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Smart Renovations – Add Value to Your Home, presented by Thomasville Cabinetry

Scott McGillivray
Sat. Feb. 17 | 1pm
Plus Meet & Greet hosted at Thomasville Cabinetry following his presentation at or 2:00 pm at Booth 2669

Working on home improvement projects and not sure where to start? HGTV’s Scott McGillivray shares his expertise as both a contractor and real estate investor on how and where to get the best return on your home improvement

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Scott McGillivray, internationally renowned HGTV Star, is the definition of an entrepreneurial success story; an astute real estate investor, skilled contractor and accomplished businessman.
Scott McGillivray’s passion lies in educating people to make smart investment and renovation decisions and how to succeed in the uber-competitive world of real estate. What began as a university project developed into a unique business model that McGillivray strategically executed with investment properties across North America.
McGillivray has been a top-rated TV star since 2008 when he blazed a new path in the heavily-populated home television industry bringing his message about creating wealth in real estate to the masses. As the award-winning Executive Producer of 11 seasons of hit series Income Property on HGTV and DIY Network, McGillivray has helped 100’s of cash-strapped homeowners renovate their properties for maximum rental income, and inspired millions of viewers around in the world in over 50 countries. The series was honoured with 2 Canadian Screen Awards, which acknowledge the very best in Canadian television.

In 2010, McGillivray co-founded real estate investing education company, Keyspire to share his real estate knowledge and wealth creation strategies with investors looking for greater results through coaching, forums, and workshops. Keyspire was recognized in Canadian Business Magazine’s Profit 500 List as the 11th overall fastest growing company in 2016.
McGillivray has built a highly recognizable and influential international brand. He established McGillivray Group, led by Andrew McGillivray in 2014 to manage three key business areas: Branding and Talent Management; Endorsements, Partnerships, and Media Relations; and Real Estate Holdings and Developments.

With years of renovations and investments under his belt, McGillivray has learned first-hand what he can rely on. Introduced in 2016, his McGillivray Mark program recognizes smart consumer products that McGillivray trusts and uses to provide an innovative, quality and value solutions as well as a great user experience.

With experience spanning a decade in the television industry, McGillivray is no stranger to innovative media production. In 2015, production company McGillivray Entertainment was added to produce original lifestyle content across all platforms. The company’s anchoring project was the 2016 series Moving the McGillivrays, for HGTV Canada, weaving entertainment and philanthropy into another hit series that broke ratings records. Other projects currently in development include the highly anticipated new show Buyers Bootcamp for HGTV and a slate of original digital content including Good to Grow, Hack or Hype and Season 1 of online series Scott’s House Call with 5 million views.
In 2016, McGillivray extended his real estate reach, partnering with developers on multi-unit buildings in Kitchener Ontario. He infused his design and return-on-investment expertise to create uniquely differentiated projects in Kitchener Waterloo – The Walter Midtown executive rentals and Charlie West where he introduced the Scott McGillivray Collection of signature suites with unique design elements and upgrades on the 3 penthouse floors.

As a contractor, best-selling author, public speaker, educator, and guest expert, McGillivray is trusted for successful renovation and ROI tactics. McGillivray is a proud Ambassador for Habitat for Humanity Canada and is a respected influencer and digital trailblazer who engages daily with his 900k+ followers.
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Invest In Yourself – Top Home Renos to Boost your Value

Chris Palmer
Fri. Feb. 16 | 1pm
Sat. Feb. 17 | 3pm

An interactive presentation focusing on the best areas of your home to update and repair that will offer the most equity for resale or investment of your property. Enjoy the hands on approach as Chris invites the audience to get involved and learn some great tips. Also, be sure to catch Chris at the DIY centre to see his techniques up close.

As a professional Industrial Designer turned Carpenter and Contractor, Chris has brought a new perspective to the world of handcrafting beautiful custom builds. With over 10 years of experience, his company focuses on all levels of projects from custom furniture pieces, to complete home additions. A creative eye and unique style keeps Chris on trend and his work in demand.

Chris often participates in many charities donating his work to help raise money for groups such as Diabetes, Habitat for Humanity and others. You can also find Chris sharing his knowledge on the latest and greatest home renovation tips for DIY’ers as a regular guest expert on The Marilyn Denis Show, The Global Morning Show and other daytime TV stations. You may also recognize Chris from other shows from HGTV, such as Canada’s Handyman Challenge, Income Property, Open House Overhaul and Backyard Builds.

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Twitter: @HandymanPalmer
Instagram: @handcraftedbychrispalmer
Facebook: @HandCraftedbyChrisPalme
Youtube: Handcrafted by Chris Palmer

The ABC’s of DIY

Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault
Sat. Feb. 17 | 2pm
Sun. Feb. 18 | 2pm

“Design and renovation TV shows make it look so easy, but I could never do that!”
If you’ve ever had DIY dreams of tackling your own home reno project, but don’t know where to start, then join Cityline’s Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault as she shares her do-it-yourself tips and tricks to not only help you confidently begin and successfully complete your next project, but she’ll teach you how to maximize your budget and ensure that you get the most stylish bang for your buck. From affordable kitchen and bathroom upgrades to easy upcycling furniture updates, Leigh-Ann will help you plan, prep, and paint your way to DIY reno success!

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Five Steps to a Successful Renovation for your Home or Condo

Frank Cohn & peter di scola
Sat. Feb. 17 | 12pm

This presentation features two experienced, professional RenoMark™ renovators who will provide the five steps you can take to achieve a successful renovation. Hear from professional renovators who work in the renovation market every day and get the tools to help you renovate with confidence.

