About Me

I’ve been drawing on walls all my life. No, really, I have! As soon as I discovered crayons I decided the world was my canvas, starting with my bedroom walls. That didn’t go over too well with my Mum, so I switched to drawing on the furniture and tattooing my dolls. My parents made sure to supply me with lots of paper after that.

About_me_cwAround the same time, my favourite story featured a little girl with a magic pencil that brought to life everything she drew. Imagine my disappointment when none of my pencils produced the same results! And imagine my satisfaction now that I get to draw on walls for a living, and instead of a magic pencil I have magic markers that bring people’s ideas to life. They didn’t tell us about this career option in high school.

Between my early wall-scribbling days and now I’ve worked as a graphic designer, art director, project manager and facilitator – to name just the major job titles. I’m also a philosopher, world traveller, artist and chronic provocateur, with a love of conversation, an easily-tickled funnybone, a taste for the unknown, and a strong propensity to ask “Why?” and “What for?”

I used to wonder how all those pieces fit together, but it turns out that in my line of work all those roles and qualities come in handy. As an artist and designer, I know first-hand the power of imagery to stimulate our minds and capture our hearts – and how essential both are to bring about the change we seek. As a world traveller I’ve learned that we’re all in this together, and incidentally, that pictures are truly a global language. As a facilitator, I’ve come to understand that the most important quality I bring to any conversation is being a first-rate listener. And as a philosophically inclined provocateur, well… I might challenge conventional thinking just a teensy bit – but always with a healthy serving of laughter on the side!

Over the past sixteen years I have had the pleasure of working with numerous talented graphic facilitators. However, Avril’s capacity to capture not only the essence of the intelligence in the room, but the strategic nature of that intelligence toward the project we were working on, was beyond anything I’d experienced before. Her graphic facilitation helped us at every turn of the project to see the emerging strategic thinking in our work together. It was like having a third active facilitator in the room.

Phil Cass, PhD, Organizational Consultant