Meet the 27 Members who are attending their first DesignThinkers as Certified RGDs

Congratulations to these Members who achieved their Certified RGD designation in 2018.


David Nuff RGD

David’s work spans branding, digital product design, illustration and motion. Under the name Nuff, he is finding his feet in an anti-disciplinary practice. He is a founding member of an interactive installation collective. Their projects bridge digital, physical, design and art.


John deWolf RGD
Interdisciplinary designer John has worked in interpretive planning, exhibition design, environmental graphic design, interior design and design education. John views system, program, narrative, service and experience as integral to his interdisciplinary approach to what is traditionally considered design.


Nikki Hsiao Chi Shih RGD
Nikki is a strategic multidisciplinary designer with a focus on both print and digital work. She has deep understanding of user centric design and technological awareness, and the talent to create beautiful and elegant solutions. Her work includes UX/UI design for web and mobile applications, maps & infographics and editorial design for magazines and books.


Emineh Babayan RGD

Emineh is a graphic designer with a Bachelor’s Degree in Design from YSDN. She has been specializing in the Market Research industry for the past 9 years, mainly focusing on information and experience design, corporate branding, identity and editorial design. Emineh currently leads the design team at Ipsos Canada.


Roy White RGD

Roy has 25+ years of experience working in Design & Branding companies in England, Australia and Canada. Since founding Subplot Design with Matthew Clark in 2003 he has worked with a diverse range of clients, from rebranding Vancouver Aquarium to global packaging projects for Johnson & Johnson and multiple stamp projects for Canada Post.


Carla Thibodeau RGD
Carla is the in-house graphic designer at FCNB, New Brunswick's financial regulator, where she works on campaigns to educate the public about topics such as consumer rights, financial literacy and avoiding fraud. Her designs have been praised, shared and adapted by provincial financial regulators across the country.


Tara O'Reilly RGD
Tara is an ethically-led and strategy-driven designer; always looking out for the ones in need and asking questions like, “is this harmful?” or “how can we meet them where they are?” By pairing innate creativity with social responsibility, Tara helps social enterprises and organizations with social & behaviour change initiatives achieve clarity of identity and messaging.


Afshin Nikravesh RGD

Afshin is a multidisciplinary designer & creative director with focus on pharmaceutical, healthcare and cosmetic industry. He has been injecting creativity into pharmaceutical branding, package design and more for 15 years. Over the years he worked for Johnson & Johnson, Exir pharmaceutical, Etude House co., MixNatural, Fujifilm and Brother co.


Timothy Jones RGD
Timothy is President and Creative Director at Banfield, a multidisciplinary agency based in Canada’s national capital. With 20 years of experience at the forefront of marketing communications, he brings a keen eye for design and a relentless work-ethic to lead his team and clients forward in the face of change.


Mirela Zdjelaric RGD
Mirela is as unique as her name. Whether she is jamming with her friends, capturing beautiful moments in photographs, or helping bringing brands to life through design, it always comes from her heart. Mirela is a trained experienced graphic designer, an inspired and published photographer and an overall creative dynamo.


Gosloo Samiee RGD
Golsoo is a passionate strategic visual designer and art director, who specializes in brand design. She has over 18 years of agency, corporate and freelance experience and currently works at Ove Brand | Design, a Publicis worldwide company in Toronto. Her primary focus is designing innovative and compelling multi-disciplinary digital and physical brand experiences.


Karen Jorritsma RGD
Karen is a multidisciplinary award-winning designer and art director with an eye for detail and innovation. She has 15+ years experience working for reputable agencies large and small, specializing in brand identity, promotional marketing and corporate communications. Karen is founder of Bolster Design, a boutique branding and graphic design company.


Noah Ortmann RGD
Noah is a Toronto-based designer who provides web, print and branding solutions to small businesses, startups and organizations. His work on the “Toronto Library Passport” has been featured in the National Post and CTV News. Noah holds a B.Des. from OCAD University and a B.A. from McMaster University.


