Portfolio Reviewers

All Access Pass holders can choose three 30-minute Reviews/Mentoring Sessions
One Day Pass holders can choose one 30-minute Review/Mentoring Session. If you would like to update your pass to an All-Access Pass for two more sessions, please email .

Reviewers are on a first come, first served basis.

 

Michael Barker RGD

University of Toronto in Toronto

Areas of Expertise: Branding, Corporate Communications, Print, Web Design, Photography, Photo Illustration

LinkedIn | Instagram | Website

Since starting his career as a graphic design professional with Bruce Mau Design in 1999, Michael has worked for a variety of institutions in the public, creative, and cultural sectors, including working as an in-house designer for the University of Toronto, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the Toronto Wildlife Centre. He founded Acme Art and Design in 2008. “Design is my methodology for satisfying both my deep curiosity about our world and my desire to contribute to positive change within it.”

 

Diana Campbell RGD

Digital Experience Manager at Alberta Blue Cross in Edmonton

Areas of Expertise: Advertising, Branding, Corporate Communications, UI/UX Design, Web Design

Diana Campbell is an experienced usability engineer, human-centered designer, accessibility champion and digital strategist who has dedicated her career to helping bridge the gap between real people and business goals. Starting her career as a print based Graphic Designer, she worked in a variety of fields from newspaper printing to small business. Recognizing the changing landscape, Diana focused her drive on continuing education and a passion for life-long learning, transitioned into the digital space. As the manager of Digital Experience operations at Alberta Blue Cross, she has been recognized for her extraordinary commitment to innovation and purpose-driven strategy. Bringing in new business growth and increasing the retention rate on a multitude of digital platforms.

 

Stefan Canuel RGD

Senior Designer at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa
Creative Director, Principal at SC
Areas of Expertise: Book Design, Exhibit Design, Print, Signage and Wayfinding

LinkedIn | Instagram | Website

Stefan is an Ottawa-based multi-faceted designer with more than 20 years experience in the design and creative industry, including high-profile exhibition design and print. He blends innovation with practicality and an unswerving focus on results. He works every day to forge profound links between organizations and their audiences through clear, creative, effective and well-managed designs and strategies. His work has been recognized both nationally and internationally by: The Advertising of Design Club of Canada, AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers, Alcuin Society, Applied Arts, Communication Arts, Graphis and The Society of Typographic Arts, among others.

 

Taralyn Carver RGD

Partner + Creative Director at Jane Doe Studio in Ottawa

Areas of Expertise: Advertising, Branding, Corporate Communications, Packaging, Print, Signage and Wayfinding, UI/UX Design, Web Design

LinkedIn | Instagram | Website

With almost two decades of experience in branding, strategy and design, Taralyn has overseen creative campaigns across multiple sectors including education automotive, retail, tech, cannabis, food+drink, and publishing. She is equally comfortable creating fresh brands for young start-ups as she is taking on established companies with complex operational needs.
 

Diana Castaneda RGD

Senior Graphic Designer at TRIUMF in Vancouver
Areas of Expertise: Branding, Corporate Communications, Print, Signage and Wayfinding

In her role as the Senior Graphic Designer at TRIUMF, Diana has art directed award-winning projects through close collaboration with scientists, engineers and science communicators. Diana dedicates her spare time to the Blueridge Chamber Music Festival as a board member and lead designer. She believes in the permanent relevance of design for making the world a better place. Her obsessively curious mind never stops producing innovative and crafted solutions for the causes that she believes in.

 

Ray Cheah RGD

Creative Director at CIFAR in Toronto
Areas of Expertise: Branding, Corporate Communications, Print, Web Design
With over 20 years in the field, Ray brings his award-winning creative strategies and brand stewardship to a wide range of industries from education, research, healthcare, to consumer tech industry. He is currently the Creative Director at CIFAR—providing brand vision and creative leadership to the in-house design team. Prior to CIFAR, Ray held senior design roles at U of T Faculty of Engineering and Kobo Rakutan. He is committed to giving back to the design community and has served as guest portfolio reviewer for RGD, York/Sheridan Program in Design, George Brown and Centennial College for over 10 years.
 

