RGD announces 2020 Student Awards Judges
RGD Student Awards

This year, RGD will present $23,000 in cash awards in all areas of communication design to student work selected by our panel of industry experts.


We are excited to introduce the outstanding group of judges who will be providing constructive feedback to the finalists and selecting the winners of this year's RGD Student Awards. More to be announced shortly!

.design Award for Self-Promotional/Personal Website

Summer Fang, Partnership Manager at Top Level Design, Portland

Andrew Terwissen RGD, Creative Director at Epigram Design, Toronto 

Maggie Wang CGD, Senior Product Designer at Starling Minds, Vancouver


52 Pick-up Award for Typography (Print)

Nik Firka RGD, Art Director & Senior Graphic Designer at Ryerson University, Toronto

Andrea Husky, Senior Designer at Herschel Supply Co, Vancouver

Nick Monteleone, Principal at 52 Pick-up, Toronto


Bell Media Award for Typography (Digital)

Grace Cho, Associate Creative Director at Cossette, Vancouver

Geoff Lee, Director, Design and Brand at Bell Media, Toronto

Elyssa Schmid RGD, Freelance Creative Lead, Schmid Design + Brand Creative, Toronto

Hans Thiessen RGD, Partner, Creative Director of Design at Rethink, Vancouver


BOLD Award for Accessible Design

Scott Gillam, Manager, Digital Platforms at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg

Michael Ortelli RGD, Founder of BOLD, Toronto

Simone St. Aimée, Art Director at TANK Worldwide, Toronto


Domtar Award for Print Design

Stephane Dagenais, Regional Manager - Canada, Printing & Publishing Papers at Domtar, Toronto

John Godfrey RGD, Creative Director at Chargefield, Hamilton

Donna Graffi-Smith RGD, Art Director at Deloitte, Vancouver

Megan Oldfield RGD, Creative Director & Founder at Field Design Office, Toronto


Entro Award for Placemaking Design

John DeWolf RGD, Director of Interpretive Planning & Graphic Design at Fathom Studio, Halifax

Denny Kurien RGD, Creative Director & Co-Founder at Rayvn Design, Toronto

Michelle Parrish, Associate/Design Director at Entro, Toronto 

Kathleen Scott RGD, Creative Strategy Team Lead at Bruce Power, Tiverton


Forge Media Award for Story-telling

Brian Dodo RGD, Principal & Strategic Designer at BmDodo Strategic Design, Kingston

Gillian Goldie RGD, Creative Director at Bonfire Communications, Saint John

Meg Lynch RGD, Design Director at Forge Media + Design, Toronto


Goods & Services Award for Editorial Design

Giulia Bonforte, Senior Graphic Designer at Burrard, Vancouver

Carey George RGD, Partner & Creative Director at Goods & Services, Toronto 

Stefanie Sosiak, Art Director at Air Canada enRoute Magazine, Montreal

Nicole Vallée RGD, Managing & Creative Director at Domino Creative, Ottawa


Gravity Inc Award for Social Good Design 

Kevin Broome, Principal of Wall On The Fly, Vancouver

Wendy Gray RGD, Owner & Creative Director at Gravity Inc, Toronto


Greenmelon Award for Packaging Design (Single)

Jenn Hicks, Associate Creative Director at Will Creative, Vancouver

Shenelle Pankratz RGD, Graphic Designer at Sivantis Group, Cambridge

Robert Smith RGD, Owner + Creative Director at Greenmelon, Ottawa


Haft2 Award for Colour

April Callow RGD, Manager, Graphic Design Services at Pursuit Collection, Canmore

Élise Cropsal, Creative Director, Design, at lg2, Montreal

Mike Kwan RGD, Design Director at Haft2, Toronto

Kari Silver RGD, Assistant Art Director at Azure Magazine, Toronto;


Milestone Integrated Award for Digital Marketing Design

Lucas Carmona, Executive Creative Director at Brainrider, Toronto

Christine Kwan, Creative Lead at Harry Rosen, Toronto

Anne On, Creative Director at Milestone Integrated, Kitchener

Lindsay Smail RGD, Owner & Creative Director at Lindsay Smail graphic design, Toronto


Pivot Award for Information Design

Mélissa Deschênes RGD, Principal Designer at Design de Plume, Sudbury

Brenda Little RGD, Senior Designer at Pivot Design Group, Toronto

Dianne Semark, Creative Director at Hootsuite, Vancouver

Julie Vander Herberg, Founder & Creative Director at Vanderbrand, Toronto


Polyester Studio Award for Motion Design

Munro Cullen, Senior Creative Director at CBC, Toronto

Nathalie Cusson, Creative Director, Design at Juniper Park/TBWA, Montreal

Jeremy Dimmock, Partner at Polyester Studio, Toronto

Jessica Hay, Creative Director at Canopy Growth Corporation, Ottawa


Premise Award for Strategic Design

Yen Chu RGD, Creative Director of Design at Rogers Sports & Media, Toronto

Kevin Hoch RGD, Principal & Creative Director at Premise Design Communications, Toronto

Wendy Millard RGD, Director of Creative Services at Empire Life, Kingston

Dave Watson, VP, Executive Creative Director, Design at Mosaic North America, Toronto


q30 design Award for Brand Design

Don Cleland, Brand Director & Co-Founder at Pendo, Vancouver

Petra Cushieri, Design Director at Leo Burnett, Toronto

Branden Douglas RGD, Principal & Creative Director at Relish, Winnipeg 

Natalia Reis, Brand Consultant/Graphic Designer at q30 design, Toronto


Quake Award for Creative Innovation

Claude Charron, Senior Graphic Designer at Innovation, Science & Economic Development Canada, Ottawa

Barry Quinn RGD, Founder, Chief Creative at Quake Creative & Design, Toronto

Chrystale Thompson, Principal & Creative Director at Ecstatic, Vancouver


Quarry Award for UX Design

Audree Lapierre, Head of Design at Officevibe, Montreal

Michael Palmer, Executive Creative Director at Quarry, St. Jacobs

James Wilson RGD, Founder, Principal & Designer at Overdrive Design, Hamilton


SLD Award for Packaging Design (Series)

Richard Dirstein, Executive VP of Design & Innovation at SLD, Toronto

Ali DuHart RGD, Graphic Designer at Benefit Cosmetics, Toronto

Colin Turner RGD, Designer, Brand Team at The National Lottery Community Fund in London, UK


The Works Design Award for Web Design

Sabrina Chan, Senior Interactive Designer at Unbounce, Vancouver

Jason Pearl, Visual Design Lead, Design System at Scotiabank Digital Factory, Toronto

Nelson Silva, Creative Director at The Works Design, Toronto


Tony Jurgilas Award for Logo Design

Tony Jurgilas RGD, Principal & Design Strategist at 50 Carleton, Sudbury

Monica Martinez RGD, Owner & Creative Director at Monolab, Ottawa

Joshua Speers RGD, Creative Lead at Speers Creative, Schomberg

Barbara Woolley RGD, Partner at Hambly & Woolley, Toronto

Zulu Alpha Kilo Award for Advertising Design

Brock Ellis, Senior Art Director / Design Team Manager at MEC, Vancouver

Nadine Kuhlkamp RGD, AVP, Creative Director, Global Brand Marketing, at Foresters Financial, Toronto

Susie Lee, Creative Director at Zulu Alpha Kilo, Toronto

Leigh McGlone RGD, Owner/Operator at Left Meets Right Creative Co., Halifax


Zync Award for Concept Development

NiCoLe DuNCaN RGD, Nicole Duncan Design, Kingston

Craig Medwyduk RGD CGD, Art Director at Creative Fire, Saskatoon

Pia Nummi, Design Director at Canada Goose, Toronto

Marko Zonta RGD, Principal & Creative Director at Zync, Toronto