Montréal, November 25, 2019 – Hélène Godin, Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder of Factry, has been named recipient of the ico-D Achievement Award. Created in 2001 by ico-D, an international association for the promotion of design, this award honours outstanding careers in the field of design.
This award highlights Hélène’s unique career path and contribution to the design community. She is the second woman in Québec to be recognized by this prestigious honour. “It is with enormous pride that I accept this award. Over the course of my career, I have always been driven by the desire to share my passion for design. All starting within agencies, then as a mentor and speaker on both the local and international stages. For the past three years, it’s been through bringing Factry into the world. This unique institute is dedicated to the leaders of today and tomorrow in all fields. Factry trains them to find innovative solutions in a world undergoing profound transformation. My desire to democratize the creativity to incite a broader impact is now what it’s all about.”
A Remarkable Career
Over many years Hélène Godin has distinguished herself in design both locally and abroad. In the role of Executive Vice-President and Creative Director at Sid Lee, she captained one of the most celebrated design teams of the past 15 years. She worked on numerous re-branding efforts, including the Société de Transport de Montréal (STM), Pratt & Whitney, and Gaz Metro. And not to forget the Société des Alcools du Québec (SAQ) retail locations with the introduction of the famous “Taste Tags.”
Again with Sid Lee, we have Hélène to thank for the Sid Lee Boot Camp, an incubator of interdisciplinary creativity which perfectly incarnates her vision of creativity, the synergy between talents, and the fruit it yields.
Hélène Godin is the recipient of several awards both local (Grafika, Applied Arts) and international (Cannes, One Show). This bears witness to her immense talent and contribution to the discipline of design. What’s more, she has sat as a juror on multiple panels around the world (One Show, the Graphic Design category at Cannes).
A Socially Engaged Woman
However it is possibly her love for Montréal and her activism at once creative and pragmatic that setsher apart. She believes this city’s creative DNA manifests in its open cosmopolitan culture. Factry allows her to cross different expertises, showcase local talent, and build bridges with creative communities abroad. A cause close to her heart is the preservation of our cultural heritage. For this reason she sits as a council member for the Montréal Heritage Administration, where she spearheaded the project to protect the Guaranteed Pure Milk bottle statue atop a heritage industrial building circa1930.
Hélène Godin is quite simply incapable of keeping her creative gifts to herself; her mission is to share.
Launched in May 2016, the school of the creative sciences Factry is a non-profit organization which develops creative competence among current and future professionals. Situated in the innovation quarter of Montréal, this world-calibre campus distinguishes itself through its trans-disciplinary approach, innovative instruction method, and close relations with creative industry and the business world. Factry is supported by its two founding partners: the Saint-Anne’s College and the Association of Creative Communications Agencies (A2C), as well as its two public partners: the City of Montréal and the government of Québec.
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