Driven by curiosity about transforming raw materials into useable things, Dan Green joined Arc’teryx in 2000 as a pack designer. He brought experience from Calgary-based Integral Designs, a small manufacturing outdoor company that specialized in bivy sacs, single wall tents, and sleeping bags where he learned about the outdoor industry and factory production. Dan’s early focus on art and design criss-crossed mediums from graphics to sculpture to carpentry.
Today as Vice President Design at Arc’teryx, Dan is responsible for end-to-end product experiences from early concept to consumer touch points. The team he oversees includes advanced R&D, materials development, product and colour design. Dan creates opportunities for his team to keep experimenting and failing and learning and leading. He also serves on the Senior Leadership Team.
In addition to his design career at Arc’teryx, Dan has also worked on consulting projects with renowned organizations including Fischer Price, Burton, Apple, Mountain Equipment Co-op and Parks Canada.
An Ontario local, Dan received his Honours Bachelor degree in Outdoor Recreation from the Lakehead University Ontario . He also used the school’s gear-making sewing lab with machines and materials to teach himself how to pattern and build gear for outdoor adventure. Dan remains highly influenced by his dad, twin brother and grandad, a family of self-taught craftsmen.
Today, Dan enjoys a lifetime of exploration including skiing, pedaling, paddling, climbing, and caving. He was awarded the title of Honourary Member of the Alberta Speleological Society for survey data management and cartographic support for open cave exploration projects in the Canadian Rockies.
Dan equally likes working with his hands daily. He spends time exploring the world with his wife Allison and two young boys from their home in Squamish, BC and often retreats to the woodstove in their tiny cabin in the Squamish Valley.