IDS 2020 Schedule.

Thursday, January 16

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9:00 AM

Samantha Duha Head of Business Development North America
Colour Hive

Trend Briefing: Colour, Material and Finish Forecast: Autumn/Winter 20/21

  • Future of Living

Colour Hive, the publishers of MIX Magazine, will present the global colour, material and finish forecast for Autumn/Winter 20/21. Profiling the influences driving consumer demands and four focused trend themes for the season with a view to product development and application.

Samantha Duha Head of Business Development North America, Colour Hive

Samantha Duha is the Head of Business Development in North America for Colour Hive. Colour Hive is a UK-based creative agency with 20 years experience in trend, colour and material forecasting. The Hive team identifies the influences driving consumer demands and expectations and define the outcomes in advance of the season. Colour Hive’s mission is to find that perfect place where analysis meets aesthetics for the most commercially sound and uniquely inspirational forecasts. Samantha is also an active member on the Global Partner’s Board of her family business, the Duha Group. The Duha Group is a Winnipeg-based and family-owned third generation business operating since 1949. Today, they are in the business of colour and the manufacturing of innovative printed colour collateral for the global paint, automotive, fashion, and cosmetic markets. Duha and its partners are located in 8 countries servicing customers in over 130 countries globally.

9:00 AM

Reggie MacIntosh Architectural Designer
Linebox Studio

Designing for Technology: Redefining the Contemporary Workspace

  • Technology

Without a doubt, the technology industry is leading the way in developing contemporary office spaces for the international workforce. The team at Linebox Studio has been able to respond to the unique challenges and demands of top industry leaders in e-commerce, artificial intelligence, and more – redefining the workspace along the way. There is a need for surprise, character and creativity to be integrated into a functional design, addressing every kind of individual and group work style. This session will discuss what informs these designs, how we evolve our collaborative process, and what important lessons we have learnt, working alongside a fast moving industry to create world class spaces.

Reggie MacIntosh Architectural Designer, Linebox Studio

Reggie MacIntosh is an architectural designer at Linebox Studio. Reggie ardently believes that design is a collaborative process, channeling the lived experience of clients married with architectural expertise to create something new and original, drawing deeply on intuition, judgment, and creativity. He brings this philosophy to his work and his team every day, leading many of Linebox’s flagship projects for key clients including Shopify, giving functional form to these fundamental beliefs.

9:00 AM

Anthony Fieldman Design Principal
HOK
Sharon Turner Director of Interiors
HOK

The Vertical Campus

  • Future of Living

The balance between suburban and urban workplaces is now tipping in favor of denser working and living conditions. The shift is being fueled in part by the millennial generation’s propensity to work and live in vibrant locations that don’t require owning a car, as well as newly retired baby boomers seeking to downsize and live in city centers. The vertical campus, in the form of progressive high-rise towers, incorporates a variety of settings and amenities that support working, living, and playing. This migration to urban settings comes with significant impact to designers, building owners, developers, and city planners. Today, we are focused on more blended, mixed-use solutions that are revitalizing urban zones and catering to neo-urbanites. Learn how to address business needs and maintain future flexibility within a high-rise campus.

Anthony Fieldman Design Principal, HOK

Anthony is the design principal for HOK’s Canadian practice and a member of the firm’s design board and board of directors. Based in Toronto, he provides design leadership for projects across Canada and throughout the world. Over the past twenty five years, Anthony has led or contributed to the design of more than 100 buildings in 19 countries. His projects have won 50 design awards on three continents, and his work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Venice Biennale and the National Building Museum, and has appeared in numerous publications including Newsweek, Metropolis, Wallpaper and the Wall Street Journal. Anthony captured the top education award at the prestigious World Architecture Festival.

Sharon Turner Director of Interiors, HOK

Sharon Turner has vast experience in meeting the complex, ever-changing needs of HOK’s corporate clients in Canada. She has a long track record of successfully delivered, creative solutions for large-scale, fast-track corporate projects. Sharon takes every opportunity to maximize real estate resources and implement new workplace strategies, working with clients to match their workplace requirements with their overall business objectives. Her considerable facilitation and communication skills lay the foundation for a collaborative process that engages all stakeholders and leads the way to successful results. She is equally effective at guiding and inspiring her design teams through all project phases from programming to implementation.

9:00 AM

Mark Abbott Executive Director
Engineering Change Lab
Nadine Letson Assistant General Counsel, Corporate, External and Legal Affairs
Microsoft Canada
Satsuko VanAntwerp Service Designer
Element AI
Simon Mhanna Innovation Designer
The Moment

Designing the Future of Work, Ethically

  • Future of Work

The influences of design, technology, and innovation are expanding. Designers and technologists working in these emerging and growing fields are breaking paradigms. The designs and precedents they’re creating today, are shaping the landscape of tomorrow. This has a significant and fundamental impact on the quality of people’s lives. Ethics must be embedded in the design process from creation to implementation to thoughtfully curate our future. Ethics play a central role in the product/service design and beyond. They lie at the core of the intersecting roles of user/consumers, organizations, government and technology. In the context of the Future of Work the panelist will explore the notion of Accountability and Equity as they pertain to Data & Privacy, Fairness and Inclusion, Explainability and Decision-Making.

Mark Abbott Executive Director, Engineering Change Lab

Mark currently serves as the Executive Director of the Engineering Change Lab, ss a catalyst for evolving the engineering community to reach its full potential as stewards of technology for the benefit of all. Over the past 5 years, over 130 organizations and 350+ individual leaders (CEOs, VPs, Deans, Directors) have directly leveraged the Lab’s platform, advancing understanding and action to evolve engineering. Previously, Mark served as a member of the Executive Team at Engineers Without Borders for several years. Before that, Mark spent fourteen years working for a heavy industrial consulting engineering firm based in Vancouver. Mark and his wife Colette live in Toronto with their 5 year old Felix and 2.5 year old Stella.

Nadine Letson Assistant General Counsel, Corporate, External and Legal Affairs, Microsoft Canada

Nadine Letson is the Assistant General Counsel, Corporate, External and Legal Affairs at Microsoft Canada. Based in Toronto, Nadine is responsible for the subsidiary’s Corporate, External and Legal Affairs function. In this role, she leads the team responsible for providing legal support, and government and community affairs to Microsoft Canada’s sales and marketing organization, as well as Microsoft’s development centre in Vancouver.
Nadine joined the company in 2003 as corporate counsel supporting Microsoft Canada’s sales and marketing organization. In that role, she was responsible for negotiating complex licensing and services agreements with Microsoft Canada’s government and enterprise customers, and for advising the business on compliance and regulatory matters.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Nadine was an associate at a large Toronto law firm in the firm’s technology law group. Nadine holds a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario and attended law school at Queen’s University.
During her spare time, Nadine enjoys reading, spinning and spending time with family and friends at home in Oakville, Ontario.

Satsuko VanAntwerp Service Designer, Element AI

Satsuko VanAntwerp has a track record of using research and design to effect positive change for people, products and organizations. Currently, Satsuko is a service designer and design researcher at Element AI — where she works with machine learning scientists to build people-centred, responsible, and humane AI products. Previously, she co-founded a design agency that built and implemented new social services from scratch. She managed a program at a think tank that supported government innovators and public sector intrapreneurs. And, she led end-to-end design research at a software innovation firm. Satsuko has lived in 6 countries before calling Toronto home. She holds an MBA, a Certificate in Social Research Methods and is forever a student of the world.

Simon Mhanna Innovation Designer, The Moment

Simon Mhanna is an Innovation Designer at The Moment. In addition, Simon has been leading conversations on the Future of Work in Canada, believing the future can and should be more human. Currently he teaches at The Institute Without Boundaries and is Programs Lead for the DesignTo Canada’s largest cultural design week.

9:00 AM

Afshin Mehin Founder
Studio Lead, WOKE Studio
Mark Cichy Director of Design Technology
HOK
Megan Lubaszka Regional Creative Media Leader South West
Gensler

Disruptive Technologies in Design: An Introduction

  • Technology

You’ve heard of AI, seen the VR headsets and AR filters, and know that 5G technology is coming – but what will be their impact on your work? These technologies are already beginning to disrupt multiple verticals and industries, and design is no exception. You need to understand each of these new forces in order to take advantage of the possibilities they open up – and ensure you don’t get left behind. In this quickfire session, an expert on each technology will give you a concise introduction to what it is, how it is disrupting present practice and what it means for the future of design.

Afshin Mehin Founder, Studio Lead, WOKE Studio

Afshin Mehin is the founder of WOKE Studio, a creative studio based in San Francisco and Vancouver specializing in technology product experiences that blur the boundaries between our digital and physical lives. He’s worked for client’s ranging from small startups such as Neuralink and Noon Home to large Companies such as Amazon, Lululemon and Ford. Prior to setting up WOKE, Afshin worked in San Francisco and London for design studios such as IDEO, BarberOsgerby, and Terrence Conran.

Mark Cichy Director of Design Technology, HOK

With over 18 years of experience, Mark has experience working on various architectural, BIM, innovation and research efforts. He is trained as an architect and has worked on a wide variety of complex project types, domestically and internationally, in the role of Project Architect and Senior BIM Manager. Mark is an expert in the use of BIM/PLM platforms, Application Development, BIM Collaboration Format and other open standards and tools. He serves on various committees within HOK, is a firm-wide technical leader, and teaches at academic institutions worldwide.

Megan Lubaszka Regional Creative Media Leader South West, Gensler

Megan Lubaszka is the Southwest Regional Creative Media Leader at Gensler, the largest architectural firm in the world. Megan has been instrumental in incorporating Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality into Gensler’s daily architectural practice, working both on the development side of VR/AR applications and the socialization and user experience side of the technology. She writes a weekly newsletter called Reality Check that identifies trends in VR/AR and co-hosts weekly VR Jams in which architects from any of Gensler’s 50 office can come together as avatars in the same 3d model for a “virtual site walk” with the building’s design team. Megan has guided over 3,000 people through their first Virtual Reality experience. She holds a B.Arch and M.Arch from the Tulane School of Architecture in New Orleans and worked as a designer of retail stores, shopping centers, banks, international theme parks & mixed use projects. She is a LEED AP through the US Green Building Council and an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, the World Future Society, and serves on the long-range planning committee of the Los Angeles chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute. In her free time, Megan is member of the Board of the Inception Orchestra, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, that is changing the face of music education through original composition and Virtual Reality.

10:30 AM

Eleanor Gibson
Ini Archibong

KEYNOTE: Ini Archibong In Conversation with Eleanor Gibson

    Eleanor Gibson

    Eleanor is US editor for Dezeen.

    She graduated from Newcastle University with a BA in architecture before moving to Seville, Spain to work for an architecture studio. She is also the co-founder of Foci, an online magazine for arts students, which was awarded the Deutsche Bank Award for Creative Enterprise in 2015.

    Eleanor joined Dezeen as an intern in 2015, before she was made editorial assistant in 2016, and then promoted to reporter. Eleanor moved to New York to join the US team in October 2017.

    Ini Archibong

    Ini Archibong has rapidly accelerated to the forefront his generation of designers. His work is characterised by a deep interest in master-craftsmanship and its intrinsic relationship to technology – both modern
    and ancient. Taking inspiration from the study of architecture, environmental
    and product design, as well as lifelong passions for mathematics, philosophy
    and world religions, Ini seeks to apply his vision and methods across a wide
    range of disciplines working with diverse clients across the globe including Hermès, de Sede, Bernhardt Design, Ruinart, Christofle and Vacheron Constantin.

    The son of Nigerian immigrants to the United States, Ini was born and raised in Pasadena, California, where he graduated from the Art Center College of Design. After a period living and working in Singapore and traveling widely, he moved to Switzerland to pursue further studies in luxury design and
    craftsmanship and received a master’s degree from the prestigious École
    cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL).

    Archibong’s work has been exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery in Pasadena, Triode in Paris, the Museo Bagatti Valsecchi in Milan, as well as receiving various awards at ICFF, Neocon, Wanted Design and the World Expo 2105 in Milan. He is currently collaborating with Sé Collections in London, the Friedman Benda Gallery in New York and the Dallas Museum of Art.

    Archibong currently lives and works in Neuchatel, Switzerland.

    10:30 AM

    Christina Bagatavicius Principal and Co-Founder
    Bespoke Cultural Collective

    Interactive Workshop: How Will You Design a Creative Future?

    • Future of Living

    This facilitated design jam will radically rethink how to embed creativity into everyday life. As cities face a global pandemic of loneliness, social isolation and anxiety—we need to find new ways of attaining better quality of life. This workshop focuses on the extent to which creative expression and cultural participation improves well being, and is fast becoming an integral part of healthy living. Growing evidence is emerging around how creative activities make a significant positive impact on mental and physical health. Together in break out groups we will map out the future of creativity by identifying new and unexpected ways of activating the spaces where we live, work, play and meet as a community.

    Christina Bagatavicius Principal and Co-Founder, Bespoke Cultural Collective

    Christina is Founder and Principal at Bespoke, a creative consultancy working at the intersection of creativity, public good and the future. She believes in forward-looking cultural programming, uplifting public engagement processes, and communications that captures the hearts and minds of a wider public. Christina brings over fifteen years of international experience working on renowned culture and city building projects. Some of her collaborators have included: The Bentway, The Kennedy Center of Performing Arts, Sidewalk Toronto, Mount Sinai Hospital, the Oprah Winfrey Network, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Drake Hotel and the Fogo Island Inn. Prior to launching Bespoke, she was the Curator and Head of Interpretation at the Tate in London, and she a Project Director for Bruce Mau Design. Christina holds an MA in History of Art from University College London and an Honours Philosophy BA from McGill University.

    10:30 AM

    Jennifer Reid Principal
    Barlow Reid Design Inc.
    Meghan Sherwin VP Marketing
    Keilhauer
    Ron Tite Founder and CEO
    Church+State
    Sarah Wells Olympian & Founder
    Believe Initiative

    How Purpose Can Help Design a Life & Brand You Love

    • Business of Design

    Purpose is not just a business buzzword: it’s a proven driver of employee engagement, continuous improvement, and, ultimately, growth. Purpose must be a pillar of your brand, a set of core values that you adhere to in every business practice. If they are not, employees will drift away and, at worst, your customers will feel betrayed. Keilhauer has long been at the front of driving purpose within their business. Join their VP of Marketing and a panel of successful creative entrepreneurs and thought leaders as they get passionate about their own purpose and bringing it to life within their organizations.

    Complimentary coffee generously provided in this session by Kielhauer.

    Sponsored by:

    Jennifer Reid Principal, Barlow Reid Design Inc.

    As Principal of barlow reid design inc., Jennifer Reid creates elegant contemporary interiors. By working with her Clients to understand what they hope for from their living spaces, Jennifer translates this process into a beautiful reality.
    Jennifer’s primary source of new Clients is word-of-mouth. Delighted families spread the word when asked who transformed their home into a showroom space that encompasses intimacy, family gathering, relaxing, entertaining… living.
    barlow reid has the bench-strength through a team of associates and suppliers to ensure your project is completed to your specifications on time. By balancing excellent executive capabilities with a genuinely good- natured ease, Jennifer creates Client chemistry that works time and again.
    Jennifer is excited by the media’s interest in her work. The W Network appointed her as winner of their 2010 Expert Challenge and broadcasted one of her major projects in a series called “Making House”. Jennifer has been noted in key rankings such as Toronto Creatives’ “25 Interior Designers from Toronto You Should Know About” and “Canadian House and Home” magazine has featured barlow reid’s work. Jennifer regularly appears as a guest artist on CBC’s “Stephen and Chris” where she delivers design tips and trends content with an eye for the elegantly practical.

    Meghan Sherwin VP Marketing, Keilhauer

    Meghan has 15+ years of experience in the marketing industry, both on the agency and client-side. As Vice President of Marketing at Keilhauer, she leads the portfolio of Brand, Product, Marketing, Textiles, Sustainability, Public Relations, Events, Sponsorship and Showrooms – ensuring the brand experience is integrated and supports the regional and global business goals.

    Prior to joining Keilhauer, Meghan was Vice President of Strategy at McCann guiding Fortune 100 brands such as Mastercard, while also being the Global Network Lead in the McCann WorldGroup’s Deep Tourism Practice – ensuring over 500 brands received integrated, thought leadership and support on the industries of Transportation, Accommodation, Destination and Publication. She’s been featured by Google, Queen’s University and Rotman School of Business, while sitting as an active board member to the Canadian Marketing Association and was awarded Global Web Marketing Association’s Outstanding Judge for 2016 & 2017.

    Ron Tite Founder and CEO, Church+State

    Ron has been an award-winning advertising writer and Creative Director for some of the world’s most respected brands, including Air France, Evian, Fidelity, Hershey, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft, Intel, Microsoft, Volvo and many others.

    His advertising work has been recognized by The London International Advertising Awards, The New York Festivals of Advertising, The Crystals, The Extras, The Canadian Marketing Association, The Advertising & Design Club of Canada and The Marketing Awards, to name just a few.

    He is Founder and CEO of Church+State (originally The Tite Group), a Toronto-based content marketing agency and publisher of This is That Travel Guide to Canada – a best-selling, award-winning satirical book from the creators of CBC Radio’s hit show, This Is That.

    His past work includes being Executive Producer & Host of the award-winning comedy show Monkey Toast, in addition to writing for a number of television series, penning a children’s book, and writing, performing, and producing the play The Canadian Baby Bonus. In demand as a speaker on innovation, branding and content marketing, Ron continues to speak to leading organizations all over the world about “The Expression Economy” – his take on modern business.

    Ron’s own book, Everyone’s An Artist (Or At Least They Should Be), was published by HarperCollins in 2016.

    Sarah Wells Olympian & Founder, Believe Initiative

    Obstacles don’t scare Sarah Wells. As a 400m hurdler, this Olympian’s reputation was forged through overcoming challenges and achieving the incredible. Take her debut at the London Olympics in 2012, which came despite an injury that had her sidelined her for months just the year before. Outside of competitive sports, this athlete is coaching people to pursue their goals through the Believe Initiative, an organization founded on—fittingly—a message of resilience. Evidently someone who understands the importance of self-belief and the power of purpose, you’ll want to listen-up when this Olympic semi-finalist and Pan Am Games silver medallist takes the stage.

    10:30 AM

    Eric Ginsburg Managing Director
    Gensler
    Greg Quinn Principal, CEO
    X Design
    Isabelle Talbot Principal
    Ray Inc
    Joanne Chan Principal
    SDI Design

    Can Design Still Change the World?

    • Business of Design

    We gathered four seasoned designers with a cumulative 100+ years in the industry to discuss the State of the Profession through the filter of the State of the World. While we are trained to believe we can change the world through the power of design, we live in a society that often seems to discourage us from taking action on the most compelling problems. This “fireside chat” will offer insights and approaches into making positive change on pressing social concerns. It aims to inspire us in the face of resignation and fatigue to take action individually and collectively as a profession to make the world a better place.

    Eric Ginsburg Managing Director, Gensler

    After nearly a decade as a project manager and project architect in the Gensler New York office, Eric Ginsburg moved to Toronto in 2011 to develop and lead the strategic operations of Gensler’s Toronto office. As the managing director, Eric is focused on representing clients as a trusted advisor as their real estate needs expand and evolve. Eric Ginsburg BS Architecture With a strong focus on corporate interiors, mixed-use opportunities and building repositioning projects, Eric continues to work with many long-term Gensler clients while fostering new relationships in the local market. He brings to each project a deep understanding of project management best practices, consensus building techniques and extensive knowledge of project process.

