All RGD candidates present their 6 portfolio pieces virtually to three of RGD's Certification Portfolio Evaluators. Certified RGDs are invited to apply to become Evaluators here.
- Marina started her career in graphic design as a magazine production artist more than 20 years ago. She is currently a Creative Lead and Scrum Master with TD developing eLearning modules. She works with various aspects of design – from UX and UI for automotive industry, to environmental design at Royal Ontario Museum, to infographics for GE Energy. In her spare time, Marina abandons the virtual world of pixels and screens and paints on actual stretched canvases.
- Rahul is an award-winning graphic designer working in the fields of brand identity and digital design. His work can be seen in Applied Arts Mag, Logo Lounge 11, Win Out Mag, and the Best Brand Awards, including Best Brand North America. With over a decade of industry experience, he has worked with notable brands like Snap Inc, UCLA, Saint-Gobain, autoTrader, CanLan Ice Sports, and Telus. He focuses on idea-driven strategy and design to create to advance timeless identities for clients across the globe.
- Combining her extensive Star Trek knowledge with a passion for design and a natural strength in typography, Amanda Boltë RGD, is always able to approach her projects uniquely with an infectious enthusiasm. From craft beer to kids toys to insurance, she is has tailored creative solutions for all industries.
As an award-winning designer and Creative Director bringing with her over 20 years experience to fast-paced studio environments, Amanda has lead creative teams for clients such as Tim Hortons, A&W, Harley Davidson, Labatt Breweries, FCA Canada (Chrysler), Jolly Jumper, Sears Canada (and more) producing packaging, branding, print, photography, digital signage and new media. Her well-versed knowledge in brand development has also successfully launched new businesses and products across North America. Her work has been featured on the dieline.com, packagingoftheworld.com and has won top honours from the RGD and the Design Edge Regional Design Awards (redgees).
- Katherine is a senior in-house graphic designer at the University of Toronto, with a special appreciation of forms, charts, grids, ampersands, and intricate cut-outs. In her spare time, she's pretty analog, working on letterpress and linocut prints.
- Chase is a Senior Graphic Designer at MCAP, one of Canada’s largest independent mortgage finance companies located in downtown Toronto in the Financial district.With a decade of art and creative direction experience working with major retailers, financial services, and national brands, he knows what it takes to get the job done.Previously he worked in retail designing packaging lines with more than 250 products on shelves in retail stores like Walmart, Target, Canadian Tire, Costco, Home Outfitters and a myriad of others.Chase holds a degree from Fanshawe in Graphic Design and diplomas in Marketing and Accounting.
- Since 2013, Ray has overseen all creative development aspects of the Faculty’s visual identity and has won numerous awards for his creative, design and strategic work. His areas of expertise include strategic brand and identity development, publications and packaging design. Prior to joining U of T, Ray was Lead Graphic Designer at Kobo Inc. and Art Director at DUO Strategy & Design Inc.
Amanda was formally educated in graphic design at York University and Sheridan College in their four year joint Bachelor of Design program. She became a fully accredited member of the R.G.D. in 2007.
After working for five years in boutique studio settings, she launched Melontree Studios. Over the last 11 years as Creative Director, she has become a specialist in working with non-profit and charitable organizations of all sizes. She works collaboratively with her growing design team and client-side marketing and communications staff to develop fundraising and awareness campaigns and event collateral. Amanda has developed a keen awareness of branding issues, a very useful set of project and client management skills, and a critical eye for detail. Current and past clients include Kids Help Phone, Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society, Environmental Defence Canada, Habitat for Humanity, Canadian Women's Foundation, Holland Bloorview Kids' Rehab Hospital, and Parkinson Society.
Amanda has contributed to her design community over the years as a member of the Provisional RGD Committee, an RGD mentor and internship host, a panel speaker and seminar host, a portfolio reviewer at RGD's Creative Directions conference, a contributing author for the RGD Review and other publications, and a design educator at Durham and Mohawk Colleges.
- Melissa is a bilingual, multi-faceted designer who is an experienced illustrator and photographer. Nominated as the office CSS/Photoshop wizard, Melissa creates unique designs and illustrations that fit well for her clients' projects. With 10 years experience in running a studio and 4 years experience as an educator, Melissa enjoys mentoring new designers as well as being part of the creative process from start to finish. A big bulk of the projects she works on involves branding, layout and website design. Colour theory and pattern making play a big part in her work and are what separates her design style in it's own unique way.
Greg is an art director and graphic designer at Cossette Communication Inc., based out of Halifax, NS. Holding degrees in both graphic design and illustration, Greg’s work is rooted in strong conceptual ideas. His illustrative approach has been used in branding, marketing and advertising campaigns for both national clients and small market entrepreneurial ventures.