Heath Clark RGD

Art Director, Creative Consultant in Vancouver
Passion for photography and lighting. 20+ years in the creative space with experience directing and managing projects and teams in photography, production, lighting, events, print design and construction.
 
 

Matthew Clark RGD

Founder & Creative Director at Subplot Design Inc. in Vancouver
Areas of Expertise: Branding, Corporate Communications, Illustration, Packaging, Print

Matthew Clark is an internationally-recognized Creative Director and Designer based in Vancouver, Canada. Founder of Subplot Design Inc., he is also an author, mentor and public speaker known for his opinionated (amusingly?) take on branding, design, and the world of marketing and advertising. Matthew’s work, which focuses on retail branding and packaging, has been recognized with over 250 local, national and international awards; has been published in over 75 articles worldwide; and is part of the permanent archives of the Chicago Athenaeum, Toronto’s Design Exchange, and the Canadian Stamp Collection at the Canadian Museum of History.

 

Kateland Clarke

Design Director at Pound & Grain in North Vancouver
Areas of Expertise: Advertising, Branding, Print, UI/UX Design, Web Design

As a published Photographer and Design Director with over a decade of graphic design, production and marketing experience, Kateland has a diverse background that gives her a vast insight into how to strengthen brands to ensure success. As a result, she has a natural eye for creative communication that works, and has carved a reputation for having a razor sharp eye for the details, and an unflappable approach to every hurdle. Her passion for the success of the team and client is always driving her to be her most ego-less and pragmatic self. Her drive and enthusiasm is infectious and is shown in all projects big and small.

 

Shane Collier RGD

Digital Art Direction & UI Designer at Evolving Web in Montreal

Areas of Expertise: Branding, UI/UX Design, Web Design, Information Design

LinkedIn | Instagram | Website

I'm Shane, a Montréal-based art director. I currently work with a team of designers and developers at Evolving Web. I specialize in UI/UX design, branding, infographics, corporate and marketing communications. With over 10 years of experience in design, I use creative thinking and smart strategies to solve even the most challenging problems. Notable clients include Apple, BLACKS Photography, BMO, CAE, DART Aerospace, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Crevier Lubricants, Diamond Corp., RioCan and Allied Properties, Emory University, McGill, Ontario Securities Commission, Pfizer, Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD), Sollio Cooperative Group, State Farm and Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). I have high standards for quality, a keen eye for detail and a continuous commitment to craft thoughtful digital and physical experiences that not only exceed client expectations but also connect with those using them. Throughout my career, I’ve made lasting connections with clients and collaborators. Living and working in two provinces has enabled me to apply a unique perspective to my work, which has been recognized by Applied Arts and Design Edge.

 

Erin Craig RGD

Creative Director at Harlequin in Toronto

Areas of expertise: Print, Publishing

At Harlequin, Erin leads a team of 9 creatives. She started her career as a graphic designer working for clients in different areas of corporate communications, fashion and retail until she found her passion as an Art Director in Book Cover Design over 14 years ago. 

 

Jason Dauphinee RGD

Creative Director at Eclipse 360 in Victoria, BC

LinkedIn | Website

With a career in the design and advertising industry spanning 20 years, Jason is a seasoned and recognized conceptual thinker and brand builder with a host of local and national expertise. His ability to connect with a clients needs and communicate it in a simple, clever and effective manner, is second to none. Jason has spent years honing his skills developing large and small business brands, each with a focus on clear and simple communications that drive results across multiple platforms and executions. Over the years, Jason has been recognized for multiple national and international awards as well as being featured in Applied Arts Magazine & Douglas Magazine. Past and present clients include, BC Ferries, University of Victoria, CUNA (U.S.), Canadian Red Cross, United Way, Destinations BC, Health Match BC, Forest Renewal BC, Harbour Air, Royal BC Museum and bcIMC. "How it's presented, is how it's perceived"

 

Branden Douglas RGD

Vice President, Creative Director at Relish in Winnipeg

Areas of Expertise: Advertising, Branding, Corporate Communications, Packaging, Print, Signage and Wayfinding, UI/UX Design, Web Design, Typography

LinkedIn | Website

Branden brings a contemporary, intuitive, and creative approach as Creative Director at Relish. With an advertising agency background, he is continuously pushing the envelope with ideas that are commanding and on-strategy. Branden has over 20 years experience, and his expertise on strategy, brand development, advertising and design is continually sought after by clients from every industry.

