Board of Directors
Officers
  • Nicola Hamilton RGD

    President

    Nicola Hamilton RGD, Toronto

     

     

     

     

     

    Nicola is an independent art director and graphic designer, who specializes in editorial design. Her work has been internationally recognized by the D&AD, the Society of Publication Designers, and the National Magazine Awards, among others. She has held positions as art director at Studio Wyse, deputy art director at Chatelaine and associate art director at The Grid. An educator as well, Nicola teaches design at both Humber College and George Brown College.
  • Past-President

    Wendy Millard RGD, Kingston

     

     

    Member of Membership Committee
     

     



     

    Wendy is the Design Manager at Empire Life and has an extensive background with in-house design management. With over 18 years of experience, she’s led several design rebrands in the technology and financial services sectors.

    She is a graduate, advisory board member and mentor for St. Lawrence College Graphic Design Program. Wendy’s formula for successful in-house design is to deliver high quality, award-winning work AND exceptional partnership with internal stakeholders.

  • Vice President, Communications

    Julian Brown RGD, Oshawa

     

     

    Chair of the Communications Committee

    Julian is the designer and entrepreneur behind the motion design studio ON THE CHASE!. At ten years old, OTC! has won international awards and collaborated with diverse clients—from Canadian household names like Cineplex and Shoppers Drug Mart, to video game maker Ubisoft and charity WWF. He is a graduate of the York/Sheridan Design Degree program, a world traveller and most recently a proud and terrified father.
  • Vice President, Education

    Faron Dawe RGD, Moncton

     

     

    Chair of the Education Committee

    With over 18 years of experience as a professional graphic designer,  Faron had the great pleasure of working with clients in many different sectors, gaining experience in visual identity, print, web and user interface design. In his current position as Lead Instructor, Graphic Design at McKenzie College, he loves the opportunity to pass his experience onto the next generation of designers, mentoring and managing them in a project-based studio environment.
  • Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion

    Jennifer Taback RGD, Sudbury

     

     

    Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee

     

     

    Jennifer is founding Partner at Design de Plume, a firm in Sudbury. She is heavily involved in the Sudbury Design Society as a past VP and current Treasurer. She graduated from Cambrian College’s Graphic Design program and has a degree in Communication from Laurentian University.

  • Vice President, Membership

    Elyse Maxwell RGD, St. Catharines

     

     

    Chair of the Membership Committee

    Elyse is a Senior Graphic Designer and Project Manager at Patch Design. From developing comprehensive branding systems to designing web and print materials, she uses her passion and curiosity to identify optimal solutions for her clients. Elyse is a life-long student with over 12 years experience. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design and earned a diploma in Marketing from McMaster University.
  • Secretary

    Greg Dubeau RGD, Halifax

     

     

    Chair of the Events Committee
    Greg Dubeau RGD is freelance graphic designer who has lived and worked across Canada from coast to coast. He runs a small design studio in Halifax, Nova Scotia where he collaborates with agencies, organizations and entrepreneurs to make their businesses look and work a little bit better than they did yesterday.
     
  • Treasurer

    Victor Szeto RGD, Toronto

     

     

    Chair of the Certification Committee

     

    Victor is the Creative Director at Green Living Enterprises. He is a graduate of York University and Sheridan College’s Design program and has been a long standing RGD since his student membership more than a decade ago. His work spans environmental, print and digital media with a focus on social responsibility, cause marketing and sustainability. He’s been involved on projects with organizations that scale from local to large including TD Bank, Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth, the Green Living Show, the ROM and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression. 
Directors
  • Director

    Ian Chalmers RGD, Toronto

     

     

    Member of the Ethics Committee

     

     

    As a graduate of the OCAD U, Ian brings a creative curiosity and influence to the design research work he does across a spectrum of corporate, healthcare and academic pursuits. As Founder of Pivot Design Group, his professional focus is in the healthcare vertical, bringing a people-centric design focus to the work Pivot creates for researchers, scientists and institutions. He is also the founder of DesignMeets, a 10-year in the making event forum to bring the design conversation to the community.
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    Amanda DeVries RGD, St. Thomas

