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Toronto Congress Centre

Friday April 19th 2024 – 10am – 5pm

Saturday April 20th 2024 – 10am – 5pm

Sunday April 21st 2024 – 9am – 5pm

Toronto Congress Centre

April 19-20, 2024 – 10am – 5pm
April 21, 2024 – 9am – 5pm

PRESENTING SPEAKERS

FRIDAY APRIL 19TH

11:00am

The Future of Architecture

11:00-11:45

Location: On the Jennair Main Stage


Explore the dynamic realm of architecture with insights from Martha Franco, Dee Dee Taylor Eustace and Gianpiero Pugliese, as they discuss the future of architectural design.

Martha Franco 

Martha Franco Architecture and Design (MFA&D) is an award-winning architectural and interior design firm with expertise in the commercial, hospitality and luxury residential markets. We focus on high-end residential projects, including heritage home restoration, creating dream destinations for clients. Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, our firm operates with a borderless approach, collaborating with clients globally. MFA&D boasts a multidisciplinary team adept at seamlessly integrating architecture, interior design, furniture, and landscaping to create exceptional, fully cohesive environments.
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DEE DEE TAYLOR EUSTACE |Founder & Owner | Taylor Hannah Architect 

Dee Dee Taylor Eustace is an award-winning Architect and Interior Designer based in Toronto. Her full-service firm, Taylor Hannah Architect Inc., has a global portfolio of residential, commercial and hospitality projects. Dee Dee’s timelessly elegant style, paired with her years of industry experience, positions her and her team as industry leaders who constantly push the boundaries of design. Sharing her passion for architecture, design and its impact on the community extends far beyond the walls of her studio. Dee Dee wears many other hats in her career, such as author, real estate developer, construction manager, television personality, philanthropist, and keynote speaker.
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Gianpiero Pugliese |Founding Principal | Audax 

Gianpiero is an architect, interior designer, and builder. Leading all activities at Audax, Gianpiero has a Master of Architecture from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. He also studied at the Venice Institute of Architecture in Italy.
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12:30pm

Unleashing your Creative Potential

12:30-12:45

Location: On the Runway


Enter a journey of creative exploration in the world of fashion with Jason Cameron as he unlocks your imaginative potential.

JASON CAMERON | Toronto Fashion Academy

Starting off within the entertainment industry as a Fashion Stylist, Fashion Show Choreographer, Events Coordinator, Acting / Modeling Agent & Booker, Instructor and Life Style Coach. JC has been in the Entertainment and Fashion Industry for the last 24years.

Having worked on bringing International fashion week into Toronto called International Fashion Encounter as well as supporting local designers by giving them a platform to showcase their talent, along with being the co-founder of SuperModel Canada Search as well as working on several other concerts, Charity Fundraisers & gala’s. I helped lead Toronto Fashion Academy from one location in Toronto, Canada to 4 around the world! He has been honored with a plaque from the United Nations Women National Committee Canada for outstanding support, while supporting and endorsing several charities and human rights organizations.

1:00pm

Disrupting Design with JennAir

1:00-2:00

Location: On the Jennair Main Stage


Learn how Brenda Danso and Aleem Kassam disrupt traditional design norms through innovative perspectives and cutting-edge solutions in collaboration with Jennair.

Brenda Danso 

Meet Brenda, the Californian expat and founder of BD Interior Design, seamlessly navigating both residential and commercial design. In her distinctive dual role as a designer and mental health therapist, Brenda infuses a holistic approach into her work. As a Design Expert on Citytv’s Cityline, she’s earned recognition for insightful contributions. Brenda’s presence on Living Luxe magazine’s design series cover, collaborations with Architectural Digest for their ‘Iconic Home showcase’ and a partnership with Mercedes in an ad further highlight Brenda’s diverse influence, while her influential voice continues to inspire balanced living.

