Committee Members
  • Julian Brown RGD, Toronto

    Principal, On The Chase

    Vice President, Ethics

    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.

     

    Goals:

    "RGD needs to work hard not to just 'keep up' with our ever-changing industry, but to become increasingly relevant. Many of the initiatives of the RGD are more important than ever and sharing them with our membership in the most engaging way possible is a priority. It is also very important to focus on young members who are making their first forays into the professional world. I continue to advise on my demographic and my digital design specialties."

  • Nicholas Di Cuia RGD, Toronto

    Managing Principal, Ferrand Communications, Inc.
    Nicholas has been in the advertising and design industry for over 20 years, having served on both agency and client side. He’s worked on many high-profile accounts—B2B & B2C—in various sectors, including technology, retail, non-profit, education, government, entertainment and publishing. Some accounts he’s led include Apple, HP, IBM, Adobe, Pusateri's, York Region and Tuxedo Junction. He has proudly led his teams to win numerous local and international awards. He is a graduate of Ryerson University - Marketing; Seneca College - Graphic Design; and the Institute of Communication Agencies - Integrated Marketing Communications & Branding.
  • Andrew Dolan RGD, Oakville

    Senior Designer, Xerox Canada
  • John Furneaux, RGD, Toronto

    Principal, Projektor Brand Image

    John is the Principal of Projektor Brand Image. For 25 years John has developed brand programs and communications for a wide range of North American organizations – from entrepreneurial start-ups to global leaders. Prior to founding Projektor, John held executive creative leadership positions at a number of Canada’s premier design consultancies including Identica, karacters design group and Ove Brand|Design. John is a Past President of RGD Ontario and is an active speaker and contributor in the Canadian design industry.

  • Lionel Gadoury RGD, Toronto

    Principal, Context Creative

    Lionel has always been an entrepreneur. Just two years after graduating from OCAD, and after working as art director at Zand Advertising, Lionel started his own shop, Insync Creative. 

    Today, clients of Context Creative recognize Lionel’s passion for the impact that design thinking can make in building businesses and differentiating brands in a world that is rapidly commoditizing.

    Beyond creating innovative business models and profitable partner relationships, Lionel’s goal is to put graphic design and communications to work, helping clients act on new opportunities, creating memorable campaigns that achieve goals, while putting sustainable processes in place that typically increase competitive capabilities.

    Lionel is responsible for the firm’s creative output and oversees the design team working for clients such as Toronto Hydro, Ontario Power Generation, Hydro One Networks, Canada Post, Canada Health Infoway, Ontario Trails Council, Ontario Ministry of the Environment, SynecticsWorld and Beck’s Beer.

  • Maurissa Grano RGD, Sudbury

    Partner, Creative Odyssey Marketing and Design

     

    Maurissa graduated from Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology in 1992 with a Diploma in Graphic Design. In 1994, Maurissa and Johnny launched Creative Odyssey Marketing and Design and she has been the creative force behind its success. She has designed and created marketing, advertising and corporate images for all market sectors. She can provide bilingual customer service in both English and French. Maurissa is also very active in her community, as she donates her time to various community organizations.
  • 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 and 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.

  • Umar Shahzad RGD, Markham

    Principal, Umar Shahzad Branding & Design

    Umar’s experience has led him to work with many small businesses, organizations and startups. He works closely with his clients to deliver a full range of services from branding, web design and development, to print collateral.

     

    Several years ago, Umar had the opportunity to serve with the Board as a Student Member of the Advisory Committee. Since that time, he has worked for many organizations as an in-house creative, as well as for himself as a freelance designer.

  • Ashley Smithers RGD, Toronto

    Creative Director, InvisibleSherpa
  • Craig Swistun RGD, Toronto

    VP, Connor, Clark & Lunn Private Capital 
  • Stüssy Tschudin RGD, Toronto

    Founding Principal, Forge Media + Design

    Stüssy is a founding principal of Forge Media + Design. Born and raised in Switzerland, he originally was a Swiss banker by day and a graffiti artist by night. He soon realized that his passion for the creative needed to be nourished more and decided to go back to school to become a graphic designer. Stüssy's roles range from creative direction, to quality assurance, to managing various client accounts such as Apple.