     

     

     

     

     

    Amanda has been an independent brand consultant and graphic designer for 15 years, recently specializing in branding and packaging for food & beverage companies. She spent 10 years in Ottawa, where governmental agencies kept me busy but not terribly inspired. Moving to Southwestern Ontario in 2009 presented her with the opportunity to work with small businesses and real people. She has also checked an item off her bucket list by working as a prop stylist on two cookbooks.
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    Bianca DiPietro RGD, Toronto

     

     

    Member of the Education Committee

     

     

    Bianca is a Program Coordinator & Professor at Humber College in the Graphic Design Program. She has over 10 years of experience in design, ranging from traditional branding to experiential and digital design. Currently Bianca is 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’s participated in
    some international initiatives that have shed light on happiness within the educational space and wishes to explore this further.
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    Alison Garnett RGD, Toronto

     

     

    Member of the Communications Committee

    Alison is a creative director with over 20 years of global and national design, advertising and digital. Through the course of her award-winning career, Alison’s work has spanned various industries including automotive, retail, consumer-packaged goods, professional services, telecommunications and not-for-profit. She is a Partner at the Toronto-based creative studio, Field Trip & Co.
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    James Kuo RGD, Toronto

     

     

    Member of the Certification Committee

    James is a multi-disciplinary design director and design entrepreneur whose work encompasses visual communication design. He has a BFA in Communication Design with honours from Pratt Institute and an MFA in Design from the School of Visual Arts. His work has been recognized by North American publications including Communication Arts, Graphic Design USA and Print. He has gathered many design experiences with in-house, studio and freelance work. James was a senior designer in the graphic design and digital media team at the Museum of Modern Art. He is founder of the design studio Design Platform. In addition, James is a professor at the University of Guelph-Humber, focusing on production design, typography, graphic design and design business.
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    Kathleen Scott RGD, Kincardine

     

     

    Member of the Membership Committee

     

     

     

    Kathleen is an award-winning designer with 15 years experience. For the past decade, she has been Creative Strategy Team Lead at Bruce Power where they deliver all things design, including a complete rebrand for the company
    in 2019. In 2017, they were honoured to be the design partner for RGD’s In-House Design Awards.
Ex Officio Directors
  • Provisional RGD Rep

    Ceri Higgs Provisional RGD, Waterloo

     

     

     
    Ceri has an Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design from Conestoga College and a BS in Psychology from the University of Toronto. Her background in psychology and research brings a unique analytical perspective to design projects. She loves the challenges and ever-changing environment of design, and her favourite part of being a designer is coming across those "A-ha!" moments. She currently works as a designer for TechBoomers Media Inc. in Kitchener and freelances as a hand letterer. Her design work spans branding, website design, and editorial, with a focus on making design accessible for all.
  • Provisional RGD Rep

    Danielle Wong Provisional RGD, Edmonton

     

     

    Member of the Membership Committee
    Danielle graduated with a BDes in Visual Communication Design from the University of Alberta in May 2020 and then joined the RGD as a Provisional RGD Member. As a Student RGD, she served as co-Chair of the RGD's Student Rep Committee and also as a Student Advisor to the RGD Board. Danielle works as a graphic designer at Destroythebox Creative. She is passionate about how design can be used to highlight important issues. Specifically in terms of raising awareness for the challenges faced by at risk communities. Danielle's work spans branding, information design, print promotions and website design.
  • Student RGD Rep

    Joseph Thoong Student RGD, Nanaimo

     

     

    Chair of the Student Committee & Member of the Education Committee

    Joe is a third-year graphic design student at Vancouver Island University who is deeply passionate about using design to create social impact and positive change. He has an obsessive penchant for grids and typography. Joe has been on the RGD Student Committee for three years now and is serving as the co-chair for his second year.