    Greg Quinn Principal, CEO, X Design

    Greg is a 25 year interior design veteran. Through that time he has worked on projects across Canada and around the world for some of the planet’s best known companies and brands. He has led the X-Design team through over 2,500 projects. His team consists of over 30 multi-disciplinary designers and project managers based in studios in Toronto, Hamilton, and Kitchener-Waterloo.

    Recent project highlights include the Indigo’s new Canadian headquarters; Entertainment One’s world headquarters in Toronto; the ongoing roll-out of MUJI stores in Canada; and a theatrical rehearsal facility for Disney Cruise Lines.

    Isabelle Talbot Principal, Ray Inc

    Isabelle, one of Ray’s two principals, joined the firm in 1989 and has been a partner since 2000. Originally from Quebec City, she pursued design from an early age and leads that aspect of the firm’s business. To the role, she brings extensive expertise with product specification and strong relationships with a wealth of suppliers. And because every one of Ray’s clients is unique, she believes every design should be, too. Embodying that rare combination of being detail-oriented and passionate, Isabelle is inspired by both poring over historical architecture and taking road trips on her motorcycle. Fuelled also by engagement with the design community, Isabelle is a past-President of the Association of Interior Designers of Ontario’s GTA chapter.

    Joanne Chan Principal, SDI Design

    Joanne’s experience as a professional Corporate Interior Designer has been a tremendous value-add to her clients and project management affiliates. As Design Principal with over 15 years of experience, Joanne has been able to combine creative solutions, market knowledge and detailed documentation expertise to provide clients with fully integrated services that extend through the entire life cycle of a project and beyond. Indeed, a very high percentage of her clients return over and over again. An adventurous design philosophy paired with her advanced planning and design skills, knowledge of design trends, construction methodology, and material application enable Joanne to create impactful interiors within often challenging constraints. By incorporating technology and functionality, an appreciation for three dimensional spatial visualization, and advanced knowledge of design techniques, Joanne creates designs that seem effortless. It is a clean and progressive approach to an ever-changing business world.

    10:30 AM

    Zenon Radewych Principal
    WZMH
    Zohra Akbari Senior Project Manager
    WZMH

    The Power of Smart Building Technologies and Harnessing Green Energy from Interiors

    • Technology

    Smart building technologies developed by WZMH Architects along with our partners Stephenson Engineering, Quasar Consulting Group, C3PoE and Argentum Electronics are low-voltage based and are integrated into the building fabric to create an intelligent highway that allows the plug and play of thousands of devices – both smart and ‘dumb’. This intelligent layer was first developed as part of our Intelligent Structural Panel (ISP) mock-up and now includes a complete eco system for the installation of low-voltage devices (lights, cameras, audio-visual and security systems, window blinds, phones, IoT sensors, photovoltaic panels, etc.) to provide a complete smart building solution. Our solution is one that provides a smart building environment that is vendor neutral in terms of devices that are plugged in and the software that operates these components, is energy efficient through use of photovoltaic panels – located both indoors and outdoors, allows the plug and play of multiple devices, reduces the total materials used in the construction of buildings and interiors, is safe, IoT friendly and allows for an overall reduced timeframe to complete fit-out work.

    Zenon Radewych Principal, WZMH

    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.

    Zohra Akbari Senior Project Manager, WZMH

    Zohra Akbari joined WZMH Architects in 2014 and after completing her Master of Architecture returned to the firm to take on both design and management roles. Zohra is currently leading a team of more than 20 designers, technicians and contract administrators for the firms largest retail roll-out program for one of Canada’s leading financial institutions. Over and above day to day management and design roles, Zohra is spearheading the firms research and development into the use of photovoltaic panels – used both outdoors and indoors – through the use of both natural and artificial light. Research includes the integration of solar panels in furniture systems.

    10:30 AM

    Annie Bergeron Design Director & Principal
    Gensler
    Kevin Katigbak Senior Workplace Strategist
    Gensler

    The Open Office: how open is too open?

    • Future of Work

    It’s time to end the debate about whether offices should be an open or closed environment. Over the years, companies’ workplaces and real estate strategies have shifted, from using enclosed offices with doors, to high-panel workstations, all the way to benching. While all of this experimentation was done in an attempt to maximize productivity and effectiveness, what emerged was an ongoing, and mostly unsatisfying, debate on which was better — open or closed office plans. Gensler’s 2019 U.S. Workplace Survey has given us some answers.

    Annie Bergeron Design Director & Principal, Gensler

    Annie Bergeron’s work on many high-tech companies and advertising agencies has put her on the cutting edge of branded corporate interior design. As a Gensler Design Principal with 20+ years’ experience, Annie is charged to inspire other designers, raise design caliber, and create notable risk-taking solutions. Her recent Toronto project work in Tech and Media illustrate her design versatility and breadth of experience. From a terrace mini-golf course, to a high end conference centre, or an innovative Tech Incubator, these recent projects were undertaken from strategic planning to construction, all the way to branding implementation and furniture procurement. Annie’s awards include the Ryerson Award of Recognition for Design Excellence from her alma mater, and numerous ARIDO Design Awards. Product design awards from NEOCON, and VMSD awards for visual merchandising demonstrate her versatility. A native Quebecer, she says “I have been a hard-core cycling commuter for 25 years: neither heat, rain, sleet nor snow keeps me off my bike. I also love to read French literature, but these days, you’re more likely to see me out with my guys – husband and two boys – at the hockey arena or dangling from monkey bars.”

    Kevin Katigbak Senior Workplace Strategist, Gensler

    I am an architectural and planning strategist with 12+ years experience in the residential, commercial, public and institutional, government, corporate and healthcare sectors. My 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

    10:30 AM

    Brad Netkin Principal
    Stamp Architecture

    Project Delivery for Designers: Take your design practice to the next level

    • Business of Design

    This seminar will be a discussion about strategies for delivering small scale design build projects by designer led teams. The discussion will present an overview of the various issues to be considered when undertaking design build projects as a designer and as a builder. Topics include; design management, design practice management, client management, project management, construction management, budget management, and other professional and business issues and strategies. The discussion will explore the importance of the interrelationships between these topics. Taken together, the seminar will offer a roadmap for running successful design build projects.

    Brad Netkin Principal, Stamp Architecture

    Brad Netkin, principal of Stamp Architecture, has been involved in the construction industry since 1985. He graduated from UBC School of Architecture in 1995 and has been working as an architect since then. His work is focused on combining design and build strategies in order to deliver complete projects to private clients.

    10:30 AM

    Suzy Margorian Showroom Manager
    Cosentino

    Global Kitchen Study: The Kitchen in the 21st Century Vol.2

    • Future of Living

    Cosentino’s Silestone Institute is an international platform dedicated to the study & sharing of knowledge regarding the subject of the kitchen, both at domestic and professional level, related to its design & use of space. The 1st study published in 2017 draws conclusions from internationally renowned experts across various disciplines and countries share their insights into global trends and uses of the kitchen and its role in the spaces we will inhabit in the future. Now Vol. 2 “The kitchen, the heart of the home” continues the analysis & discusses the consequences & challenges in detail, providing the ability to anticipate the kitchen of the future.

    Suzy Margorian Showroom Manager, Cosentino

    Suzy Margorian is a dedicated member of the architecture and design community with over 12 years of showroom management experience. Before joining the architecture and design industry, Suzy was an accomplished clothing designer. During her 10-year tenure in the fashion industry, she worked as a lead designer for Roots Canada, where she managed their menswear design team. Suzy traded in her needle and thread in 2001, finding her way into a new design career path in the surfaces industry. She managed a luxury stone fabrication and tile/mosaic showroom for over 10 years before joining Cosentino Group as the Showroom Manager of the Cosentino Toronto City Showroom. Suzy is charged with the leadership and overall operations of Canada’s largest Cosentino City Showroom.

    11:00 AM

    Jennifer Warren Senior Registered Interior Designer
    Mayhew
    Jodi Duncan Phelps Homes, Duncan Designs
    Jude Kamal
    Meagan Buchanan HOK
    Shannon MacLean Project Lead / Senior Interior Designer
    Quadrangle

    LEARNING LAB: ARIDO’s Career Xpress NCIDQ Panel Discussion

      Gain first hand knowledge of the NCIDQ Exam from a panel discussion. Passing the NCIDQ is a requirement and part of your career path to become a Registered Interior Designer. A panel of designers who recently wrote and passed the NCIDQ exam will share their tips and tricks for preparing for the exam.

      **Please note that while Learning Labs are complimentary with admission, signing up for a talk does not guarantee you a seat. Seating is limited and is on a first come, first serve basis.**

      Jennifer Warren Senior Registered Interior Designer, Mayhew

      For over ten years Jennifer has worked within the interior design industry specializing in both small and large commercial, health care, retail and residential projects. Through her professional experience Jennifer is able to guide clients though all aspects of the design process, from inception to completion. Jennifer has an innate ability to understand her client’s specific needs and is passionate about creating and inspiring functional spaces that are uniquely theirs. Her creativity, excellent attention to detail, and strong technical and communication skills make Jennifer a valuable member of the Mayhew team

      Jodi Duncan Phelps Homes, Duncan Designs

      Jodi Duncan graduated from Fanshawe College with her Diploma in Interior Design in 2011. Jodi spent her first few years out of college working for small interior design and architect firms. She worked on mainly hospitality projects ranging from condos to hotels, and food and beverage. She is currently working for Phelps Homes, a builder in the Niagara region and running her own business, Duncan Designs, in her spare time.

      Jude Kamal

      Jude Kamal, ARIDO is committed to bringing creativity into her design process by utilizing design principles and bursts of colour. She continues to evolve her design thinking and loves to solve functional problems within any space. Jude’s design mission is to bring a sense of awe and individuality to projects at hand. Having an artistic talent and a strong interior design background allows her to bring a unique twist to the world of design

      Meagan Buchanan HOK

      Meagan is a young interior designer at HOK who specializes in complex corporate interiors projects. She is highly creative, and her passion and enthusiasm has helped to transform clients’ dreams into successful spaces that are both innovative and functional. Most recently, she has been recognized as an emerging creative leader through a new practice-wide initiative, HOK NExT, and by ARIDO Awards, IDC Value of Design Award of Excellence, and REmmy Award for her projects. Meagan graduated from theAcademy of Design where she was a member of the ARIDO Career Xpress Committee, and is looking forward to discussing her experience of recently writing and passing the NCIDQ last April with current members of Career Xpress.

      Shannon MacLean Project Lead / Senior Interior Designer, Quadrangle

      Shannon is a strong Project Lead on Quadrangle’s Retail team and especially enjoys seeing designs come to life through the construction process. Detail-oriented and committed to building meaningful client relationships, she has led teams working with many first-time clients to our retail portfolio through the contract administration and construction documents phases. Shannon oversaw the build-out of the first new Wellwise by Shoppers Drug Mart store locations, collaborating with our Interiors team to successfully execute the design intent and establishing an ongoing rollout account with the client. Additional project work includes Saje’s new headquarters in Vancouver, Mad Radish in Ottawa, and Amadeus Patisserie in Newmarket. Shannon has also long been involved in the ARIDO Career Xpress Committee in her spare time, helping to plan portfolio prep and review events for recent grads.

      12:30 PM

      Bethan Laura Wood
      Eleanor Gibson

      KEYNOTE: Bethan Laura Wood In Conversation with Eleanor Gibson

        Bethan Laura Wood

        Britsh designer Bethan Laura Wood is characterised by a passion for vibrant colour and detail, material investigation and artisan collaboration. She enjoys exploring the relationships we make with objects in our everyday lives, and questions how they can become cultural conduits and expressions of achieving sustainability in a mass consumption, production-driven context.

        After obtaining a MA in Design Products at the Royal College of Art, under the tuition of Jurgen Bey and Martino Gamper in 2009, Bethan has built a multidisciplinary practice and has undertaken multiple residency programmes, from London’s Design Museum to W Hotel in Mexico City, and regularly works with artisans from the regions of Venice and Vicenza in Italy.

        Along side working closely with Nilufar Gallery since 2011 for Limited
        edition and one off works, Bethan has been commissioned by a variety of
        international partners to create works and installations. Including, Abet
        Laminati, Moroso, Valextra, Perrier Jouët, Bitossi Ceramiche, Tory Burch,
        cc-tapis, Tolix , Rosenthal and Hermés. Her work has been exhibited in
        institutions such as V&A Museum of Childhood, Swiss Institute New York,
        Daelim Museum and MOT, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.

        Bethan regularly gives lectures and heads workshops; she currently teaches on the MA in Luxury at ECAL, Switzerland.

        Eleanor Gibson

        Eleanor is US editor for Dezeen.

        She graduated from Newcastle University with a BA in architecture before moving to Seville, Spain to work for an architecture studio. She is also the co-founder of Foci, an online magazine for arts students, which was awarded the Deutsche Bank Award for Creative Enterprise in 2015.

        Eleanor joined Dezeen as an intern in 2015, before she was made editorial assistant in 2016, and then promoted to reporter. Eleanor moved to New York to join the US team in October 2017.

        1:00 PM

        Corinne Korytkowski Strategic Foresight Lead
        B+H
        Peter Heys Interior Design, Principal
        B+H
        Stephanie Panyan Interior Design Director, Toronto Studio, Senior Associate
        B+H

        LEARNING LAB: Exploring Change Catalysts for the Future of Learning

          This interactive workshop is for those who are willing to blaze a new trail.
          In our current rapidly changing and highly dynamic world, leaders and organizations that take a business-as-usual approach will find themselves lagging behind the innovative thinking required to thrive in extremely competitive markets. While the future of any industry or discipline is impossible to predict, we can scan macro drivers in our external environment for emerging themes to help shape our future strategy efforts.
          Join us and get hands-on with a tool to collectively explore change catalysts across large-scale drivers to envision the future of learning.

          Corinne Korytkowski Strategic Foresight Lead, B+H

          Corinne is passionate about people and the ways in which we can build cities and spaces to support connection and community through a holistic sense of well-being. She believes strong communicators are natural story tellers. Whether communicating on behalf of people or brands, she approaches any marketing or business development opportunity as a chance to create compelling content through memorable experiences. She believes heathy work environments are rooted in leadership that empowers teams and celebrates creativity and fun while fostering passion, skill and intuition. Corinne works with her teams to uncover the best strategies by asking the right questions.

          Peter Heys Interior Design, Principal, B+H

          Peter believes that great leaders empower others and that creativity and productivity arise when you trust your team and allow them to fly. Always calm under pressure, he knows the right energy can transform a group and sets the example of how a positive outlook, spirit and drive can turn challenges into powerful solutions. Peter has won several awards over his career with major Canadian firms. Responsible for leading workplace, healthcare and hospitality interior design projects, he works collaboratively to help create high-performance solutions and experiences. While he understands that conforming to codes, regulations and standards is essential to design, he also understands that truly compelling design is anything but standard.

          Stephanie Panyan Interior Design Director, Toronto Studio, Senior Associate, B+H

          Stephanie takes the time to truly understand her clients’ unique combination of requirements and goals. She is never prouder than when a client enters their new space for the first time and says, “This feels like us.” She has over twenty years of innovative workplace experience, has never stopped learning and is inspired by the ways in which interior design is ever evolving. Understanding that an insightful strategy is essential to successful design, Stephanie works with her teams to plan and design spaces that contribute to an organization’s productivity by sparking collaboration, innovation and supporting well-being.

          1:00 PM

          Cathy French Director, Global Design and Workplace Strategy, Corporate Real Estate
          RBC
          Tony Chahine Founder and CEO
          Myant
          Brian Fung Director of Marketing
          Myant
          Katharine Muller Senior Manager, Workplace Strategy, Global Design & Workplace Strategy, Corporate Real Estate
          RBC
          Mark Cichy Director of Design Technology
          HOK
          Nicolas Koeppe Workplace Consultant
          Steelcase

          Leveraging Workplace Data to Improve the Office Environment

          • Future of Work

          The information revolution is well upon us, and the workplace is no exception. Just as our personal devices can help to shape our private worlds, so our offices are increasingly able to measure, quantify and respond to our professional needs. By gathering quantitative and qualitative data points, the workplace of the future will be more efficient, adaptable, and productive than ever before. But at what cost to employees? Join this panel of workplace strategists and disruptors to learn how data can be collected and used, in realtime and in planning, to direct design decisions without forgetting the importance of the office’s human customers.

          Cathy French Director, Global Design and Workplace Strategy, Corporate Real Estate, RBC

          Cathy French is the head of global workplace strategy & design and retail branch design at RBC. Cathy is leading global workplace transformation to support the RBC collective ambition, drive cultural change, and enhance the employee experience through the integration of space, technology and culture. RBC employs 80,000 people in 36 countries and occupies 24 million square feet of real estate.

          Tony Chahine Founder and CEO, Myant

          Tony Chahine is the founder and CEO of Myant, the world’s leader in textile computing. Myant develops textiles that sense and react to the human body, enabling new ways of delivering care, keeping people safe, and making life more productive via connected textiles on our bodies and in our environment. Chahine founded Myant with the belief that digital technology should improve life by morphing around people as opposed to the other way around. Myant’s innovations reflect this human-centric philosophy, bringing the human element back to the way we connect with our bodies, to each other, and to our environments.

          Brian Fung Director of Marketing, Myant

          Katharine Muller Senior Manager, Workplace Strategy, Global Design & Workplace Strategy, Corporate Real Estate, RBC

          Mark Cichy Director of Design Technology, HOK

          With over 18 years of experience, Mark has experience working on various architectural, BIM, innovation and research efforts. He is trained as an architect and has worked on a wide variety of complex project types, domestically and internationally, in the role of Project Architect and Senior BIM Manager. Mark is an expert in the use of BIM/PLM platforms, Application Development, BIM Collaboration Format and other open standards and tools. He serves on various committees within HOK, is a firm-wide technical leader, and teaches at academic institutions worldwide.

          Nicolas Koeppe Workplace Consultant, Steelcase

          With a training and background in Industrial Design, Nicolas has spent 20+ years in various capacities in workplace design with a number of manufacturers and furniture dealers. Understanding what motivates users, and how to leverage their space and technology continues to evolve and provide new scenarios requiring problem solving. With an interest in applications, insights, trends & technology, Nicolas leverages his skills with Steelcase as a Workplace Consultant connecting these aspects with the design community in Toronto.

          1:00 PM

          Sandra Dedesko WELL Faculty, WELL Advisor, Sustainability Consultant
          RWDI

          Invisible Outcomes of Interior Design: Introduction to Healthy Buildings and WELL

          • Business of Design

          The average North American spends over 90% of their time indoors. Accordingly, time spent in built environments has a prominent impact on our overall health and wellbeing across multiple domains. This seminar provides an overview of indoor environmental quality and the impacts buildings can have on occupant health and wellbeing, and introduces WELL, the “leading tool for advancing health and well-being in buildings globally”. While this seminar provides a general overview of these areas, emphasis will focus on key considerations and measures interior designers can take to further improve health outcomes in indoor spaces.

          Sandra Dedesko WELL Faculty, WELL Advisor, Sustainability Consultant, RWDI

          Sandra specializes in high-performance buildings that promote occupant health and environmental sustainability. She has international research and consulting experience on this topic and is motivated to apply research findings to industry work. Prior to her role as a Sustainability Consultant at RWDI, Sandra completed an MASc where she worked on three distinct research projects that examined the impacts of building design and operation on indoor environmental quality and occupant health. She continues to be involved with developing and delivering education through various organizations, including the University of Toronto, the CaGBC, and the IWBI, and is currently serving as a WELL Air and Thermal Comfort advisor to help shape the next version of the WELL Building Standard.

          1:00 PM

          Cristina Kelly Brand Strategist
          Entro
          Monika Meyer Designer
          Entro

          How to Maintain a Cohesive Brand

          • Business of Design

          This fun and interactive session on branding answers the whys and how-tos about branding. From the intrinsic brand-value based decisions such as go-no-gos to the visual language of your brand in proposals, brochures, websites and beyond, attendees will learn how to maintain a cohesive brand while allowing for flexibility when needed. Further they will learn how to measure their company’s brand equity, to determine whether it’s time for a change.

          Cristina Kelly Brand Strategist, Entro

          Cristina brings over 8 years of consumer relations experience to her role at Entro as a brand strategist. In this role, Cristina provides strategic direction for a number of clients as well as overseeing all internal branding initiatives at Entro. Her dedicated attention to the social, cultural and political intricacies of every new organization allows her to facilitate groups and synthesize information in a way that ensures voices are heard, internal expertise is leveraged and true inclusion is felt by all. She has had implemented internal management and communication strategies, and has collaborated in developing a company process for branding consultation. She has also advised clients in carrying out communications strategies to increase their media presentation to further expand their penetration in the not-for-profit and for-profit business sectors. Cristina has worked with a number of organizations and businesses in the areas of athletics and recreation, information technology, social services, housing, packaging, healthcare, architecture, education, and international human rights. Her recent projects include the King High Line branding, Spokane International Airport rebrand, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute brand strategy and naming and the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre brand strategy.

          Monika Meyer Designer, Entro

          As Designer at Entro, Monika takes a holistic approach to design, always considering the client’s objectives and the project’s potential functionality, formats, applications, and materials to create innovative yet appropriate solutions. She believes in beginning with the end in mind. Monika holds an Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design from George Brown, supplemented by courses in photography, drawing and painting from OCAD. Her talent was recognized at the outset of her career with an array of notable awards such as the New Talent Award, Graphis Magazine (2016), Applied Arts Student Award – Editorial Design (2015), Award for Innovation in Design, George Brown College (2015), and Redgee Design Award Finalist, Design Edge Magazine (2015).

          1:00 PM

          Jose Tolovi Neto CEO
          Great Place to Work Canada

          How to Leverage Your Workplace Culture for Greater Innovation and Client Service

          • Future of Work

          Did you know that your workplace culture may be your organization’s greatest competitive advantage? Research shows that organizations characterized by high levels of workplace trust also enjoy more engaged employees, higher levels of profit, lower turnover, increased innovation and more satisfied customers. Using specific case studies from the Best Workplaces in Canada, we’ll show you how organizations that foster trust, pride and camaraderie have leveraged their workplace culture to outperform their peers.

          Jose Tolovi Neto CEO, Great Place to Work Canada

          José Tolovi Neto is the managing partner for Great Place to Work® Institute in Canada. Before starting this position, he was a partner and the vice president of GPTW’s Brazilian affiliate where he is still a board member. Jose also serves as a member of GPTW’s Global Advisory Board and sits on the board of directors of GPTW France, Spain and Mexico. José has been studying the characteristics of high-trust work cultures for over 10 years and uses this experience to help companies create and sustain great working environments. He has been a guest speaker at several conferences and seminars and is frequently asked to contribute to a variety of business and HR management publications. Prior to joining GPTW, José was a senior business executive in the technology industry working for organizations such as Microsoft and EDS. He holds bachelor and graduate degrees in business management from FGV.

          1:00 PM

          Joanne Lam Co-founder
          Picnic Design
          Lesli Gaynor Realtor & Founder
          GoCo Solutions
          Louise Bardswich Golden Girl
          Maggie Shi Co-founder
          Roost
          MPP Lindsey Park MPP Durham
          Legislative Assembly of Ontario

          Future of Co-Living

          • Future of Living

          As rents and real estate prices continue to rise and we become increasingly isolated in urban spaces, sharing is a solution for many. Far from being a reserve of millennials looking for upscale dorms, the growth of co-living speaks to a need to build connections while maximising convenience in a complex world. But are planning and housing processes keeping pace with changing norms of living? Learn how to expand into this new format of living, negotiating client needs with legislative barriers from a panel of experts who have blazed a trail in pushing for legislative reform to open up new ways of living.

          Joanne Lam Co-founder, Picnic Design

          Architect, writer, dreamer, sessional instructor, constant adventure chaser, occasional baker. Joanne is a registered Architect and is LEED AP accredited. She holds a Master of Architecture from University of Waterloo. Joanne is a co-founder of Picnic Design, a firm that works within the spectrum of urban design, architecture and interior design. Their projects always consider the surrounding environment beyond the property lines and the spaces within the building walls.

          Joanne’s design approach have been honed in many places around the world, including Africa and Middle East. She is also inspired by her home town: Hong Kong. Combining her travels and her experience in the concrete jungle has allowed her to develop a portfolio of work that is innovative, thoughtful, and filled with ingenious moments.

          Lesli Gaynor Realtor & Founder, GoCo Solutions

          Lesli Gaynor is a real estate agent specializing in co-housing. In 2016, she founded GoCo Solutions, part of the Fridman Team at Forest Hill Real Estate, to help people navigate the process of co-operative real estate and finding an affordable way to own a home in increasingly expensive housing markets. Prior to her career as a real estate agent, Lesli was a business and community leader in Toronto for over 20 years, as a social worker, policy writer, and as founder of Mitzi’s restaurants. Lesli believes that everyone should have access to a safe and secure home, and that our homes are central to our well-being and the foundation for personal, social, community and economic success. She is a passionate about affordable neighbourhoods and helping people maintain homes in communities they love. As well as supporting her clients, Lesli hosts events and conferences to educate about co-housing.

          Louise Bardswich Golden Girl

          When retired Humber College dean Louise Bardswich pondered her future living options, living solo in an apartment or condo or in a retirement residence didn’t appeal. The solution, shared home ownership with three other women, led to them being dubbed the ‘Golden Girls’, challenged current notions of co-living, and resulted in a successful Private Member’s Bill to prevent local municipalities hindering seniors from living together. Speaking to a first-hand experience of new ways of living, Louise and her fellow Golden Girls have sparked a conversation about alternative solutions to affordable housing for seniors that has been covered from local news to the BBC.

          Maggie Shi Co-founder, Roost

          Maggie is the co-founder + co-CEO of Roost Coliving, a Toronto-based startup redefining what it means to be home – from the space to the people within it. Roost leverages technology (with a focus on roommate matching), operations, and design to bring young professionals together to live in beautiful, serviced spaces while offering landlords guaranteed market rent with free property management, never short term rentals! Passionate about technology and its impacts on efficiency, connectivity, and humanity, Maggie co-created Roost after personally experiencing the pains of urban social isolation and housing unaffordability when she first moved to Toronto. Backed by leading North American venture investors, Roost aims to create sustainable real estate win-wins while maximizing the quality of life for urban roommate “families.”

          MPP Lindsey Park MPP Durham, Legislative Assembly of Ontario

          Lindsey Park is the MPP for Durham and Parliamentary Assistant for the Attorney General (Ontario). Before her election in June 2018, Lindsey was an experienced and successful civil litigation lawyer representing clients across Ontario, including in the Durham Region. As a young woman, Lindsey played elite hockey for the Durham West Girls Hockey Association and went on to play NCAA Division 1 hockey at Wayne State University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science. While completing her law degree at the University of Ottawa, Lindsey worked as an advisor to the federal Minister of Environment.

          1:00 PM

          Albert Limshue Senior Designer
          Powell & Bonnell
          Deborah Moss Principal & Creative Director
          Moss & Lam
          Erika Heet Editor-in-Chief
          Interiors Magazine
          Nino Campoli Director & Project Manager
          JTF Homes
          Tania Bortolotto President
          Bortolotto Design

          Artistic Collaboration Is the Future of Design

          • Business of Design

          When diverse disciplines intersect, the built environment is elevated. A panel of design experts from various specialties-including design, art and architecture-examines how the collaborative process strengthens and maximizes the work of both the individual and the collective.

          Albert Limshue Senior Designer, Powell & Bonnell

          Albert exemplifies the creative energy behind the brand and the future of the company. He is the embodiment of the “new generation” of designer; with a solid notion of the technology which makes up the modern design office, while possessing an understanding that is influenced by an innate traditional vocabulary. A graduate of Ryerson University, he has amassed considerable amounts of practical experience, not just in an intellectual sense, but also in the “hands on” creative aspect of the design profession. This academic background buttressed by his diverse interests in all the decorative arts has honed his technique in dealing with the often-rapid fire experiences of the design trade, under extreme time constraints which is a testament to his organizational skills and devotion to the endgame. An almost holographic concept of space allows Albert to create dynamic interiors with organized precision; where all the details are considered, and a finished product is anticipated well before the drawings are complete. His photographic color memory is evidenced by manipulation of materials & finishes and the results are edgy, organic and never the mundane. Never shy to offer an opinion Albert is ready to back up his point of view with an alternate solution that is often inspired while still appropriate. This dexterity is guaranteed to separate him from the many emerging talents in the design field today.

          Deborah Moss Principal & Creative Director, Moss & Lam

          DEBORAH MOSS, Principal & Creative Director, Moss and Lam Deborah Moss is a Canadian artist whose artwork draws on inspiration from a broad range of epochs and cultures. She explores the qualities of surface and the purity and substance of material. Her fascination with the intimate nature of treasured possessions, as well as an interest in mythical and personal narratives, allow her to create contemporary visions that hover between many conventions, but always fascinate and enhance our experience with visual poetry. • Deborah is the co-founder of Moss and Lam, a custom art studio based in Toronto, Canada which she started with her partner Edward Lam in 1987. Deborah leads the artistic vision for each project and oversees all of the designers and artists in the studio to ensure that all artworks being produced meet the highest standards of quality, craftsmanship and creativity. • Since its inception, Moss and Lam have been commissioned by some of the world’s leading interior designers and architects to create custom artwork, wall surfaces and three-dimensional installations that are visually and structurally integrated with their environments. The diversity of these installations reveals Moss and Lam’s versatility, its passion for materials and its desire to create artworks that are imaginative, whimsical and authentic. Moss and Lam has created large scale commissions for many international luxury brands in the hospitality and retail industries, as well as public art commissions throughout Canada including: Four Seasons Hotels in Toronto, Orlando, Tokyo, Bangalore, Shanghai, Delhi; W Hotel Times Square, Guangzhou; Editions Waikiki; Opus Condo Hong Kong; Tiffany & Co. New York, Macau, Jakarta; Lane Crawford Department stores in Shanghai and Hong Kong as well as Blue Fin Restaurant, Café Coco Kuwait, and Clement Restaurant in Peninsula Hotel NYC.

          Erika Heet Editor-in-Chief, Interiors Magazine

          Erika Heet is the Editor-in-chief of INTERIORS magazine. She has spent more than 20 years in publishing, including in senior editor positions at Architectural Digest, Robb Report and Dwell. Her work has also been published in 1stdibs Introspective magazine, Bon Appetit and the Berkeley Fiction Review. She is on the board of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, and is the author of two architecture books.

          Nino Campoli Director & Project Manager, JTF Homes

          Nino Campoli is the Director/Project Manager of JTF Homes. He has over 25 years of experience in the custom homes development business. With projects based throughout the GTA in some of Toronto’s most affluent neighbourhoods, Nino works alongside his clients to design and build their dream homes. The scope of work ranges in size and budget, working closely with elite teams of architects and designers to achieve clients vision. JTF projects have been featured in various magazines such as Architectual Digest, Beautiful Homes and House and Home.

          Tania Bortolotto President, Bortolotto Design

          Tania Bortolotto is the founder and president of the Toronto based design firm, Bortolotto Design. Tania is an architect and interior designer and a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Tania currently serves as a director of the public company, Inscape Corp. and was an inaugural member of Waterfront Toronto’s Design Review Panel. Tania believes that architecture has an enormous impact on society’s quality of life and her passion for design is grounded in its ability to enhance happiness, health and productivity. Tania is a WELL AP and a WELL Faculty member.

          1:00 PM

          Megan Lubaszka Regional Creative Media Leader South West
          Gensler

          AR, VR and the Future of Spatial Computing in Design Businesses

          • Technology

          Architects and interior designers have created places for thousands of years, but their role as technologists has never been more important. The digital and physical are now intertwined as practitioners learn to integrate new technologies like Augmented and Virtual Reality, the Internet of Things,  and Artificial Intelligence. Hear case studies from the world’s largest architecture firm about how they are using these new tools and what our world will look like as we inhabit this blended realm. The Spatial Computing age is here and designers need to adapt to stay relevant and usher in this new era of change.

          Complimentary coffee generously provided in this session by Kohler.

          Sponsored by:

          Megan Lubaszka Regional Creative Media Leader South West, Gensler

          Megan Lubaszka is the Southwest Regional Creative Media Leader at Gensler, the largest architectural firm in the world. Megan has been instrumental in incorporating Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality into Gensler’s daily architectural practice, working both on the development side of VR/AR applications and the socialization and user experience side of the technology. She writes a weekly newsletter called Reality Check that identifies trends in VR/AR and co-hosts weekly VR Jams in which architects from any of Gensler’s 50 office can come together as avatars in the same 3d model for a “virtual site walk” with the building’s design team. Megan has guided over 3,000 people through their first Virtual Reality experience. She holds a B.Arch and M.Arch from the Tulane School of Architecture in New Orleans and worked as a designer of retail stores, shopping centers, banks, international theme parks & mixed use projects. She is a LEED AP through the US Green Building Council and an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, the World Future Society, and serves on the long-range planning committee of the Los Angeles chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute. In her free time, Megan is member of the Board of the Inception Orchestra, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, that is changing the face of music education through original composition and Virtual Reality.

          2:30 PM

          Eleanor Gibson
          Frida Escobedo

          KEYNOTE: Frida Escobedo In Conversation with Eleanor Gibson

            Eleanor Gibson

            Eleanor is US editor for Dezeen.

            She graduated from Newcastle University with a BA in architecture before moving to Seville, Spain to work for an architecture studio. She is also the co-founder of Foci, an online magazine for arts students, which was awarded the Deutsche Bank Award for Creative Enterprise in 2015.

            Eleanor joined Dezeen as an intern in 2015, before she was made editorial assistant in 2016, and then promoted to reporter. Eleanor moved to New York to join the US team in October 2017.

            Frida Escobedo

            Frida Escobedo is principal and founder of a Mexico-based architecture and design studio. Her award-winning work is most recognized for reactivating urban spaces that are considered to be residual or forgotten.

            Notable projects include La Tallera, the rehabilitation of the home and studio of the seminal Mexican painter David Alfaro Siqueiros (Cuernavaca, 2012); Librería Octavio Paz (Mexico City, 2013); and the renovation of the iconic 1950s Hotel Boca Chica (Acapulco, 2010). Recent projects include ‘If we want to continue,’ an intervention at the Neutra VDL Research House in Los Angeles; “No. 9,” an exhibition at the Arthur Ross Gallery, Columbia University; and large-scale installations at the Chicago Architecture Biennial, la Biennale d’Architecture d’Orléans. Frida has also been designing unique pop-up and permanent spaces for Australia-based beauty brand Aesop since 2014.

            In addition to her practice, Frida Escobedo has taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; Harvard Graduate School of Design; and the Architectural Association, London and University of California, Berkley. She is the recipient of the 2014 BIAU Prize, the 2016 Architectural Review Emerging Architecture Award, the 2017 Architectural League Emerging Voices Award, and most recently, the 2018 Serpentine Summer Pavilion. During spring 2019 she was a visiting professor at RICE University and is currently teaching at Harvard Graduate School of Design.

            2:30 PM

            Brent Lowe Author & Scale Coach For Founder CEOs
            Dirk Propfe CEO
            ET Group
            Erika Bailey Lead Link
            The Moment
            Joyce Zoka Paralegal
            Counter Tax Lawyers
            Peter Aprile Lead Link
            Counter Tax

            The Rise of Self-Managed Organizations

            • Future of Work

            With our world rapidly evolving, the way we work together is beginning to fail us. We are encountering
            complex challenges that require new ways of working, innovating and designing solutions.
            Progressive business leaders have recognized this reality and have discovered that creating networks
            of self-managed teams may hold the answer to unlocking the potential that helps us to design a better
            future.
            In this session we bring together four business leaders whose organizations are shifting to selfmanaged.
            They will share why their organizations are making the move, how they’re bringing the
            concept to life, and the impact it creates on design.

            Brent Lowe Author & Scale Coach For Founder CEOs

            Author and Scale Coach to Founder CEOs, Brent’s work focuses on convening and supporting a growing subset of leaders making the shift from ego to eco. As a coach, convener and communication facilitator, he helps leaders understand what powerful possibilities are emerging for the future of work. Brent’s philosophies are heavily influenced by Otto Scharmer’s “Leading from the Emerging Future: From Ego-System to Eco-System Economies” and Fred Laloux’s “Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage in Human Consciousness”.

            Brent is the co-author of “Reinventing Scale-Ups: Radical Ideas for Growing Companies”, where he challenges readers’ thinking about what it means to be a leader.

            Dirk Propfe CEO, ET Group

            Dirk is focused on helping organizations transform and evolve. After experiencing firsthand the chronic challenges faced by traditional organizations of different sizes throughout his career, he has spent the last 5 years researching, learning and practicing how to create happier, healthier, and more meaningful places to work. In his CEO role, he has successfully led the transition of a 40 year old company to a self-managed work environment. His great passion for reinventing the way we work and collaborate is inspired by Frederic Laloux’s research around Reinventing Organizations, Otto Scharmer’s work around Theory U, and the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development. His areas of interest include structures, practices, and processes that allow us to work better together as well as the role of technology to help unleash human and organizational potential.

            Erika Bailey Lead Link, The Moment

            Erika Bailey is a gifted innovation designer, facilitator, and change artist. Erika grounds her innovation design practice in complexity science principles for maximum results in challenging environments. She has worked extensively in the private, not-for-profit, charitable, and public sectors with a specialization in high-touch healthcare environment change initiatives.

            Erika employs her extensive academic background (including a Masters of Human Systems Intervention), years of field experience, and artistic roots to think and act creatively with people and design challenges.

            Joyce Zoka Paralegal, Counter Tax Lawyers

            Joyce is a paralegal whose intention, intelligence, and energy deliver “moments of joy” to all Counter’s clients. Joyce was a little skeptical when learning that Counter intended to adopt the principles and practices to support self-management, evolutionary purpose, and wholeness. “I thought it was a crazy idea, to be honest.” Now, roughly 16 months later, Joyce believes that Counter’s organizational model has put her in a position to thrive (and she’s now unemployable in any traditional organization). Joyce has become pretty powerful, but most Counterparts think the best is yet to come.

            Peter Aprile Lead Link, Counter Tax

            Peter Aprile is a senior lawyer specializing in tax dispute resolution and litigation. His vision as Counter’s founder and his everyday role at the firm are one and the same: to be an agent of change by uncovering opportunities and developing strategies that achieve more than anyone expected. A creative thinker, Peter studies problems from all different angles to find what others have missed. He’s also convinced that he likes winning more than most people. A disdain for unthinking authority and pointless adherence to the status quo led Peter to focus on tax law. It’s also led Peter to shift his organization to adopt self-management.

            2:30 PM

            Jennifer Hiseler Accessibility Specialist
            Human Space
            Liviya Mendelsohn Director of Accessibility & Inclusion
            Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
            Thea Kurdi Vice President
            DesignABLE Environments Inc.

            Designing for Accessibility: Opportunities and Outlook

            • Future of Living

            What impact will the new Accessible Canada Act and the recent amendments to the Ontario Building Code have on how we design buildings and spaces? Where does the AODA come into play? What is the state of accessibility in Ontario and in Canada, what are our successes, and who is still getting excluded?

