A selection of Canada’s top designers, one from each of our design regions,
will form the judging panel. Only judges from outside your region will judge
your work, while the judge from your region will critique work from the
other design zones.
2012 Regional Design Award judges
Director, Branding & Design
DDB Canada, Vancouver
Vancouver, British Columbia
A seasoned branding and design specialist, Chris brings a BA in English from the University of Alberta and 20 years’ experience to the DDB mix helping clients discover and express what makes them special. After a brief stint as a sports reporter at CFQC in Saskatoon, he launched his creative career as copywriter, but was immediately asked to “get a haircut” and trade his jeans for a suit so he could work with clients in the boardroom.
Seeking warmer winters, Chris relocated to Vancouver and established a successful freelance career working with Eaton Centre Metrotown and the Vancouver International Writers Festival before joining the agency world at Ken Koo Creative working with clients like Oakridge Centre, Nam Tai Electronics and Crystal Decisions; and then Hangar 18 Creative Group, where he was part of a team that won many industry awards and accolades including work for the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts and UBC. Chris speaks French, can cook, likes to garden and is a successful masters athlete. He competes in a variety of swim meets and triathlons each year and was part of a team that successfully completed the English Bay Challenge in 2009, swimming from West Vancouver to Kits Beach. He celebrated this feat by taking a well-deserved Sunday afternoon nap. Chris is also “dad” to a 10-year-old son who is both a saxophone and little league protégé. Chris considers the creative services industry a calling rather than a career. And for this reason, he keeps his hair short.
Ryan is the Creative Director for RED the agency, and in his time at RED he’s helped build the agency into one of Western Canada’s largest independents. Ryan has helped build brands from the ground up, and bring a new voice to existing ones. He’s been responsible for developing smart, trategic directions for clients like OK Tire, Sport Select (WCLC), the University of Alberta, EPCOR, Canadian Western Bank, Elections Alberta, and the Alberta Government. Ryan’s work has been recognized in Applied Arts, the Summit Creative Awards and at the Advertising Club of Edmonton’s annual ACE Awards. He stays sane by wrestling with his kids and playing defence badly on a beer league hockey team.
Catharine has studied graphic design and fine art in Alberta,Saskatchewan and British Columbia at the prestigious Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. She's built an outstanding reputation for exceptional professional standards and incredible design sense and has extensive branding experience in both the private and public sectors. Catharine and her firm serve a diverse client base that ranges from start-up businesses, local organizations, educational institutions, the art world to large provincial, national and multinational corporations. She has designed over 40 stamps for Canada Post, including the Saskatchewan Centennial Stamp, a commemorative stamp for the Law Society of Saskatchewan, and the Legendary Canadians and Canadian Tourist Attractions commemorative stamp series, all of which are housed in the National Archives of Canada. The winner of well over 200 international, national and regional awards, her work has been profiled in prestigious magazines including How, Graphis, Applied Arts and has appeared in numerous international design publications. In addition to her award-winning work, Catharine has served on design competition juries including the Applied Arts Illustration and Photography Annual, and has twice judged the Best Album Cover of the Year for Canada's Juno Awards. She is currently serving a three year term on the Canada Post Stamp Advisory Committee, selecting stamp subjects and designs for the
commemorative stamp program.
Leslie’ passion for design and desire to produce work that not only communicates but engages as well, is at the heart of everything she takes on. Now, with over 20 years in the industry, Leslie brings expertise and insight to her role as gordongroup’s award-winning creative director. She is instrumental in every design project, and her instinct and drive to create solutions that push the limits ensure that everything that leaves the shop is of the highest standard possible.
With gordongroup, Leslie has helped a range of clients—from small businesses to multinational corporations and all points in between—create unique visual identities and meet their communications goals through design. She specializes in developing strong, high-impact brands for organizations in both the public and private sectors.
Leslie began her career as a designer. holding positions with the Canadian Nurses Association, Ottawa Magazine and two Toronto-based firms: Nucomm Marketing Group and SMW Advertising. She went on to become art director for Toronto design firm Fusion Creative. Leslie returned to Ottawa in 2005 to found Blue Chocolate Design, a company specializing in branding, marketing and corporate communications.
