RGD receives most entries ever for 2013 Student Awards
This year RGD received a total of 180 entries across 13 categories, the highest number of submissions this program has received in its 15 year history.


"The RGD Student Awards continues to be a jewel in RGD’s offering," says VP Education Karen Satok RGD. "Showcasing promising young designers across the country, this awards program is an incredible opportunity for design students to gain national exposure."


While it will be a challenge to select only 17 winners from the amazing work submitted, our 50 judges are busy reviewing what this year's emerging designers have to offer.


Categories are currently being reviewed by the following teams:



Tony Jurgilas RGD, Principal & Design Director at 50 Carleton, Sudbury

Dave Cooper RGD, Creative Director at TTC Creative, Sudbury

Sandy Korkola RGD, Partner & Creative Director at Korkola Design, Thunder Bay

Laura Piche RGD, Manager of Global Marketing at Red Path Mining



Jeff Anton, Senior Art Director at Quarry Communications, Kitchener

Ben Hagon RGD, Creative Director at Hagon Design, Kitchener

Erin Martin, Art Director/Team Lead at PineLake Communications, Kitchener

Brian Ready RGD, Manager, Graphic Services, at SunLife Financial, Kitchener



Stephen Tasker, Senior Designer at TAXI, Toronto

Stussy Tschudin RGD, Managing Partner at Forge, Toronto

Tina Mackenzie RGD, Manager of Creative Services at the City of Mississauga

Claire Dawson RGD, Partner/Creative Director at Underline Studio, Toronto



Michael Zavacky, Art Director at McMillan Agency, Ottawa

Bronwyn Hammell, Creative Director at Cinnamon Toast, Ottawa

Doug Jackson RGD, Creative Director at Accurate Design, Ottawa

Wendy Millard RGD, Manager of Design Services at Empire Life, Kingston


Information Design

Gord McTaggart RGD, Senior Designer at Entro, Toronto

Gilbert Li RGD, Principal & Creative Director at The Office of Gilbert Li, Toronto

Vanessa Eckstein RGD, Founder & Creative Director of Blok design, Toronto


Packaging Design

Jean-Pierre Lacroix RGD, President of Shikatani Lacroix, Toronto

David Carmichael RGD, Senior Graphic Designer at Pet Valu, Markham

Mark Roberts RGD, Vice President of Design at Davis, Mississauga

Robert Smith RGD, President of Greenmelon inc., Ottawa


Brand Design

Peter Scott RGD, Principal & Creative Director at q30 design, Toronto

Monica Kessler RGD, Managing Partner at Ove Brand | Design, Toronto

Bob Hambly RGD, Creative Director at Hambly & Woolley, Toronto



Ric Riordon RGD, Design Director at Riordon Design, Oakville

Fidel Pena RGD, Partner & Creative Director at Underline Studio, Toronto

Russell Gibbs RGD, Principal at Russell Gibbs Design, Dundas



Tammy Barrett RGD, Director, Marketing and Trade Development at Carleton Cards, Mississauga

Megan Oldfield RGD, Creative Director at Coolaide Design, Toronto

Bev Forster, Creative Director at BMO Financial Group, Toronto

Margie Miller, Creative Director at Harlequin Enterprises in Toronto



Richard Plantt RGD, Senior Designer at schoolBundle Inc, London

Kaye Puhlmann, VP, Creative at Critical Mass, Toronto

Mikey Richardson RGD, Partner & Creative Director at AmoebaCorp, Toronto


Motion Design

James Hubbarde, Senior Director, Design & Brand at Bell Media, Toronto

Christian Castel RGD, Creative Director at Tango Media Group, Toronto

Silvio Hajdin RGD, Creative Director at 10 West Design, Mississauga

Julian Brown RGD, Founder & Creative Director at ON THE CHASE!, Toronto


Digital Marketing Design

Barry Quinn RGD, Creative Director, Design at Juniper Park, Toronto

Ian Chalmers RGD, Creative Director at Pivot Design Group, Toronto

Frank Chartrand RGD, Founder of Bureau, Sudbury


Corporate Design

Scott Christie RGD, Creative Director at Interbrand, Toronto

Wendy Gray RGD, Creative Director at Gravity, Toronto

Lindsay Smail RGD, Manager, Design & Print Services for Liberal Caucus Ontario, Toronto


To date, RGD has distributed more than $215,000 in cash awards to students in recognition of their outstanding design achievements and to encourage excellence in our field. This year, RGD will present $17,000 in cash awards in all areas of communication design.


For more information about the RGD Student Awards program, click here.