Committee Members
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The Certification Committee currently consists of 8 Certified RGDs.

Chair: Victor Szeto RGD, Toronto

Victor is the Creative Director at Green Living Enterprises. Victor brings more than a decade of invaluable visual knowledge to the table. Projects he’s been involved with include environmental graphics, campaigns and collateral for the ROM, Cineplex, Scotiabank, Toronto Hydro, the Pembina Institute, University of Toronto, Eva’s Initiatives and the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression.




Vice Chair: Amanda Bolte RGD, Komoka

As an award-winning designer and Creative Director bringing with her over 20 years experience to fast-paced studio environments, Amanda has lead creative teams for clients such as Tim Hortons, A&W, Harley Davidson, Labatt Breweries, FCA Canada (Chrysler), Jolly Jumper, Sears Canada (and more) producing packaging, branding, print, photography, digital signage and new media. Her well-versed knowledge in brand development has also successfully launched new businesses and products across North America. Her work has been featured on the, and has won top honours from the RGD and the Design Edge Regional Design Awards (redgees).


Katherine Carney RGD, Toronto

Katherine is a senior in-house graphic designer at the University of Toronto, with a special appreciation of forms, charts, grids, ampersands, and intricate cut-outs. In her spare time, she's pretty analog, working on letterpress and linocut prints.






Eric Forest RGD, Toronto

Eric is a digital era-creative with dirt under his fingernails. His commercial creative output ranges from custom fabrication in metal and wood, to print, web, and service design. He is an instructor at Humber and Seneca Colleges, where he teaches Web Design, Design Thinking, Inclusive Design, and Motion Graphics through an open ended curriculum. Eric's lived commitment to inclusive practice is demonstrated in his co-authorship of the RGD AccessAbility2 handbook, active role on the RGD Certification Committee and ongoing research into building flexible access into existing educational platforms. As host of the Whiteboard podcast, Eric is creating a space where students and instructors can converse candidly about issues in education and the design industry.





Michelle Hopgood RGD, Toronto

Michelle is Founder, Creative Designer, and Information Specialist at Hopgood Creative. She helps researchers, academics, and thinkers use the power of design to explain complex ideas. With over 15 years of experience in design, information, knowledge and information management, Michelle brings a unique perspective to clients and business. She holds a diploma from Sault College, a Bachelor of Design from OCAD University, and a Master of Information from the University of Toronto. Michelle was a recipient of RGD’s In-House Design Awards 2016 and a speaker at DesignThinkers TO 2019. She has an unshakeable commitment to making complex ideas beautiful to help her clients get media attention, teach courses, and reach a wide audience.


James Kuo RGD, Toronto

James is a multidisciplinary art director, senior designer and design entrepreneur whose work encompasses print-and-digital media. Previously, James was a senior designer of Graphic Design and Digital Media at the Museum of Modern Art, in New York, as well as a freelance senior designer at Royal Ontario Museum.






Avinash Raj RGD, Mississauga

I’m a recovering Entrepreneur now an Intrapreneur in the public sector. My life is committed to helping individuals, organizations, and communities to discover and implement change for the better. After completing a BE in Computer Science Engineering I was selected for a Postgraduate degree in UX Design from NID (National Institute of Design), Ahmedabad, a world-ranked (India’s foremost) design institute. In Canada, I continued my education with an MBA from Rotman, School of Management, the University of Toronto majoring in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The combination of design, technology, and business with more than a decade of international experience has made me an award-winning Design Thinking Practitioner able to pursue my commitment to change for good. I’m also a Design Educator at BrainStation. My website:


Kathy Sigstad RGD, Chilliwack

Kathy works as the Brand & Graphic Design Specialist at the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC and as a sessional design instructor at the University of the Fraser Valley. In the years leading up to her current role, Kathy focused on multidisciplinary communication design projects with clients such as SFU, Variety Children's Charity, Alzheimer Society, Technical Safety BC and Health Canada.