Hello! I’m a designer, researcher, creative facilitator and urbanist. I’m interested in social innovation and citizen-led approaches to sustainable urban development.

DESIGN + STRATEGY

I use design-thinking methods to facilitate communication and collaboration in diverse teams, and I follow a process of research, ideation, prototyping and iteration to ensure my work is meaningful and has impact.

RESEARCH + WRITING

I’m naturally curious, with critical thinking and synthesis skills, and a strong talent for writing and public speaking. I present complex ideas in clear and accessible language. View a sample of my writing here.

CREATIVE FACILITATION

I organize workshops and public events, facilitate creative brainstorming sessions, and design projects that create opportunities for people to connect, share ideas, and take action in their city.

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My passion for cities has taken me across Canada–from Whitehorse to Winnipeg, and around the world. I’m interested in understanding how we can use design to create more dynamic and equitable communities.

Matt Carreau is a designer, researcher, creative facilitator and all around urbanist. He has a postgraduate in Interdiscplinary Design Strategy from the Bruce Mau founded Institute without Boundaries in Toronto and moved to Winnipeg in 2010 after living in Whitehorse, Yukon for two years. Matt is active in a number of community based projects including coordination of Jane’s Walk and recently started the Winnipeg Urbanist Meetup, a monthly gathering for creative people with a passion for cities to network, share ideas and collaborate on new projects. Matt is passionate about interdisciplinary collaboration and the role of design as a tool for sparking community and civic innovation.

Vision

I am motivated by a vision of the future where society enables and celebrates individual and community diversity; where our shared and mutual investment in the sustainable management of earthly resources becomes a model for equity, social justice and compassion; and where the marketplace of human ideas–not arbitrary capital–drives innovation and creative solutions that help us tackle the most complex global challenges we face.

If we are going to prepare the way for a society that understands and values common purpose, diversity and accessibility for all, we must build cities that embody these values. Transforming the way our cities and communities are built begins with empowering individuals to see themselves as agents of change and leaders in this movement. I am excited by the potential for collaborative and participatory design practices to engage communities, and I use design as a tool to help individuals exercise their imagination towards this end.

I pursue projects with a focus on citizen engagement, design, and urban public space. This is what I’m currently working on:

The Winnipeg Urbanist Meetup is a monthly gathering of civic-minded individuals who come together to share ideas and collaborate on new initiatives that inspire positive urban change.

Are you an urbanist? Do you spend time dreaming of all the ways that Winnipeg could transform itself into a more vibrant, sustainable and open city?

Are you inspired by the creative and innovative approaches to city building that happen in other cities and want to be apart of building a movement here in Winnipeg?

The Winnipeg Urbanists Meetup gathers on the last Friday of every month (venues TBA). The meetings are informal and open to all. There is no set agenda however as our group evolves we may begin hosting more facilitated creative sessions that include:

– Lightening talks
– Project pitch nights
– Weekend Design jams
– Unconferences

Join us on the Winnipeg Urbanist Facebook Page

iconnipeg is a series of public design workshops that invite the public to design graphic symbols that visually communicate local civic concepts.

Title: Urban Idea White Paper
Project Scope: Consultancy, Winnipeg Arts Council
Location/Year: Winnipeg, Fall 2012

Summary:
Working as a consultant with the Winnipeg Arts Council, I prepared a white paper outlining opportunities and directions for the future of the Urban Idea Centre in Winnipeg. The Urban Idea Centre was a public forum and think-tank exploring urban issues in Winnipeg during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Project tasks involved: interviewing former board members of the Urban Idea Centre; surveying the landscape of existing urban initiatives in Winnipeg; reviewing the historic, organizational, cultural and policy contexts; presenting case studies of interest from other cities; recommending options for future directions; design and layout of report contents.

Read the Urban Idea White Paper

Portfolio

iconnipeg: Drawing the City from A to Z

iconnipeg is a series of public design workshops that invite the public to design graphic symbols that visually communicate local civic concepts.

Framework for Interdisciplinary Collaboration at Richardson College for the Environment

Strategy for spurring collaboration and innovation at the University of Winnipeg’s Richardson College for the Environment

Backspace

Backspace is a provocative design proposal that imagines a future scenario where technology enables citizens to embed stories and memories in the urban fabric

Urban Idea White Paper

Analysis and recommendations to help the Winnipeg Arts Council explore options and make informed decisions about the future of the Urban Idea Centre.

COLAB: A Change Lab for Markham

COLAB is a laboratory for inter-departmental collaboration and problem solving within the municipality of Markham.

OPEN TOWN Civic Literacy Toolkit

A toolkit to help citizens of Markham explore, understand and engage with the municipal process.

Manitoba Social Innovation Stories Project

A blog and online conversation about social innovation in Manitoba’s non-profit sector.

Whitehorse Foodbank Fundraising Strategy

Fundraising concept and mail-out for the Whitehorse Foodbank

Old Kennedy Road Revitalization Strategy

The Old Kennedy Road revitalization strategy presents a new model for main street development in Markham.

