Thursday, April 07

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9:30 AM

Bart Anestin
Bart Anestin Founder & Managing Director
Creative Partner Studios
Daniela Pimentel Furtado Managing Director
Findable Digital Marketing

Social Media versus Google – How To Optimize Your Strategy For Growth

  • Building the Design Business

1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

What’s the difference between marketing on social media and Google? Join us as we unpack why the platform doesn’t matter as much as understanding the psychology of how your customers make buying decisions online. By sharing a behind-the-scenes look at two case studies of designers that used social media and Google to land six-figure projects and up to four million views in international press, you too will learn how to set expectations and create a strategy on each platform to get you more and better business.

Bart Anestin Founder & Managing Director, Creative Partner Studios

Bart Anestin is the owner and Creative Strategist of Creative Partner, a Toronto based studio and host of The More Life Podcast. He’s passionate about helping brands tell their story in today’s connected world. Form, function, and awesome clients are the perfect recipe for design, brand alignment, and strategic digital marketing. Bart’s creative approach finds solutions that are mindful, intentional and beautifully crafted. When he’s not at work, you’ll find him at home chasing after his two kids and rewatching episodes of Seinfeld for the umpteenth time. #serenitynow

Daniela Pimentel Furtado Managing Director, Findable Digital Marketing

Daniela Pimentel Furtado is the managing director and SEO strategy lead at Findable Digital Marketing. Findable Digital Marketing is a Toronto-based boutique SEO agency. Overseeing the strategy, Daniela sets the goals for every project and leads the team to achieve them. She’s certified in Google Analytics and has +6 years in SEO and web design.

9:30 AM

Neal Claassen VP Business Development
Seven Point Interiors

Design Lessons from the Cannabis Industry

  • Big Ideas

1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

Speed, agility, effective holistic branding: welcome to the world of cannabis dispensary design. There are 400 dispensaries operating in Toronto, despite the government’s regulatory hurdles and clients’ speed-to-market demands. There are competitive-edge learnings to be had from this sector, and these apply to the interior design industry as a whole, including regulation know-how, comprehensive branding practices, creating lasting brick-and-mortar-presences, even modular furniture design. Seven Point Interiors, a vertically integrated expert, shares its industry know-how.

Neal Claassen VP Business Development , Seven Point Interiors

Neal Claassen is the VP Corporate Development (Canada) for Visual Elements, who helps retailers develop superior quality consumer environments and develop new products and finishes to meet the demands of a globally competitive retail sector. With almost three decades experience in store fixture manufacturing, Neal knows how to make the visual side of a brand identity take form.

Neal helped create the brand SEVENPOINT Interiors to leverage this knowledge for cannabis retail, and has helped create and develop hundreds of cannabis retail stores in Canada. Neal has either written or been featured in many industry magazine articles, including Cannabis Retailer, Heads Lifestyle and Cannabis Prospect magazine. Neal created the PAVE student design challenge, a premier annual global student retail design competition, and continues his involvement today. Neal is also a high level ski instructor, a performance level ski coach, and a rugby coach. Neal studied economics at Carleton University.

9:30 AM

Amy Pothier Accessibility Specialist
Gensler

Why Inclusive Design Is a Critical Advantage in the War for Talent

  • Big Ideas

1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

Across industries, companies are planning changes in the workplace to ensure that their employees feel safe and supported. For these companies and others who are looking to compete in the war for talent by delivering a positive employee experience, inclusive design is a critical consideration. But what are the practical strategies that designers can employ that yield big dividends at modest costs? Learn from Acessibility Specialist Amy Pothier of Gensler.

Amy Pothier Accessibility Specialist, Gensler

An interior designer by education, Amy has always been passionate about building codes and regulation, which she quickly found to be insufficient for accommodation of most people. Recognizing that the building code minimums were not acceptable to designing accessible spaces, she became an inclusive design consultant working on projects on a more universal design approach. She has since combined her love of building codes with her passion for universal design as the practice area leader for health & wellness at Gensler’s Toronto office, imbuing her passion for code compliance and accessibility advocacy into projects across Canada.

9:30 AM

Jonathan Nodrick
Jonathan Nodrick Founder, CEO & Creative Director
Rollout
Geert Decock
Sean Nesbitt Principal
Form & Sense
Quinn Neilson Principal
Form & Sense

Welcome to R-HOUSE – A Virtual Pavilion for Interior Designers, Artists & Wallpaper Lovers

  • Innovation & Technology Trends

1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

Rollout with Form & Sense is building R-HOUSE, a versatile digital environment for visualizing wallcovering designs and applications. This campus of virtual showrooms is rendered in a 3D game engine and is intended for ideation and storytelling. It is a tool for decentralizing collaboration with artists and pattern makers developing and exploring wallcovering concepts. Similarly, architects and interior designers can experience and experiment with wallcovering applications in a hyper-realistic digital space that can adapt to reflect real-world project constraints such as furnishings, lighting, and material finishes. The discussion will focus on how emerging visualization technology is leveraged to close the loop between artists, manufacturers, and specifiers in pursuit of creating unique experiences in the built world.

Jonathan Nodrick Founder, CEO & Creative Director, Rollout

Jonathan Nodrick is the Founder, CEO & Creative Director of Rollout, an internationally acclaimed custom wallpaper company. Over ten years ago, he had a vision to start a design studio where creativity could strive. A place where integrity and art could coexist with great design to make a viable commercial enterprise that would have the power to invigorate, inspire, and shake up established notions of wallpaper design in the commercial design industry. Rollout would reinvent wallpaper. The Rollout studio is continually reinterpreting large scale artistic expressions on wallpaper, drawing inspiration from many forms of visual art – from experimental street art and photographic imagery to abstract painting and surface explorations – all of which raise digitally printed wallpaper beyond the functional and into the spotlight of interior design.

Geert Decock

Geert Decock started his creative journey in Europe doing stencil graffiti with the belief that ideas are worth getting arrested for. After having climbed the ranks in the street art scene, he shifted his focus to Industrial Product Design. Having specialized in luxury packaging, Decock took a particular interest in the way in which designs and ideas are marketed and perceived. With a passion for storytelling, he dove into the world of branding as both a graphic designer and copywriter without losing his vandal streak. A bottomless treasure chest full of creative answers.

Sean Nesbitt Principal, Form & Sense

Quinn Neilson Principal, Form & Sense

9:30 AM

Gloria Rinaldi Architectural & Design Representative
Benjamin Moore & Co.

Colour Foundations

  • Big Ideas

1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

What is the impact of colour on overall design? How can we use it strategically when designing a room? In Colour Foundations, we will examine the roots of colour theory, master colour terminology and explore how colours interact with each other. We will also explore the “superpowers” of colour and how to apply them when choosing new solutions for colour in a project.

Sponsored by:

Benjamin Moore - Black - Primary

Gloria Rinaldi Architectural & Design Representative, Benjamin Moore & Co.

Graduating from Ryerson University in Toronto, Gloria worked in the Fashion Industry for 11 years, before streamlining her career into Interior Design. She headed her own design firm for 15 years, before transitioning to Benjamin Moore as their Architectural and Design representative since 2012. She holds certification as a LEED Green Associate as well as the designation of MPI II Architectural Coating Specialist.

10:00 AM

Byron and Dexter Peart Co-founders
GOODEE

In Conversation With Dexter and Byron Peart, Founders, GOODEE

    1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

    In 2017, acclaimed designers and curators Byron and Dexter Peart set out on a new mission. After founding the acclaimed brand WANT les Essentiels in 2007, the duo set out on a new venture with the same aim of launching and developing meaningful brands. This time, however, the pair decided to work exclusively with products and items that make a strong social or environmental impact. Goodee is leading the charge in curating a marketplace that brings together the values of good design and good purpose. With a fast-growing team split between Montreal and New York, Byron and Dexter act as the lead curators for the platform, which is set to become a global e-commerce platform and storytelling destination.

    Byron and Dexter Peart Co-founders, GOODEE

    In 2017, acclaimed designers and curators Byron and Dexter Peart set out on a new mission. After founding the acclaimed brand WANT les Essentiels in 2007, the duo set out on a new venture with the same aim of launching and developing meaningful brands. This time, however, the pair decided to work exclusively with products and items that make a strong social or environmental impact. Goodee is leading the charge in curating a marketplace that brings together the values of good design and good purpose. With a fast-growing team split between Montreal and New York, Byron and Dexter act as the lead curators for the platform, which is set to become a global e-commerce platform and storytelling destination.

    Photo Credit: Richmond Lam

    11:30 AM

    Farida Abu-Bakare Headshot
    Farida Abu-Bakare Chair
    BAIDA
    Shane Laptiste
    Shane Laptiste Treasurer
    BAIDA
    Stephanie Hosein Chair
    BEAT Executive Committee
    Russell Pollard Principal
    Framework Leadership

    Supporting an Increasingly Diverse Design Industry with BEAT, BAIDA and Framework Leadership

    • Big Ideas

    1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

    Architecture and interior design professions are becoming increasingly diverse. The mandate of supporting diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in these professions has gained much momentum. Individuals and organizations alike have committed to establishing better support for diversity in these professions. From novel research to national and regional initiatives related to education, mentorship and community-building, this session highlights how individuals and organizations are supporting diversity at the industry-level. Presenters will highlight initiatives that support current members of the profession and activities that strengthen the industry’s pipeline for talent through increased awareness and access. Attendees of this sessions will gain a greater understanding of DEI in these professions, along with practical steps they can take to contribute to a more equitable, inclusive design industry.

    Farida Abu-Bakare Chair, BAIDA

    Farida is a registered architect in Ontario and holds a Master of Architecture from Ryerson University and a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from Carleton University. She is a Project Director at the award winning architectural and design firm; Adjaye Associates. Prior to, she lived and worked throughout Canada and the United States with the global design, architecture, engineering, and planning firm HOK to build an extensive portfolio including workplace, corporate headquarters, healthcare, higher education, aviation, justice, science, and advanced technology projects.

    Farida uses architecture and design as tools to support and empower the communities she lives within. She is the emeritus Community Affairs Director of Atlanta’s NOMA Chapter (National Organization of Minority Architects) whose mission is to champion diversity within the design profession. Her work with NOMA led her to co-found and chair BAIDA (Black Architects and Interior Designers Association) a Canadian non-profit organization which promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion in the profession of architecture and interior design in 2019.

    Farida is also passionate about contributing to the future of the profession in Canada and serves on the provincial self-governing body, the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) as an elected OAA Council member on a three-year term (2021-2023). She is an OAA Trustee, the Chair of the OAA Interns Committee and serves on the OAA Communications Committee, and OAA Comprehensive Education Committee.

    Shane Laptiste Treasurer, BAIDA

    Shane is the principal of SOCA | Studio of Contemporary Architecture, and an architect with over 15 years of experience. After receiving his Master’s degree in architecture from McGill University, he gained broad experience, particularly working on the design of spaces where communities gather. Additionally, Shane has worked with non-profit organizations in the planning of community centres and affordable housing. He is interested in opportunities to create environmentally and socially sustainable communities. Shane is an instructor at the RAIC Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University and is also a co-founder of BAIDA (Black Architects and Interior Designers Association).

    Stephanie Hosein Chair, BEAT Executive Committee

    Stephanie is a registered Architect with the Ontario Association of Architects and an Associate at Omar Gandhi Architect.  She attended Dalhousie University and received the AIA Henry Adams certificate and RAIC High Honour Roll upon graduation from the Master of Architecture program.  Stephanie is driven and detail-oriented, naturally taking on a leadership role in any project she is involved in.  She excels at problem-solving and is steadfast in her approach to realize a project’s design intent by working closely with clients, consultants and contractors through all project phases.  Her wide range of project experience in both new construction and adaptive re-use includes commercial, hospitality, residential, offices and higher education.

    Stephanie is a founding member of Building Equality in Architecture Toronto (BEAT), an independent organization dedicated to the promotion of diversity and equality in the profession of architecture.  She currently leads the Executive Committee as Chair (2021-2023).  She also volunteers her time mentoring through the OAA internship program and post-secondary institutions.

    Russell Pollard Principal, Framework Leadership

    Russell is a workplace culture and leadership consultant whose work improves equity and inclusion in architecture, engineering and interior design firms. In 2021, he led a national survey to better understand and improve inclusion and equity in these workplaces. He is trusted by clients to support, retain and attract talent through meaningful change, and is an active contributor to the industry through speaking engagements and volunteerism. Russell has a Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Leadership, Masters of Business Administration (Marketing) and a Certificate in Leadership and Inclusion.

    11:30 AM

    Alex Josephson
    Alex Josephson Co-Founder
    Partisans
    Suzan Ibrahim Associate
    Partisans

    Emergence in Radical Form when Rethinking Materiality

    • Big Ideas

    1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

    Our architectural work is an evolving framework set out by strong, young leadership and close relationships with clients who innovate at every step of construction to make the impossible possible. The collaboration with forward-thinking clients, creative consultants, and innovative fabricators has established a foundation for innovation, taking concepts through to construction, and allows us to expose the unexpected properties in material and form. Our approach of organic solutions to complex problems exploring large-scale to small-scale projects has not only formed a symbiotic relationship with one another but has emerged as projects that critique to achieve a greater whole — an emergence in radical thinking to form and construction.

    Alex Josephson Co-Founder, Partisans

    Born in Toronto, Canada, Alex Josephson studied architecture at the University of Waterloo and in Rome. He co-founded PARTISANS in 2012 after dropping out of the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA). Alex is the only Canadian to have received the New York Prize Fellowship at the Van Alen Institute. He was named 2015 Best Emerging Designer by Canada’s Design Exchange. He currently lectures at the University of Toronto’s Daniels Faculty of Architecture. Alex is a registered architect in Ontario.

