interior designers of canada designers d'intérieur du canada

board of directors

As an organization, IDC is committed to ensuring that its board represents the interior design industry with respect to varying experience and cultural, age and gender make-up that is representational of the membership and fibre of the Canadian population.

IDC’s Board is comprised of elected members from across Canada who have an impact on the challenges affecting the interior design community.

Board of Directors 2021/2022

PRESIDENT

Keshia Caplette (SK)

Keshia Caplette is a versatile and innovative Interior Designer with the Interior Designers Association of Saskatchewan (IDAS). With over eight years of experience in the interior design, architectural and construction industries, Keshia has worked on a variety of projects ranging from residential, multi-family, industrial and institutional work, along with healthcare and corporate ventures. For Keshia, the last the last three years of serving on IDC’s board of management has been an opportunity to grow, both as a designer and an individual. Keshia brings a strong voice for members from across the country based on the network that she has helped grow through the PROpel program and her involvement with board activities. Keshia strongly believes in the advocacy efforts that the board has undertaken and is passionate about ensuring the interior design professions is moving forward.

VICE PRESIDENT

Jennifer Wiwchar-Fast (MB)

Jennifer Wiwchar-Fast is a Professional Interior Designer who has been practicing for 17 years with experience in residential, corporate, healthcare, hospitality and institutional design. Immediately after graduating she began to volunteer with her provincial organisation which in turn resulted in holding various positions on the board, including serving as president. Jennifer thrives on continual learning opportunities and collaboration with the compliment of individuals who comprise the project team. She is a strong advocate on behalf of the interior design profession and strives to constantly educate the public on what an interior designer can offer to elevate their project. In addition to design education and credentials she obtained a Project Management Professional certification and is currently serving as a committee member on the CIDQ P/X exam committee.

PAST PRESIDENT

Ian Rolston (ON)

Ian Rolston is a design director, principal, thought leader and speaker. He has worked with transformative firms in Canada and in the U.S. across multiple sectors such as hospitality, education, transportation, retail, corporate and residential. Ian has collaborated with leaders of industry across three continents. Now collaborating with Decanthropy, a platform for new thinking in the inclusive design space, Ian develops content that transforms the creative process for people, organizations and businesses. As “Lead Decanthropist,” Ian helps leadership teams innovate with clarity, passion, and consideration to distinguish collaborators’ spaces in the marketplace. Ian is passionate about compelling stories, architectural discipline, and innovation. His personal mandate is to inspire and support collaborators to create solutions that make a difference.

DIRECTOR

Glen Brewer (ON)

Glen Brewer is President, and Managing Partner of Midgley Tecnica, a distributor in the porcelain tile sector. He is a current IDC board member, representing manufacturers and suppliers. Glen is also IDC’s industry committee chair and leads and moderates IDC’s Sales Professionals Training Course. Glen is a strong advocate for designers and the design community, he is a past winner of IDC’s Legacy Award for Distinguished Service, the most prestigious individual award presented by IDC. Glen currently sits on a variety of additional boards and committees, including The Retail Design Institute, Sheridan College, and DDA. Glen is also an author and presenter for IDCEC CEUs. He is an active participant in IDC’s national DesignEX shows, as both a speaker/presenter and table-top attendee. His company is a strong advocate of IDC as an Industry Partner member.

DIRECTOR

Christine Craik (BC)

Christine is a Professional and Registered Member of the Interior Designers of Canada and the IIDA, a Board-Certified Healthcare Interior Designer with the AAHID and a Certified Eden Associate, specializing in geriatric environments: senior living, long-term and complex care, multifamily and health and wellness projects. With 25 years of experience in the design industry, she has worked in both the US and Canada. As a guest lecturer for Senior Living Interior Design at the university level, a regular conference presenter and a recognized industry mentor and award juror, she is a regular contributor to thought leadership in environmental gerontology in this sector. Her current and recent design and peer-review work, both new construction and renovations, includes large- and small-scale senor living and healthcare projects in both the private and public sector. They include luxury independent living and assisted living, through to memory care, geriatric behavioral health, and long-term care communities, including fast-tracked projects with tight budgets. Above all, Christine strives to create communities where we can happily and healthfully live our best lives.

