Fill out an application by September 15, where you will be asked to select your top two choices from a list of 14 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 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.
"As your mentor, I will help you think about where you are and where you might want to be in your near and distant future. We will discuss the steps you can take to build your career as a multi-skilled design person. My focus will be on human factors and how you can design for inspiration, usability and the well-being of others."
Ian Chalmers RGD
Ian is Founder and Creative Director of Pivot Design Group in Toronto. Ian’s focus is in healthcare design, bringing a people-centred design research focus to the work Pivot creates for researchers, scientists, physicians and institutions.
“As your mentor, I will share how we achieve Creative Certainty™, with smart, consumer-focused, business-asset “certainty” that is brought to life through inspiring, breakthrough “creativity”."
Matthew Clark RGD
Matthew is Founder and Creative Director of Subplot Design in Vancouver. He is also an author, mentor and public speaker known for his opinionated take on branding, design and the world of marketing and advertising. Matthew’s work, which focuses on retail branding and packaging, has been recognized with over 250 local, national and international awards.
"I have been fortunate to have a career that has given me the opportunity to learn and be involved in all different parts of our business – sometimes these were fantastic experiences… sometimes… not so much. I would like to pass on some the lessons I learned to the next generation so they are able to embrace and appreciate all the good things there are in being a design professional."
John Furneaux RGD
John is the Principal of Projektor Brand Image in Toronto. For 25 years, John has developed brand programs and communications for a range of organizations, from entrepreneurial start-ups to global leaders. Previously John held executive creative leadership positions at some of Canada’s top design firms including Identica, karacters design group and Ove.
"As a mentor, I can share my insights on getting your foot in the door when starting off in the industry, as well as direction and critique for illustrative work."
Alisha Giroux RGD
Alisha is currently Art Director with Greenmelon Inc with expertise in illustration, branding and package design. Years of drawing in the margins of school notebooks has paid off, and she’s had her designs published for such clients as the Royal Canadian Mint, Farm Boy, and the Canadian Museum of History. She’s also a published children’s book illustrator, and has published work with two NY Times bestselling authors.
"As you mentor, I will share insight on moving through your design career, what the common roadblocks are and how to circumvent them. I'd also help you learn how to improve their value to organizations and offer practical advice on designing digital products (anything from wireframing to concepting, prototyping to working with engineers to managing timelines and expectations)."
Sasha Goldstein RGD
Sasha is a digital product designer in Vancouver, whose 8-year design career also includes up to 12% work in copywriting, marketing, brand-building, advertising and strategy. He currently uses his acute eye for detail, polished aesthetic and diverse background to outsell all the other lemonade vendors on his block. He also works in-house as a Senior Designer for SAXX Underwear.
"Design is the easy part. Convincing clients to buy it is another ball of wax. As your mentor, I will teach you how to refine your creative and develop a compelling pitch that will win over even the toughest critic in the room."
Will Hum RGD
Will is a co-founder of Clear Space in Toronto, where he leads the firm’s strategic vision and creative direction. For more than 20 years, Will has been developing creative ideas for a range of clients that include Hudson’s Bay Company, Sunnybrook Foundation, Toronto Global, Markham Museum and Navigator.
“As your mentor, I will share my experiences working as a solo designer vs working in a team environment, from project leading to building strong client relationships. I’m excited to help you grow through the ups and downs of your own unique creative journey!”
Amanda Khoo RGD
Amanda is a multi-talented graphic designer based in Toronto. With 10 years experience, her expertise includes branding, digital marketing and web design. She thrives when collaborating with those who share a mutual passion for communicating memorable and meaningful experiences through educational information, environmental awareness, community and social good.
Laura calls North Bay home base, yet her work, and suitcase, have traveled to many points worldwide. Her 30+ year career has been within the private sector, including Mom & Pop Shops, international brands, cartooning, publishing, television and film. Her heart flutters for typography, print graphics, screen printing, teaching and brand strategy. She will always be an advocate for “Working to live… not living to work.”
“As your mentor, I will offer insights on developing and expanding your creative talents, and also strategies for managing fears and anxieties as you move through along career path.”
Alana Ruoso RGD
Alana is a Brand Builder & Creative Strategist with over 20 years of experience. She has done both the freelance and full-time thing and, having chose a diverse, non-linear career path, brings a wealth of valuable industry knowledge to the table. She is currently at the City of Mississauga working on a wide range of inspiring, community-driven projects. Alana is a certified Life & Executive Coach, and is committed to helping creatives step into their untapped potential so they can feel confident in their careers.
"As your mentor, I will share my knowledge and passion for retail design and engagement and advise on career changes in the creative industry (private to corporate and corporate to private) and living a fulfilling creative life"
Robert Smith RGD
Robert is the owner and Creative Director of Ottawa-based Greenmelon Inc. He has worked with clients including DC Comics, Warner Brothers, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada Post Corporation, Canadian Museum of History and the Royal Canadian Mint.
"As your mentor, I will inspire you through my passion for transforming brand strategy into single-focused, compelling creative ideas. I am committed to helping you understand the art and science of design so you can reach well beyond your potential in everything you do."
Dzung Tran RGD
Dzung is a creative catalyst responsible for developing strategic design solutions for clients. His approach is inspired by the world around him. Deeply attuned to all aspects of popular culture, Dzung believes that brand must be expressed through all touch points, from print and digital to new media. For 11 years, Dzung has brought sophisticated yet modern design approach to all his work for Interbrand as Senior Design Director.
"As your mentor, I will share my passion for corporate design and branding while keeping the business side of projects and planning in mind. I will also provide guidance on some of the skills necessary to succeed in the real business world of design."
Eileen Ugarkovic RGD
Eileen has over ten years of professional experience in design and is an Art Director at NATIONAL Public Relations. She works on many projects from inception through to final production. She has extensive experience in corporate branding, layout and typography in both print and digital media for clients such as Amazon, Sephora and Ford. Eileen was awarded the international grand prize by Veuve Clicquot and Wallpaper* magazine for her inspired product packaging design of their trademark champagne mailbox.