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RGD Volunteer of the Month

April 28, 2022 3 minute read

Pivot's Founder and Design Director, Ian Chalmers, has been recognized this month for his volunteer contributions to the Registered Graphic Designers' (RGD) community. Well deserved, Ian!

A few questions from the RGD interview (originally posted on with Ian:

How long have you been volunteering with the RGD and in what capacity?

I've been a Certified RGD since 2009. I started volunteering in 2010. As a volunteer I’ve had the benefit of a number of mentoring opportunities, supporting portfolio reviews, volunteering and speaking at DesignThinkers and I'm involved with the Membership Committee sub-committee where we host a semi-monthly ‘Welcome Wagon’ virtual event, another initiative is looking at new ways to curate our existing web content for Members. One of my favourite initiatives has been helping to run the Firm owners' Virtual Community. This was during the COVID-19 lockdown and very much needed. All very rewarding work.

What contribution are you most proud of? What experience/memory stands out for you?

I really enjoyed my mentoring experience, working with newly-minted Member designers to help improve their confidence, organization and preparedness and emphasizing the importance of career patience. It's definitely a learning experience for both the mentee and the mentor. I greatly value the community discovered through the firm owner meet-up group — it has been cathartic. I am grateful to the RGD for making this happen.

What is the most surprising/unexpected thing to come out of volunteering with the RGD?

Some important learnings came from mentoring the younger designers who were at the beginning of their careers and trying to figure everything out. When meeting with the firm owner group, I also was surprised at how similar our experiences are and how much we can learn and help one another through dialogue.

Read the full interview on the