DEBORAH LAMPITT-MCCONNACHIE | PROGRAM MANAGER
Deborah ‘s career encompasses fashion, film, music, television, design, print journalism and education at the post graduate level and has spent most of the past 30 years in London, UK (with a couple of years here and there in Los Angeles and Vancouver).
In her work, she travelled extensively covering the international Ready-to-Wear and Couture designer collections for print and television. She has also worked for RCA records in LA and in the graphics department at Island Records in the UK, directed and segment produced for a number of fashion and lifestyle programmes in the UK, worked in pop promos and feature films, and continues to write and organize fashion shoots for print magazines in Canada and the UK.
Deborah spent twelve years running BA programmes and MA courses for the University for the Creative Arts in the UK, where she was twice the recipient of Teaching Excellent awards. She used to design ads in her role as advertising rep at The Georgia Straight newspaper in Vancouver, and collaborated with London graphic designer Robert de Niet on ten Issues of Segue, the graduate magazine for the Fashion Journalism Department at UCA, UK. She also contributes regularly to ICON Okanagan.
Little known fact: she could happily spend all day doing InDesign layout.
KIKO CARISSE | INSTRUCTOR
KAT BENSLER | INSTRUCTOR
With a degree from the University of Toronto in Semiotics and Communication Theory in hand, Kat set her sights on an Advertising and Graphic Design diploma from Humber College Institute of Technology. Her creativity has since taken hold and led her to a successful career in graphic design, marketing, and print. Kat’s skills span all of the applicable graphic design software systems, including In Design, Illustrator, Photoshop, Quark, Dreamweaver, Flash and Final Cut. Kat’s interest in extreme sports has pushed her towards companies with similar values, designing for West 49, Billabong, and Big White Ski Resort. While teaching at the Centre, Kat can also be found mountain biking, snowboarding, or wakeboarding.
CARRIE MAYHEW | INSTRUCTOR
Carrie Mayhew has established herself as a strong presence in the design community. Graduating with a Bachelor of Design from the Alberta College of Art & Design (ACAD), Carrie has put her skills to work by creating her own design company and magazine. Carrie’s company, Ginger Creative, specialize in corporate branding, layout design, website design, editorial design, wedding invitations and wedding day-of details. Along with her design company, Carrie also started ‘Adore’ magazine, an Okanagan wedding & lifestyle magazine that is a community hub for the local Okanagan wedding professionals. Carrie loves taking unique ideas and translating them into creative communicative and tangible visual forms.
ELIZABETH DYKOSKY | INSTRUCTOR
Internationally Renowned Artist and Art Instructor.
Elizabeth Dykosky’s work is unique and shows extraordinary colour use and remarkable talent wielding the brush or the pallet knife. Her work has been exhibited at various galleries throughout the world, among others in Italy(Rome), Canada(Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Kelowna), the USA(Detroit), as well as the United Arab Emirates(Dubai and Salalah). Her paintings belong to the private collection of the Vatican, Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai, and Shanfari Group of Companies in Salalah, UAE.
Her pieces capture the essence of the subject to a degree that leaves a lasting impact on the viewer.
JAMIE COTTINGTON | INSTRUCTOR
Jamie moved to Kelowna from London, England in 2013 after a very successful career spanning around 17 years with BMW UK.
He had been successfully ‘playing’ at being a photographer for around 10 years, never committing to making it his full time gig. However, when everything seemed to align perfectly, he couldn’t ignore the opportunity for a radical change of direction in life. Jamie resigned from his perfectly good job, jumped on a plane and headed to explore what Canada had to offer.
He enrolled at Centre for Arts and Technology, graduating from the Digital Video Fusion Program in 2014, as a way of broadening his creative offering. He has since formed a successful Photography, Videography and Events Management Company, called Pinstripe Productions Ltd., producing work across North America with his two Co-founders.
Aside from his own productions, Jamie is also hired as a Camera Operator for live TV, sporting and music events and is an experienced Gimbal Operator. He has worked on small and large production films and documentaries filmed in the Okanagan and in Europe.
PETER SINGH-VIGILANTE | INSTRUCTOR
Peter is constantly pushing himself to become an expert in his field. His passion and talent has led to a strong knowledge base and successful career in website design, graphic design, and website development. Before becoming head of Lifeblood Marketing Peter was the CTO and Senior Developer at Hiilite, the National Distributed Learning Manager and Lead Instructor for the Graphic Design and Web Development programs at CATO. He is also active in the non-profit community, doing work with Opera Kelowna, The Grindstone Award Foundation, and the Fat Cat Children’s Festival. With over a decade of experience in the multimedia industry, Peter possesses an expert level of understanding and knowledge of technology, and education. If Google was a person, he would be Peter-Singh Vigilante… seriously, what can’t he do?
JON MATLOCK | INSTRUCTOR
Jon Matlock brings over twenty years of industry experience to CAT’s Graphic and Web Design department, ranging from web development and digital design, to print and packaging design. Jon holds diplomas in both Graphic Design, and Information Technology and Applied Systems from Vancouver Island University.
Before opening Spun Studios in 2004, Jon worked for a web development agency and also freelanced.
Jon is an avid mountain biker and has been fortunate to work with many clients in that industry. from large, international bicycle manufacturers (like Cannondale and GT Bikes) to highly acclaimed mountain bike filmmakers (like The Collective and Anthill Films) to local bike shops and regional manufacturers.
Jon loves to teach and it shows. Helping students get the most out of their time at CAT is his number one goal. Jon especially enjoys passing on his knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign.