Updates on RGD Events and Virtual Programming in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic
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The global health crisis caused by COVID-19 is severely impacting all our lives. We hope all in our community are well and able to take recommended precautions without too much disruption to your lives, businesses and careers.


We have been closely monitoring the ongoing and growing concerning updates on the spread of COVID-19, both locally and around the world. Here is an update on the measures being taken by RGD.


Suspension of In-Person Events until Fall

In an effort to ensure the health and safety of our community, RGD is suspending all in-person programming until the Fall including our AGM which will take place virtually on April 18.


New Dates for our Conferences

Our In-House Design Conference in Ottawa has been rescheduled to September 21; DesignThinkers Vancouver has been rescheduled to November 19-20; DesignThinkers Toronto will go on as scheduled on November 5-6. At this time, we are optimistic that these events will proceed. However, we want our community to know that we will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions with the health and safety of the community top of mind. 

RGD Office

The health and safety of our staff is paramount to us so we have closed the RGD office and the RGD Team will be working remotely for the foreseeable future. Everyone is available by email and phone.

Virtual Programming

Much of RGD's programming is already virtual — from our weekly webinars to our Slack Workspace for Members to our Mentorship Program which we offer virtually to our virtual portfolio reviews. In the coming weeks, we will be unveiling new virtual programming to support and connect our community, offer inspiration, engagement and celebrate the power of designers to make a positive impact on local and global communities.


Stay in Touch

As the situation continues to change, we will update our community with new information via our email newsletter, here and on our social media channels. Members and others are invited to share and contribute to our various channels. Please feel free to reach out to , our Executive Director, or any Member of the RGD Team.


We wish everyone good health in these difficult times and extend our best wishes to colleagues, friends and families.