            Join our panel of accessibility specialists in discussion about what accessibility compliance means now, what changes to expect, and how to move past the obligation of “designing for accessibility” to the opportunity of designing for people.

            Jennifer Hiseler Accessibility Specialist, Human Space

            Jennifer Hiseler is a driven advocate for accessibility and is passionate about engaging with others on how to improve the built environment for people with disabilities.

            Jennifer balances her work between leading teams of auditors for large portfolio, multi-building projects and smaller, community-based projects on her own where she engages directly with the client. She regularly drafts and reviews reports that identify a project’s barriers to accessibility and provides recommendations on which changes can be made for greatest impact, measuring against a wide range of accessibility guidelines and implementing best practices. Additionally, Jennifer regularly provides AODA and IASR training.

            Jennifer started her consulting career as a built environment auditor before moving into business development and project management roles. Her expertise in the field of accessibility stems from auditing over 200 buildings and acting as the project manager on both small and large-scale audit projects. Her background in prosthetics, orthotics and high-technology wheelchairs has given her keen insight into how the built environment can impact the lives of people using mobility equipment.

            Liviya Mendelsohn Director of Accessibility & Inclusion, Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

            Liv Mendelsohn is Director of Accessibility and inclusion at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, and Artistic Director of the ReelAbilities Toronto Film Festival. The MNjcc has been recognized as by the Ontario Non-Profit Network as a provincial accessibility best practice case study organization, and has emerged as a hub of inclusive arts and culture. Liv is a member of the City of Toronto’s Accessibility Advisory Committee and is a field instructor for the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto.

            Thea Kurdi Vice President, DesignABLE Environments Inc.

            Thea Kurdi is an accessibility code consultant, Universal Design specialist, and dynamic speaker known for her enthusiasm for teaching. She is also an affiliate member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and a registered consultant with Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES). She has presented workshops, keynote addresses and lectures at local and international events for students, design professionals, building owners, and policymakers. From the human rights code to evidence-based design and increased marketability, Kurdi shares her passion for how accessibility is fundamental to successful design.

            2:30 PM

            Jason Leung Principal and Founder
            Leung Law PC

            I designed something! How do I protect my Intellectual Property (IP) rights?

            • Business of Design

            Did you spend endless hours pouring your creative juices into coming up with the perfect design for an interior space? Does it make it the space more beautiful or more functional or safer in a way that has never been done before?
            Let’s find out if you have any intellectual property (IP) rights to protect what you designed. IP lawyer Jason Leung will take you through the major types of IP rights, including copyright, patents and trademarks. One or more of them may apply to you!

            Jason Leung Principal and Founder, Leung Law PC

            Jason Leung is the Principal and Founder of Leung Law PC, a Toronto-based intellectual property law firm. He provides a range of legal services for small to large businesses including trademarks, patents and copyright.

            Jason was the first Canadian lawyer to be honoured by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) as one of their “Best Lawyers Under 40”. He was also named a Finalist for the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer.

            Jason was the author of the Canada chapter in the Kluwer Manual of Industrial Property and has written articles for Canadian legal publications including Canadian Lawyer, Precedent and the Toronto Law Journal.
            Jason Leung is the Principal and Founder of Leung Law PC, a Toronto-based intellectual property law firm. He provides a range of legal services for small to large businesses including trademarks, patents and copyright.

            Jason was the first Canadian lawyer to be honoured by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) as one of their “Best Lawyers Under 40”. He was also named a Finalist for the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer.

            Jason was the author of the Canada chapter in the Kluwer Manual of Industrial Property and has written articles for Canadian legal publications including Canadian Lawyer, Precedent and the Toronto Law Journal.

            2:30 PM

            Adèle Rankin Principal and Global Design Lead
            CHIL Interior Design
            Carey Schuster President & CEO
            Yellow Goat Design
            Olivia Hnatyshin Creative Director
            Domio

            The Future of Hospitality: Designing in the Experience Economy

            • Future of Living

            Customer demand for a truly personalised experience continues to grow and challenge industries, and hospitality is no exception. Guests want more than a ‘stay’: they want an experience customised to their goals and preferences. Add in the impact of increasing data points, and a recognition that we all need to behave more sustainably, and the future grows even more exciting. In a booming industry, this panel of hospitality designers and disruptors will debate and discuss how this emphasis on experience will change the way the hospitality of tomorrow looks, functions, and thrives.

            Adèle Rankin Principal and Global Design Lead, CHIL Interior Design

            Adele Rankin is the Principal and Global Design Lead of CHIL Interior Design, the hospitality studio of B+H Architects. Having been born in Scotland, lived in Oman and throughout Canada, Adele developed a love of travel and all things hospitality since she was young and her enthusiasm hasn’t wavered since. Adele believes that at the heart of great design is collaboration and a collective desire for creating meaningful spaces and she focuses that passion to developing truly inspiring designs at every opportunity. Adele joined CHIL in 2000 and has been a Principal since 2016. As a Principal and the Global Design Lead, she has helped establish the firm’s diverse and collaborative studios in Vancouver, Toronto and Hong Kong.
            Under Adele’s leadership, CHIL Interior Design has grown immensely and has collectively won over 30+ awards including 3 NEWH Top ID Awards, IDC VODA Award of Excellence, and the IDIBC Robert Ledingham Award for Project of the Year. Some of the recently completed projects of note include Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Delta Calgary Downtown, Sanya Primus Resort and Hotel Belmont.

            Carey Schuster President & CEO, Yellow Goat Design

            After earning her Masters Degree in Interior Design from Marymount University, Carey went on to work in Sydney, Australia where she completed many high-profile hospitality projects. She was promoted to Business Development Manager and successfully doubled the firm’s business and diversified its portfolio of clients in just one year. In 2009, Carey moved back to the U.S. where she single-handedly launched Yellow Goat Design – a custom design house obsessed with creating emotion-evoking conversation pieces and iconic design features. YGD’s lighting, screens and suspended sculptures are custom designed for clients to suit their spaces and tell their stories. Despite a dismal economy, no brand recognition nor Stateside portfolio to back her up, Schuster defied all odds – winning countless design accolades and working with clients including Sephora, Google, Uber, Cornell University, and many more. Her company has now completed over 600 projects in 200 cities around the country.

            Olivia Hnatyshin Creative Director, Domio

            Olivia Hnatyshin is the Creative Director of Domio, a hospitality startup based in New York offering an innovative alternative accommodation in the form of tech-enabled apartment hotels. Olivia heads up an in-house creative team comprised of Interior Design, Graphic Design and Photography. Domio is currently in 15 markets in the U.S., with marquee properties in Wynwood, Miami and New Orleans’ #1 Hotel, Domio Baronne Street. They plan to expand internationally over 2020 and opened their Toronto office in late 2019.

            Prior to her position at Domio, Olivia has worked extensively in branded content, as a Contributing On-Air Expert and Senior Design Producer for CBC’s Steven Chris, and Designer for HGTV’s Sarah Sees Potential. She has acted as a Lead Designer on freelance residential and boutique projects across the U.S. and Canada, while her Art Direction credits include print and commercial work for Hallmark, Target and IKEA.

            Olivia holds a Bachelor of Interior Design from Ryerson University and has recently completed a Masters of Strategic Design and Management program at Parsons, The New School for Design in New York City.

            2:30 PM

            Cale Heit CEO
            FORREC

            Sustainability in the Workplace: The Role We Can All Play in Starting Off Small

            • Future of Work

            What does sustainability mean in the workplace? This presentation from design firm FORREC, a global leader in entertainment projects ranging from theme parks and resorts to retail and mixed-use spaces, will explore how we can bring sustainability to the forefront by starting off small and making simple changes in the office, expanding the conversation and initiatives outward to the community and to clients. How can you challenge your clients, consultants and most importantly, yourself, to push the boundaries and incorporate sustainable principles at the core of every design? Anyone can be a champion of change and this seminar will show you how we can all take steps to ensure we are conscious of how the big and small decisions made every day can have a greater impact on design, staff and the community.

            Cale Heit CEO, FORREC

            You could say Cale has been training for his job as CEO of FORREC – a multi-disciplinary design firm that designs amusement theme parks and other entertainment experiences – for his whole career, largely because over the past 25 years, he’s held several key roles at FORREC and knows the place inside and out. With a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph and extensive expertise in the industry, Cale is an expert project director for some of FORREC’s most complex assignments including LEGOLAND. Cale is a champion of sustainability and committed to supporting a sustainable future at the individual, family and management level by pushing the team take on a corporate initiative to become industry leaders in sustainable design.

            2:30 PM

            David Gerson Chief Brand Officer
            Inscape

            Beyond Green Walls: Non-rhythmic Sensory Stimulation

            • Future of Living

            Humans have evolved over thousands of years in environments that constantly change. Be it audio, visual, thermal or olfactory, our natural habitats change throughout the year and certainly throughout the day. Our seminar will train attendees’ focus on many of our modern day-built environments, which are static and have the ability to harm us physically and mentally. The seminar will illustrate how, through a better understanding of our innate human needs, we can create environments that better support our innate, hard-wired inclinations to be restored by subtly changing environments. The speaker will provide a scientific basis for the Attention Restoration Theory and provide examples of how this theory can be incorporated into the modern built environment.

            David Gerson Chief Brand Officer, Inscape

            David Gerson is Chief Brand Officer for Inscape, an innovative, commercial interiors manufacturing company. Developing powerful brand stories, delivering presentations and generally inspiring and motivating people is a lifelong passion for him. His current professional obsession is the science and theory surrounding Biophilic Design and the impacts it has on the human experience in the built environment. He currently sits on the Biophilic Design Advisory Board through the International Living Future Institute and has delivered presentations on the subject all around the world.

            3:00 PM

            Mariana Grezova Founder and Creative Director
            Arts & Labour

            LEARNING LAB: Design Literacy: How to Shake up the Hierarchies of the Future Workforce

              This session will discuss a vision of the future workforce that introduces Design Literacy: an innovative set of fundamental design principles that function as the visual equivalent of textual literacy. Like with text, which we learn how to decode in order to access and deploy its meaning, design literacy empowers us to decode our physical environment for the elements that are most meaningful—and then to replicate that knowledge in our own work environments.

              We will interrogate what would happen if people in all fields of work had access to Design Literacy—if we no longer saw the principles of design as the exclusive property of creative professionals. Through a discussion of learning and applying Design Literacy, we’ll discuss how we might grow cultures of productivity where all workers seek and deploy the most elegant and meaningful solutions—solutions that are inherently functional, beautiful and sustainable.

              Mariana Grezova Founder and Creative Director, Arts & Labour

              Mariana Grezova is the founder and creative director at Arts & Labour, a platform for pioneering brands to collaborate with visionary artists, designers and other creative professionals.

              To advance these collaborations further, Grezova has launched an online publication called A&L MAG. Evolving from her continuous commitment to developing engaging, challenging and insightful content, the magazine examines and provides fresh commentary on diverse and unorthodox art and design projects across the globe, both public and private.

              Mariana Grezova is also a member of the Faculty of Design at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada.

              Friday, January 17

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              9:00 AM

              Lisa Fulford-Roy SVP Client Strategy and Managing Director Workplace – Central and Eastern Canada
              CBRE
              Ron Armstrong Senior Managing Director of Project Management – Central Canada
              CBRE
              Tara Mackenzie Director Client Services and Solutions, Business Transitions and Move Management
              CBRE

              The Business of Real Estate in 2020

              • Future of Living

              The State of the Canadian market is rapidly changing and demanding that we re-think our approaches and processes in design, real estate and beyond. The need for speed, flexibility and resilience are impacting the future of commercial buildings in Toronto, and defining what occupants are looking for from landlords. These same market drivers are also impacting how we build effective solutions to client problems and deliver on design excellence. This session from leaders from CBRE, the world’s larges commercial real estate service company, will take you through these market changes, showing how the design community needs to break down silos and work together to solve client needs and ensure success in a world where change is the only constant.

              Lisa Fulford-Roy SVP Client Strategy and Managing Director Workplace – Central and Eastern Canada, CBRE

              Lisa Fulford-Roy, SVP Client Strategy of CBRE Canada is responsible for leading business solutions for CBRE clients and managing CBRE’s Workplace Strategy practice in Central and Eastern Canada. Lisa also contributes to CBRE’s corporate initiatives serving on CBRE’s Canadian Management Team.
              With over 25 years’ experience leading organizations through transformational change, Lisa has engaged with many major Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 organizations across Canada and globally. Building from a design thinking methodology, Lisa takes an integrative approach to problem solving our clients’ ever changing and complex business challenges.
              Lisa’s wide-ranging experience working with global firms, provides her with the insight and perspective of both Global and local context, guiding solutions for clients. Her perspective is also sought after by the broader industry in which she serves through speaking engagements, leadership in various real estate member organization, masters educational mentoring, vocational curriculum review and sessional teaching.

              Ron Armstrong Senior Managing Director of Project Management – Central Canada, CBRE

              As CBRE’s Senior Managing Director of Project Management for Central Canada, Ron leads a team of seasoned Project Management, Move Management, and Specialized Consulting experts to shape strategic real estate solutions, national programs and single project management assignments for real estate owners and occupiers. Starting at the pre-leasing phase through to team assembly, project delivery and move-in, his team provides a strategic approach that ensures flexible, process-driven solutions are applied to maximize his client’s capital, provide transparency and auditability, reduced costs, and mitigated risk throughout the real estate lifecycle.

              With CBRE he has had the pleasure of partnering with numerous Fortune 500 clients, multi-market Canadian firms, and other organizations who have limited real estate expertise or internal resources to deliver over $3 billion in client spend.

              Ron joined CBRE Limited in 2001 and has over 25 years progressive experience in project management with his formal education being a Bachelor of Technology in Architecture Science with a major in Project Management. Ron’s experience includes full service project management solutions for a wide range of construction project types such including office tenant improvements, retail programs, industrial and design build solutions, base building and capital upgrade programs, special use facilities (community centers, arenas libraries), major decommissioning and
              move management.

              Tara Mackenzie Director Client Services and Solutions, Business Transitions and Move Management, CBRE

              Tara provides the strategic planning, leadership and management required to make large, complex office relocations, smooth and risk-free. Tara creates solutions to meet the unique needs of each client while supporting the workplace and change management principals. Tara’s broad experience includes all phases of the project process and enables her to sees each challenge through multiple lenses, delivering value-add solutions to clients in a variety of industry sectors.

              Tara has over 25 years of experience in the design and real estate industry. Tara was Principal of Infrastructure Interior Design, before transitioning her career into Project Management and Strategic leadership for clients.

              9:00 AM

              Andrew Costa President
              FIT4ALLStudio
              Edith Bédard Mortgage Specialist
              Melissa Tossell Interior Designer
              Sanura Design
              Michelle Mawby Interior Designer
              Lucid Interior Design

              Cohesive Co-living

              • Future of Living

              With the Ontario real estate market hitting record high demand, a panel of professionals will explore the co-living movement and discuss several interior design considerations such as functions required for a shared space with multiple tenants or owners, financial considerations for ownership of property by multiple individuals, and human behaviours that are impacted in a co-living environment.

              Andrew Costa President, FIT4ALLStudio

              Andrew Costa spent his senior college years as an amateur MMA fighter, training in Muay Thai and Brazilian Jujitsu, dividing his time between ring and his apprenticeship in high rise tower crane operations. At his peak physical performance, he trained six days a week for three hours of conditioning. While working as a crane operator, he started to experience fatigue and muscle weakness. Medical tests provided no explanations, so Andrew found an answer in fitness, where his journey really began.
              Andrew recognized there were many people who needed help like him but didn’t have the knowledge to help themselves. After completing his degree, he created a company called FIT4ALLMobile to help those who could not visit a gym or a gym atmosphere was not for them.
              Four years later, his company has helped over 1100 people in the Ontario region lose weight, build healthy habits, and get their lives back. His certifications include NASM, OFC, Canfit, Active ageing training, Functional Movement, Training, Gait testing and Movement patterns, and many more.

              Edith Bédard Mortgage Specialist

              An experienced Mortgage Agent, Edith Bédard has eight years in the mortgage industry as an independent mortgage specialist. Her daily dealings with all of Canadian lenders give Edith a very good understanding of what each lender will accept and expect to see in a mortgage application. Her expertise and sharing of her extensive knowledge assists her clients to position themselves in order to secure the best financing option.

              The terms of Co-Living and Co-Housing have been around for decades, but there is still no one-size-fits-all method of financing a Co-Living/Co-Housing Project. Leaning on an expert to guide you through the whole process of your Co-Living/Co-Housing project is the best way to be successful.

              Melissa Tossell Interior Designer, Sanura Design

              As the Registered Interior Designer and Owner at Sanura Design, Melissa Tossell (NCIDQ, BCIN, ARIDO) uses “Intelligent, Quality Design and a Sense of Humour” to create spaces tailored to her clients lifestyles and tastes. She works closely with homeowners and other consultants to design spaces, prepare permit and construction drawings, and coordinate execution of the designs on the owner’s behalf. She has a passion for intelligent, well-thought-out design that benefits both her clients homes and their budgets and specializes in Accessibility in the Home, Aging in Place, and supports her community through volunteering and mentorship.

              Michelle Mawby Interior Designer, Lucid Interior Design

              Michelle Mawby is a Registered Interior Designer and principal of Lucid Interior Architecture & Design. She has spearheaded the boutique design firm through over 200 large scale projects and has shared her knowledge of design & decor on numerous television shows and expert talks.
              Based in Toronto, Michelle has previously lived and worked in Amsterdam, London, England, California and Vancouver. Michelle draws on her extensive travels and continuing studies in design, history and architecture to craft highly personalized spaces with functionality in mind, down to the smallest detail.

              With over 20 years of experience, she is an ARIDO award winner and a former Contributing Editor for Renovation & Décor magazine. Michelle is Building Code certified, and an NCIDQ certified Registered Interior Designer.

              Michelle is a nationally renowned design expert having contributed on many publications and tv shows. She designed and hosted the tv show Weekend Reno for Cottage Life Network where she and her team made a cottager’s dream come true in a weekend. She was Resident Design Expert for CTV’s Marilyn Denis Show & a frequent Design expert on CBC’s Steven & Chris where she shared her knowledge and love of design and decorating with the country. She rolled up her sleeves in Discovery Channel’s experimental green TV show Junk Raiders where she lent her creativity to upcycle discarded treasure to design a live/work loft & a restaurant from free-cycled items. She is also an instructor for the Bachelor of Interior Design program at Yorkville University.

              An advocate of the philosophy, “form follows function”, Michelle strives to create environments that reflect the lives, personalities and expectations of her clients. Her extensive travels and continuing studies in design, history and architecture influence her designs culminating in sophisticated, livable elegance.

              9:00 AM

              John McKenna Management Consultant
              Innovia Partners

              Business Strategy for Architecture & Design Firms

              • Business of Design

              Leaders of architecture and design practices are responsible for setting strategy to ensure growth and to sustain a thriving business. This seminar examines business strategy specifically as it relates to design firms. Attendees will gain an understanding of how design services practices are different to other kinds of firms, and what this means for setting resilient and effective business strategies. Strategic thinking, positioning, visioning, conducting a SWOT analysis and creating a Strategic Plan will be covered. We will also discuss the importance of monitoring performance and conducting both internal and external benchmarking to gauge success. Attendees will leave the seminar equipped with the key tools for setting, implementing and monitoring effective strategies for their own practices.

              John McKenna Management Consultant, Innovia Partners

              John helps Innovia’s clients improve efficiency to balance their creative and business goals. His expertise is in business operations and strategic growth in the creative industries. John is a trained architect with experience leading international architectural teams and being chief operations officer for a technology start-up in the design sector.

