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IIDEX at a glance - How to plan your visit

Published by Julia Salerno, August 31, 2011.

IIDEX show guide now in the mail
Whether you plan to attend both Thursday and Friday, or just one of the two days, read the IIDEX show guide, now in the mail, to help you plan your IIDEX experience. IIDEX has a ton of new exhibits and features in store for you this year, including the show-within-a-show, Hospitality Canada. Be sure to take advantage of free exhibit hall registration until September 15. If you miss that date, registration is $25 online or onsite. Exhibit hall registration is free after September 15 with the purchase of any seminar, but don't delay, register for IIDEX today!

IIDEX at a glance: how to plan your visit

As you pass through the doors of Hotel IIDEX, a lobby-inspired entrance, complete with concierge services, be sure to stop by the Club Cambria lounge to enjoy a drink (or two) before hitting the show floor to check out what's new and exciting with IIDEX features and exhibits {link to exhibitors list}. Connect with fellow attendees and exhibitors as you join the conversation through the @iidex Facebook page or tweet about what you just saw with the hash tag: #iidex11. Check out the new and exciting features at IIDEX 2011.

Seminars and Tours

IIDEX has lined up more than 60 seminars and tours taking place from Wednesday, September 21 to Saturday, September 24. Use the downloadable conference planner to make planning what you want to see and learn even easier. Visit for full seminar details and to register.

9 AM, IDC booth - Top 5 Under 5 Panel Discussion
The Top 5 Under 5 Award winners and their employers offer up the secrets of early career success at this panel discussion. Winners will be awarded at the IDC Annual Meeting and their projects will be on display at the EPI-centre booth.

11 AM Design Keynote: Dominique Jakob & Brendan MacFarlane-- Keilhauer Keynote Theatre, Free
A look at what drives this duo's work-past and present-and how their projects seamlessly integrate interior and exterior colour and form.

Show your support for interior design education and research and enjoy gourmet burgers and beer at the IDC Foundation's second annual fundraising BBQ. Order your VIP package for guaranteed seating and service at

3 PM  Hospitality Keynote Panel-
Keilhauer Keynote Theatre, Free
A look at how the hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet travellers' ever-changing expectations. Watch Howard Pharr, President, HBA, Isadore Sharp, Founder, Four Seasons, and Ilana Weitzman, Editor, enRoute magazine as they discuss the evolution of hotel design. Winners of the enRoute Hotel Design Awards will be celebrated and announced immediately following the panel discussion.

4:30 enRoute Hotel Design Awards-Keilhauer Keynote Theatre, Free
Be there as enRoute magazine, in partnership with IDC and IIDEX, reveal the winners of its inaugural enRoute Hotel Design Awards. Check out the winning projects featured in their September in-flight issue (good reading material for your trip to IIDEX!)

5 PM-Show floor Cocktail Reception & Showroom Tours

Enjoy a drink while perusing booths and be sure to check out the Club Cambria lounge with Avi Flombaum of designer pages on the turntables before venturing out to explore the city's hottest furniture and design showrooms that are opening their doors to fete the expo.

Participating Showrooms Include:

• Domison + MAP
• Humanscale + MAP
• Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) + MAP
• Krug + MAP
• Nienkamper +MAP 

Watch for more information on shuttle buses to these locations to come.

9:00 AM-CHAIR Hockey Tournament
Watch the edge-of-your-seat action unfold in this first-ever office chair hockey tournament. Don't miss the finals and celebrity game taking place from 4:30 to 6 pm.

11 AM-Architectural Keynote: Matthias Sauerbrunch-Keilhauer Keynote Theatre, Free
A passionate call to architects and designers to embrace sustainability as a core design goal.

12 PM-Facility Management Roundtable: Best Buildings and Best Practices Luncheon (ticketed event)
Canadian Facility Management and Design Magazine editor brings together a panel of experts from Corus Entertainment, Manitoba Hydro, University of Saskatchewan, and Evergreen Brick Works to discuss such topics as staff training, maintenance and rising energy costs.

3:30 PM-IDC Annual Meeting, Keilhauer Keynote Theatre, Free
Join David Hanson as we welcomes Donna Assaly in her new role as IDC's 2011/12 President, and celebrate IDC's first group of Top 5 Under 5 Award winners. Get an update on the Association's activities over the past year and learn what exciting programs are planned for 2011/12.

4:30PM-Final CHAIR Hockey Game & Fundraiser
Tournament champions will compete against a celebrity team for CHAIR Hockey glory and bragging rights. Join us for the final face-off and fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House Toronto.

Visit the IIDEX events page at for full event details.

National Industry Partners
Architex Shaw Contract Samsung Altex Lauzon Benjamin Moore
keilhauer PC350 Hunter Doulgas Levey Industries Caesarstone Canada Cosentino
Mohawk Group Knoll Williams Sonoma For The Trade Interface Arconas Midgley