RGD’s Year in Review: 2022

Although our numbers weren’t yet at pre-pandemic levels, it was a huge joy to be back doing in-person events in 2022, and we can’t wait to see more of you both in-person and online in 2023!


RGD’s 2022 in Numbers






Professional Development





  • 1 Virtual Designathon with 30 students/grads designing for 10 non-profits with 14 mentors
  • 74 emerging designers paired with 65 Mentors
  • 260 virtual and in-person portfolio reviews

RGD’s 2022 Achievements


Perhaps more importantly, the RGD continued to advocate on behalf of the profession and raise the profile of graphic design across Canada. In 2022, the RGD:

RGD’s 2023: What’s Next

Stay tuned for more information on the exciting new initiatives and returning programs coming up in 2023.

Initiatives Planned

  • Launching our new RGD website, in partnership with Context Creative
  • Launching an updated new Creative Earners Survey
  • Launching a new Awards program for Branding
  • Presenting a new virtual event featuring tours of creative studios across Canada
  • Launching a new RGD Book Club
  • Conducting an awareness campaign to Crown Corporations & Government
  • Launching a media strategy to secure more coverage for the RGD
  • Combining the Designathon with the Internship Mentorship Program
  • Launch 3 new optional sections for the Online Test portion of Certification, covering Signage & Wayfinding, Design Management and Interactive Design
  • Reviewing and update the Code of Ethics

2023 Events (add RGD events to your calendar)

  • DesignThinkers Vancouver Conference, May 30–31
  • DesignThinkers Toronto Conference, November 2–3 


2023 Awards Programs 

  • Student Awards (Entry deadline: May 12)
  • Trailblazer Awards (Entry deadline: May 12)
  • Branding Awards (Final entry deadline: June 9)
  • UltraBold Awards (Entry deadline: June 16)
  • Design Educator Awards (Entry deadline: March 31)