Events Committee

Mandate:

  • Provide relevant, meaningful, accessible opportunities for networking, professional development and community building
  • Assist in the development and coordination of local events including Future By Design, Designers + Drinks + Discussions and Documentary Screenings
  • Assist to ensure DesignThinkers is a meaningful, relevant event by proposing and developing new programs and opportunities for engagement by the attendees

 

 

  • (a) Local Events
    • Increase participation satisfaction and locations for all RGD local events, including Future By Design, Designers + Drinks + Discussions, Film Screenings and Portfolio Review Events
    • Develop document/checklists outlining steps to organize our specific local events (based on Designathon guidelines developed by Education Committee).
    • Develop branding for D+D+D program (consider name change)
    • Continue to identify documentaries/other programming opportunities for local events

    (b) DesignThinkers

    • Develop additional programming to support engagement and interactions at our DesignThinkers Conferences, particularly for RGD Members.
    • Research speakers / review content proposals.
    (c) Leveraging Local Events
    • Work with Membership Committee to ensure Membership is being effectively promoted at events
    • Identify strategies to make events more valuable for Members (as compared to non-Members) with the goal of transitioning more non-Member attendees at events to become Members.
  • In-House Design Awards

    This program launched in 2016 to recognize the best design work produced by internal creatives in Canada. We invite designers working within companies, associations, government and other organizations across Canada and around the world to submit work to compete against peers and help RGD demonstrate the value and effectiveness of in-house designers. The Program will re-launch in early 2019.

     

    Webinars

    Accessible from anywhere in North America, RGD hosted 40 professional development webinars in 2018, free for RGD Members. These live, weekly, lunch-time sessions continue to cover industry trends, business best practices and insights into the design process. 

     

    Social Good Design Awards

    Every other year, RGD invites submissions of graphic design projects from around the world done under the theme of communication design for social good; work with the power to incite action and make meaningful change in the way we live our lives. We will open this program for entries again in 2020.

     

    Future by Design Webcasted Panels 

    Future By Design is a series of webcast discussions featuring experts sharing their thoughts on a variety of topics. As a virtual event, we invite cities across Canada to host local screening venues where members of the community can gather to watch panelists’ presentations, conduct their own group discussions and participate in the live Q&A.
  • Chair: Greg Dubeau RGD, Halifax

    Greg is an art director and graphic designer with degrees in both graphic design and illustration. His illustrative approach has been used in branding, marketing and advertising campaigns for both national clients and small market entrepreneurial ventures. Notable clients include McDonald’s, Ronald McDonald House Charities, PGA TOUR Canada, Canadian Institute of Forestry, Business Development Bank of Canada, Lakehead University and the National Post.

     

    Ross Chandler, Affiliate Member, Vancouver

    Ross is a graphic designer and creative director at Ross Chandler Creative Projects. His studio creates compelling and relevant strategic brands, identities, campaigns, product packaging and interiors. A graduate of OCAD, Ross spent the early years of his career at leading Canadian design studios Hambly & Woolley (Toronto) and Subplot Design (Vancouver).
     
    Mary Davis RGD, Thunder Bay

    A self-proclaimed packaging enthusiast with a love for a good dieline, Mary strives to make the world a more colourful place one design at a time. As a Senior Graphic Designer at Korkola Design Communications in Thunder Bay, Ontario, she produces work for clients including Wildly Canadian and OLG.

     
    Melanie Di Tullio RGD, Ottawa
    Melanie is Manager, Graphic Design & Digital Communications at Canadian Paint and Coatings Association. Over the course of her career, her roles have required her to develop targeted, on-message and highly-creative concepts, designed to deliver results for client objectives.
     
    Nicole Duncan RGD, Kingston
    Nicole is an Art Director and Graphic Designer with 10 years experience in a range of areas in the industry. She collaborates with clients and agencies on original, persuasive and intelligent solutions that connect to consumers. 

