Kim Pickett is the creative director of KIMBO Design. She is the founder and owns 100% of the company. Kim is a self-made business owner that built her branding and digital agency from a freelance operation to a full-service agency starting on a shoestring budget when she was 25 years old.
In 2015, PROFIT/Chatelaine WP100 ranked Kim number 86 top Canadian woman entrepreneur.
She was shortlisted for the 2013/2014 YWCA Women of Distinction Award for her entrepreneurial spirit and was a judge for the 2014 JUNO Awards.
Under Kim’s leadership KIMBO was named to Business in Vancouver’s Biggest Graphic Design Firms in 2014 and Fastest Growing Companies in BC 2013.
KIMBO is a leader in political campaign design. Kim led the branding and design for Premier Christy Clark’s race for leadership of the BC Liberal Party and delivered creative for Vision Vancouver on three successful campaigns.
In 2005, Kim won a “Pollie Award”: http://www.lcv.org/media/press-releases/lcv-wins-big-at-the-pollie-awards.html
KIMBO was a finalist for the Canadian Graphex Award for creating the fully integrated Work West Kootenay recruitment campaign. IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognized KIMBO’s Move Up Prince George campaign for best marketing program that will be announced October 7th.
A designer by trade, Kim is a Certified Graphic Designer, holding CGD designation from the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC). She graduated with honours from Canada’s leading joint design program at York University and Sheridan College.
She is a member of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC).
Kim is an active member of DigiBC, the Better Business Bureau, the Vancouver Board of Trade, and a supporter of Ladies Learning Code.
Under Kim’s continued strong leadership, her agency has attracted an extensive and diverse client list that has driven the company’s growth exponentially, taking it from a freelance operation to a full-scale agency.
Because of her years of experience Kim was sought out by YouInc., the entrepreneurial online information hub owned by Arlene Dickinson of Dragon’s Den. She was interviewed about her strategy behind building KIMBO.
Telus came to Kim and asked her to share her experience into building a creative agency in a competitive climate. The video profile will be released in fall 2015.
Kim was recently interviewed by Sheridan College and will be profiled in September’s Ovation Magazine for her industry expertise and the outstanding success she has realized building KIMBO.
As a prominent female business leader, Kim feels it is her duty to inspire young women and help guide their development, and as such, has made a point of mentoring female designers in their professional growth.
Kim has supported numerous non-profit and community causes by providing in-kind support work and discounted fees. Every year KIMBO donates pro-bono creative services to support deserving causes that are under the radar.
KIMBO created the brand design for the 2015 Vancouver IAS/ HIV Pathogenesis conference.
In 2014 & 2015 sponsor for Cystic Fibrosis Vancouver 65 Roses Oh What a Night gala, designing all event collateral.
KIMBO sponsored the Alzheimer Society of B.C. Hockey for Alzheimer’s tournament (new website) and Walk For Memories (event collateral, 24 Hrs. front cover wrap) event.
In the past, Kim worked with Canadians for Climate Leadership on PowerUP Canada – an integrated media campaign designed to change policy around global warming.
Kim worked on UNICEF Canada’s Unite for Children, Unite Against AIDS campaign and concert event to raise money for children in Africa. Her team also developed the Uganda Rising campaign website, for which they won a Summit Award.
Kim dedicates her time to the advancement of her chosen craft of Graphic Design by volunteering with the national committee, collectively advancing the trade in Canada.
In-kind support is invaluable for charities to elevate awareness. Kim feels honoured to be a champion for many worthwhile causes.
Kim is a self-taught businesswoman who knew two people when she arrived in Vancouver in her early 20’s. Now at 37, she has built strong corporate, media, and government connections that have propelled KIMBO’s impressive growth.
• Having helped elect Christie Clark as premier to British Columbia and Gregor Robertson as mayor of Vancouver has been some of Kim’s proudest moments.
• Kim is one of a few female agency owners running a profitable agency business in a highly competitive market.
• Kim is a forerunner in social media ad buys. She leads one of the first agencies that identified the trend and pioneered the strategic value of Facebook and Twitter buys to her clients.
• As a pioneer in sustainable design Kim has made a significant contribution to saving environmental resources.
• Kim has won numerous prestigious awards and nominations.
Kim has proven that with passion, persistence and perseverance, anything is possible. She is a confident, independent entrepreneur with an unrelenting work ethic and looks forward to continue to be a strong leader in Vancouver’s business community.
Added: July 2015 • Updated: July 2015
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