Prov. RGDs invited to apply for one of 11 specially-selected Mentors
08/03/17
Apply for the RGD Mentorship Program to be paired up with a Mentor who has the knowledge and experience that will help you grow your professional design career.

 

Fill out an application by April 28, where you will be asked to select your top two choices from a list of 11 mentors. This program is only open to Provisional RGDs. Student RGDs in their final year of student may also sign up for our regular Mentorship Program here.

 

The Structure of the Program
For a period of 9 months, you will have 6 sessions with your Mentor, 1 hour each. Sessions can be held locally or remotely depending on the location of both the Mentor and Mentee.

 

Any Provisional RGD not paired with one of our 11 Mentors will be given the opportunity to participate in the Program with a different RGD Mentor in the industry with similar qualifications.

 

Designing your Sessions
Once the pairing has been finalized, you and your Mentor are ready to start the program! RGD will provide you with a list of discussion topics for each session, however, it is completely up to you and your Mentor what you'll want to cover in each session.

 

If you have any questions about the program, email .

 

Mentors

 

"As your Mentor, I will offer insights on conceptual development in advertising, design, presenting, and building client relationships."
Natalie Armata RGD
Natalie has achieved both business and creative success throughout her career. She has worked on clients in all sectors, big and small. Some include SIR Corp, Wyndham Hotels, Fisherman's Friend, TELUS, Canadian Tire, Rexall, Sony and Ontario Tourism. She’s won at both National and International award shows and has judged them too. School hasn’t stopped either, with continuing studies at the University of Toronto, VCU Brandcenter and the Schulich School of Business. An entrepreneur at heart, she started Giants & Gentlemen with Alanna Nathanson and Gino Cantalini; driven to make their clients Giants in the marketplace and Gentlemen throughout the process.
 
“As your mentor, I will offer an intense focus on balance, taste, and typographic details that comes from working with persnickety, concept-based studios on both sides of the Atlantic.”
Mark Neil Balson RGD
Mark is Associate Creative Director at Underline Studio in Toronto where he helps create carefully considered brand, marketing and editorial work. Most recently, the studio developed a full brand package for Art Museum at the University of Toronto. Previously Mark was Art Director at the internationally renowned design firm Atlas in Palma de Mallorca Spain, working alongside Astrid Stavro and Pablo Martín. There, his work focused on the redesign of Elephant magazine and the Phaidon Classics series of artist monographs. Both of which were awarded D&AD pencils in 2015/16.
 
"As your mentor, I will share my experience of being a flexible designer and creative leader, advice on finding the creative career that is best suited for your talents (agency or in house) and how to find passion in every creative challenge that you are presented with."
Amanda Boltë RGD
Combining her extensive Star Trek knowledge with a passion for design and a natural strength in typography, Amanda Boltë is always able to approach her projects uniquely with an infectious enthusiasm. From craft beer to kids toys to insurance, she is has tailored creative solutions for all industries.

As an award-winning designer and Creative Director bringing with her over 18 years experience to fast-paced studio environments, Amanda has led creative teams for clients such as Harley Davidson, Labatt Breweries, FCA Canada (Chrysler), Jolly Jumper, Sears Canada (and more) producing packaging, branding, print, photography, and new media. Her well-versed knowledge in brand development has also successfully launched new businesses and products across North America. Her work has been featured on The Dieline, Packaging of the World, and has won top honours from RGD and the Design Edge Regional Design Awards (redgees).

After attending the Seneca@York Graphic design program, Amanda returned home to London, Ontario to join and support the thriving design community where she grew up. Amanda now lives in Komoka, Ontario with her husband, two young sons, and their two black labs Emma and Deacon.

 

"As your mentor, I’ll act as your design-therapist. I will help you with your decisions, career path and creative fears."
Mark Buchner RGD

Mark is Partner, Creative Director at TBD Studio, a Toronto-based brand specialist. He has been a part of the Toronto design community for over 15 years, with extensive experience in building brands both large and small. Much of his career has been divided between two agencies – Compass360 and Grip, where he has helped develop award-winning brands, products and campaigns for a wide range of clients including Honda, Labatt, Bell, LCBO, Great Gulf, and PaperChef.

 

“As your mentor, I will share my experience and passion for the arts and design. I will work with you to push and realize your creativity while experimenting with different aspects of design and media. I will also help you learn how to choose appropriate typefaces and create effective design with type.”

