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Design Duo Colin & Justin

Sexing Up The Suburbs | Sat. Feb. 18 – 1pm
Colin and Justin’s guide to bringing a dated home into the 21st Century WITHOUT breaking the bank. Full before and afters presentation of various projects to
illustrate their 101 guide to cool design that will add value.
As seen on CityLine, Cabin Pressure and Game of Homes.

Their sense of humor and straight talking advice shine through on the many television shows that they have hosted world-wide, including their most recent project’s, W Network’s ‘Game of Homes’ and Cottage Life’s ‘Cabin Pressure.’
In addition to their work on-screen, Colin and Justin are entrepreneurs, selling their wares in TJ Maxx, HomeSense, Winners and Marshalls. They are Real Estate guru’s with a growing portfolio of rental properties spread between Toronto, London and Glasgow, delivering ‘market appropriate’ leased properties to style conscious urbanites. And they are style commentators, celebrity interviewers and all around lifestyle influencers who hail from Glasgow.
Twitter: @colinjustin
Instagram: @colinandjustin

TV Reno Expert Damon Bennett

Staying/Being Safe During Your Home Reno | Sat. Feb. 18 – 3pm
Contractor Damon Bennett discusses how you can plan and execute a safe home renovation. From construction tips to safety products and tools, Damon will also be talking about the Haven Fire Suppression System; an innovative product featured on Dragon’s Den, that can halt a fire before it spreads.
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For Damon Bennett, construction is a way of life. A trusted expert and television staple for over a decade, Damon has earned the respect of industry heavy weights and the admiration of fans worldwide.

A childhood fascination with restoration turned into a full-fledged career of making people’s dreams come true. Damon’s solid workmanship, along with a reputation for being a stand up guy with a big heart, landed him a job working on the top show on HGTV. He quickly climbed the ranks and became the Crew Supervisor. For nearly ten years he was an integral key to the team and the success of the shows. These days Damon lends his expertise to homeowners and DIY’ers across North America with instructional keynote presentations, Q&A sessions and videos. He also runs a very busy construction company building and renovating homes across North America.
Damon specializes in carpentry, structural reinforcement and construction coordination. He is not simply a mentor to his crews, but rather the first to jump in, swing the hammer, and get his hands dirty. When not working on a job-site, Damon can usually be found with the many animals that he has rescued or with his charity work with various Veteran’s groups. His current project: renovating the Trenton Airforce base pub.
Twitter: @DamonBennett_
Instagram: @officialdamonbennett

Leigh-Ann Allaire Perreault

Stage Your Home To Stay| Fri. Feb. 17 – 3pm, Sun. Feb. 19 – 2pm
There’s no denying that cosmetic updates can add great resale value to your home, but why wait to renovate until you’re ready to sell? Join Cityline expert Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault as she discusses the real ROI on DIY for staging your home to stay, and she’ll share her top fashionably frugal fixes to help you love your home again, both inside and out.
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As a DIY & design expert, Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault has spent years crafting a unique philosophy for design that fuses ingenuity, whimsy, and quality workmanship – all on a “frugalista” budget. She believes that achieving great style and design isn’t determined by how much money you spend, but rather how creative you can be with your budget. Amongst the many hats she wears, Leigh-Ann is a regular contributor on Cityline, a spokesperson for Rust-Oleum Canada. With a passion to educate and inspire, Leigh-Ann embraces every opportunity she gets to spark creativity and instill confidence in others who strive to “DO IT YOURSELF”.
Twitter: @LeighAnnAllaire @RustOleumCA

Chris Palmer

“It’s all in the Finish” | Fri. Feb. 17 – 1pm, Sat. Feb. 18 – 2pm
Chris Palmer will demonstrate finishing tips from the pros to update your home. Chris will also you helpful advice in maximizing your lost space.

Chris comes from a career in Industrial Design, where he created 3D computer models for all levels of design industries. It was here where he discovered his passion for woodworking, after many years in metal, plastics, and even fiberglass manufacturing, wood seemed to be his passion. Moonlighting as a custom carpenter, it didn’t take long for Chris to finally turn his passion into his career. You can now find Chris running his company “Hand Crafted by Chris Palmer”, producing beautiful, one-of-a-kind builds for his clients and creating custom outdoor extensions of the homes interior.
You may recognize Chris from various HGTV programs, like Canada’s Handyman Challenge, Income Property, Open House Overhaul, or from Global TV’s The Morning Show, as their Resident Handyman Expert sharing his “How to” knowledge

Twitter: @handymanpalmer
Instagram: @handcraftedbychrispalmer

Jordan Spear

Old Homes: What Lies Beneath | Mon. Feb. 20 – 2pm
Many people dream of renovating and restoring a vintage home, but are unaware of the dangers that are unique
to older homes. Jordan will be discussing health and safety hazards that may be hiding in your old home and
what steps you can take to make sure you and your home are safe during a renovation.