    Suzan Ibrahim Associate, Partisans

    11:30 AM

    Arnold Fidelino Account Manager/Partner
    Sovereign State
    Marlo Onilla Principal/Creative Director
    Biography Design
    Joel Gregorio Creative Director/Partner
    Sovereign State

    Respect Tradition, Challenge Convention. A HEAVY Conversation.

    • Building the Design Business

    1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

    Sovereign State and Biography Design are two veteran branding studios passionate about creative expression but with very different approaches, practices, and philosophies. These differences create unique experiences internally and externally via distinct account management and project management styles. The result is the same – happy clients and thriving businesses – but the journeys are very different, contradictory even. Neither is right or wrong – in fact, they complement one another – and so they’ve come together as HEAVY to elevate their creative output by leveraging their values and practices through collaboration and co-petition.

    Arnold Fidelino Account Manager/Partner, Sovereign State

    Arnold is a point-man-of-all-trades and the tireless team leader and Managing Partner at Sovereign State. Still waters run deep and so does Arnold’s business acumen, with 20 years of operations, account direction and business building experience. His expertise in account management, project management and organizational efficiencies are powerful tools always at the disposal of all of his clients and business partners.

    Marlo Onilla Principal/Creative Director, Biography Design

    Marlo delights in destroying expectations. As Principal and Creative Director of Biography Design, he has been vital to the studio’s success since its inception. He approaches every design without preconceived notions, always allowing his sensibilities to lead him to new and higher ground. Marlo has sharpened his eye, earned his stripes, and built a staggering LEGACY IN THE DESIGN INDUSTRY over the last 25 years.

    Joel Gregorio Creative Director/Partner, Sovereign State

    Joel is the creative instigator and founder of Sovereign State. He and his team engage relentlessly with mind and heart to empower brands to stand tall in ever evolving landscapes. Joel’s 18 years of experience honing strategies and executing multi-experience design solutions across disciplines and mediums is something he wields with a steady hand and light touch that belies the strength within.

    11:30 AM

    Vanessa Fong Principal Architect
    VFA
    Paul Johnston Principal
    Unique Urban Homes
    Sina Souresrafil Director
    NVSBLE Developments
    Gabriel Fain
    Gabriel Fain Principal Architect
    Gabriel Fain Architects

    The New Missing Middle – Three Typologies that Work

    • Big Ideas

    1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

    The “Missing Middle” describes a range of housing types between single-detached homes and low-to-mid-rise apartment buildings that have gone ‘missing’ from many North American cities in the last 60-plus years. This means that a large swathe of buildings, smaller in scale, with multiple affordable units, are vanishing, forcing city dwellers into bidding wars, mammoth towers or out of town altogether. Three typologies aim to fill the void, beautifying the city while gently densifying it. Our panel discusses the whys and hows of such design-driven and context-appropriate solutions as laneway and garden suites, tri-plexes and the mid-rise condo.

    Vanessa Fong Principal Architect, VFA

    Vanessa is an Architect and Principal Architect at VFA, an innovative architecture and interior design studio specializing in holistic, contextually specific, and forward-looking custom design. A graduate of McGill University with over a decade of architectural experience, Vanessa worked at Quadrangle Architects and RAW Design before establishing her own studio in 2014. Vanessa is also the co-founder and co-owner of FOLD, a workshare space for the architectural, landscape and interior design community in the heart of Toronto’s emerging design district. A strong believer in giving back to the community, Vanessa has served five years as a Council member for the Ontario Association of Architects, the governing and regulatory body for architects in Ontario; four of those years as OAA Vice President Communications, driven by a belief in the architectural community’s obligation to educate the public and decision makers about the value of architecture, as well as a desire to develop engaging and relevant continuing education opportunities for architects. Vanessa also sits as Chair of the Design Industry Advisory Committee, a think tank and cross-disciplinary research group which promotes the strategic value of design and the contribution of designers from all disciplines to economic, social and environmental goals. Vanessa is also a mother to 3 young boys, aiming to set an example to them that you can be an entrepreneur, business owner … and kick *ss as a mom.

    Paul Johnston Principal, Unique Urban Homes

    Paul Johnston is at the forefront of progressive and modern urban development across Toronto, with over fifteen years of experience representing properties of consequence that have helped transform neighbourhoods. He and his team believe that great design is essential to great living, and that Toronto deserves inspiring architecture that is reflective of the times in which we live.

    Sina Souresrafil Director, NVSBLE Developments

    Upon graduating from the University of Toronto with  Engineering Degrees, Sina began his career in finance and consulting.  After pivoting to the world of construction and development, Sina has since acquired 10 years of experience in this field, having been a part of several teams and developments. His combined experience in business and construction has led to the involvement of a myriad of both residential and commercial projects of various scales. It is the combination of this educational and professional background which culminated in his role at NVSBLE Development.

    Gabriel Fain Principal Architect, Gabriel Fain Architects

    Gabriel Fain is a licensed Architect with the Ontario Association of Architects. He graduated from the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto with a Master of Architecture degree, where he was awarded the prestigious Heather M. Reisman Gold Medal in Design. Gabriel is a frequent guest critic at the Daniels Faculty and a regular contributor to Canadian Architect Magazine. His office has been featured in several publications, including Azure and Designlines Magazines.

    11:30 AM

    Kevin Katigbak Strategy Director
    Gensler

    Next in work: reshaping the way we work & how we empower our employees

    • Big Ideas

    1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

    As the world of work continues to change, where and how employees do that work is in flux. While some companies embrace hybrid or fully remote working models, others are headed back into their physical offices. These varied approaches to the future of the workplace create an interesting challenge for designers to solve: what does the future of collaboration in the office look like and how will technology play a role? Gensler shares insights.

    Kevin Katigbak Strategy Director, Gensler

    Kevin is an architectural and planning strategist with 12+ years experience in the residential, commercial, public and institutional, government, corporate and healthcare sectors. His work focuses on analysis and development of interiors, building, master plan and real estate strategies with a focus on functionality, efficiency, innovation sustainability and change management. Specialties:

    • Alternative work environments and mobile work strategy
    • Building and site program development, program compliance
    • Building, site and master planning strategy development
    • Building and site needs assessments
    • Strategic real estate portfolio optimization
    • Change management strategy
    • Ethnographic research, industry and demographic research

    12:00 PM

    Alessandro Munge
    Alessandro Munge Founder & Design Director
    Studio Munge

    International Guest of Honour Alessandro Munge

      1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

      Sponsored by:

      Alessandro Munge Founder & Design Director, Studio Munge

      Born into a world of design, Alessandro Munge quickly transcended his teenage sketches to become one of North America’s most sought-after designers. Through his inquisitive nature and fundamental drive to provoke profound emotion, Alessandro has broken free from the preconceived notions of interior design for over 20 years.

      “The iridescence of a feather, the draping of a dress, the structure of a dragonfly wing, there is no limit to what inspires me in the creation of objects, buildings and experiences.”

      With an innovative point of view earning him Interior Design’s Leader in Hospitality, Contract Magazine’s Designer of the Year Award, and prestigious Ryerson Alumni Achievement Award, Alessandro approaches every project as a whole with a deep understanding of practicalities, artistic expression, and human connectivity.

      “Our responsibility is to give unique design solutions that are honest and relevant. No formula will force us to do the same thing over and over because, in my world, I call that insanity.”

      Strengthening his ties to a host of top-tier hospitality brands and clients, Alessandro continues to establish himself as a multidisciplinary visionary through design architecture, landscaping and product design. His boundless passion for art, culture and travel, inspires his international team of over sixty to sculpt spaces into distinctive, signature experiences that reflect the essence and vibrancy of their inhabitants.

      1:30 PM

      Supreet Barhay Principal
      WZMH Architects
      Eric Mutrie
      Eric Mutrie Senior Associate Editor
      Azure Magazine
      Stanley Sun
      Stanley Sun Partner
      Mason Studio
      Ilana Weitzman
      Ilana Weitzman Vice President, Strategic Development
      Electric Autonomy

      The Future of Retail

      • Big Ideas

      1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

      The global pandemic has greatly accelerated the need for retailers to start shifting from functional commercial facilities, while exploring alternative methods to provide unique experiences to reach new customers. And with great challenge, comes great opportunity – especially when it comes to shifting existing mindsets and retail models. From electric vehicles and autonomous cars, to emerging technology, reinvigorated master plans, thoughtfully considered interiors and exteriors, to elevated mobile retail concepts, this panel will discuss the future-forward ways that retailers can rethink and revamp spaces, and the design tools they can use to create business resiliency.

      Supreet Barhay Principal, WZMH Architects

      As a Project Architect and Project Manager, Supreet has been involved with numerous retail and mixed-use projects ranging in size and complexity and is involved in all project phases from pre-design to close-out. Supreet prides herself on her organizational skills, due diligence and efficient project delivery skills. She is also instrumental in engaging with Authorities having Jurisdiction for project approvals and leading multi-disciplinary teams in coordinated and timely submissions. For every project she is involved in, Supreet brings careful consideration to sustainable design as an important part of the process.

      Supreet worked at Pellow + Associates Architects for nine years prior to the firm’s merger in 2015 and was appointed to the position of Principal in 2019. Supreet holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Bangalore University and a Master of Building Engineering and Management from New Delhi School of Planning and Architecture in India.

      Eric Mutrie Senior Associate Editor, Azure Magazine

      Eric Mutrie is Toronto writer with eight years of experience developing rich editorial content that captures the spirit of the moment with particular expertise writing about architecture, design, and culture. He is currently the Senior Associate Editor of Azure Magazine, and his past roles have included positions as the Managing Editor of Sharp and Associate Editor of Designlines. He has contributed to the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, Interior Design, and Sotheby’s INSIGHT.

      Stanley Sun Partner , Mason Studio

      Stanley Sun’s design vision is informed by a unique blend of formal studies in human sciences, fine arts and interior design training. Approaching each new design challenge with a combined scientific and humanistic perspective, he first observes how people experience and react to the built environment to then create a rational and intuitive design solution. Of particular interest to Stanley’s practice is the science of light, and the physiological and psychological response people have to lighting. Throughout his career, Stanley has led major interior design projects across Asia, North America and Europe. He recently led the award-winning Jing’An project in Shanghai. As an advocate for Canadian design, Stanley has been published widely and has participated as a keynote speaker at leading design conferences. He has also lectured as a sessional instructor at his alma mater, Ryerson School of Interior Design.

      Ilana Weitzman Vice President, Strategic Development, Electric Autonomy

      Ilana Weitzman is a seasoned creative strategist, marketer and editor who has built high-performing content programs for some of her favourite brands, including Lindt Chocolate, Hudson’s Bay Company, Fidelity and Air Canada. She’s most passionate about motivating multi-disciplinary creative teams to excel and collaborate across art, editorial, UX/UI design, code, social, video and experiential practices.

      Her work, which has reached million-plus audiences across the globe, has won hundreds of art, editorial and digital awards, including twice being named a Webby Honoree. Her ethos is to deliver marketing programs that enrich both the brands and the audiences they serve.

      1:30 PM

      Sean Solowski
      Sean Solowski Project Architect
      MJMA
      Dhruv Soni Architectural Designer
      MJMA

      Leadership, Exchange, Access & Possibility – A Designer’s Guide to Unlocking the Full Potential in Workplace Design

      • Big Ideas

      1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

      Workplace environments play a significant role in supporting collaborative thinking. They also help us achieve and sustain creativity and innovation. How do we create space for people to perform at their best? What does a healthy workplace look like and why do these spaces remain critical for our success in the future? Join us for a discussion as we – MJMA – unpack these questions in the context of a recently completed boundary breaking office design.

      Sean Solowski Project Architect, MJMA

      Sean is a registered architect with the Association of Architects (OAA) and a member of the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (RAIC). His experience and interests range from designing award-winning public facilities, multi-unit and single-family residences, as well as transit, cultural, and workplace environments. He thrives on thinking about how design influences and contributes to our sense of purpose and place:

      “Great spaces cultivate community, and help people find their voice, tell their story, and reach their full potential-that’s what motivates me.”

      Sean’s passion is bringing beauty to the everyday – a process emphasizing storytelling, the environment, wellness and accessibility as its central pillars. Sean co-chairs MJMA’s inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility (IDEA) committee. He was also a shortlist finalist for the 2021 IDS ‘The New Garage’ design challenge.

      Dhruv Soni Architectural Designer, MJMA

      1:30 PM

      Sarah Di Domenico Co-Founder/Creative Director
      Wedge

      Strong Brand DNA: Defining Your Voice Among the Noise – A Crash Course

      • Building the Design Business

      1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

      In a highly competitive and oversaturated world, where consumers have access to everything at all times, how do you break through and differentiate yourself to become the one they align with? Launching something new is no longer enough. Brands with a strong raison d’être will pave the way forward. So how do you tap into your authentic promise, distinct character, and build that cultural currency? And as sustainability becomes increasingly important, how do we talk about it? Consider this a strategic, design-driven, and inspirational crash course on getting there, with real world case studies. Welcome to the Wedge Way.

      Sarah Di Domenico Co-Founder/Creative Director, Wedge

      Sarah Di Domenico is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Director of Wedge: an independent, strategic-driven design company agency based in Montreal, dedicated to creating world class brands and projects that delight everyday life.