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Frank Cohn

Frank Cohn is the owner of Cohn Construction and has been a Renovator RenoMark member of the Building Industry and Land Development Association since 1990. Frank is a past chair of both the Ontario and Toronto Renovators Council’s and a past chair of the local George Brown College curriculum advisory committee.

Cohn Construction is a two time recipient of BILD’s Renovation of the Year award in 2001 and 2007. Frank is a featured columnist in Canadian Contractor magazine and hosts of The Home Improvement Show on CFRB 1010 radio.

Frank was inducted into the BILD Hall of Fame in 2017. Frank lives, eats and breaths renovations.

peter di scola, M.A.T.T.O.

peter di scola is the owner of Salerno Custom Homes since it’s foundation in 2004. Salerno Custom Homes is a full service renovation and custom home building company. peter started in the construction industry as a tradesperson for four years after University, continued his education to become an Architectural Technologist. peter was then for 10 years employed in the Supervisor and Project Management roles with various GTA new home builders before founding Salerno Custom Homes.

Salerno Custom Homes has been a BILD member since 2009. peter currently serves on the Building Science Sub-Committee and is a member of the Association of Architectural Technologists of Ontario, where he previously served as an Executive Member.

Five Steps to a Successful Renovation for your Home or Condo

Samuel Lapidus & Guy Solomon
Mon. Feb. 19 | 3pm

This presentation features two experienced, professional RenoMark™ renovators who will provide the five steps you can take to achieve a successful renovation. Hear from professional renovators who work in the renovation market every day and get the tools to help you renovate with confidence.

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Samuel Lapidus

Samuel Lapidus is President of Keystone Ridge Developments Ltd., a company that renovates and builds for his clients in the GTA. Samuel’s company also specializes in condominium remodeling, unique in the renovation industry. Samuel’s background includes having worked in development and strategy for one of Canada’s largest premier property management and development advisory firms. Sam has an MBA focusing on retail and commercial development.

Keystone Ridge Developments Ltd. has been a member of Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) since 2011. Sam is the chair of the Renovator & Custom Builder Council and a member of the BILD Board of Directors.

Guy Solomon
Guy Solomon is the 32 year-old founder and CEO of Penguin Basements, Canada’s leading basement renovation contractor. Guy founded Penguin Basements in 2012 with a mission to bring process and professionalism to a burgeoning industry short on both. Creating a new standard of systemized service and a customer centric experience has been the focal point of his company’s growth.
Utilizing his education in Accounting and Mathematics, Guy has been able to couple industry leading service with value driven solutions that has allowed Penguin Basements to nearly double their growth annually. As a whole, Penguin’s philosophy is to think outside of typical construction solutions and help create a new standard in contracting. As of 2018, Penguin Basements is building 500 basement projects with 3 offices and plans of further expansion while perfecting their scale.

Penguin Basements has been a member of Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) since 2014.

Colour Trends & Picking the Perfect Paint Colour

Janice Fedak
Fri. Feb. 16 | 2pm
Sat. Feb. 17 | 5pm
Mon. Feb. 19 | 1pm

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Be inspired through a vibrant visual journey of colour and see how colour in home décor enhances and defines a living space. Janice will explain today’s current colour trends, how to seamlessly blend them with existing colours in your home, and share designer tips on picking the perfect paint colours! You’ll be equipped with everything you need to know to update your space for everyone in the family to enjoy!

Linda Mazur & Rebecca Hay

The Realities Of Your Renovation
Sat. Feb. 17 | 6PM
Sun. Feb. 18 | 12pm

Looking to have a successful renovation experience ahead? Designers Linda Mazur and Rebecca Hay will demystify and share with you some of their best cost saving secrets to the most common of home renovations as well as their latest must have design and trend items to consider for your bathroom and upcoming kitchen and home renovations.

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Linda Mazur
Linda Mazur is a nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group. With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada. @LindaMazurGroup

Rebecca Hay
Designer Rebecca Hay, is the Principal Designer of Rebecca Hay Designs Inc. This Toronto based boutique design firm for over decade has been offering complete design & renovation services for residential, commercial and vacation properties. Known and celebrated for her design work and appearances on various acclaimed HGTV shows, Rebecca and her team design classic livable spaces that reflect their owner’s personality. Servicing clientele throughout Toronto , GTA ,Canada www.

The Iconic Coffee Table – Build Your Own the Easy Way!

Jordan Spear
Fri. Feb. 16 | 3pm
Sat. Feb. 17 | 4pm
Sun. Feb. 18 | 3pm
Mon. Feb. 19 | 2pm

Many homeowners stray from building their own furniture because they are unfamiliar with power tools or think they need a vast array of woodworking skills. Jordan Spear will show you how easy it is to build a strong sturdy coffee table that you can tailor to your function and design needs using a bit of planning and simple tools. Also, be sure to catch Jordan at the DIY centre to see his techniques up close.

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Instagram: @afarmhouselife

Let’s Talk About Sleep

Neil Harding
Fri. Feb. 16 | 4pm
Sun. Feb. 18 | 4pm

Designed to help people realize how to get a great night’s sleep. Find out what you can do to improve the quality and quantity of your sleep.
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Neil Harding is the National Home Show Manager for Sleep Country and has worked for Sleep Country for nearly 18 years. He has extensive product and industry knowledge and is considered an expert in his field.

“Form Follows Function” Outdoor Entertaining in Small Spaces

Chris Orlesky
Sun. Feb. 18 | 1pm

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