Aleem Kassam

Aleem started his path in Interior Design in 2004 by obtaining a formal education at the Art Institute of Vancouver. He soon found himself with a desire for adventure and furthered his education abroad at the Art Institute of Chicago to obtain a Bachelors Degree of Interior Design & Sustainable Interior Architecture. He then attended the Domus Academy in Milan for Hospitality Design and the school of Central Saint Martins in London for Retail Design. This Global perspective inspired Aleem’s taste for design and personal style. Aleem is a fixture in both the Interior Design Industry as well as a style icon (he was named one of Canada’s best dressed in 2017.) He has made various media appearances and has been involved in designing well-known spaces both locally and abroad.
“Design has no borders, nor should we or our interiors.” -Aleem Kassam

2:30PM

Expert Panel Discussion with Renowned Architect Richard Wengle & Luxury Designers Robin & Harvey of Wise Nadel Design

2:30-3:15

Location: On the Jennair Main Stage


Experience an engaging conversation with Richard Wengle, Robin Nadel and Harvey Wise, offering profound insights and expertise on the intersection of architecture and luxury design.

Harvey Wise | Wise Nadel Design

Robin Nadel | Wise Nadel Design

Richard Wengle | Richard Wengle Architect Inc.

Richard Wengle founded the firm of Richard Wengle Architect Inc. in 1992 to better engage the practice of architecture on the basis of uncompromising design quality. Mr. Wengle is a graduate of the University of Toronto School of Architecture, and has been a member of the Ontario Association of Architects and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada since 1987.

Upon his graduation in 1983, Mr. Wengle joined the firm of Kirshenblatt Korman Associates (currently known as Kirkor Architects) as project architect in charge of design and contract administration of commercial, institutional and residential commissions. While at this firm, he worked principally with private commercial development groups that included H & R Developments, Murray Goldman Real Estate, Wor-Mark Development and The A.M.M.E. Group.
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4:00PM

In Full Colour: Using Colour Theory & Artful Inspiration in Your Interior Design

4:00-4:30

Location: On the Jennair Main Stage


Discover the power of colour theory and artful inspiration in shaping enchanting living spaces with Andrea McMullen of ADM Design & Emily Grundy of Sherwin-Williams Canada.

Andrea McMullen | ADM Design

Since 1991, Andrea McMullen has been a highly accomplished figure in the luxury and lifestyle industry, making a significant impact as a designer, construction firm, and art broker. Andrea has designed numerous luxury model homes, vacation homes, commercial and corporate design. Beyond her impressive design portfolio, Andrea has successfully established three retail stores in Ontario.

Andrea’s expertise extends across various aspects of the industry, showcasing her talent for building, home additions, renovations, and staging for resale. Her outstanding work has gained international recognition, earning features on design shows and in many publications. Andrea’s designs stand as a testament to her unwavering commitment to creating spaces that encapsulate a high quality of living.

Emily Grundy | Sherwin-Williams Canada

In her professional career, Emily is the Division Manager of Design at Sherwin-Williams, in this role she has national responsibility for the designer marketing strategy and execution. She is dedicated to the exploration of colour and trends with the Sherwin-Williams colour forecast team. She supports the residential interior designer market with colour and paint specifications, while providing continuing education for designers and industry partners. She is an industry partner of the Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) and is on the National Board of Directors for the Decorators and Designers Association of Canada (DDA) and the Colour Research Society of Canada (CRSC).

SATURDAY APRIL 20TH

11:00AM

Get Inspired with Renowned Designer Michael London

11:00-11:30

Location: On the Jennair Main Stage


Learn how Michael London “beautifies the world” with his culturally inspired, immersive designs.

Michael London | Founder & Owner | Michael London Design

‘Beautify the World’ With an impressive portfolio of multi-unit residences, commercial spaces influenced by luxury brands, and private homes in some the most prestigious neighborhoods of Toronto, Ottawa, and New York, Michael London Design boasts a strong presence in the design world drawing from over two decades of experience. Michael London has established himself as a wellrespected figure in the Toronto interior design community, working with both residential clients and developers.