      Prior to joining Wedge, Sarah was one of the first Canadians to be awarded by Cannes in brand content for her work for Volkswagen global. Across her 12+ years of experience, her work has been featured by Architectural Digest, The Discovery Channel, and Fast Company, and has worked with clients such as IKEA, Samsung, Molson, Coca Cola, AirBnb, and adidas within global advertising firms.

      At Wedge, she leads complex projects such as the brand evolution and NYC launch campaign of Canadian furniture company EQ3, as well as spearheads other brand projects with Menu Copenhagen, Indigo, Google, and others. With keen cultural awareness and sharp intuition for zeroing in on the most true way to clarify a brand’s distinct character, voice, & authentic personality, Sarah is trusted and respected by her clients and collaborators alike.

      Sarah continues to grow Wedge as a new generation company, alongside her partner in life. In 2021 Wedge was named “Design Studio of the Year” by the Advertising & Design Club of Canada, and since its founding in 2017, has been internationally awarded by D&AD London, New York Art Director’s Club, the Dieline, Pentawards, and many more. Wedge is also the official design partner of the non-profit organization Gender Creative Kids Canada, having developing the official brand identity, in kind.

      Sarah is a native Torontonian who graduated from the Ontario College of Art & Design. She lives in Montreal with her little family and boston terrier, Lou the First.

      1:30 PM

      Younes Bounhar Co-Founder
      Doublespace Photography
      Elizabeth Pagliacolo Editor in Chief
      AZURE Magazine
      Le Connoisseur Storyteller
      Le Connoisseur

      Best Face Forward: Photography, Curating & Getting Your Project Published

      • Building the Design Business

      1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

      In the day of the “influencer,” we may all think we can and know how best to present our work. But is your imagery telling the right story? Are your social media platforms gaining you the right views? Have you figured out how to get in front of an editor? Our three experts – Younes Bounhar of Doublespace Photography, social media curator Confidy Kong, and Elizabeth Pagliacolo, Editor-in-Chief of Azure Magazine – share their trade secrets on how best to put your projects forward, from that first photo to a published feature.

      Younes Bounhar Co-Founder, Doublespace Photography

      Younes is a professional architectural photographer based in Toronto. After embarking on a sinuous path that took him from molecular biology to intellectual property to landscape photography, Younes and his partner Amanda Large established Doublespace Photography studio in 2012. They strive to create simple, bold and elegant architectural photography. Their work has helped clients garner several national and international awards and is regularly featured in architecture and design magazines and books.

      Elizabeth Pagliacolo Editor in Chief, AZURE Magazine

      Elizabeth Pagliacolo is the Editor in Chief at Azure Magazine. A National Magazine Award–winning writer, she has reported on design fairs around the world, covered prominent architecture projects, including Odile Decq’s restaurant at the Paris Opera Garnier and Snøhetta’s entrance pavilion for the 9/11 Museum in New York, and reported on new trends and technologies, from the emergence of LEDs to the evolution of sustainable concrete. She also interviewed the leading lights of modern architecture and design, such as Patricia Urquiola, Lawrence Scarpa and Walter Hood, and participated on design juries in Toronto and New York. From 2016 to 2017, she was the Director of Programming for EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation and Technology, which took place from September 28 to October 8, 2017. The 10-day festival was produced by the Design Exchange, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme. She has also written for Canadian Architect, Azure, Designlines, Frame, the Globe and Mail, Metropolis, Interior Design and enRoute Edition.

      Le Connoisseur Storyteller, Le Connoisseur

      Conveying narratives through imagery and motion, Le [Con]noisseur is a storyteller embodying the digital medium. Spectators and onlookers can expect a range of original and assembled works.

      With a finger on the pulse paired with a perceptive nature, Le [Con]noisseur believes it is less about ‘trend’ and more about suitability for the client. The aim to annul the gap between client and creator allows them to accomplish their visions while achieving sustainability.

      2:00 PM

      Vanessa Craft
      Vanessa Craft Head of Content Partnerships
      TikTok

      Vanessa Craft, Head of Content Partnerships, TikTok, Fireside Chat with Ben Dreith, US Editor of Dezeen

        1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

        Sponsored by:

        Vanessa Craft Head of Content Partnerships, TikTok

        Vanessa Craft leads high-performance teams, builds engaged communities and directs game-changing content. Her work connects and inspires through a core belief in inclusion, authentic storytelling, and championing next-gen talent.

        In her current role as Head of Content Partnerships at TikTok Canada, Vanessa oversees content strategy, acquisition, growth and management of the platform’s community of Creators, Media Publishers, and Public Figures.

        Before joining the world of tech, Vanessa was the Editor-in-Chief at ELLE Canada, an historic position as the first black woman across 44 global editions to hold this title. Under her leadership, she increased the diversity of voices, content and cover stars in the magazine and grew readership in print and digital by over 35%.

        An award-winning journalist, editor and thought leader, Vanessa was recently named on Variety’s 2021 Global Entertainment Impact List.

        3:30 PM

        Alex Bozikovic Architecture Critic
        The Globe and Mail
        Omar Gandhi Principal
        Omar Gandhi Architect
        Jodi Batay-Csorba
        Jodi Batay-Csorba Founding Partner & Architect
        Batay-Csorba Architects
        Andrew Batay-Csorba
        Andrew Batay-Csorba Founding Partner & Architect
        Batay-Csorba Architects
        David Scott Co-founder/Architect
        Scott & Scott Architects

        What Does Vernacular Design Mean Now?

        • Big Ideas

        1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

        Every region has its own building traditions: materials drawn from the land, shaped by local craft traditions, into forms that suit the local climate. Today, such vernacular architecture is influencing a new generation of designers and builders. They are combining modernist ideas with local influences to create sustainable and special places. This presentation explores the evolution of vernacular architecture via the work of three prominent Canadian design studios: Omar Gandhi of Halifax, Batay-Csorba of Toronto, and Scott and Scott of Vancouver.

        Alex Bozikovic Architecture Critic, The Globe and Mail

        Alex Bozikovic is The Globe and Mail’s architecture critic. He has also written for Architectural Record, Azure, Dwell and Landscape Architecture Magazine. He is author of Toronto Architecture: A City Guide (2017)  and co-editor of House Divided (2019). He won the 2019 President’s Medal for Media in Architecture from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

        Omar Gandhi Principal, Omar Gandhi Architect

        Named as one of Monocle magazine’s most influential Canadians and chosen as one of the Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices of 2016, Omar Gandhi is the principal of Omar Gandhi Architect, a practice founded in 2010 with small teams in Halifax and Toronto. The studio was awarded the Canada Council for the Arts Professional Prix de Rome, was included in Wallpaper* magazine’s Architects Directory, and received the 2018 Governor-General’s Medal in Architecture for its work on Rabbit Snare Gorge and honored as the only Canadian practice in Architectural Record Magazine’s 2018 Design Vanguard. For the 2018/2019 academic year, Gandh was appointed as the Louis I. Kahn visiting assistant professor in architectural design at the Yale School of Architecture.

        Jodi Batay-Csorba Founding Partner & Architect, Batay-Csorba Architects

        Jodi Batay-Csorba is a partner at BCA with over 18 years of professional experience. She is a registered Architect, member of the Ontario Association of Architects, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and a USGBC LEED Accredited Professional.

        Working across a range of scales, Jodi ensures BCA’s design vision is carried through to every detail. She is largely responsible for the interiors and detailing of projects. With a passion for creating spaces that evoke emotional responses such as delight, joy, and surprise, she employs a strategy-led and research-based design process that connects concept to experience. Jodi is an active member of the architectural community and lectures widely at institutions across Canada, the US, Panama and New Zealand.

        Andrew Batay-Csorba Founding Partner & Architect, Batay-Csorba Architects

        Andrew Batay-Csorba is a partner at BCA with over 20 years of professional experience. He is a registered Architect, member of the Ontario Association of Architects, and Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

        With an ability to jump from details to broad concepts, Andrew ensures BCA’s design vision is executed with rigor and precision without losing sight of a project’s greater contribution to the urban context. His strong understanding of the technical aspects of construction combines with a passion for innovative material research to produce expertly-crafted projects embedded with thoughtful design logic. He teaches and lectures locally and internationally, including at the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, Ryerson University, Cornell University, UCLA, USC, and Sci-Arc.

        David Scott Co-founder/Architect, Scott & Scott Architects

        3:30 PM

        Tura Cousins Wilson
        Tura Cousins Wilson Founder/Architect
        SOCA
        Graeme Stewart Principal
        ERA Architects
        Drew Sinclair Managing Partner
        SvN

        Reviving Social Housing Through Conservation

        • Climate Change & Social Responsibility

        1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

        Is large-scale demolition and tabula-rasa urbanism the best approach to the revitalization of mid-century and modernist social housing projects? In this one hour presentation and panel discussion, you will hear from leading architects rethinking approaches to heritage conservation and adaptive reuse of social housing communities in North America. Topics to be explored include: the environmental and cultural destruction of large-scale demolition; adaptive reuse of heritage buildings; tower renewal; and impending climate change. The panel will discuss ways to think about buildings beyond the existing municipal frameworks.

        Tura Cousins Wilson Founder/Architect, SOCA

        Tura holds an undergraduate degree in architecture from Ryerson University and a Master’s degree in architecture from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. He has been practicing architecture in Toronto 10 years and is a licensed architect in both Ontario and the Netherlands. Tura’s professional experience spans a variety of scales including multi-unit residential, large-scale mixed-use developments, libraries, community spaces, and urban design. Tura is equally passionate about the impact of small-scale architecture and exploring the craft and intimacy of private residential design. Outside SOCA, Tura has undertaken community based projects and been invited to speak at lectures and panel discussions regarding Toronto’s housing affordability.

        Graeme Stewart Principal, ERA Architects

        Graeme Stewart OAA FRAIC CIP RPP CAHP is Principal of Toronto-based ERA Architects, a founding director of the Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal, and the key initiator of the Tower Renewal Partnership, a cross-sectoral collaborative supporting policy and action toward more equitable and resilient urban regions including affordable housing renewal, green financing and community reinvestment.

         

         

        Drew Sinclair Managing Partner , SvN

        Drew Sinclair is the Managing Partner of SvN and internationally recognized for his leadership as an architect and urban designer. He guides many of the firm’s most complex housing, urban design and master plan projects and regularly speaks and writes about design excellence, equity in city design, and pathways to a post-carbon future in the contemporary city.

        Drew’s leadership on projects includes the transformative Rail Deck District in downtown Toronto, the 300,000 sq.m. 675 Progress Avenue redevelopment in Scarborough, the KACST Photonics Laboratory Building in Riyadh, the Thompson Industrial Skills and Trades Training Centre in northern Manitoba, and the Victory Soya Mills Silo Master Plan for Toronto’s waterfront. His work has proven instrumental in shaping large-scale planning initiatives relating to mobility, housing and community development including the Infrastructure Ontario Integrated Transit-Oriented Community Strategy, the Shoppers World Master Plan in Brampton, the Port Lands Acceleration Initiative in Toronto, and the Sinaloa Regional Development Master Plan in Mexico.

        Drew is a recipient of the Canada Council’s Prix de Rome for Emerging Practitioners and a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He is a graduate of McGill University and the University of Toronto where he won the Heather Reisman Gold Medal in Design and the Alpha Rho Chi Medal. Drew is a past Co-Chair of the City of Vaughan’s Design Review Panel and a present member of the Board of Directors for both the Bentway Conservancy and The Canadian Stage Company. He is a regular sessional faculty member at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. Drew resides in the Riverdale neighborhood in Toronto with his wife and 3 kids.

        3:30 PM

        Simone Vingerhoets
        Simone Vingerhoets Executive Vice President
        Roset USA
        Steven Paynter
        Steven Paynter Principal
        Gensler (Toronto)
        Claire Pijoulat Co-Founder
        WantedDesign
        Andrew Sardone Editorial Director of The Globe and Mail Style Advisor
        The Globe and Mail

        #WhyBeOriginal

        • Building the Design Business

        1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

        Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the non-profit advocacy group, Be Original Americas, has been asking itself “why be original?” over and over again. At the end of 2020, U.S. Customs & Border Protection seized over $1.3 billion dollars in value of counterfeit goods entering the United States. This affected people working in those industries, in showrooms and manufacturing, as well as company profits. Architects and designers are also open to those copying or repeating their work. They are on the frontline to be able to educate a vast amount of influential people. Education is key and our panel is prepared to share experience and knowledge.

        Simone Vingerhoets Executive Vice President, Roset USA

        Steven Paynter Principal, Gensler (Toronto)

        As Principal, Steven Paynter’s leadership has been instrumental in the Gensler’s continued growth in the Toronto market. He oversees a studio of 40+ architects and designers with responsibility for projects that span large-scale master planning, complex adaptive reuse and repositioning projects, and new, ground-up buildings. As a Design Resilience Leader for the Northeast region, he guides thought leadership and market position around the most pressing challenges facing landlords and developers.

        Claire Pijoulat Co-Founder, WantedDesign

        Andrew Sardone Editorial Director of The Globe and Mail Style Advisor, The Globe and Mail

        Andrew Sardone is the editorial director of The Globe and Mail Style Advisor, which is marking 10 years of publication this spring. The magazine’s design features focus on how everything from art to wellness influences the look and feel of the spaces where we live, shop, dine and travel. Over the past decade, it has become an essential guide for Canadians curious about creative leaders and inspiring ideas in style.

