Award winning, multidisciplinary designer Mardi Najafi has been immersed in the world of design for over 25 years. From Paris to New York and Toronto, his experience bringing branded retail environments to life spans both small businesses and Fortune 500 brands such as Coca-Cola, Adidas, Virgin Mobile, Telus, Penguin Shop, and Versace. With a passion … Continued


Surya Vanka is the founder of Authentic Design, previously Director of User Experience at Microsoft, a tenured design professor of industrial design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study. Surya has helped to advance industrial design in its broadest sense across multiple sub-disciplines. He chaired discipline-transforming … Continued

Cheryl DURST

An exceptional communicator, innovator, and visionary leader, Cheryl S. Durst has spurred progress, driven change, and encouraged the expansion of the interior design industry. As the Executive Vice President and CEO of the International Interior Design Association, Cheryl is committed to achieving broad recognition for the value of design and its significant role in society. … Continued

Marie-Chantal VILLENEUVE

I have solid experience in project management, business development and organizational planning. Recognized for my interpersonal skills, my ability to coach and mobilize teams, allowing me to build a solid network of business contacts in many areas. Having a strong capacity of adaptation and organization, passionate, tenacious and relentless with a great capacity to work … Continued

Caroline JAMET

Caroline Jamet has been Executive Director, Radio & Audio, French Services, CBC/Radio-Canada since November 2017. She has some twenty-five years’ experience as a senior executive with some of Canada’s leading media and cultural players. At Gesca (publisher of the Montreal daily La Presse), she was Vice-President, Communications from 2000 to 2017. As President of its … Continued


Showcasing his diverse abilities, Sean Crawford, Partner at Canadian design firm Zeidler Architecture, has been crafting thoughtful and captivating spaces for over 25 years. Sean demonstrates his creativity as a Licensed Interior Designer in Alberta, in addition to serving as a Board Member for Interior Designers of Canada (IDC). Contributing to the development of Sean’s … Continued


Born in Mons on November 14, 1960; Early discovery of the arts; my father is the poet Alain Cléry (1933-1990); Bachelor’s degree in history and bachelor’s degree in art history at UCL pursued in concert; community kot with an artistic mission “expo-kot”; Wavre academy (drawing section); beginning of painting; meeting with Marcel Moreau; meeting with … Continued

Trevor KRUSE

Trevor Kruse has a 35-year career as a professional interior designer along with nearly three decades of volunteer service on provincial, national, and international boards, including the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO), the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), the Society of British Interior Designers (SBID), and the International Federation of Interior … Continued


Claude Miceli was born in Algiers, raised in France. She began her professional career in Montreal as an illustrator. She published in various Canadian magazines, children’s publishing houses and created posters for the Metro. Photographers and art directors have used her talents for their sets, ‘set-ups’ and her costume designs. She studied sculpture and ceramics … Continued

Jean-Christian KNAFF

Jean-Christan Knaff holds a Master’s degree in American Linguistics and Civilization from Stendhal University in Grenoble, France. As an illustrator, his career path has led him to teach art at L’Université du Québec à Montreal, then illustration at Kingston University, London and at L’Ecole de Design Axe Sud in Marseille. He is Associate Professor in … Continued