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Scott McGillivray

Renovating For Return
Sat. Feb. 15 | 12pm-1pm

Celebrated influencer, Real Estate Investor and Educator, Scott McGillivray, will give you his tips on how to renovate your space(s) for the best possible return. Whether it’s flooring, fixtures or investing in a new kitchen. Making smart renovation decisions today means added value for you in the long run!

Bio:
For more than a decade, homeowners and aspiring investors have enjoyed the warmth and humour of Scott’s easygoing approach to real estate investing. As the host and executive producer of HGTV’s award-winning series Income Property, Scott made making money in real estate a reality for hundreds of hardworking homeowners across North America. Since then, through endeavours in education, public speaking and linear and digital television production, Scott has empowered countless others to take control of their finances by making smart renovation and real estate choices.
Scott’s interest in diversifying his brand experience has led him to expand into a number of areas, including business. He’s CEO of McGillivray Group and McGillivray Entertainment, co-founder of real estate investing education company, Keyspire, and an accomplished real estate investor with hundreds of properties across North America. Recently, he has expanded his business real estate reach into the areas of multi-use and multi-residential development projects.
Scott is also a respected influencer who engages daily with his 1M+ followers. People from across the globe have been drawn to his approachable personality, and they trust him to provide useful and financially sensible advice. He is a proud ambassador for Habitat for Humanity Canada, and enjoys teaching people from all walks of life about how they can become homeowners and use real estate to improve their lives.
When he’s not on a build site, speaking in front of a sold-out audience or filming one of his many shows, you can find Scott at home in Toronto, ON spending time with his wife Sabrina and daughters, Myah and Layla.

Transform Your Home With Tech

Amber Mac
Sat. Feb. 15 | 1pm-2pm

Bio:
Amber Mac(Arthur) started her career in San Francisco and Boston during the dot-com boom. As a strategist for Razorfish and Director of Marketing for an e-procurement software company, she spent four years in the technology start-up trenches.
Amber left the start-up world to join Microsoft to build one of the first female-focused lifestyle portals. In 2006, she started her own digital agency. The company’s first client was world-renowned business coach, Tony Robbins, and now includes Microsoft, Google, GE, Paypal, Nintendo, Canada Goose, and Fast Company, and many more leading organizations. In 2010, she wrote the national bestselling business book Power Friending (Portfolio: New York). In 2016, she co-wrote Amazon bestseller, Outsmarting Your Kids Online. Most recently, she started co-hosting a new podcast series, presented by Accenture, called Marketing Disrupted.

“With few equals,” writes YouTube co-founder Steve Chen, “MacArthur continues to demonstrate a keen insight towards the continually evolving fabric of the social web.”

Amber has keynoted more than 300 events around the world and has moderated sessions with: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; former FBI Director James Comey; business coach Tony Robbins; famed astronaut Chris Hadfield; and many other notable leaders.
She is a regular business host and expert for Fast Company, CNN, Bloomberg, CBS, BNN, CTV, The Marilyn Denis Show, and SiriusXM Radio. Plus, in 2018, she was named one of DMZ’s 30 inspirational women making a difference in tech. In 2019, her podcast The AI Effect won Best Technology Series.
As a child, Amber attended a two-room country schoolhouse and shared a party telephone line with neighbouring houses. She is now recognized internationally as an innovation and technology leader.

Renovating With A Purpose

The BroLaws
Sat. Feb 15 | 2pm-3pm
Sun. Feb 16 | 3pm-4pm

A renovation is so much more than making a room pretty. We will walk you through the process of DIY or hire a contractor, budget, design, function and products. We want to inspire you and set you off with a plan that you will be able to execute and bring new purpose to an old space.

Bio:
With over a decade in the business, brothers-in-law Joey Fletcher and David Kenney (aka the BroLaws) have worked hard both on and off screen to make people’s dream renovations a reality. Whether you have a blank slate or something out-of-date, the BroLaws have the skills to transform your space into something truly amazing. Specializing in both interior and exterior renovations, whatever the project, they have you covered.

Aging In Place: Beyond The Buzzwords

Yasmine Goodwin
Fri. Feb. 14 | 2pm-3pm

Aging-in-place is so much more than home improvements for the aged and the aging. Yasmine will speak about My LiveABLE Design and discuss why it’s more than a trend, why it’s important, what to consider, what to avoid and what it means for your forever home.

Bio
Over the course of Yasmine’s 15-year career, she founded and developed My Design Studio, the top independent decor centre servicing the residential construction industry and homeowners in Southern Ontario. As a CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist) designer, Yasmine comes full circle on her passion for beautiful and sustainable design, by also delivering on LiveABLE design & renovations. My Design Studio is an active member of BILD, OHBA and CHBA as well as NKBA; and Yasmine is CAPS certified.

