Congratulations to our 2019 National Emerging Leaders Program participants!

IDC’s 2019 National Emerging Leaders Program (PROpel) participants have been selected. Thank you to all who submitted an application.

About PROpel

PROpel is a national competition created exclusively for emerging leaders, providing the opportunity for engagement in discussions and connections with influential representatives in the interior design community.

Participants are selected annually by a panel of interior design professionals. Selected PROpel participants are provided the opportunity to take part in IDC’s Design Symposium, held in Vancouver B.C., Sept. 12 and 13, 2019.

2019 PROpel Participants

Erin Beauchamp, Astro Design Centre

Erin Beauchamp is a graduate of the bachelor of interior design program at Algonquin College in Ontario. She is an experienced design professional with skills in AutoCAD, Sketchup, Revit, space planning, and more. Erin’s passion is to be involved in each stage of design work, with the goal of creating a unique and valued product. Her hope is to gain experience and personal growth by visiting new places, learning about different cultures, and meeting a variety of people.

Fabie Dupéré, Active Office

Fabie Dupéré is originally from Saint-Quentin, New Brunswick. Now based in Fredericton, N.B, she has been working in the office furniture industry since graduating from the Baccalauréat Appliqué en Design d’Intérieur from the Université de Moncton, in 2013. Fabie is a creative, fast-thinking, art-loving emerging bilingual field professional, and has been involved at the provincial level through the Interior Designers of New Brunswick’s association. Outside of work, Fabie creates art, spends time with friends and family, and is learning to play the guitar.

Mallory Lennon, Reimagine Designs Inc.

Mallory Lennon was born and raised in Fredericton, N.B., which is why she’s so passionate about ‘reimagining’ her local landscape. She spent time in the wild west of Canada where she started her education in design but moved back to finish her studies at the Centre for Arts & Technology in 2013, graduating from the interior design program. Mallory holds an active membership with IDNB, IDC, and holds provisional status with NCIDQ. Also a mom of two, Mallory loves spending time with her two daughters.

Aven Morken, GEC Architecture

Aven Morken’s artistic background, coupled with her strong software capabilities, allows her to merge the many design components that enrich the presence of a space. Aven is able to produce informative physical models, freehand sketches and renderings, computer renders, and technical drawings. While living and working in Dubai, U.A.E., Aven was enriched by the many cultures she encountered. As a result, she delivers timeless design solutions which are tailored specifically to the individual conditions of projects, while using the filter of her extensive overseas travel.

Carly Norris, Figura Design

Carly Norris is an interior designer with a bachelor in economics from the University of Manitoba. When her creative side took over, Carly found a way to apply her strategic thinking and research to design. While working for a firm in Winnipeg, Man., for five years, Carly gained valuable experience in residential, government, healthcare, and office design. Carly continued her academic pursuits obtaining a bachelor of environmental design from the University of Manitoba and completed the BID program at Kwantlen in Vancouver, B.C.

Ceren Pektas, DIALOG

Ceren Pektas received her interior architecture and environmental design degree (High Honors) from Bilkent University, in Ankara, Turkey. In 2014, Ceren went on to complete her master’s of design honors degree at the University of Alberta, where she focused on advancing new workflows and techniques to improve practices of using new materials application in building industry. Since joining DIALOG in 2018, Ceren has also worked on commercial projects such as MacKimmie Tower, Lethbridge Exhibition Park, and Park Place Vancouver. Previously she worked as an interior architect in Istanbul (Net Architects) and as an interior designer (Beckvale Architects Planners) and exhibit designer (Nexus Exhibits) in Calgary, Alta.

Kristy Sawyers, Hay Design Inc

Kristy Sawyers joined the design community as a junior interior designer with Hay Design after graduating from the BAA Interior Design Bridging program at Ontario’s Algonquin College in 2014. Since joining Hay Design, Kristy has worked on a variety of commercial, residential and retail projects. She is passionate about sustainable design and hopes to be a future leader in building and space design, helping create a place for future generations to enjoy. Kristy is also enthusiastic about local, national, and international community work, supporting and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity Global Village, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Ottawa, Shepherd of Good Hope, Ronald McDonald SkiFest, and more.

Erika Smethurst, Yabu Pushelberg

Erika Smethurst is an interior designer at Yabu Pushelberg in Toronto, Ont. Originally from Calgary, Alta., Erika earned a bachelor of interior design from Mount Royal University in 2016. She loves hospitality design, including restaurants and hotels. Outside of work, Erika enjoys exploring coffee shop, navigating Pinterest, working on her interior design blog, designing abroad, and travelling. She believes travel is one of the best ways to improve interior design skills; being exposed and inspired by many cultures and experiences.

