2020 Judges
  • Sean Adams

    Chair of the Undergraduate and Graduate Graphic Design Program at Artcenter

    (Judging Education)

    Sean serves as the Executive Director of the Graphic Design Graduate Program and continues his design practice with The Office of Sean Adams. He is the author of multiple books and on-screen author for LinkedIn Learning. He is the only two-term AIGA national president in AIGA's 100-year history. In 2014, Sean was awarded the AIGA Medal, the highest honour in the profession. He currently is on the editorial board and writes for Design Observer. 

  • Alex Beim

    Founder, Lead Artist at Tangible

    (Judging For-Profit)

    From graphic designer to digital creative to interactive artist, Alex's career has been a diverse journey. His interest in moving interactivity away from the screen and into the physical world led to the launch of Tangible in 2006. Since then, he has focused on developing interactive experiences that engage people in public and commercial spaces, and his artworks have been seen by millions worldwide. His goal is to generate a sense of community through play, changing the way we see and use technology to make it a catalyst rather than a barrier for social interaction. 
  • Adele Bisaillon

    Senior Creative Communications Advisor at the Government of the Northwest Territories

    (Judging Government)

    Adele is a brand strategist with 18 years of design experience in both the public and private sectors. She currently works in corporate communications for the Government of Northwest Territories. Her role includes overseeing the implementation of the visual identity program to support a 'one government, one voice' approach, and providing senior-level creative advice and graphic design services to departments. Adele is an abstract artist who incorporates the North inter artwork, as well as a freelance designer with a passion for helping entrepreneurs to develop strategic aligned branding. Adele graduated from the Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology with a diploma in Visual and Creative Arts, Graphic Design. She is the recipient of the 2018-2019 NWT Premiers Award, 2017 IABC Canada Silver Leaf Award of Excellence and the 2019 RDG In-House Design Merit Award.
  • Diana Castaneda

    Senior Graphic Designer at TRIUMF

    (Judging Non-Profit) 


    For the last three years in her role as the Senior Graphic Designer at TRIUMF, Canada's particle accelerator centre, Diana has art directed award-winning projects through close collaboration with scientists, engineers, and science communicators - a community dedicated to extending the frontiers of knowledge. Formerly an artist, 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; this is her motivation to give time and love to projects related to science, art, and education, during and outside office hours. As a team player, Diana detours ego and listens passionately. Her obsessively curious mind seems to never stop producing innovative and crafted solutions for the causes that she believes should be exciting for everyone - the good ones. 
  • Deborah Clague

    Senior Graphic Designer at Saskatchewan Polytechnic

    (Judging Education)


    Deborah considers the influential role of a professional designer as that of an "idea architect" or "visual engineer" with good design possessing ability to empower, leverage and revolutionize all by transforming the simple to the sublime. In this discipline, she leads the award-winning in-house creative team at Saskatchewan Polytechnic across a broad spectrum of projects including those in digital, print, and experiential marketing. With over two decades of experience in both the public and private sectors, Deborah also provides design, consultation and project management services to clients of Oblada Creative, the freelance creative boutique she operates in Saskatoon. 
  • Perrin Drumm

    Founder & Director of Eye on Design

    (Judging Designer-Driven)


    Perrin is the founder + director of Eye on Design, a site and award-winning magazine that publishes stories about the world's most exciting designers, and the issues they care about. Eye on Design's global, women-run team works with partners to conduct deep original design research and run initiatives that advocate for the rights of working creative professionals. She is a writer and editor with a MFA in fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has held editorial positions at Conde Nast, The Sundance Channel, Adobe, TEDThe Paris Review, and The Architect's Newspaper. 
  • Stephen Hanks RGD

    Senior Advisor, Design and Branding at International Development Research Centre 

    (Judging Government)


