Emily Carr University Alumni Association Board

Our Association leadership is comprised of dedicated alumni volunteers.


 The Alumni Association is a non-profit organization and our purposes are to:

  • provide Emily Carr + VSA graduates with opportunities that encourage a continuing association with the University
  • provide educational opportunities outside the regular Emily Carr curriculum
  • promote alumni awareness within British Columbia and elsewhere
  • generate activities and projects that will benefit Emily Carr, its alumni and its students

Contact Alumni Affairs: alumni@ecuad.ca

Emily Carr University, 520 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver BC V5T 1A7



Join the Alumni Association Board

Appointments are made each November and we invite alumni with leadership, organization, event planning, dedication, professionalism, public speaking, and/or marketing skill to apply. Volunteer positions on committees and at events are available for those with less time to commit. Contact the Alumni Relations Office to learn more.


Emily Carr University Alumni Association Executive

David Humphrey, President + Trustee

David is a user experience professional with more than 13 years of experience specializing in user and design research, strategic thinking, visual excellence, and intelligent interaction design.

At Jostle, he managed a design team focused on the design and development of a next-generation intranet platform and overall brand strategy. David’s expertise ensures that every design decision is grounded in meaningful research insights and business strategy. As a founding employee of Jostle in 2009, he has made a significant contribution to the company’s success by driving innovative product strategies and designs which resulted in award-winning recognition and a number of pending patents related to enterprise social collaboration.

Prior to Jostle, David drove the UX at Kodak, where his responsibilities included the overall user experience, visual direction and usability aspects of a complex, market-leading, web-enabled software suite. Previously, he worked as an Interaction Designer in the e-learning courseware industry producing interactive multimedia applications for medical researchers, offshore technology industries and Fortune 100 companies, including KPMG and Microsoft.

Barry Marshall, Vice-President + Trustee

Currently serving as Creative Director at EDG Experience Design Group, Barry Marshall combines over 35 years of experience in design with expertise in experience strategy, retail and exhibit design and environmental graphics. He specializes in experience design, and applies best practices and international standards to his work.

An alumni of the Vancouver School of Art in 1970, Barry trained as an industrial designer in Canada, and later expanded his training in the UK. He worked as a senior designer with internationally renowned Conran Associates in London where he worked on major retail and visitor centre projects in Europe and the US. In 1983, he established Vancouver Design Team, a multidisciplinary design firm whose innovative work for Expo ’86 Corporation in the highly successful world’s fair created demand for an international design standard and a new way of presenting public attractions and themed spaces to visitors.

In 1988, Barry merged his firm with Karo Group to further develop his vision of a multidisciplinary design consultancy. In 2009 he co-created EDG Experience Design Group where he takes the strategic and creative lead on a range of projects.

Barry is a former Chair of the BC Industrial Designers Association and a recipient of the Canada Award for Business Excellence (Gold Award) for Industrial Design. He has created and influenced a multitude of design programs for educational institutions in Canada, and has taught and lectured on numerous subjects from Best Practices in Design to Professional Practice for Design Firms—reaching a range of schools such as the University of Calgary, Alberta College of Art and Design, Kwantlen, Emily Carr, UBC, and Camosun College. He is also a member of the Society of Environmental Graphic Designers (SEGD) and Past President of The Themed Attraction Association of Canada (TAA).

Emily Carr University Alumni Association Members at Large

Wil Arndt

As Creative Director of OpenRoad, Wil works closely with global brands and industry leaders to establish a clear design vision, guide digital brand integration, and advocate for the user experience. For over 20 years, Wil has sought to push the boundaries of digital storytelling, mobile, and interactive design. His work has been honoured with some 150 awards and numerous accolades.

Judson Beaumont

Judson Beaumont and his company Straight Line Designs is a one-of-a-kind studio that has been thriving in East Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for the past 30 years.
In addition to installations, sculptures and private commissions, Judson has designed, fabricated and installed a variety of custom-built furniture and projects for public institutions and exhibitions throughout North America and abroad. Some of the notable clients include Princeton University, Crayola, Disney, YVR Airport, Hong Kong Elements Mall as well as numerous play areas in Children’s Hospitals.

Erin Boniferro

Erin graduated from Emily Carr University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She served on the Emily Carr Board of Governors as a student, and was president of the board at the Western Front for several years. After working in a number of different arts programming roles for galleries and museums in Vancouver she opened Collage Collage in 2009. This store and workshop in East Vancouver teaches art classes in a unique retail setting while both local and international artists are shown year long. Collage Collage will celebrate its 5th year in Business this fall.

Samantha Burnet

Sam graduated in Printmaking and 2D Studies from Emily Carr in 1990. She continued her studies in the summer of 1991 by taking part in the Florence Program, then pursued womens’ studies at Langara, spent a year and a half in Australia and traveled through Southeast Asia. She returned to get her degree in Fine Arts from Emily Carr in 1995 and settled down to start a family. Sam has worked at the school and community level, on boards, and directly with students creating art and community development projects.

Andrea Chlebak

After graduating from the Media Arts program at Emily Carr in 2002, Andrea honed her skills in on-set photography, and picture editing before joining a Vancouver post production studio (Central) in 2004. When the company opened the city’s first DI color grading studio, she seized the opportunity to become a colorist’s assistant. Within six months, Andrea had earned the main colorist credit on her first feature film.