Greg’s passion for design is inspired by his willingness to learn from others and build a global community of like-minded individuals that hold craft, creativity and ethical industry standards to the highest level.
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.
Eric is a graphic designer, photographer and researcher. He has been employed as an in-house designer, writer, and photographer by large municipalities, police services, and international law firms. As a contract creative, Eric has worked with a range of businesses, and in particular restaurants from the national, regional, and local scale. He is a graduate student at OCADU, focusing his research on facilitating design thinking and literacy for blind people by increasing accessibility in woodworking shops.
Early on, Wendy juggled running a graphic design business with teaching at George Brown College and York University, but now focuses on her firm Gravity Inc. Wendy loves building strong and effective communications, either as a brand steward for Gravity's many loyal clients or as a fresh set of eyes for the new clients who come calling. She emphasizes client contact, as well as the delivery of design and strategy that invites audiences to engage, learn and take action.
- I am a Toronto-based Art Director and Graphic Design Consultant, and long-standing member of the Association of Registered Graphic Designers with over 25 years’ experience in corporate communications, book publishing and web design, my extensive client list includes universities, property management companies, law firms, not for-profit agencies, banks, publishing houses and numerous small
- After graduating from York/Sheridan design, I spent a number of years at small agencies and in-house, landing a design lead position at Armstrong Fluid Technology, where I have worked for nearly a decade. At Armstrong, I have been involved in branding of all kinds, as well as industrial design in which I received a patent for a user interface applied to an industrial product. I have recently graduated from OCAD with a Masters of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation. I plan to become more of a Strategist within the next year.
- I am a creative leader with over 20 years of strategic, management, and hands-on expertise across media and industries–from fintech and real estate to high tech and automotive. As one of only a handful of UX Master certified professionals in Canada,
I have a deep understanding of UX for web and mobile, as well as a passion for accessibility. I also know what it takes to grow a successful design team from the ground up–and how to foster collaboration, innovation, and excellence in cross-functional teams.
- For over 20 years, Jowenne has been delivering creative design solutions to small and large organizations that meet client objectives, while achieving high design standards. His design work spans across private, public and not for profit sectors with specialties in strategic branding, corporate visual identity, editorial design, and graphic illustration. After graduating from OCAD, he was recruited by the Ontario Government to work on a number of public service campaigns. He undertook a robust and comprehensive re-branding campaign for the Ontario Public Service (OPS) to raise its profile as an employer of first choice.
He owns ABAKADA design + communication specializing in design and communication services with notable clients that include the Toronto Police Service, City of Toronto, CivicAction, Pro Bono Ontario, and the Ontario Quarter Century Club. His passion for design is driven by his quest to deliver solutions that balances and meets form and function. He is a champion of the design profession and the value it brings to the broader social and economic sectors.
In his spare time, he abandons the digital world and travels, creates art and runs a lot.
Elia Kanaki is a UX designer with over 25 years of experience, who is passionate about finding simple and elegant solutions to complex problems. Kanaki founded ROSSUL in 2003, which has been ranked the #1 Canadian UX Design company by its clients. Kanaki was also an instructor at University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, teaching Visual and User Experience Design.
- Gigi is an art director at the world's leading publisher for women's fiction, Harlequin Books, a division of HarperCollins. Since 2006, Gigi has created compelling book covers for bestselling, emerging and debut authors. Books that she designed and art directed have hit The New York Times bestseller list and been recognized with national and international awards.
Personal computers did not exist when I started my career as a professional graphic designer. My work station was a drafting table. My tools were a set of drawing pens that seemed to be always clogged, a ruling pen, a parallel ruler, French curves and shape templates, a protractor, a jar of black and white gouache, a proportional percentage wheel and a cropping ruler. The work environment was collaborative, because I had to rely on various skilled tradespeople such as typographers to assist me in creating a final product. And the nature of executing design work was perceived as a mystery.
Young professional graphic designers today are facing a complex challenge. Despite their skills and talents, technological tools have facilitated quicker execution which only emphasizes the greater need to know how to understand and solve problems.
I became a member of the evaluation committee in order to help build a strong community of professional graphic designers who will shape an original, creative and innovative representation of what we are as a culture and who will make a difference in the world.
A member of the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) since its inception,
I have more than 35 years of design experience. I have worked in Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto before starting my own business in 1989 that would become Costa Leclerc Design (CLD). My experience in marketing and my artistic approach guide CLD’s strategy as well as the development of interactive initiatives, visual identities and integrated brand campaigns in French and English.
More information about CLD can be found at www.costaleclercdesign.com
Meg is a senior designer at Forge Media + Design, located in Toronto.
For over nine years she’s applied her insight and enthusiasm to both Toronto and Vancouver’s design industries. She’s sharpened her skills crafting brands, building strategies and creating digital solutions that ensure meaningful experiences for the end user.
