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Janice Fung RGD, PhD
Dr. Janice Fung is a creative advertising professor at Humber College and the owner and principal designer of JF Design. She is a dedicated educator equipped with an effective balance of practitioner experience and academic diligence. Janice completed her PhD at The Glasgow School of Art, University of Glasgow. Her research interests are accessibility and service design, particularly the examination of individuals who are visually impaired and their interaction with company brands, products and environments for improved equity and quality of life.
On Accessibility: Being a part of the RGD Accessibility Advisory Committee means helping to further the understanding, education and practice of accessibility in the field of design and advertising. By addressing this growing need, accessibility can improve the lives of others and also design as a whole.
Lionel Gadoury RGD
Lionel Gadoury is a marketing and business consultant, creative director, graphic designer and entrepreneur. He is widely recognized for his ability to put graphic design and communications to work, helping clients identify and act upon new opportunities, creating memorable campaigns that achieve goals, while putting sustainable processes in place that increase competitive capabilities and deliver positive and immediate growth. Lionel is Founder and Creative Director of Context Creative, immediate Past President of RGD and the Design Partner for the RGD Access-Ability Initiative.
On Accessibility: Designing for accessibility is designing with a greater sense of awareness. It’s about delivering rich experiences on the web, in print and within the built environment and engaging audiences that are more diverse than we might ever have imagined. Collaborating with RGD, the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario and so many knowledgeable individuals reflects how our profession continues to evolve. Our goal is to lead by example, raising standards and advancing best practices along the way. However, doing so with creativity and delivering joy is just as important as being compliant. Let’s all do our part to also celebrate the beauty of accessibility!
Julie Gourlay RGD
Julie Gourlay is a User Experience Designer at Statistics Canada in Ottawa. Her specialties are Interaction design, Business analysis, Graphic design, Government of Canada Treasury Board Web Standards, usable and accessible web application design/web form design and usability testing. She has worked in user experience design within the government for more than 7 years. She is a 1996 graduate of Algonquin College’s Graphic Design Diploma program.
On Accessibility: Accessible design is the right thing to do. It is a key component of designing for the intended audience, and is a regular part of my daily work. Participating with the advisory committee allows me to share my knowledge and passion for usable, accessible design.
Michelle Hopgood Provisional RGD
Michelle Hopgood earned her Bachelors of Design from OCAD University, and her Masters in Information, specializing in Knowledge and Information Management, from the University of Toronto. She is the lead Graphic Designer at the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management. At MPI Michelle focuses on tailoring graphic design to effectively convey information and brand identity. She specializes in the function, perception, and contextualization of visual information by the audience, and creates a visual identity for the Institute through info-graphics, data visualization, and design.
On Accessibility: As a strong advocate for equality and social inclusion participating in the Accessibility Committee is important both personally and professionally. The committee is a mode for contributing socially and practically to the disability and design communities through the formulation and promotion of best practices and procedures.
Rod Nash RGD
Rod Nash is the creative director at Nash + Nash. As one of RGD’s founders Nash’s communications and promotions helped with the founders’ efforts to move The RGD Act through the Ontario Legislature. After The Act was approved he became a V.P. on the first RGD Board of Directors. Nash has just completed a term as President of the RGD Examination Board. He is an active advisor to the RGD Board and for seven years was a Director of the Design Industry Advisory Committee (DIAC) where he represented Ontario’s graphic designers.
On Accessibility: Rod is excited to play a role in this opportunity created between the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario, RGD and the RGD Examination Board because this ensures questions on Accessibility will become an integral part of the newly virtual, on-line RGD Exam. This is an exam which helps certify graphic designers’ professional competence.
Michael Ortelli RGD
Michael Ortelli is the founder of BOLD, a communication design and information technology company with over 10 years experience in information and communication accessibility.
On Accessibility: Educating the professionals that design and produce Ontario’s communication and information products is one of the best strategies to advance understandable, usable, and inclusive information and user interfaces.
Michael J. Young RGD
Michael Young 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. He sits on both the RGD Accessibility Advisory Committee and the Examination board.
On Accessibility: As accessibility becomes mainstream, it’s exciting that RGD is a leader in helping the industry understand, embrace and implement universal design principles. It’s an honour to be part of a committee with such passionate, knowledgeable professionals.