    Stephen has been working in communication design as an Art Director and Design Strategist for over 25 years. Prior to his current position at IDRC, he co-founded and managed his own design consultancy for 15 years — providing design solutions for a wide range of government, private-sector and non-government organizations. He previously served as Art Director for Canadian Geographic magazine, which received numerous design awards during his eight-year tenure, and worked as a senior designer at the Design Council in London, England. Stephen has a BD in Communication Design from NSCAD University and has been an RGD member for more years than he can remember. 
  • Cheryl Heller

    President, CommonWise & Founding Chair of the MFA Program in Design for Social Innovation at SVA

    (Judging Designer-Driven)

    Cheryl Heller is the Director of Design Integration and Professor of Practice in Innovation Design at Arizona State University, a joint position in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, The Ira. A. Fulton School of Engineering and the W.P. Carey School of business. Prior to this role she founded the first MFA program in Social Design at SVA, an experience-based program whose graduates are working as creative leaders in government, industry, healthcare, technology and global NGOs. She is the President of the Measured Lab, which she founded to investigate to the contribution design is making to human health, and founder of the design lab CommonWise. Her clients have included American Express, Reebok, Sheraton, Medtronic, Pfizer, Discovery Networks International, Herman Miller, Gap Bayer, L'Oreal, Harper's Bazaar, The World Wildlife Fund, Ford Foundation, and the Girl Scouts of America. Cheryl was recently awarded a Rockefeller Bellagio Fellowship, and is a recipient of the AIGA Medal for her contribution to the field of design. She is a Senior Fellow at the Babson Social Innovation Lab, created the Ideas that Matter program for Sappi in 1999, and partnered with Paul Polak and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum to create the exhibit, "Design for the Other 90%". Her book, The Intergalactic Design Guide was published in 2018.


  • Jackie Kelly

    Designer, Communications and Public Engagement at the Government of British Columbia

    (Judging Designer-Driven)



    Jackie is a Communication Designer, Educator and Creative Facilitator with over 15 years of experience working & co-creating with local private and public organizations. With a BDes from Emily Carr University, followed by a Masters in Design from NSCAD, Jackie is a passionate practitioner of human centred design, utilizing her skills to teach, learn and practice the distinctions of design for positive impact. Alongside running her design studio Awarewolf Creatives, she has lead learning centred curriculum development for courses in Design Ethics NSCAD University, and Research & Design Thinking at both Vancouver Island University and Capilano University. An avid creative culture cultivator, Jackie co-founded Nanaimo Design Nerds, organized PechaKucha Night Nanaimo for several years and is an active member of the design community on a local and national level. 
  • Dominic Liu

    Associate Creative Director of Design at Sid Lee

    (Judging Non-Profit)

    Dominic believes in creating future-forward work that is useful, purposeful, and engaging. Originally from Edmonton, he has studied in Gothenburg (SWE) and Montreal, where he graduated from Concordia University. At Sid Lee, he helps lead all design output from the Toronto office. His clients have included the Toronto Raptors, McGill University, the Canadian Olympic Committee, and MaRS Discovery District. His work has been recognized by various organizations including Cannes Lions, D&AD Awards, and The Type Directors Club.
  • Katherine McCurdy-Lapierre RGD

    Acting Chief Marketing and Recruitment Officer at Mohawk College 

    (Judging Education)

    Katherine attended the University of Guelph and is a graduate of Ryerson University's Fashion Marketing program. She began her career as a print designer for several prominent Canadian magazines, and after being introduced to web design in the early 2000's, shifted focus to web development and design in both a full-time and freelance capacity. Katherine moved on to being the creative services manager for an in-house design department, managing a creative team for a large organization. She is currently the director of an in-house marketing and creative team. 
  • Karen Marshall RGD

    Senior Graphic Designer at The Regional Municipality of York

    (Judging Government)

    Karen is inspired by her work and close ties with the Community and Health Services department. She is is passionate about making a difference in our communities by applying thoughtful, creative design to generate positive, meaningful change and helping people make smarter decisions. 
  • Eddie Opara

    Partner-in-Charge, Creative Director at Pentagram

    (Judging For-Profit)

