Joel Kesler is an award-winning web-designer and developer, film and video creator, advertising creative, and a mediocre cook.

Suzy Johnston + Associates

Bold imagery and clean design keep the artists' work foremost on the redesigned SJ+A site
The request was for a fast and easily updatable website. Joel built a customized solution that met their needs

Suzy Johnston is a top artists' representative based in Toronto specializing in connecting clients with award-winning photographers and industry insiders.

Joel developed and designed a dynamic website with quick, audience-targeted navigation. A custom solution enables the staff to upload and organize galleries to stay up to date.

A website built to be clean, stylish, and easy to update.

Total Tops

⬅   Click and Drag
Total Top Panorama

Established in 1972, Total Tops Bath & Kitchen is a progressively innovative cabinet shop that fills the gap between large box stores and mom & pop shops.

Joel worked with Total Tops to create a unique website that is both easy to navigate and simple for their staff to dynamically update.

Joel provided photography, web design, and a customized web development.

Additional Projects

Chris J Peter Associates Engineering

Provided Web Design, Development, and Hosting Portfolio Cjpae

Aspen Inn & Suites

Provided Web Design and Content Management Development Portfolio Aspen

Joel Kesler's Resume

Work Experience

Freelance Creative

2009 to Present

Responsible for photography, design and
web-design for clients across Canada

Web Designer & Emerging
Technologies Analyst

2008 Toronto Star

Researched cutting-edge web
technologies and built prototypes
for new online and mobile sites

Multimedia Intern

2008 Toronto Star

Responsible for premium online video
feature and documentary production.
Duties included planning, shooting
and editing

Writing & Art Director Intern

2007 Padulo Integrated, Toronto, ON

Worked with multi-national companies to create print, television and online content

Director/Editor for Wrigley’s Gum

2006 Dashboard, Toronto, ON

Produced five shorts emphasizing the word “extreme” for the launch of Wrigley's gum.

Director Observer/Assistant

2006 “Corner Gas” Season IV Series

Worked and observed all aspects of production of the hit Canadian television comedy “Corner Gas” under the guidance of director/producer Robert de Lint.

Production Assistant

2006 Sparks Productions, Toronto, ON

Duties included location setup, marking shots with the clapperboard, and general Mac troubleshooting.


Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Studies

2003-2007 Ryerson University, Toronto

Selected Volunteer Work

Designer, Photographer & Director,
Ness Lake Bible Camp

2006-2011 Prince George, BC

Created the website and video promotional materials while training others to do similar.

Community Development Volunteer
at The Zechariah House

2009-2010 Prince George, BC

Used sports, art and music to build relationships and encourage at-risk children in Prince George.

Substitute Teacher, Cedars School

2009 Prince George, BC As a volunteer, taught many photography, Photoshop, and web design classes to Students in grade 11 and 12.

Awards & Recognition

Communication Arts

2013 website featured by Communication Arts Magazine.

Nokia International

2011  Created a winning entry using the Nokia N8 camera phone. Prize included zero-gravity training at Cape Canaveral.

National Press Photographers Association

2008  Won in multiple categories, including individual video, multimedia project, and second place in Team Video

Canadian Advertising Awards

2007  Walter Bell Award for Creative and Human Excellence in Advertising

Ryerson University Deans List

2004 2006  Awarded to students exhibiting exceptional excellence in their programs of study.

Golden Key Society Membership

2004 A membership awarded to the top 15% of post secondary students.

Flicks Film Festival

2002  Best Student Produced Video.
Award presented by SaskFilm

Skills & Training

Film & Television

  • Advanced Cinematography
    Trained under Torbin Johnke, ASC
  • Anamorphic Cinematography Workshop
    For Panaflex Cameras, Panavision Toronto
  • Advanced Practical Motion Picture Effects
    Trained by FX coordinator Ron Craig
  • Set Safety and Protocol Training
    “Nabetiquet” course by NABET Toronto


  • Excellent knowledge of HTML
    including HTML5 and CSS3
  • Experienced with optimizing content for mobile devices including iOS and Android
  • A big fan of the ExpressionEngine online publishing system and the jQuery js library
  • Google web apps suite
    and webmaster tools


Excellent working knowledge of:
  • Apple Final Cut Pro Studio,
    Mac OS X, Quicktime Pro,
    Keynote and Pages
  • Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom,
    Premier, Illustrator, Indesign
    and After Effects
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
Working knowledge of:

Avid Media Composer, FileMaker Pro, ProTools, Microsoft Windows, DaVinci Resolve