DesignThinkers Toronto 2017
DesignThinkers, Canada’s premier conference for visual communicators, is a must attend for any informed, forward-thinking creative, communications or marketing professional or team. The inspiring event, now in its 18th year, breeds change agents who become drivers of innovation. DesignThinkers 2017 reveals the perspectives of visionaries from a range of communications-related disciplines including design, user experience, advertising, branding, consumer engagement, film, social media and entrepreneurship. Sessions teach delegates how to create effective communications by exploring cutting-edge innovation, the latest technology, demographic and ethnographic trends, strategic management techniques, cognitive theory and much more.

When: November 7 - 8, 2017

Where: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto


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  • Designated Members

    Designated Member*: RGD, Prov RGD - 1 Day - $295 (after Oct 6 - $350)

    Designated Member: RGD, Prov RGD - 2 Days - $395 (after Oct 6 - $450)

    Affiliate Member** - 1 Day - $365 (after Oct 6 - $425)

    Affiliate Member** - 2 Days - $495 (after Oct 6 - $555)

    Student Member*** - 1 Day - $150 (after Oct 6 - $175)

    Student Member*** - 2 Days - $225 (after Oct 6 - $250)


    Non-Member - 1 Day - $475 (after Oct 6 - $550)

    Non-Member - 2 Days - $650 (after Oct 6 - $700)

    Group/Org Member**** - 1 Day - $425 (after Oct 6 - $500)

    Group/Org Member**** - 2 Days - $575 (after Oct 6 - $650)


    * RGD, CGD & Provisional RGD Members
    ** Affiliate Members of RGD & GDC Members
    *** Student RGD Members & GDC Student Members (Individuals must have an active Student Membership at the time of the conference in order to take advantage of this rate.)

    ****A Group / Org member is a non-member attending DesignThinkers as a part of a group of 3 or more individuals from the same company; a non-member working for a non-profit organization.

  • Kelli Anderson is an artist/designer/tinkerer who draws, photographs, cuts, prints, codes, and creates stop-motion videos. You may have previously seen her design/animation work for Tinybop’s acclaimed Human Body app, her paper record player wedding invitation, or the counterfeit NY Times hoax (made as part of activist group, The Yes Men.)


    She is also known for her work for NPR, The New Yorker, Wired, and Martha Rosler/MoMA—as well as branding/space redesigns for Russ & Daughters, Munchery, and momofuku.


    This Fall, she is releasing This Book is a Planetarium—a collection of functional pop-up contraptions that elucidate scientific principles in tactile terms (and…yes, the book begins with a tiny paper planetarium.)
  • Emily has consulted with design firms and in-house corporate creative departments for over 20 years. She provides best practice insights and advice on staff, client and process-management strategies, conducting client surveys and writing winning proposals, creative briefs, RFPs and contracts. She helps creative teams improve operational effectiveness and coaches companies on building efficient teams and processes.
  • Chris Do

    Founder/CEO at Blind

    Chris Do is an Emmy award winning designer, founder and CEO of Blind, Inc., where he oversees the creative and strategic direction of the company.


    Chris currently serves on the board and is an advisor for organizations including: AIGA/LA, Emmys Motion & Title Design Peer Group, Otis Board of Governors, Saleshood, Santa Monica College and Woodbury University.


    He received his BFA from Art Center College of Design in Graphics/Packaging, where he has taught Sequential Design for over a decade. He’s lectured at: California Institute of the Arts, LA Art Institute, Siggraph, Otis College of Design, MGLA, Cal State Los Angeles/Northridge and San Diego City College.


    Prior to forming Blind, Chris worked at Cole & Weber, Seattle as an Art Director, Epitaph Records as a designer and freelance designer at broadcast design firm, Novocom and R/GA LA under Kyle Cooper on main titles such as The Island of Dr. Moreau, Celtic Pride and Eraser.

  • Robin Honey RGD

    Chief Creative Officer, Arcane
    Robin Honey founded the brand specialty firm HONEY Design in 1989, and over the firm’s 25-year tenure, its work was featured in prestigious graphic design books and publications, and was recognized with awards for both design and marketing.

    In 2014, HONEY merged with Arcane. As Chief Creative Officer of Arcane, Robin brings her more than 30-years experience including brand naming, strategy, creative direction and design thinking to the firm’s offices which span across Canada. Her ability to work at the intersection of words and images, with business strategy at the core, has generated compelling brands for both consumer and business-to-business clients.

    Robin is a graduate of H.B. Beal's post-secondary program in fine arts, Sheridan College's illustration program, and the Richard Ivey School of Business’s Strategic Marketing Program. Robin has served as a board member and past Vice President of RGD, and is the author of a primer on branding for start-ups –The Beebrand Manifesto, A Quest for Authenticity, available on Amazon.
  • Michael was named one of the top 10 most notable British Designers by The Independent Newspaper in 2003 and one of the UK’s top 50 designers in 2009 by The Guardian Newspaper. He has spent decades speaking at design and branding conferences, participating as an external educational examiner and has delivered lectures and set briefs at design colleges across the UK. Michael’s branding workshops have been running for nearly a decade, demystifying the branding process for hundreds of delegates in London and Tokyo.
  • Reena Merchant

    Sr. User Experience Manager at Sony PlayStation

    Reena is currently at Sony Playstation, leading a team of designers that are redefining the future of entertainment. Previously, Reena was Sr. Customer Experience Manager at Citrix, leading design of the flagship product, GoToMeeting. Reena has also held the position of User Experience Manager at Rogers Communications Inc. and has managed a design team at BlackBerry, spearheading the design of mobile, tablet, desktop and internet applications. She has over 12 years of design and management experience, and has additionally designed for CGI Group, Bell Canada, and Ontario Power Generation.


    Reena's graduate studies at California College of the Arts have equipped her with an MBA in Design Strategy. Previously, Reena graduated with a specialization in Computer Science from the University of Toronto and also attended the Art Institute of Toronto specializing in Digital Graphics Design. Reena is currently an advisory board member for the Master of Human Computer Interaction and Design (MHCID) program at the University of California, Irvine. Additionally she has conducted design research and teaching projects for OCAD University, University of Toronto, and California College of the Arts.


    Staying actively involved in the community is very important to Reena, and she has organized several charity and benefit events. She has been featured in publications such as the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and Metro News as well as on MuchMusic. Her artwork has been exhibited at highly revered venues including the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE).
  • Susan Weinschenk has a Ph.D. in Psychology and is the Chief Behavioral Scientist and the CEO at The Team W, Inc. She is a consultant to Fortune 1000 companies, start-ups, governments and nonprofits. Dr. Weinschenk is the author of several books, including 100 Things Every Designer Needs To Know About People, 100 MORE Things Every Designer Needs To Know About People, and How To Get People To Do Stuff. Her clients include Disney, Zappos, Western Governor’s University, the European Union, Discover Financial, and United Health Care. Dr. Weinschenk is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Wisconsin, and writes two popular blogs — one at her own website ( and “Brain Wise: Work better, work smarter” for Psychology Today.