2023 Student & Trailblazer Awards Judges
RGD Student Awards Judges

We are excited to introduce the outstanding group of judges who will be providing constructive feedback to all the entrants and selecting the winners of this year's RGD Student Awards. 


52 Pick-up Award for Typography

Phil Mondor RGD, Partner — Creative Director at Studio Locale, Kitchener, ON

Nick Monteleone, Principal at 52 Pick-up, Toronto, ON

Virginia Quist RGD, Senior Creative Designer at the Alberta Retired Teachers'​ Association, Edmonton, AB

Henry Slaughter RGD, Principal at Henry Slaughter Design Studio, Vancouver, BC

Andrea Van der Ree, Design Director of OK Dave, Vancouver, BC

Fe Wyma RGD, Senior Creative Designer at Kapwa Design + Communicatons, Windsor, ON


Arnold Street Media Award for Logo Design

Ania Czupajlo RGD, Brand Designer & Content Creator, Communication & Design Services, Toronto, ON

Brandon Fordham Provisional RGD, Senior Designer at Studio123, Sudbury, ON

Marin Hudson Provisional RGD Partner + Creative Director at Kitestring, Hamilton, ON

Johnathon Strebly RGD, Chief Operating Officer, Client Services, at Tomorrow Creative Services, Vancouver, BC

Andrew Terwissen RGD, VP, Design & Creative at Arnold Street Media, Toronto, ON

Dzung Tran RGD, Lead Designer at Bounteous, Toronto, ON


Artista Award for 1st Year Student

Eugene Artista RGD, Director of Creative Solutions at Artista Design & Print, Niagara Falls, ON

Graham Huber, Manager, Marketing and Communications, Full-Time MBA at Rotman School of Management, Toronto, ON

Susan Yang RGD, Principal & Creative Director at Padometric Studio, Toronto, ON


Context Award for Story-telling

Christine Caruso, Senior Associate, Strategy & Content at Context Creative, Toronto, ON

Monique Gamache, Design Director at Matter, Calgary, AB

Matthew Johnson, Creative Director at Monday Creative, Vancouver, BC

Raphael Maturine Provisional RGD, Graphic Designer & Creative Strategiest at ruckus digital, Pickering, ON

Deb von Sychowski, Creative Director / Co-Founder at Patch Design, Newmarket, ON

Carlos Weisz, Lead Motion Designer & Video Editor at Filter Agency, Toronto, ON


Domtar Award for Print Design

Seowon Bang RGD, Senior Designer at eBay, Toronto, ON

Roland Basdeo, Digital & Graphic Designer at Domtar, Fort Mill, SC

Giulia Bonforte RGD, Senior Graphic Designer at Burrard Properties, Vancouver, BC

Zoë Boudreau Provisional RGD, Designer at Rethink, Toronto, ON

Raymond Cheah RGD, Art Director & Graphic Designer, Toronto, ON

Peter Elima Provisional RGD, Designer at Overhaul Media, Edmonton, AB

Gillian Goldie RGD, Creative Director at Ginger, Saint John, NB

Jeff Kulak, Affiliate Member, Senior Designer at Science World, Vancouver, BC

Viv McCarley, Art Director at Sid Lee, Toronto, ON

Karen Ng-Hem RGD, President & Creative Director at KAREN NG-HEM INC, Toronto, ON

Nicole Vallée RGD, Managing & Creative Director at Domino Creative, Victoria, BC

Sara Wong Provisional RGD, Senior Designer at The Office of Gilbert Li, Toronto, ON


Entro Award for Placemaking Design

Jen Cook, Affiliate Member, Creative Director at Science World, Vancouver, BC

Logan Brazeau RGD, Director, Communication Strategies at Lett Architects, Peterborough, ON

Jacqueline Tang, Creative Director at Entro, Toronto, ON


Forge Media Award for UX Design

Nick Caswell, Senior UX Designer at Forge Media, Toronto, ON 

Magued Hanna RGD, UX & Design Consultant at Magued Hanna & Associates, Toronto, ON

Genevieve Metropolis RGD, User Experience Manager at Shopify Toronto, ON

Daniel Szilagyi RGD, UX/UI Designer, Vancouver, BC


Gravity Award for Social Good Design 

Andrew Boardman RGD, Creative Director at Mangrove Web Development, Winnipeg, MB

Meghan D'Mello RGD, Senior Graphic Designer at Plan International Canada, Toronto, ON

Mariana Fernandez, Affiliate Member, Visual Design Lead at Pinnguaq Association, Lindsay, ON

Emerald Lee RGD, Art Director at Gravity, Toronto, ON

Leigh McGlone RGD, Owner & Creative Director at Left Meets Right Creative Co., Halifax, NS

Laura Prpich, Affiliate Member, Creative Director at Caribou Creative, Courtenay, BC


Haft2 Award for Colour

Yen Chu RGD, Creative Director & Graphic Designer, Freelance, Toronto, ON

Shane Collier RGD, Associate Digital Art Director at Evolving Web, Montreal, QC

Timothy Jones RGD, President & Creative Director at banfield.agency, Ottawa, ON

Nanistya Martohardjono RGD, Chief Creative Officer at Haft2, Toronto, ON

Lin Oosterhoff RGD, Associate Creative Director at Funday, Canmore, AB


Intent Award for Accessible Design

Diana Campbell RGD, Senior Manager, Digital Strategy and Governance at Alberta Blue Cross, Edmonton, AB

