ID Connections

A look ahead from our CEO

Published by Patrick Voisin, February 22, 2017.

The start of a new year is often a time to set new goals, and also a time to reflect and build on the ones we already have. As we begin to lay the groundwork for what’s to come, we plan to approach 2017 with focus and determination.

As CEO, I want to make sure that this year is even better than the last. With effective planning and sound intentions, we can look forward to a productive year ahead. 

Some of our current goals and plans will help to build a strong foundation for our future endeavours. Examples of these initiatives include expanding our partnerships, affiliations and delivery of programming with our sister associations, as well new ways to engage our members.

We will be surveying our members to gain better insight into what truly matters to Canadian interior designers. Our industry relies on such data to inform what we do, and how we do it. In pursuit of this goal, we will also set in place a national plan for communications, marketing and advocacy. And we will bring you both a cross-Canada series of town hall meetings, and a national annual conference. Stay tuned for news of the 2017 event.

As you’ll read in your Winter issue of D magazine, the health of our profession is largely determined by the strength of the overall economy. For communities such as Vancouver and Toronto, high housing prices have led many homeowners to stay put and renovate their existing homes, rather than moving and fixing up new ones. This continuing residential trend pairs with another demographic shift: as Canadians grow older, many are choosing to “age in place” and remain in their homes.

Also in this issue, we look at designers who build tall structures from wood—a feat made possible by new engineered-wood technology. Another story is about a Toronto presentation centre that looks and feels like a cottage retreat.

As always, we welcome your feedback. I look forward to hearing from you: send your thoughts to

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