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    I intimately understand the design process. I have been afforded the opportunity to be involved in that creative process for over 30 years. As a passionate graphic designer who embraces my creative instincts and intuition, I have a burning desire to cultivate flawless outcomes in branding, photography, and web design. The process of the idea, from its first beginnings, to its concrete creation and conclusion, excites and inspires me. This affords me the capability to walk alongside my client in understanding what they wish to convey. I then ensure that their message is visually created with a most powerful and pleasing end product.

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    What I'm Doing

    I am currently Senior Creative at Outcrop Communications.  I get to work with a team of very talented individuals who work across the arctic. The Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Outcrop is the oldest agency in the north – 50 years young.  I continue to work with many Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations helping Indigenous communities. I’ve helped design websites for The Grizzlies, the movie, BC Museums Association‘s Indigenous Resources subdomain and Indian Horse, the film. I’ve also created branding and visual identities for Cohen Quash aka Mesdizih Eskiye (Owl Boy), Turtle Island Institute, EntrepreNorth and many others. Other long-standing clients include Shot in the Dark Productions, Bean North, Gunta Business, Kwanlin Dün First Nation, Ta’an Kwäch’än Council, Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, and the Yukon Child and Youth Advocate Office.

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    Promote your project

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    My Skills

    I am both a team player and an independent, self-motivated worker. I am a quick learner, enthusiastic, focused, reliable, organized and responsible. I have strong communication and interpersonal skills, is friendly and is always open-minded. 

    DESIGN

    PHOTOGRAPHY

    WEB DESIGN

    I have worked with several agencies, in Ottawa, Toronto, Burlington and most recently in Whitehorse, Yukon. I have worked with Fortune 500 companies like Royal Bank, Xerox, Bell Mobility, Apotex Pharmaceuticals, Canadian Health & Lifestyle Magazine and most recently with Yukon Energy, Yukon Tourism, Yukon Wild and the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre. In addition to my private and public sector design experience, I am one of the few designers with deep roots and deep experience designing for Canada’s First Nations Communities. I have worked closely with the Chiefs of Ontario, the Assembly of First Nations, the Blue Feather Music Festival, the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council.

    Education And Career

    03/22 - PRESENT

    OUTCROP COMMUNICATIONS

    Celebrating 50 years in business. Outcrop is the oldest communications Agency in Canada’s north. Outcrop is a northern-owned agency with roots in each of Canada’s three territories (Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Iqaluit). Specializing in compelling messages that meet the needs of it’s clients.
    06/17 - 03/22

    ANIMIKII INDIGENOUS TECHNOLOGY

    Celebrating 12 years in business, Animikii Inc. is a web-services company building custom software, web-applications and websites. We work with leading Indigenous groups across North America to leverage technology for social, economic and cultural initiatives. As a 100% Indigenous-owned technology company we work with our clients to implement solutions that amplify these efforts and achieve better outcomes for Indigenous people in these areas. We are based in British Columbia on Coast Salish territory and we work everywhere.
    06/18 - 06/22

    DESIGN PROFESSIONALS OF CANADA - NATIONAL PRESIDENT

    The Design Professionals of Canada (DesCan ) is proud to announce the election of Mark Rutledge CDP™ as its 34th National President at the annual general meeting that was held in Vancouver on June 1, 2018. Mark is the first Indigenous president and the first president elected from the Arctic Chapter where he was president from 2014 to 2018. Mark resides and works in Whitehorse, and is confident that leading from the Arctic will ensure a broader awareness of DesCan for designers in Canada’s north.
    01/19

    MIT SLOAN SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT

    Innovation of Products and Services: MIT’s Approach to Design Thinking Certificate. Key takeaways from this course include: • Understand the design thinking process • Identify and assess customer opportunities • Generate and evaluate new product and service concepts • Design services and customer experiences • Evaluate product development economics
    11/12 - 12/15

    OUTSIDE THE CUBE

    Outside the Cube is a marketing / sport tourism company that helps define, communicate and execute client projects using the most effective means to realize their goals. Specializing in communications and media strategy, marketing and advertising, event bids, organizing and sponsorship, business development and innovation, project management, social media and web analytics.
    10/13

    GRANTED CDP ACCREDITATION

    The Design Professionals of Canada (DesCan) is Canada’s National Certification Body for Graphic and Communication Designers. The CDP™ certification mark allows designers to demonstrate that their services have met a rigorously defined standard. CDP™ Certification is a mark that indicates that a DesCan Member has been assessed within their area of proficiency (Designer, Academic, Leader), and has been determined to be of a professional standard. This standard includes a high degree of competence within their area of proficiency, compliance to a professional conduct code of ethics and a commitment to sustainable practice. TheCDP™ certification mark is Canada’s first, and only, certification mark for graphic and communication designers. CDP™ Certification assures those seeking design and marketing services that the provider has met a rigorous and professional standard of services.
    09/10 - 11/12