Theory + Practice. A multi-disciplinary education for the 21st century.

Interdisciplinary Design Strategy, Postgraduate
Institute without Boundaries, George Brown College, 2012

The Institute Without Boundaries views the designer as a problem solver with the ability to effect positive change for humanity. The studio offers a one-year intensive post-graduate education in Interdisciplinary Design Strategy. Students undertake real-world design projects that seek to achieve social, ecological and economic innovation. View complete summary

Multimedia Communications, Certificate
Yukon College, 2010

Comprehensive technical multimedia training in desktop publishing, image editing, digital illustration, web design, and film and audio editing techniques as well as communications and design theory. Major final project involved partnering with a Whitehorse nonprofit organization to develop a comprehensive communications strategy including print, web and broadcast.

Bachelor of Humanities, College of the Humanities
Carleton University, 2008

Interdisciplinary liberal arts program emphasizing critical engagement with the “great works” in the Western tradition of ideas, imagination, and culture. In my final years of university I focused my studies on an examination of the political, ethical, and aesthetic dimensions of the public realm in the Western city.

 

Professional Experiences

Dec 2013 – Present
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Communications and Special Projects Coordinator
Manitoba Arts Council

  • Working in collaboration with staff, I improve and optimize existing communications processes and plans by introducing new ways of working, making recommendations about new technology, and developing strategies and plans for special projects.
  • Current special projects: developing a social media strategy; overseeing the re-skin of our current website and development of new features such as a blog; Redesigning email newsletters.
  • Other communications projects include promoting grant programs, organizing public events such as award ceremonies, developing marketing plans to announce new residency programs, and managing day-to-day marketing such as email newsletters and social media.

 

 

2011, 2013, 2014
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Festival Coordinator
Jane’s Walk Winnipeg

  • Over three years I helped Jane’s Walk grow to be a recognized and celebrated annual event in Winnipeg with upwards of 20-25 walks offered each year and many hundreds of participants.
  • Responsibilities involve managing project timelines; organizing volunteers; recruiting new walk leaders; identifying sponsorship opportunities; designing promotional materials for print and web; facilitating training sessions for new walk leaders; fielding media inquiries.

 

 

Jan 2013 – Dec 2013
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Program Coordinator, 2014 Year of Urban Ideas
Urban Idea Centre, Winnipeg Arts Council

  • Following my work as a consultant with the Winnipeg Arts Council, I was retained and transitioned into the role of Program Coordinator for the “2014 Year of Urban Ideas” project. In collaboration with WAC staff and community partners I developed a schedule of programs exploring how the arts, design and creative practices can be catalysts for innovative approaches to city building.
  • The program plan included a Creative Placemaking symposium and pop-up design competition situated in the alleys of the Exchange district and a camp for youth called City Builders exploring urban planning and sustainability issues.
  • Responsibilities involved developing a project charter and work plan; assembling an advisory committee; identifying community partnerships; generating program ideas and proposals; ensuring that program directions aligned with WAC’s and Urban Idea’s strategic priorities.

 

 

Sep 2012 – Jan 2013
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Consultant, Urban Idea “White Paper”
Winnipeg Arts Council

  • Working as a consultant with the Winnipeg Arts Council, I prepared a white paper outlining opportunities and directions for the future of the Urban Idea Centre in Winnipeg. The Urban Idea Centre was a public forum and think-tank exploring urban issues in Winnipeg during the late 1980s and early 1990s.
  • Over the course of three months I consulted with dozens of Winnipeggers, including former Urban Idea board members, respected colleagues in the fields of art, architecture, design, and community development; reviewed archival materials about Urban Idea; considered the historic, organisational, cultural and policy context framing the discussion about the future of Urban Idea; and finally extracted insights and synthesized lessons into a framework and recommendations that the Winnipeg Arts Council and others can use to unlock hidden opportunity, promote citizen engagement in city building, and spark urban innovation in the years ahead.

Read the Urban Idea White Paper

May 2011 – Aug 2011
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Research Associate, Institute for Urban Studies
University of Winnipeg

  • Participated in a major research project with Peguis First Nation to develop a Land Acquisition and Development Strategy in fulfilment of their Treaty-Land-Entitlement Settlement.
  • Research tasks involved investigating the history of colonization and re-settlement of Peguis First Nation’s traditional lands and the history of treaty relations between First Nations and the Canadian government; reviewing precedents of social and economic development strategies undertaken by indigenous groups from across Canada and around the world; exploring the history, legality and viability of establishing reserves in urban areas in Canada.

Dec 2010 – Aug 2011
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Project Coordinator, Canadian Nonprofit Innovators Network
Canadian Nonprofit Innovators Network + Manitoba Federation of Nonprofit Organizations

  • In 2010 the Canadian Nonprofit Innovators Network set out to identify creative innovations transforming the not-for-profit sector in Canada. I facilitated a conversation about Manitoba’s non-profit sector through the creation of a blog publishing stories about local social innovations, interviews, and insightful analysis on topical issues. http://bit.ly/mbsocialinnovation
  • Responsibilities involved developing a comprehensive project plan and assembling an advisory committee; networking to identify story themes, individuals and organizations to profile on the blog; hiring writers and assigning writers to cover stories and conduct interviews; editorial duties associated with maintaing an online publication.