              John holds an International MBA from IE Business School in Madrid and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University College Dublin.

              9:00 AM

              Danny Tseng Co-Founder & Architect
              Syllable Inc
              Diana Smiciklas Senior Sustainability Advisor
              Perkins + Will
              Kseniya Filippova Team Lead
              Syllable Inc
              Tammeryn Johnson Biophilic Designer
              ByNature

              The Role of Biophilic Design in Our Lives. Past, Present & Future

              • Future of Living

              Biophilic design is a concept used within the building industry to increase occupant connectivity to the natural environment through the use of direct nature, indirect nature, and space and place conditions. Used at both the building and city-scale, it is argued that this idea has health, environmental, and economic benefits for building occupants and urban environments, with little drawbacks. Although its name was coined in recent history, indicators of biophilic design have been seen in architecture from as far back as the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

              Danny Tseng Co-Founder & Architect, Syllable Inc

              Danny SC Tseng is an architect who connects people to foster new relationships while discussing all things design and architecture. He co-founded Syllable, a people-centric design firm focused on residential projects, technology-based offices and specialty commercial spaces where he leads design direction and production quality. Current design explorations include the office and home of the near-future that anticipate social, economic, and technological forces. Danny is a large supporter of the Urban Land Institute, where he volunteers his time. You can also find him hosting friends at his home while cooking fusion cuisine or attending various events throughout Toronto. Danny graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and completed a Master of Architecture from the University of Toronto.

              Diana Smiciklas Senior Sustainability Advisor, Perkins + Will

              Diana’s passion for sustainability began as an interior designer after quickly realizing the impacts of the built environment on the natural environment. This encouraged her to focus her career and become a sustainability consultant in corporate real estate where she fostered her knowledge in understanding the necessary synergy between sustainable design and the health and wellness of building occupants. However, her desire for design again led Diana to her current role as a sustainability advisor at Perkins and Will where she focuses on sustainability, health and wellness, and resiliency when implementing best practices within design and managing building certifications that.

              Kseniya Filippova Team Lead, Syllable Inc

              Kseniya Filippova has been working in the interior design field for the past 7 years, and is currently a Team Lead at Syllable Inc. Her curiosity and ambition always push her to grow and make changes to how she approaches design solutions. Her involvement in projects ranges from designer to project manager, with focus ranging from corporate offices to residential. She craves challenges related to complex and demanding projects, which gave her the opportunity to excel, succeed, and grow as a professional early in her career. Kseniya originally graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Interior Design and has pursued ongoing learning by taking project management courses and attaining her NCIDQ credentials.

              Tammeryn Johnson Biophilic Designer, ByNature

              Tammeryn Johnson is a biophilic designer with ByNature. She studied architecture and brand management and has extensive experience in creating human centered environments that bring people together. Her background has been in retail banking where she oversaw the design and innovation of the bank’s retail stores, spearheading projects that explored how the physical retail space of a bank can assist in building communities and connecting people. Currently, at ByNature, Tammeryn is working on creating interior environments that connect people back to nature by following WELL standards and incorporating biophilic design principles into her designs. As services and interactions between one another are becoming more digital, there is a greater need to create spaces that enable people to interact, meet and reconnect with our one another and Earth. Tammeryn is passionate about designing spaces that enhances the natural bond between people, nature and other natural elements.

              9:00 AM

              Charlton Hutton Associate Director of Design
              M Moser Associates
              Jennifer Busch Vice President A&D
              Teknion
              Julia Kapoor Senior Account Executive, Enterprise
              Slack
              Natasha Zingg Thexton Workplace Strategy Design Lead
              The Hospital for Sick Children

              The New Face of Collaboration in the Tech-Enabled Office

              • Future of Work

              As technology continues to transform and enhance our lives, how can our workspaces adapt to meet consumer’s expectations of how a technology-enabled office should function? Advancements in technology create opportunities for collaboration in the digital space, and employees are increasingly opting to connect with their teams from their individual desks, utilizing web-based platforms for communication. This challenges our assumptions of what individual focused work and collaborative teamwork “look” like, and how technology and space can support them. Modern focused workspace demands furnishings that mimic those found in collaborative zones: pieces that provide superior ergonomics and functions with a softer, warmer look than standard office furniture.

              Charlton Hutton Associate Director of Design, M Moser Associates

              Charlton has been with M Moser for 10 years and has developed a well-established client and industry track record of thoughtful award-winning design identifying key trends and opportunities for M Moser. His intense passion for design, dedication to excellence, tenacity, and positive demeanour are just a few of his many wonderful attributes that have won clients and colleagues’ confidence time and again. He has played a significant role in elevating our presence as a design leader in the New York market. In addition to his design leadership, Charlton applies his networking prowess to recruiting new talent to the growing M Moser team. Charlton also works hard to continually develop his teammates’ skills, creating a supportive, collaborative, and social culture.

              Jennifer Busch Vice President A&D, Teknion

              Jennifer Busch, Hon. IIDA, is Vice President A&D at Teknion, where she is responsible for the development of key business relationships and sales and marketing strategies for major architecture and interior design firms throughout North America. Jennifer came to Teknion from Interface, where she served as Vice President A&D Market Development for three years. Prior to joining Interface, she held various editorial positions at Contract magazine for 21 years, including servings as Editor in Chief from 1999-2011. At Contract, she routinely reported on the social, political, technological, economic, and business trends impacting the practice of commercial interior design, with a particular emphasis on design’s influence on business and society, and its power to create positive change. In 2009 she was bestowed with Honorary IIDA status, the first design editor to have achieved such recognition. She currently serves on the Advisory Boards of the FIT Sustainable Interior Environments Master’s Degree program and the FIT Interior Design program. Throughout her career, Jennifer has participated in the development and organization of key industry events and trade shows, has served as a jury member for numerous industry competitions, has had many speaking engagements as either a moderator or featured speaker, and has served as a guest critic for student work at several academic institutions. At Teknion, she manages a team of knowledge and product application experts, while continuing to promote the value of good design to commercial and institutional enterprises with real business goals. Jennifer graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor’s degree in English, and from Indiana University with a Master’s degree in Journalism. She also holds a second full-time job as the mother of two daughters, ages 16 and 19, and this accounts for most of what she has learned in life.

              Julia Kapoor Senior Account Executive, Enterprise, Slack

              Julia Kapoor is a senior salesperson at Slack Technologies. Slack created and leads the Workstream Collaboration category. At Slack, Julia supports large companies as they shift away from an email focused culture and towards modern digital collaboration practice. Prior to joining Slack, Julia managed the go-to-market strategy at three start-up organizations and fascinated by technology and the way it shapes human behaviour. She strongly believes that technology has the power to help us be more human at work, thereby influencing the way we collaborate and get work done. Julia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rice University.

              Natasha Zingg Thexton Workplace Strategy Design Lead, The Hospital for Sick Children

              Natasha Zingg Thexton is leading the transformation of SickKids’ workplace strategy utilizing the opportunity to design and build a new administrative tower as a catalyst for realizing the next evolution of the workplace culture of this innovative organization. To create an environment in which all users have the opportunity to thrive, Natasha is exploring the intersection of space, technology and culture through the unique lens of the paediatric academic medical centre. Natasha combines her previous experience in healthcare and institutional design with her background in interior design, architecture and urban planning as well as certifications in Human-Centred Design, Peer Support and Trauma Response to approach design challenges from different perspectives.

              9:00 AM

              Tamarisk Saunders-Davies Tamarisk Saunders-Davies
              Gensler

              A rising tide floats all boats: why architects and designers need to radically rethink PR

              • Business of Design

              You’re out there hustling, shaking hands and responding to all your RFPs, you’ve got your business development down. Your website is working and your marketing material is telling your story. Somewhere in between the two, lies a critical step to your success as an architect or interior designer: public relations. If you get it right, your phone will ring off the hook with your next best clients.
              But too many design professionals fall back on speaking to their own in the glossy magazines of our industry. The clients who are hoping to hire you are not thinking about architecture and design in the same way you are, and it’s likely they’re not reading the industry’s trade publications either. Join Tamarisk Saunders-Davies, marketing director at Gensler, as she demystifies the current media landscape, and leave with actionable insight that you can apply to start getting media coverage for little to no cost.

              Tamarisk Saunders-Davies Tamarisk Saunders-Davies, Gensler

              Tamarisk is a Toronto-based and London-trained marketing and communications professional. A commercially-minded senior Marketing and Communications Director with more than 17 years experience, she has lead national and international campaigns across a variety of industries including: arts and entertainment, start-up & technology, retail, and architecture and interior design. Her career highlight to date is still that time she got some jewellery from The Shopping Channel into British Vogue.

              10:00 AM

              Francis Kéré

              KEYNOTE: Francis Kéré

                Francis Kéré

                Internationally acclaimed architect Francis Kéré garnered critical praise early in his architectural practice when awarded the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture (2004) for his first-ever design, a primary school he realized in collaboration with the residents of his native Gando, Burkina Faso. Since then, Kéré has become one of the most distinguished contemporary architects of his time. Noted for his pioneering of a communal approach to design, Kéré is commited to using sustainable materials and modes of construction in all of his work.

                Inspired by a curiosity for the particularities of any given locality and its social tapestry, he has gathered a diverse, agile team at his Berlin-based Kéré Architecture offices, to take on projects across four continents. Most prominently these include his design for the Burkina Faso National Assembly, the Léo Surgical Clinic & Health Centre (2014), the Lycée Schorge Secondary School (2016), the Serpentine Pavilion (2017) and Xylem (2019), a gathering pavilion for the Tippet Rise Art Center.

                Underpinning his architectural practice are his past and current teaching engagements at TU München, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, and Yale University as well as his participation in solo and group exhibitions including at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, the Museo ICO in Madrid, the Architekturmuseum in Munich, the MoMA in New York, the Royal Academy in London and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

                10:30 AM

                Gloria Rinaldi Architectural & Design Representative
                Benjamin Moore & Co.

                Colour Trends Throughout History, Featuring a Look at the Colours Of 2020

                • Business of Design

                In this CEU, we will take a step back to evaluate color trends throughout the significant eras, and discuss how trends tend to resurface in ways that feel new or fresh for the period.

                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.

                10:30 AM

                Aaron Labbé  Chairman and Chief Technology Officer
                Lucid
                Jessica Neilas President and Founder
                Wolfe Interior Design
                Lawrence Blake Certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisor
                Canadian Mental Health Association

                How Human-Centred Design Can Manage Stress in the Workplace

                • Future of Work

                ‘Always on’ mentalities driven by technology, changing demographics lengthening the working life, and poorly designed office environments make our workplaces a continually stressful place. In turn, this impacts our performance, productivity, and engagement with our work and beyond. As mental health and wellbeing in the workplace comes under increasing scrutiny, this panel will discuss how a human centred design approach to workplaces can manage mental pressures and provide solutions that will create a better outcome for colleagues and companies alike.

                Aaron Labbé  Chairman and Chief Technology Officer, Lucid

                Aaron Labbé is an intermedia artist, designer, engineer and entrepreneur based in Toronto, Canada. The driving-force of his work includes providing end users with tools to manage their mental health & wellness and software applications of human-centered design.His specialities include interactive experience design, audio engineering, machine learning and psychoacoustics. In 2017, Aaron started the LUCID project which has become LUCID, Inc. a Toronto-based startup working at the intersection of music, machine learning and mental health, where Aaron serves as the Chairman and Chief Technology Officer.

                Jessica Neilas President and Founder, Wolfe Interior Design

                Jessica Neilas is the President and founder of Wolfe Interior Design. Jessica and her team specialize in highly functioning spaces that are both beautiful and healthy. During her career, Jessica has accumulated a wealth of experience with a variety of spaces both commercial and residential including restaurants, hotels, spas, bars, private clubs, health and wellness facilities as well as residential developments and bespoke homes.

                Implementing environmental psychology and biophilic principles, Jessica creates human centric spaces that stimulate healthy living, work and play.

                Jessica’s work has been featured in the following publications: Best Health Magazine, S Magazine, The National Post, The Globe & Mail, House & Home, Style at Home, The Star and HGTV’s show, “Income Property”.

                Lawrence Blake Certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisor, Canadian Mental Health Association

                Lawrence currently manages workplace programming for the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario. As part of his role, he regularly liaises with regulators and governments in order to speak on and about mental health in the workplace and the identification of psychosocial risk factors present in the environment. He attended graduate studies at the University of New Brunswick, looking at the experiences of immigrant newcomers and the effects that trauma has on integration. In addition to his role with CMHA, Lawrence has spent eleven years in the Canadian Armed Forces in both Ontario and New Brunswick serving as an Infantry Officer, most recently as Officer Commanding D Company, 48th Highlanders of Canada – a light infantry unit in Toronto. He is currently seconded as a candidate of the Command and Staff College.

                10:30 AM

                Brock Stevenson Senior Manager of Design and Innovation
                Daniels Corporation
                Colleen Baldwin Global Head of Design
                Scotia Bank
                Johanna Hoffmann CEO
                Oomph Group Inc.
                Monica Contreras Former Director of Design, Construction and Project Management
                University of Toronto, York University, OCAD University and Ryerson University
                Roberta Diachok Vice President, Project Management & Design
                Savills
                Sharon Yee Manager of Design & Store Planning, Capital Projects & Pop up shops
                Holt Renfrew

                What Buyers of Interior Design Services are Looking For

                • Business of Design

                Interior designers are experts at creating environments that entice and inspire people to shop and dine, to thrive and learn, and to become healthy and well. This is the expertise that brings clients to their door.
                Beyond the choice of a firm with design talent and sector expertise, buyers of design services must also address a wide range of business factors and priorities. The firms they are increasingly hiring are those who can demonstrate a deep understanding of their clients’ needs and business drivers, and who can effectively communicate their ability to deliver quality solutions, client benefits and value at a fair price.
                Learn firsthand, from Canada’s leading buyers of design, what they are looking for when hiring interior designers for their projects and how best to bring your firm and services to their attention.

                The presentation will consist of a panel of five “professional buyers” of design – individuals who hire interior designers on an ongoing basis for their companies, institutions and projects.

                Brock Stevenson Senior Manager of Design and Innovation, Daniels Corporation

                Brock has pursued a career in building design with Daniels for 11 years. He has a Bachelor of Commerce in Housing and Real Estate Management (HREM) from the University of Guelph. Brock has a passion for solving social, economic and environmental issues through good design. He utilizes his knowledge and understanding of financial modelling, constructability, along with the end-user experience to strike a balance between visual impact and functional design. Brock is responsible for guiding architects, engineers and interior designers to ensure the project vision is executed.

                Colleen Baldwin Global Head of Design, Scotia Bank

                Colleen is the Global Design director for Scotiabank and has been leading a dramatic shift to Activity Based Working at the bank, with over 6,000 employees working in a new way. Collen is a design innovator, passionate about design, experiences, strategy, leadership and business development – always with a practical and business-focused approach. Colleen challenges her team to look beyond rigid thinking about space and to develop new tools that include collecting data and understanding agile principles with the goal of creating a better workplace environment.

                Johanna Hoffmann CEO, Oomph Group Inc.

                Johanna is a dynamic, creative leader with a proven record of performance in traditional and digital B2B and B2C marketing and business development in Canada, the United States, Asia, MENA Region and Latin America. She has held senior executive positions with global AEC leaders B+H Architects, Stantec Inc., and Forrec Inc. As CEO of Buzz Marketing and Public Relations, she led major brand campaigns for Coca Cola, M&M/Mars USA, Absolut Vodka, Hard Rock Café International and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.

                Monica Contreras Former Director of Design, Construction and Project Management, University of Toronto, York University, OCAD University and Ryerson University

                A Registered Architect and Project Manager, an expert and visionary human-centered and systems design specialist, with extensive professional experience in integrated design process, working within complex institutional organizations.
                Monica has 12 years of teaching experience at the School of Design in the Interdisciplinary Design Strategy Program at George Brown College and 8 years at the Schulich School of Business MBA program in Real Estate.
                Monica is committed to design excellence in planning and architecture, integrating technology and sustainable practices into our built environment. The summary and depth of her expertise is a result of the many roles she has been engaged with: as a researcher, as a development agent, as an architect, as an in-house project manager and construction manager and completing to date more than 75 projects worth $500 mil in construction costs in the last 30 years of practice.

                Roberta Diachok Vice President, Project Management & Design, Savills

                A senior professional with over 20 years of experience leading high performance design and project management teams with a collaborative approach. Focusing on the customer, maintaining strong partnerships, enhancing team productivity, leading contract negotiations, ensuring quality, and driving innovation. She is an Interior designer herself, the ARIDO GTA Chapter president and in her tenure has hired interior designers across North America as a project manager. She is Vice President, Project Management and Design at Savills, and has held senior executive positions at Colliers International, Lifemark Health Group and Rogers Inc.

                Sharon Yee Manager of Design & Store Planning, Capital Projects & Pop up shops, Holt Renfrew

                Sharon takes a design-forward approach and is passionate to delivering elevated customer experiences in retail, hospitality and food environments. As an interior designer by trade, she honed her craft at II BY IV Design, HOK, Full Scale + Partners and Graziani + Corazza Architects. In the eight years her focus shifted to working on the brand side with Starbucks Coffee and most recently Holt Renfrew & Co., managing and executing capital projects. Sharon was integral to key projects at these organizations receiving a number of awards including ICSC Retail Design, ARIDO and was published in FRAME and AZURE magazines.
                Monica

                10:30 AM

                Kimberley Seldon CEO and Owner
                The Business of Design™

                Win the Flat Fee Game

                • Business of Design

                As a design professional, you understand that this is no game. It’s your livelihood. You’ve chosen this career because you have a gift and an aptitude. You love what you do, want to please your clients and receive recognition for the work you perform. And, you deserve to be fairly compensated. Don’t argue about money or fuss over endless paperwork. You’re looking for the easiest way to get clients onboard so you can get the project started. And yet, the vast majority of professional designers consistently lose money when they work on a flat fee or value-based fee. Well, not anymore! It’s time to recalibrate and use a calculation method that means you are NOT working for free. Kimberley does not do theory. Attendees will leave this course with actionable strategies to be incorporated into procedure immediately.

                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.

                10:30 AM

                Blake Jackson Sustainability Lead
                Stantec

                Greener, Healthier and Resilient Housing: Shifting Towards Evidence- and Performance-based Design

                • Future of Living

                Dwelling is a primary need; thus, considering how much time we spend in our homes these spaces have tremendous impact on our health. While mainstream sustainability systems focus on “efficiency”, the Future of Living must consider both the “quantity” and “quality” of resources consumed in design, construction and operations of the built environment. This discussion addresses how ideas codified by LEED are moving towards performance-based solutions through the inclusion of health-focused standards (WELL and Fitwel) and through adoption of Germany’s Passive House standard. It will demonstrate how each system synergizes to promote sustainability, health and resiliency for mixed-use multifamily projects.

                Blake Jackson Sustainability Lead, Stantec

                Blake Jackson, AIA is the US Northeast Sustainability Design Leader for Stantec Architecture & Engineering in Boston, Massachusetts. His work focuses on the nexus between sustainability, wellness, and resiliency, serving as a company-wide resource for projects, particularly those seeking third-party certification/s. He has 17+ years’ experience in planning, retail, hospitality, labs, healthcare, commercial, higher-education, workplace and multifamily projects. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Kennesaw State University in Atlanta and his Master of Architecture in Sustainable Environmental Design from the AA Graduate School in London. Blake is a prolific author, speaker and educator, and he recently served as the Vice President for Advocacy (2016-2018) with the Boston Society of Architects (BSA). In 2015, he was named a national “40 Under 40” built environment professional by Building Design + Construction Magazine. In his spare time, he enjoys distance running, volunteering with animals in need through the MSPCA, and international travel.

