ID Connections

Impact Summit Review

Published by Patrick Voisin, June 21, 2017.

The 2017 Impact Summit, jointly hosted by Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), was Canada’s first from a series of three thought leader conferences, bringing together senior practitioners and emerging influencers drawn from the fields of design and architecture, city planning, government, academia and the health sector, as well as business and the non-profit sector.

The conference featured walking tours through Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood, a model example of inclusion and diversity. The New York Times hails the ongoing Regent Park regeneration project as a success in supporting immigrants to thrive in new built environments that differ significantly from the multiplicity of cultural neighbourhoods in which they grew up.

The Honourable Ratna Omidvar, Impact Summit’s keynote speaker, delivered a moving and inspirational speech about her own immigrant experience, urging others to continue to view their work and their environments through the lens of diversity and inclusion.

Senator Omidvar is an internationally recognized voice on migration, diversity and culture. She is also the founding Executive Director and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Global Diversity Exchange (GDX), Ted Rogers School of Management at Toronto’s Ryerson University.

The two-day conference provided panel discussions on migration, culture and diversity followed by breakout sessions that localized the conversations to create tangible solutions.

For the full Impact Summit Review, click here.


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