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Chris Govias      

Design Consultant & Former Chief of Design for the Canadian Digital Service

Chris Govias is a designer who has worked with startups, charities, and Fortune 500 companies including Expedia, where he was a Design Lead. As the Head of Design for the Ministry of Justice in London, UK, he was on the forefront of delivering transformative, user-centred government services. In 2017, he became Chief of Design with the Canadian Digital Service, an initiative from the Government of Canada to deliver simple, easy to use services for everyone in Canada. He continues to work at the intersection of design, technology, and service delivery.

Chris’s work on, which converted scans of NASA transcripts from early space missions into a searchable, accessible, linkable website, won praise from The Huffington Post, The Atlantic, Popular Science, BoingBoing and NPR, to name a few. His work has also appeared in Applied Arts, the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Design Magazine, and Communication Arts.

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