Rick Tibau RGD
Rick is a graphic designer and art director with 20+ years of experience in creative and marketing departments. Rick completed projects ranging from TV ads to designing the boss’ daughter birthday party invitation. In his free time, you can find him surfing the lake, playing tennis and spending time with his family.


Cassandra Wesenhagen RGD
Cassandra is an experienced designer and creative strategist with a strong background in brand identity and editorial design. A graduate of OCAD U, her work spans the retail, real estate and healthcare industries. Cassandra is a designer at Entro and takes on side projects at her own small studio, Processor.


Hilary Walls RGD
Hilary is Art Director at Citizen where she oversees artistic direction of design, branding and photoshoots. She has had an award-winning Graphic Design career working at agencies and client-side in both Toronto and Vancouver, working on iconic brands such as Tim Hortons, Best Buy, Ikea, Proctor & Gamble, Molson, Egg Farmers of Canada, Quaker, Ontario Wood, YMCA and Shoppers Drug Mart.


Vanessa Parson-Robbs RGD

Vanessa believes children thrive in bright and engaging spaces that support their passion and creativity. Working with the District School Board of Niagara, she has created award winning designs to unify the corporate brand and transform school buildings, signage and websites into vehicles showcasing the DSBN’s focus on student success.


Jaoued Sidali RGD
Jaoued is an Art Director in digital media, bringing a proven knowledge of creative strategy, vision, communication and management. He works closely with clients to create a vision, conceive a design and consistently meet deadlines and he developed over 100 different TV spots for clients.


Sarah Fordham RGD
Sarah is the In-House Graphic Designer for the Ontario Chamber of Commerce where she builds the brand and creates all print and digital design. Originally from London, England where she studied fine art and art history, she studied Graphic Design at the Toronto Film School.


Alicia Brown RGD

Ally is a bubbly Graphic Designer at Tourism Sault Ste. Marie. She brings her hyper-organized, eye for detail and passion for creative solutions to each project in order to highlight and promote the city she loves. Ally is ecstatic to be a part of the RGD community.


John Christopher Guth RGD
John is graphic designer and corporate communications professional based in the Greater Toronto Area. In his current role as Marketing Coordinator for the City of Mississauga’s Parks & Forestry Division, John unites his creative talents with his public policy background to increase and improve citizen engagement and stewardship.


Shenelle Pankratz RGD
Shenelle is an award winning, multi-disciplinary senior graphic designer with a passion for visual communication. She is currently an in-house designer with nearly 6 years experience and strives to maintain two things in design: simplicity and clarity. As Lindon Leader said, great design is born of those two things.


Laura Stein RGD
Laura is Creative Director at Sid Lee with a diverse set of clients from MaRS to the Canadian Olympic Committee. Her work has been featured in Designing Brand Identity and Dynamic Identities. She has led global rebrands for Sonos and Asics and been recognized by Cannes Lions and D&AD.


Rahul Bhogal RGD
As the owner and designer at Nothing Design Studio, Rahul helps businesses build clarity through strategy, express their brands through alignment, and empower their people through simple meaningful design. Rahul has developed award-winning identities, recognized by Applied Arts and the Best Brand Awards.


Ingrid Paulson RGD
Ingrid is an award-winning book designer and art director with 20+ years experience working with trade, educational, and art and picture books. She has been honoured by the Alcuin Society and the AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers competitions, and this year she started her own publishing venture, Gladstone Press, with a focus on using minimalist, contemporary design for classic novels.


Jay Wall RGD
Jay is principal and creative director at RallyRally, a Toronto-based design studio dedicated to social change. He has led the creation of brand identities, publications, websites and campaigns with forward-thinking organizations such as UNICEF, Evergreen, United Way, and the City of Toronto.


Helen Dimitrijevic RGD

With expertise in graphic design and branding, Helen works with clients in the public and private sectors on projects of all sizes. Her innovative approach to design stems from her background in art history, her agency experience, and her ability to envision creative design solutions.