     

    Ruth Farrugia RGDMontreal

    Ruth is an in-house designer working at Ville de / City of Côte Saint-Luc with over 10 years experience. She is also the owner, Fishtank Communications. She brings her passion and expertise to every client’s project, be it big or small. Her varied client list has allowed her to work on many different types of visual communications and she’s always up for a new challenge. 

     

    Anthony Furia RGD, Toronto

    Anthony is the founder and principal designer at Furia, a branding and design firm. His career has spanned 15 years and three continents with a diverse range of skills including graphic design, creative and art direction, front-end web development, branding and copywriting.

     

    Jesse Gibb RGD, London

    After a 12 year stint running a solo design shop, Jesse has been an integral player in the development of brand identities for a range of clients at Carve. Whether it’s a hotdog cart or a growing credit union, he relishes the challenge that comes with learning the specifics of a client’s business, assessing its needs, and that buzz that always comes with finding the right design solution.

     

    Teo Herman RGD, Oshawa

    Teo is a Designer & Project Coordinator at Entro. His experience combines wayfinding, information design and communications with a strong connection to environmental design and the urban experience. He is currently enrolled in a Masters Program in Digital Media at Ryerson University.
     
    Alan Joson Provisional RGD, Toronto
    While completing his portfolio for entry into the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD), Alan Joson discovered his passion and enthusiasm for graphic design and photography. He joined the corporate world for several years while simultaneously engaging in creative pursuits, including managing his own photography business. In 2010, Alan completed his studies in Advertising & Graphic Design at Humber College. Having further refined his design skills through his work at George Brown College and at the Ontario College of Trades, Alan now balances his role as the in-house graphic designer for the Michener Institute of Education at UHN with an active career as a freelance designer.
     

    Phil Mondor RGD, Kitchener

    Phil is Partner & Creative Director at Studio Locale, a design-driven boutique branding agency. The firm’s goal is to tell the story of its clients to the world using strategic communications and design.

     

    Nayla Yehia RGD, Toronto

    Nayla is a freelance designer whose network of clients expands to countries around the world from Canada and the US to England and Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, the U.A.E. and the Philippines. 

  • Presented by Alan Joson Provisional RGD on behalf of Jesse Gibb RGD, Committee Chair, at the Annual Meeting April 29, 2019

     

    The biggest news on the Programs Committee front is that we’re changing our name and focus just a bit, choosing to focus more on the events aspect of our current work and share the load with other Committees on items such as webinars - which are more Membership oriented, and the RGD Board and staff to monitor initiatives such as the InHouse and SoGood Awards. So, our new handle is “Events Committee”, and that pretty much sums it up.

     

    Our mandate remains similar, but has be updated to:

    - Provide relevant, meaningful, accessible opportunities for networking, professional development and community building

    - Assist in the development and coordination of local events including Future By Design, Designers + Drinks + Discussions and Documentary Screenings

    - Assist to ensure DesignThinkers is a meaningful, relevant event by proposing and developing new programs and opportunities for engagement by the attendees

     

    Webinars

    We have continued to host professional development webinars for Members, and are continually exploring new topics and revisiting past topics to keep content fresh and engaging. Last spring, we began sending weekly emails to Members on the webinar that week which has resulted in a significant increase in attendance. We now average about 50 participants every week, often with over 100 registering. We also began offering SkillSharing webinars where we invite RGDs to do 15 minute presentations with lessons that would be valuable to the Members. We continue to use the Webinar Program to vet potential DesignThinkers Speakers. And as always, we are open to any suggestions for topics or speakers for webinars, so please don’t hesitate to let Brent know if you are interested or have any ideas.

     

    DesignThinkers Vancouver

    DTV was warmly welcomed and well attended again. Lighting Talks and Roundtable discussions were successful programming efforts and very well received by our Western contingent - successful enough that they replaced our Speed Networking and Mentoring events for DTT, and will continue to be an integral part of both conferences. We welcomed 670 to the event, and all in attendance were eager for more. Our third DTV takes place May 29 & 30 at the Vancouver Playhouse, and registrations are looking strong again. 

