Alison Garwood Jones


Keynote Speaker

Book Alison Garwood-Jones as your speaker on Grief at The Office

Book Alison to speak at your organization. Her featured keynotes include:

• “Grief at the Office: Work Goes On, But How Do You?” –
Changing how organizations respond to a grieving workforce.


~ A spinoff from her graphic novel,
I Miss My Mommy:150 Portraits of Orphaned Adults

I Miss My Mommy: 150 Portraits of Orphaned Adults by Alison Garwood-Jones

Past speaking engagements have included:

PodCamp Toronto
Professional Writers Association of Canada
The Ontario Colleges Higher Education Summit
ACT Government, Australian Economic Development
IABC Toronto’s PIC (Professional Independent Communicators)
Canadian Media Guild Bishop’s University (Morris House Reading Series)
The University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies Knowledge Hub

Complete this form to let Alison know how you would like to work with her.


Writing & Digital Strategy Instructor

Alison is a dynamic and award-winning university instructor. Her areas of expertise include Digital Content Marketing, Writing, and, more recently, Orphaned Adult Grief.

She currently teaches  Foundations of Digital Communications Strategy and Social Media and Writing Digital Content at the University of Toronto (SCS). In 2021, she received the Excellence in Teaching Award – Business and Professional Studies from the University of Toronto (SCS).

Art Instructor

Alison loves to teach online and in-person art classes. Describe the class you are looking for and she can make it work.

As a companion piece to her graphic novel, I Miss My Mommy: 150 Portraits of Orphaned Adults, Alison is conducting classes on healing grief through creativity:

• “Inking Your Grief: Embracing Loss Through Making Art.”

Current clients include  Jamii Esplanade, a non-profit community organization in Toronto.

Jamii Paint Nite Class with Alison Garwood-Jones

This online class was for alumni of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

Teaching Art at Rotman

Alison’s YouTube series, The Ink Spot, offers 60-second art lessons:

Custom Profile Illustration

Contact Alison in the form above if you’re looking for a custom illustrated portrait for an About Page, social media profile, or just for your wall. This form explains how to order your one-of-a-kind likeness. Note that the starting price goes up for complicated portraits.

Order Your Portrait - by Alison Garwood-Jones

Graphic Recorder

As an artist consultant and graphic recorder to brands and non-profit organizations, Alison provides a fresh perspective for those looking to clarify their marketing message or solve a problem, be it organizational, financial, social or cultural. She has worked with TEDxLean In Canada (tackling gender bias and diversity in the workplace) and The City of Toronto.

Alison Garwood-Jones, graphic recorder at TEDx Toronto.
Alison Garwood-Jones working as a graphic recorder for LeanIn Canada.
Alison Garwood-Jones Alison Garwood-Jones, graphic recorder at The City of Toronto. With Kristyn Wong-TamThat’s Alison with Kristyn Wong-Tam after the Gender Equal Budget meeting, January 2017.

Still not convinced? Alison made this short video to explain the difference an artist consultant can make for organizations looking to forge new strategies and business outcomes:


Alison is a member of the Program Advisory Committee for Social Media Week Toronto and The School of Media Studies and Information at Humber College. As a member of the Quadrangle Society, she mentors Junior Fellows at Massey College at the University of Toronto.

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