Sep 2010 – Apr 2011
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Mentorship, Youth in the Arts
Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba

Undertook a mentorship with Tricia Wasney, director of Public Art Programming at the Winnipeg Arts Council. Through volunteer work placement, career shadowing, professional development sessions, and regular meetings and conversations, I engaged my mentor in an exploration of the role of public art in community development.

Sep – Oct 2010
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Curatorial Assistant, Showing Up, Speaking Out
Project and exhibition curated by Milena Placentile, hosted at aceartinc.

Showing Up, Speaking Out was a month-long creative project that invited Canadian and international artists to partner with community-based organizations in Winnipeg and propose creative public art interventions that addressed social and political themes.

Summary of Responsibilities

As an assistant to curator Milena Placentile, I helped out with day-to-day tasks associated with maintaining upkeep of the gallery/project space and contributed as a facilitator at weekly collaborative-art-making sessions.

In the final week of the project, I oversaw a special social-activism art project with participants of a queer youth support group at Winnipeg’s local Rainbow Resource Centre. I engaged young people in a discussion about what social activism is and how art can be used as tool to draw attention to issues, and guided the young people through the creative process in order to execute a public art intervention.

Mar – Aug 2010
Whitehorse, Yukon

Communications Coordinator, Yukon Arts Centre Gallery
Yukon Arts Centre

Collaborated with the marketing and technical directors to create original multimedia content related to current and upcoming exhibitions at the Yukon Arts Centre Gallery, including podcasts, “inhouse” audio tours of exhibitions, a video recording of an artist demonstration, and blog posts.

Summary of Responsibilities

As Social Media Coordinator I advised Yukon Arts Centre administration on best practices related to social media tools and techniques and employed social media as a tool for public outreach.

  • Planned, developed and launched a new website for the Arts Centre using the WordPress content management system to allow content to be updated without the need for technical know-how.
  • Oversaw a special project to digitize and make available online the Yukon Art Centre Public Gallery’s permanent collection.
  • Maintained the day to day operations of a public gallery including opening and closing, interacting with gallery visitors, office administration tasks such proposal writing and reviewing applications, answering calls, responding to emails and directing messages.
  • Cooperated with the Gallery Assistant to oversee exhibition logistics such as deliveries, intake documentation, packing and shipping. Assisted the gallery preparator with exhibition installations and strikes.

Jun 2009 – Aug 2010
Whitehorse, Yukon

Events Planner & Project Assistant
Bringing Youth Towards Equality (BYTE)

BYTE is a youth social justice organization serving young people in Canada’s Yukon Territory. I Collaborated with the BYTE Outreach Coordinator to promote and organize opportunities for Yukon youth to take advantage of local resources and worked as a facilitator delivering leadership and educational workshops for youth in remote northern communities.

Summary of Responsibilities
  • Developed 4 workshops for youth geared to enhancing communication, decision making, team-building, and leadership skills.
  • Trained youth facilitators to lead workshops using experiential learning methods.
  • Used my voice in the community to advocate for youth and social justice issues.
  • Traveled to remote Yukon communities with a team of trained youth facilitators to deliver workshops and creative programming and resources for rural youth.
  • Oversaw planning and execution for a number of Whitehorse public events, including: The Canada Day skateboarding competition, the “Hug the Legislature” day of action for climate change rally, and the annual Battle of the Bands.

Community Involvement:

Toronto, Ontario
  • Facilitator, Community Mural Project with residents of Regent Park, in partnership with Public Displays of Affection (2012)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Committee member, Public Art Committee, Winnipeg Arts Council (2012)
  • Mentorship with Tricia Wasney, Public Art program manager at the Winnipeg Arts Council,
    ACI Manitoba Youth in the Arts (2011)
  • Volunteer, Atmosphere: Mediated Cities Symposium, Faculty of Architecture (2011)
  • Volunteer, My City’s Still Breathing: Art, Artists and the City conference (2010)
  • Curatorial Assistant, Showing Up, Speaking Out, presented at aceartinc. (2010)
Whitehorse, Yukon
  • BYTE Community Outreach Program, youth facilitator (2009-2010)
  • Weekly tutor in social media for a producer at the CBC, Whitehorse (2010)
  • Planning committee member, Poverty and Homelessness Action Week (2009)
  • Delegate, Global Youth Assembly, Edmonton (2009)
  • Board member, Gay and Lesbian Alliance of the Yukon (2009)
Ottawa, Ontario
  • Tutorial Leader, Discovery University: free community-based liberal arts courses for low income and marginalized adult learners (2008)
  • Community Based Research volunteer, Social Planning Council of Ottawa (2008)
  • Volunteer, GayZone Sexual Health Centre (2008)