        3:30 PM

        Matthew Hickey
        Matthew Hickey Partner
        Two Row Architect

        Universal Inclusivity through Contemporary Indigenous Architecture + Design

        • Climate Change & Social Responsibility

        1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

        What is inclusivity beyond accessibility? This session will explore the values imbedded in Indigenous knowledge that can help guide Architecture and Design into a balanced future. Through Indigenous knowledge and contemporary case studies, this session will explore ideas of site, place, and planning through a life-centric lens. Focusing on thousands of years of living with the earth, the goal is to think about how we can promote equality between all living things that are affected by the constructs of humans. This session will further broaden your knowledge of what “place-keeping” really means.

        Matthew Hickey Partner, Two Row Architect

        Matthew Hickey is a Mohawk from the Six Nations First Nation and a licensed architect with 12 years of experience working in an on-reserve architecture firm. As a senior partner with Two Row Architect, Hickey’s focus is on regenerative design – encompassing ecological, cultural and economic principles. His research includes Indigenous history and the adaptation of traditional sustainable technologies to the modern North American climate.

        3:30 PM

        Grace Coulter Sherlock
        Grace Coulter Sherlock Regional Director of Western Canada
        Lemay
        Dan Barham Director, Place Strategy
        Lemay
        Zarina Ramal-Shah Associate Director, Workscale
        Lemay

        The Future of Space Strategy: Recycling the built infrastructure

        • Innovation & Technology Trends

        1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

        While the last few years have been traumatic for many communities, there has been an accelerated shift towards promoting the notion of creating more efficient space. The demand for a physical workplace, learning space and retail space still exists – however the context has changed, reorienting around the belief that less space is better. We will frame the various pressures we are currently facing globally including environmental, social consciousness, a global pandemic, technology, and financial bottom lines. These tensions are demanding that we move away from building as a first gesture and instead embracing the approach to recycle the architecture we have. Strategically, we will discuss how through direct human to human engagement, discussions, data analytics, and KPIs, we are able to define new realities for space for decision makers. This presentation will explore a novel transdisciplinary team approach to recycling existing space using the three R models: retrofit, revitalization, and reuse.

        Grace Coulter Sherlock Regional Director of Western Canada, Lemay

        As Lemay’s regional director for Western Canada and an Architect with Lemay, Grace oversees all stages of the design process, providing the team with guidance, creative direction and support.  An exceptional design strategist and communicator, she is often called upon to lead and inform the development of challenging typologies. Her diplomatic approach and relentless creative drive inspire the creation of sustainable, human-focused places.  Grace has designed a wide range of award-winning architecture and interior design projects across Canada, with her work centered on the research and dialog surrounding inclusive design models.  Grace teaches at the University of Calgary, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape and is part of the leadership team on a joint research project between FLDWRK +SAPL exploring Climate Havens and Climate Resiliencies in Canadian cities. She is a registered Architect in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba with work ongoing across the country.

        Dan Barham Director, Place Strategy, Lemay

        Passionate about mobile work, Dan has 10 years of experience in workplace and 6 years of experience in Strategic Planning and Program Management. As the Director of Workplace Strategy at Lemay, he delivers tailored strategies that optimize workplace environments and elevate employee brand experience. After 3 years managing one of Canada’s largest pre-COVID hybrid work programs, and a background in portfolio optimization & analysis, space planning, and business unit engagement – Dan’s goal is to help develop creative and custom solutions through a scalable and transdisciplinary approach.

        Zarina Ramal-Shah Associate Director, Workscale, Lemay

        Zarina has a passion for workplace strategy and research and has aided many public and private sector clients on ways to leverage current ways of working, attraction, retention, and real estate footprint to maximize their portfolio. She is an Associate as well as the Director of Strategic Analysis housing the Workscale™ toolkit, an in-house workplace planning program that specializes in creating analytic business cases for flexible work strategies, activity-based work settings, and mobility. She brings her experience in developing and implementing client-specific programs and comprehensive assessments of over 15M sq. ft. of space. With her eye on the horizon and its new wave of technologies such as Machine Learning and Computer Automation, Zarina is helping groups to prepare for the modern workplace environment.

        Friday, April 08

        My Cart

        9:30 AM

        Mischa Couvrette Founder
        Hollis + Morris
        Paolo Ferrari Founder
        Studio Paolo Ferrari
        Samuel Lambert
        Samuel Lambert President
        Lambert & Fils

        Canadian Product Design: Risks, Rewards & Making It Across the Border

        • Building the Design Business

        1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

        Join Mischa Couvrette of Hollis+Morris, Paolo Ferrari of Studio Paolo Ferrari, and Samuel Lambert of Lambert & Fils, as the entrepreneurs discuss the ins and outs of designing, marketing and manufacturing furniture and lighting in Canada. The designers divulge how they have disrupted the usual playbooks to create unique business models and make recognizable brands that are celebrated here and abroad.

        Mischa Couvrette Founder, Hollis + Morris

        Mischa Couvrette credits his inherent knack for building for the international success of Hollis + Morris. Since establishing the brand five years ago, he has shown his collections – including such memorable pieces as the Willow pendants, Oldtown Stool and Pier Dining Table – both at home in Toronto and at design fairs like New York’s ICFF. Couvrette’s designs display an unwavering truth to materials – a reflection of his straight-shooting nature – and building Hollis + Morris (named after a Halifax intersection where he once lived as a Dalhousie marine biology major) as a brand has revealed both his unique creativity and extraordinary ambition.

        Paolo Ferrari Founder, Studio Paolo Ferrari

        The founder of the eponymous Studio Paolo Ferrari focuses both on objects and interiors, and is at work in projects throughout North American and the Middle East. Throughout his career, Ferrari has worked with luxury heavyweights including Four Seasons, Viceroy Hotels and Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH). The studio’s work emerges through the pursuit of inventive and resonant concepts, led by design strategy, refinement and integrity. At its most fundamental, it believes that design is about celebrating the human experience.

        Samuel Lambert President, Lambert & Fils

        Samuel Lambert founded Lambert & Fils in 2010, when he opened up a small design shop on Rue Beaubien in Montreal. Growing up in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Lambert spent his childhood observing his father, a ceramic artist, at his home studio. The legacy came full-circle shortly after the birth of his youngest son, as Lambert began gathering his original designs under a new concept—Lambert & Fils (Lambert & Sons).

        Nearly a decade later, Lambert & Fils has become one of the world’s most energized hubs for collaborative design. Samuel Lambert continues to lead the studio as Artistic Director. His humility, fascination with materials and commitment to the handmade remains at the heart of Lambert & Fils.

        9:30 AM

        Amy Mereles Account Manager
        Caesarstone

        Understanding the Future Workplace and Quartz’s Role in Improved Safety and Comfort” with Caesarstone

        • Climate Change & Social Responsibility

        1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

        The workplace is changing — and not just where people work but how and when. Changing employee preferences and attitudes combined with new health and safety expectations are causing organizations to rethink their office space design and homeowners to take a second look at their home office. Quartz surfaces, most often specified for the kitchen and bathroom, also have wide-ranging applications for workspaces thanks to superior hygienic and performance properties. This course will explore workplace changes; where people are working now and why; how architects can position themselves to reshape the workplace; and the role of quartz surfaces in improving consumer health, safety, and comfort.

        Sponsored by:

        Amy Mereles Account Manager, Caesarstone

        Amy is passionate about building productive relationships with clients, partners and team members. She is well-versed in identifying market trends and customer needs to create highly targeted sales development goals, excelling to surpass quotas and generating profits. A company and Brand Ambassador with over 24 years’ experience within the design and construction industry. Amy is a talented and effective communicator who brings an energetic approach to work and a friendly outgoing personality consistently. She is a strategic leader with a track record of successfully expanding market share while ensuring existing client loyalty and satisfaction.

        9:30 AM

        Jaegap Chung
        Jaegap Chung Principal
        Studio JCI

        CLIP Homes and Toronto’s Housing Crisis

        • Innovation & Technology Trends

        1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

        Toronto has a housing supply problem. As the population in Toronto increases, the only current solution is to oversaturate cities with high-rise condominiums. CLIP Homes aims to reconfigure residential detached housing in order to create sustainable and thoughtful multi-plex housing. This presentation will explore how through the gentle densification of this low-rise sustainable housing system, CLIP can create a balanced housing supply, multi-generational housing and unlock the equity of homeowners.

        Jaegap Chung Principal, Studio JCI

        Born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in South India, Jaegap Chung holds a professional Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Toronto and is a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Ontario Association of Architects. His innate ability to forge collaborative relationships across disciplines, to streamline communication and maximize the value and quality of a project was initially developed working at several of Toronto’s most prominent architectural firms.

        Jaegap founded Studio JCI with his partner Sue Jean Chung in 2007, with the shared goal of creating timeless buildings that contribute to the social, economic, and cultural fabric of cities. A commitment to finding creative, practical and affordable solutions to Toronto’s urban planning problem led to the development of Studio JCI’s Multi-Tach Ventures: Addressing Housing Infrastructure. Multi-Tach is a long-term, sustainable, multi-generational solution to the problem of Toronto’s affordable housing crisis.

        9:30 AM

        Karim Guirguis Regional General Manager
        Cosentino

        On the Surface: Sustainability, Innovation, Function & Design

        • Innovation & Technology Trends

        1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

        It’s time to think beyond the countertop when it comes to surfaces for both commercial and residential design. Facades, pool inlays, cabinetry fronts, and even furniture are just a few of the possible application formats architects and designers are specifying for when it comes to stone. There’s a lot of consideration when choosing a surface, including climate resistance, colour selection, functionality, and sustainable innovation. During this seminar, attendees will learn to select the right surface for their projects while being mindful of sustainability – a significant design trend in recent years. When sustainability is a core feature for manufacturers, the domino effect creates positive change and allows designers to improve the eco-design narrative. Surface selection is one of the most essential details when it comes to design. Learn to effectively select the option that makes the most sense.

        Sponsored by:

        Karim Guirguis Regional General Manager, Cosentino

        Karim Guirguis is the Regional General Manager of Cosentino Quebec, Ottawa, and Atlantic Canada. As a 15-year veteran of the tile industry and a designer, his passion for the company does not go unnoticed from his staff to the clients he serves.

        10:30 AM

        Michael Leckie Photo credit: Luis Valdizon
        Michael Leckie Principal Architect
        Leckie Studio Architecture + Design
        Gaile Guevara Founder and Creative Director
        Gaile Guevara Studio

        Full House – A Prototype for Adaptable Multi-Generational Housing

          1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

          Full House – A keynote discussing a Prototype for Adaptable Multi-Generational Housing by Michael Leckie, Principal Architect, Leckie Studio Architecture & Gaile Guevara, Interior Designer, Gaile Guevara Studio.

          Based in Vancouver, Canada, Leckie Studio Architecture + Design is an interdisciplinary design studio founded in 2015 by principal architect Michael Leckie. The studio engages in the practice of design across a range of scales and media – including architecture, interiors, installations, and product design.

          Gaile Guevara leads Vancouver-based Gaile Guevara Design Studio. With more than twenty years of experience and international reach, Gaile Guevara Studio is an impact-driven interior design studio rooted in sustainable practices and grounded in the belief that good design should be accessible to everyone.

          Sponsored by:

          Michael Leckie Principal Architect, Leckie Studio Architecture + Design

          Leckie Studio Architecture + Design

          Leckie Studio Architecture + Design is an interdisciplinary design studio based in Vancouver, Canada. The studio was founded in 2015 by principal architect Michael Leckie. We engage in the practice of design across a range of scales and media – including architecture, interiors, installations, and product design. We are a young, ambitious practice that seeks to initiate cultural change through design. We challenge assumptions and seek unexpected outcomes.

          Our residential and commercial projects are informed by an environmental sensitivity that includes an emphasis on passive solar design and sustainability, as well as a scenario-based approach to program and form. Our design process is committed to a rigorous process of discovery – the core of the practice relies on a deeply-rooted fascination with the act of making. We are fundamentally creative problem solvers and design thinkers, and understand that the process of delivering a design solution is as important as the formulation of the design solution itself.
          Leckie Studio works in a highly collaborative manner, and has developed an internal digital visualization lab to create an integrated workflow for testing and development of design ideas. Having a dedicated in-house team for digital visualization allows the studio to help clients understand the full impact of iterative design decisions on both functional and aesthetic levels.

          Recent awards and honors include the 2021 RAIC Emerging Architectural Practice Award, 2018 Emerging Firm Award from the Architectural Institute of British Columbia, 2017 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence for Full House, 2017 Canadian Interiors Best of Canada Award for Cha Le Tea Merchant, and 2016 Canadian Architect Award of Merit for our work with The Backcountry Hut Company. Michael’s work has been featured in publications including FRAME, Arcade, Wallpaper, Azure, and Canadian Architect, among others.

          Photo credit: Luis Valdizon

          Gaile Guevara Founder and Creative Director, Gaile Guevara Studio

          Gaile Guevara leads Vancouver-based Gaile Guevara Design Studio. With more than twenty years of experience and international reach, Gaile Guevara Studio is an impact-driven interior design studio rooted in sustainable practices and grounded in the belief that good design should be accessible to everyone. Gaile Guevara Studio intimately engages with the client, assessing their needs and wants on a deeper level while harmonizing these findings with the studio’s values including reducing environmental impact and supporting ethically produced products and trade practices. Their team is comprised of both female architects and interior designers lending to finely detailed services focused on both interior architecture and interior design. They work alongside architects, engineers and tradespeople with an integrative approach fully understanding the design-build process, while cultivating collaboration and community through intentional like-minded partnerships with local makers and tradespeople.