                10:30 AM

                Antonio Iadarola Founder
                Studio We
                Jennifer Wieskopf Service Designer & Design Strategist
                Studio We

                Design Thinking & Spatial Design

                • Future of Work

                Developing innovation capacity within organizations is challenging. In addition to policies & corporate culture, the configuration of physical & spatial elements of the workplace must enable collaborative processes. In this Interactive Design Lab, we explore how to set up spaces for successful innovation using the Design Thinking methodology to align people, processes and physical spaces. The Lab will guide participants through future-oriented design methods, starting with research on human interaction, behaviour, and processes within the space. Then, we delve into how to translate human-centered research into space configuration prototypes, from which insights can be extracted to inform the final design.

                Antonio Iadarola Founder, Studio We

                Antonio Iadarola is a designer and researcher whose work focuses on emerging work practices for the design of temporary and permanent collaborative environments; and specifically, on the understanding of the relationship between space, artifacts and collaboration. He is currently active as a Service Design consultant for the private and public sector as co-founder of Studio Wé. The studio, based in NYC and Montreal, offers embedded project support for teams, aimed at introducing design-driven work practices within the culture of their organisation by linking strategic and collaborative goals to the implementation of tools and workplace design. This approach, called Work Design, is in ongoing development through both Antonio’s studio and academic work. Antonio is an Associate Professor of Industrial Design and Design Thinking at the Beijing Institute of Technology.

                Jennifer Wieskopf Service Designer & Design Strategist, Studio We

                Jennifer Wieskopf is a strategic designer with over 10 years of experience uniting diverse stakeholders around common goals, digital transformation, and introducing human-centered design methods to meet corporate innovation objectives. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Digital Media Certificate, and a Master in Service Design. Passionate about the future of organizations and communities, Jennifer’s work is part of a research project and exhibition hosted by the European Union’s Joint Research Commission regarding the future of government. Locally, she volunteers with the Toronto Society of Architects and was part of the organizing committee for a Public Design Charrette to envision the future of Ontario Place.

                10:30 AM

                Deb Sperry Practice Leader, Interiors
                HOK
                Kay Sargent Director of WorkPlace
                HOK

                AI and the Human Experience

                • Technology

                New technologies and innovations are emerging rapidly and will forever impact the way we work, how we manage space and the human experience. We need to look to the future to see the shift that is on the horizon, how these shifts and disruptions will impact the way we work. Integrating rapidly emerging technology have been our focus in recent years. These are both exciting and alarming times as we venture down a new path.

                Deb Sperry Practice Leader, Interiors, HOK

                As a vice president and practice leader at HOK, Deborah guides her teams and clients to design excellence through collaboration and innovation. With over 20 years of interior design experience, Deborah’s strong knowledge of workplace strategy, trends and innovative planning have resulted in award winning projects. Her ability to coordinate the expertise of specialty consultants while providing project leadership guide major Canadian corporations to project success, focusing on the areas of facility planning, technology integration and sustainable consulting. As a LEED® Accredited Professional, Deborah is committed to design principles which support the environment (LEED AP) and has completed several LEED-CI projects including WPP, Enbridge, Atlus Group and Thales. She believes that design is not just about how it looks, but how it functions ensuring her clients’ business plans are manifested in their physical environments.

                Kay Sargent Director of WorkPlace, HOK

                In her 34 years of experience Kay’s work has taken her to multiple continents where she has worked with companies on their global real estate strategies and designed workplaces of the future. Kay co-leads HOK’s WorkPlace team where she oversees a team working with clients to deliver workplace solutions around the world. Kay serves on the HOK Board of Directors, the Board of the International Federation of Interior Designers /Architects and on the CoreNet Global Board. She has also served on the International Boards of IIDA, ASID, and NCQLP. Kay is on the leadership team of the IFMA Workplace Evoluntionaries, WE community, and a Founding member of the DC Chapter of Upward.

                11:00 AM

                Persis Lam Architect
                Diamond Schmitt Architects
                Russell Pollard Principal
                Framework Leadership
                Vered Klein Recruitment Consultant specializing in Architecture & Interior Design
                Vineetha Sivathasan Architectural Intern
                Kohn Partnership Architects

                LEARNING LAB: BEAT Retrospective

                  Building Equality in Architecture Toronto formed over five years ago to initiate change, and build momentum to create a shift within the architecture profession. The Retrospective is an opportunity to review and introduce the audience to BEAT programs and initiatives that serve as instigators to promote the achievements and visibility of women and minorities within the profession.

                  Persis Lam Architect, Diamond Schmitt Architects

                  Persis Lam is a Toronto-based architect, born and raised in Vancouver, BC. Her practice is inspired by collaborative and beautiful design rooted by site and community relationships. Her drive for elegant design solutions to solve real problems stems from a technical and common sense. She believes each design has a story that is revealed in the final built form. She graduated with a Diploma of Building Technology at BCIT, Bachelor of Environmental Design and a Master of Architecture from Dalhousie University, where she received the RAIC Ernest Wilby Memorial Scholarship and the Rosetti Scholarship 2005: Havana. Since joining Diamond Schmitt Architects in 2002, Persis has worked on a range of academic, commercial and residential projects, including: the Hudson Condominiums in Toronto; the School of Medicine at Queen’s University; Lethbridge Leisure Centre in Alberta, the Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building at Drexel University in Philadelphia and 505 Richmond Great Hall.

                  Persis enjoys mentoring in the architecture community, has been a guest critic at University of Waterloo School of Architecture, a speaker at Engineers Without Borders Conference and continues to support collaboration at all levels of the design field. As well as keeping a strong focus on design and project management at Diamond Schmitt Architects, Persis enjoys spending time with her two young children and participates in the office rock band, Thundertrϋss.

                  Persis is an Executive Committee Member of BEAT and focuses on BEAT Talks which is a small private event at a host architectural firm that showcases their work and the people behind it.

                  Russell Pollard Principal, Framework Leadership

                  Russell works with architecture and design studios to improve how they present and market themselves to win work and build brand. He partners with studios to provide advisory on people & culture and marketing & brand, and develops leadership training workshops for designers. Russell is President-elect for the Society for Marketing Professional Services (Ontario) and is a lecturer of Leadership for Architects by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

                  Vered Klein Recruitment Consultant specializing in Architecture & Interior Design

                  Vered is a specialized Recruitment Consultant, they will highlight strategies for career progression and finding opportunities to move forward within your current role through structuring attainable goals and self-evaluations during the BEAT Retrospective Learning Lab.

                  Vineetha Sivathasan Architectural Intern, Kohn Partnership Architects

                  Vineetha Sivathasan is a graduate of the Masters of Architecture program from the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. She currently works at Kohn Partnership Architects, where she is continuing her path to become a fully licensed Architect in Ontario.

                  She believes that giving back in some form is essential for professional and personal growth and as such, she volunteer for a few committees. She currently sits in as an Interns Committee Member of the Ontario Association of Architects, where they tackle issues pertaining to future architects like herself. When time permits, volunteers with Toronto Society of Architects.

                  Like most architectural graduates, she found the urge to do more after school and outside of work, through various freelance projects. The scope of these projects include visual, conceptual and 3D representation of clients’ intended ideas for the City of Toronto, and exhibition visualization for various museums in Toronto. As well as, event/exhibition coordination and graphic design for the Ontario Association of Architects’ Intern Committee for their //MOVE Party, an art installation party. Recently, she worked with Esther E. Shipman, an internationally renowned curator, to design and create her brand and website for her new business venture focusing on art, architecture and cultural tourism in Portugal. She finds that each freelance project has its own challenges and excitements, and at the end of the day, there is always something new to be learned from each one. She finds her career, freelance projects, and volunteer jobs have and is leading the way for her to find inspiration and artistic identity that is an amalgamation of her cultural and individual identity.

                  Vineetha is an Executive Committee Member of BEAT and focuses on graphics and communication media, leveraging social networks to further promote BEAT’s programming and mandate.

                  12:00 PM

                  Yves Béhar

                  KEYNOTE: Yves Béhar, International Guest of Honour

                    Yves Béhar

                    Named a Top 25 Visionary by TIME Magazine, and was named “Most Influential Industrial Designer in the World” by Forbes, Yves Béhar is a designer and entrepreneur who believes that integrated product, digital, and brand design are the cornerstones of any business. He is the founder and chief designer of fuseproject, founded in 1999.

                    Béhar was part of pioneering design as a force for positive social and environmental change. His humanitarian work includes One Laptop Per Child, which has given 2.5 million laptops to children in developing countries, and See Better to Learn Better, which distributes free corrective eyeglasses to schoolchildren in Mexico and California. For these Béhar was honored with the INDEX Award, making him the only designer to have received the award twice.

                    His collaborations with partners such as Herman Miller, Movado, Samsung, Puma, Issey Miyake, Prada, SodaStream, Swarovski, Canal+, British Gas, Nivea and others have received international acclaim. He is widely recognized for products such as the One Laptop Per Child, the breakthrough Jambox wireless speaker, the smart baby sleeper SNOO, and the widely successful Herman Miller Sayl task chair.

                    Béhar’s works are in the collections of museums worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Pompidou and the Art Institute of Chicago.

                    1:00 PM

                    David Buwalda Learning Design
                    Futures Present
                    Maggie Greyson Futurist
                    Futures Present

                    LEARNING LAB: Making Futures Present

                      A strategic foresight and design thinking workshop that helps you to review and rethink the future that you expect by co-creating multiple scenarios.

                      The workshop applies professional concepts from the growing field of strategic foresight to introduce participants to thinking like a futurist.

                      It is creative, practical and personal.

                      David Buwalda Learning Design, Futures Present

                      David Buwalda MA

                      Learning design
                      Group process facilitation
                      Organizational change

                      Long-term thinking doesn’t always come naturally to most people. With a little practice and a little support we can learn a lot from looking far forward.

                      David brings 20 years professional experience leading change projects using a combination of technology, learning design and facilitation.

                      He designs experiential learning activities that are immediately practical and move clients towards a shift in how they work.

                      His broad experience and innovative mindset empowers him to create customized solutions in close collaboration with clients.

                      Maggie Greyson Futurist, Futures Present

                      Maggie Greyson MDes
                      Innovation consulting

                      1:00 PM

                      Ahmad-Shah Duranai Architect, Project Manager, Leadership / Communications Trainer and Coach
                      Duranet Enterprises Inc.
                      Mimi Lai Drivas Director of Business Development and Marketing
                      Reich & Petch Architects
                      Russell Pollard Principal
                      Framework Leadership
                      Sanam Samanian Curator/Futurist in Contemporary Art. Architecture. Design
                      Younes Bounhar Founder
                      Doublespace Photography

                      Marketing 101: The Channels you Need to Master for Business Success

                      • Business of Design

                      Story telling is an essential part of connecting your business and products with clients, be it finding new audiences or creating loyalty from current customers. There are a multitude of channels out there for you to do this. This panel has handpicked experts on three key marketing platforms – corporate communications, Instagram, and LinkedIn – to give you a concise insight into how to excel at each. This is followed by a practical workshop on how to build a marketing plan, building visibility, credibility, and differentiation.
                      This session will leave you with an understanding of the major marketing channels for design businesses today, and a framework to decide how to use them most effectively for your success.

                      Ahmad-Shah Duranai Architect, Project Manager, Leadership / Communications Trainer and Coach, Duranet Enterprises Inc.

                      Ahmad-Shah Duranai is an Author, Public Speaker, Leadership and Communications Coach, Master Trainer of Verbal Aikido, Passion Test Facilitator, Architect and Project Manager. He is Founder and Head Coach of Duranet Enterprises Inc. and the Creator of educational programs in Personal and Leadership Development, Communication Skills, Workplace Engagement Dynamics, and High Performance. As a community activist serving on non-profit boards, he is the recipient of the 2013 Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Award and Medal for his activism in Humanities and Social Justice. He has been interviewed numerous times by the media and has participated in many TV and radio talk shows. Ahmad is the Author of THE LEADERSHIP ZONE: Lessons from the Front Lines and Co-Author of the International Bestseller PEEKING BEHIND THE SCENE: A Deliberate Path to Success. He is member of Ontario Association of Architects (OAA), The Toronto Society of Architects (TSA) and Affiliate member of the International Coach Federation (ICF Toronto).

                      Mimi Lai Drivas Director of Business Development and Marketing, Reich & Petch Architects

                      Mimi is the Director of Business Development and Marketing for Reich&Petch Architects. She believes that design brings like-minded people together and the stories we share, shape that experience on social media.

                      Russell Pollard Principal, Framework Leadership

                      Russell works with architecture and design studios to improve how they present and market themselves to win work and build brand. He partners with studios to provide advisory on people & culture and marketing & brand, and develops leadership training workshops for designers. Russell is President-elect for the Society for Marketing Professional Services (Ontario) and is a lecturer of Leadership for Architects by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

                      Sanam Samanian Curator/Futurist in Contemporary Art. Architecture. Design

                      Sanam Samanian is a narrative-focused curator, strategist and futurist consultant based in Toronto, internationally working to develop content—specific to contemporary art, architecture and design. Sanam leverages strategic tactics (framing, foresighting, positioning, branding, navigation, installation, curation) while collaborating with artists, designers and architects to introduce future-oriented thoughts and ideas. Infinitely curious about humanity’s impact, she continues to combine her academic education with empirical experience, leading independent projects and supporting the strategic development of renowned firms and international artists. In 2014, Sanam was appointed as the Executive Director for the fourth instalment of the city-wide Toronto Design Festival. A regular contributor to international journals, she cites “Intermission” at MacLaren Art Centre (2011), “Soft Souls” at Walnut Contemporary (2015), “Transmutation” at New York’s Governors Island Art Fair (2015) and “Evolution” at Canada’s Design Exchange Museum (2017) to be her most memorable curation work to-date. She is currently working with Diamond Schmitt Architects, developing and curating content for the firm within the global architectural discourse.

                      Younes Bounhar Founder, Doublespace Photography

                      I am a professional architectural photographer based in Toronto. After embarking on a sinuous path that took me from molecular biology to intellectual property to landscape photography, my partner Amanda Large and I established our studio, doublespace photography in 2012. We strive to create simple, bold and elegant architectural photography. Our work has helped our clients garner several national and international awards and is regularly featured in architecture and design magazines and books.

                      1:00 PM

                      David Correa Assistant Professor
                      School of Architecture, University of Waterloo

                      MAD Lab – Material Architectures and Bio-Inspired Design

                      • Technology

                      In nature, materials are expensive so every design solution must be highly intelligent. The MAD Lab seminar will provide insights into bio-inspired design strategies that are shaping new technologies and challenging designers to look at the world in new ways. The seminar looks at what lobsters can teach us about structures, how learning from the pine scale is changing homes in New Zealand and how understanding the sand dollar may change the way buildings are made. From the micro-structure of cells, the meso-structures of tissues and bones or the anatomical features of plants, living things have a lot to teach us about high performance and beautiful design.

                      David Correa Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, University of Waterloo

                      David Correa’s research looks at biological structures and processes as a source of insight for the development of new fabrication processes and advanced materials. The research aims at implementing state of the art digital fabrication tools (robotic manipulators, 3D printers and CNC milling) to develop innovative and high-performance design solutions for industrial and architectural applications. Current inter-disciplinary research initiatives include weather responsive shape active facade components (in collaboration with BASF and Plant Biomechanics group at Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg), large scale bio-based cellulose 3D printing (University of British Columbia) and advanced robotic fabrication of timber structures (Centre for Advanced Wood Processing and School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture, UBC). David is a Design Partner at llLab, an experimental design collaboration based in Shanghai and he is also completing is Doctorate in Engineering at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) under the supervision of Professor Achim Menges at the University of Stuttgart. David initiated and led the research field of Bio-inspired 3D Printed Programmable Material Systems at the ICD and he was program coordinator for the Integrated Technologies and Architectural Design Research (ITECH MSc) at the University of Stuttgart (2013-15).

                      1:00 PM

                      Chris Graham Principal
                      TellPeople Inc.

                      No One Knows How Toilets Work: How to Change Minds and Win Support for Your Ideas

                      • Business of Design

                      Chris’s session combines engaging storytelling and relevant research to help participants understand why people say “no” to good ideas and decline to follow sensible advice. The session is like an hour-long TedTalk: useful, funny, and thought-provoking. Participants will discover why most people think they know more than they do; all the different places we store knowledge about the world; and how people on teams divide-up cognitive labour. Using interactions, relevant examples and discussion, participants learn simple strategies for building support for ideas within their teams and organizations.

                      Chris Graham Principal, TellPeople Inc.

                      Chris Graham has been a professional for over a decade. He’s twice been a lawyer: at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, in New York City, representing very large banks; and at Pape Salter LLP, in Toronto, representing Aboriginal governments across Canada. (There’s a surprising amount of overlap between those jobs—just ask!) Chris is the founder and principal of TellPeople, a vehicle for teaching storytelling and communication to professionals. He produces the Roar Festival, a music festival fundraiser for Camp Ooch (a camp for kids with cancer). He’s an investor in Artery.is (think AirBNB for house concerts), and a popular storyteller and comedian on stages around Toronto. Chris’s writing has appeared in publications in Canada and the USA and he formerly edited part of Canada’s leading legal encyclopedia. He can tell you what it’s like to ride a toboggan down a volcano, how cold it gets at night in the Syrian desert, and what it smells like in Britain’s oldest library. He’s a mentor to students at Massey College, University of Toronto Faculty of Law, and Ryerson University.

                      1:00 PM

                      Diana Smiciklas Senior Sustainability Advisor
                      Perkins + Will
                      Zeina Elali Senior Sustainability Advisor
                      Perkins + Will

                      Get Better: Sharing of Wellness and Sustainability Trade Secrets of Today and Tomorrow

                      • Future of Living

                      The industry is gaining momentum in knowledge on both sustainability and designing for wellness. Clients are more aware, and now understand the ROI associated with sustainability and wellness. But climate change and human health impacts are still a challenge, requiring drastic change going into the future. We will take you through current sustainability and wellness benchmarking practices, and reveal upcoming market trends necessary to align the design practice with climate change mitigation and place a focus on health and wellbeing. We will tap into an array of experience to reveal upcoming processes the design industry will need to adapt to.

                      Diana Smiciklas Senior Sustainability Advisor, Perkins + Will

                      Diana’s passion for sustainability began as an interior designer after quickly realizing the impacts of the built environment on the natural environment. This encouraged her to focus her career and become a sustainability consultant in corporate real estate where she fostered her knowledge in understanding the necessary synergy between sustainable design and the health and wellness of building occupants. However, her desire for design again led Diana to her current role as a sustainability advisor at Perkins and Will where she focuses on sustainability, health and wellness, and resiliency when implementing best practices within design and managing building certifications that.

                      Zeina Elali Senior Sustainability Advisor, Perkins + Will

                      A frequent poster, blogger, and climate change influencer. Join me on a journey of environmental stewardship, health, and wellbeing.Leading the Climate Change battle through Sustainability + Resilience. A proven strategist achieving significant and measurable greenhouse gas reductions (prevention), complimented with Resilience expertise to protect assets and withstand climate events (mitigation).Possessing creativity to change organizations. Self-propelled long-time passion for slashing energy, evaluating technologies, and establishing plans and reporting methods.Leading initiatives across Canada, my acquired experience places me at the forefront in understanding practices, high performance buildings, emerging clean technologies, and carbon reduction planning. I bring a conscious approach to projects focusing on energy, comfort and ecological conservation. My most recent focus is carbon reduction accounting, which includes Net Zero ‘Energy’ and Net Zero ‘Carbon’ buildings.LEED AP and Fitwel Ambassador. Also fluent in WELL, Resilience, TGS, WRI GHG Accounting, 2030 challenge, and offering their translation into actionable plans.

