Denise Withers, MSc.
In 1984, Denise graduated with a degree in television production and a thirst for whitewater. This unusual combination launched her on a career journey that has featured adventures as a documentary filmmaker, writer, facilitator, researcher, designer, speaker, educator and strategic consultant.
In the past three decades, she’s worked professionally with story across genres and disciplines. Denise has managed budgets over $1M, wrangled teams of 80, led projects on 4 continents, won 8 international broadcasting awards, and written/directed over 150 programs (many in dual languages). Her work has been published in national newspapers, aired on major TV networks and lauded in boardrooms. Her client list includes all levels of government, academia, social, public and private enterprise.
During this time, Denise has been primarily self-employed, with a couple of stints as an employee – for Nortel Networks (1985-89) and the Sauder School of Business at UBC (2009-2012). While at UBC, she co-founded the d.studio, Canada’s first strategic design studio. To complement her practical experience, Denise holds an MSc. in Interactive Arts & Technology and a Continuing Adult Education Certificate. Her graduate work investigated the cognitive science of story and engagement, culminating in design guidelines for technology-mediated learning.
Though Denise has worked on topics from HIV in Africa to technology transfer at NASA, her heart beats loudest for environmental and conservation projects. For fun and fulfillment, she volunteers with several not-for-profits, fosters the official “spokescat” for the SPCA, cares for her rescue dog from the SARA Society, plays ice hockey, races outrigger canoes and explores the coastal wilderness with a backpack and her kayak.