          11:30 AM

          David Fortin
          David Fortin Principal Architect
          Professor, School of Architecture, University of Waterloo
          Eladia Smoke Principal Architect
          Smoke Architecture
          Chen Cohen
          Chen Cohen Partner, Interior Design
          DIALOG
          Craig Applegath
          Craig Applegath Partner & Architect
          DIALOG

          Many Hands: Indigenous Co-Design for Higher Education

          • Climate Change & Social Responsibility

          1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

          This panel discussion explores the integration of Indigenous and western knowledge as a driver of sustainable construction, and the role of a collaborative design process in the creation of inclusive educational spaces, using Toronto’s Centennial College the A-Block Expansion Building as a case study. Designed by DIALOG with Smoke Architecture, the net-zero carbon, mass timber building is a sustainable landmark in the making — and a built embodiment of the college’s commitment to truth and reconciliation. The convergence of sustainable innovation with Indigenous principles is at the heart of a collaborative design process rooted in the paradigm of “two-eyed seeing,” a Mi’kmaq concept of observing the world through both an Indigenous and western lens. In lieu of a sole architectural author, the project fulfills its social and environmental purpose through an inclusive and interdisciplinary design process.

          David Fortin Principal Architect, Professor, School of Architecture, University of Waterloo

          PhD, OAA, SAA, MAA, Architect AAA, MRAIC, LEED AP

          Born and raised throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan, David Fortin is a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (MRAIC), a LEED accredited professional, and a registered architect in the provinces of Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Alberta. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Edinburgh in 2009 and has since taught undergraduate and graduate courses in architectural design, history and theory, in the UK, USA, and Canada. David was the inaugural Associate Director of the Maamwizing Indigenous Research Institute and the Director of the McEwen School of Architecture from 2018-2021. He is a citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario and member of the RAIC Indigenous Task Force that ‘seeks ways to foster and promote indigenous design in Canada’.

          From 2019-2021, David co-edited an issue of Scapegoat Journal with Associate Professor Adrian Blackwell (University of Waterloo) focusing on the delineation of land through notions of property, with particular emphasis on colonial frameworks in this process. He has advised Indigenous Services Canada on the Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative and has worked with multiple Métis and First Nations communities across Canada through community-led design processes. In 2018, David was co-curator of UNCEDED: Voices of the Land, Canada’s official representation at the Venice Biennale. In collaboration with other firms in 2019, David T Fortin Architect Inc. also worked for the Assembly of First Nations to provide an Indigenous vision for the proposed Indigenous Peoples’ Space in Ottawa.  His multi-year research project into Red River Métis contributions to architectural thinking was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and has emerged as central to evolving discussions about Métis architecture, both historically and in contemporary terms.

          Eladia Smoke Principal Architect, Smoke Architecture

          KaaSheGaaBaaWeak | Eladia Smoke is Anishinaabekwe from Obishikokaang | Lac Seul First Nation, with family roots in Alderville First Nation, Winnipeg, and Toronto. Eladia has worked in architecture since 2002, founded Smoke Architecture as principal architect in 2014, teaches as a Master Lecturer at Laurentian’s McEwen School of Architecture, and serves as a founding member of RAIC’s Indigenous Task Force.

          Eladia represented Canada at the 2018 Venice Biennale Unceded exhibition as part of an international team of Indigenous designers and architects. Current professional work includes community-based and institutional projects working alongside Indigenous stakeholders, collaborating with First Nation communities, and listening closely to our Elders.

          Chen Cohen Partner, Interior Design, DIALOG

          Cohen (who formally goes by her last name) joined DIALOG in 2019 and brought an impressive wealth of knowledge and experience to their Toronto studio. As an integrated designer with a background in both interior design and architecture, she offers a holistic and detailed approach to every project. Cohen brings considerable experience to their diverse portfolio of institutional projects including civic, cultural, and educational buildings.

          With the aim of creating timeless interiors, Cohen is known for her thoughtful engagement of project stakeholders, critical thinking around inclusive design, and forming a cohesive design approach to buildings from the inside out. With a methodical, hands-on approach, she works collaboratively on integrated projects from early design through to construction.

          Cohen’s refined design and delivery of clean, crisp, and elegant contemporary interiors have been recognized nationally and internationally. She has received seven ARIDO awards, five Canadian Interiors awards, and two Design Exchange awards, among many others.

          Craig Applegath Partner & Architect, DIALOG

          Architect, urban designer, and zero-carbon building pioneer, Craig is a founding partner of DIALOG’s Toronto studio. Craig trained first as a biologist and then as an architect and urban designer. He is passionate about finding planning and design solutions that make sense in a world challenged by climate change and environmental deterioration.

          Craig has focused on leading complex, sustainable planning, and design projects since he graduated from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University with a Master of Architecture in Urban Design. He is internationally recognized for his design and advocacy of zero-carbon regenerative buildings and cities, as well as mass timber design. Craig’s role on the DIALOG team includes master planning and designing institutional projects like higher education and healthcare facilities. A great example of this is the recent Centennial College Zero-Carbon Mass Timber project.

          11:30 AM

          Marla Baker
          Marla Baker Founder
          MARLABAKER.CA
          Kimberley Seldon CEO and Owner
          The Business of Design™
          Laura Kohler
          Laura Kohler Senior Vice President, HR, Stewardship & Sustainability
          Kohler
          Heidi Rose
          Heidi Rose Associate Director - Practice Lead, Interior Design
          IBI Group
          Matt Davis Founding Partner
          DesignAgency
          Paolo Ferrari Founder
          Studio Paolo Ferrari

          The Responsibility of Design – A Conversation and Q&A with Laura Kohler and Matt Davis, Paolo Ferrari and Heidi Rose. Hosted by Kimberley Seldon and Marla Baker.

          • Big Ideas

          1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

          Sponsored by: KOHLER Signature Store by EMCO Corporation

          Join Laura Kohler – Senior Vice President – HR, Stewardship & Sustainability, Kohler Company; Matt Davis – Founding Partner, Design Agency; Paolo Ferrari – Principal, Studio Paolo Ferrari; and Heidi Rose – Associate Director of Design, IBI Group for this highly-anticipated panel discussion. 

          Aesthetics, user experience, delighting the customer. Colour, texture, form, shape, space and line. These are all the roles design plays in our life. But who says design needs to conform to predefined standards and style? And who says design can’t come from unexpected places? At Kohler, we are redefining design and reimagining how we deliver on our promise of conserving and considering nature and inclusivity throughout the product lifecycle.

          Key Learnings:

          • Designing for the environment and how to bring nature into design in a way that also benefits the environment like turning waste originally destined for landfills into beautiful tiles
          • Understanding consumer demand for sustainable products without compromise and how to engage clients in your sustainability design journey while delivering a gracious experience
          • What it means to be responsible and inclusive in today’s world of design and making places and spaces usable by everyone, regardless of circumstance

          Audience Q&A to follow.

          Sponsored by:

          Marla Baker Founder , MARLABAKER.CA

          Marla Baker is a Business Development Specialist with a unique ability to connect luxury brands and services with the Architecture & Design Community. Marla is a known advocate for Interior Designers, Decorators, Architects and Kitchen & Bath professionals. She is also a provider of quality presentations, events, CEU webinars and virtual marketing. Recognized as a ‘matchmaker’ with luxury brands and designers. Marla produces results for the companies she represents while supporting and understanding the needs of the design community.

          Kimberley Seldon CEO and Owner, The Business of Design™

          Kimberley Seldon is a designer, broadcaster and writer who advocates for spaces that celebrate the people who live in them. Educated at California State University and trained in Toronto, she has been in private practice since 1991. Based in Toronto and Los Angeles, the award-winning Kimberley Seldon Design Group today creates exceptional living spaces for exceptional people throughout North America. In 2006, Kimberley founded Business of Design – an online learning platform for independent designers – to share what she’s learned about how professionalism powers creativity. She continues to coach and speak to aspiring designers around the world, and to be inspired by their passion.

          Laura Kohler Senior Vice President, HR, Stewardship & Sustainability, Kohler

          Laura E. Kohler is a business leader who is passionate about driving purposeful change in our workplace and world, while being a leader at one of the oldest and largest privately held companies in America.

          Taking a holistic approach to managing Kohler’s 36,000 global workforce, Laura has spent much of her 29-year career maintaining the long-standing values of Kohler Co., while bringing an evolved sense of social consciousness and people leadership to the forefront. In her unique capacity as chief human resources officer and social-impact champion, she fuses both people and purpose leadership while fostering a culture of innovation in product design and all aspects of the Kohler experience.

          Heidi Rose Associate Director - Practice Lead, Interior Design, IBI Group

          Heidi Rose is a team design lead with well over a decade of experience in the field of Interiors. She specializes in conceptual design in both hospitality and high-rise residential interiors. With her experience she has developed a keen eye for detail with the utmost attention to quality and design, and has the ability to establish and identify creativity in each new opportunity. Some of Heidi’s experience is built from working on the Public Hotel in Chicago, the Editions Hotel in Miami, and the St. Regis Hotel in Mexico City, to name a few, during her growth at Yabu Pushelberg. IBI Group initiatives have brought her multiple high-rise residential opportunities ranging from high to low end markets making her experience vast and adaptable. The ties between hospitality and residential design are like-minded in creating lasting interiors to surprise the visual senses of the end user.

          Matt Davis Founding Partner, DesignAgency

          With a fresh perspective and enthusiasm for unique solutions, Matt brings a high level of energy and creativity to DesignAgency’s major projects. Recent work includes the adaptive re-use projects for Camrost Felcorp at Imperial Plaza, the Yorkville Plaza, and the Cumberland. Currently, Matt is working with the Hyatt Group in Cleveland to re-imagine their historic landmark property. Matt has lectured at the University of Toronto, McGill University, and the Institute Without Boundaries. He has been a studio professor at the University of Toronto School of Architecture, Landscape and Design and is a recurring guest critic there. Matt holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Toronto.

          Paolo Ferrari Founder, Studio Paolo Ferrari

          The founder of the eponymous Studio Paolo Ferrari focuses both on objects and interiors, and is at work in projects throughout North American and the Middle East. Throughout his career, Ferrari has worked with luxury heavyweights including Four Seasons, Viceroy Hotels and Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH). The studio’s work emerges through the pursuit of inventive and resonant concepts, led by design strategy, refinement and integrity. At its most fundamental, it believes that design is about celebrating the human experience.

          11:30 AM

          Zenon Radewych Principal
          WZMH Architects
          Julie Morin Director IoT Solutions
          Microsoft

          Building For Our Future: Exploring Technology-Forward Architecture

          • Innovation & Technology Trends

          1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

          As climate change continues to be an increasing concern and global energy reduction targets become more ambitious, there has never been a more important time to think about what the buildings of our future will look like, and how smart technologies can improve their functionality and sustainability. This presentation will explore how WZMH Architects is rethinking the traditional architectural design process, creating its own internal ‘innovation lab’ to discover new insights about how people live, work and play in both residential and commercial buildings – and then create prototypes and built form concepts to make them greener, smarter, and more efficient. WZMH will share concepts and ideas developed to date, lessons learned, and how we can actively redesign the industry.

          Zenon Radewych Principal, WZMH Architects

          Zenon Radewych has directed multi-disciplinary consultant teams on some of WZMH’s largest projects. He has a strong record of performance, meeting tight schedules on fast track projects, including office buildings, entertainment complexes, mission critical facilities nd both corporate and retail interiors. Zenon brings energy, enthusiasm and rigour to the management of each project in which he is involved. His strength in organizational clarity is paralleled by the speed of his response. Over the past 3 years, Zenon has spearheaded the firm’s research and development into prefab/modular and offsite construction as well as smart building technologies with a focus on low-voltage and IoT enabled systems. In the past 2 years, he has overseen the development and completion of 10 different smart building solutions, some of which are ready for manufacturing.

          Julie Morin Director IoT Solutions, Microsoft

          11:30 AM

          Wendy Hicken
          Wendy Hicken Founder
          Interior Design Master Class

          Powerful Ways to Keep Your People Motivated & Inspired

          • Building the Design Business

          1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

          Why should motivating and inspiring your team be a company-wide priority? In these uncertain times, now is the opportunity to unite and inspire your team using strategic vision and transparency, as well as prevent burnout. Learn how setting and sharing your vision will keep your team aligned, increase productivity, and allow everyone to grow in the same direction. Learn that, when you are transparent with your team about your operational priorities and goals, you empower them to make decisions in the best interest of your business.

          Wendy Hicken Founder, Interior Design Master Class

          Wendy is the brainchild behind Interior Design Master Class. She helps interior designers get laser-focused on building meaningful businesses that make them prosper and deeply satisfied. She believes that when we live more out of intention, we stay in the driver’s seat of our life. With a healthy cocktail of vision casting, action and cheerleading, she motivates as much as she cracks the whip.

          11:30 AM

          Dmytriy Pereklita
          Dmytriy Pereklita President
          dkstudio Architects

          What do architecture, design and cleaning the planet have to do with each other, and why should you care?

          • Climate Change & Social Responsibility

          1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

          Unfortunately this seminar has been cancelled. All registered attendees have been contracted by the IDS team. If you have any questions please contact info@interiordesignshow.com

          The presentation finds the required connection between architecture, design and cleaning the planet, while explaining it from the lens of the planet’s necessity to evolve to greener processes. Among many things, the presentation highlights dkstudio’s journey toward implementing its environmental initiative – One Piece A Day – and how with this vision, the firm is starting to think about smarter and more sustainable construction methods that involve reduction of plastic pollution.

