Rod Roodenburg is head of Civic Engagement and Creative Director at Ion. Born in the Netherlands, Rod immigrated to Saskatchewan with his family, and then moved around the west coast of British Columbia to eventually settle in Vancouver. Rod received a Fine Arts Diploma from Vancouver Community College in 1985, and went on to earn a Graphic Design Diploma from Emily Carr College of Art & Design in 1988 and co-founded Ion Brand Design with partner David Coates in 1988.
Rod has earned numerous design awards in all categories from print to interactive media and has been published in many international design publications. He has been named among the ‘Top 40 under 40’ by Business in Vancouver, and the Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design presented him with an Emily Award for career achievement in 2000.
Rod served as National President of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) from 2008 through 2010, has served as National VP Communications, and has sat on the GDC BC executive in various capacities over a decade. During this period he served as Chair of BC’s Alliance of Professional Design Associations. Rod chairs Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s GDMA Advisory Board.
Rod believes strongly in sharing knowledge, and has lectured to business associations, students and professional designers throughout Canada and in China. Rod has developed design courses for the University College of the Fraser Valley, and has been a sessional faculty member at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Rod has judged Emily Carr University Graduate Exhibitions 2009 and 2010, BC’s Salazar Awards and other awards, such as Applied Arts Magazine and London-based ‘Iconique’.
Aside from his passion in all things art & design, Rod is a soccer player, coach, and motorcycle enthusiast. He has traveled throughout Europe and Asia, and enjoys kicking back at his Salt Spring Island retreat when his busy schedule allows.