Lacava has had a long relationship with Le Devoir. She was responsible for the newspaper’s highly successful revamping in 1992. “The readership increased tremendously and the redesign won 36 awards — it felt like the Olympics,” she recalls.
“That’s what launched my career. After that, I started getting calls from newspapers all over the world and, more recently, websites and the digital side of the industry.”
Lacava also helped launch Le Devoir’s app in 2014.
After graduating from Concordia in 1982, Lacava began her career as an art editor for the Montreal Gazette before moving to Le Devoir for a year, then starting her own firm in 1992.
Over the past 25 years, her designs have earned more than 100 awards. In 2010 the Society for News Design honoured Lacava with a Lifetime Achievement Award. She has worked on dozens of newspapers, including Le Soleil, National Post and Chicago Tribune, and countless other publications across Latin America, Europe, the United Arab Emirates and South East Asia.
“There have been years where I was Super Elite with Air Canada — flying to five different places a month,” she says.
Lacava, who speaks English, French, Italian and Spanish, almost missed her calling due to her decision to pursue translation at Université de Montréal after graduating from Marianopolis College in Montreal.
“I thought that my career would be in translation, working for the UN,” she says. “I realized that it wasn’t for me. I was trying really hard but my marks were low, and so I took a little time to think about it and decided to follow my dream.”