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RBC Canadian Emerging Designer Competition

All disciplines (aged 18 - 35)

27 February 2019

Important Dates

Registration Closes: 30 March 2019
Submission Deadline: 15 April 2019
Winner Announcement: TBD
Award Ceremony: TBD


Calling all Canadian designers, aged 18 to 35, in all disciplines! Design Exchange, in partnership with RBC Foundation, is accepting applications for the 2019 RBC Canadian Emerging Designer competition. This exciting national competition seeks to provide an unparalleled opportunity for emerging canadian designers to gain recognition and exposure, while celebrating the immense and diverse design talent in Canada. Submit your portfolio of realized and soon-to-be-completed projects. Have your work juried by star-studded panel of Canadian and international design, culture, and innovation leaders, and exhibit your work at Design Exchange.

Prize:  An overall winner will be selected by an expert jury and receive a cash prize of $20,000. This winner will receive a personalized mentorship package and an exhibition of their work at design exchange that will open in July 2019 and run through to October 2019.

Honourable Mentions will be selected and each will receive a $1,000 cash prize. All winning and honourable mention work will be exhibited at Design Exchange and featured in an awards publication.

Eligibility:  Open to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents, aged 18 to 35, in all disciplines: graphic design/visual communication, industrial design,interior design, architecture, fashion, UX design, product design, digital media. 

Register by March 30, 2019
Submissions due by April 15, 2019
Winners announced Summer 2019

View the Full COMPETITION Brief. REGISTER here.

Please contact the Competition Coordinator at with any questions.