NEWSOpportunities for RGD Members to speak at DesignThinkers

RGD Members have various opportunities to be involved in the DesignThinkers Conferences, from speaking on the main stage to leading panel discussions. The Toronto 2019 call for speakers is now closed, but keep an eye out for the Vancouver 2020!


Lightning Talks

Certified RGD and Provisional RGD Members are invited to submit proposals for ‘Lightning Talks’. Those selected will give an 8-minute presentation on the main stage, focusing on a theme specific to that year’s Conference identity. Selected Members will also be listed on the DesignThinkers website and receive free registration to attend the event.

If you have questions, please email

Confirmed for Toronto 2019:

Vanessa Eckstein RGD

Alana Ruoso RGD



Certified RGD Members are also invited to submit proposals to give full presentations at DesignThinkers. Applicants are asked to consider: What are the major trends influencing the creative industry? What can we learn from today’s design visionaries? How can we incorporate more innovation into our professional practice?

If you are not a Certified RGD, you may wish to submit a proposal to present an RGD Webinar, speakers of which are also considered as speakers for DesignThinkers.

If you have questions, please email

Confirmed for Toronto 2019:

Yurko Gutsulyak RGD

David Nuff RGD

Michelle Hopgood RGD

Laura Piché RGD

Jay Wall RGD


Introducing Keynotes & Moderating Panels

Members can also request to introduce a keynote speaker at the Conference. This is a great chance to meet your design hero and tell the audience a bit about how their work inspires you and the greater design community.

Moderating a panel discussion is a great way to get front-row seats to an engaging conversation between 3-4 other design professionals.

To request to introduce a speaker or moderate a panel, email

Confirmed for Toronto 2019:

Paddy Harrington RGD: Moderating a panel

Moreen Bofill RGD: Introducing Noreen Morioka & Nicole Jacek


To find out how to become an RGD Member, visit