About Drea

Hi, I'm Drea!

I'm an intuitive web designer, brand strategist, former engineer, and soulpreneur approaching website design through a holistic lens. My process is informed by my background in design & creativity studies, electrical engineering, and yoga, and supported by my years of experience in website design, communications and marketing.

I have a longstanding childhood passion for creating digital artwork in the universes of code.

I use design as a medium for transmuting my clients' inner magic and serving fellow soulpreneurs who wish to expand their business online. I love helping my clients navigate the online space with ease and clarity and organize their vision clearly into the digital space using design thinking and creativity.

I've recently rounded out my portfolio to include SEO, content strategy, and UI and UX design to make my web and brand design projects even more holistic.

When I'm not engaged with clients on bringing their businesses into the digital space, you can find me over at Happiness Sisterhood serving as resident tech expert, where I host a monthly Q&A for members.

human design
Generator
astrology

♌︎ Leo Sun
♋︎ Cancer Moon
♏︎ Scorpio Rising
♍︎ Virgo Mercury
♍︎ Virgo Venus
♍︎ Virgo Mars
♌︎ Jupiter Leo
♒︎ Saturn Aquarius
♑︎ Uranus Capricorn
♑︎ Neptune Capricorn
♏︎ Pluto Scorpio
♌︎ Leo Chiron
♑︎ Capricorn North Node

Clifton strengths

Learner
Activator
Connectedness
Input
Achiever

Ayurveda
Pitta & Vata

Feel free to use this photo if you are featuring me on your website, podcast, conference or social

Professional Experience

2020 - present

Freelance web designer & brand strategist

Making magic by helping wellness practitioners have a presence online.

2019 - 2021

Web Designer & Communications Coordinator at CIRAIG

Coordinated all internal and external communications of a 50-person research group.
Social media management (Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter), Newsletter management and Website maintenance.

I designed and built the entire CIRAIG website, from content strategy to branding to building the custom CMS on Wordpress.

I also managed a project for 2 years to build a massive open online course that now has over 1000 students registered on edX.

2018 - 2019

UX & UI Design Research Assistant at CIRAIG

Worked on the user interface and user experience for a gamified data collection tool. The tool was coded in php, mysql, Javascript, HTML & CSS

2017 - 2018

Analyst at Jalon MTL

I worked with Jalon when the organization first got its first round of funding from the city of Montreal in 2017. We were a startup taking off into the world of sustainable mobility.
My role was to manage projects, as varied as they can be in a small startup team, from hiring to running carbon emissions models on vehicle fleets for the city of Montreal, to creating a design model for inclusive and citizen-centered mobility.

2014 - 2016

Marketing Engineer at ABB

I had three different roles at ABB in Montreal & Washington, DC, from product sales for medium voltage electrical products, to government affairs, to representing on one of Quebec's largest utility accounts in the front end sales team.

Education

2016 - 2019

M.Sc.A in Industrial Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal

My masters thesis was about linking creativity and the design thinking process to sustainable design tools like Life Cycle Assessment. My research was with the CIRAIG, supervised by professors Manuele Margni & Christophe Abrassart.
I did two action research stages in Fortune 500 firms where I led co-design workshops with a diverse group of actors to help them find creative sustainable product ideas.
You can read my thesis here.

2010 - 2014

B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering at McGill University

Skills & Tools

Software

Figma
Sketch
Adobe Suite

Languages

HTML / CSS
Javascript

Web Dev Stack

Webflow
Shopify
Squarespace
Airtable
Zapier
Firebase
Stripe

Project Management

Asana
Trello

Portfolio

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Mouvement Montagne

Design Day
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Grind Ride Montreal

Landing Page Design
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Cara Cara Studio

Landing Page Design
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ASCEND Get Lifted

Web Design
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Librairie Maktaba Bookshop

Landing Page Design
Web Design
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Akasha Yoga Montreal

Web Design
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Wellness Trainings

2020 - present

Katonah Yoga Teacher Training (ongoing)

I have accumulated roughly 40 hours of Katonah Yoga Teacher Trainings, with Abbie Galvin at The Studio and with Dages Juvelier Keates.

2021

Reiki II

with Asa Angel

2021

Reiki I 

with Asa Angel

2019 - 2020

200hr Yoga Teacher Training

with Marie-Pier Turgeon, Patricia Letendre, Terri McCollum and Jill at Studio Mile End (fka Wanderlust), in Montreal

2019

40hr Yin Yoga Teacher Training

with Kimiko Tao Fujimoto at Temple Mile End, in Montreal