The Student Rep Committee advises RGD’s Board on how to best serve the needs of RGD Student Members, develops programs and services that benefit students, assists to raise awareness of RGD to students and unites students from schools across Canada.
Apply to join RGD's 2021/2022 Student Committee (Deadline for applications: September 21)
Attend a virtual Information Session on joining the Student Committee: Tuesday, September 14 at 8 PM ET
Conestoga College in Kitchener, ON
Rupsha is a third-year Graphic Design student in Conestoga College’s Graphic Design Advanced Diploma Program. Rupsha comes to the world of design with a unique perspective as she has lived on three different continents and previously did a Bachelors of Science Honours Degree in Psychology from University of Toronto. Her work is fuelled by her insatiable curiosity and is an attempt to understand the complex ever-changing world around her. Along with the RGD Student Committee Rupsha is also a member of the RGD’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
George Brown College in Toronto, ON
Yas is a third-year Graphic Design honours student at George Brown College. She found the field of graphic design through her early exposure to architecture and computer programming. Over time, she became completely enthralled in the vast field and would spend hours on end exploring all its different forms. Quickly, it became clear to her that this field was the one she wanted to study and eventually become a contributing leader.
Canadore College in North Bay, ON
Chelsea is a third-year Graphic Design student studying at Canadore College in North Bay, Ontario. She has a background in fine art and was considering how to pursue a career in fine-art when she decided to jump into the Graphic Design program at Canadore. She finds that design provides her creative brain with drive and purpose. Chelsea enjoys experimenting with both traditional and digital mediums and finding new ways to bring the two together. She loves to draw weird things, cute things, funny things, and is considering a career in illustration.
MacEwan University in Edmonton, AB
Chloe is a third-year graphic design student. Chloe grew up surrounded by artistic family members, thus has a love for art, design, and its place in the world. She decided to explore graphic design because it was an exciting and creative field where she could have opportunities to take on a range of many different projects. Chloe is most passionate about brand design, typography, and product design. When not in front of her computer, she can be found drinking an abundant amount of coffee, walking her dog in the city, or spending time with her friends.
Conestoga College in Kitchener, ON
Madeline is a second year Bachelor of Design Honours student at Conestoga College. Creative from a young age, Madeline has fostered and explored her love for all things artistic in both traditional and digital mediums. Originally unsure about pursuing a creative career, the need for personal creative expression and the variety of work available in the industry convinced her that it was the perfect fit. With interests in everything from illustration to packaging to branding, Madeline is excited to continue to develop her skills and passion for the design industry in the coming years.
OCAD University in Toronto, ON
Ally Crupi, pseudonym internos, is a multidisciplinary designer working in Toronto, Canada. Her work encompasses a wide range of creative disciplines including motion, print, and environmental, with an interest in human-centered and healthcare design. She finds developing a project from research to reality greatly satisfying and recognizes the importance of the creative process. With a keen eye for detail, united by insatiable curiosity and ambition, she is always learning and finding new ways to create design.
Ally Crupi is currently obtaining a Bachelor of Design from OCADU.
- Emily Carr University in Vancouver, BC & OCAD University in Toronto, OntarioAlina graduated with Honours from the Graphic Design Program at Seneca College of Applied Arts
and Technology in 2015. With a background in print, she transitioned to web design and spent the
last five years working in a digital agency building tools, websites and dynamic videos for clients
such as Samsung, Scotiabank and SunLife. She is currently completing her UX Design Certificate
program at Emily Carr and her degree in Advertising at OCAD University. She strongly believes that a human-centred approach delivers successful products and unique personal experiences.
Wilson School of Design in Vancouver, BC
Manesha is a third year Graphic Design for Marketing student at the Wilson School of Design. She also has a certificate in Communication Design from Emily Carr University. She discovered the world of graphic design through her interaction and fascination with album covers. However, she was driven towards a career in Graphic Design because of her infatuation with typography, and her love for problem solving. She finds peace in doing creative work and tries to focus her projects on concepts that spread awareness about humanitarian and global issues when applicable. She would call herself “old fashioned” because she prefers a piece of design she can feel in her hands versus look at on the computer. She is open to all fields of design but has the most interest in publication, editorial, branding, and web design. When I’m not working on projects I am probably out with my dogs exploring the city.