Let’s Talk About Sleep

Neil Harding
Fri. Feb. 14 | 4pm-5pm
Sun. Feb. 16 | 4pm-5pm

This presentation is 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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Bio
Neil Harding, who is responsible for home shows nationally, has been a part of the Sleep Country team for close to 18 years. During this time he has gained extensive product and industry knowledge and is considered an expert in his field.

Making The Right Investment – Purchasing A Condo

Irene Lee | Condo Coach
Sat. Feb. 15 | 3pm-4pm

Should you or shouldn’t you? Is it worth it or is it not? What’s the ROI? These are just a few of the questions you have probably asked yourself while debating whether or not to buy a place. Well, Condo Coach Irene Lee can help you figure out how to find the right property, how to transform it and what pitfalls to look out for.

Bio
As Toronto’s premier Real Estate Investment Coach, Irene brings more than a decade of experience investing in Toronto’s condo market and helping her clients achieve their financial dreams. She’s affectionately known by developers as the ‘Condo Queen’ for her passion and expertise of pre-construction condominiums. Irene grew up in Toronto, attended U of T and owned a small-business before earning her real estate licence. Her experience as an entrepreneur lead her to develop her passive income strategy and her philosophy on investing and life.

Colour Trends and Moods

Janice Fedak
Fri. Feb. 14 | 1pm-2pm

Be inspired through a vibrant visual journey of the latest colour, furniture and décor ideas for 2020 and beyond! New trends are always exciting to see, but sometimes daunting to know how to use in your own home – learn about how design trends emerge, how long they will stay, and see how to seamlessly blend them with existing items in your home! Janice will share designer tips on how to transform your space to be functional, beautiful and current by showing you what to eliminate, what to keep, and what to add!

Bio:
A celebrated design expert in her field and active member of the acclaimed Color Marketing Group, Janice Fedak is an inspired presenter and speaker on the topics of colour and design innovation across a variety of industries – from interiors and home design and decor, to health and wellness, retail, and beyond. Janice succeeds in providing colour direction based on the latest trends and influences that are emerging worldwide. With her comfortable approach and ability to assess the needs of her clients, Janice delivers trusted information and ideas that educate, entertain, enhance and define! Whether trendspotting colour inspiration for industry professionals and consumers through her seminars, presentations and design consultations or creating impactful and artistic retail, commercial and residential spaces, Janice’s genuine enthusiasm and dedication to helping audiences and clients alike understand colour serves as beautiful inspiration for the people she meets to embrace colour and the direction of trends. Janice owns and operates her Design Firm in Toronto, and can be seen delivering her presentations at a variety of special events across Canada.

Follow Janice on:
Twitter: @JaniceFedak
Instagram: @janicefedak

Chris Palmer

Reno Education
Sun. Feb. 16 | 1pm-2pm

Planning a home renovation? There’s much more to it than budgets, designing your space and knocking down walls. Chris will help guide you through the process to avoid some of the common household hazards and mistakes when it comes to home renovations.

Bio:
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. You can also find Chris sharing his knowledge on the latest and greatest home renovation tips 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 on HGTV, such as Canada’s Handyman Challenge, Income Property, Open House Overhaul and Backyard Builds.

Follow Chris on:
Instagram: @handcraftedbychrispalmer
Twitter: @handymanpalmer
Facebook: @handcraftedbychrispalmer

Desta Ostapyk

Create Your Space Your Way
Mon. Feb. 17 | 2pm-3pm

One of my design philosophies is that your space should represent who you are and that your home should only be filled with items that make you happy and that have function. It’s just like fashion. When you wear items that you love, you feel good and it’s the same with interior design. Surrounded by things that make you happy, you will feel happy, safe, comfortable. I’ll show you how to achieve this.

Bio:
As a Toronto based Designer I have been fortunate to focus my design career in the film and television industry. Most known for my role as Lead Designer off camera/ “Assistant Designer” on camera for the television series “Love It or List It” Toronto. I was privileged to have worked on over 100 episodes. I was successful in bringing diverse knowledge of design, set decorating styles and techniques to the show to make each episode unique yet cohesive.

Andrea Colman

Plan Out Your Successful Renovation
Fri. Feb. 14 | 4pm-5pm
Sat. Feb. 15 | 5pm-6pm

Are you looking to start the new year planning a new home renovation? Meet designer Andrea Colman as she shares her best do and don’t tips to creating a successful and stylish renovation.
Learn how to create a realistic budget, eliminate stress and create a realistic timeline. Andrea will also share some of her favourite must have products and best places to splurge and save within your renovations.

Bio:
Andrea Colman is Principal of Fine Finishes Design Inc. With almost two decades of reno and design experience, her full service firm service clientele throughout GTA and Ontario. The growing boutique design firm is known for creating stylish, harmonious, livable environments.

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