One of my earliest memories is watching my parents complete a mockup of the small independent newspaper they ran out of our attic in Vancouver. The articles were cut up into rectangles and arranged on large sheets to form columns that wrapped around the images on the page. My eyes were level with the worktop, and I could see the sun catching the curled corners of each element, positioned and ready to be pasted into its final position.
Despite this early exposure to design, it wasn't until much later that I found the creative community that would propel me into my career as a professional designer. Careers don’t exist in a vacuum. We are shaped by our experiences, and whether we realize it or not, the spaces we occupy. That truth is what has always attracted me to designing digital spaces. In an increasingly virtual world, everyday tasks like paying bills, buying groceries, visiting family, or even having drinks with friends happen online; and the experiences we have in those virtual spaces matter.
But when it comes to our professional life, the digital tools we use to navigate our careers are reminiscent of the earlier days of the internet. They are anachronistic platforms disconnected from the present reality of remote work, seeking to replicate the stacks of resumes of the past, sifted through and sorted based on irrelevant and biased factors—we can do better.
We owe it to the next generation of professionals to provide better career discovery tools than the ones with which we were forced to make do. That's why I joined Canvas—to modernize both recruiting, and the process of being recruited.
When I first met the Canvas team, it was apparent they placed a premium on user experience. This is where the company earned its early success, and also how we expect to continue to build. Consider: many of Canvas's users on both sides of the platform are young, and have grown up using technology. They know when tech doesn't behave as it should, and they have had the privilege of avoiding clunky, archaic, enterprise software. Most of their daily online experiences are sleek, intuitive, fun, and designed with delight in mind. At Canvas, we are committed to extending that experience into their professional lives.
Our goal is to make every user’s day to day interactions more enjoyable, and to ultimately facilitate better connection and collaboration between candidates and recruiters in virtual spaces. I am excited to build on Canvas's early investment in experience, and grateful for the chance to lead a design team that will level the playing field for the next generation.
By making career growth platforms more intuitive and accessible, we lower barriers to entry, expose opportunities, and make the career landscape more equitable for everyone. For recruiters, offering better workflows, and automating what needs to be automated, offers more room to do what they do best—be human, and create the human connections that careers are built on. For candidates, showing the full picture of who they are, what they’ve done, and their potential for growth, allows everyone to find their fit, not just those with the right resume.