Committee Members
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Meet our Committee Members


Chair: Faron Dawe RGD, Moncton

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.



Daniela Buitrago Provisional RGD, Vancouver

Daniela has a B.Des in Communication Design from Emily Carr University, where she was the creative director of Woo publication for two years. She is currently finishing a diploma in Art History at UBC and is the lead graphic designer for the Undergraduate Journal of Art history and Visual culture. For the last three years, Daniela has worked as an in-house designer and freelancer in Vancouver. Her work spans editorial, branding and web design.




Bianca DiPietro RGD, Toronto 

Bianca is a Program Coordinator & Professor at Humber College in the Graphic Design Program. She has over 10 years experience in the field of design that ranges from traditional branding to experimental and digital design. Currently, Bianca is specifically interested in discovering meaningful work and finding ways to uncover personal impact within the design discipline. This extends into creating engaging educational environments for her students and bringing real world experiences into the college ecosystem. She has participated in some international initiatives that have shed some light on happiness within the educational space and wishes to explore this further.



Yasaman Fakhr Student RGD (She/Her), Toronto
Yas is a third-year Graphic Design honours student at George Brown College. She found the field of graphic design through her early exposure to architecture and computer programming. Over time, she became completely enthralled in the vast field and would spend hours on end exploring all its different forms. Quickly, it became clear to her that this field was the one she wanted to study and eventually become a contributing leader.






Gillian Harvey, Affiliate Member, Edmonton

Gillian is an Assistant Professor in Design Studies, Department of Art & Design at the University of Alberta, where she teaches undergraduate students design theory, practice and research. Gillian’s work as a partner and studio owner over the last 15 years has included a diverse set of private and public sector clients. Her research focuses on information design, design for decision making and wayfinding and signage. 





Hyein Lee RGD, Toronto

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

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.






Amelia Nash Provisional RGD, Edmonton

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

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.




Ania Shichkova Provisional RGD, Toronto

Ania is a highly creative and multi-talented graphic designer with extensive experience in editorial design, multimedia design, and advertisement. Ania works as the In-House Graphic Designer for Urban Strategies, a global urban design and planning consultancy based company in Toronto, and she aspires to be a professor in the future. She has 4+ years of experience in the management of the complete design process, from conceptualization to delivery. She is a higher education advocate and is currently a design mentor for George Brown College.


Ryanne Spies RGD, Kitchener

Ryanne is the coordinator and full-time professor of the Bachelor of Design program at Conestoga College. Her main teaching focus in BDes are Studio courses, which integrate learning and theories from concurrent courses throughout each semester, as well as implementing pedagogy that scofoldes throughout the four-year program. Ryanne has been teaching at Conestoga College since 2008 and has been an RGD member since 2006. 






Elisabeth Springate, Affiliate Member, Toronto

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

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.




Bec Westcott Provisional RGD, New Liskeard

Bec is a freelance Graphic Designer and Web Designer and Developer. I have an Advanced Diploma from Cambrian College and a graduate certificate from Sheridan College. As a structure-based thinker, I use these skill sets and apply them to the work I do by creating documents as accessible as possible in InDesign and help small businesses develop an online platform using HTML/CSS and other program languages. I am currently taking courses through Deque university and plan to work towards my IAAP Certifications.





Michelle Wiebe RGD, Victoria

Michelle is an Assistant Professor of Art Education at the University of Victoria. Prior to joining the faculty at UVic she taught Graphic Design in Toronto, Ontario. Currently, her primary research foci are design education, creativity, design thinking and self-assessment. She is also a producing artist in watercolour and acrylic and is a Registered Graphic Designer.


Valérie Yobé RGD, Gatineau
Valérie is a doctor in semiology, an associate professor-researcher of graphic design at l’École multidisciplinaire de l’image (ÉMI) - University  of Quebec in Outaouais (UQO) and a member of La Plateforme Socialdesign in France. She started her career in advertising in Paris, and later developed a practice focused on social and cultural aspects of graphic design in Quebec. In 2014, she founded la tribu grafik, a non-profit organization. la tribu grafik  conceptualizes, researches and produces innovative projects that decompartmentalize design practises and redefine the uses of design.