Connect With The Design Community


Connect with our diverse audience, comprised of 4,000 Members and a targeted group of over 50,000 other designers from across Canada and beyond who engage in RGD activities:

  • Graphic design practitioners who produce all forms of visual communications for clients
  • Designers and managers who work within Canadian companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations
  • Design educators
  • Design students


There are three levels of sponsorship: Partner, Gold Sponsor and Silver Sponsor. Sponsor benefits are awarded accordingly based on sponsorship level, and can be customized to ensure they are meeting the specific goals and objectives of the sponsoring individual or organization. Contributions are accepted on a cash and/or in-kind basis.


Other sponsorship opportunities through RGD include the annual DesignThinkers Conference, In-House Design ConferencesSocial Good Design Awards, In-House Design AwardsStudent Awards, DesignThinker of the Year Award and the CreativeEarners initiative.


“We have found this sponsorship opportunity a valuable way to connect with key decision makers who are in positions that are able to specify our paper products. I have no hesitation in recommending an RGD Sponsorship to any organization wishing to reach the Canadian design community.” – Steve McClinton, District Sales Manager, Canada, Mohawk Fine Papers



RGD offers ads of various sizes on our website, which averages 1,200 visits per day, and in our weekly RGD Word e-newsletter, reaching 24,500 subscribers, as a benefit of sponsorship or as part of an advertising-only package.


"The RGD email newsletter is something people read and respond to. I didn't need any other marketing tool to reach my target market." – Ilise Benun, Author, Consultant, National Speaker and Founder, Marketing Mentor


Trade Shows

DesignThinkers is the only event of its kind in Canada and one of the most respected visual communications conferences in the world. Headed into its 21st year, DesignThinkers 2020 will take place at the Vancouver Playhouse in downtown Vancouver May 26-27 and at Meridian Hall in downtown Toronto November 5-6. The events will feature a Design Marketplace of industry suppliers; feature 25+ international speakers; and welcome over 2,000 delegates from across Ontario and beyond. Click to see pictures of the 2019 DesignThinkers Marketplace in Vancouver and Toronto.


RGD's 2020 In-House Design Conferences (taking place in Ottawa on April 24 and in Vancouver - date TBC) offer targeted workshops, presentations and networking opportunities for internal creative professionals. Industry sponsors are invited to exhibit and participate in programming at these intimate PD events.


“I was 100% blown away by the conference, and feel great about the strong overlap in the attendees and our potential customers. Taking this into account, and how amazing RGD is to work with, we look forward to strengthening our partnership.” – Jenn King, Marketing Director, Above Ground Art Supplies


To inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact Michelle Pereira Hampton at .