Ben Hagon RGD, President of Intent, Toronto, ON/Halifax, NS

Josh Skinner RGD, Senior Product Designer at Loop, Toronto, ON


Modern Design Academy Award for Motion Design

Theodore Daley, Freelance Art Director & Creative Director, New York, NY

Aidan Searle Provisional RGD, Co-Founder of hood+searle, Halifax, NS

Ashlea Spitz RGD, Chief Creative Officer at Modern Design Academy, Vancouver, BC


Pivot Award for Information Design

Kris Atterbury RGD, Specialist, Production & Design, at the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Toronto, ON

Brenda Little RGD, Senior Designer at Pivot, Toronto, ON

Stephanie Strawbridge RGD Communication Designer at Government of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS

Lulu Tanenbaum, Senior Data Visualization Designer at Northbridge Financial Corporation, Calgary, AB


q30 design Award for Brand Design

Jon Allison RGD, Founder & Creative Director at Backcountry Branding, Kingston, ON

Ross Chandler RGD, Creative Director at Becoming Design Office Ltd, Victoria, BC

Tejashri Kapure RGD, VP, Executive Creative Director at q30 design, Toronto, ON

Claire Blair, Affiliate Member, Senior Graphic Designer at Earls Restaurants, Vancouver, BC

Aleksandra Gniazdowska, Founder & Principal Designer at o2Creative, Ottawa, ON

Donna Graffi-Smith RGD, Associate Creative Director at Deloitte Canada, Vancouver, BC

Tony Hird, Affiliate Member, Creative Director & Partner at Here Be Monsters, Vancouver, BC

Adnan Huseinovic RGD, Associate Design Director at DDB Canada, Edmonton, AB

Jordan Jackson Provisional RGD, Creative Director & Founder at VERNON Studio, Toronto, ON

Amelia Nash Provisional RGD, Founder & Principal Designer at Amelia Nash Design, New York, NY

Helena Ng RGD Founder & Creative Director at Helena Ng Design Toronto, ON

Vince Rozas, Affiliate Member, Director, Design & Production at Sinai Health Foundation, Toronto, ON


SLD Award for Packaging Design

Don Cleland, Brand Director & Co-Founder at Pendo, Vancouver, BC

Amanda DeVries RGD, Creative Director & Owner at Eye Candy Design, St. Thomas, ON

Ellen Evered, Senior Graphic Designer at SLD, Toronto, ON

Ashe Green RGD, Designer/Creative Director at Ashe Green Design, Charlottetown, PEI

Yurko Gutsulyak, Owner, Art Director & Designer at Gutsulyak.Studio, Toronto, ON

Irina Khvalova RGD, Principal at Colourphill.com, Toronto, ON

Simon Laliberté, Fondateur & Director de Création + Sérigraphe chez BangBang, Montreal, QC

Alyssa McAuley RGD, Art Director at Believeco, Calgary, AB

David Nuff RGD, Head of Product Design at Oneshot.earth, New York, NY

Gary Oakley, Creative Director at SLD, Toronto, ON

Jennifer Shadbolt RGD, Senior Designer at Piccadilly Communications, Toronto, ON

Maria Sinisterra RGD, Co-founder and Designer at Tardigrada Design Studio, Vancouver, BC


SLD Award for Retail Design

Beverley Wells VP, Branded Environments at SLD, Toronto, ON

Karl Chen, Affiliate Member, Senior Graphic Designer & Creative Director, Toronto, ON

Vida Jurcic RGD, Partner & Co-Creative Director at HANGAR 18 DESIGN CONTINUUM, Vancouver, BC


The Garden Award for Strategic Design

Miranda Allum Provisional RGD, Senior Art Director at 500 Degrees, Toronto, ON

Brian Dodo RGD, Principal & Creative Director of BmDodo Strategic Design, Kingston, ON

Tyson Hynes, Co-Founder & Creative Director at District, Halifax, NS

Adriana Ivory, Design Director at The Garden, Toronto, ON

Katie Wilhelm RGD, Indigenous Designer & Consultant at katiewilhelm.design


Trailblazer Awards

John Abila RGD, Graphic Designer at hcma, Vancouver, BC

Jessica Brasil, Senior Designer at lg2, Toronto, ON

Albert Chau, Designer at Jacknife, Toronto, ON

Brie Lim, Associate Creative Director, Design, at Rethink, Toronto, ON

Jennica Robinson Provisional RGD, Senior Designer at Design de Plume, Sudbury, ON


Works Design Award for Web Design

Chris Chlasciak, Graphic Designer at Works Design, Toronto, ON

Jessica Tang Provisional RGD, Designer at Sticks & Stones, Edmonton, AB

Jess White RGD, Creative Director & Partner at Green Monkey Creative, Baxter Corner, NB

Zulu Alpha Kilo Award for Advertising Design

Carmen Fasan Provisional RGD,Graphic Designer at Conestoga Students Inc, Kitchener, ON

Stephanie Kochorek, Co-Founder / Creative Director at Daughter, Calgary, AB

Nancy Mullin, Affiliate Member, Senior Manager, Graphic Design at BDO, Saint-Basile-le-Grand, QC

Jasper Murphy RGD, Senior Designer / Creative Lead at Traction Complete, Vancouver, BC

John Naboye Provisional RGD, Graphic Designer at DDB Canada, Edmonton, AB

Amanda Phillips RGD, Creative Director at Generator in Thunder Bay


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