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    Catch up on CEUs in Waterloo (up to 5 IDCEC hours + 2 HSW)

    Deadline to register: Sunday, September 20
    Please note that there will be an additional charge of $25 for registration at the door.


    8:30 – 9 a.m. | Registration and continental breakfast

    9 - 10 a.m. | What is Quartz?  Quartz Surfacing: Attributes and Benefits (1 IDCEC hour)

    This course covers the fundamentals of quartz surfacing including its performance attributes vs. alternative products and typical applications in commercial environments. The course provides an overview of typical production, testing and quality-assurance processes in the quartz surfacing industry. Additional topics include the process and professionals involved in the supply chain, from raw material to the end consumer or project, as well as best practices in fabrication and installation of quartz surfacing.

    katehuetherweb.pngPresenter: Kate Huether

    Kate is a Specification Representative and accredited LEED Green Associate, specializing in product knowledge and design for Wilsonart Canada. Kate joined Wilsonart Decorative Surfaces in 2009, transitioning from an extensive career in textile design and marketing. Kate resides in Stratford with her husband Chris and their children.

    10:15 - 11:15 a.m. |Self directed ADA design (1IDCEC hour)

    Participants will be educated about the history of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and how it became law in 1990. This course will touch upon the guidelines and how the department enforces ADA requirements depending on the state and contractor and more specifically, how ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life. Other topics will include options for showers, shower systems and hand showers; how designs can be customized; when it is necessary for contractors to finish the job; and programs that can be considered ADA standard but also gain LEED points.

    lisa-cote-mckainweb.pngPresenter : Lisa Cote McKain, Symmons Plumbing

    Lisa Coté-McKain is a Design Consultant for Symmons Industries with a client base of architects, interior designers and developers. Lisa has been with Symmons since 2014 and prior to that Joanne/JF Fabrics and Duralee. With several years as consultative sales professional, Lisa is passionate about building and growing relationships with her client base and thrives on introducing new, long lasting, high quality products.  

    11:30 - 12:30 p.m. | Sustainability Within Reach - Learning from Nature (1 IDCEC hour + HSW)

    Nature has served as design inspiration for centuries, yet in recent years, human centered design has forgotten the core principles of Mother Nature. Janine Benyus rekindled the interest in design inspired by nature’s principles with her book “Biomimicry” published in 1997. This presentation seeks to broaden the learning about nature’s principles. Through storytelling about natural organisms, Life’s Principles will be illustrated. A group exercise will further reinforce how to incorporate Life’s Principles into our design work today.

    Presenter: Nadine Gudz, Director, Sustainability Strategy with global carpet tile manufacturer, Interface

    As Director, Sustainability Strategy with global carpet tile manufacturer, Interface, Nadine drives and develops sustainability leadership through education, community engagement and innovative market solutions. With more than 18 years experience in the fields of environmental education, community
    development and planning, Nadine taught in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University and served as a research fellow with the Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability before joining Interface. Her areas of focus include sustainable business strategy, organizational change and learning, materials stewardship and ecological design. Based in Toronto, she serves on a number of local and international boards and committees including the Council for Clean Capitalism and the National Advisory Panel to the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada.

    12:30 to 1:30 p.m. | Lunch

    1:30- 2:30 pm | Biophilic Design (1 IDCEC hour + HSW)

    Biophilic Design is an innovative way of designing the places where we live, work and learn. Attendees will encounter buildings that connect people and nature, hospitals where patients heal faster, schools where children's test scores are higher, offices where workers are more productive, and communities where people know their neighbors and where families thrive.

    Presenter: Nadine Gudz

    Nadine is a LEED Accredited Professional and is currently completing a PhD in Environmental Studies at York University. She studied sustainable business and worked at Schumacher College in England and obtained a Masters in Community and Regional Planning from the University of British Columbia. She also holds a Bachelor of Sciences honours degree in Environmental Science from the University of Guelph. Her work on sustainability education and organizational change, including the creation of a life-size board game on sustainability has been published in the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education and International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability.

    2:45- 3:45 p.m. | Workplace Privacy seminar

    In organizations around the world, collaboration has become the big engine for progress and innovation. Research reveals that, while togetherness at work is vital for value creation, in excess it’s a killer. Attendees of the Privacy Crisis training will explore the ways current workplaces are attempting to capture the benefits of collaboration and how providing options for privacy brings benefits of its own. This course also includes thought-starters to help you connect your audiences to this prominent workplace theme. 


    Presenter: Julia McLean, Steelecase workplace consultant

    Julia has an Advanced Diploma in Interior Design with 5 years of industry experience. Julia is based in Toronto and supports the local A+D community with a passion for creating great experiences wherever work happens.

    LocationPOI BUSINESS INTERIORS - 180 Northfield Drive West, Unit #2 - Waterloo N2V 1K4 (Map)
    Date & Time

    Saturday, September 26

    8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    Time in 1443270600
    FeesRegistered & Intern Members: $50.00
    Students: $25.00
    Non-members: $75.00
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    ContactSophie Bézieau
    CEUUp to 5 IDCEC hours + 2 HSW
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