Committee Members
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Meet our Committee Members:

Chair: 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.


Vice Chair: Noah Ortmann RGD, Toronto, ON

Noah is a designer with a decade of experience working with global brands, organizations, small businesses and agencies. As a Senior Designer at creative studio Office/Bureau, he brings his unique capabilities as a UI/UX designer, print designer and front-end developer to his role. Noah is the founder of Avro Design Company, the home of his own design projects. His work has been featured in the National Post, BlogTO, MentalFloss, Bloomberg’s CityLab, CTV News and CBC Radio One.


Arezu Ahmadi Provisional RGD, Cambridge, ON
I have been a freelance graphic designer at A. Pencil Design, since earning a bachelor's degree in graphic design followed by a UX design program at Brain Station. Prior to moving to Canada a few years ago, I worked as a Senior Graphic Designer on ASUS's marketing team. 
As a designer, I am passionate about my work and have found that UX design is an excellent complement to my skills. I thrive on the challenges that each new project brings, as well as the challenges of life, such as immigrating to a new country. I am dedicated to continual learning and growth as a designer, and I also enjoy sharing my experiences and insights with the design community.

John Baljkas, Affiliate Member, Cambridge, ON
John has been a Professor of Graphic Design at Conestoga College since 2009. His previous teaching experience includes faculty positions at George Brown College, Humber College, OCAD University and York University. John’s design practice spans multiple sectors from education to financial and legal services, not-for-profit/charity organizations, healthcare and research, automotive, pharmaceutical healthcare consumer products and government. He continues to work for not-for-profit organizations, and provides design, consulting and art direction to a variety of clients.


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.


Hyein Lee RGD, Toronto, ON

Hyein is an engineer turned illustrator and motion graphics designer. She gave up her big fat pay cheque to pursue her dream; she is poor now, but somehow a lot happier painting friendly monsters. She has exhibited her monsters all over the world including in Berlin, Paris and Mexico. She has taught at OCADU and Centennial College. She is currently a professor in Sheridan College's BA Illustration program.


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.


Rupsha Mutsuddi Provisional RGD

Rupsha is a Multi-Disciplinary Designer and Emerging Design Educator and Researcher. She is currently a Graduate Researcher at the Social and Technological Systems (SaTs) Lab with the York University School of Arts, Media, Performance and Dance. She is also teaching part-time at Conestoga College. Rupsha is pursuing her Masters of Design at York and her SSHRC-supported thesis focuses on designing multi-modal prompts that incorporate rituals and habits for people with early-stage dementia and/or mild cognitive impairment. Rupsha co-chairs the Provisional Committee.


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.


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. 


Fe Wyma RGD, Harrow, ON

Fe is the founder, principal designer, and restless spirit of Kapwa Communications. For more than 20 years, she’s worked with a wide range of clients, from Canada’s most northern communities to its most southern. She is also a graphic design educator who shares her love of layout and typography with students and aims to help them set a strong foundation for a fulfilling design practice. Fe’s own professional practice is guided by the belief that design can affect positive change in the community through responsible, creative practices.