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IDS offers a number of seminars for design professionals on Friday, January 23, 2015. All seminars are 60 minutes long, and take place on the main level of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in room 201D. Each seminar is worth 0.1 IDCEC credit.



BIM: More than a Buzzword

Presented by Graphisoft

Speaker: Yanni Alexakis

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

0.1 IDCEC CEU credit

While you may have heard of BIM, you may not be aware of what it is, or how it can help you.  Fact is, Building Information Modeling, or BIM, is more than a catch phrase, and more than a piece of code.  It’s not just a new iteration of CAD, either. It’s a new way of working that makes it easier for interior designers to do their job and to coordinate with other professionals involved in a building project, too.

In this presentation, you’ll see BIM used in a real-world interior design application. You’ll understand the benefits of BIM first-hand—and learn how BIM is positioning today’s leading interior designers to be more competitive, productive and profitable. You’ll discover that BIM is an affordable, effective and efficient tool for communicating ideas, analyzing and evaluating space, and helping to forecast the performance of a finished building.

At the end of the session, attendees will learn how to:

  1. Create custom objects using the Morph Tool
  2. Easily share files on mobile devices, with clients
  3. Create photorealistic renderings directly from the model
  4. Navigate with in the model in 3D view to quickly evaluate design decisions.


Jane Lockhart

Kitchen Visions: A Glimpse into the Future

Presented by NKBA

Speaker: Jane Lockhart

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

0.1 IDCEC CEU credit

As we continue to be immersed in technology, how does the most popular and important room in the home embrace the needs and challenges of the future? We will look at ageing in place, urbanization, new materials and, of course, emerging technological advances.


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More Money More Profits

Speaker: Kimberley Seldon

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

0.1 IDCEC CEU credit

We know you want to increase profits, yet you’re leaving money on the table with suppliers, clients, trades and retailers. Kimberley Seldon reveals 10 tips that will increase your bottom line this month.  Don’t wait!


Business Fundamentals for Design Start-Ups

Presented by National Bank and Interior Designers of Canada

With Stanley Sun & Ashley Rumsey from Mason Design Studio, Andrew Gallici & Bradley Marks from DESIGNSTEAD, Pamela Carter from National Bank and Moderated by Susan Wiggins, CEO, IDC

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

0.1 IDCEC CEU credit

Thinking about starting your own design firm? This armchair conversation with interior designers who have recently started their own business will help you understand everything that goes into venturing out on your own. The conversation will focus on business management, marketing tools, fee structures, core competency requirements, managing clients, problem solving and latest trends, and growth strategies. National Bank will discuss how to structure a business plan and develop financial targets.  They will provide insight into what you need to consider when starting your business outside of the creative aspects.


Ramsin Khachi

Designing A First Class Customer Experience (SE-10258-104)

Speaker: Ramsin Khachi

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

0.1 IDCEC CEU credit

Starting a business and making it flourish is no simple task. This informative discussion touches on topics that most fail to define when building their business model.

What is your definition of success? Do you have a clear vision? How will you build and generate demand for your brand? Do you know where your business is heading? Have you created a smart management dashboard to help steer you in the right direction?

Summer Kath (Senior Director of Business Development, Cambria USA) and Ramsin Khachi (principle of Khachi Design Group)  will engage you in thinking smart, specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound to make sure you make a commitment to being marketable. This is sure to REV UP YOUR ENGINES… This is a road map to take you from ordinary to extraordinary!


*Schedule subject to change without notice.