World Design Organization (WDO)

Insight from Dilki de Silva, Secretary General of the World Design Organization (WDO)

“The establishment of the secretariat office of the World Design Organization (WDO) in Montréal has provided an important and strategic opportunity for our organization to increase its value proposition. Through the success of our partnership with Montréal International, we have been able to address our needs for growth and capacity build by tapping into the strengths of highly creative professionals in Montréal. By being in Montréal, there is also the added opportunity for the local design community to interact directly with the design experts from around the world including the WDO Executive Board and members of the World Design Capital® Selection Committee. The WDO has had a longstanding member relationship with the Université de Montréal and most recently with Mission Design. The fact that members from Montréal were present and vocal during the 27th WDO General Assembly and 2011 IDA Congress held in Taipei, Taiwan, last October, provided an opportunity to network and connect with the international design community in a manner that will help the City of Montréal achieve its own objectives. Together with our partners in the International Design Alliance (IDA), the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (Icograda) and the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI), also located in Montréal, we were delighted to have an open dialogue with Montréal.”

Dilki de Silva, Secretary General of the World Design Organization (WDO)