interior designers of canada designers d'intérieur du canada

board of management

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 Management 2019/2020

PRESIDENT

Carol Jones (BC)

Carol Jones is a Principal in Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd, practicing in areas of hospitals, universities, airports, public buildings, mixed use retail developments and corporate facilities. Carol’s professional experience has included practice in several Canadian cities and her interest in design education has been reflected in teaching appointments at two universities. She has 40 years of experience in planning and design, for both the public and private sector, with a focus on design for the high-performance workplace. Considered an expert on workplace programming and planning, Carol speaks and writes on this topic both nationally and internationally, and projects under her leadership have been widely published and have received numerous awards.

VICE PRESIDENT

Deborah Rutherford (ON)

Deborah Rutherford is past president of ARIDO and has served on many committees for her provincial association as well as for other organizations related to the industry. During her work career spanning more than four decades she has worked primarily in the Corporate Office and Health Care sectors in consulting firms ranging from small practices to large multinational firms. She currently works for a company that provides real estate services across Canada, developing Workplace Strategy enabling clients to be nimbler as well as providing building code reviews.

PAST PRESIDENT

Sally Mills (BC)

Sally Mills has over 30 years of extensive corporate interior design experience. As a Principal, she is responsible for business development activities, assumes senior management responsibility, oversees team integration to ensure project excellence and is responsible for meeting the financial objectives for the business of Interior Design in the Vancouver office. Sally believes the design objective is to collaborate, cooperate and create interior environments that satisfy the client’s needs, reflect the needs of those they serve and express the highest level of quality, creativity and integrity.

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

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.

DIRECTOR

Glen Brewer (ON)

Glen Brewer is an executive with over 25 years of experience in the design and construction industries. He is a current IDC board member, representing Industry. Glen is also IDC’s Industry committee chair and leads IDC’s Sales Professionals Training Courses. Glen is a strong advocate for designers and the design community as an author, teacher, 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. Glen’s many National speaking engagements include events like the Building Show, IIDEX, and various TTMAC events. Glen also mentors and speaks to many emerging design professionals, most recently at Conestoga College. As President of Midgley Tecnica, Glen, along with the support of his company, is a strong advocate of IDC as an Industry Partner member.

DIRECTOR

Lori Arnold (NS)

Lori Arnold graduated from University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Interior Design in 1979. Her first career job was with an architectural firm in Saint John New Brunswick, and she has always considered interior design to be of comparable value as architecture and engineering. Through her work in Saint John she realised that the disciplines have different focus but that interior design is a specialty that brings great value to the built environment. From New Brunswick she relocated to Ottawa where she practiced retail design for eight years. For the past 20 years she has lived and worked in Halifax in a mid sized firm (10) specializing in corporate design. In the over thirty years she has been practicing interior design she has been a member of ARIDO and Interior Designers of Nova Scotia. Lori has experienced the evolution and transformations of IDC over that time, as a passionate and engaged member. In Nova Scotia, she served on the IDNS board in various positions, CE Director, Secretary, President and Treasurer, and has been privileged to meet and engage with fellow interior designers both on the IDC board and in the role of IDNS President with association Presidents across the country.

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).

DIRECTOR

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.

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)