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    Seminars at SIDIM (up to 5 IDCEC hours)

    Thursday, May 23, 2013

    1:30 to 2:30 p.m. (French seminar)
    3 to 4 p.m. (English seminar)

    Overcoming LED Challenges for Successful Designs (1 IDCEC hour)

    In this one-hour seminar, attendees will learn about the advantages and limitations of LEDs as a general illumination light source, the differences between LED lamps and LED fixtures, and where each product is applicable. In addition, attendees will learn how to identify the differences between power line, 3 wire and low voltage control by examining existing control types and standards, as well as the minimum and maximum number of lamps that can be used on a dimmer, as well as the performance challenges inherent to controlling LEDs. This seminar will help you fine-tune a successful project with the knowledge of the benefits and the limitations of LEDs gained in this presentation.

    Robert Leduc, Sales Supervisor, Eastern Canada
    Robert has been with Lutron Electronics since 1997 and is the Eastern Canada sales supervisor. In his role, he manages the sales of commercial products through many channels of distribution, but he also facilitates the education of engineers, architects, designers and contractors in the latest technologies of precision light control, whether natural or electric. Lutron is the recognized world leader of lighting controls and shading solutions for residential and commercial applications.

    Friday, May 24, 2013
    9:30 to 10:30 a.m. (French seminar)
    11 to 12 noon (English seminar)

    Overview of design streamlines worldwide and involvement of French designers (1 IDCEC hour)

    Although these trends depend upon both the personality of each designer and an increase in the blending of cultures, given the mobility of the diverse creative players who naturally react in a universal fashion, it is the brands that infuse the notion of cultural origin in design. Face to face with the idea of globalisation along with the need to restrain the imperialism of ideas, culture and commercial offer, international design and brands provide an effective response to one of the consequences of a unifying

    Gerard Laizé has been the CEO of VIA (Valorisation de l’Innovation dans l’Ameublement) since 1994. He is a member of the Scientific and Cultural Committee of the National Institute of Crafts (Comité scientifique et culturel de l’Institut national des métiers d’art) and became President of Cercle “Design & marque” in 2007. In addition, he functions as an editorial advisor for the program Intérieurs aired on Paris Première. M. Laizé is trained in economy and sociology and holds a Master of Finance and a Master in Business and Communication Strategy. A strategy specialist, he has served as marketing director in the design industry and distribution, in France and abroad, for 20 years. His work of prospective thinking is discussed in publications and conferences in various business and creation schools, universities, conventions and business meetings, in France and internationally. Gérard Laizé curates exhibitions in Paris and abroad every year.


    1 to 2:30 p.m. â€¨Ubisoft Montreal by Lemay (delivery in French, with a bilingual question period) (1 IDCEC hour)

    The video game studio Ubisoft Montréal celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2012, celebrating 15 years of creativity, success and excellence in Montreal’s business community.  This celebration was the opportunity to launch an important design competition to redesign the interior space of their head office and studio.  Previous to Ubisoft acquiring this building, it served as a textile factory which was built in 1903 in the Mile-End neighbourhood of Montreal. This private competition launched by Ubisoft Montréal, in partnership with the Bureau du design de la Ville de Montréal, aimed at finding a design firm that would oversee the renovation project and to ensure it integrates the latest trends in design, technology and ergonomics. By understanding the client needs, the design firm recognized that the newly designed spaces would have to be in constant evolution, easy to modify, adaptable and correspond to the on-going needs of each department and team. In addition, Ubisoft conveyed to the design team that the design of their office and studio environments are an important factor for the attraction and retention of the best talent available and is an essential tool to ensure the employee satisfaction and productivity. The firm Lemay has been chosen to meet this challenge, primarily because they centred their design concept around the needs of everyday users. This conference will allow participants to understand and see first hand the project submitted by Lemay’s talented architects and how designers met this challenge.

    Luc Duchaine has 15 years of experience in marketing, managing and branding in the video game industry. Since 2005, he has played a strategic role in managing branding and communications for Ubisoft Montreal. Duchaine has managed and overviewed the branding of  important clients of Ubisoft such as Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six, James Cameron’s Avatar and Assassin’s Creed. In his role as a trainer of Ubisoft’s trade show team, Duchaine led an impressive delegation during the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the largest show in the industry. His multidisciplinary credentials allowed him to make the leap and become a producer of video games himself in 2010, for the Assassin’s Creed Recollection created for mobile platforms. Mr. Duchaine has been director of communication since 2012. He holds a B.A. in business and marketing from the prestigious HEC in Montreal.

    Chantal Ladrie is a member of APDIQ (Association professionnelle des designers d'intérieur du Québec) and IDC (Interior Designers of Canada). With 30 years of experience in the interior design field. Ladrie joined Lemay, one of the most important design and architectural firms in Quebec 8 years ago, and has been working as both a project manager and designer. She supervises a team of eight talented design professionals while managing numerous projects simultaneously. Ladrie is passionate about the evolution of design and its influence on our everyday life. She thrives at conceiving projects that are original and that correspond to the branding image of her clients. Her award winning accomplishments are recognized for both her creativity and her blending of aesthetic and effectiveness, while at all times considering the user’s environment.  

