The RGD 2022 Design Educator Award-winners for Eastern and Western Canada

The RGD recognizes design faculty who have made outstanding contributions to student development and pedagogical research.


Eastern Canada

The RGD 2022 Design Educator Award of Excellence for Eastern Canada is presented to Diana M. Varma RGD


"Diana has a dynamic, competitive and contemporary practice. She uses a variety of modes and methods to teach and extends her understanding of teaching and learning to commercial platforms, such as Domestika and her own podcast. Amazing work!" — Bonne Zabolotney, Judge, 2021 Educator Award-winner and Professor, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver BC. 


Diana Varma RGD is an innovative and passionate lecturer and researcher with an extensive experience developing in-class and online course materials, including the incorporation of an original podcast (Talk Paper Scissors) into teaching activities that was featured as part of the Hot Docs Podcast Festival and on Toronto Metropolitan University’s Inspired Teaching


Honourable Mention was bestowed on: 


Western Canada

The RGD 2022 Design Educator Award of Excellence for Western Canada is presented to Anne Ahmad-Burnett.


"Anne appears to be tremendously supportive of both her students and colleagues. Her students seem to have a great deal of respect for her creative and enthusiastic approach to teaching." — Brad Harris, Judge and Professor, Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, BC.


With 20 years of teaching and industry experience, Anne Ahmad-Burnett is an Instructor of Bachelor of Applied Design & Graphic Design Diploma at LaSalle College Vancouver. She is a conceptual thinker with focus on collaborative mentorship to help students reach highest level of achievement. 

Honourable Mention was bestowed on: 

Further details on our 2022 Winner and Honourable Mentions can be found here.