Conestoga College in Kitchener, ON
Kevin is a second-year student in the Graphic Design advanced diploma program at Conestoga College. Prior to Graphic Design, Kevin studied Fine Art at the University of Waterloo and Psychotherapy at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute and Martin Luther University. He is passionate about exploring and better understanding the intersection of the human experience and visual communication. In his spare time, Kevin is a landscape painter who enjoys reading, yoga, listening to Podcasts and spending quality time with his partner, his two mischievous cats, his friends and family.
Conestoga College in Kitchener, ON
Roxanne is a Second Year Student in the Advanced Diploma Graphic Design program at Conestoga College in Kitchener ON. Roxanne is a multidisciplinary designer who is driven by social change in her community and the impact which design can ensconce within it. With a background in Design Foundations and working as a Teaching Assistant, the transition to Graphic design has allowed for Roxanne to pursue creative solutions in an effective and visually captivating manner. Her interests focus on branding, illustration and editorial.
Cambrian College in Sudbury, ON
Lümen is a graduate of the Cambrian College Design & Visual Arts program (President’s Honour Roll) and current second-year Student RGD. She runs a small freelance illustration business on the side while in school. Her goal is to one day work as an art director, concept artist, and professional illustrator. Much of her inspiration comes from folk stories, books, and fantasy films, all of which she has adored from a young age. She enjoys adventuring into the wilderness, camping, picking wild mushrooms, and cuddling with her bunnies in her spare time.
George Brown College in Toronto, ON
Growing up in a place where her voice was never heard or respected, Pantea decided to be the change maker and began advocating for all who haven’t yet had the courage to do so. Design turned into her weapon and soon she found herself researching strategies to solve problems through design thinking. She began her design journey when she was 15 in her art school where she focused on graphic design and communication. Currently, Pantea is a first-year student in the Bachelors of Brand Design program at George Brown College. She has a background in fashion and graphic design and has gained entrepreneurial experiences while working with various start-ups. Pantea is very much passionate about what she does and hopes to help brands with problem-solving as a creative director. Also, for some weird reason, she really likes to be perceived as a nice person (don’t you even dare think that she wrote this herself!)
Mohawk College in Hamilton, ON
Michaella is a third-year student in the Graphic Design advanced diploma program. She previously graduated from Queen’s University with a BAH in Sociology. While she enjoyed academia, she's always felt drawn to the arts. Pursuing graphic design has allowed her to lean into her creative side and learn applicable skills. She is specializing in UX/UI and hopes to find a job in this field after graduation. When she’s not bent over her computer screen, Michaella likes to bake, bike and travel with her friends and family.
George Brown College in Toronto, ON
Kendra is a second-year student at George Brown College. She has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in film studies from X University, where she began exploring graphic design. Kendra is passionate about the impact design can have on identity, diversity, and accessibility. To that end, she values collaboration and learning as her lifelong goal.
York University in Toronto, ON
Cindy is a Graphic Design student in her fifth and final year at YSDN (York/Sheridan Joint Program in Design). Initially hesitant about pursuing a career in graphic design over fine arts, she has developed a love for and greater understanding of design over the years. Her works are influenced and informed by her topics of interest with a dash of her playful style. Cindy is excited by opportunities to create happy experiences whether that be with long-time buddies or new friends. You will catch her gaming or chasing her puppy in her free time.
X University in Toronto, ON
Nancy is a fourth-year Graphic Communications Management student at X University, working towards completing a concentration in publishing with a minor in communication design. With an interest in graphic design and illustration, she is passionate about creating art that communicates stories and experiences using bright, pastel colours. Outside of design, Nancy enjoys all things pop culture, stationery, and can be spotted using plenty of exclamation marks and emojis.
Wilson School of Design in Vancouver, BC
Bella is a multidisciplinary graphic designer based in Vancouver, BC. Currently she is in her 2nd year of the Bachelors in Graphic Design and Marketing program at Wilson School of Design. Along with a background in digital and film photography and a Foundations in Design certificate, Bella has always been inspired by the creative community. With a fine eye for details, Bella is driven to create designs that will both galvanize and inspire people.
Fleming College in Peterborough, ON
Koraley is a 2nd-year student in the Graphic Design - Visual Communication program. She previously graduated from the University of Toronto with an HBA in Anthropology and from Mohawk College with a Diploma in Recreation and Leisure Services. As a sewist and maker, she struggled to find the correct designs for projects she was working on. This led her to pursue Graphic Design as a mature student to learn about creating good design. She enjoys bringing flowers, food and bright colours into her designs. She has a passion for surface design and loves seeing what other creatives make with her designs.