    Éric Pelletier is a member of the l’Ordre des architectes du Québec and of l’Association des architectes en pratique privée du Québec (AAPPQ). He has more than 20 years of experience in the field of the built environment. He began his career as principal and cofounder of the firm Croft Pelletier architects in 1995. During his 14 years with the firm, numerous projects received prizes and were published provincially, nationally and internationally. During his career, Pelletier worked as a manager on many important cultural projects, including the famous Charlesbourg Library. It is with the same dynamic and passionate team that he founded Eric Pelletier architectes in 2009. More recently, Eric Pelletier has joined the Lemay group as an associate with the same goal in mind, completing successful architectural projects while making sure the highest standards and demands from his clients are met.


    Saturday, May 24, 2013
    11 to 12 noon

    Returning nature to where we can feel it with our fingers. (English seminar) (1 IDCEC hour)

    "Every man is the product of a child's development" (Maria Montessori)

    Let's start thinking again from the children's point of view!  Returning nature where we can feel it with our fingers: Flowerssori Furniture, a sensorial and ecological approach to children design inspired by the Montessori philosophy.  The Flowerssori project is the outcome of the long intellectual search of two architects who have decided to make a fresh start involving the ethics of the “real”, and to place their bets on the future. The feel for nature and the fascination exerted by the world of Maria Montessori were both consequential of and synergetic with the determination to develop a new type of furniture. This, we felt, should not be a small scale reproduction of an “adult” piece, but would have to become an object truly designed according to the ergonomic and sensorial features a child requires.

    Hans Kruger (Chiaravalle (AN), 1973) studied architecture in Florence (I) graduating cum laude. He has worked for several years at aldo meucci ark. & partners, where he has developed valuable experience in multiple fields of planning and a special taste for technology, in terms of that sophisticated mix between function, simplicity and industry. In 2009 his montessorian roots (since he was born in Chiaravalle, only few houses from where Maria Montessori was born) started to be translated in an architectural and design project. Flowerssori has become the design side, while the architectural one is at the final phases: a real Montessori School. Hans is sole Administrator of Flowerssori Srl.

    Angelica Meucci (Pisa (PI), 1978) studied in Florence (I) graduating cum laude. After having spent some years working at aldo meucci ark. & partners, she has decided to start a new form of professional association with architects, engineers, designers and visual communicators. This how La Bottega di Galileo: Officina del Libero Scambio di Idee (La Bottega di Galileo: atelier for free moving ideas) was born in 2011 and how she actually became its president. Right now, beside the activity of architect, she mainly tends to work 24/7 on Flowerssori, looking after the communication aspects and side by side with hans at the design of the line.

    1 to 2:30 p.m.
    Wood for design and sustainable development (Bilingual seminar) (1 IDCEC hour or 1 heure CECDI)

    This presentation will inform listeners on the environmental benefits of wood use and familiarize them with the availability of products. Quebec and international projects will be announced.

    Jennifer Tardif, architect, graduated from the Laval University School of Architecture in 2001. She has worked primarily in the field of renovation since that time, including the Société d'habitation du Québec, where she was in charge of sustainable development within the technical expertise department. She has participated in several building reconstruction projects, on top of developing press releases and technical presentations on various topics such as technical requirements, fire resistance and sustainable development. In addition, she holds the North American certification of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).

    About SIDIM

    From May 23rd to the 26th, the 25th Montreal International Design Show will unfold at Place Bonaventure. To mark the event, the show welcomes a new spokesperson, design lover Virginie Coossa. Also, due to its rapidly growing popularity, the Show will stay open for one extra day on Sunday May 26th.

    Come discover inspiring ideas, see the latest innovations, and find the object that will bring the final touch to your interior at the DESIGN SHOW, a major cultural event in May!

    Under one single roof, creators and designers from around the planet will will give a look into the design trends that will shape the homes, offices, businesses and institutions of tomorrow.

    From interior design, industrial design and architecture to graphic design and fashion, all areas of design will be represented.

    To encourage attendance at SIDIM, several hotels, restaurants and venues are offering a discount to IDC members. Please click here for a list of participating companies. To take advantage of the discounts, use the promotional code SIDIM VIP 25 when booking.



    LocationPlace Bonaventure - Salle d'exposition 800, De La Gauchetière Street West, Montreal, Quebec, H5A 1K6 (Map)
    FeesEarly Bird Seminar Rate until May 15: $55.00
    Seminar Rate After May 15: $65.00
    RegisterPlease click here to register.
    CEUup to 5 IDCEC hours
    National Industry Partners
    Mohawk Group Upper Canada Forest Products Cosentino Hunter Doulgas keilhauer Milliken
    Lutron Caesarstone Canada Midgley Architex Knoll Shaw Contract
    Levey Industries Samsung Benjamin Moore