 

Vince Galante RGD

Head of Design at Yuhu in Toronto

Areas of Expertise: Branding, Corporate Communications, UI/UX Design, Web Design

LinkedIn

Design and technology have always gone hand in hand for me, and my career has reflected this. In practice, I use a combination of research, strategy, and design to create meaningful user outcomes for digital products and systems. I co-founded The Pixel Shop, a design and development studio in Toronto, and am currently Head of Design at Yuhu.

 

Leah Gryfe RGD

Principal at Leah Gryfe Designs in Toronto

Areas of Expertise: Corporate Communications, Print

LinkedIn | Website

I am an Art Director, Graphic Design Consultant, Brand Maintenance Specialist, long-standing member of the Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario, and settler. I am based in Toronto, which is located on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples, and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples. With over 25 years’ experience in corporate communications, book publishing and web design, my extensive client list includes universities, property management companies, law firms, not-for-profit agencies, banks, publishing houses and numerous small businesses.
 

Jennifer Hicks

Associate Creative Director at Will in Vancouver
 
 

Tejashri Kapure

Creative Director, Design at Art & Science in Toronto

Areas of Expertise: Advertising, Branding, Corporate Communications, Illustration, Motion Design, Packaging, Print, Signage and Wayfinding, UI/UX Design, Web Design, Strategy

LinkedIn | Instagram | Website

 

Rory Kelly RGD

Sr. Art Director/Designer in Toronto

Areas of Expertise: Advertising, Branding, Corporate Communications, UI/UX Design

LinkedIn | Website

Like everyone else out there, I’m many things.
Professionally speaking, I’m a Toronto based Art Director & Designer with extensive experience developing integrated creative solutions for a variety of brands and clients spanning the consumer, healthcare and public sectors. Equal parts thinker and doer, I’m as comfortable dreaming up big ideas as I am with meticulously crafting them to life. For over a decade I’ve utilized skills in art direction, design and illustration to help agency and in-house teams solve whatever strategic marketing challenges keep their clients up at night. Heavily inspired by the powerful combination of bold design and compelling ideas; my career is underpinned by a lifelong inclination for visual arts. Next to my craft, it’s collaborating with others and the sharing of ideas and expertise to create beautiful outcomes that I enjoy most about what I do.

 

Gil Martinez RGD

Art Director at Newcom Media Inc. in Toronto

Areas of Expertise: Branding, Corporate Communications, Illustration, Print, Pre-press Production

LinkedIn | Website

I am an editorial designer with more than two decades of design experience. I have worked for publishers throughout North America, and I have been a member of the RGD since 2004. At RGD, I have reviewed portfolios for junior designers and prospective members and participated in its education and ethics committees. I have received accolades from the HOW International Design Awards, the SoGood Design Awards, the Canadian Business Media Awards, and others. In addition to my day job as an art director for trade publications, I teach Editorial Design at Centennial College. I also write about branding and design for the financial industry, wrote a book on calligraphy and typography, and take on freelance design projects when time allows.

 

Josh McInerney RGD

Creative Manager at Bow Valley College in Calgary

Areas of Expertise: Advertising, Branding, Corporate Communications

LinkedIn

Josh McInerney RGD, is a creative director, graphic designer, public speaker and brand strategist with over 18 years of experience. He was the Manager of Design and Creative at Ryerson University and is the former Creative Director and Partner at Modu Design Communications. He currently is Manager of Creative Services at Bow Valley College in Alberta.

 

Leigh McGlone RGD

Graphic Design Instructor and Freelance Designer at NSCC & Left Meets Right Creative Co. in Halifax
Areas of Expertise: Branding, Corporate Communications, Print
Leigh McGlone is the owner and operator of Left Meets Right Creative Co., a strategically focused and creatively driven design consultancy based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She collaborates with her clients to discover their business goals by asking insightful questions, listening to their needs to uncover hidden opportunities, and providing effective design solutions. With more than 20 years of design experience, Leigh is an award-winning designer with a proven record of developing ideas that resonate with consumers and build lasting relationships.
 

