Member News: November 2015
'I'll Ride with You' button created by Umar Shahzad RGD in response to the backlash that the Muslim community has been facing in cities worldwide in the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks.

Check out what Professional Members of RGD have been up to!


Career Moves

Josh McInerney RGD is now Manager of Design and Creative at Ryerson University

Mostafa Akbari Prov RGD is now Graphic Designer at Beautiful World Canada Foundation

Nicola Hamilton Prov RGD is now Deputy Art Director at Chatelaine

Austin Mateka Prov RGD is now Graphic Designer at UrbanTrans North America

Saamia Meghji Prov RGD is now Junior Designer at SapientNitro

Sarah Webster Prov RGD is now Graphic Designer & Print Media Specialist for Off Shore Contracts & Development at Niagara College



Ian Chalmers RGD interviewed social media guru Karim Kanji on Pivot Design's 'Welcome' Podcast

Mary Lou Core RGD and the team at Matrix Four launched a new website

Bob Hambly RGD, Barb Woolley RGD and the team at Hambly & Woolley launched Instudio, an online publishing environment for OCAD U telling daily stories through interviews, shorts and alumni/student features. 

Jean-Pierre Lacroix RGD, President of Shikatani Lacroix, presented at the User Friendly Conference 2015 in Shenzhen, China on the topic 'Is Your Brand Experience Ready for the 5th Dimension?' 

Louis Lapointe RGD was involved in developing the Social Media and Administration Specialist program at Champlain College in Montreal. Launching in August 2016, the three-year technical program will prepare students to apply social media skills to a business context and will be the first social media focused management program to be offered in the Province of Québec.

Carl Messenger-Lehmann RGD and the team at received Gold Member Status from the world's #1 marketing platform, HubSpot.

Greg Neely RGD, President at Forge Media + Design shared a presentation on sustainable wayfinding at the ASCC Conference for building a sustainable future in the college sector. 

Philip Yan RGD, Director at GenesisXD, spoke at the Prince’s Charities Canada Youth Entrepreneurship Launch Pad

RGD Print Partner Somerset have launched a new website, designed to look like a printed piece. 



Claire Dawson RGD, Fidel Pena RGD and the team at Underline Studio received one silver and six merits at the Advertising & Design Club of Canada (ADCC)'s Directions awards.

Carey George RGD and the team at Goods & Services received three Merit awards from the HOW International Design Awards for Nicholas and Krampus Wines, Flash Reproductions' Mulled Wine and for the digital version of Wayward Arts Magazine. 

Ben Hagon RGD and the team at INTENT awarded Best Marketing Campaign at the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce annual awards for the #SheDeservesIt campaign for Women Crisis Services of Waterloo Region. 

Ric Riordon RGD, Shirley Riordon RGD and the team at Riordon Design were awarded Silver in the Self-Promotion Category of the W3 Awards for their company website,

Marko Zonta RGD and the team at Zync received the Silver Award at the Transform Awards for the Canadian Olympic Committee website

Issue 20 of Wayward Arts, created by Flash Reproductions and designed by Vanessa Eckstein RGD and the team at Blok Design, was named Magazine of the Week by Mag Culture.


Designedge Canada announced the finalists of the special Legacy edition of the Canadian Regional Design Awards ('The Redgees'), including the following Members of RGD: 

Bruce Power (Kathleen Scott RGD)

Bureau (Frank Chartrand RGD and Terrie Barksey Prov RGD) 

Compass360 (Karl Thomson RGD)

Goods & Services (Carey George RGD)

Greenmelon Inc. (Robert Smith RGD)

Michael Zavacky RGD

Pixel Flex (Tim Lum RGD)

Riordon Design (Ric Riordon RGD and Shirley Riordon RGD)

Ron Beltrame RGD

Spin Design Solutions Inc. (Daniel Tojeira RGD)


Congratulations to the following Members of RGD who were recently recognized at the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) Annual Awards: 

Claire Dawson RGD and Fidel Pena RGDUnderline Studio received a Design Award for Urban Field Speakers Series Poster Series

Gilbert Li RGDThe Office of Gilbert Li received an Art Publication Award for Kelly Mark: Everything is Interesting and a Design Award for Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time



Ben Hagon RGD and the team at INTENT shared the 'Accessibility Matters' project for Wilfred Laurier University, a new branding project for Banyan Community Services and other updates in the latest Good News newsletter. 

Bob Hambly RGD, Barb Woolley RGD and the team at Hambly & Woolley share the Fall 2015 issue of UTSC Commons, the Harry Rosen outerwear guide and more in the latest Orange newsletter


If you're launching a new website or firm, have won an award, are starting a new job, welcoming a new team member, or have any news, let us know! Email  to share an update in a future community news item. We look forward to hearing from you!