• Hilary Ashworth

    Executive Director

    Hilary Ashworth



    As the senior staff person appointed by RGD’s Board of Directors, Hilary oversees the operation, administration and management of the Association and the Examination Board for Registered Graphic Designers. 

    Hilary establishes and manages all sources of funding for the organization including RGD’s extensive sponsorship program. She directs the Association’s overall strategy, direction, policies and programming with the guidance of the Board and working committees in the areas of communications, ethics, education and more. Hilary spearheads RGD’s advocacy role, actively striving to improve standards and increase professionalism in the industry. Questions and concerns related to strategic direction and governance of the Association should be directed to Hilary.

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    | 1 888 274 3668 ext. 23

  • Heidi Mulzer

    Chief Operating Officer & Director of Membership

    Heidi Veri


    Heidi oversees the Association's membership, operations and financial management.

    Heidi manages all RGD financial reporting and banking to ensure the Association remains in a healthy economic position and is using all of its resources as effectively and efficiently as possible. She works closely with the Executive Director, RGD Board and the Membership Committee to develop and implement member growth strategies and policies for the administration of the organization. Questions related to membership and operations should be directed to Heidi.

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    | 1 888 274 3668 ext. 27

  • Karin Heinsch RGD

    Creative Director

    Karin Heinsch RGD




    A Registered Graphic Designer herself, Karin oversees the brand image of the Association and provides graphic design services in support of our operations and activities. She is responsible for the creative direction of RGD marketing, promotion, publications and communications.

    Karin is also responsible for the design and management of RGD’s online presence including the RGD website,, and Karin manages the pro bono participation of external designers on major initiatives such as DesignThinkers, CreativeEarners, the Social Good Design Awards and The Business of Graphic Design. Members seeking RGD identifier logos and sponsors submitting ads should contact Karin.

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    | 1 888 274 3668 ext. 25

  • Programs Coordinator

    Abdul Omar




    Abdul manages RGD events, awards and other programs including Canada's largest annual graphic design conference, DesignThinkers, and RGD’s annual Creative Directions Conference.

    Abdul coordinates RGD programs such as our annual Student Awards, In-House Design Awards, Design at Work Poster Series, the Future by Design discussion series and Weekly Webinar Program. Questions regarding RGD programs should be directed to Abdul.


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    | 1 888 274 3668 ext. 26

  • Communications Coordinator

    Kim Wells



    Kim coordinates RGD educational and professional development programs that develop the skills and understanding of creative professionals, including creative directors, design managers, educators and students.

    Kim coordinates RGD programs such as our webinar series, annual Student Awards, RGD Scholarship Programs, the Design Educators Conference, the So(cial) Good Design Awards and the Future by Design discussion series, webcast to satellite venues and online viewers across Canada. Questions regarding RGD programs should be directed to Kim.


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     | 1 888 274 3668 ext. 28




  • Zaria Pucknell

    Membership Coordinator

    Zaria Pucknell



    Zaria is RGD’s primary contact for Student RGD, Provisional RGD & Affiliate membership questions. If you are unsure of what category you are eligible for, Zaria is the person to contact.

    If you are already a member, Zaria helps with dues payments, as well as questions about member benefits, member listings, ‘members only’ online access, job postings, Goodlife Fitness membership, and more. Zaria also coordinates RGD’s Student Volunteer Program, which supplies volunteers for the DesignThinkers Conference and other events.

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     | 1 888 274 3668 ext. 22
  • Michelle Pereira

    Director of Communications & Development

    Michelle Pereira Hampton


    Currently on parental leave.



    Michelle facilitates the development, coordination and implementation of marketing and communications strategies for the Association and its membership, and for programs such as DesignThinkers and CreativeEarners.


    By managing RGD’s social media presence, industry relations and strategic partnerships, Michelle works to amplify the Association's reach and its value to the community. She facilitates sponsor involvement in RGD events and initiatives. Michelle coordinates the Association's media relations and works to promote RGD across Canada and abroad. Questions from sponsors or the media and enquiries related to RGD communications and marketing should be directed to Michelle.

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    | 1 888 274 3668 ext. 26