    AASMAN BRAND COMMUNICATIONS

    Aasman is a brand communications group that analyzes, develops and executes strategies that help clients communicate their brand.
    07/06 - 12/09

    MAXIMUM 60 DESIGN COMMUNICATIONS

    Maximum 60 is a boutique design communications firm specializing in solutions formulated for healthcare. Active since 1999 and based in Burlington Ontario, Maximum 60 has steadily refined its capabilities to offer truly informed brand solutions for a broad range of healthcare organizations.
    09/98 - 09/10

    HANGAR 13 ART & DESIGN

    Hangar 13 Art & Design has lived, worked and played in the community of Ottawa for over 28 years. They take great pride in having established themselves as one of Ottawa's most recognizable design firms. They have garnered a reputation as innovators in solving business and communication issues creatively; on time and on budget.
    06/06

    GRANTED RGD CERTIFICATION

    Certified RGDs have a demonstrated understanding of business best practices, accessible design principles, research methods and ethics, and the application of strategic design principles to marketing and communications challenges. The Association of Registered Graphic Designers is Canada's largest professional Association for graphic design professionals with 4,000 Members, including firm owners, freelancers, managers, in-house designers, educators and students. In a world of increasing competition, graphic design professionals need to be able to set themselves apart. The RGD designation signifies that you provide effective design solutions to further your clients' goals and objectives, and that you perform to a high ethical and professional standard, as certified by your Association of peers
    09/93 - 05/96

    DESIGN ARTS DIPLOMA

    Graduated with High Honors from the Design Arts program at Seneca College in Toronto, Ontario.

    Testimonials

    Mark is a committed, passionate , detailed designer. He looks for solutions and distinctive ways to communicate messages visually. Mark was an integral part of the team and worked with clients from small business to large corporate and government accounts. His knowledge and insight into First Nations culture was a real asset to our company as was his professionalism and commitment to ongoing training.
    DEE ENRIGHT
    President and CEO Outside the Cube
    Mark was a excellent member of our team. He was dependable, organized, hard working and exceptionally meticulous about detail. These traits along with a great attitude and technical aptitude are why Mark excelled as a production designer with Aasman Brand Communications.
    ZEKE AASMAN
    Director of Creative Strategies at Aasman Brand Communications
    Mark is an outstanding designer, and possesses an attention to detail that borders on obsession. Versatile and shockingly reliable, he is an asset to any creative team.
    PETER LYTWYNIUK
    Creative Director at Maximum 60 Design Communications
    I have worked with Mark Rutledge for the last 10 years, and we continue to work together on projects to this day. He is very creative, knowledgeable and trustworthy. I would highly recommend Mark to anyone who might be in need of creative services.
    GLENN TORRESAN
    President and Creative Director at Hangar 13 Art & Design
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How do you say The Little Spirit Moon, December in Ojibwe?

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    How do you say The Little Spirit Moon, December in Ojibwe?
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    Good morning everyone! A little ditty to start your day. ❤️💯🔥✊🏾
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A little something to break up the monotony and 
✨✨BRIGHTEN UP✨✨ your feed today♥️
#positivevibes #highervibrations #positiveblackimages #sing #dance #talentedkids #gifted #isntshelovely #changethenarrative

    Good morning everyone! A little ditty to start your day. ❤️💯🔥✊🏾

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    A little something to break up the monotony and
    ✨✨BRIGHTEN UP✨✨ your feed today♥️
    #positivevibes #highervibrations #positiveblackimages #sing #dance #talentedkids #gifted #isntshelovely #changethenarrative
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🔊 Listen: John Reid describes his relationship with the moana.

“Kaitiakitanga is an interesting term because it often gets translated poorly into English as stewardship or guardianship. As if you were the one in control of the relationship. Whereas I think kaitiakitanga, how I understand it, it's a mutually enhancing relationship. You care for it, and it cares for you.”

📖 Read John’s story via the link in our bio.

    Repost from @sustainableseasnz

    🔊 Listen: John Reid describes his relationship with the moana.

    “Kaitiakitanga is an interesting term because it often gets translated poorly into English as stewardship or guardianship. As if you were the one in control of the relationship. Whereas I think kaitiakitanga, how I understand it, it's a mutually enhancing relationship. You care for it, and it cares for you.”