Stefan Canuel RGD

Stefan is an Ottawa-based designer with more than twenty years of experience in the design and creative industry, including exhibition design and print. He blends innovation with practicality and an unswerving focus on results. Stefan’s experience is in the visual arts and many aspects of design. He is currently working as the Senior Creative Designer for the National Gallery of Canada. He excels at all elements of the creative process and has a multifaceted approach to design. As a professional, he works every day to forge profound links between organizations and their audiences through clear, creative, effective and well-managed designs and strategies. His work has been recognized by the Alcuin Society, Communication Arts, Design and Design, Redgees and uVU Veritiv.

 

"As your mentor, I will share my experience and perspective on both the creative and business facets of design and provide specific guidance helping you push and develop your creative. I also look forward to chats about all things which inspire us."

Yen Chu RGD

Yen Chu is the Creative Director of Design at J. Walter Thompson Toronto. With two decades of practice in design and direction at some of Canada’s premier branding and design firms (Oxygen, SFP, Parcel, and Clear Space), she is best known for producing evocative and impactful work for clients as well as collaborating with younger designers to do the same.

 

 

"As your mentor, I would share insight into how to thrive as a multidisciplinary graphic designer in small to medium-sized markets, as well as how to take steps towards entering larger markets and the digital space."

Greg Dubeau RGD

Greg is a graphic designer, art director and advertiser. He hails from a small blue-collar town in Northwestern Ontario, but has practiced design in Canada from coast to coast.

His work is defined by two essential criteria; 1. strong emotional and sensory connection to his audience; and, 2. the ability for his clients to measure the quantitative and qualitative outcomes against their creative and business goals.

Greg is an art director at Cossette, Strategy Magazine’s 2016 Agency of the Year, and the creative lead of Cossette’s Halifax office.

His current clients include: McDonald’s, Ronald McDonald House, BDC and the Canadian Institute of Forestry.

 

"As your mentor, I would provide a unique take on working in the design industry in both agency and in-house positions. I would offer advice on building your portfolio, enhancing your work and navigating the pitfalls of working in the design world."

Steve Garwood RGD

Steve is the Creative Director and a Partner at Faren Agency. With award-winning experience in all types of design, ranging from web, print, and identity work, Steve oversees all design projects at Faren. The agency’s focus is divided between design for hotel & tourism, as well as food and home appliance packaging. Prior to Faren, Steve worked with the team at Pylon Design before moving onto the team at Fraser Milner Casgrain and Colliers Canada. This diverse experience has given Steve an invaluable insight into both agency and in-house positions.

 

 

"As your mentor, I would offer advice on how to grow from a junior level designer to senior level designer/art director. I would offer insights on concept development and working with photographers, illustrators and other designers."

Gigi Lau RGD

Gigi Lau is an Art Director at Harlequin, one of the world's leading publisher for women's fiction. For the past 11 years, she's been creating compelling book covers for bestselling, emerging, and debut authors. Her designs have hit the New York Times bestselling list and have been recognized by Applied Arts, RGD and SADI (Samsung Art & Design Institute).

 

 

"As your mentor, I would share my passion for information design, data visualization, and visual storytelling, as well as my experience integrating the skills obtained from a first career (engineering) effectively and successfully into a second (information design) in an industry sector better known for MBAs than designers."

Christopher Moorehead RGD

Chris is a licensed professional engineer and graphic designer specializing in the visualization of complex information streams. He currently holds the position of Director, Information Design, at multinational accounting and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. His team uses information design, data visualization, and structured typography best practices to interpret data, develop focused solutions, and communicate key messages on behalf of corporate, institutional, and government clients. Chris is also a sessional instructor at OCAD University.

 

“As a designer, your goal should always be to design an elegant solution to solve a problem. As your mentor, I would help you to recognize your best work and confidently explain how it provides value.”

Lynn Ridley RGD

Lynn has worked in senior creative positions at large multi-national advertising agencies and small independent creative shops. She has a significant mix of experience in packaged goods, business-to-business, retail and social marketing.

As Vice President Creative, she was accountable for the creative output of the agency and the effectiveness and productivity of multiple creative teams. She now leads the innovation team within the Jan Kelley idea incubator located in the Communitech Hub in Kitchener Waterloo.