A lover of dance, Leslie taught ballet, jazz and modern dance for over ten years in Ottawa and Norway. While at the Dance Notation Bureau in New York City, she studied Labanotation, a system that uses abstract symbols to record human motion. She is also a certified Life Coach.
Peter has worn many hats throughout his career, however he has donned the same one for the last 26 years as creative director of a small-town Ontario, boutique design and advertising agency – Limelight. Peter oversees strategic planning and the creative product going through the doors of this award-winning firm. Limelight has grown its way working with some of the most notable businesses in the country. The firm has created a niche working on challenging business models – repositioning and brand development assignments, as well as corporate and community engagement programs.
Gabany enjoys challenges and believes that it is best to look at each and every client with an eye towards positive change. The successes can be seen in both the not-for-profit and industrial sectors Limelight work in.
A strong advocate of graphic designer accreditation, Peter was one of the first to receive accreditation through RGD Ontario and served on its board of directors for 5 years.
He is an avid fly fisher and fly tyer always hoping that someone will whisk him away to ply some of his favourite waters for trout.
If it seems like Dave has a feeling for the rhythms of design, it comes to him naturally. A born lover of music, his dreams of playing drums for the Rolling Stones were crushed at an early age. However he quickly rebounded and turned his attention to design.
Dave is and will always be an idea man. He believes that although visual trends may come and go, good ideas are timeless. Over the last ten years, Dave has created award-winning work for national and international clients such as Nike, MINI, Molson and Bombardier.
As Creative Director of Design for TAXI North America, he enjoys preaching the philosophy of holistic branding to both current and new clients. Unless, of course, he gets that call from the Stones.
Identica Branding and Design (Cossette Communications Group Inc.)
After having graduated in graphic art and design in Québec, Barbara worked as an Art Director for 16 years. She had the opportunity to work with different industries such as aerospace, ecotourism, cultural, forestry…
Fully invested and highly passionate about her work, she worked with brands like Domtar, Banque Royale du Canada, Bombardier, Groupe TVA, Vélo Québec… She was then promoted to become a Creative Director at BBDO Nolin in 1997.
In 2004, she co-founded Hero agency where she was able to sign many different brands, such as Molson, Vélo-Québec, Lolë…Highly interested in her exceptional sense of perfection in design and success, Cossette bought her agency in 2007 where she now guides a multidisciplinary team as a creative director in branding and design.
With a specific sensibility for arts and culture, she worked on the Musée McCord identity, Espace pour la vie (muséum nature), Montréal Festimania and more. She also supervised the creation of new visual platforms for brands like Lolë Atelier, Enablis (ONG), Canadian Red Cross and created a new identity for Bell.
During her career, Barbara won many prestigious prizes in Canada as well as internationally, her team also won a Bronze Lion in 2009 with Enablis, 2 Gold Lions in 2011 with Enablis and Cenakovski as well as the famous and hard to get D&AD pencil the same year.
Barbara is also an active member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), and Société des Designers Graphiques du Québec (SDGQ).
Tom Murphy lives and works on the edge of North America in St. John’s, Newfoundland, which is about as far from Toronto or New York as you can possibly get. As the Creative Director of Target Marketing & Communications Inc., Tom creates some of the best advertising in the world from a decidedly different point of view. And he’s won hundreds of national and international awards over the past 25 years, including London International, One Show, Applied Arts, Advertising and Design Club of Canada, Crystals Radio Awards, New York Festivals, and Cannes. Maybe that’s why Target, a 50-person independent agency, has been repeatedly named one of Canada’s Top 10 creative agencies.
Do the methods, designs and strategies employed make this design project unique?
Does this piece incorporate innovative design solutions?
Is this piece beautifully designed? Does it adhere to the standard principles of design in such areas as layout, colour selection, print reproduction and typography?
Does this piece successfully communicate the brand or its intended message?
Is this project a valuable and strategic piece of communication design?