Georgian College in Barrie, ON
Stephanie is a second year graphic design student in the 3-year advanced diploma program at Georgian College in Barrie. She previously graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from York University in 2017. Stephanie loves practicing calligraphy, watercolour painting and photography.
She is inspired by the capabilities and influence that designers have on the world and can’t wait to leave her mark in this community. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys snowboarding, reading, doodling, hiking and spending time with her dog Max and partner William.
- Capilano University's IDEA School of Design in Vancouver
Alexandra has studied communication design at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and is currently in her final year at Capilano University's IDEA School of Design in Vancouver—specializing in UX/UI. As a designer she loves to create experiences that build from conversation and inform deeper understanding—enabling true expression. The basics are that her favorite colour is yellow, she's mediocre at the piano, loves to rock climb, and always label her layers—always.
LaSalle College in Vancouver, BC
My name is Sharon Widjaja. I am a third year Graphic Design student at LaSalle College Vancouver. I was first introduced to photoshop at the age of 15 and self taught myself on how to use the software. Eventually, I got interested in product design (UX/UI) after interning in a startup company and wanted to concentrate more on making websites, apps, and learn how to code. My favourite thing to do is working out. During the pandemic, I tend to get stressed from working a lot at home and working out has been my source to relax and help maintain my mental and physical health. I also like to walk around the beach and look at the sunset.
Presented by Joseph Thoong Student RGD, Co-Chair at RGD's AGM on April 18, 2020
This year RGD’s Student Committee consisted of 22 students of various levels of secondary education in many different creative programs. The provinces represented were British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia.
This year, we have been meeting once a month virtually for about 1 hour. The average attendance at these meetings was 8 to 10 people. One of the Committee’s goals for 2020/2021 is to try and increase attendance at these monthly meetings so we can get as much feedback as possible.
The Committee Co-Chairs Joseph Thoong (VIU- Graphic Design) and Danielle Wong (UofA- Visual Communication Design) provided Members with full minutes after each meeting via our new Student Committee Slack.
For the majority of the school year, our main project has been on the Graphic Design Students of Canada survey that was reported on at last year's AGM. With 30 questions, this will be a document that encapsulates what the next generation of graphic designers look like. This will be for the use of employers, educators and other students. Questions range from what our favourite classes are to where we’d like to work; this document will be a reflection of our time in school and what the future of our industry has to offer. Our goal was to have this launch in May 2020, but unfortunately due to the current global pandemic, we have decided to postpone this survey until September 2020.
Another project the Student Committee has been working on is the creation of a Student RGD Slack channel. As more employers move on to Slack, and students are increasingly moving away from Facebook, it only makes sense that we use this opportunity to bring together the RGD Student Members onto a new platform. Other benefits are that Slack has more opportunities to generate conversation on different topics through its channel system.
The committee has also been busy with promoting RGD programs and events throughout our schools through printed posters or social media, with our goal being to distribute and raise awareness to the RGD programming that is available to students. This includes the RGD Student Awards, Designathons as well as the Creative Directions conference coming up.
For most students across Canada our time in school was suddenly cut short with the outbreak of COVID-19. Therefore our current goal is to meet more frequently than usual to discuss ways our Committee can support students during this time of uncertainty. This includes ways of revisiting the RGD Student Challenges while students are home and ways we can showcase the hard work of graduates in light of most grad shows being cancelled or postponed.
As Danielle is graduating this spring and will be stepping down as Co-Chair of the RGD Student Committee, I’d like to personally thank her on behalf of the Student Committee for her service to graphic design students across Canada. Unfortunately, this means I will need to find another Committee Member to take Danielle's place next year.
I would also like to thank all of our Committee Members for their hard work and dedication as well as the RGD and all of its Members for giving us the opportunity to speak on behalf of students across Canada. I am very excited to be continuing my role as student representative for one more year on the RGD Board of Directors. I think this year's Committee has accomplished a lot within a shorter school year than expected and I am thrilled with what our plans include for the future.
