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PROpel is a national competition created exclusively for emerging leaders, providing the opportunity for engagement in discussions and connections with influential representatives in the interior design community. This year, the opportunity to engage and connect with designers in the industry will look a little different in light of the effects of the global pandemic. Instead, each participant will be announced as part of a promotional series on a weekly basis with a short profile published across IDC’s social media platforms, newsletters and honoured at the IDC Awards Celebration on September 23, 2020.

Congratulations to all 2020 Emerging Leaders Program participants! 

Melissa Munroe


By pushing boundaries, taking a fresh approach and helping to redefine how we design and create an uplifting space, especially in healthcare, that is when you truly find the value of design.


Melissa Munroe is an interior designer based in London, Ont. She currently works for HDR Architecture as an interior design intern, specializing in healthcare design. Along with her advanced diploma in interior design, she also holds a diploma in art and graphic design. Melissa is a current committee member of the Fanshawe College BID Program Advisory Committee. She volunteers at Fanshawe College as a jury panelist for healthcare projects and is a thesis advisor for fourth year students’ final projects, and as an interior presenter for the school’s bachelor for interior design program. As a designer in healthcare design Melissa strives to avoid covering all hospital walls in so much pale blue paint.

Follow IDC’s Instagram to hear from Melissa on her ongoing projects and her new routine during COVID-19.

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