Cecilia Mok

Senior Graphic Designer at Sinai Health Foundation in Toronto

LinkedIn | Instagram

Cecilia (she/her) is proud to be a part of the Sinai Health Foundation family, which supports healthcare spaces like Mount Sinai Hospital and Bridgepoint Active Healthcare. As the Senior Designer at Sinai Health, she collaborates with her team to provide creative solutions and brand extensions through in-hospital materials, direct marketing, event collateral, and fundraising campaigns. Cecilia graduated from the York University/Sheridan College Joint Program in Design (BDes), with a spot on the Dean's Honour Roll and Circle of Scholars at York University. She is an Affiliate Member of RGD Ontario. She has been published in Applied Arts Magazine, and has been a juror for past Canadian Marketing Association and RGD design awards.
 

Philip Mondor RGD

Partner/Creative Director at Studio Locale in Kitchener
Areas of Expertise: Branding, Corporate Communications, Packkaging, Print, UI/UX Design, Web Design

 

Andi Mortenson

President, Creative Director at Epic Branding & Design in Vancouver

Areas of Expertise: Branding, Print, Web Design, Environmental Design/Large Format including vehicles

LinkedIn | Instagram | Website

With extensive design & branding experience in the sports industry, I have successfully led teams to create inspiring brands and to build and maintain them through graphic design, web development, art direction for photoshoots, and vehicle wrap installation projects to ensure all aspects of a project are done professionally. I have been building my company, Epic Branding & Design, for over fifteen years. Over that time, I have given back to the sports community through sitting on boards such as KidSport and Water Polo Canada, and through other initiatives such as Canada Women's Soccer Alumni. As such, I have been recognized as a YWCA Women of Distinction Nominee for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Epic Branding & Design has worked with organizations such as the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, 2015 Canada Winter Games, Wrestling Canada, Rowing Canada, Archery Canada, Weightlifting Canada, Karate Canada, Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Giants Hockey, to name a few. In addition to our sports experience, we are also tightly linked to TELUS Studios as their external designer supplier, an extension of their in-house team. We offer graphic design services on a daily basis which can vary from small print pieces to large format environmental design.

 

Karen Ng-Hem RGD

Creative Director in Toronto

Areas of Expertise: Corporate Communications, Print, Publication Design

LinkedIn | Portfolio PDF

Over the past decade Karen Ng-Hem has developed a reputation in the architecture and wider design industry, for creating compelling visual stories. Specifically, she is recognized for her sophisticated use of colour, spatial clarity and clean lines. Her intuitive and structural approach to design consistently results in clear ideas that compel people to think, feel and act. As a leader in the field, Karen is often called upon to help organizations through her design research, mentor colleagues and focus on legacy-based projects that include archiving stories through card models, journal publications and books. For Karen, design is not just her profession—it is her passion! Colleagues and friends are often gifted with her custom-made cards celebrating the beauty of every day.

 

David O'Connell RGD

Creative Director at BANG! creative in Milton

Areas of Expertise: Branding, Corporate Communications, Print, Signage and Wayfinding, Web Design

Instagram | Website

I have been in the communication arts industry for over two decades, working in both the agency-side and client-side of the industry. Currently, I lead brand strategy & design and creative at BANG! creative, where we help cultivate elegant branding & impactful marketing solutions for clients. I’ve personally worked with local, national and international accounts, private sector, public sector, SMB to Fortune 500. From regional promotions to national campaigns, over the years I have been fortunate to work in a multitude of mediums, print, digital, video, environmental, and loved – almost – every minute of it. As I continue to hone my craft as an award-winning Creative Director, I strive to perpetually meet and exceed the needs of our clients and have fun along the way. I look forward to answering your questions and helping you hone your skills. Maybe we can even learn from each other.

 

Kyle Schruder RGD

Director of Design at Coactuate in Toronto

Areas of Expertise: Branding, Corporate Communications, Print, Signage and Wayfinding, UI/UX Design

LinkedIn | Website

Kyle leads the design practice at Coactuate, a strategic consultancy focused on supporting healthcare leaders to navigate complex change. He has over a decade of editorial design experience and has made the transition from agency work to leading design in-house at strategic consultancies.

