About the artists

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Graphic design: Ryan Thompson, R.G.D.

Ryan Thompson, R.G.D., lead graphic designer for Ottawa-based Character Creative, provided art direction and spearheaded creative development of the cover illustration for the 2006 edition of Canadian Agriculture at a Glance. A graduate of Sheridan College, Ryan is accredited by the Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario. Character Creative's clients have included the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards, Van Houtte Coffee, MDS Nordion, Arts Court and the Downtown Rideau Business Improvement Association.

Illustration: Graham Ross

A graduate of the illustration program at Sheridan College in Ontario, Graham began his career as a book designer for Canadian publisher McClelland & Stewart. He returned to his hometown of Ottawa to work as a senior designer for a local firm.

It was in Ottawa that Graham began his freelance illustration and graphic design career. He has provided illustrations for such publishers as Scholastic Canada, Orca Book Publishers and Meadowside Books of the United Kingdom, as well as the Canadian government.

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