Committee Members
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Meet our Committee Members:

Chair: Faron Dawe RGD, Moncton, NB

With 20 years of experience as a professional graphic designer, Faron has worked with clients from a variety of sectors, providing solutions in visual identity, print, user interface design for web and more. During his tenure as Lead Instructor of the Graphic Design diploma program at McKenzie College, he strived to pass his experience and expertise onto the next generation of designers, mentoring and directing them in a classroom studio environment.


Vice Chair: Noah Ortmann RGD, Toronto, ON

Noah is a Toronto-based designer with a passion for clear design solutions, creative problem solving, and design process. For over 8 years, he has been working with clients and agencies, designing for print and for screen. His work with Avro Design Company has been featured in the National Post, MentalFloss, Bloomberg’s CityLab, CTV News, and on CBC Radio One. Noah is proud to be a Certified RGD and active in the design community.


Elyssa Biringer Provisional RGD, Toronto, ON

Elyssa is a recent graduate from the Bachelor of Design program at York University and Sheridan College (YSDN). She aims to bring accessibility to the forefront of her designs whenever possible. Marketing, UX/UI and animation are her favourite areas of design, though she hopes to experiment with new methods of designing in the future.


Tomomi Lo RGD, Markham, ON

Tomomi is an Art Director at Richard Robbins International Inc. (RRI), a business coaching and events organization for real estate professionals. She oversees all design work from web, print and event spaces as well as designing custom marketing tools for RRI clients. Recently becoming RGD certified, continuing her education in design and helping young designers strive has become a strong passion of hers.


Raphael Maturine Provisional RGD, Bowmanville, ON

Raphael is a Graphic Designer at Earnscliffe Strategies with 7 years of experience having worked as an art director, educator and graphic/web designer for several non-profit and marketing organizations, including Heritage Toronto, Queen’s University and Durham College. He holds an Honours BA from the University of Toronto, a Diploma in Art and Art History from Sheridan College and an Advanced Diploma in Advertising and Marketing Communications from Durham College. Raphael consistently strives to elevate the brands and clients that he works with and is committed to staying on top of new and emerging design trends.


Amelia Nash Provisional RGD, Edmonton, AB

With over 8 years of varied design experience, Amelia is a professional graphic designer and brand strategist that focuses on building cohesive brands for businesses and individuals. Currently working as a freelance designer for her business, Amelia Nash Design, her passion lies in helping businesses rebrand — getting clear on their messaging, their values and creating all the visual elements to communicate effectively. Having graduated from the University of Alberta with a BDes specializing in business and marketing, Amelia is a proud Provisional RGD and loves collaborating with enthusiastic people to create magical brand experiences. She’s also a big fan of sushi, all-dressed chips and adventures, in no particular order.


Richard Plantt RGD, London, ON

Richard is a Senior User Experience Designer at SchoolBundle, a scalable, unified communication platform geared toward the K-12 education market. Richard’s expertise includes a user-focused approach to design with an emphasis on creating digital experiences that are easy and delightful to use. He is also involved with the Hope for Rural Children and Orphans (HORCO), a charity aimed at clean water, sanitation, education and HIV/AIDS awareness projects in developing nations.


Brent Roth RGD, Waterloo, ON
Brent has made graphic design his career for the last 3 decades, being fortunate to work alongside and learn from some of the design legends of the industry. Brent has always made efforts to support the designers of tomorrow through mentorship, honest feedback and collaboration, and is looking forward to working with members of the committee to further the education efforts of the RGD. Brent has a diploma in graphic design and advertising from Conestoga College in Kitchener, and recently spent the last 5 years in the UK. Back in Canada now, he is now owner and chief creative of his own company, Creativesphere.


Preet Soni Provisional RGD, Toronto, ON

Preet is a Production Designer at Toronto Symphony Orchestra and also a recent graduate from the Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design program at Seneca College. She has 3 years of experience having worked as a graphic designer and an illustrator for in-house design teams and design/marketing agencies.  Preet aims to be an advocate for diversity, equity and inclusivity in the design industry. Branding, wayfinding, typography and illustration are her favorite areas of design.


Ashlea Spitz, M.Ed, RGD, Vancouver, BC
With close to 20 years experience in professional practice as a communications designer and entrepreneur; Ashlea's combined experience in design, business and as a design professor, has been key to preparing her students for a complex profession. Ashlea's curriculum design values have been fundamental in ensuring curricula and instruction today will meet the needs of the future. She was integral in helping VCC's graphic design program develop and grow into a new two-year Diploma which is Western Canada's first program that offers students the opportunity to work in a college-studio environment with real clients. Her established digital media company, Pixsoul Media, has also played a role in advancing Ashlea's latest venture, a new online learning platform aimed at designers building their freelancing careers. Her passion as a teacher has been to motivate and inspire students through the art of instruction and cultivating one’s learning potential that inspires students to grow and ultimately be able to carve out new and successful careers for themselves.


Elisabeth Springate, Affiliate Member, Toronto, ON

Elisabeth is a freelance Graphic Designer with an M.A. in Communications. She lectures in Digital Media, Writing, and Pop Culture at Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). She has authored and delivered courses in Design Fundamentals and Typography, as well as industry-standard design software for a range of learners at OCADu. From 1999 to 2010, she co-taught Creative Writing at York University's Joseph Atkinson College - among some of the earliest online courses - addressing the challenges of web-based learning within the rapid advance of web authoring tools and platforms. 


Diana Varma RGD, Markham, ON

Diana is a lecturer and columnist by day, and an avid podcaster by night. She teaches within the School of Graphic Communications Management (GCM), as well as the Master of Digital Media (MDM) Program at Ryerson University. She teaches in the areas of design, typography, print management, book publishing and interdisciplinary innovation. Diana writes a monthly column in Graphic Arts Magazine. She also writes, hosts and produces a podcast called Talk Paper Scissors, focused on design and printing, typography and branding, books and publishing.