DIRECTOR

Sean Crawford (AB)

Sean grew up in a family of contractors and builders. He started his professional career on jobsites and then as a drafter, and estimator. After the family business was bought out, while he was working for a developer in Japan, Sean returned to school to pursue a degree in Interior Design. Sean was always drawn to planning and design and was fortunate enough to see a few of his designs executed while working in Japan. Although he looked at architecture, Sean ultimately decided the level of detail and the interaction of interior spaces, that interior design focused on, would be a better fit. He has worked in a range of firms from two-person interior design firms to larger architecture and interior design firms with over 300 people/employees. Currently he is a partner at a national architecture and interior design practice and leads the interior design team. He is an ardent sports fan (kids, dance, hockey, baseball, skiing, golf) and has spent countless hours over the last 15 years in and on studios, rinks, diamonds, hills and courses…and he loves it.

DIRECTOR

Jennifer Greene (NB)

Since as early as she can remember, Jennifer has been acutely aware of the power of space and the impact that surroundings have on its inhabitants. As an innately keen observer and highly sensitive person she has placed importance on environments, combined with her emotionally connected nature, which led her to the interior design profession. As a designer, she defines success by the degree to which her practice enhances people’s experiences within spaces. Jennifer is relentlessly committed to the details and to building lasting relationships based on trust and respect.

DIRECTOR

Tiiu Poldma (QC)

Dr. Tiiu Poldma, PhD. FDRS CFERDIE, IDEC, IDC, Designer d’intérieur certifié APDIQ® is full professor, School of Design (Université de Montréal), Director-FoCoLUM Lighting Lab/GRID, CRIR regular researcher. She holds a BID, Ryerson (Honours), MA, McGill (Dean’s Honour list) and PhD. (McGill), Fellow Design Research Society (2015), Compagnon FERDIE (2004). She is an award-winning certified professional interior designer with over 350 projects completed. She is co-recipient of CFI grant for innovation ( 3.65M$, 2006-2010),“Nouveau theatre de reelle” and co-investigator/executive member, RehabMALL Living Lab (2011 – 2016, 1.4M$ awarded). She was Vice Dean, Graduate Studies (2006-2014) and Vice Dean Research (2006-2010), Faculty of Environmental Design (Universite de Montreal). Teaching/research interests include understanding user experiences, adapting interiors for vulnerable people, colour, form and light modulations, design processes in theory/practice, collaborative and participatory research approaches, and aging in the interior environment. Teaching responsibilities include course and supervision in baccalaureate/masters programs, masters and doctoral student supervision. Service includes Site visitor CIDA ( 2000 – present), PEQAB consultation (Ontario) and VP Development and board member, IDC (1998-2002), DRS (2008-2017), IASDR (2009-2017). Currently APDIQ member (admissions and education committees), among multiple academic service activities.

DIRECTOR

Deborah Rutherford (ON)

Design Manager and Workplace Consultant with over 40 years’ experience as an Interior Designer working primarily in the Corporate Office and Health Care design sectors. Deborah is an enthusiastic long-time volunteer dedicated to advancing the profession of Interior Design. She has been instrumental in developing ARIDO’s Professional Development Program and promoting CEU’s. Deborah has chaired several committees, been on the Board of Management and served as President of ARIDO, and on the Board of Directors of IDC. Deborah successfully managed multiple projects with a team of designers for Canada’s major financial services institutions as well as large multi-national corporations. She focused on creating real estate value by developing workplace strategies that align the physical and virtual workplace to the strategic business objectives. She is experienced in strategic planning and providing innovative solutions for projects that may be technically complex, involve multiple phases, have fast-track schedules or employ multi-disciplinary design teams. Deborah is committed to design principles which support the environment (LEED AP) and education of design professionals, clients and the public. She has conducted a number of seminars on sustainability, corporate office design and a variety of other subjects at conferences as well as been a sessional instructor at Humber College and Yorkville University. Deborah completed a Master’s degree in the UK in Design Management.

IDC FOUNDING MEMBERS

Jack Bell (ON)
Doris Hasell (SK)
David Treusch (MB)
Tomislav Cerkvenac (AB)
Michele McLoughlin Guest (BC)
André Dubois (QC)
Maryla Szymanski (NS)