Meet our Committee Members
Chair: Mel Sutjiadi RGD (they/them), Calgary & Vancouver
Mel is a QPOC graphic designer, illustrator, web developer and educator who believes in using their creative power for social good. They founded Artovermatter in 2007 and have helped clients with a variety of projects including brand development, campaign and event-based design, custom illustrations, UX and UI design, print and digital designs, as well as custom WordPress sites. They love working on projects that have a social impact and is passionate about social justice, diversity and inclusion. They are currently a co-organizer of CreativeMornings Calgary and TechSoup Canada’s NetSquared Calgary.
Vice Chair: Amanda DeVries RGD (she/her), London
Amanda has been an independent brand consultant and graphic designer for 15 years, recently specializing in branding and packaging for food & beverage companies. She spent 10 years in Ottawa, where governmental agencies kept her busy but not terribly inspired. Moving to Southwestern Ontario in 2009 presented her with the opportunity to work with small businesses and real people. She's also been a prop stylist on two cookbooks, thereby checking off items on her bucket list. She's looking forward to lending her voice and perspective to the D&I Committee in the hopes that a younger audience can find a version of themselves within the broader RGD community.
Diana Campbell CUA, RGD, CGD (she/her), Edmonton
Diana is an experienced usability engineer, award winning human-centred designer, accessibility champion and digital strategist with more than 15 years of progressive experience in universal design and behavioural economics. She has dedicated her career to empowering the voices of the underrepresented through compassion and advocacy. In leading the Digital Experience team at Alberta Blue Cross, Diana is dedicated to mentoring and coaching others to reach their potential through the discovery of purpose, passion and skill. She has been recognized for her extraordinary commitment to innovation and purpose-driven strategy.
Nell Chitty RGD (she/her), Toronto
Nell Chitty is an in-house graphic designer within Strategic Public and Employee Communications at the City of Toronto. Nell is the accessibility contact for Strategic Communications's Innovation Working Group and was on the Employee Disabilities Network steering committee in its inaugural year. She has served on the organizing committee for #a11yTO for multiple years, has been a guest teaching assistant for AODA certification at Ryerson University, and has shared her passion for digital accessibility as a speaker at various events in Ontario. Nell has a Master of Design in Inclusive Design from OCAD University (2013) and a Bachelor of Design from Ryerson University (2009).
Reesa Del Duca RGD (she/her), Windsor
As Founder/Director of Design and User Experience of a scrappy design studio born in Toronto and now located in Windsor, Reesa solves business problems for growing, small and mid-sized enterprises. Guided by a methodical, empathetic, and user-focused approach to design, she has worked with clients from a wide range of industries on visual identities, strategies, websites, and more. She is especially passionate about contributing to projects that work to support and advance issues of justice and equity for women, people of colour, and marginalized groups.
Erin Grandmaison RGD (she/her), GoderichErin is a senior graphic designer with the award-winning Creative Strategy team at Bruce Power, Canada’s only private sector nuclear generator. With over 20 years of involvement in the design industry, her broad ranging skill set has enabled her to design, manage and produce a variety of projects with clients such as York University, MLSE, the Government of Canada and the RGD. She has also been recognized by the RGD In-House Awards, HOW In-House awards, GDUSA Awards, American In-House Awards, Spark Design Awards and the International Business Awards.
Annie Jong, Hamilton
Annie is a graphic and web designer based in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys working on editorial and UI projects. Diversity, inclusion, education and poverty alleviation are causes that are dear to her heart. She is excited to be joining the Committee and exploring how she can further contribute to these causes and the RGD. When not designing, she likes to read and experiment with new recipes. She lives with her two boys and a black lab named Sherlock.
Alan Joson RGD (he/him), Toronto
While completing his portfolio for entry into the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD), Alan Joson discovered his passion and enthusiasm for graphic design and photography. He joined the corporate world for several years while simultaneously engaging in creative pursuits, including managing his own photography business. In 2010, Alan completed his studies in Advertising & Graphic Design at Humber College. Having further refined his design skills through his work at George Brown College and at the Ontario College of Trades, Alan now balances his role as the in-house graphic designer for the Michener Institute of Education at UHN with an active career as a freelance designer.