    Eddie is a multi-faceted designer whose work encompasses strategy, design and technology. His projects have included the design of brand identity, publications, packaging, environments, exhibitions, interactive installations, websites, user interfaces and software, with many of his projects ranging across multiple media. His clients have included lululemon, Samsung, Nike, the Corcoran Group, Morgan Stanley, New York University, Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM) and the Princeton Architectural School of Art. He has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Columbia University School of Architecture and the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. He is the author of Color Works, published by Rockport. He was named to the Adweek Creative 100 in 2018, one of the Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2012 and 2014, and was featured in Ebony's Power 100 list.
  • Adam Rallo RGD

    Creative Director at Catalyst Workshop Inc.

    (Judging Non-profit)

    Adam is a passionate design educator, and the Principal and founder of Catalyst Workshop, a Toronto-based design & development consultancy. He is also an Inclusive Design scholar, currently completing his Masters of Design at OCAD University. Working with blind web designers and developers, his research is focused on building a seminal body of knowledge and policy recommendations to increase the physical functional diversity of post-secondary design institutions. A vocal proponent of accessible and inclusive user-centric design, Adam is passionate about creating positive social impact through the interaction of design, pedagogy, and technology. He currently teaches as part-time faculty in the York University/Sheridan College joint program in design where he has also served on the curriculum committee. 
  • Jennifer Rittner

    Interim Chair of the MA in Design Research at SVA

    (Judging Education)


    Jennifer is a writer, educator and communications strategist. She is currently serving as Interim Chair of the MA in Design Research, Writing and Criticism at SVA, teaching both there and in the MFA Products of Design program courses in design history, design for social value and thesis writing. Jennifer's consulting firm Content Matters helps creative businesses thrive by defining their voice and learning to communicate effectively with diverse audiences. Prior to consulting, Jennifer worked for Pentagram, Columbia CNMTL and the AIGA. She has been published in The New York Times, DMI: Journal, Core77, Against the Grain, and a variety of trade publications. As an educator, Jennifer led Art Access II, an initiative designed to increase museum attendance among under-served communities through education and community outreach. She frequently writes and lectures about design and social justice. 
  • Sree Sreenivasan

    Marshall R. Loeb Visiting Professor of Digital Innovation at Stony Brook University School of Journalism & Social Consultant

    (Judging Government)


    Sree is a leading consultant, speaker and trainer for non-profits, corporations, startups, and executives. In just the last year, he's worked with clients in the US, UK, UAE, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, India, and Canada. He has been Chief Digital Officer of major institutions in multiple industries such as, the City of New York, Columbia University, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Before joining the MeT, he spent 20 years a full-time professor at Columbia Journalism School. He was named one of the Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2015, the world's most influential Chief Digital Officer by CDO Club in 2016, and one of Poynter's 35 most influential people in social media in 2010. He is also a contributor to CNBC's "Squawk Alley", appearing monthly to talk tech.
  • Christine Waite

    Art Director at Capital One Canada

    (Judging For-Profit)


    Christine is a Toronto based art director and artist with over 15 years of both agency and in-house experience. With an extensive background in digital and print, Christine pushes creative boundaries through various events and activations. Her current position for Capital One Canada's Culture Creative team has enabled Christine to couple her passion for design with her love for community initiatives designing the annual Digital for Good Tech Jam and Summit. 
  • Jason Westerlund RGD

    Creative Producer, Digital Engagement at Canada's National Arts Centre

    (Judging Non-Profit)

    Jason is a user experience design leader specializing in the performing arts. His experience includes leading digital strategy, developing design systems and defining human-centric design practices that realign corporate cultures and transform digital operations. With decades of experience developing digital services in the public and private sector, Jason has developed solutions for numerous industries, including real estate, health and safety, public transit, magazine publishing, telecommunications, cultural education and the performing arts. Jason is currently the Creative Producer of Digital Engagement at the National Arts Centre overseeing the experience design practices and operations of the NAC's digital platforms and media installations.