Communications Committee Members
  • Bob Hambly RGD, Toronto

    Creative Director, Hambly & Woolley

    Vice President, Communications & Committee Chair

    Over the past 22 years, Toronto-based Hambly & Woolley has received over 350 national and international design awards. Bob's creative mind is always at work at H&W, where clients benefit from his fresh perspective, eye for detail and knack for personal service. Bob lectures frequently on design and design-related topics to varied institutions, associations and organizations. 

  • Julian Brown RGD, Toronto

    Principal, On The Chase
    Julian is the designer and entrepreneur behind the motion design studio On The Chase. In its first five years, OTC has won international awards and collaborated with diverse clients ranging from high-profile non-profit MaRS to award-winning filmmaker Sarah Polley. Julian has been profiled in industry magazines Applied Arts and Design Edge as a rising young talent. He is a graduate of the York/Sheridan Design Degree program.
  • Vanessa Eckstein RGD, Toronto

    Creative Director, Blok Design
    Having lived and worked in Buenos Aires, LA, NYC, Mexico City and Toronto, Vanessa brings an international perspective to her work. In 1998, she founded Blok Design, which has partnered with leading thinkers in the fields of architecture, film, industrial design and contemporary art to produce work for a range of clients, including Pepsi, Nike, the Miami Art Museum and Unicef.
  • Nicola Hamilton RGD, Toronto

    Art Director, Studio Wyse







    Nicola is an art director at Studio Wyse, a firm focused on serving up story-driven editorial design. She is a graduate of Humber's Graphic Design program, a former Deputy Art Director at Chatelaine, a former Associate Art Director at The Grid and a total magazine nerd. Nicola has been co-chair of RGD's Provisional Committee since June 2015, where she focused on increasing engagement through events (Designers + Drinks + Discussions) and online resources (Ask An RGD video series).
  • Tina Mackenzie RGD, Mississauga

    Manager, Creative Services, City of Mississauga 
    As Manager of Creative Services for the City of Mississauga, Tina leads an award-winning design team that delivers services for a multitude of projects and programs. She began her in-house career at Honeywell and Scotiabank. Her team provides a range of expertise and was honoured as the DesignThinkers 2012 Design Partner, the first time an in-house design team was given this opportunity.
  • Rod Nash RGD, Vineland

    Creative Director, Nash & Nash Ltd.

    Rod experienced the thrill successful communication design can bring early in his career in Australia. A newspaper ad he worked on attracted so many buyers to a store, it created gridlock in downtown Melbourne… and a passion for results-driven-design in Rod. At J. Walter Thompson in Melbourne, Rod and agency colleagues convinced a national advertiser to integrate collateral with the advertising. What now seems an obvious design strategy was new for large ad agencies at that time. The resulting increased sales changed that.

    He continued this design approach as an art director at Lawrence Wolf Inc., Buffalo, N.Y. with clients that included Kodak, Bausch & Lomb, & leading NY pharmaceutical companies. Later he helped open the Toronto office of Wolf, becoming a creative director. Accounts: Sunbeam, Canon, Volkswagen, and Esso. Over the decades with Nash & Nash Ltd, Rod has continued to promote effective design.


    As one of RGD's founders Rod's communications and promotions helped with the founders' efforts to move The RGD Act through the Ontario Legislature. After The Act was approved Rod became a V.P. on the first RGD Board of Directors. Along with his current position as President of the RGD Examination Board he is an active advisor to the RGD Board. Rod is also a Director of the Design Industry Advisory Committee (DIAC) where he represents Ontario's graphic designers.
  • Karen Satok RGD, Toronto

    Owner, Sputnik Design Partners
    Karen is a principal at Sputnik Design Partners. In her 25 years as a designer, Karen has provided creative direction and design management for an impressive array of material. Her work includes strategic branding programs, annual reports, identities, book covers and websites for clients such as CTV, Canada Post, HOK, LCBO, Penguin Canada, and Roots.