 

Mike Scott RGD

Freelance Designer in London

Areas of Expertise: Advertising, Branding, Corporate Communications, Print, UI/UX, Web Design

Mike Scott is an independent designer with 15 years of professional experience. Mike is a multidisciplinary designer with a focus on brand, print and digital design. Throughout his career he has worked with a variety of brands including Canada Life, Columbia Sportswear, and major hospital and educational institutions in Ontario. Mike is a certified RGD and sits on the RGD Membership Committee and also teaches design courses as professor in the Fanshawe College Graphic Design program.

 

Josh Skinner RGD

Senior Product Designer at Lever in Toronto

Website

Josh Skinner is a senior product designer with nine years of experience in the design industry. He is passionate about equity and accessibility, and continually educates himself on these topics to advocate for inclusive design. He is also an educator and has taught graphic design principles and digital imaging at the post-secondary level for four years.

 

Rebecca So RGD

Senior Graphic Designer at Colliers International in Vancouver

Areas of Expertise: Advertising, Branding, Motion Design, Packaging, Print

LinkedIn | Website

Rebecca currently is a senior graphic designer at Colliers International. She has been giving art & creative directions on office/retail projects for professional quality business to business marketing, directly supporting Vancouver and Westercanada as well as the Canadian Marketing team. Previously Rebecca had been working at an advertising agency for over 9 years, plus working as an in-house senior designer at RYU & Bootlegger. She always stays alert to the latest trends in the web world. Finding what elements / communication truly speak to the audience. Her passion is creating innovative and beautiful designs which connect businesses with their audience. A creative, detail-oriented, enthusiast who constantly finds inspiration in nature, perception, and experiences.

 

Ashlea Spitz

Brand Strategist + Design Educator, M.Ed, CGD at Pixsoul Media Inc. / Vancouver Community College in Vancouver

Areas of Expertise: Advertising, Branding, Corporate Communications, Illustration, Motion Design, Packaging Print, Signage and Wayfinding, UI/UX Design, Web Design, Design Education

LinkedIn | Instagram | Website

I’ve taken my 20 years of experience building and maintaining a successful design agency, Pixsoul Media, blended it with my history as a professional design educator teaching at the University level, and then shaken in the practical knowledge I gained empowering Fortune 500, corporate, and internationally publicly traded companies to reach their brand and marketing goals. The Result? A cocktail of complete professional development tailor-made for go-getting creatives. From scaling your side-hustle into a successful design business through to growing your professional creativity, clarity, conversions, opportunities and results, I'm passionate about teaching creatives step by step how to cultivate the skills necessary to earn more doing what you love (all while being praised and appreciated as the modern, high-value designer you are).

 

Erin Struble

Designer at Rethink in Toronto

Areas of Expertise: Branding, Packaging, Print, Wedding Papers

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Mel Sutjiadi RGD

Founder and Creative Director at ArtOverMatter Creative Inc. in Calgary

Areas of Expertise: Branding, Corporate Communications, Illustration, Motion Design, Print, UI/UX Design, Web Design, Campaign Design, Social Good, Inclusive Design

LinkedIn | Instagram | Website

Mel (they/them) is a QTBIPOC creative director, visual designer, illustrator, web developer and educator who believes in using their creative power for social good. They specialize on projects with equity and inclusion focus, social justice and social impact. They founded ArtOverMatter Creative in 2007 and co-founded Ripple of Change Magazine during the heights of the COVID-19 outbreak and BLM rights movement in 2020. AOM Creative have helped community-based organizations, initiatives, and universities with projects including brand development, campaign and event-based design, custom illustrations, UX and UI design, print marketing collaterals, motion graphic, as well as custom WordPress development. Past clients included SFU Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office, Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre at UBC, Calgary Pride, Out On Screen (Vancouver Queer Film Festival), Stratagem Conference, the Centre for Gender & Sexual Health Equity, and MOSAIC BC. Mel is also a member of the RGD Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

 

Wade Thompson RGD

Multimedia Designer in Toronto

Areas of Expertise: Branding, Corporate Communications, Illustration, Motion Design

LinkedIn | Website

Wade is a multi-faceted designer and illustrator based out of Toronto, with almost a decade of experience in the creative industry. Throughout his career, he has had the pleasure of working on an ever-growing range of projects, including sports brands, stage productions and municipal council initiatives. For the past five years, he has worked in-house for the Toronto Catholic District School Board, creating everything from school logos to social media animations to entire ad campaigns, often as a team of one.