Rupsha Mutsuddi Provisional RGD (she/her), Kitchener
Rupsha is a second year Graphic Design student in the Graphic Design Advanced Diploma Program. Rupsha comes to the world of design with a unique perspective as she has lived on three different continents and previously done a Bachelors of Science Honours Degree in Psychology from University of Toronto. Her work is fuelled by her insatiable curiosity and is an attempt to understand the complex ever-changing world around her.
Derrick Oduro Provisional RGD, Brampton
Derrick is a multidisciplinary Graphic Designer based in Toronto, Canada. He received a BDes degree in Graphic Design from his undergraduate at OCAD University in 2018, where he studied and developed his passion for art and design. Derrick's work mainly focuses on branding, editorial design, UX design, digital marketing, social media, and art direction. Utilizing his extensive work experience and expertise freelancing with his own clients, he recently began his own initiative as the Founder of D0Media — a creative multimedia hub agency offering various services to help bring small businesses’ vision to life. More importantly, the idea is to provide a collective space and work hub for like-minded and open-minded creatives, especially marginalized voices (BIPoC) to be heard, seen, and supported. Thus, Derrick became a Provisional RGD Member to further expand his knowledge and skills, and to be more involved within the design community by connecting with fellow professionals.
Kelly Riback-Small RGD (they/them), Toronto
Kelly Riback-Small is an award-winning creative director, designer, and author with deep roots in communication design, marketing, and advertising, and a special focus on ethical and inclusive practice. A proven creative leader, strategist, and affiliated design researcher with Emily Carr University, Kelly holds an interdisciplinary master’s degree where their research focused on design ethics, social impact design, and design for social innovation and sustainability. Kelly is currently the Executive Creative Director at Grassriots Inc. and has experience leading major brands across most sectors. A commercial industry expat, Kelly is now committed to applying their 15+ years of experience to exclusively support clients whose missions are purpose-led. Kelly’s book, The Conscious Creative: Practical Ethics for Purposeful Work, published by House of Anansi Press, is a collection of over 100 actions for ethical creative practice and is now available.
Mark Rutledge RGD (he/him), Whitehorse
Mark Rutledge is one of Canada’s design leaders with deep roots and over 30 years of experience designing for Canada’s Indigenous communities and organizations. He is currently the Senior Creative at Outcrop Communications where he leads the creative team on projects throughout the three territories (Yukon, NWT and Nunavut). He has worked with many Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations helping First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities. Mark has also spoken and participated in panel discussions and conferences on many international stages where he brings his extensive experience and Indigenous knowledge to a global audience. His passion is engaging with and mentoring emerging designers from around the globe. He is Anishinaabe, wolf clan from Little Grand Rapids First Nation and Lac Seul First Nation. He is proud of his Ojibway roots often spends his time dancing, drumming and sharing his culture with others. Mark lives, works and plays in Whitehorse, Yukon on the traditional territories of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta'an Kwäch'än Council.
Rita Tang Provisional RGD (she/her), Toronto
Rita is a graphic designer based in Toronto. She received an Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design in 2019. Currently, she is an on call volunteer designer at The New Kid collective where they work on creative projects with non-profit organizations. While underwraps she is developing a project that hopes to bring representation and amplify the voices of BIPOC creatives. She hopes by becoming a part of the committee we can create an open dialogue and help change the landscape of our industry for the better.
Ashley Tomlinson Provisional RGD (she/her), Toronto
Ashley is a multidisciplinary graphic designer based in Toronto, Canada. She received an Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design from Humber College in 2019. Recently, she was the junior designer at Studio Wyse where she worked on editorial projects for the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, and the Creative Destruction Lab. She’s also a cofounder of Cove Collective, a community that centres the voices of BIPOC womxn through events, workshops and podcasts. Ashley is always up for a conversation; her favourite topics include intersectional feminism, books and dogs.
Meggan Van Harten RGD (she/her), Sudbury
Partner & Strategic Leader
Meggan is a big-picture thinker and ensures operational success by being committed to long-term strategic planning. She’s committed to accessibility in all sectors and actively promotes diversity by teaching inclusive design through mentoring and the education of clients and students alike.