Updates from DDA's local Chapters

In this brief: GTA West, NCR Chapter, Toronto



  1. The GTA West Board is now complete as we welcome Kaitlyn Jones and Nina Chahal as our new Co-Chair Program DirectorsKaitlynNina
  2. The CEU event held on March 5th at Stride Design in Cambridge was well attended. In addition to a lecture on “Fabric Specifications Beyond Double Rubs”, we went on a tour of this new design centre to see all they have to offer.

  3. The Joint PD Day and CEU event with the Toronto Chapter held on March 27th at TIDC was well attended. There has been great feedback about the event and the two panel discussions. The morning panel focused on Liability, Insurance and WSIB, while the afternoon panel consisted of a group of successful designers sharing their processes. There was a lot of participation from both those in attendance and those participating online.

  4. Plans for another joint PD day for 2020 are under way.

  5. The GTA West Chapter AGM date will now be held in September. Date to be confirmed.

  6. Working on potential future CEU events and conducting “meet-ups” at industry events. Stay Tuned for more details.


We were fortunate to be hosted last month at “Pop it with the Pros” at Affiliate Member Marchand Electric in Ottawa. Four lighting Industry experts presented the latest pro tips and products. We had an introduction to the newest Smart Home Technologies, home heating and ventilation solutions, decorative and architectural lighting applications and new finishes and features. All of this while we enjoyed bubbly and appealing appetizers, surrounded by a stunning display of sconces, chandeliers, pendants and outdoor lighting.

We also launched our Chapter Facebook Page last month- https://www.facebook.com/DDANCRCHAPTER/ and our private Accredited and Student member Facebook group.https://www.facebook.com/groups/DDANCRGROUP/

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In the spirit of DDA’s 25th anniversary, we reached back into our Chapter archives to see what we were doing in our early days.  While our Chapter was officially recognized in 2008 , we were an active group before then and here we are at our first Ottawa Homeshow in March of 2007.

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The Toronto chapter along with GTA West had a joint CEU lunch & learn PD day event hosted at TIDC on March 27th. The event was run as 2 panels with moderators. It was also telecast as a webinar. There were raffle draws from our Affiliates after the event.

The morning session was titled “Working with contractors and how to protect yourself".
Moderator - Celia Rutte    

  • Panel discussion with Lawyer, Dimitri van Kampen from Canadatechlaw.com, representatives from WSIB, ProLink insurance and BILD. This panel of industry professionals discussed how they would prevent and handle the following 3 case study scenarios:
    1. Mystery of the Disappearing Contractor
    2. Unhappy Client Sues the Whole Team
    3. Installer Seriously Injured on Site

The afternoon session consisted of 4 award winning, long time DDA members having a frank panel discussion on the do’s and don’ts of creating & running a successful interior decoration business.
Moderator - Lara Kalins

  • Evelyn Eshun, Evelyn Eshun Design Inc.
  • Mary Dancey, Mary Dancey Interiors
  • Tobi Brockway, Tobi Brockway Interiors
  • Sandra Cross, Sandra Cross Interiors

It was nice to be able to feature these long standing and highly contributing DDA members. The event was well attended – both in person and via Webinar and everyone enjoyed the informative & frank discussions with the experts.


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