At the heart of Michael London Design is a passion for creating culturally inspired designs that are truly exceptional. This philosophy drives us to constantly push boundaries and create one-of-a-kind interiors. Thanks to his unique style and innovative approach, Michael has earned numerous awards and recognition, including an ARIDO (Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario) award and two ARIDO President Citation awards, as well as two BILD (Building Industry and Land Development Association) awards.
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1:00PM

The Making of a Brand with Globally Recognized Interior Designer Lori Morris

1:00-2:00

Location: On the Jennair Main Stage


Learn how Lori Morris’s enchanting designs have earned her international recognition in the realm of design.

Lori Morris | Founder & Owner | Lori Morris Design

For thirty-six years, Lori Morris has been reinventing the standard in interior design. A creative tour-de-force that embraces a forward-thinking philosophy. Lori is an award winning, ‘no rules’ artist who parlays a unique and unyielding take on sumptuous interior design, with a sexy, distinctive edge.

Based in Toronto, Canada, Lori leads an extensive team of professionals in-house and abroad in the creation of her award-winning spaces. Her work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, Marie Claire Maison Italia, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and many others.

2:30PM

The Value of Professional Expertise – Why you need an Interior Designer

2:30-3:00

Location: On the Jennair Main Stage


An insightful panel discussion by ARIDO moderated by Sharon Portelli featuring Interior designers Michelle Mawby & Cori Halpern on navigating the intricacies of interior design projects and the value of hiring a professional.

Michelle Mawby

Michelle Mawby is a Registered Interior Designer with over 20 years experience in residential interior design and construction. She is Principal of the interior design and architecture team at Georgian Design Build and founder of Lucid Interior Design.
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Cori Halpern

Cori Halpern is a Registered Interior Designer who is passionate about creating custom interiors that delight her clients with a joyful mix of colour, pattern, texture and considered details. Established in 1996, Cori Halpern Interiors is a Toronto-based firm specializing in high-end, full service residential interior design.
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Sharon Portelli | Moderator

Sharon has worked in the not-for-profit sector since 1997, starting in the financial sector with the Institute for Advanced Financial Education. In 2011, she transitioned to the design and construction sector in the role of Executive Director and Registrar with the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO).
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SUNDAY APRIL 21st

10:00AM

Buzz Luxury Secrets

10:00-1:00

Location: On the Jennair Main Stage


Luxury Mindset

Learn how to unlock the secrets of the luxury mindset in real estate
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Owning the Luxury Market

Master the art of dominating the luxury market and learn strategies and insights paving the way for your success.
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Luxury Brokerage Ownership Competitive Advantage

Learn the power of competitive advantage in luxury brokerage ownership while discovering the secrets that elevate your real estate journey.


2:00PM

Inside the Creative Mind of Internationally Acclaimed Designer Karim Rashid

2:00-3:15

Location: On the Jennair Main Stage


Step into the creative mind of Karim Rashid, and discover the secrets behind his designs that made him the “Prince of Plastic.”

Karim Rashid | Karim Rashid

Visionary and prolific, Karim Rashid is one of the most unique voices in design today. With more than 4000 designs in production, over 400 awards to his name, and client work in 47 countries, Karim’s ability to transcend typology continues to make him a force among designers of his generation.

Eschewing style in favor of designing in the modus of our time, Karim’s designs include luxury goods for Christofle, Alessi, Veuve Clicquot, and Swarovski; democratic products for Umbra, Paul Mitchell, and 3M; timeless furniture for Bonaldo, Tonelli, BoConcept, and Vondom; exquisite lighting for Artemide and Fontana Arte; high-tech products for Paul Mitchel and Samsung; surface design for Marburg and Abet Laminati; iconic branding for Hugo Boss and Citibank; and award-winning packaging for Method, Paris Baguette, Kenzo, and Issey Miyake.
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