25 Recipients announced for DesignThinkers 2021 Shopify Scholarships


This year, there were 51 applicants from across Canada. We are happy to report that 15 students/recent graduates and 10 professionals were awarded All-Access Passes to attend DesignReThinkers 2021, taking place virtually from November 8-19.


For the second consecutive year, Shopify has generously sponsored a DesignThinkers Scholarships to cover conference expenses for creative professionals wishing to attend.


Students & Recent Grads

Stephanie Ng Provisional RGD

Khadija Bari Student RGD

Carlos Jarquin Student RGD

Anita Kaenchanh Student RGD

Vyjayanthi Janakiraman Student RGD

Brianne L'Heureux Student RGD

Hana Sheikh Student RGD

Ageesa Pareek Student RGD

Laura Beaudin Student RGD

Cedar Thokme, Junior Affiliate

Karen Mendoza Student RGD

Laura Salisbury Student RGD

Christofer Paul Provisional RGD

Nancy Ly Student RGD

Joyce Chan Student RGD


Professional Members

Nicole Duncan RGD

Annie Jong, Junior Affiliate

Priyanka Chanda Provisional RGD

Diana Tzinis Provisional RGD

Caroline Brown, Affiliate

Katerina Forrest Provisional RGD

Brandon Watton Provisional RGD

Renee Taillon Provisional RGD

Tasha Tringale Provisional RGD

Maninder Singh RGD


The recipients were selected by Patrick Kidney, Senior Product Designer (Vancouver) and Amanda Spilchen, Senior Product Designer (Toronto) at Shopify


This is what some of the applicants had to say about the Shopify  Scholarship: 


“I am thankful to the RGD and Shopify for offering the Scholarship. I really appreciate this opportunity. As a new Student RGD, I'm looking forward to attending my first DesignThinkers and am really excited to hear from some of the most brilliant creatives in the industry.” — Nancy Ly Student RGD


"I am super thrilled! E-commerce is the next step for me, but it has been challenging getting there. I am sure DesignThinkers will give me some direction and open doors for me." — Cedar Thokme, Junior Affiliate
"I am truly grateful! I am confident that the conference will benefit my career and I hope I am able to contribute and give back in some way to the community." — Priyanka Chanda Provisional RGD


At DesignReThinkers 2021, Canada's largest annual graphic design conference, we invite you to learn, collaborate and rethink. Confirmed speakers include Maurice CherryKate DawkinsTimothy GoodmanJessica HelfandTeri HenmanDebbie MillmanJoe Stewart and Angie Yuanmalai


Click here for more information on the programming, speakers, roundtables, workshops and more


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