Domtar Award for Print Design: Canadian Stamp

By Patrick Blagits Dona Provisional RGD, Niagara College, Niagara Falls, ON


Award sponsored by Domtar



Created as a part of a school project, this simple yet effective stamp design and First Day Cover represent Canada and were to be issued by Canada Post. 



Honourable Mentions:





Gillian Goldie RGD 

Originally from the Maritimes, Gillian is an award-winning graphic designer who lived in Fiji and Australia and has since settled back home in New Brunswick. With 15 years experience, she confidently creates new visual experiences with the use of strategy and design, taking good ideas to great ones. Since coming-from-away and swapping g’days for right-goods, Gillian has worked as a creative problem solver on a variety of campaigns for television, web and print, including logo development and children’s books. Gillian leads the creative development for all of Bonfire’s clients.

Kelly Hartman, Creative Director, Graphic Designer, CGD 

Kelly is incredibly passionate about design and typography but always when it aligns with a strong strategy. Her portfolio ranges from brand work to an extensive editorial body of work. She currently has 54 design awards including AIGA, Applied Arts and Graphex, to name a few. She has been a frequent judge for the JUNOS Awards which supports her passion for music. 


Susan Jones, Graphic Designer at Domtar in Fort Mill, SC

As a young girl, Susan decided on a career in art. Clemson University-bound, she trained in photography and ceramics but then redirected her creative skills to graphic design. She received a BFA degree at Clemson and gained experience designing for a variety of industries, from trading cards and publication design to television network promotion where she gained experience in motion design. Susan is now using her multi-faceted skills to promote the Domtar paper brands and facilitate new marketing strategies.


Capucine Labarthe, Lead Designer at Wedge in Montreal 

Originally from Montreal, Capucine is an award-winning Art Director and Graphic Designer based in Berlin. In addition to her work at Wedge, she is Design Director and co-owner of Atelier Éditions, an independent publishing house. Specializing in branding and editorial design, she creates thoughtfully-crafted visual solutions across all mediums through strong use of typography and a keen eye for details. 


Gigi Lau RGD, Art Director at Harlequin Trade Publishing, a division of HarperCollins Canada in Toronto, ON 

For over 15 years, Gigi has created compelling book covers for best-selling, emerging and debut authors. Books that she designed and art directed have hit The New York Times bestseller list and been recognized with national and international awards. She is committed to seeking out diverse talent and passionate about visual story-telling. Gigi sits on the RGD’s Certification Portfolio Evaluation Committee.