Advisory Board

Trevor Haldenby, MDes

Trevor Haldenby, MDes is Founder, Design Futurist at The Mission Business; Owner, Photographer at LongExposure Innovation Photography; Trustee at The Awesome Foundation; and Member of the Board of Directors at the Multimedia Film Festival of York Region.
Trevor has worked as interactive producer and design consultant on a diverse array of digital projects: the massively popular virtual world Habbo Hotel (2005–2008), Earth Rangers’ Bring Back The Wild campaign (2008–2010), the National Film Board of Canada’s Emmy-winning interactive documentary series High Rise (2011), and the Design Exchange Award-winning Painting The Myth: The Mystery of Tom Thomson (2005).
As cofounder of the Toronto design and foresight firm The Mission Business, Trevor led the creation of ZED.TO: ByoLogyc — a 10 month interactive and immersive end-of-the-world story that won Best in Cross-Platform Fiction at the Digi Awards, Best in Show at the World Future Society congress, and the inaugural Performance Innovation award at the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2012.
The ByoLogyc story world was extended into an exclusive experience commissioned by Autodesk for their annual IDEAS conference, at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley. Over 25 VIP designers, entrepreneurs, and science fiction writers were dropped into a half-day simulation of the discovery of extraterrestrial life by an artificial intelligence.
Trevor has lectured about his work and the creation of ByoLogyc at the TED conference in 2013, TEDx OCADU, Autodesk University, Merging Media, and the CBC.
The Mission Business’ next public-facing project, VISITATIONS, was a 21st century haunted house experience exploring the dark side of the Internet of Things. It was designed for The Drake Hotel in Toronto, and ran from March through May of 2013 to sold-out shows and critical acclaim from the National Post, The Grid, and Torontoist.
Trevor is currently pursuing partnerships and opportunities that call for the integration of his skills as a futurist, design thinker, digital strategist, and storyteller.
He earned his BA in English Literature, Film Theory at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2004. He earned his MDes in Strategic Foresight & Innovation at OCAD University in 2012.
Watch Bringing the Future to Life: Trevor Haldenby at TEDxOCADU. Read his LinkedIn profile. Follow his Twitter feed.