     

    DesignThinkers Toronto

    DesignThinkers Toronto was a hit with the design and communications world as usual. With over 2,000 in attendance, and an amazing line up of speakers, DTT continues set the pace for design conferences. The Committee helped orchestrate an Ice Breaker event with an “Assemble the Canadian Logos” theme, where participants were given a random piece from a set of famous Canadian logos which were sliced and diced into puzzle pieces. Participants were challenged to work with others to reassemble their logo as quickly as possible. Brent Long RGD manned the mic and kept the crowd informed, under control and entertained. Ice Breaking achieved. And a huge thanks and kudos to Committee super-star Anthony Furia for his Processing based interactive visual display which engaged conference goers between talks in the main auditorium during the conference. It was very cool, and went well above and beyond the call of duty. Design Thinkers Toronto 2019 is scheduled for October 24&25, and promises to raise the bar once again with a stellar lineup of speakers. The Committee is currently working on helping to fill out that speaker lineup, as well as identifying opportunities to support networking amongst conference attendees. 

     

    Other Events

    Future By Design combined with D+D+D and the Design Docs Series help keep RGD's presence strong in communities outside the GTA. Future By Design lives on thanks to a few hold-out satellite venues, and continues in the new format of 3 speakers/3 topics with discussion periods following each speaker. Our new Design Docs series has been well received. We’ve facilitated screenings of Graphic Means, Design Canada and the Happy Film to date, in venues across the country. We have a growing list of potential documentaries to screen, so keep your eyes peeled for upcoming screening events near you. New this year was the InHouse Design Conference in Ottawa which saw 140 attendees and was enjoyed by all who attended. We’re already working on plans for another such event in 2020!

     

    Other items

    On a personal note, I have decided to step back from my Board and Committee Chair duties for the time being. I struck back out on my own as a solo studio in 2017 and I’m happy to say business is brisk, but as anyone who has had the pleasure of running a business knows, it is an incredible amount of work and requires unfettered focus. Combined with the schedules of two competitive athletes on the home front, I have been feeling just a bit overwhelmed. I have enjoyed my time on the board immensely, and I know I’ll come crawling back one day soon. I will continue to sit on the Events Committee however, and do what I can to help the Southwestern Ontario design community engage in those meaningful and relevant events.

     

    As always, thanks to our amazing Committee Members:

     

    Ross Chandler, Affiliate (Victoria), Melanie di Tullio RGD (Ottawa), Nicole Duncan RGD (Kingston), Ruth Farrugia RGD (Montreal), Anthony Furia RGD (Toronto); Philip Mondor RGD (Kitchener), Nayla Yehia RGD (Toronto), Alan Joson, Provisional (Toronto), Teo Herman RGD (Osh
  • Presented by Jesse Gibb RGD at the AGM on April 25, 2018

     

    I don’t want to start any squabbles with other Committee chairs, but I often say I’m lucky to chair the “fun” committee. It’s a ploy I’ve used to woo new Committee Members and, the good news is, it’s entirely true. Our mandate continues to be to ensure RGD is providing relevant, meaningful, accessible opportunities for networking, professional development and community building across Canada. We do this by assisting with RGD’s In-House and So(cial) Good Design Awards, webinars, Portfolio Review Days, Future By Design series, Designers + Drinks + Discussions, Documentary Screenings and programming within DesignThinkers.

     

    Designer + Drinks + Discussions

    This initiative — originally organized by the now dissolved Provisional Committee— is an informal gathering of RGDs, and anyone else who is interested, to talk shop. The sessions are typically led by 2 RGDs and have been well attended and quite enjoyable by all accounts. Anecdotally, I can say that the event I attended recently in London fit really well with our goal to provide meaningful, accessible opportunities for networking. While we didn’t have a huge turnout, those who did come represented a nice range of backgrounds - students, designers, a marketing professional and a business consultant - which made for a very lively conversation. 

