- With humble beginnings in 1948, the Advertising Design Club of Canada has grown from a small outfit in Toronto to being an internationally recognized organization that is dedicated to encouraging excellence in Canadian advertising and design.
CAPICCanadian Association of Professional Image Creators
L'Association Canadienne des Créateurs Professionnels de L'ImageCAPIC is the collective voice and advocate for professional photographers, illustrators and digital artists in Canada. They work hard to maintain industry standards, create a community, fight for copyright protection, and much more. Their work helps all the professionals in the industry, but only members benefit fully.
RGD is a member of DIAC, a think tank and cross-disciplinary research group. The activities of DIAC promote the strategic value of design and the contribution of designers from all disciplines to economic, social and environmental goals.
Utilizing a holistic perspective, DIAC emphasizes the positive impact that can be achieved through cross-disciplinary collaboration among designers from various disciplines. DIAC Board Members include senior representatives from a variety professional associations in Ontario. Rod Nash RGD and Jean-Pierre Lacroix RGD represent our Association on the DIAC Board.
- Editors Canada promotes professional editing as key in producing effective communication. Their 1,500 members, both salaried and freelance, work with individuals in the corporate, technical, government, not-for-profit and publishing sectors. The association is incorporated federally as a not-for-profit organization and is governed at the national level by an executive council.
- IABC Calgary is the largest professional association for Calgary-based communications professionals, public relations practitioners and students. Boasting more than 500 local members, IABC/Calgary is also one of the largest chapters in the world.
- ICA is the not-for-profit association for Canadian communication agencies, representing 75%+ of all national advertising. Their mission is to champion commercial creativity, amplify the industry’s economic impact, and to embrace and drive change. ICA promotes higher standards and best practices, and serves as the largest source of information, advice and training for the industry.
- Magazines Canada is the national trade association representing Canadian-owned, Canadian-content consumer, cultural, specialty, professional and business media magazines. The association focuses on government affairs, services to the advertising trade, circulation marketing and the development of career skills for and the recognition of excellence among the people who work in Canada’s magazine media.
In February 2012, RGD and SDGQ announced a bipartite agreement that will result in the alignment of examination procedures for the accreditation of professional graphic designers.
This partnership, reflecting a shared commitment to achieving the highest professional standards, is a significant step forward for the graphic design industry in Canada. Supported by formalized examination procedures, the agreement will contribute to the evolution of the profession and increase recognition of the vital role designers fulfill in business and the economy.
Together, RGD and Société des designers graphiques du Québec (SDGQ) will expand upon the depth of experience that RGD has achieved since launching its exam for accreditation of graphic designers in 1999.
“The value of certification is inextricable from the diligence applied through the examination process and the degree of oversight provided by a board of peers,” says Lionel Gadoury RGD, President of RGD. “This agreement is a significant step forward, expanding on our commitment to work cooperatively and to implement best practices for accreditation on par with other leading professional bodies, be they in finance, business management, health care, engineering or those of our sister design professions, architecture and interior design.”
With this bipartite agreement, the two organizations will focus first on areas where they are already closely aligned in examination procedures, i.e., requirements related to years of education, work experience and approaches for assessing portfolio case studies. RGD and SDGQ are also working on a French equivalent to the mandatory Rules of Professional Conduct portion of RGD’s written exam. This is seen as a first step towards identifying French exam questions and texts leading to a full written exam within five years.
Upon successfully passing the RGD exam, a professional Member becomes a “Registered Graphic Designer”, licensed to display the post nominal letters RGD alongside their name. Within Quebec, SDGQ awards the designation “Designer graphique agréé” or D.G.A. as the French equivalent.
Pour lire une lettre annonçant les détails de l'accord RGD/SDGQ bipartite en français, cliquez ici.
Stay tuned for details on further collaborations between RGD and SDGQ.
- The Sudbury Design Society is a member-based non-profit organization working to raise the value and visibility of design in Greater Sudbury. SDS works to provide networking, professional development, and advocacy for everyone with an interest in the Sudbury design industry.