Cecilia Portillo

Cecilia Portillo is a social entrepreneur and artist based in Mexico City and Montreal. At the age of 15, she created her first project in El Paso, Texas. Over three hundred girls came together to cheer up children in hospitals through social events, toy drives, and arts and crafts activities. Shortly after that, she began her studies at McGill University, where she majored in Global Food Security and organized conferences, events, and informative talks. Since then, she has co-organized a two-year food insecurity intervention in an indigenous community in Oaxaca, launched two startups, and designed projects for notable impact-makers like the UN World Food Programme, One Drop Foundation, Makivik Foundation, and The Alliance Center. Drawing inspiration from her childhood living in Ciudad Juarez, once the world’s most dangerous cities, she became determined to use her gifts to create businesses and art that generate a positive impact. Now, she coaches others in her method for project development, as well.  Her work lies at the intersection of sustainability, equity, design thinking, entrepreneurship, and social impact.

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i am an artist, designer, researcher, and urbanist based in Montreal/Tio'tia:ke.

i study cities and people, and focus on urban play, gentrification, and place-making practices—through the use of research-creation methods and multiple media.

i am a PhD student at Concordia University where i collaborate at the Performative Urbanism Lab (PULSE), LeParc (Milieux's Performing Arts Research Cluster), and the Dramaturgical Ecologies research group.

I am a Canadian artist, meditation teacher, creative director and deeply curious human being on a mission to create a more deeply connected and conscious world. With over 7 years of creative experience as a professional graphic designer and creative director, I work closely with socially driven brands in order to effectively strategize and visualize their authentic identities to their communities online. It is my intention to create through my heart and to support brands and entrepreneurs in doing the same. 

Digital agency based in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and New York. They support me in designing website and apps. 

cecilia portillo studio
México City + Montréal
Creating positive impact, one project at a time.

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