Dema Talib, B+H Architects

In search of her identity, Dema Talib has spent most of her life trying to create spaces and environments for people who can identify and resonate with her sentiments and place in the world. Working with the idea of place and equality, Dema spends time searching for those she can help with her design skills and hopes to continue to grow so she can give back more. Today, she is a junior designer at B+H Architects. Design has created a world of possibilities and action that has fulfilled every idea and engagement she could have imagined. Through design, Dema has been involved in work ranging from graphic, set and environmental design.

Mackenzie Waterman, MAC Interior Design Inc.

Mackenzie Waterman is an intern interior designer at MAC Interior Design Inc. Mackenzie graduated from Université de Moncton with a Baccalauréat Appliqué en Design d’Intérieur in May 2018. Born and raised in a small Acadian village called Clare in Nova Scotia, she has always been involved in community outreach and support, and hopes to one day bring her interior design work to the small part of Nova Scotia where she grew up.

Casey Yuen, B+H Architects

Casey Yuen is an intern interior designer at B+H Architects Corp in Toronto, Ont. Outside of design work and team coordinating, she enjoys cooking and baking as a way to unwind. Casey also enjoys keeping active by hiking, camping, and cycling.

2019 PROpel VIPs

Umid Abdullaev – Intern Interior Designer AAA, DIALOG

Umid Abdullaev has a background in industrial design from the University of Alberta and a master’s degree in interior design from the University of Manitoba. Since graduating in 2016, Umid has worked as a junior and intern interior designer at DIALOG. His passion lies in cultural and social design and shifts between his education in industrial and interior design while he determines a design solution.

Emily Lee – Interior Designer, Wensley Architecture

Emily Lee grew up in Vancouver, B.C., surrounded by its natural beauty; the location led to her desire to bring beauty indoors. During her time at Stantec as a designer, Emily specialized in corporate interiors, retail, and airports. Since 2017 Emily has worked at a local architectural firm with a focus on a variety of commercial projects. She is passionate about creating a positive impact through the use of functional and environmentally friendly design. As a self-proclaimed foodie, Emily uses her spare time to search for her next delicious adventure.

Victoria MacQuarrie – Intern Interior Designer, MAC Interior Design Inc.

Victoria MacQuarrie graduated with a bachelor of interior design from Humber College in Toronto, Ont. in 2017. Following graduation, she returned to her hometown of Halifax, N.S. where she works as an intern interior designer at MAC Interior Design Inc. Victoria is eager to expand her knowledge and further her skillset in the design field. In her spare time she loves to invent new popcorn seasonings, spend time with her dog Ellie, and create do-it-yourself projects.

Merissa Reed – Designer, TRUform Interiors

Merissa Reed is an intern member of the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO), IDC, and a designer at TRUform Interiors in Ottawa, Ont. She loves the experience of working at a smaller interior design firm, the different learning opportunities it offers, and the experience she is gaining early on in her career. Merissa believes that through innovation, personal growth, collaboration, creativity, and design thinking, a design has the power to transform a space and the people within it.

Joanne Wong – Junior Interior Designer, Perkins+Will

Joanne Wong is an energetic, creative and passionate individual with an eye for detail. She is inspired by different cultures and the human need to be connected to each other and nature. Joanne joined Perkins+Will as a junior interior designer in 2017 after graduating from the bachelor of interior design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey, B.C. Since joining Perkins+Will, Joanne has worked on a variety of corpazorate interiors projects and is part of the Material Health Laboratory; adding to her experience in multi-family and high-end residential interior design.

2019 PROpel Ambassadors

Darren Gee – Junior Designer, DIALOG

This is Darren Gee’s fourth PROpel conference; he loves the networking opportunity the program provides. A strong design community and continuous advocacy for the profession is important to Darren as he holds the positions of provisional liaison and team lead for the Interior Designers of Alberta communications committee. Currently, he is an intern designer at DIALOG in Edmonton, Alta.

Cara Oakley – Interior Designer, DIALOG

Cara Oakley has a background in business and economics, and a bachelor of applied interior design from Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alta. After a few years of working in the design field, Cara has returned to DIALOG where she hopes to develop her career further.

Miranda Young – CEO, Principal Interior Designer, Alt Haus Interior Design

Miranda Young is the CEO of the newly-formed Alt Haus Interior Design in Saskatoon, Sask. Miranda works on a variety of projects from small residential renovations to offices, clinics, and everything in between. She sees each project as a new opportunity to learn and loves to bring clients ideas to life, and create interesting and dynamic spaces. Outside of designing, Miranda hosts a radio show and concerts at her house, while engaging with the community; she keeps busy with a world of excitement and opportunity around her at all times.

Mix and mingle with our PROpel participants, VIPs, and ambassadors at the 2019 Design Symposium. Learn more and register!

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