Andrea is a now a leading feature film colorist in Canada and has become known for her contributions to innovation of the post production process. Having studied art and film and spent years behind the lens as a photographer, Andrea brings an artistic sensibility and technical rigor to her projects.Her flexible approach and infectious personality have resulted in rewarding collaborations with many respected directors, cinematographers and VFX supervisors. Her rapidly growing list of credits includes high-profile Hollywood films like Elysium and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and award-winning documentaries like Facing Ali and Saving Luna. Andrea is the Director of Creative Services and Senior Colorist at Central in Vancouver, Canada.

Nat Dart, Chapter Leader, San Francisco

Nat grew up in a small town near Toronto, Ontario, and like most kids born in the 80’s he watched Disney movies religiously. That love of animation usually doesn’t turn every kid into an artist, but for him it was all he needed to inform his choice. His family fostered his fledgeling art skills long enough to see him off to art school at Emily Carr. Once there, he learned a lot about animation as well as how to feed himself for under $5 bucks with homemade pizzas. About halfway through university he found himself making graphics for a local mobile game studio and ever since then he has been in video games.

Pierre Leichner

Pierre was born in Romania in 1947 to Hungarian parents who fled to France where he grew up until the age of 13. He then moved to Montreal. Between the Arts and Sciences he first chose science and went to McGill for a Bachelor in Biochemistry. Curious about the mind he pursued research in Neurochemistry and obtained a Masters from the University of Strasbourg in 1969. But the laboratories were too sterile and he decided to become a physician and specialized in psychiatry. After graduating from Queen’s University and a year of research at the University of California in San Diego he started my academic career in Winnipeg at the University of Manitoba in 1978. Since then he occupied several teaching, research, clinical and administrative posts at McGill, Queen’s and the University of British Columbia. Frustrated with the politicization and business mentality, in 2002 he began attending Emily Carr and received his BFA in 2007. He obtained my Masters in Fine Arts from Concordia University in 2011.

Since then, his practice has shifted towards environmental and socially engaged work. He helped found a collective of environmental artists in Vancouver, the Art Is Land Network. He is a member of the Gallery Gachet artists collective and is the past President of the board of the Community Arts Council of Vancouver. He wants to continue to develop my skills and knowledge in participatory art, as he believes that this practice reconnects people to the necessity of artistic expression for the well being of individuals and the community. Simultaneously, he is interested in continuing a more personal exploration of consciousness and psychological constructs through art.

Connie Sabo

Connie Sabo was born and raised in East Vancouver, graduated from UBC in 1982 and received the Governor General’s Silver Medal for Excellence from the Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design in 2003. She is an interdisciplinary artist and her work is often site-specific, exploring issues of cycles and sustainability as well as personal intimate relationships with the environment and the urban landscape. She has a passion for community engagement and has been the resident artist for several community based art projects In Vancouver, Seattle, and New York. Connie also serves on the board for the 901 Artist Coop, maintains her art practice at Portside Studios and works in advancement and alumnae relations at Little Flower Academy.

Bart Sciana, Chapter Leader, Toronto

Bio to follow

Katherine Soucie

Katherine Soucie (BAA Fashion Design; Dip. Textile Arts; BFA, Printmaking, Textiles;  MAA Visual Art) is an award winning artist and designer who specializes in transforming textile industry waste into new textiles and sculptural forms.  She studied Fashion Design in London and Toronto, Ontario, Canada before furthering her studies in Textiles and Visual Art in Vancouver. Upon establishing her studio practice in 2003, her experimentation with textile industry waste has resulted in an extensive body of work for which she has received a numerous scholarships, grants and awards.

Her use of traditional artisan textile and garment techniques is often deconstructed and (re)imagined through the use of obsolescent textile technology and industrial sewing machinery.  The intention of her work is to explore forms of visible mending where she reverse engineer modes of production in order to honour and value the history of the discarded, castoff materials and tools she salvages. The laborious and repetitive handcraft applications performed throughout their transformation leads to unexpected and emergent forms and constructions.

Ms. Soucie is the recipient of the BC Creative Achievements Award 2006 (Canada), shortlisted for Niche Award 2007 (USA), the recipient of the International Design Green Award 2008 (USA) and recently shortlisted for the SustainArt Design Competition 2014 (UK). She was the Visiting Professor in Textiles at the Welch School of Art and Design, Georgia State University 2013 – 2014

Pamela Tagle

Pamela is a past President of the Alumni Association and was the student society president in her 4th year at Emily Carr from which she graduated with a diploma in Design in 1987 and later earned her degree. Pamela was a founding member of the Emily Carr Alumni Society in 1988. Working in the non-profit arts since graduation, event production and arts management became the primary focus of her career. In addition, she designs materials for these events and companies. Pamela was an in-house event and concert Producer for the University of British Columbia and Director of a range of music and multidisciplinary arts festivals before becoming General Manager of Karen Jamieson Dance.

Debbie Tuepah

Debbie Tuepah is a Canadian artist currently based in Vancouver whose work is driven by process and material exploration, and influenced by social, economic, and political concerns. She received her BFA from Emily Carr in 2011 and was awarded the John C. Kerr Chancellor’s Award for academic excellence and outstanding work in the graduation exhibition. Debbie has exhibited at Surrey Art Gallery, Winsor Gallery, and Helen Pitt Gallery. She holds a Diploma of Marketing Management from British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).