 

Carson Ting

Creative Director at Chairman Ting Industries Inc. in Vancouver

Areas of Expertise: Advertising, Branding, Illustration, Packaging

LinkedIn | Instagram | Website

Carson is an award-winning art director that has worked in the advertising business for over 21 years. He began his career in Toronto after earning a Bachelor of Design degree from the Ontario College of Art and Design and has worked on brands such as Nike Jordan, Lexus, Sony, Vespa, Science World, Goodyear and more. His work has been recognized internationally at Cannes, One Show, London International Advertising Awards, New York Festivals, Communications Arts, Marketing Awards, ADCC, Lotus Awards, and Applied Arts. Carson has been invited to speak at Pecha Kucha Vol 16., Creative Mornings, Advertising & Design Club of Canada, DesignThinkers Vancouver, Blend fest, Western Washington University, Montserrat College of Art, and Capilano University.

 

Eduardo Trejos RGD

Senior Multi-Disciplinary Designer at Ove Brand Design in Toronto

Areas of Expertise: Branding, Corporate Communications, Illustration, Motion Design, Print, UI/UX Design, Web Design

LinkedIn

Eduardo is a highly creative soul with a natural drive toward exploration, yet he has the business acumen and technical know-how to deliver on his vision. While his formal academic training is in advertising design, photography and animation, his creative interests and explorations have led him to build additional expertise in web design and video. Eduardo has worked, both locally and abroad, as a multimedia designer and web front-end specialist. His diverse client base includes CBC The National, WestJet, Bank of Montreal, Canada Post, Canadian Cancer Society, OLG Corporation and the University of Toronto.

 

Jessica Ward RGD

Communications Coordinator at the Municipality of Clarington in Oshawa

Areas of Expertise: Advertising, Branding, Corporate Communications, Print, Web Design

LinkedIn | Website

Over the past 15 years, I have had the pleasure of sharing my creativity and skills working with many community-based, government and not-for-profit organizations. My experience includes roles focused on providing leadership in design and communications to support and deliver innovative marketing initiatives. My passions include branding and visual identity, typography and digital design. I love sharing my wisdom when it comes to graphic design, writing and editing content, website management, social media engagement, advertising, photography, videography or media relations. When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with my two boys at home in Oshawa, Ontario or at my family cottage on Manitoulin Island.

 

Fully Booked: Vanessa Wyse

Owner/Creative Director at Studio Wyse in Toronto

Areas of Expertise: Print, Editorial

Instagram | Website

Vanessa Wyse is the founder and Creative Director of Studio Wyse. She is a native of Sydney, Australia now based in Toronto. Studio Wyse creates print and digital editorial visual solutions, branding and strategy for some of the worlds' largest media brands and institutions including St. Joseph's Communications, The University of Toronto, Chatelaine, dailyxtra.com, and The Globe and Mail to name just a few. Previous to launching Studio Wyse, Vanessa was the founding Creative Director of the internationally recognized city weekly The Grid. Her work has received awards and accolades from the NMAF (Canada), SPD (U.S.), ADCC (Canada), Applied Arts (Canada), SND (U.S.), Type Directors Club and D&AD (UK).

 

Michael J. Young RGD

Design Lead at the Government of Ontario in Toronto

Areas of Expertise: Advertising, Branding, Corporate Communications, Print, Web Design, Government, In-House, Accessible Design

LinkedIn | Instagram | Website

Since graduating from OCAD with a bachelor of design, Michael has worked at small agencies, as a freelancer, and as an in-house designer. For the past ten years he has been with the Government of Ontario where he now works at Cabinet Office, developing and overseeing branding and marketing campaigns for the province in a small but mighty team of creatives.