          Dmytriy Pereklita President, dkstudio Architects

          12:30 PM

          Brigitte Shim
          Brigitte Shim Principal
          Shim-Sutcliffe Architects

          Place, Site and Building by Brigitte Shim, Architect, Shim-Sutcliffe Architects

            1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

            Brigitte Shim will join the IDS Toronto trade audience for a keynote presentation on the theme of Place, Site and Building. Shim will discuss the concepts of place, site and building when considering and approaching work in the built environment. Shim-Sutcliffe will also share selected interior projects along with their probing investigations into furniture, lighting and hardware. Brigitte Shim will also share her own insights from the earlier years of her career, lessons learned and advice for the those just launching their careers.

            Shim is a principal of Shim-Sutcliffe Architects and with her partner A. Howard Sutcliffe they are committed to design excellence producing a significant body of exceptional work across multiple scales from architecture, landscape, interiors, furniture to hardware. Their architectural work explores placemaking through investigations into materiality, craft and tectonics. In 2021, both Shim and Sutcliffe were deeply honored to be jointly awarded the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (RAIC) Gold Medal.

            Sponsored by:

            Brigitte Shim Principal, Shim-Sutcliffe Architects

            Brigitte Shim is a principal of Shim-Sutcliffe Architects and with her partner A. Howard Sutcliffe they are committed to design excellence producing a significant body of exceptional work across multiple scales from architecture, landscape, interiors, furniture to hardware. Their architectural work explores placemaking through investigations into materiality, craft and tectonics. In 2021, both Shim and Sutcliffe were deeply honoured to be jointly awarded the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (RAIC) Gold Medal.

            Professor Brigitte Shim is also a faculty member at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. She was born in Kingston Jamaica and completed her architectural and environmental design studies at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Brigitte Shim has been an invited visiting professor at Yale University’s Graduate School of Design, the Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne, Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, The Cooper Union, The University of Auckland and others. She has served on numerous international, national and local juries always advocating for design excellence.

            1:30 PM

            Afshin Mehin Designer, Founder
            Card79

            Designing with Brain Computer Interfaces 101

            • Innovation & Technology Trends

            1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

            Humans controlling machines with their minds, what in the world?! This may sound like something from a sci-fi movie, however, it’s already possible with brain-computer interfaces. BCI technology allows a human brain to “talk” to an external device such as a computer that reads your brain’s electrical signals, allowing your mind to directly control machines. When designing without the physical constraints of the body, the possibilities are endless. Brain Computer Interface technology is in the not-too-distant future which means we need to start thinking about them now. In this seminar, Afshin Mehin, an expert on the technology will give a concise introduction to what it is, how it is disrupting present practice and what it means for the future of design. Ultimately, Brain-Computer Interfaces could restructure and improve interior design in the future which will be a main focus in this conversation.

            Afshin Mehin Designer, Founder, Card79

            Afshin Mehin is the founder of Card79, a design studio based in San Francisco helping companies give form to the future. Afshin has connect with clients ranging from startups such as Neuralink and Noon Home to large organizations such as Amazon, Lululemon and Ford. Card79 had the privilege to partner with Elon Musk to design Neuralink – the world’s first brain wearable device. The studio designed the Link which was the part of the system that a person would wear daily.

            1:30 PM

            Kimberley Seldon CEO and Owner
            The Business of Design™
            Marla Baker
            Marla Baker Founder
            MARLABAKER.CA

            Business of Design®’s Kimberley Seldon and MARLABAKER.CA present “No more Negotiating” Sponsored by Sherwin Williams

            • Building the Design Business

            1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

            Own your authority, protect your value and satisfy your clients. Who has more experience running a design firm, you or your clients? You, of course. So why would you allow clients to dictate terms that have an immediate and sometimes unpleasant effect on you and your team? Learn how to set and maintain clear and firm boundaries when it comes to fees, margins, work order and process.

            Learning Outcomes: 

            • Where confidence really comes from
            • Which rules should be non-negotiable
            • Anticipate the most challenging project situations
            • How to stand firm in your rules
            • What a mature design business looks like
            • How to create rules that provide you with peace of mind, greater earnings and more freedom

            Sponsored by:

            Kimberley Seldon CEO and Owner, The Business of Design™

            Kimberley Seldon is a designer, broadcaster and writer who advocates for spaces that celebrate the people who live in them. Educated at California State University and trained in Toronto, she has been in private practice since 1991. Based in Toronto and Los Angeles, the award-winning Kimberley Seldon Design Group today creates exceptional living spaces for exceptional people throughout North America. In 2006, Kimberley founded Business of Design – an online learning platform for independent designers – to share what she’s learned about how professionalism powers creativity. She continues to coach and speak to aspiring designers around the world, and to be inspired by their passion.

            Marla Baker Founder , MARLABAKER.CA

            Marla Baker is a Business Development Specialist with a unique ability to connect luxury brands and services with the Architecture & Design Community. Marla is a known advocate for Interior Designers, Decorators, Architects and Kitchen & Bath professionals. She is also a provider of quality presentations, events, CEU webinars and virtual marketing. Recognized as a ‘matchmaker’ with luxury brands and designers. Marla produces results for the companies she represents while supporting and understanding the needs of the design community.

            1:30 PM

            David Peterson Principal
            David Peterson Architect Inc.

            Cul·De·Sacs and Courtyards: Biophilic Housing Solutions for Children

            • Climate Change & Social Responsibility

            1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

            The seminar takes a child’s social needs as a basis for examining housing design. We discover that Cul∙de∙sacs and Courtyards have much in common as social and biophilic typologies. The close relationship between their home and a shared social space provides young children with a degree of independence unmatched by other housing choices. The lessons learned from these housing types is used as an analysis tool for critiquing the design of towers. The result is a series of design and policy proposals that would make towers more accommodating to children’s wellbeing.

            David Peterson Principal, David Peterson Architect Inc.

            David Anand Peterson, OAA
            David Peterson Architect Inc., Principal
            Sheridan College, Prof. of Arch. Technology

            David Peterson is a Canadian architect and educator that has focused on housing. His published writings and projects reflect his view that architecture should serve people and the urban ecological environment they inhabit. We see this in his carefully crafted houses and multi‐residential architecture that continues to evolve toward a deeper relationship between design and well‐being.

            1:30 PM

            Daniel Ling Principal
            Montgomery Sisam
            Abi Bond Executive Director, Housing Secretariat
            City of Toronto
            Enda McDonagh Principal
            Montgomery Sisam

            Design-Forward Affordable Housing – Lessons from Rapid Prototyping

            • Innovation & Technology Trends

            1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

            The housing crisis is top of mind in Ontario these days. Among the most pressing issues in our province is its overburdened shelter system, exacerbated in recent years by the COVID-19 pandemic. To build better quality, long-term supportive housing – and build it quickly – many municipalities are turning to modular construction. With kick-off to occupancy a mere 8 months apart, modular construction demands rapid execution from designers to deliver solutions that work. This presentation considers the current housing crisis, the rapid delivery model and how it is contributing to the City of Toronto’s larger housing strategy. It looks critically at the modular design process and the unique opportunities prefabrication offers in terms of quality control and quality improvement on an accelerated timeline. It also considers the stigma associated with this kind of efficiency, and the ways in which designers are innovating within the parameters of modular construction to create beautiful, contextual homes that respond to the different functional needs of the vulnerable peoples they serve. And it offers examples of modular housing projects in different stages of development, and key lessons learned through the evolution of this work. Finally, attendees will here about how modular design and construction are answering the call to action in crux of climate change.  These high-caliber projects are an important response to a pressing social problem. But more than that, they demonstrate good design, sustainable design isn’t just for those that can afford it.

            Daniel Ling Principal, Montgomery Sisam

            Daniel Ling is an award-winning architect and a Director of Toronto-based practice Montgomery Sisam. Over the last 20 years, Daniel has worked across many industry sectors, with a focus on social and civic infrastructure projects. He is an impassioned advocate for positive city-building and believes in design that celebrates diversity of scale, of built form, of open space, of people and of experience. And he is widely recognized for his hands-on practice that invites meaningful dialogue between all project stakeholders. Daniel is a former member of the Infrastructure Advisory Board for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He currently sits on the City of Brampton Urban Design Review Panel.

            Abi Bond Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, City of Toronto

            Abi Bond leads the City of Toronto’s Housing Secretariat. She moved to Canada in 2007 and has worked on affordable housing policy and delivery for both the City of Calgary and the City of Vancouver. She took up her current position early in 2020 and leads the HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan, which includes policies, programs and projects, delivered in partnership with private and community housing partners. She believes that having a home is essential to our health and well-being, and that housing has a vital role in our COVID-19 recovery, and also in addressing broader inequities in Toronto.

            Enda McDonagh Principal, Montgomery Sisam

            Enda McDonagh is a Principal at Toronto-based practice Montgomery Sisam. Enda came to Montgomery Sisam ten years ago with an impressive pedigree of work overseas. He has since helped guide a number award-winning projects in mental health, formative education, higher education and transitional housing. He is committed in his practice to deliver architecture that performs at the highest standards – functionally, technically, and environmentally. Enda is currently managing the City of Toronto’s pioneering modular supportive housing projects and is a key facilitator in blending high quality design and advanced building science with the latest construction techniques to create more resilient, responsive homes for vulnerable Ontarians. Enda is a certified Passive House Consultant.

            1:30 PM

            Ian Rolston Lead Consultant
            Decanthropy

            Reconciliation: The Intersection of Race and Space

            • Climate Change & Social Responsibility

            1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

            SPACE – Understand the importance of space to our overall wellbeing.

            RACE – Unlearn misconceptions to Identify the layers of human need to consider as design professionals when engaging in design problem solving.

            The Urgency – Understand the necessity of practicing Inclusive design methodologies when designing environments.

            SHIFT THINKING – Understand the greatest design opportunity that becomes possible at the intersection of race and space.

            This engagement will forever transform the way you see space.

            Ian Rolston Lead Consultant, Decanthropy

            Ian Rolston is a creative soul, inspired by connecting humanity to what matters most. After working for the world’s top brands and companies, he founded Decanthropy, an equity design consultancy that develops equity initiatives for brands, spaces, and built environments that make change, immediate, effective and measurable.

            As a thought leader, multi-sector designer, speaker and current President of the Interior Designers Association of Canada – the National Advocacy body for the profession, Rolston encourages relying on one’s sense of humanity to inform the practice of design. Rolston’s insights, studio workshops, project collaborations and equity strategies help leaders design better spaces to Life in.

            2:30 PM

            Dori Tunstall Dean, Faculty of Design
            OCAD University
            Evan Jerry
            Evan Jerry Principal
            Studio ANANSI
            David Fortin
            David Fortin Principal Architect
            Professor, School of Architecture, University of Waterloo

            Why We Must Recast Modern Design’s Meaning in 2022 – and Beyond

              1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

              The ‘modern’ story and resulting practices of design need to be more diverse and inclusive of various forms and aesthetics, rooted in cultures at home and around the world. How can Indigenous design principles inform the present and future of architecture? Beyond “less is more” modern minimalism, how can BIPOC perspectives broaden our acceptance of furniture and interiors that explore an array of visual languages and meanings as well as shift our stories of what is ‘good’ design? More importantly, how might these shifts open more opportunities for diverse designers to enter and flourish in the architecture and design fields?

              This panel discussion, featuring OCADU Dean of Design Dori Tunstall, Indigenous architect David Fortin and industrial designer Evan Jerry, will delve into necessity for restorying modern design and redefining ‘good’ design, in 2022 and beyond.

              Sponsored by:

              Dori Tunstall Dean, Faculty of Design, OCAD University

              Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall is a design anthropologist, public intellectual, and design advocate who works at the intersections of critical theory, culture, and design. As Dean of Design at Ontario College of Art and Design University, she is the first black and black female dean of a faculty of design. She leads the Cultures-Based Innovation Initiative with a focus on using old ways of knowing to drive innovation processes that directly benefit communities.

              With a global career, Dori served as Associate Professor of Design Anthropology and Associate Dean at Swinburne University in Australia. She wrote the biweekly column Un-Design for The Conversation Australia. In the U.S., she taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She organized the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and served as a director of Design for Democracy. Industry positions included UX strategists for Sapient Corporation and Arc Worldwide. Dori holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stanford University and a BA in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College.

              Evan Jerry Principal, Studio ANANSI

              Canadian-born Evan Jerry is a designer and artist devoted to exploring Afro and black culture and heritages through a contemporary expression.

              Evan was introduced to the mystical figure during his childhood, with the fables being passed down to him as a tool to comprehend and navigate the world. Inspired by these folklores, Evan seeks to develop new narratives through a sculptural, architectural and at times primitive approach.

              Evan Jerry established Studio ANANSI in 2018. Since that, he has collaborated with renowned American furniture brand CB2, been featured in such high-profile international magazines as Interior Design, Wallpaper, Azure, Design Milk, Architectural Digest and Sight Unseen and taken part in global design exhibitions, including the London Design Festival.

              David Fortin Principal Architect, Professor, School of Architecture, University of Waterloo

              PhD, OAA, SAA, MAA, Architect AAA, MRAIC, LEED AP

              Born and raised throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan, David Fortin is a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (MRAIC), a LEED accredited professional, and a registered architect in the provinces of Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Alberta. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Edinburgh in 2009 and has since taught undergraduate and graduate courses in architectural design, history and theory, in the UK, USA, and Canada. David was the inaugural Associate Director of the Maamwizing Indigenous Research Institute and the Director of the McEwen School of Architecture from 2018-2021. He is a citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario and member of the RAIC Indigenous Task Force that ‘seeks ways to foster and promote indigenous design in Canada’.

