Sparking a Movement with HCD

  • 2 May 2018
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • BrainStation, 460 King St W. Toronto
  • 22


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Organizations are finally understanding the benefits of designing products around the user. It’s been proven that human-centric design can increase the return on investment if organizations are willing to take a chance on UX research and design.

Join UXPA Toronto and our special guest speakers Anita Ghosh, Anmol Kaur, Laura Schaefer and Alison Le Saux. Watch as they discuss how their Human-Centred Design Practice is influencing an organizational mind shift to think more like their customers. They will explain how their teams made HCD “real” within a large organization and how they are able to measure value through customer-centered metrics.

Event Cost

  • General Admission: $20.00
  • UXPA Members: $10.00


Anita Ghosh

Anita Ghosh

Head, Human Centered Design, Bank of Montreal

Anita is a business leader with 18 years of Canadian, US and Global experience across a diverse range of businesses including Telecommunications, Software, Financial Services and Consulting. Over the course of her career, Anita has held a variety of roles in Product Management, Strategy, Research, Marketing and Distribution including Phone, Omni & Digital channels.

In her current role at BMO, Anita is the Head of Human-Centric Design (HCD) where she is championing a movement around HCD that’s helping to enable multiple functions like research, cognitive science, design and technology to ultimately get closer to end users, understand what matters to them and integrate empathy and compassion into the design and development process to create great experiences for customers and employees.

Anmol Kaur

Anmol Kaur

Senior Consultant, Human Centered Design, Bank of Montreal

An engineer with business strategy experience, and a human-centered grounding, Anmol strives to design experiences and offerings that create meaningful change in people’s lives. Over the course of her career, she’s worked on large digital transformation initiatives in financial services, helped bring a design-led approach to launch a new higher education financing company, and designed solutions to gender inequality in rural India.

Anmol is passionate about unlocking the creative potential in people. In her current role as an HCD consultant at BMO, Anmol leads projects that are re-imagining banking from a human-lens, while designing learning and opportunities that empower everyone.

Laura Schaefer

Laura Schaefer

Senior Manager of UX Strategy, CIBC Digital

Laura Schaefer has over 10 years experience working in UX/UI Design across design agencies and financial institutions on projects for international and North American clients. She seeks to create consistent, thoughtful digital ecosystems and experiences for customers, and still have a bit of fun at work.

Her roles have spanned from illustration, art direction, UX, CX, research, to currently bridging the gap between strategy and design as the Senior Manager of UX Strategy at CIBC Digital. Laura is working to form a decentralized, scaleable Design System, looking at internal digital design tools and processes via Design Operations, and facilitating co-working sessions and consulting between strategic and delivery teams to achieve shared goals.

Alison Le Saux

Alison Le Saux

Director of UX Strategy, CIBC Digital

Over the course of her 17-year career, Alison has designed and developed creative solutions across a variety of industries, from extreme sportswear to cosmetics and financial institutions - and pretty much everything in-between. She is always looking for ways to challenge the status quo and strives to create thoughtful, holistic, client-centric solutions that find a perfect balance between business and client needs.

During the past 4 years at CIBC, she has been instrumental in developing the responsive framework and CMS strategy for the retail marketing sites and was responsible for the creation of Simplii Financial’s digital vision. In her current role as Director of UX Strategy, her team is focused on reimagining digital banking and defining the future experience strategy. In tandem, the team is also leading the development of a universal Design System and UX Strategy toolkit that will align creative teams across the bank and streamline future process.


BrainStation, 460 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1L7


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