    📖 Read John’s story via the link in our bio.
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    Designer life!
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    Designer life!
    @designershumor
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    I recall a few times when I've had to deal with individuals that were like "bears". What I didn't know until watching this was that I was instinctively doing the right thing. My approach was on point. Let them have their say without interference.
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One of the biggest mistakes I see people make when navigating conflict is attempting to negotiate or communicate with people who are behaving like B.E.A.R.s:

✅ Belligerent
✅ Emotional
✅ Aggressive
✅ Angry 
✅ Revenge Focused 

Whenever you recognize that you’re wrestling with a bear, shift your focus to creating Space, Time, and Opportunity for deescalation before Proceeding (S.T.O.P.) into a conflict conversation.

#conflictresolution #conflictmanagement #conflictcoaching #hostagenegotiator #communicationskills #communicationtips #communicationcoach #deescalation #leadershipdevelopment #selfawareness #executivepresence #workplaceconflict #workplacewellness

    I recall a few times when I've had to deal with individuals that were like "bears". What I didn't know until watching this was that I was instinctively doing the right thing. My approach was on point. Let them have their say without interference.

    Repost from @conflictish

    One of the biggest mistakes I see people make when navigating conflict is attempting to negotiate or communicate with people who are behaving like B.E.A.R.s:

    ✅ Belligerent
    ✅ Emotional
    ✅ Aggressive
    ✅ Angry
    ✅ Revenge Focused

    Whenever you recognize that you’re wrestling with a bear, shift your focus to creating Space, Time, and Opportunity for deescalation before Proceeding (S.T.O.P.) into a conflict conversation.

    #conflictresolution #conflictmanagement #conflictcoaching #hostagenegotiator #communicationskills #communicationtips #communicationcoach #deescalation #leadershipdevelopment #selfawareness #executivepresence #workplaceconflict #workplacewellness
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Hockey.

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I’m sorry for believing those racist lies. But I will not continue this toxic cycle. 🧚🏽

#racism #whitesupremacy #decolonize #aotearoa #iraq #landback #nzpol #decolonisation #māori #pasifika #unlearningracism #unlearning #newzealand #arab

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    I’m sorry for believing those racist lies. But I will not continue this toxic cycle. 🧚🏽

    #racism #whitesupremacy #decolonize #aotearoa #iraq #landback #nzpol #decolonisation #māori #pasifika #unlearningracism #unlearning #newzealand #arab
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    TRIGGER WARNING 
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The indigenous were once deemed a ENEMY of the United States government an queen of England.
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"The devil didn't exist in the Americas until 1492"
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Government policy with the christian church to forcibly "Kill the Indian an save the man" in Canada an America. Thousands of unmarked graves of native children have been found in shallow graves around various church's Canada. 
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My existence is the resistance, I practice my traditional old ways , ways the church an government deemed illegal until 1978.
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A leaf on a tree cannot exist without its roots. 
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Great film on this by Clint Eastwood is "Indian horse" 
How many have seen it? If u have hit me with sum thoughts! 
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Who are you?
You don't know?
Don't tell me negro
That's nothing
What were you before the white man named you a negro
What was your name?
It couldn't have been Smith or Jones or Bush or Powell
That wasn't your name
They don't have those kind of names where you and I came from
No what was your name?
And why don't you now know what your name was then
Where's your history?
How did a man wipe out your history? ~Killer Mike 

#killtheindiansavetheman #erase #culture #genocide
#indianboardingschools

    TRIGGER WARNING

    Repost from @sugarwolf101

    The indigenous were once deemed a ENEMY of the United States government an queen of England.
    ..
    "The devil didn't exist in the Americas until 1492"
    ..
    Government policy with the christian church to forcibly "Kill the Indian an save the man" in Canada an America. Thousands of unmarked graves of native children have been found in shallow graves around various church's Canada.
    ..
    My existence is the resistance, I practice my traditional old ways , ways the church an government deemed illegal until 1978.
    ..
    A leaf on a tree cannot exist without its roots.
    ..
    Great film on this by Clint Eastwood is "Indian horse"
    How many have seen it? If u have hit me with sum thoughts!
    ..

    Who are you?
    You don't know?
    Don't tell me negro
    That's nothing
    What were you before the white man named you a negro
    What was your name?
    It couldn't have been Smith or Jones or Bush or Powell
    That wasn't your name
    They don't have those kind of names where you and I came from
    No what was your name?
    And why don't you now know what your name was then
    Where's your history?
    How did a man wipe out your history? ~Killer Mike

    #killtheindiansavetheman #erase #culture #genocide
    #indianboardingschools
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