              From 2019-2021, David co-edited an issue of Scapegoat Journal with Associate Professor Adrian Blackwell (University of Waterloo) focusing on the delineation of land through notions of property, with particular emphasis on colonial frameworks in this process. He has advised Indigenous Services Canada on the Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative and has worked with multiple Métis and First Nations communities across Canada through community-led design processes. In 2018, David was co-curator of UNCEDED: Voices of the Land, Canada’s official representation at the Venice Biennale. In collaboration with other firms in 2019, David T Fortin Architect Inc. also worked for the Assembly of First Nations to provide an Indigenous vision for the proposed Indigenous Peoples’ Space in Ottawa.  His multi-year research project into Red River Métis contributions to architectural thinking was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and has emerged as central to evolving discussions about Métis architecture, both historically and in contemporary terms.

              3:30 PM

              Maryam Siddiqi Journalist
              Globe & Mail/Provenance
              Michael Leckie Photo credit: Luis Valdizon
              Michael Leckie Principal Architect
              Leckie Studio Architecture + Design
              Jamie Phelan
              Jamie Phelan Design Director
              DesignAgency
              Christopher Dawson
              Christopher Dawson Co-Founder & CEO
              Dimensions
              Josh Lyon Head of Marketing
              arcana

              The future of travel & wellness and the importance of sustainability with DesignAgency and Leckie Studio

              • Big Ideas

              1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

              Few industries were rocked more by the pandemic than travel. But it’s provided businesses with time to rethink their impact on the environment, and how design can facilitate experiences that are better for the planet – and for tourists. At the same time, travelers are prioritizing personal wellness and looking for opportunities to engage with nature, meet local communities and have hands-on experiences. A design-forward shift is happening in the industry, and much of it being driven by Canadian firms. This panel will discuss what’s changing, and what travelers can expect from sustainable wellness-focused travel.

              Maryam Siddiqi Journalist, Globe & Mail/Provenance

              As the Lifestyle Editor at The Globe and Mail, Maryam Siddiqi helms Globe Pursuits spanning the best in style, design, travel, food and drink, and health. As a writer, she specializes in lifestyle editorial, primarily travel and design, and her work has appeared in the National Post, Chatelaine, Report on Business, En Route and Elle Canada.

              Michael Leckie Principal Architect, Leckie Studio Architecture + Design

              Leckie Studio Architecture + Design

              Leckie Studio Architecture + Design is an interdisciplinary design studio based in Vancouver, Canada. The studio was founded in 2015 by principal architect Michael Leckie. We engage in the practice of design across a range of scales and media – including architecture, interiors, installations, and product design. We are a young, ambitious practice that seeks to initiate cultural change through design. We challenge assumptions and seek unexpected outcomes.

              Our residential and commercial projects are informed by an environmental sensitivity that includes an emphasis on passive solar design and sustainability, as well as a scenario-based approach to program and form. Our design process is committed to a rigorous process of discovery – the core of the practice relies on a deeply-rooted fascination with the act of making. We are fundamentally creative problem solvers and design thinkers, and understand that the process of delivering a design solution is as important as the formulation of the design solution itself.
              Leckie Studio works in a highly collaborative manner, and has developed an internal digital visualization lab to create an integrated workflow for testing and development of design ideas. Having a dedicated in-house team for digital visualization allows the studio to help clients understand the full impact of iterative design decisions on both functional and aesthetic levels.

              Recent awards and honors include the 2021 RAIC Emerging Architectural Practice Award, 2018 Emerging Firm Award from the Architectural Institute of British Columbia, 2017 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence for Full House, 2017 Canadian Interiors Best of Canada Award for Cha Le Tea Merchant, and 2016 Canadian Architect Award of Merit for our work with The Backcountry Hut Company. Michael’s work has been featured in publications including FRAME, Arcade, Wallpaper, Azure, and Canadian Architect, among others.

              Photo credit: Luis Valdizon

              Jamie Phelan Design Director, DesignAgency

              Christopher Dawson Co-Founder & CEO, Dimensions

              Chris Dawson is the Co-Founder and CEO of Dimensions. Prior to this, he was the Founder and CEO of Edgewood Health Network, the largest private network of residential/outpatient treatment providers in Canada. He led the merger and acquisition of Canada’s top three treatment centres to form Canada’s largest entity of treatment centres and outpatient clinics.

              Josh Lyon Head of Marketing, arcana

              Josh Lyon is the Head of Marketing for arcana, a new hospitality wellness brand offering stays at architectural cabins in the wild, with innovative experiences that unlock the restorative benefits of nature.

              With an interest in nascent industries, Josh helped build and establish some of Canada’s preeminent Cannabis brands, starting as employee #1 at Tokyo Smoke. Guiding and growing the brand from conception through fundraising and, ultimately, acquisition by Canopy Growth for +$500MM, Josh held titles including VP Marketing at Tokyo Smoke Brands to Senior Director, Partner and Premium Brands at Canopy. From there, Josh took on another burgeoning industry as the Head of Marketing and Communications for VinFast Canada, an EV producer looking to democratize access to sustainable mobility.

              A builder by nature, Josh began his start-up journey by founding Officegrocery.com in 2013, a company focused on health and wellness in the office. Previous to that, Josh led the Global Consumer Insights Division at IMI International, a marketing consulting and research firm. Here he studied consumer behaviour and worked with Fortune 100s and 500s, agencies and properties on how best to reach, engage and motivate their consumer base.

              3:30 PM

              David Moses
              David Moses Structural Engineer & Principal
              Moses Structural Engineers
              Greg Latimer
              Greg Latimer Principal
              studioCANOO
              Charles Goldsmith President
              Beeches Development Inc.
              Ian Huff Design Director
              studioCANOO
              Lee Scott Sales & Business Development Manager
              Element5

              Why Mass Timber

                1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

                With recent changes to the Building Code, mass timber is an emerging material in sustainable building that could be part of the climate change solution and the cornerstone of the country’s economic and environmental future. Our panel will explore the opportunities and challenges of designing with mass timber, advantages including reduced construction time on site, improved quality control, with the added benefit of improving the quality of workspaces. Based on years of experience designing prefabricated mass timber structures, the panel will explore considerations that are key to the successful construction of mass timber buildings – including an upcoming commercial project, the Leaside Innovation Centre.

                David Moses Structural Engineer & Principal, Moses Structural Engineers

                David is one of Canada’s foremost experts on timber structures, heavy timber, glulam and CLT, and an advocate for advances in structural engineering and industry standards. His extensive portfolio includes the first Canadian CLT and passive house buildings and the Art Gallery of Ontario renovation—the most sophisticated wood structure in North America, as well as three prestigious professional awards. The firm’s genuine nature, passion for projects and attention to detail are driven by David.

                Greg Latimer Principal, studioCANOO

                Managing Principal Greg Latimer holds both an Architecture and Engineering degree from McGill University, graduating in 1987 and has worked as a licensed architect since 1993.

                Over the past three decades, Greg has led a diverse range of complex design projects, from historic renovations and expansions to Managing community-focused buildings that combine housing and social programming. Greg’s clients and team members benefit from his wide-ranging design experience, strong project management skills and driving ambition to get things done, and done right.

                ​Greg is skilled at seeking out new methods of practice that allow for a project to respond effectively to shifts in contemporary social, economic and environmental conditions. His approach encourages a collaborative culture based around creativity and efficiency, leading projects that demonstrate thoughtful design and lasting value, within the practical constraints of time and budget.

                ​In his formative years, he worked alongside construction crews in the Yukon, giving him early insight into how architecture can be built to respond to harsh environments. Outside of the office, Greg bikes, practices yoga, plays hockey, camps and canoes.

                Charles Goldsmith President , Beeches Development Inc.

                Charles Goldsmith has been developing commercial and urban infill projects primarily in Toronto for almost 50 years. He manages the planning, design, financing, marketing and regulatory aspects of each project, collaborating with architects, engineers, City planning departments and neighbourhood groups to realize unique properties that create a positive impact in their communities. In 1985 Charles acquired the Hotel Victoria undertaking major upgrades to the exterior facade and interiors and returning the building to an elegant and much loved hospitality destination.

                His latest project is the Leaside Innovation Centre, a 6-storey flatiron office building using a mass timber structure reminiscent of the area’s industrial heritage with modern sustainability features and biophilic properties to create a healthy 21st century office environment that is beautiful and functional.

                 

                 

                Ian Huff Design Director, studioCANOO

                Ian Huff, OAA, is an Architect and the Design Director at studioCANOO.  His work exists at the overlap between architecture and urbanism, focusing on human centric building design that is sensitive to the environment, community, and site-specific context.  Through the research and implementation of new fabrication processes and advanced materials, Ian’s work seeks to further the role of architecture to foster meaningful systemic approaches to sustainability within the built environment.

                Holding a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Waterloo, Ian has over 10 years of experience working in design studios in Toronto, New York, London, Rome, and Madrid.  As a design team member, his work has been exhibited at the Royal Danish Academy and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art.  His involvement in the academic world continues as a guest critic with the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, and OCAD University.

                Lee Scott Sales & Business Development Manager, Element5

                3:30 PM

                Heather Dubbeldam Principal
                Dubbeldam Architecture + Design

                Learning from Scandinavia – Innovation in Sustainable Design

                • Climate Change & Social Responsibility

                1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

                Countries and municipalities are setting more aggressive goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy demands in new buildings to mitigate climate change. This represents a prime opportunity for architects to apply their skills and experience to lead the charge. However, sustainable high-performance and low-energy building is often still considered a technological discipline. In reality, real low energy results are achieved through the design and form of the building, and can be a generator for design innovation. Through ongoing research, Dubbeldam Architecture + Design has been exploring firsthand how Scandinavian architects set new standards for sustainable buildings in which energy efficiency and innovative design merge seamlessly, and how those best practices can be adapted to the Canadian context. Heather Dubbeldam will share her team’s ongoing research, centered on Denmark, Sweden and Norway as leaders in sustainable design, and how that research has shaped the work of her practice in Toronto.

                Heather Dubbeldam Principal, Dubbeldam Architecture + Design

                Heather Dubbeldam is the principal of Dubbeldam Architecture + Design, a multi-disciplinary studio with a diverse portfolio including workspaces, hospitality, residential, adaptive reuse, and mixed-use projects. The studio’s work has been recognized with over 70 awards, including the Canadian Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture, and their work has garnered wide recognition in national and international publications. 

                Heather has been recognized as an advocate for sustainable design and the betterment of our built environment. She has been recognized as one of the country’s leading architects by Canada’s national newspaper The Globe & Mail, and one of 30 “must know” women architects in the world by Azure magazine. She is a LEED-accredited professional, the Director of Twenty + Change (a national organization dedicated to exposing the work of emerging Canadian architects), the Chair of the advisory board of BEAT (Building Equality in Architecture Toronto), a past Chair of the Toronto Society of Architects, and a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (FRAIC). Heather is the editor and co-author of several architecture publications. 

                3:30 PM

                Walker McKinley Founder
                McKinley Studios

                What the #$@!% is Black Chamber? (And Other Questions Posed in Pursuit of a New Studio Model)

                • Building the Design Business

                1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

                The design profession is experiencing an increasing divide, between the iconic world of starchitects and celebrity designers and the commodification and down-grading of the general profession. In too many cases, the role of the designer has been reduced to little more than selecting finishes as the industry loses its seat at the table to marketing professionals, project managers, and competing design segments. At the same time, unregulated competition in the field has seen a steady negative pressure on fees. In reaction to this condition, Walker McKinley has set out to re-define the structure and purpose of his design studio as an interdisciplinary ecosystem of creative practices, tied together by collaboration and focused on their own creative agendas as much as those of their clients.

                Walker McKinley Founder, McKinley Studios

                Walker McKinley, architect, aaa, aibc, oaa, m.arch, m.des
                Fellow, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

                Walker McKinley is the founder of McKinley Studios with studios in Calgary and Vancouver. Their structure is unique. They are an ecosystem of six studios, vertically integrated and tied together by collaboration. The six studios include Black Chamber, Architecture, Interiors Studio, Procuratorial, Mosquito Agency and Matter Studio. Their strength comes from an inherent connectedness across studios, spanning strategy, architecture, interiors, branding, art, and furniture. They prioritize projects that utilize all of our studios to create truly immersive, holistic projects. Through rigor, collaboration, and artistry, they seek to create work that is, above all else, moving.

                mckinleystudios.com

                Saturday, April 09

                My Cart

                11:00 AM

                Odessa Paloma Parker
                Odessa Paloma Parker Style Contributor
                The Globe & Mail
                Shayne Fox
                Shayne Fox Founder & Designer
                Shayne Fox Hardwaree
                Richard Ouellette Founder
                Les Ensembliers
                Bret Williams Founder
                Huey Lightshop

                Designing Canada

                  1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

                  With supply chain challenges and a boom of local designers and makers, the timing has never been better to discover this country’s design talent. A group of designers from the 2022 edition of The Globe and Mail’s annual Designing Canada list highlight how collaborating with Canadian architects and designers can help you create a more dynamic space.

