About

Tanya Gadsby

Graphic Facilitator Vancouver BCI help people connect ideas and “see the big picture” through graphic facilitation and graphic recording. My area of expertise is health care and strategic planning / visioning with boards and executives around the world. Graphic recording brings the most value when it’s integrated with the format of a meeting and the style of facilitation. A successful meeting is one where graphic recording isn’t just an “add on” but a key component to the discussion and planning process. (Read more about the Value of Graphic Recording.)

I also offer a full suite of visual services: graphic recording, infographics, custom illustrations, and animations.  (see my portfolio for examples)

I’ve produced animations for a wide variety of organizations; these little videos are excellent at explaining complex topics in a simple and engaging format — great for posting on your organization’s website or sharing through social media! Read more about the Whiteboard Video Production Process.

Many people ask how I came into this unique field of work. I started graphic recording and whiteboard animations in 2010, and have since graphic recorded and produced videos for clients across Canada — from large organizations and government departments, to small businesses, to Indigenous organizations, to small community groups.

Frequently Asked Questions

What services do you offer?

What is it like to work with you?

Many of my clients have remarked that I bring a calm professionalism and maturity to my work. I’m a firm believer that preparation is key for a graphic recording, infographic, or whiteboard video to have value.

In regards to graphic recording, I work to ensure it’s integrated well with your meeting and that participants make connections between ideas by seeing the “big picture.” It isn’t about creating a pretty piece of art, but rather the process of synthesizing the discussion into key themes. Of course, tidy writing, organized layouts, and strong illustrations are crucial in people resonating with the graphic recordings and wanting to review them after the meeting!

As a member of “gen Y” I also bring an energetic drive and cutting edge tech-savvy to my work.  I thrive on creative uses of technology and new ways of using graphic recording and whiteboard videos!

Where are you from?

A lot of my outlook on life comes from having lived in vastly different locations and cultures.  I was born in Kawakawa, New Zealand and am part Maori.  When I was young, my family moved to Haida Gwaii, and later Invermere, BC.  We spent four years living in Iqaluit, Nunavut in Canada’s far north, followed by eleven years in Whitehorse, Yukon.  Much of my elementary school education included First Nations and Inuit culture and traditions.

Eventually I settled in beautiful Victoria, BC to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Victoria (theatre & creative writing focus).

How did you become a Graphic Recorder?

After graduation I spent 5 1/2 years in administration and project planning in health care (Island Health Authority). Much of my work was in  mental health & addictions,  community engagement,  physician relations,  and health care integration. Island Health is where I got my start graphic recording for community workshops and strategic planning sessions before I launched my business. I’m a completely self-taught graphic recorder; I honed my style and skills through practice in real meetings, as well as graphic recording radio shows!

My training with the International Association of Public Participation has given me a strong foundation in collaborative processes and stakeholder engagement. I’m also a member of the International Forum of Visual Practitioners, a global network of graphic recorders / facilitators.

What other skills do you have?

My other career focus is writing, and I enjoy exercising my script writing skills when producing whiteboard videos!

  • 2011 Far Horizon Short Fiction finalist (Malahat Review)
  • 2009 National BC Playwriting Award finalist
  • 2004 published in Voices Visible
  • 2003 published in Up From the Permafrost

I’ve also played clarinet for 15 years and am an amateur photographer.


Connect with me to discuss your next meeting or project!

Tanya Gadsby — tanya@drawingoutideas.ca  (250) 634-0727

Administrative & Production Assistant: Leslie Teixeira —  leslie@drawingoutideas.ca