Remembering Alan Chan RGD

The design community remembers Alan Chan RGD who passed away earlier this month. Alan spoke as part of our In-House Design Perspectives Webinar Series and and served on the RGD's Events Committee.

Alan was an award-winning creative leader with over 15 years of industry experience. He was Art Director for the Marketing and Communications department at CBC from 2001 to 2022.  


We’ve collected thoughts from the community below. If you knew Alan and would like to add your memories of him here, email


"I was saddened to learn of the recent passing of Alan Chan RGD. I got to know Alan when I started volunteering on the Events Committee. Alan had a quiet, friendly presence on the Committee where he provided thoughtful insights and feedback to initiatives that we were working on. I always valued what he had to say. During our time volunteering together, I asked Alan if he could do a presentation during an in-house design webinar that was focused on brand standards. It was because of this presentation that I got to see what a brilliant designer and thinker Alan was. He showed us a brand system that solved a problem of too many sub brands. He walked us through the design solution during his presentation where his enthusiasm for design and his deep knowledge of the subject matter was hard to miss. Alan has left a lasting impression on the Canadian design community through volunteering with the RGD and his many years working at CBC. He will be missed by many." 

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


"It is almost guaranteed that you’ve seen Alan Chan’s awardwinning and incredible work over his career. His beautiful and thoughtful art direction has been the driver behind the CBC brand for 20 years. Whether it was the key art for Kim’s Convenience, George Strombo, the CBC logo design system (Alan was particularly proud of that) or the too numerous to count projects, Alan approached every one with his philosophy of making things “more human". Alan was indeed a great human and his humble brilliance will be missed. His legacy as one of Canada’s top and most visible designers, will live on. We are grateful to have been part of his life." — Munro Cullen, Senior Creative Director, CBC


A clip of Alan's presentation for the In-House Design Perspectives webinar series: