Lisanne Skeoch, BA

A photo of Professor Lisanne Skeoch
Lisanne
Skeoch
, BA

Biography

Lisanne Skeoch’s fascination with jewellery began in 1996 during an archaeology course at the University of Ottawa where she completed her Bachelor’s degree with a concentration in visual arts. She received her formal jewellery training at George Brown College where she received several awards for both her design work and academics. Following graduation, Lisanne apprenticed with various master goldsmiths and has had the opportunity to design, create and work on fine jewellery pieces for local and internationally renowned companies. Early experience as a tutor, ESL instructor, dance teacher and performer laid the foundation for Lisanne as an educator. In addition to managing Lisanne Skeoch Jewellery, she has come full circle and teaches at George Brown College in the Jewellery Studies Program. Lisanne’s aim, as a professional goldsmith, jewellery designer and small business operator, is to use her academic and practical knowledge to guide and prepare her students to enter the Canadian jewellery industry.

Academic Credentials

Certificate, Self-Employment Program, Toronto Business Development Center, 2008

Diploma, TESL Ontario & TESL Canada, Canadian Co-Op for Language Studies, 2007

Diploma, Jewellery Studies, George Brown College, 1999

Degree, Bachelor of Arts conc. Visual Arts, University of Ottawa, 1996

Areas of Specialization

Introductory Goldsmithing

Jewellery Design and Illustration

Areas of Expertise

Custom Jewellery Design

Canadian Jewellery Industry

Small Business Management

Career Highlights

2017: Principal Investigator, RoweBots Modular Technology Project, Research & Innovation, George Brown College

2009-Present: Professor, Jewellery Studies, George Brown College

2008-2009: Technician, Jewellery Studies, George Brown College

2007-Present: Owner, Lisanne Skeoch Jewellery

2005-2007: ESL Instructor, Canadian Co-Op for Language Studies

2003-2006: Instructor and Lead Dancer, Arabesque Dance Academy/Troupe

2001-2007: Studio Manager and Head Goldsmith, Shelly Purdy Studio

1999-2003: Goldsmith and Designer, Myerson’s Ltd

1996-2011: Performer of Middle Eastern Dance, Various

Other Activities

Lisanne directs her own business, Lisanne Skeoch Jewellery. She specializes in the design and production, from concept to completion of custom made gold and platinum diamond jewellery. Lisanne has collaborated with George Brown College’s Research and Innovation to complete a project on wearable technology. She has also been interviewed as an industry expert by several publications including Jewellery Business Magazine and Canadian Jeweller as well as serving on a panel for a podcast discussing synthetic diamonds. Lisanne has also lectured and demonstrated at the SNAG (Society for North American Goldsmiths) Conference.

Awards

Earned second place in Canadian Jeweller’s Excellence in Design Competition, 2011

Winner Birks Design a Lifetime Award, 1999

Winner Louis Frankian Award, 1998

Winner George Brown College Academic Excellence, 1999