Alumni Profile: Danielle Giroux, Design Guru
Windsor, ON - Growing up, Danielle Giroux enjoyed more than just the content of the magazines she frequently flipped through. It was the design elements that fascinated her most.

"I would buy magazines with the most interesting layouts and compelling covers," says Giroux.

She says she knew she wanted to be a graphic designer from an early age.

"I've wanted to go into this field since before I even graduated elementary school," she says.

So when the time came, she enrolled in the Graphic Design program at St. Clair College, leading her to become the award-winning designer she is today.

Danielle Giroux
Danielle Giroux, Design Guru

"I work with a variety of large clients and I love coming to work every day," says Giroux, who graduated from St. Clair in 2012 and currently works as a Digital Designer at Leo Burnett, an advertising, marketing and branding agency based in Toronto.

"Over the years, I have developed multiple websites and apps for towns, entrepreneurs, and realtors," she added.

Giroux says St. Clair College provided the foundation she needed to be successful in her career.

"While I was at St. Clair, everyone I encountered was willing to help me take the steps I needed to take to be where I am now," says Giroux.

While at St. Clair, Giroux did an internship in Chicago, as well as an internship at MacLaren McCann in Toronto. In her final year at St. Clair, Giroux won a Gold Medal in Design at Skills Ontario, a Silver Medal in Design at Skills Canada and the Board of Governors Award for a 3-Year Program with an overall GPA of 4.0.

Giroux says her St. Clair College Graphic Design Diploma opened the door to the world of advertising, along with design. She wants other students to realize the career paths are vast and the opportunities are both exciting and endless when you graduate.

Before joining Leo Burnett, Giroux worked at an agency called Critical Mass, where she was part of a team that created an app that won a Silver Lion at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity in France - an esteemed award she is proud of winning.

"All of this I couldn't have done without the constant support of the amazing staff at St. Clair College," says Giroux. "I feel like if you want to excel, the staff is willing to do anything to help you reach your goal."

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