                      1:00 PM

                      Tim Antoniuk Design Director & Professor
                      ARCHITURE

                      Expanding Futures and Living Spaces

                      • Future of Living

                      Toronto and many cities around the world are facing a housing and affordability crisis. Driven by a limited supply of land, increasing land and living costs, new ideas are needs as to how people can “live larger with less”. One of the futures that ARCHITURE has brought to the architectural, multi-unit development and consumer market, is the creation of living / reactive interiors – Residential spaces that expand, adapt and contract with people’s needs. As peoples’ lives continue to change and as the “extended home” develops new meaning, ARCHITURE has created a line of products that are blurring the boundaries between architecture (i.e. interior wall), furniture (i.e. cabinets and tables), and technology (“talking” to things). Driven by the practical need and our internal goal of maintaining the functionality of larger spaces, but in spaces that are much smaller, our products allow rooms to expand and contract as needed … perhaps physics is wrong – you can be in two places at the same time.

                      Tim Antoniuk Design Director & Professor, ARCHITURE

                      Tim Antoniuk is an Associate Professor of Industrial Design at the University of Alberta and is the Founder/Design Director of ARCHITURE – a design, research and manufacturing group that specializes in micro residential and common space design. Deeply interested in finding new ways to enhance wellbeing, housing affordability, spatial functionality and reducing people’s carbon footprints, Tim developed the Micro Habitation Lab (mHabLab) in 2016. Investigating evolving generational concepts of how “home” is expressed through the use and display of objects and spaces, Tim and his team continuously develop and test architecturally interactive micro living spaces and products that can increase the emotional durability of places and spaces. Since the early 90s Tim’s research and practice has explored topics such as: Morphing/shape-shifting materials and products; new Business Models for the trillion dollar Creative Economy; and some of his design collaborations have included partnerships with Hothouse Design Studio (founder, 1992-2001), and with design icons like Renny Ramakers (Droog), and architect Winy Maas (MVRDV, and TU Delft/The Why Factory). Today, Tim and his group at ARCHITURE work with some of our nations most innovative multi-unit building developers designing, supplying and installing products that move, react and respond to consumer input.

                      1:00 PM

                      Amy Pothier Associate
                      Gensler
                      Linda Kafka
                      Margot Schulman Principal
                      Schulman Design
                      Michele Cohen Principal of Health Sciences
                      NORR Architects and Engineers

                      Designing for an Aging Population

                      • Future of Living

                      Over 65s are predicted to make up nearly a quarter of the Canadian population by 2030: an ageing population presents new design challenges for the spaces in which we live, work and play. As we grow older so our needs will shift. This panel will bring together three perspectives on what designing for these future populations will require, covering changing residential requirements, upcoming trends in institutional healthcare design, and innovations in the specific field of design for those with dementia. Learn how design, healthcare and technology can come together to solve the pressures and create opportunities presented by these changing age demographics.

                      Amy Pothier Associate, 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.

                      Linda Kafka

                      Linda Kafka is recognized in the residential interior design sector as an educator, resource and connector, as well as one of Canada’s go-to Living In Place industry experts. She is the Principal of the Living In Place Network, the driving force behind the newly launched LivABLE Environment Conference and is the Director of Trade Relations for Caplan’s Appliances. With over thirty years of experience in marketing, Linda is a Certified Aging In Place Specialist (CAPS) through the National Association of Home Builders and a Certified Living In Place Professional (CLIPP) and Canada’s Ambassador through the Living In Place Institute. Linda believes “every home, should be ‘liveable‘ and designed so our spaces adapt to our changing needs regardless of age, size or ability.

                      Margot Schulman Principal, Schulman Design

                      Margot Schulman B.A., B.A.A.,I.D. is an entrepreneur, interior designer an sociologist (Gernontology) for more than 20 years. Her full serviced interior design firm, Schulman Design, transforms commercial, hospitality and residential spaces and spearheads change for those with mobility or cognitive challenges. She offers innovative design solutions that celebrate aging and independence. Margot is passionate about caring for people and is committed to shifting cultural paradigms through advocacy, accessibility design, education and strategic partnerships. Margot draws from her personal experience with her brother, David, whose life was catastrophically altered at age 13 when he was in a cycling accident that resulted in a severe closed head injury and diagnosed as a quadriplegic. To gain a deeper understanding of what aging really well looks like and to encourage this new concept of intergenerational living, she and her kids live in an intergenerational village like community. She and her team members are one of two Virtual Dementia Tour ®(VDT® facilitators. Margot hosts conferences on Aging in Place is regularly invited to speak and educate at international conferences, Environments for Aging Expo and Conference and was the key note speaker this year for March of Dimes, Opening Doors. Margot believes that we all have an impact on society and how we chose to fuel positive change within a global ecosystem is firmly within our grasp. She believes universal design doesn’t just create an option for people with disabilities and a different one for people without; it creates one solution that works for everyone. Margot is committed to shifting cultural paradigms by curating the aging spirit.

                      Michele Cohen Principal of Health Sciences, NORR Architects and Engineers

                      A highly-capable LEED accredited licenced architect and clinical planner with 25 years of experience, she has delivered over two million square feet of health care projects, from small community clinics to 600-bed urban hospital complexes. Michele’s comprehensive technical knowledge and clinical planning expertise make her exceptionally fluent in the language of health sciences. She listens carefully to the specific and complex needs of clients and develops unique solutions based on current best practice. Her architectural design solutions are responsive and adaptable to current and advancing healthcare trends. Michele leads multi-disciplinary teams to make a positive impact on health sciences facilities in Canada.

                      2:30 PM

                      Hilary Hayes Senior Design Researcher
                      Connected
                      Jana Macalik Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, Associate Professor, Environmental Design
                      OCAD
                      Laura Carwardine Experience Design Lead
                      Mejuri
                      Yasmien Fadl VP, Head of Workplace Design & Experience
                      TD Bank

                      How to Win, Nurture, and Retain Millennial Talent

                      • Business of Design

                      Millennials are now well established in the workforce. Yet their loyalty is harder than ever to win. This is a generation that knows what they want from the workplace, value their career success as an essential pillar of their lives, and are prepared and able to move if they are not getting what they need. It is no longer a case of preparing your workplace for this generation’s attitudes and approach, but understanding what it will take to attract, develop, and keep their talent and skills. Learn from this panel of millennials currently thriving in the design world what they want from the present and future workplace, and how your business can make the most of this generation of leaders.

                      Hilary Hayes Senior Design Researcher, Connected

                      Hilary Hayes is an award winning conversation designer and Canadian Alexa Cup Champion. She creates compelling, contextual voice experiences for ambitious companies, leading research into conversation design, establishing best practices within the emerging fields of voice design and augmented reality. Hilary is also an Educational Content Creator (CUI/UX) and UX Design Educator for BrainStation in Toronto. When she’s not designing, Hilary writes about research processes and her thoughts on the future, reviews skincare products, and trains as an amateur powerlifter. Hilary is a graduate of OCAD University, where she studied Wearable Technology and Industrial Design.

                      Jana Macalik Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, Associate Professor, Environmental Design, OCAD

                      Jana Macalik is an Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, at OCAD University. Over the 18 years as an academic, her teaching explores how art and design in their truest forms are created to fracture barriers and initiate dialogue with individuals, internally and socially. These topics are explored through theoretical ideation and put into practice in the design studio. In her design practice, Jana Macalik is concerned with spatial communication and media integration, and since 1994 has been involved in cultural exhibition design and branding applications in communications and architecture. She has over 20 years of experience working as a designer for cultural institutions in Toronto as well as a designer for multi-disciplinary firms, including Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership in New York, and Perennial Inc. in Toronto and Aldrich Pears Associates in Vancouver. Presently, Jana is a doctoral candidate in Higher Education at OISE/UT, investigating art and design education across Canada, with particular interest on policies and support structures for art and design education, and studio based learning. The challenges of government funding strategies and economic impacts of creative industries in the face of industry expectations and rapidly changing entrepreneurial and innovation landscape drives Jana’s interest in the field. 

                      Laura Carwardine Experience Design Lead, Mejuri

                      Laura Carwardine is a multidisciplinary design problem solver who loves observation, research, and asking questions. As the Experience Design Lead at Mejuri, a direct-to-consumer fine jewelry brand, Laura helps the team design new stores, pop-ups and experiences, which include the recent stores in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Previously, Laura was a Creative Lead and Product Designer at Umbra, where she designed housewares, specified colours and materials for products, and designed exhibitions. Laura has a Bachelor of Interior Design from Ryerson University and worked in institutional and restaurant interior design after graduation. In her spare time, Laura likes to bike, travel, take photos, and post unnecessarily long narratives on Instagram Stories about everyday life and design. 

                      Yasmien Fadl VP, Head of Workplace Design & Experience, TD Bank

                      Yasmien leads Workplace Design and Experience at TD Bank Enterprise Real Estate. Her role encompasses evolving design strategy and experience to an inclusive, technology-driven environment that provides choice for every colleague throughout the organization. TD Workspaces are approx. 13 million sf globally, primarily Canada & the US. Originally from Sudan, born in Dubai and raised in Toronto; she is NCIDQ-accredited interior designer with a strong emphasis on global workplace design and strategy with 15 years of interior design consulting in Dubai & Toronto working in multiple sectors (retail, hospitality and large scale workplace). Notable clients include Deloitte, Credit Agricole, IBM, Coca Cola, Qatar Petroleum, Samsung, OMERS, Aviva insurance. Her most recent project with Gensler was the TD Wealth / Tech co-location at the flagship location.

                      2:30 PM

                      Deborah Gottesman Principal
                      Gottesman Associates

                      Reconstructing the Business of Light: A Sweeping Response to LEDs

                      • Technology

                      We have survived the LED storm of the decade, but it’s not over yet. The lighting industry is under reconstruction, including everything from testing and measurement to fixture construction and procurement. The evolution gives us unprecedented choice, but not without new challenges. This seminar tells the LED story: past, present, and future. Topics include new methods of assessing colour, taming the technical beast, the power of materials, and sole sourcing. Case studies will examine how to restructure the approach to design and procurement to suit the new reality, and how much more expansive and complex LED lighting is still becoming.

                      Deborah Gottesman Principal, Gottesman Associates

                      Deborah Gottesman is the principal of Gottesman Associates, an award-winning architectural lighting design firm established in 1999, with distinctive expertise in sustainability and heritage applications. Deborah’s more than three decades in all facets of the lighting industry, including design,engineering, management, education, and manufacturing gives her a unique contextual understanding of lighting from all perspectives.

                      Deborah has successfully worked on projects in many sectors, and has taught lighting at all levels to a wide audience from students to senior architects. A past president of the Toronto Section IES, Deborah has been involved in the IES at local, regional, and international levels, and was awarded the Toronto Section Service Award in 2013.

                      2:30 PM

                      Ian Rolston Director of Design - Interiors, Hospitality&Residential
                      HOK

                      The Future of Design: The Necessary Rise of Inclusive Design

                      • Future of Work

                      Encourages dialogue, and methodologies to adopt Inclusive Design approaches to enrich environments through, property development and interior design for a new generation. Our proposal challenges developers and professional designers to adopt inclusive design processes that add value to the experience of their properties. The results would be more thoughtful design solutions, distinguished brand identity and increase social capital that impacts revenue. Plainly put, our world has changed. The rich connection of people, community demands a new approach to creating projects that enrich and inspire. It is with this perspective that our proposal introduces a foundation for dialogue and actions to address our changing world. Our world is smaller than ever, humanity aspires to: provide care, work, play and live connected experiences that are more meaningful. As developers and designers it is our responsibility to create considerate environments that support this quality of life for all.

                      Ian Rolston Director of Design - Interiors, Hospitality&Residential, HOK

                      As a creative strategist, Rolston uses design as a medium to challenge convention and explore spaces beyond the boundaries. Years of collaborating globally, within a variety of industries, have given him a unique perspective to place making. Rolston is a native of Toronto, Canada, an Environmental Design graduate from OCAD University. With over 15 years of experience, Rolston’s skill and critical eye are focused on consistently delivering award- winning environments. Notable clients cross design sectors: Hospitality, corporate, retail, health care, science + technology, education and sports entertainment. They include international brands such as: Park Hyatt, St. Regis, Ritz Carlton, Rogers Communication, Toronto Dominion Bank, Starbucks, and industry disruptors such as Medcan, MUN University, BNA Associates, Dream Maker Realty and Wynn International. Ian is a design enthusiast and engaging speaker. He shares provocative perspectives at prominent industry events in the US, Canada and Internationally. His work has been published in Sleeper Magazine, Interior Design, Azure, and Architectural digest. His visionary concept, Driftscape, reimagined the hotel of the future to win the 2016 Radical Innovation Award.

                      2:30 PM

                      Vedran Dzebic Head of Research and Development
                      Entro

                      Harnessing Assistive Technology for Accessible Environments

                      • Technology

                      There are 2.71 billion smartphone users in the world today, over a billion homes have intelligent virtual assistants and smart speakers, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems are no longer restricted to the world of science fiction. The technological wave we are currently riding should serve as more than simple entertainment, instead it should raise our quality of life. For this reason, we explore the ways in which pervasive and cutting-edge technologies can be harnessed as assistive devices that can help create more accessible and egalitarian environments. In our design work, we aim to create emotional and behavioural connectivity to the built-environment for people with diverse needs and abilities, and we see technology as an important tool in accomplishing this. While devices such as smartphones and personal assistants can aid visual and auditory impairments, the Internet of Things and AI can uncover our accessibility needs and serve to develop powerful solutions.

                      Vedran Dzebic Head of Research and Development, Entro

                      Dr. Dzebic leads the research and development practices at Entro. His work sits at the intersection of cognitive neuroscience and environmental design. Through the use of innovative techniques and technologies, such as virtual reality, computer vision and machine learning, he explores how the physical environment shapes how we think, feel and behave. By applying rigorous yet humancentred research perspectives, he advances Entro’s mandate of building stronger connections between people and place and supports Entro’s philosophy that all design should be grounded by research and the science of human interaction. Dr. Dzebic’s expertise ranges from the study of visual complexity within urban environments, to biophilic design, to the role of emerging technologies in shaping how we think about our surroundings. He is currently leading our research team, building an automated tool that through computer vision and machine learning predicts user experience within an environment providing the foundation needed to validate design decisions Looking towards the future, this tool can help answer many of the questions that arise as design teams strive to create positive experiences: Are minimalist environments that are low in visual complexity experienced as calming or relaxing? Do highly decorative and visually complex environments result in excitement and engagement? To what extent does culture or demographics play into our experience?

                      2:30 PM

                      Lisa Conway VP Sustainability, Americas
                      Interface
                      Nina Bast Associate
                      Gensler
                      Stacy Smedley Director of Sustainability
                      Skanska

                      Can Your Spec Reverse Global Warming?

                      • Future of Living

                      The building sector is the world’s single largest emitter of greenhouse gases (GHGs), accounting for 30-40% of total global GHG emissions. Although operational emissions account for more of a building’s carbon footprint over its entire life, between now and 2030, almost 75% of the carbon footprint of that 900 B ft2 will be embodied carbon, NOT operational carbon. Building products can reduce their carbon footprint and even become carbon sinks that help remove excess greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. This session will equip architects, designers, and other building industry professionals with specific and practical strategies for selecting products and materials that reduce embodied carbon emissions and move the industry toward making buildings part of the solution instead of less of the problem. Learning from experts in climate-friendly design, construction, and product manufacturing, participants will be empowered to ensure that their daily work contributes to creating a climate fit for life.

                      Lisa Conway VP Sustainability, Americas, Interface

                      Lisa Conway is the VP of Sustainability, Americas for Interface – the global flooring manufacturer that is leading industry to love the world. She and her team are responsible for regional activation of the company’s mission: Climate Take Back. They’re also responsible for driving higher levels of transparency and embodied carbon prioritization in specifications for the building industry as well as training internal associates and external stakeholders on the interconnectedness of environmental sustainability and human health. Lisa serves on the Sustainable Advisory Board for Penn State University’s Smeal College of Business, is one of “CoreNet’s 36 Under 36”, and founded the materials Carbon Action Network (materialsCAN).

                      Nina Bast Associate, Gensler

                      Nina is responsible for managing projects from start-up to close-out. With a keen interest in sustainability and overall well-being, her focus is on ensuring that the experience is both seamless and fun. Nina holds a Bachelor of Interior Design from Ryerson University and also has a background in Political Science and Sociology. She is a registered Interior Designer who is NCIDQ, LEED® and WELL accredited.

                      Stacy Smedley Director of Sustainability, Skanska

                      Stacy has a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Washington, and 15 years in the architecture and construction professions. Her resume includes the first LEED for Homes Platinum certified project in Washington State as well as the first project in the world to be certified under Living Building Version 2.0 standards. At Skanska, Stacy leads sustainable initiatives and opportunities, and is considered a subject matter expert in LEED and Living Building Challenge certifications, with a passion for reducing materials toxicity and carbon emissions associated with construction. She is the co-creator of the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3), an industry wide, open source tool for quantifying and reducing the carbon of building materials. Stacy is committed to educating and engaging the AEC community on sustainable design and construction, and has served in various advisory and leadership roles, including: Chair of the Washington Businesses for Climate Action; Advisory Board Member for the University of Washington Carbon Leadership Forum; Construction Taskforce Chair for the Embodied Carbon Network; Founding member of the Materials Carbon Action Network; Advisory Group Member for AIA Materials Working Group; Membership Chair for Cascadia Green Building Council; and Emerging Professional Regional Chair for USGBC. She is an experienced speaker, and a 2012 Living Building Challenge Hero.

                      3:00 PM

                      Kourtney Madeley Senior Interior Designer
                      Solid Design Creative
                      Cassandra Christman Student
                      Dyonne Fashina Principal Interior Designer
                      Denizens of Design inc.
                      Kourtney Madelay Senior Interior Designer
                      Solid Design Creative
                      Shannon MacLean Project Lead / Senior Interior Designer
                      Quadrangle
                      Tatiana Soldatova Co-founder
                      Syllable Inc
                      Ying Yang Student
                      OCAD University

                      LEARNING LAB: ARIDO’s Career Xpress Portfolio Prep

                        Portfolio Prep is just that … a preparatory session designed to build confidence in your interview skills and learn the do’s and don’ts of a cover letter, resume, and portfolio creation. These vital skills can help you get the job you want when you graduate.
                        That’s not all; you will gain valuable industry knowledge from industry professionals sharing their personal career paths and watch a portfolio critique of fellow student’s presentations.

                        **Please note that while Learning Labs are complimentary with admission, signing up for a talk does not guarantee you a seat. Seating is limited and is on a first come, first serve basis.**

                        Kourtney Madeley Senior Interior Designer, Solid Design Creative

                        Kourtney Madeley started her design path with an international volunteer organization working on design and build projects in Africa and South America. These early opportunities and need to explore lead to a few years travelling around the globe. Upon her return to Canada she decided a career in design was her chosen career path and she enrolled in OCADU’s environmental design program. While she completed her degree she worked in condo and retail development. After a few years, she made the move in to the hospitality sector where she now works as a Senior Interior Designer at Solid Design Creative.

                        Cassandra Christman Student

                        Cassandra Christman developed a fascination with how interiors can create an atmosphere in which customers feel welcomed, entertained and encouraged and applied to school for interior design in order to further her skills. She is now in her fourth year in interior design, and her journey to improve continues. She consistently works to improve her skills in aspects of design through her work life at Straticom and her schooling. Cassandra’s intense passion for design will drive her to continue to learn ways that design can change the world.  

                        Dyonne Fashina Principal Interior Designer, Denizens of Design inc.

                        Dyonne is a registered interior designer with international recognition and experience. She has over a decade of experience in a diverse range of project typologies. Dyonne’s passion for design began at a young age and is rooted in her love for the arts, fashion, culture, and architecture. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Western Onatrio, with a specialisation in studio and fine arts. Upon graduation from Western, she went on to obtain her Bachelor of Interior Design with Honours from Ryerson University. She began her career working on large-scale high-end residential projects; followed by a specialization in branded environments, adaptive reuse and hospitality projects.

                        Kourtney Madelay Senior Interior Designer, Solid Design Creative

                        Kourtney Madeley started her design path with an international volunteer organization working on design and build projects in Africa and South America. These early opportunities and need to explore lead to a few years travelling around the globe. Upon her return to Canada she decided a career in design was her chosen career path and she enrolled in OCADU’s environmental design program. While she completed her degree she worked in condo and retail development. After a few years, she made the move in to the hospitality sector where she now works as a Senior Interior Designer at Solid Design Creative. 

                        Shannon MacLean Project Lead / Senior Interior Designer, Quadrangle

                        Shannon is a strong Project Lead on Quadrangle’s Retail team and especially enjoys seeing designs come to life through the construction process. Detail-oriented and committed to building meaningful client relationships, she has led teams working with many first-time clients to our retail portfolio through the contract administration and construction documents phases. Shannon oversaw the build-out of the first new Wellwise by Shoppers Drug Mart store locations, collaborating with our Interiors team to successfully execute the design intent and establishing an ongoing rollout account with the client. Additional project work includes Saje’s new headquarters in Vancouver, Mad Radish in Ottawa, and Amadeus Patisserie in Newmarket. Shannon has also long been involved in the ARIDO Career Xpress Committee in her spare time, helping to plan portfolio prep and review events for recent grads.

                        Tatiana Soldatova Co-founder, Syllable Inc

                        Tatiana Soldatova is a co-founder of Syllable Inc., an architecture and interior design practice.She also is an instructor at Humber College focusing on Professional Practices, and on the Boardof Directors at ARIDO. Coming from an Innovation Consulting background, she approaches theworld with a strategic lens and helps people find their path. Tatiana graduated from Humber College BID program and received an MSci from Parsons the New School of Design.

                        Ying Yang Student, OCAD University

                        Ying Yang is a third-year undergraduate student specialized in Interior Design at OCAD University. She is interested in sustainable design and historic building restoration. Ying believes the essence of interior design is a process that optimizes spatial forms to enhance interaction between clients and environment. Ying was awarded the 2018 ACO NextGen Award team. She holds a Residential Interiors Certificate from the University of Alberta in 2016. Hailing from China, Ying understands oriental design philosophy and aesthetics and is aware of the importance of cultural diversities in the design process. Meanwhile, Ying has been a Student Ambassador of ARIDO since 2018 and participated in the IDS volunteer team in 2018 and 2019. She also works as student mentor and studio monitor at OCAD University from 2019.

                        4:00 PM

                        Brian Richer Creative Director
                        Castor Design
                        Christian Lo Anony
                        Mischa Couvrette Creative Director
                        Hollis + Morris
                        Paolo Ferrari Founder
                        Studio Paolo Ferrari
                        Steve Verbeek Vice President of Design and Innovation
                        Teknion

                        KEYNOTE: Azure Trade Talk 2020: Made in Toronto

                          What does it take to design and make things in Toronto? Toronto’s design scene is thriving, with over 24,000 designers and 4,300 manufacturers. In this panel, established and rising brands that make lighting, furniture and fashion collections in the city, tell us how they do it.

                          Brian Richer Creative Director, Castor Design

                          Brian Richer’s artistic practice is as varied as his work experience, which includes industrial design as the Creative Director of Castor Design (a studio he runs with Kei Ng), stone carving, restaurant ownership and interior design. Richer’s work focuses on thoughtful experimenting with processes and techniques, and finding new ways to use familiar materials. This attention to narrative is maintained throughout Castor’s lines of lighting, furniture and accessories, as well as its installations and interiors projects. Richer is also interested in the intersection between art and technology, an area he explores through Castor Design’s “Science and Humanities Division.”

                          Christian Lo Anony

                          An emerging Toronto lighting and product design studio, Anony counts local manufacturing capabilities and the latest technologies as elemental to its design process. The studio concerns itself with the entire lifecycle of its products, considering their every stage of life in order to produce compelling designs that last. Its thoughtful and honest material choices result in something that exudes quality and inspires care. All of its fixtures use dimmable LED technology and can be fully disassembled to change the light source, replace a part, or re-install.

                          Mischa Couvrette Creative Director, 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.

                          Steve Verbeek Vice President of Design and Innovation, Teknion

                          As Vice President of Design and Innovation at Teknion, Steve Verbeek is responsible for creating and evolving the strategic product design direction for all categories of Teknion’s comprehensive furniture portfolio worldwide. Verbeek leads Teknion’s corporate design teams to research and develop creative new workplace products, often in collaboration with invited international designers, and multi-disciplinary development teams. He has designed many significant new products that have contributed to Teknion’s award-winning portfolio of innovative products that transform the look and feel of today’s workplace.

                          Saturday, January 18

                          My Cart

                          11:00 AM

                          Jody Phillips
                          Maryam Siddiqi
                          Nils Vik
                          Omar Gandhi

                          KEYNOTE: Living with Canadian Design

                            The Globe and Mail’s Lifestyle Editor, Maryam Siddiqi, surveys a group of industry insiders about the value and joy of incorporating designed-in-Canada work into your home. This talk celebrates the launch of The Globe’s “Designing Canada”, in partnership with EQ3, an annual feature highlighting the best residential architecture, interiors and houseware products of the year.

                            Jody Phillips

                            Former product designer and long-time art, craft and design devourer, Jody Phillips has a diploma in studio art from Capilano College as well as a BFA from the University of British Columbia with a major in studio art. Phillips is as motivated by the business of design as she is by the huge amount of talent and inspiration born in, and flourishing along, the Pacific Northwest’s beautiful coast. Publishing her book, Currents: Contemporary Pacific Northwest Design, in late 2018 highlighted Phillips’s desire to create visual narratives, champion design in the region and connect international and regional happenings. Phillips has been the director of the Interior Design Show Vancouver since 2014.

                            Maryam Siddiqi

                            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.

                            Nils Vik

                            Following his graduation from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture Environmental Design program, Vik was a adjunct design studio instructor at the school from 2014 to 2018. Directly following, he joined Canadian home furnishings company EQ3 as a product designer, where he designed multiple collections such as the Burrows bedroom, Boom coffee table and Husk dinette table, which are still part of EQ3′s offerings today. Vik exhibited at IDS in 2009 and 2011, when his collaborative work with Thom Fougere earned the Rado Design Award for Best New Prototype. Now the senior director of brand development for EQ3, Vik sits on the board of Border Crossings magazine and ownes Parlour Coffee and co-founded Little Sister Coffee Maker and Dogwood Coffee Canada.

                            Omar Gandhi

                            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.

                            11:30 AM

                            Aaron Miller Founder & CEO
                            Hummingbird Hill Homes
                            Vanessa Fong Principal Architect
                            VFA

                            DESIGN CLASS: RESET Home – Human Wellness in the Home

                              So often we base design primarily on the visual. Does it look good? Does it look sexy? However, our other senses (sound, touch, taste and smell) also positively impact our health and wellness. Join Vanessa and Aaron the team behind this year’s concept house to learn about the design elements of the home, which are designed to connect the home to your body’s natural rhythms. The team will review the materials and design strategies used in the Reset Home and talk about ways to incorporate this into your next project.

                              Aaron Miller Founder & CEO, Hummingbird Hill Homes

                              Aaron Miller is the CEO and co-owner of HummingbirdHill Homes & Construction, both a PassiveHouse™ and WELL™ certified firm dedicated to the building of fine architecture with a health and wellness overlay that is redefining the perception and experience of what our home and work environments should be. Adhering to their motto “our home’s change lives”, HummingbirdHill systematically engages all five of the human senses and facilitates a reconnection with nature that allows their built environments to become sanctuaries for the modern world as we find ourselves craving calm, tranquility, and the space to facilitate our rejuvenation while enhancing our physical health and capacity to thrive.

                              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.

                              1:00 PM

                              Linda Pinizzotto Founder CEO
                              Condo Owners Association

                              DESIGN CLASS: Rocky Road or Smooth Sailing when Renovating your Condo

                                In today’s world condo owners need to understand the value of their building and not just their unit. They contribute monthly to common expenses and their reserve fund. The Condo Owners Association thrives on creating awareness, our Founder CEO can explain how to maintain long term sustainability in your condo unit and within your building, especially when refurbishing. What should you look for in a building to ensure quality? What is the life span of materials used in a refurbishment and how can you ensure longevity to maximize the value? This class will cover what you need to consider before, during, and after a renovation, leaving you with design tips and confidence in your unit, your building, and your future refurbishment decisions in all types of condo buildings.

                                Linda Pinizzotto Founder CEO, Condo Owners Association

                                Linda Pinizzotto is an well known Realtor, Entrepreneur and the Founder/CEO of the Condo Owners Association (COA) a non profit Association in Ontario. Her vision for COA is to work together with Government for more consumer protective initiatives for Condo Owners, Buyers and Corporations. Linda was chosen for her consumer experience, expert knowledge and industry know-how to serve on numerous expert panels such as the Condo Act Review (Ministry of Government and Consumer Services), the HPC (Homeowners Protection Centre) Advisory Committee to research Condominium Manager and Management, the Consumers Council of Canada Intensification study, the Fire Marshal review for the Carbon Monoxide Detectors Act, and several Municipal panels. As a registered Realtor since 1979, Linda has been involved in organized real estate as the Past Vice-President, Director Real Estate Board and working with our Politicians as the Government Relations Chair for 8 years working together with Ontario Real Estate Board and Canadian Real Estate Board. Linda is honoured to be Knighted as a Dame of the Order of St. George for her volunteerism and dedicated enthusiasm, she enjoys sharing her wealth of experience with levels of government, Corporations, Private and Public enterprise. Her passion is to create a better environment, a successful sustainable future for all. Linda has 21 years of volunteer work as President of 2 Condo Boards and is the former Chair of Youth Day (Toronto). Presently she is a Director on the Mississauga Sports Council and believes in promoting grass roots of sports. She has 20 years of volunteerism in the sports world and was the first Female General Manager in the Junior B Ontario Hockey Association. Linda is the mother of 3 sons, who achieved success as professional Hockey Players.

                                1:30 PM

                                Beth Hitchcock
                                Jonathan Adler

                                KEYNOTE: Jonathan Adler In Conversation with Beth Hitchcock presented by Caesarstone

                                  Beth Hitchcock

                                  Beth Hitchcock writes the weekly Personal Designer column for The Globe & Mail’s Pursuits section. She is the former Editor-in-Chief of House & Home magazine and is currently developing several book projects, including a series with acclaimed designer and TV personality Sarah Richardson to be published by Simon & Schuster this spring.

                                  Jonathan Adler

                                  Jonathan’s mission is to bring style, craft, and joy to our lives by creating a foundation of timelessly chic furniture and accessorizing with abandon. First and foremost a potter, Jonathan’s craft has evolved to include many creative elements including product design, textile design, interior design and writing. His desire to design every detail of a flawlessly chic space has taken him around the world and inspired a spectrum of unique projects from interior design for hotels, restaurants and homes.

                                  A few of Jonathan’s projects include the Parker Palm Springs Hotel, the former Merv Griffin’s Resort and Givenchy Spa property in Palm Springs, 225 Rector Place, Abington House on the High Line in New York City, multiple Related Property apartment designs, and a 2015 overhaul of the rooms, hallways, and outdoor areas at Eau Palm Beach. He speaks at design industry events and design-centric museums acorss North America and has appeared as a guest on Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and several other national programs.
                                  Today, Jonathan’s work extends from furnishings to fashion. In less than 20 years he’s opened nearly 30 stores. With his serious design philosophy and colorful sense of optimism, he’s built a robust ecommerce site and a successful worldwide wholesale business with over 1,000 locations. His guiding motto, “If your heirs won’t fight over it, we won’t make it,” reflects his commitment to impeccable craftsmanship and irreverent luxury.

                                  2:30 PM

                                  Emily Grundy Designer Account Executive
                                  Sherwin-Williams

                                  DESIGN CLASS: Colour & Concept 2020

                                    This course will take the viewer on a visual journey with stimulating imagery, factual statistics and perceptive research that supports the 2020 forecast for colour and design trends. We will explore the drivers influencing future colour and design trends that include global, technological, historic, psychological and economic factors that shaped our forecast. Together, these 45 trend colours are spun into five welcoming and intuitive palettes bring joy, serenity and focus to the mind, body and spirit.

                                    Emily Grundy Designer Account Executive, Sherwin-Williams

                                    Emily supports the residential interior designer market with colour and paint specifications, she also provides continuing education for designers and industry partners. She works with the Canadian design account team and is dedicated to the exploration of colour and trends with the Sherwin-Williams colour forecast team.

                                    Throughout her 10 year career with Sherwin-Williams, Emily has become an allied member of the Interior Designers of Canada (IDC), Decorators and Designers Association of Canada (DDA) and is a proud member of the arts community in Toronto. She currently holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts from OCAD University in Toronto.

                                    3:30 PM

                                    Nathalie Atkinson
                                    Paul Austerberry

                                    KEYNOTE: Paul Austerberry In Conversation with Nathalie Atkinson

                                      Nathalie Atkinson

                                      Nathalie Atkinson is a Toronto-based arts journalist and film critic. A columnist for The Globe and Mail and a member of the Toronto Film Critics Association, she also contributes widely as a culture commentator and freelance writer for FASHION, Zoomer, New York, CNN, the BBC and Noir City. In addition to guest lectures and on-stage interviews at the Toronto International Film Festival, the International Festival of Authors and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Nathalie is also the creator and host of the monthly film series, Designing the Movies, where art direction, costume and production design are the lens for compelling talks with notable personalities who find creative inspiration on screen.

                                      Paul Austerberry

                                      Paul Austerberry is a critically acclaimed Canadian production
                                      designer who recently won an Oscar for his work on Guillermo del Toro’s 2017 Oscar-winning film, The Shape of Water. His first experience working with Guillermo was in the summer of 2015 on Pacific Rim 2.

                                      Graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa with a Bachelor of Architecture, Austerberry worked in the architecture profession before segueing into production design for film. During his career in film, he has designed extensively for feature films with credits including 12/24, 30 Days of Night, Pompeii, The Liberator, Deadfall, The Three Musketeers, Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Deathrace and Men With Brooms. His most recent work is Andy Muschietti’s It: Chapter 2. Paul is the recipient of a Critics Choice Award and a BAFTA award.

                                      4:00 PM

                                      Melissa Tossell Interior Designer
                                      Sanura Design
                                      Michelle Mawby Interior Designer
                                      Lucid Interior Design
                                      Sharon Portelli Executive Director & Registrar
                                      ARIDO

                                      DESIGN CLASS: How to Work with an Interior Designer

                                        Getting started on a home renovation can be tough. Learn from qualified Interior Designers what you need to know about yourself and your home before you start.

                                        Melissa Tossell Interior Designer, Sanura Design

                                        As the Registered Interior Designer and Owner at Sanura Design, Melissa Tossell (NCIDQ, BCIN, ARIDO) uses “Intelligent, Quality Design and a Sense of Humour” to create spaces tailored to her clients lifestyles and tastes. She works closely with homeowners and other consultants to design spaces, prepare permit and construction drawings, and coordinate execution of the designs on the owner’s behalf. She has a passion for intelligent, well-thought-out design that benefits both her clients homes and their budgets and specializes in Accessibility in the Home, Aging in Place, and supports her community through volunteering and mentorship.

                                        Michelle Mawby Interior Designer, Lucid Interior Design

                                        Michelle Mawby is a Registered Interior Designer and principal of Lucid Interior Architecture & Design. She has spearheaded the boutique design firm through over 200 large scale projects and has shared her knowledge of design & decor on numerous television shows and expert talks.
                                        Based in Toronto, Michelle has previously lived and worked in Amsterdam, London, England, California and Vancouver. Michelle draws on her extensive travels and continuing studies in design, history and architecture to craft highly personalized spaces with functionality in mind, down to the smallest detail.

                                        With over 20 years of experience, she is an ARIDO award winner and a former Contributing Editor for Renovation & Décor magazine. Michelle is Building Code certified, and an NCIDQ certified Registered Interior Designer.

                                        Michelle is a nationally renowned design expert having contributed on many publications and tv shows. She designed and hosted the tv show Weekend Reno for Cottage Life Network where she and her team made a cottager’s dream come true in a weekend. She was Resident Design Expert for CTV’s Marilyn Denis Show & a frequent Design expert on CBC’s Steven & Chris where she shared her knowledge and love of design and decorating with the country. She rolled up her sleeves in Discovery Channel’s experimental green TV show Junk Raiders where she lent her creativity to upcycle discarded treasure to design a live/work loft & a restaurant from free-cycled items. She is also an instructor for the Bachelor of Interior Design program at Yorkville University.

                                        An advocate of the philosophy, “form follows function”, Michelle strives to create environments that reflect the lives, personalities and expectations of her clients. Her extensive travels and continuing studies in design, history and architecture influence her designs culminating in sophisticated, livable elegance.

                                        Sharon Portelli Executive Director & Registrar, ARIDO

                                        Sunday, January 19

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                                        12:00 PM

                                        Brian Gluckstein
                                        Lynda Reeves Founder
                                        House & Home

                                        KEYNOTE: Brian Gluckstein & Lynda Reeves

                                          Brian Gluckstein

                                          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.

                                          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.

                                          2:00 PM

                                          Dexter and Byron Peart Goodee
                                          Kimberley Brown Style Director
                                          House & Home

                                          KEYNOTE: Kimberley Brown & Dexter and Byron Peart of Goodee

                                            Dexter and Byron Peart 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.

                                            Kimberley Brown Style Director, House & Home

                                            Kimberley brings a love of design, art, travel and culture to her role at House & Home. Having profiled design luminaries from Kelly Wearstler to Brian Gluckstein and travelled the globe to report on emerging architectural and decorating innovations, she’s always on top of what’s new, now and next. Kimberley spends her nights at the hottest Toronto design, cultural and culinary events, and her days writing prose and organizing photo shoots.

                                            4:00 PM

                                            Emily Griffin Interior Designer & Founder
                                            Emily Griffin Design Inc.
                                            Lynda Reeves Founder
                                            House & Home

                                            KEYNOTE: Lynda Reeves & Emily Griffin

                                              Emily Griffin Interior Designer & Founder, Emily Griffin Design Inc.

                                              Even with her BAH in Art History from Queen’s University and training at the New York Institute of Art and Design, Emily’s true passion for design comes from her extensive travels to countries like India, Morocco, England, France, Italy, Japan, and South Africa. As the founder of Emily Griffin Design Inc., Emily has married the skills learned in her training with the sensibilities acquired through her travels and has created beautiful, timeless interiors for her clients throughout Toronto and in surrounding cottage country. Her embrace of colour and whimsy and her ability to bring spaces alive with classic and creative finishes has allowed her to stand out in the field.

                                              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.

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