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Future of Design – Panel Discussion

May 19 @ 2:00 pm EDT

Join IDC and a panel of experts in conversation about the future of design. This event is created with students, interns, and junior designers in mind to help them navigate the changing landscape of interior design today.

The speakers will discuss their career journeys and offer insight on pathways to success for emerging professionals. The panelists will take into consideration the portfolio review and current hiring processes at design firms, and current needs within the industry. The attendees can expect to hear advice on how to best prepare for the workforce and how to succeed at your internship or first job.

A Q&A portion will follow the panel discussion, where participants can interact with speakers.

The event is sponsored by Sherwin Williams and will be held at Improve Canada on Thursday, May 19, 2022. The event will also be broadcast to online attendees.


Meet the Panelists:

Shir Magen, CEO, HomeStars
Shir is an accomplished executive with deep expertise in customer acquisition, scalable growth and retention strategies in technology companies both in Canada and abroad. She holds an MBA degree with a Bachelors in Interior Design. Read more.

Jeremy Vandermeij, Executive Director, DesignTO, and Co-founder The Van Dads
Jeremy is a designer, business strategist, and marketer with over 15 years of experience. He currently works as one of the leaders at the nonprofit DesignTO, and designs and builds campervans at The Van Dads. Read more.

Marti Galluci, Design Director, Mason Studio
Marti is a design director at Mason Studio leading local and international projects, spanning from retail to exhibition to hospitality. She brings an understanding of the importance of spaces to create meaningful human experiences. Read more.

Stanley Sun, Co-founder & Creative Director, Mason Studio
Mason Studio is a dynamic and award-winning interior design firm in Toronto. Stanley’s design vision is informed by a unique blend of formal studies in human sciences, fine arts and interior design. Read more.

Victoria Young, Designer Account Executive -Eastern Canada, Sherwin Williams
Victoria supports the residential interior designer and architectural market with colour and paint specifications, she also provides continuing education for designers and industry partners. Read more.

Moderated by:

Trevor Kruse, IDC CEO
Trevor has enjoyed a 35-year career as a professional interior designer along with nearly three decades of volunteer service on provincial, national, and international boards, including ARIDO, CIDA, SBID, and the IFI. Read more.

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May 19
2:00 pm EDT


Improve Canada
7250 Keele St.
Concord, ON L4K 1Z8
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