                  Sponsored by:

                  Odessa Paloma Parker Style Contributor, The Globe & Mail

                  Odessa Paloma Parker is a freelance writer, editor, stylist and educator. Her previous roles include Fashion News Director at FASHION Magazine; Fashion Editor for The Globe and Mail; and Head of Content for a trio of cannabis brands. Her journalistic expertise has been acknowledged by a National Magazine Award nomination, and she has served on the nominating committee for the Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards and a curatorial e-panel for London Fashion Week.

                  For the Fall 2021 semester, Odessa developed and delivered a course called ‘Storytelling and Design’ at X University. She also co-founded the event Vintage Crawl Toronto a decade ago.

                  Shayne Fox Founder & Designer, Shayne Fox Hardwaree

                  Shayne Fox is the founder and designer of Shayne Fox Hardware, a much-lauded decorative hardware company, and an Emmy-nominated, Toronto-based Production Designer and Set Decorator.

                  Compelled to make decorative hardware with clean lines that were solid and had timeless, rustic appeal, Fox began casting bronze hardware in 2017 and opened Shayne Fox Hardware. Since its inception, Fox’s hardware has been seen in Architectural Digest, Wallpaper, Elle Canada, House Beautiful, Vogue Living, Luxe, and House and Home Magazine. In 2022, Fox was named one of the country’s best in Canadian design by the Globe and Mail’s annual ‘Designing Canada’.

                  Richard Ouellette Founder, Les Ensembliers

                  Richard has over 25 years experience in all sectors of design, including fashion, styling, event planning and interior design. Early in his career, he distinguished himself by becoming one of the youngest recipients of the Griffe d’or for his fashion designs. Subsequently, he immersed himself in the world of industrial and urban design. After studying environmental design at the Université du Québec à Montréal, he worked in styling and graphic design as a project manager at an advertising agency.

                  Then, in 2004, he found his true calling as an interior designer. He joined Les Ensembliers as a design partner in 2007. In 2011, he was recognized in Quebec as one of the leaders in his field. His extensive and multidisciplinary international design experience with furniture and interiors has led him to become a master of his craft, taking the helm of Les Ensembliers as president in 2012.

                  Bret Williams Founder, Huey Lightshop

                  Established in 2020, Huey Lightshop is creatively helmed by product designer Bret Williams. A response to the Canadian-made lighting gap, Huey offers an artful approach to lighting – meeting customers at an accessible price point without compromising quality or sustainability. Living amongst the trees in Southern Georgian Bay, Bret weaves together a mix of traditional and modern influences, creating an alluring result in lighting design while collecting inspiration from her natural surroundings.

                  1:00 PM

                  Maryam Siddiqi Journalist
                  Globe & Mail/Provenance
                  Joyce Lo
                  Joyce Lo Creative Director
                  The Drake Hotel
                  Shannon Hunter
                  Shannon Hunter Founder
                  Wander the Resort
                  Eliane Cadieux
                  Eliane Cadieux Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer
                  BESIDE
                  Sarah Klash
                  Sarah Sklash Co-Founder
                  June Motel

                  Destination Chic: The Influence of Canada’s Boutique Hotel Boom on Our Living Spaces

                    1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

                    Boutique hotels are opportunities for designers and architects to experiment with new ways of living, while also offering visitors to Canada a chance to understand what defines this country’s sense of style. The designers and innkeepers behind these destinations highlight how our hospitality industry has become an ambassador for Canadian design.

                    Sponsored by:

                    Maryam Siddiqi Journalist, Globe & Mail/Provenance

                    As the Lifestyle Editor at The Globe and Mail, Maryam Siddiqi helms Globe Pursuits spanning the best in style, design, travel, food and drink, and health. As a writer, she specializes in lifestyle editorial, primarily travel and design, and her work has appeared in the National Post, Chatelaine, Report on Business, En Route and Elle Canada.

                    Joyce Lo Creative Director, The Drake Hotel

                    Shannon Hunter Founder, Wander the Resort

                    Inspired by Nordic minimalism, Tulum’s design-forward boutique hotels and County comforts, Shannon Hunter set out to redefine the resort experience from top-to-bottom with Wander the Resort—a Canadian cabin retreat like no other. Wander has since sold out multiple consecutive seasons and is one of the few resorts in Ontario to gain global recognition.

                    Eliane Cadieux Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer, BESIDE

                    As Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of BESIDE, Eliane is responsible for the brand’s vision. For the past 10 years, she has been working and advancing in communications and design. She has a hand in several creative spheres—including print, web, video, architecture, and even customer experience. Cadieux always manages to push the envelope on her projects, in part thanks to the high quality standards she sets for both herself and her team.

                    Sarah Sklash Co-Founder, June Motel

                    Sarah Sklash is the co-founder of The June Motel and co-star of the Netflix series Motel Makeover. Prior to becoming a motelier, Sarah spent a decade working in public service, with a focus on vital statistics. Sarah is a graduate of Ivey Business School.

                    Sarah is a passionate traveler, and believes that the moment you first open the doors to a new hotel room is the best feeling in the world. A globe-trotter through and through, Sarah has lived in Australia, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Israel and is now splitting her time between Bermuda and Prince Edward County. Her passions include design and good wine; holding that the best design decisions come from moments when we’re doubting whether we’ve gone too far. Further hobbies of Sarah’s include skiing, leisurely bike rides, and of course, travel.

                    3:00 PM

                    Nike Onile
                    Nike Onile Spatial Artist / Principal, Studio Ode & TV Personality
                    Studio Ode

                    A Return to Wellness: How to Rediscover a Sense of Serenity in Your Overworked Home

                      1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

                      Over the past two years, our living spaces have become Swiss army knives, morphing and changing – often in a single day – to accommodate different uses from classrooms to yoga studios to offices. Designer Nike Onile, who prioritizes wellness in interiors, speaks about how you can reclaim your home as a sanctuary that allows you to leave the pressures of the outside world at your door.

                      Sponsored by:

                      Nike Onile Spatial Artist / Principal, Studio Ode & TV Personality, Studio Ode

                      Nike Onile is a Principal designer of Studio Ode, spatial artist + master of holistic design. Believing that good design is created for all the senses, her keen eye + relentless passion to explore the humanity in design has earned her a reputation amongst a new generation of placemakers shaping Canadian cities, as hailed by FLARE magazine.

                      As Principal of Studio Ode, formally 800 SQ FT, her unique approach is underpinned by storytelling + an obsession with honouring the history of the objects she works with. A world-class traveler, Nike is known for bridging design elements with the stories of her clients;capturing simple human essence + evoking the most wondrous of emotions in the spaces she creates. Ensuring that no matter where someone’s house is, they feel “at home,” Nike stops at nothing to get to the root of what brings her clients the strongest sense of belonging.

                      Frequently featured in magazines – like Domino +House & Home, she was named amongst Entertainment Tonight’s 2021 Top Creatives To Watch as well as HELLO! Magazines Most Inspirational Female Canadian Creators of 2021. Nike’s career continues to expanded not only as an artist – with her upcoming public installation being featured in Nuit Blanche Toronto 2022 – she also shines as an on-air personality and is a design expert on Cityline, Canada’s longest running daytime talk show, collaborating with brands like Like Volvo, IKEA, Home Depot, Blanco, Cosentino and sharing her expertise on holistic design, small spaces + the art of slow living.

                      Sunday, April 10

                      My Cart

                      12:00 PM

                      Lynda Reeves
                      Lynda Reeves Founder
                      House & Home
                      Brian Gluckstein Principal
                      Gluckstein Design Planning

                      The New Mix: What We’re Loving, for the Way We Live Now

                      • House & Home Sunday

                      1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

                      What we’re loving for the way we live now. Everyone wants that curated look of old and new, modern and vintage. But how do you get there? Design legend Brian Gluckstein joins Lynda for a lively talk about his own personal favourite mix and his pet peeves. H&H Top Trends predictions are reviewed and rated by Brian and Lynda, plus the must-haves on their own wish lists, and Brian’s most wanted elements for how we’re living, post-Covid. As always, these two make for a fun talk and audience Q&A.

                      Lynda Reeves Founder, House & Home

                      Since founding House & Home magazine in 1986, Lynda Reeves has become synonymous with design and decorating in Canada. The magazine has grown to become one of North America’s most popular design lifestyle publications, spawning the French-language version Maison & Demeure, as well as countless special-interest publications in print and digital formats. In 1998, Reeves launched a daily television program focused on design, gardening, decorating and food, which was the first of its kind, and aired in several countries for nine seasons; today House & Home programming is available for streaming across multiple platforms.

                      The success of Reeves’ media empire spurred the creation of shophouseandhome.com, which offers a curated selection of design and home décor objects. Meanwhile, Reeves continues to write her monthly column in House & Home magazine, and to complete select residential interior design projects through her in-house studio.

                      Brian Gluckstein Principal, Gluckstein Design Planning

                      Acclaimed designer Brian Gluckstein is renowned for creating luxurious, liveable interiors. As principal of Gluckstein Design Planning, his portfolio includes residential projects in cities such as Aspen, Palm Beach, Miami and New York, and high-profile commercial projects such as the Four Seasons Hotel Palm Beach. Brian is internationally recognized as one of the top thirty-five designers in the world by Andrew Martin’s Interior Design Journal. His work has appeared in Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, and House Beautiful. Launched in 1999, his GlucksteinHome product collection is available at Hudson’s Bay, Home Outfitters and Lord & Taylor.

                      Brian graduated from Ryerson University’s prestigious Interior Design degree program. In 1986, he founded Gluckstein Design Planning, which has since been honoured with numerous awards for design excellence, including ARIDO Awards for Excellence in Residential, Commercial, Corporate Design, and the National Builders Association and America’s Awards for Excellence in Sales Office and Model. As a regular guest expert on nationally broadcast television show Cityline for over 20 years, Brian has offered design solutions and advice on home style. Voted Favourite Interior Designer by the readers of House and Home, in 1999 Brian launched GlucksteinHome, a complete line of home furnishings including furniture, tabletop, bedding, bath and decor bringing his elegant aesthetic to a wider public.

                      1:30 PM

                      Lynda Reeves
                      Lynda Reeves Founder
                      House & Home
                      Ali Budd
                      Ali Budd President & Principal Designer
                      Ali Budd Interiors

                      Rooms That Rock: The New Boho Style and How to Get It

                      • House & Home Sunday

                      1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

                      Ali Budd, the designer of our cover home for 2021’s Trends Issue, has a following of style-conscious homeowners who love her boho style that’s both fun and sophisticated. Learn what inspires Ali, the elements of her boho look, and see some of her favourite rooms for clients, plus a peek inside her design studio offices. Audience questions will be welcome.

                      Lynda Reeves Founder, House & Home

                      Since founding House & Home magazine in 1986, Lynda Reeves has become synonymous with design and decorating in Canada. The magazine has grown to become one of North America’s most popular design lifestyle publications, spawning the French-language version Maison & Demeure, as well as countless special-interest publications in print and digital formats. In 1998, Reeves launched a daily television program focused on design, gardening, decorating and food, which was the first of its kind, and aired in several countries for nine seasons; today House & Home programming is available for streaming across multiple platforms.

                      The success of Reeves’ media empire spurred the creation of shophouseandhome.com, which offers a curated selection of design and home décor objects. Meanwhile, Reeves continues to write her monthly column in House & Home magazine, and to complete select residential interior design projects through her in-house studio.

                      Ali Budd President & Principal Designer, Ali Budd Interiors

                      Ali Budd is the President and Creative Director of Ali Budd Interiors, an award-winning Toronto-based boutique design firm. The firm specializes in luxe residential design projects across North America with highly acclaimed projects in Toronto, New York, Florida, and Washington D.C. After graduating from The International Academy of Design in Toronto in 2006, Ali honed her skills at large architectural/interior firms and boutique studios before opening Ali Budd Interiors in 2010. Garnering international recognition, Ali is one of today’s “must-have” interior designers with work featured in Vogue, ELLE Décor, House & Home, Domino, and Architectural Digest.

                      3:00 PM

                      Lynda Reeves
                      Lynda Reeves Founder
                      House & Home
                      Diana Hamm
                      Diana Hamm art columnist
                      H&H

                      Art Talk: How to Build an Exciting Collection of Emerging Canadian Artists

                      • House & Home Sunday

                      1 IDCEC Learning Hour and Eligible for 1 OAA Learning Hour

                      You’ll know art adviser and columnist Diana Hamm from her features on emerging Canadian artists to watch in House & Home. If you’re ready to start building your collection or just want to hear about the latest sources, galleries, art fairs and online sources for the best in
                      Canadian art, don’t miss this talk. It’s Collecting 101 for us all!

                      Lynda Reeves Founder, House & Home

                      Since founding House & Home magazine in 1986, Lynda Reeves has become synonymous with design and decorating in Canada. The magazine has grown to become one of North America’s most popular design lifestyle publications, spawning the French-language version Maison & Demeure, as well as countless special-interest publications in print and digital formats. In 1998, Reeves launched a daily television program focused on design, gardening, decorating and food, which was the first of its kind, and aired in several countries for nine seasons; today House & Home programming is available for streaming across multiple platforms.

                      The success of Reeves’ media empire spurred the creation of shophouseandhome.com, which offers a curated selection of design and home décor objects. Meanwhile, Reeves continues to write her monthly column in House & Home magazine, and to complete select residential interior design projects through her in-house studio.

                      Diana Hamm art columnist, H&H

                      Diana Hamm of WK ART is a Toronto art adviser. A graduate of Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, U.K., Diana focuses on contemporary art and discovering emerging artists. She also advises private clients on acquisitions and collection-building. Find out more at wkart.ca. 

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