Presented by Rebecca Black, RGD Student Committee Co-Chair and Student Representative on RGD’s Board of Directors and Joseph Thoong, RGD Student Committee Co-Chair and Student Advisor to RGD’s Board of Directors.
This year, RGD’s Student Committee included Members from all across Canada from a diverse variety of creative programs. We had a total of 25 Members spanning British Columbia to Nova Scotia, ranging in program studies such as Graphic Design, Interaction Design and Technology and Production Design.
RGD’s Student Committee met every few months, virtually for about 1-2 hours per session. The Co-Chairs, Rebecca Black (Cambrian College - Graphic Design) and Joseph Thoong (VIU - Graphic Design) provided Members with full minutes after each meeting through our Student Committee Facebook Group.
RGD’s Student Committee continued to work on expanding social media initiatives created by the 2017/2018 Student Committee - including the #RGDStudentChallenges hashtag used on Instagram for students to post and tag work relevant to the current challenge criteria. Some Student Challenges put out on Instagram included a ‘Seasonal’ theme over the winter of 2018 and ‘Nature’ in the spring.
The Committee also worked to promote RGD programs and events to Committee Representatives’ schools. These initiatives included having the Representatives take an active role in social media promotion within their program and schools to promote RGD events. Additionally, Student Reps were in charge of printing and distributing posters promoting RGD’s 2019 Student Awards throughout their schools to encourage more entries, broaden submissions and raise awareness of RGD programming.
The Student Committee has also been working to promote the RGD Designathon events, now happening nationwide. At one Committee meeting, Saskia Van Kampen, RGD’s VP of Education on the RGD Board of Directors - joined to discuss how to improve Designathon events and make them more accessible and engaging for students.
Another project the Student Committee has been diligently working on is the creation of a Student Survey for Student RGDs on how to better communicate with them and improve events and activities for students across the country.
Finally the Student Committee has been working on a re-commencement of RGD’s Student Podcast - Minds of Design, with the help of former Committee Co-Chair, who spearheaded the podcast, and Provisional RGD representative on RGD’s Board of Directors, Jordan Jackson. Jordan participated in another one of our Committee Meetings to explain the steps involved in creating new episodes for the Minds of Design podcast and now the Student Committee is hard at work planning future instalments for the series.
As I am graduating this spring, we hope that Joseph Thoong will take over the role of Student Representative on RGD’s Board of Directors and recruit another Student Member to join him as Co-Chair.
Presented via recorded video by Jordan Jackson Student RGD at RGD's AGM on April 25, 2018
This year’s 2017-2018 Student Committee consisted of 32 students from various schools and program levels from Toronto, London, Ottawa, even Vancouver! The committee met virtually once a month to discuss plans for the year, ongoing as well as new projects, and student involvement in upcoming events.
Since we had significantly more students than last year, we operated two meeting dates per month where I would work alongside Hilary to run the meeting one day, while Co-Chair Logan McKinnon would tackle the other.
The committee has been focusing on two main projects this year. Due to some initial delays, our student-run and focused podcast, Minds of Design, which was supposed to launch last year, ended up launching in early September. We continued the project with two other episodes in November and January and have received some great feedback from both students and industry professionals alike. We are currently looking at the possibility of recording more episodes before this year’s term ends in September. I have been spearheading the podcast (from a technical and hosting standpoint) and at that time we will look at the program’s feasibility for continuation into next year as I will be graduating. Hopefully we have someone up to the task and has a little bit of a flair for the dramatic like I do.
Our second main project has been focusing on student member involvement over Instagram. Launched in February, we created a monthly challenge for students called #RGDStudentChallenges. These challenges ask students to post a new (or legacy) design they’ve done that pertains to the theme for that specific month. In February our theme was red, March it was Nature, and April has been “From Concept to Completion”. Each month RGD has selected a few standout designs to be featured on RGD.ca and a select few individuals who have posted outstanding work for all three themes will be shown on a small display at DesignThinkers Vancouver.
Success of the program has varied from month to month but students who are engaging have really enjoyed the program. Even in our short run it has already done better than our DesignThinkers Scholarship social media program. The idea of using RGDStudentChallenges in replacement of the current Designthinkers Scholarship format was brought up at our last meeting. Further discussions will happen following the AGM to determine the specifics of this change.
In conclusion, this has been another successful year with the Student Committee with a lot of dedicated student volunteers that are eager to improve the already great Student Member program.