Meg graduated with Honours from Humber College, receiving an Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design.
- Gil Martinez has more than two decades of design experience and has worked for publishers throughout North America. He has been a member of the Association of Registered Graphic Designers since 2004, where he has reviewed portfolios for junior designers and prospective members, and participated in its Education and Ethics committees. He has received accolades from the HOW International Design Awards, the SoGood Design Awards, the Canadian Business Media Awards and others. In addition to his work as art director for Newcom Media Inc.’s Financial Group, Gil writes about branding and design for the financial industry, has written a book about calligraphy and typography, and teaches editorial design at Centennial College.
Josh McInerney RGD, is a creative director, graphic designer, public speaker and brand strategist with over 18 years of experience. He was the Manager of Design and Creative at Ryerson University and is the former Creative Director and Partner at Modu Design Communications. He currently is Manager of Creative Services at Bow Valley College in Alberta.
Josh has worked with clients like BMW, Manulife Financial, Cineplex, The University of Toronto, The Writers Trust of Canada and Grand and Toy (among others). As a public speaker, Josh has presented at numerous conferences on branding, design and creative thinking. He has spoken at the Schulich School of Business, at the Design Thinkers Conference, is the creator of the Start Up Design speaker series and has also sat on the judging panel for numerous design competitions including the Juno Awards. Josh has been recognized by HOW Magazine, RGD In House Awards, Marketing Magazine, the Web Marketing Awards, and the Retail Advertising and Marketing Awards. An obsessive idea guy who ignores silly things like sleep, Josh likes to make big ideas even bigger by intersecting storytelling, graphic design and technology to create a memorable user experience. When not designing (which rarely happens) he's probably chasing his 2 children around, burning a perfectly good risotto, or playing a pretty bad ass blues harmonica.
The Morano Graphic Design team is led by company founder Angelo Morano. Before launching Morano Graphic Design, Angelo led the package design team at Joseph Mimran and Associates (now Loblaw) where he created and managed the packaging of two of Canada’s most recognized brands, JOE FRESH and President’s Choice. At JM&A, Angelo built the general merchandise and health and beauty packaging program from the ground up.
With 20 years of progressive experience in graphic design, Angelo has developed an expertise in product packaging and brand identity and brings a modern design sensibility to his studio.
Angelo is a contributor to the George Brown College Design Program Advisory Committee and is an award-winning Graphic Designer based in Toronto, Canada.
- Andrea has an MA in Art Direction, a BDes in Graphic Design, a Typeface Design certificate and a UX Design certificate. She has over 7 years of experience both national and international; working for companies such as Lacoste, TFO, Publicis, Pilot PMR, Canadian Tire and the City of Toronto. Andrea is based in Toronto; her work has been exhibited in Europe and has been recognized worldwide. Additionally, she loves art, mural painting, tea, spinning, yoga and dogs.
Alana is a Graphic Designer and Creative Strategist with over 20 years of experience in the design industry. Having worked both agency and client side, and also full-time freelance, Alana brings a wealth of diverse, valuable industry knowledge to the table. Her portfolio includes work for the City of Mississauga, Sobeys, Jamie Oliver for Canada, Harlequin Enterprises, JUNO Awards, Umbra, Rogers Publishing, Mood Media and results-driven entrepreneurs.
She is currently the Graphics & Creative Manager at Benefit Cosmetics Canada, working on Branding,Digital, PR Events and Visual Merchandising. Alana is also a certified Life & Executive Coach and is committed to helping creatives step into their untapped potential so they can feel confident in their career.
- Kyle leads the design practice at Coactuate, a strategic consultancy focused on supporting healthcare leaders to navigate complex change. He has over a decade of editorial design experience and has made the transition from agency work to leading design in-house at strategic consultancies. As a member of the RGD, Kyle acts as a mentor to junior designers, an awards judge, and a portfolio reviewer.
- Kathy works as the Brand & Graphic Design Specialist at the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC and as a sessional design instructor at the University of the Fraser Valley. In the years leading up to her current role, Kathy focused on multidisciplinary communication design projects with clients such as SFU, Variety Children's Charity, Alzheimer Society, Technical Safety BC and Health Canada.
- As founder and creative director of Greenmelon, Robert develops creative strategies – with a keen eye to messaging and aesthetics–for clients such as Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Farm Boy Fresh Markets, the Royal Canadian Mint, DC Comics and Warner Brothers.
He has received more than 100 awards of distinction from professional organizations and publications from around the world and have been featured in international trade magazines as well as being published in several hardbound publications.
He also speaks at professional development seminars, schools as well as for industry webinars. Topics have included the future of package design, how social media has changed design and building a better brand.
