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National Emerging Leaders Program (PROpel)

PROpel yourself and your career; meet industry thought leaders, and more!

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. Don't miss your chance to take part in this thought-provoking annual conference.

Participants are selected by a panel of professionals from the interior design community to participate in the design symposium, held in Vancouver B.C., Sept. 12 and 13, 2019. IDC will cover accommodation, transportation, meals, and activities during the symposium. Selected participants receive exposure during the symposium and are featured in IDC’s newsletter, website and social media.

Who can participate?

If you are an IDC member and an emerging leader in the interior design profession, you are eligible to participate in the PROpel program and compete for a chance to be selected to attend an all-expense-paid trip to IDC’s Design Symposium. *

* Terms & Conditions apply


  • IDC membership and proven leadership in the interior design profession

  • Completed online application form, which includes a short essay, two reference letters from firm principals/owners outlining the applicant's suitability to be chosen as an emerging leader, personal bio and headshot

  • Submission of all applications and documents by May 17, 2019

Selection Criteria

Your completed application form and supporting documents should outline the following:

  1. Examples of your own leadership experience and activities within the interior design community
  1. Explanation of how this year’s IDC design symposium theme ‘Design Thinking; Exploring Human Connections’ relates to your leadership experience. 
  1. Your commitment to participate in ongoing activities as part of IDC’s volunteer leadership (ex: committees, chapters, communities, etc.)   


A jury comprised of professionals in the industry and design community, and IDC representatives will review all valid entries and select award recipients in July. Proposals will be judged based on the submission meeting the noted selection criteria, above.  

Important Dates:

March 18, 2019 – PROpel applications open

May 17, 2019 – Applications close

July 2, 2019 – Judges select participants; IDC begins booking travel for participants

Sept. 12 & 13, 2019 – PROpel participants attend IDC’s Design Symposium


For more information contact the competition coordinator:

Direct - 416.649.4425

Toll Free - 877.443.4425

Email - info@idcanada.org




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