Jordan comes from a long line of artists, carpenters and handymen, and as such, is a big proponent of DIY, encouraging homeowners to save money by arming themselves with the right knowledge and tools to tackle projects on their own.
Growing up in a vintage home fueled Jordan’s love for old-world charm, character and aged finishes, which led him into restoring and renovating century homes for the last 10 years.
When not working on his 160 year old farmhouse, he’s building custom furniture, and unique pieces using reclaimed, rustic and vintage materials. Most recently, Jordan’s latest project took first place at the 2016 Toronto Fall Home Show Upcycle Challenge

Twitter / Instagram: @afarmhouselife

Design & Colour Expert Janice Fedak

Colour Trends – What’s Now & What’s Next | Fri. Feb. 17 – 12pm, Sat. Feb.18 – 4pm, Sun. Feb. 19 – 3pm
Learn about today’s current colour trends, how to seamlessly blend them with existing colours in your home and enjoy a sneak peek at the colour palettes that are coming!
Savvy Storage & Colours for your Home | Mon. Feb. 20 – 1pm
Janice shares clever storage solutions that go beyond organization and functionality by combining current color trends with design ideas that reflect today’s busy family’s needs!

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Janice creates spaces that seamlessly combine function, style and originality, and believes that a well-allocated home provides balance and peace-of-mind. “A person’s home should be a reflection of who they are; the best way to express your own personality is through colour, and by incorporating the things that are authentic to each client and their lifestyle.” With her comfortable approach and ability to assess her customer’s tastes and needs, Janice is able to give design ideas and colour suggestions that enhance and define a living space. As an active member of the Color Marketing Group, Janice provides colour direction based on the latest trends and influences that are emerging worldwide. With Janice’s diverse background in Colour & Design, involvement with trend research, and experience in the industry she is able to create colour pallets that people will feel confident to try. Janice operates her design business in the GTA area and can also be seen as a guest expert on both HGTV and W Network.

Twitter: @janice_fedak
Instagram: @janicefedak

Reno & Decor Panel | Dvira Ovadia, Linda Mazur, Melissa Davis,

Get Cooking In Style – Creating The Ultimate Family Kitchen | Sun. Feb. 19 – 1pm
With the start of a new year comes great new kitchen trends. Join designers Dvira Ovadia, Melissa Davis and Linda Mazur to learn what’s trending in kitchens for 2017. Learn informative tips on how to plan a successful kitchen renovation, what to look for, how to avoid pitfalls and what to expect when renovating your kitchen space. Enjoy an informal Q & A discussion with our design panel to help you sort through realistic budgets, incorporating trends and creating the kitchen of your dreams.

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Dvira Ovadia
Toronto-based celebrity & award winning designer Dvira Ovadia Principal of Dvira Interiors is known for her appearances and design work on various HGTV shows. Dvira and her team uses their profound understanding of design ‎to create stylishly smart spaces.Servicing clientele throughout Ontario & GTA.
Twitter: @DVIRAdesigner

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
Twitter: @LindaMazurGroup

Melissa Davis
Toronto-based celebrity designer and contractor Melissa Davis, is known for her appearances, creative design and reno work produced for various HGTV shows. Her work has been profiled nationally in print publications. With almost two decades of reno & design experience her firm continues to service clientele throughout Ontario & GTA, specializing in value-adding ROI and resale consultations
Twitter: @melissadavis

Splish Splash — Create A Luxurious Bath!

Sat. Feb. 18 – 5pm, Mon. Feb. 20 – 12pm
Whether you’re planning on renovating a small powder room or customizing a luxe master ensuite retreat learn how to make the most of your upcoming bathroom renovation . Designer Linda Mazur will walk you through on how to create a blissful bathroom space that both stylish timeless and functional Linda will share some of the latest must have products and how to plan your bathroom renovations.

Five Steps To A Successful Renovation

Sat. Feb. 18 – 12pm
Do you have questions about renovating your home and how to get started? Two experienced, professional RenoMark renovators will provide the five steps you can take to achieve a successful renovation. BILD renovators will also discuss what you need to know for condominium renovations. Hear from professional renovators Samuel Lapidus, President – Keystone Ridge Developments Ltd, and Jack Torossian, President – Golden Bee Homes Inc. who work in the GTA 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.

Jack Torossian

Owner and founder of Golden Bee Homes, Jack is a third generation builder. Jack’s father, and his grandfather were both in the building and construction industry. Jack does not consider himself just a builder. Jack is a creator with a meticulous attention to detail and a commitment to providing clients with unparalleled service and quality. Jack’s easy rapport with clients, collaborative nature and ultimate reliability, have resulted in long lasting relationships and a solid reputation in the industry. Motivated by client satisfaction, Jack prides himself on taking a project from a mere concept through to its ultimate completion – his exceptional work is a testament to his craftsmanship.

Jack is the Vice Chair of the Building Industry and Land Development’s (BILD) Renovator Council. Golden Bee Homes has been a member of Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) since 2005, and the recipient of several Renovation & Custom Home Awards.