     

    Webinars

    We continue to host free professional development webinars for Members, and are continually exploring new topics and speakers to keep content fresh and engaging. We also continue to use the Webinar Program to vet potential DesignThinkers Speakers. We are always open to suggestions for topics or speakers for webinars, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with RGD if you are interested or have any ideas.

     

    In-House Design Awards / So(cial) Good Awards

    In 2017, we saw another highly successful In-House Design Awards with 200 entries and 42 winning projects celebrated at an Awards Ceremony held during DesignThinkers in Toronto. For 2018, we have taken a hiatus from the In-House Design Awards, to hold our So(cial) Good Design Awards again. We received 338 entries in total, almost double our number of entries in 2015, the last year we organized it, our judges have selected 49 winners. An exhibition of winning work will be on display at DesignThinkers Vancouver this May also with an Awards ceremony and reception. The In-House Awards will return in 2019 with an entry deadline in early June.

     

    Future By Design

    We have changed up the format of Future by Design, moving from a 3-person panel discussion based on a single topic with a group discussion at the end, to a sequential format where each panelist speaks to the overarching Future By Design topic and discussions happen immediately after each talk. The consensus so far is that the new format is working well.

     

    DesignThinkers Vancouver

    Our first DesignThinkers Conference in Vancouver was a huge success, being very well received by the design community in Western Canada. With over 600 in attendance, the audience were enthusiastic for it to be an annual event and our second Vancouver Conference takes place this May 29 and 30. Registrations are looking strong, and we anticipate another excellent event. The Committee has been working on a Pecha-Kucha style component to the event we’re calling Lightning Talks. We’ve had a number of entries from potential presenters and have selected 7 talks by local presenters that have been incorporated into the program. We are keen to see how this plays out with plans to add it to our Toronto Conference in the fall.

     

    DesignThinkers Toronto

    Despite some last minute rescheduling hurdles, DesignThinkers Toronto was very successful as well. With 1,700 in attendance, and an amazing line-up of speakers, DesignThinkers TO continues set the pace for design conferences around the world. The Committee helped orchestrate an Ice Breaker event with a “scrabble theme”, where participants were given a random set of letters and challenged to work with other participants to form the highest scoring word in a given category. Mayhem ensued, but with our VP of Membership, Brent Long’s help MCing, we made it out alive and our goal of breaking the ice was indeed achieved.

     

    This year’s DesignThinkers Toronto Conference will take place at our usual venue, the Sony Centre in downtown Toronto on October 24 and 25. It promises to raise the bar once again with a stellar line-up of speakers, a variety of additional programming, exhibits, designer marketplace and networking events. The Committee is currently working to help fill out the speaker lineup, as well as identify additional opportunities to support networking amongst Conference attendees.

     

    Other items

    We continue to assist and advise RGD on local funding requests for Members looking to organize events in their communities. One exciting opportunity for local organizers to consider is our Design Documentary Screening program. Our crack team at RGD HQ has worked hard to secure screening rights for an impressive list of design documentaries. One of which is Graphic Means, which will be showing in a number of locations in the coming months.

     

    Thanks to our amazing Committee Members: Tom Browne RGD (Toronto), Ross Chandler, Affiliate (Victoria), Melanie di Tullio RGD (Ottawa), Nicole Duncan RGD (Kingston), Ruth Farrugia RGD (Montreal), Anthony Furia RGD (Toronto); Philip Mondor RGD (Kitchener), Stussy Tschudin (Toronto), Nico Taus RGD (Sudbury), Nayla Yehia RGD (Toronto)


  • Get Involved:

    Those interested in joining the Committee should fill out the online form: Get Involved with RGD.