John Abbott College

Graphic & Web Design department

PDHT & GWD Grad Testimonials

Karine Charbonneau

Class of 2012

Karine Charbonneau
On m'a souvent surnommée la "one man show", dans mes emplois. La raison étant que j'ai appris à utiliser beaucoup de programmes modernes utilisés dans un bureau, me permettant de faire des tâches de A à Z. À cause de tous ces outils, je n'ai jamais fait une entrevue sans avoir une offre quelques heures plus tard. Les employeurs veulent des gens polyvalents, qui peuvent faire plusieurs tâches connexes, et 412 est l'ultime outil pour faire ça dans un bureau.
Karine Charbonneau
Créatrice de contenus chez NumeriQ
compagnie Québecor
2012 PDHT Graduate

Lisa Massicotte

Class of 2007

Lisa Massicotte
For every role I have had, PDHT has prepared me for with the pertinent technical classes, whether project management, business requirements documents to contract writing etc: All of my work experience has been in a 100% IT environment, and you'll see I have worked in every aspect of what was taught in the program. Project management, development, design
Lisa Massicotte
Director Of Product Development
Presagia Sports
2007 PDHT Graduate

Wayne Spiegel

Class of 2010

Wayne Spiegel
After JAC, I attended York University’s YSDN program, where I continued my design education. The technical skills and stage experience I acquired from JAC, gave me a clear advantage over my classmates, who had little to no experience with Adobe’s suite of apps. This enabled me to focus on more advanced learnings and qualify to work part-time as the University’s Jr Graphic Designer.
Wayne Spiegel
Product Designer
AR/VR, Facebook
2010 PDHT Graduate

Julie Roussy

Class of 2012

Julie Roussy
"Leaving the GWD program on the honour roll, and with a leadership award in hand, I moved on to Concordia University. I was accepted into the design program with the portfolio I was able to create in the three year Graphic and Web design program. "The technical skills I learned from GWD program gave me confidence, a fantastic edge and prepared me immensely."
Julie Roussy
Designer
Graphic Design - Communications and External Relations
McGill University
2012 PDHT Graduate

Gabriel Dufresne

Class of 2013

Gabriel Dufresne
"I began my career fresh out of college in an intern role that quickly transitioned into a contract position. I owe a lot to the teachers of the 412 program for assisting in a major way in finding me this role. Almost 7 years later, I am still working for the Aldo Group, having maneuvered my way to a Senior Designer position with much of the responsibilities of an Art Director. I truly believe that the program at JAC allowed me to succeed in my role and prepared me more than adequately for the real world."
Gabriel Dufresne
Senior Designer
Aldo Group
2013 PDHT Graduate

Natalie Trainor

Class of 2007

Natalie Trainor
"Without my education from John Abbott College, I would not have been able to succeed in this industry. Not only did my education include graphic and web design but it also taught me technical trouble-shooting, customer service, and time management skills. I owe my success to the Graphic and Web Design department."
Natalie Trainor
Graphics Services Lead
Groupe PDI
2007 PDHT Graduate
natalietrainor.com

Chris Coffin

Class of 2012

Chris Coffin
"PDHT had prepared me more than adequately for the challenges I’ve faced, taught me how to efficiently multi-task and how to be autonomous, as well as how to work collaboratively. In the last year I’ve been able to leverage my skills and loyalty at the company to a Senior Design position, wherein I manage the overall brand consistency across web, mobile and print projects."
Chris Coffin
Senior Designer
Mogile Technologies
2012 PDHT Graduate

Jeffrey Tolhurst

Class of 2012

Jeffrey Tolhurst
"I was hired shortly after stage and with the skills and knowledge from PDHT that I acquired, I have grown to be responsible for and contribute to many different web projects including design and development of company websites and internal web tools, continuous UI and UX improvements and maintaining code to stay current with web standards."
Jeffrey Tolhurst
Web developer
Tenaquip Web Innovation Team
2012 PDHT Graduate

Kelsey Boyd

Class of 2013

Kelsey Boyd
"I attended John Abbott back in 2010-2013 and graduated from the PDHT program. This program landed me a fantastic stage at a company called ITM Instruments. This company’s head office is situated in the West Island in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. I started my stage in April 2013 and I am still working with this company today."
Kelsey Boyd
Marketing and web support
ITM Instruments
2013 PDHT Graduate

Roberto Panetta

Class of 2005

Roberto Panetta
"As Fall approached, I was extremely nervous going into the Design program at Concordia fearing that I would not be "good enough" to keep up with other students. Throughout the first few weeks of the program it become abundantly clear how much more knowledgeable I was in regards to all the software required thanks to my education in PDHT. I quickly became a go to resource for my peers looking for help with Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and InDesign."
Roberto Panetta
VP of Sales & Marketing
MTLCOOL
2005 PDHT Graduate

Scot Murray

Class of 2007

Scot Murray
"I got to do a lot of different things with my first client coming out of John Abbott: multilingual sites, eCommerce sites, custom booking systems, mobile applications, web API and Flash games. I had to do a lot of learning on the fly, thankfully PDHT had taught me how to continue learning on my own. Since I was freelancing and PDHT prepared us to work remotely, I was able to be quite mobile. I lived in the UK for a bit and have several clients there."
Scot Murray
Freelance Graphic & Web Designer / Developer
2007 PDHT Graduate

Caleb Teodorovici

Class of 2007

Caleb Teodorovici
"I owe a lot to the course I took at JAC. And I never took any other courses since really. It is the foundation the let me build everything I am today. It taught me the leading edge software and coding. I know this because I had to pass a technical interview at Bloom. And I knew all the new CSS that the industry expected."
Caleb Teodorovici
UI/UX Designer
Mattel Inc
2007 PDHT Graduate

Laura Davies

Class of 2012

Laura Davies
"All in all I've been working for the same company for 13 years. The GWD program at John Abbott taught me the foundations of design and the software I continue to use every day. "
Laura Davies
Senior Graphic Designer
Peer Direct
2012 PDHT Graduate

Alexander Boros

Class of 2009

Alexander Boros
"PDHT/GWD has probably been one of the best decisions I ever made when it came to my career. The skills learnt, the people I met and the confidence gain throughout the 3 year program has done wonders for my career. Not only did the program allow me to take a stage in Nice, France and meet wonderful people (some that I am still in contact with today). PDHT/GWD was also paramount in me getting a position at Rolf C. Hagen Inc."
Alexander Boros
Web Specialist
Rolf C. Hagen Inc
2009 PDHT Graduate

Dave Woodhall

Class of 2012

Dave Woodhall
"Du côté graphique, j'ai pu apprendre et maitriser la suite Adobe utilisé, tandis que sur le plan Web, j'ai appris les langues nécessaires me permettant de convertir un design en site Web. Le personnel enseignant m'a aidé à pousser d'avantage mes connaissances, répondus à toutes les questions que j'avais, même si elles ne faisaient pas parti du curriculum, et continue à me guider et supporter, même près de 10 ans après ma formation."
Dave Woodhall
Web Developer
Duo Énergie Graphique
2012 PDHT Graduate

David Lalonde

Class of 2007

David Lalonde
"I completed my stage at the end of 2007. It became very clear that I was more prepared for the tasks at hand than certain colleagues from other schools. I decided to niche my skills in front end development as these were becoming highly sought-after skills in Montreal and in IT. I had opportunities to apply my skills in a vast number of projects ranging from video streaming websites to phone applications and even video games. I was promoted to Team lead within 3 years and to a Project Management position within 5 years. I am now a Director and manage a department with over 100 employees in two countries.
David Lalonde
Director
Nutaku Publishing
2007 PDHT Graduate