Dawn Wintour

Industrial Designer

Montreal, Quebec, Canada
I aim to uncover new ways of thinking and to communicate them clearly to the world. I combine traditional industrial design skills with the needs of business and society to address the bigger picture: profitable, user-centric, and well designed.

Currently I am seeking full-time employment. I am willing to relocate. Presently I am a Canadian living in Japan.

Work Experience


Industrial Designer - Preschool team

June 2013 - Present Montreal, Quebec, Canada


Product Designer

February 2012 - June 2013 Barrie, Ontario, Canada

Akeru Industrial Designs

Industrial Designer & Founder

- Worked with small and medium size businesses to provide industrial designs, CAD modeling and prototypes for manufacturing and presentation purposes. Clients included MegaPro (tools, Vancouver), Resonance (satellite communications, Ottawa) and Umbra (house wares, Toronto).- Strategized range expansion and managed product ideation for Ambutech mobility aids; assessed user needs and market opportunities while collaborating with executives, engineers and business planners, presenting at the executive level.
- Developed award-winning independent living aid concepts, addressing disability and ageing, with business planning for financing, market entry, manufacturing and system integration.
August 2006 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada

JET Programme (Fukui Board Of Education)

Assistant Language Teacher

- Taught English language skills and cross cultural awareness to students aged 7-14.
- Lived and worked with Japanese cultural formalities and etiquette.
- Worked with local business Hacoa to adapt and expand their products into a western market.
- Independently attended trade shows: Lighting Fair, Japan Shop, RetailTech, Barrier Free, and TEDxTokyo, to stay in touch with social and technological trends.
August 2009 - July 2011 Fukui, Japan

Design 1st

Design Assistant

- Trained senior designers on modern software packages, (Adobe CS and SolidWorks.)
- Created CAD animations and illustration boards for customer presentations.
- Developed branding and marketing materials for tradeshows.
June 2005 - September 2005 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

IKEA Of Sweden

Design Intern & Contractor

- Collaborated with in-house range managers, engineers and overseas manufacturers throughout the design process on a variety of projects.
- Became the first Canadian to work in the design department at IKEA of Sweden.
- Developed a complete style category (‘Country’) of flatware from sketches to production, under tight deadlines, (18 pieces in 23 drawings).
- Traveled across Europe and studied Scandinavian and European design on site, at tradeshows and in museums.
February 2004 - March 2005 Almhult, Sweden


Carleton University

Industrial Design

September 1999 - June 2006 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


English (Native),
French (Conversational),
Japanese (Beginner),


Edison Nation

Finalist - Corelle Servingware


James Dyson Award

1st Place, Canadian National Round


ACIDO Rocket Awards

1st place, catagory: Safety


Ottawa School Of Art

Ted Bromley Scholarship



Assembly, Design For Manufacture, Engineering, Illustrator, Photoshop, Solidworks,

Additional Information

General Skills:
- Prototyping and model building
- 3D collage, painting, photography
- Sewing and patternmaking
- Theatrical Arts (puppetry, props, costumes)
- Collaborative team spirit
- Innovative thinking
- Public speaking, strong communication skills
- Publishing (2 yrs, community newspaper)
- Customer service (3 yrs front line at IKEA)
- Kinetic sensibility (Aikido martial art, 8 yrs)

Computer Skills:
- 3D Modeling and CAD
- Technical drawing
- Digital illustration and painting
- SolidWorks
- Adobe Illustrator
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe InDesign
- AutoCAD 2D drafting
- MS Office (70+ wpm typing)
- Social Media