity Institute


For our program, we seek out visionaries and identify presenters from around the world with unique perspectives and innovative ideas.

“The diversity of speakers is incredible. The international content made it really compelling. Couldn’t be more comprehensive. Bravo!” – Designer, CAMH


Our content includes in-house leaders presenting best practices that can be implemented by any creative person or team.

“I particularly loved the design managers speaking and the amount of content focused on in-house design.” – Designer, Vidyard


We cover many subjects – marketing, strategy, technology, creativity – relevant to all communications professionals.

“I’m not a graphic designer but I could apply so much of the information and ideas to my work as a writer.” – Communications Officer, Association of Ontario Midwives


Participants leave with a renewed commitment and pride.

“There is always an energy about this event that sparks pride in us about the work we do.” – Creative Services Manager, Acco Brands

Supplier Central

Exhibitors include printers, paper companies, type foundries, stock suppliers and others eager to work with communications professionals.

“It was nice to have the chance to speak with different suppliers.” – Designer, CIBC Mellon


With free WIFI access throughout, participants can respond to urgent emails in session or work in any of the lounge areas on site.

“I was excited to get back to work and design.” – Designer, Ducks Unlimited

Canadian Organizations sending groups are recognized for their commitment to professional development on the DesignThinkers website here and in the printed program.