2017 Future Dream Home™ Sneak Peek

Fri. Feb. 17 – 5pm, Sun. Feb. 19 – 4pm, Mon. Feb. 20 – 3pm –
Michael Upshall and Maria Perketa offer a glimpse of life in a Future Dream Home that will be featured at the National Home Show.
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Michael Upshall | Founder/Builder – Probuilt Design + Build
Michael Upshall is a well-known face in design and home/lifestyle magazines, and a regular speaker on stage at the GTA Home Shows. The founder of Probuilt Design + Build, Michael, is a master carpenter at heart who naturally progressed into a renovator and builder who’s career spans over 35 years.

Probuilt Design + Build have been members of BILD for over 20 years. Michael has actively been involved on the Board of Directors and the Renovation Council and has received numerous industry accolades including being the first to receive the prestigious ‘Renovator of the Year Award’ twice. For an unprecedented five times, Michael, and Probuilt Design + Build have been asked to design and build the showcase Dream Home for the Toronto National Home Show.

Michael is on the Advisory Council for Canadian Contractor magazine and an on-going contributor and past speaker for the Building Renovation Technician Program at George Brown College.

Maria Perketa | Designer Interiors/Project Manager – Maria Perketa Design
Maria Perketa’s extensive experience with project management and on-site construction administration are key ingredients to a successful project. Her working knowledge streamlines new construction and renovation while ensuring provision of a first-quality fully functional product for the end user. Dedication, knowledge, and attention to detail assure accurate information is always provided to clients, owners, and subcontractors.

Maria has years of experience with multi-family, institutional and restaurant construction. She remains sensitive to the customer’s needs while striving to develop positive working relationships to ensure completion of projects on time and within budget.

Neil Harding

Let’s Talk About Sleep | Fri. Feb. 17 – 4pm, Sun. Feb. 19 – 11am
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.

Dave Maciulis

“Form Follows Function” Great Outdoor Room Design | Sun. Feb. 19 – 12pm
Publisher of Outdoor Lifestyle Magazine and Certified Landscape Designer Dave Maciulis will share over 25 years of his designs to creating amazing outdoor living spaces. From outdoor kitchens to swim up bars or dinning and entertaining areas, Dave will reveal how you can turn an ordinary backyard lawn into amazing functional outdoor living.
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Dave Maciulis is a Certified Landscape Designer and has been in the industry for more than 20 years. As a business owner and creative force, Maciulis, after hearing from thousands of clients, noted that there appeared to be a gap in the expectations and understanding between the landscape professionals and the consumer. His goal was to connect the two worlds together and take the fear and guess work out of the landscaping process.
Outdoor Lifestyle Magazine was created in order to bridge this gap. After much research, there appeared to be nothing on the bookshelves that spoke to the specific needs of Canadians and their love of living and entertaining in their outdoor spaces. The appeal of our publication is broad. From the landscape contractor to the homeowner with dreams of creating their own outdoor oasis, OL Magazine provides pertinent information on product, current trends in outdoor living and landscape design, as well as being an excellent tool to inspire our readers to think big and find ways to create outdoor spaces that reflect their dreams.

SOFA Presents: TRADE BREAKFAST during the GTA Home & Reno Show

Avoid Headaches, Heartaches & Hassles When Renovating Your Clients’ Homes!
Panel Discussion Led By Samantha Sannella | Fri. Feb. 17 – 10am

Join our industry panel of experts from the Kitchen & Bath industry for what’s sure to be one of the liveliest, cutting edge conversations you’ll hear in 2017. Learn tips on how to avoid headaches, heartaches and hassles when renovating your clients` homes! Led by Samantha Sannella, our panel will discuss and present common situations that create difficulties for designer professionals, suppliers and clients and propose solutions for success. We will also cover making smart decisions that will help maximize the value of the renovation investment.
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Samantha Sannella
Ms. Sannella is recognized as one of Canada’s leading authorities on design and design strategy. She currently balances several roles including the Creative Director of Urban Retreat Homes, a luxury home builder. She also teaches part-time and is a regular columnist for Reno and Décor magazine and is the editor of Ontario Source Guide. She is the former President and CEO of Design Exchange and had a distinctive career with HOK Architects. Areas of Expertise Include: Design Management, Facilities Management, Architecture, Interior Design, Landscaping, Marketing, Public Relations, Strategic Planning, Business Development, Sustainability and Universal Design.

Donna Robertson

Downsizing or Upliving? | Fri. Feb. 17 – 2pm
Downsizing? Or just looking to lead a more simplified life? Donna Robertson will give simple tips to aid in downsizing your home to make room for new experiences. Find out how furniture choices can affect the feel of your home. Learn how paint colour choices and details can make a small home feel absolutely spacious.
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Donna Robertson has been involved with Beauti-tone paint for over 20 years. In that time she has gone from sales to home consultations to becoming a Certified Architectural Technologist. Her passion lies in paint and decorating, and in helping people choose the right colour for their homes. Donna has an art background and can truly appreciate how colours work together, the psychology behind them and the amazing transformation paint can make to your home.

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