- Rebecca currently is a senior graphic designer at Colliers International. She has been giving art & creative directions on office/retail projects for professional quality business to business marketing, directly supporting Vancouver and Westercanada as well as the Canadian Marketing team. Previously Rebecca had been working at an advertising agency for over 9 years, plus working as a in-house senior designer at RYU & Bootlegger. She always stays alert to the latest trends in the web world. Finding what elements / communication truly speak to the audience. Her passion is creating innovative and beautiful designs which connect businesses with their audience.
A creative, detail-oriented, enthusiast who constantly finds inspiration in nature, perception, and experiences.
- Victor is the Creative Director at Green Living Enterprises. Having worked in a variety of media in the graphic design field, Victor brings more than a decade of invaluable visual knowledge to the table. He is proud and fortunate to constantly be collaborating with passionate and interdisciplinary teams where he gets to create, develop and execute a variety of visual communications on a daily basis. Projects he’s been involved with include environmental graphics, campaigns, and collateral for the ROM, Cineplex, Scotiabank, TD Bank, Toronto Hydro, the Pembina Institute, University of Toronto, Eva’s Initiatives, the Green Living Show and the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression.
- I drive successful business outcomes through brand, design and visual identity. My job is to infuse each touchpoint with a brand’s distinct perspective. That takes the curiosity, creativity and expertise to identify and seize untapped market potential.
- Paul is an accomplished web and graphic designer, digital strategist and photographer with over 20 years of experience. His expertise spans with a broad range of leadership, technological, usability and creative talent all applicable to innovating digital tools, design, websites and branding within the corporate technology structure.
Paul ran a small boutique digital design business called Vertexmedia for 15+ years. He is currently a Digital Strategist and Web Systems Manager at a non-profit health and drug technology agency.
- Eduardo is a senior multi-disciplinary designer at Ove Brand|Design, and an RGD member since 2010. His formal academic training is in advertising design, photography and animation, yet his creative interests and explorations have led him to build additional expertise in web design and video.
Eduardo has worked, both locally and abroad, as a multimedia designer and web front-end specialist. His diverse client base includes BMO, Canada Post, WestJet, the Canadian Cancer Society, Walmart, Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, OLG Corporation, and the University of Toronto.
Eduardo studied and practiced design in Costa Rica before coming to Canada to study at Seneca College’s renowned animation program and working at some of the top-tier firms in Toronto.
Stüssy is a founding principal of Forge Media + Design. Born and raised in Switzerland, he originally was a Swiss banker by day and a graffiti artist by night. He soon realized that his passion for the creative needed to be nourished more and decided to go back to school to become a graphic designer. Stüssy's roles range from creative direction, to quality assurance, to managing various client accounts such as Apple.
After working her way through Ontario College of Art & Design and graduating with multiple awards in 1995, Jennifer gained experience at several of Toronto's design agencies. For 15 years, Jennifer played a key role in idea generation and design excellence at Oxygen Design Agency. As a former Principal and Creative Director she created smart, effective, memorable work for major brands such as Coca-Cola, Nike, and the LCBO.
Passionate for non-profits, she was instrumental in assisting organizations like Sunnybrook Hospital, Meal Exchange, the Toronto Public Library Foundation, SickKids Foundation and Acumen Fund produce noticeable work that powers results.
In 2013, Jennifer launched Weaymouth Creative, her own boutique design firm. Her award-winning, crafted work is influenced by a global outlook, travel and a love of all things designed. Jennifer's passion for life and love of design fuel her creativity and inspire those around her.
- For more than 20 years, Fe Wyma has worked with a range of public and corporate clients across Canada. She is the principal designer of Kapwa Communications whose work is founded on the belief that communications is about more than strategy, design, and branding: it’s about the power of ideas and the ability to affect positive change in our community through responsible, creative practices. Fe was formerly a design professor at Algonquin College and Georgian College, and this, along with her experiences in Canada’s most northern and southern communities, fuel her desire to stay curious and keep learning.
- Nayla is a senior graphic designer with substantial experience in branding and publication design. She spent the last few years working as a freelancer, with commercial and non-profit clients around the world, and has recently joined the in-house design team at Kira Systems. Nayla invests a lot of time into research, strategy and information architecture to lay the foundations for the design process and reach comprehensive solutions. She approaches typesetting and hand lettering with rigor, often calling upon her trilingual background to create bilingual layouts and dual brand applications. She enjoys making trips to the printing press to brainstorm production ideas and oversee the production process.
Michael is an in-house designer at the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario, where he designs resources and tools to help organizations meet Ontario’s accessibility standards. With over 10 years’ experience in the design industry, Michael helps partner organizations, other government ministries and private-sector studios create attractive designs that are both AODA compliant and user-friendly.
Michael is also a member of the RGD Accessibility Advisory Committee.