About Me

I intimately understand the design process. I have been afforded the opportunity to be involved in that creative process for over 25 years. As a passionate graphic designer who embraces my creative instincts and intuition, I have a burning desire to cultivate flawless outcomes in branding, photography, and web design. The process of the idea, from its first beginnings, to its concrete creation and conclusion, excites and inspires me. This affords me the capability to walk alongside my client in understanding what they wish to convey. I then ensure that their message is visually created with a most powerful and pleasing end product.

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What I'm Doing

I am currently the Lead Designer at Animikii,Inc. I am working with many Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations helping Indigenous communities. I’ve helped design websites for The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund, New Journeys and Indian Horse. I’ve also created branding and visual identities for Primary Colours, Turtle Island Institute, EntrepreNorth and many others. Other long-standing clients include Nahanni River Adventures, Bean North, Chukka Caribbean, Kwanlin Dün First Nations, Ta’an Kwäch’än Council, Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, Sport Yukon and Yukon Wild..


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I am both a team player and an independent, self-motivated worker. I am a quick learner, enthusiastic, focused, reliable, organized and responsible. I have strong communication and interpersonal skills, is friendly and is always open-minded. 




I have worked with several agencies, in Ottawa, Toronto, Burlington and most recently in Whitehorse, Yukon. I have worked with Fortune 500 companies like Royal Bank, Xerox, Bell Mobility, Apotex Pharmaceuticals, Canadian Health & Lifestyle Magazine and most recently with Yukon Energy, Yukon Tourism, Yukon Wild and the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre. In addition to my private and public sector design experience, I am one of the few designers with deep roots and deep experience designing for Canada’s First Nations Communities. I have worked closely with the Chiefs of Ontario, the Assembly of First Nations, the Blue Feather Music Festival, the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council.

Education And Career

06/17 - Present


Celebrating 12 years in business, Animikii Inc. is a web-services company building custom software, web-applications and websites. We work with leading Indigenous groups across North America to leverage technology for social, economic and cultural initiatives. As a 100% Indigenous-owned technology company we work with our clients to implement solutions that amplify these efforts and achieve better outcomes for Indigenous people in these areas. We are based in British Columbia on Coast Salish territory and we work everywhere.
06/18 - Present


The Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) is proud to announce the election of Mark Rutledge CGD™ as its 34th National President at the annual general meeting that was held in Vancouver on June 1, 2018. Mark is the first Indigenous president and the first president elected from the Arctic Chapter where he was president from 2014 to 2018. Mark resides and works in Whitehorse, and is confident that leading from the Arctic will ensure a broader awareness of the GDC for designers in Canada’s north.
11/12 - 12/15


Outside the Cube is a marketing / sport tourism company that helps define, communicate and execute client projects using the most effective means to realize their goals. Specializing in communications and media strategy, marketing and advertising, event bids, organizing and sponsorship, business development and innovation, project management, social media and web analytics.


GDC is Canada’s National Certification Body for Graphic and Communication Designers. The CGD certification mark allows designers to demonstrate that their services have met a rigorously defined standard. CGD™ Certification is a mark that indicates that a GDC Member has been assessed within their area of proficiency (Designer, Academic, Leader), and has been determined to be of a professional standard. This standard includes a high degree of competence within their area of proficiency, compliance to a professional conduct code of ethics and a commitment to sustainable practice. The CGD certification mark is Canada’s first, and only, certification mark for graphic and communication designers. CGD Certification assures those seeking design and marketing services that the provider has met a rigorous and professional standard of services.
09/10 - 11/12


Aasman is a brand communications group that analyzes, develops and executes strategies that help clients communicate their brand.
07/06 - 12/09


Maximum 60 is a boutique design communications firm specializing in solutions formulated for healthcare. Active since 1999 and based in Burlington Ontario, Maximum 60 has steadily refined its capabilities to offer truly informed brand solutions for a broad range of healthcare organizations.
09/98 - 09/10


Hangar 13 Art & Design has lived, worked and played in the community of Ottawa for over 28 years. They take great pride in having established themselves as one of Ottawa's most recognizable design firms. They have garnered a reputation as innovators in solving business and communication issues creatively; on time and on budget.


In a world of increasing competition, graphic design professionals need to be able to set themselves apart. The RGD designation signifies that you provide effective design solutions to further your clients' goals and objectives, and that you perform to a high ethical and professional standard, as certified by your Association of peers
09/93 - 05/96


Graduated with High Honors from the Design Arts program at Seneca College in Toronto, Ontario.


Mark is a committed, passionate , detailed designer. He looks for solutions and distinctive ways to communicate messages visually. Mark was an integral part of the team and worked with clients from small business to large corporate and government accounts. His knowledge and insight into First Nations culture was a real asset to our company as was his professionalism and commitment to ongoing training.
President and CEO Outside the Cube
Working with Mark's company was a dream. Fast & friendly service with impeccable attention to detail, Mark brought my company, Indian & Cowboy, to the next level with his design! In a day and age where the "self employment economy" is growing, it's important to remember to find the pro's with the experience & the knowledge to deliver - Mark is both of these things!
Chief Creative Producer at Indian & Cowboy
Mark was a excellent member of our team. He was dependable, organized, hard working and exceptionally meticulous about detail. These traits along with a great attitude and technical aptitude are why Mark excelled as a production designer with Aasman Brand Communications.
Director of Creative Strategies at Aasman Brand Communications
Mark is an outstanding designer, and possesses an attention to detail that borders on obsession. Versatile and shockingly reliable, he is an asset to any creative team.
Creative Director at Maximum 60 Design Communications
I have worked with Mark Rutledge for the last 10 years, and we continue to work together on projects to this day. He is very creative, knowledgeable and trustworthy. I would highly recommend Mark to anyone who might be in need of creative services.
President and Creative Director at Hangar 13 Art & Design