Upcoming ARIDO Events

Upcoming Events

Below is a list of upcoming events. Click the links for more details and registration.

The 2019 Ontario Summit and ARIDO Annual General Meeting will take place Wednesday, March 27th, at Liuna Station in Hamilton. The AGM from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM will be streamed live for those members who cannot participate in person. Voting online is not available, please submit your request to vote by proxy in the registration form.

Are you attending the AGM but need accommodation? ARIDO has secured a room rate at the Sheraton Hotel, Hamilton, 116 King Street West, Hamilton, ON L8P 4V3

Attendee reservations can be made by contacting toll-free reservations at 1-888-627-8161 and asking for the “ARIDO” block – guests are able to reserve a special rate, of $159.00 plus taxes, until March 15th, 2019.

AGM + Ontario Summit 2019 Program Schedule

11:00 AM Registration

12:00 PM Session 1 – Construction Lien Act and Prompt Payment (1 General CEU) Presenter: Faren Bogach, Partner, WeirFoulds LLP
Learn of the recent legislative changes to the Construction Lien Act and Prompt Payment, and what rights the Interior Design Profession has within the legislation. This session will also review best practices which can be implemented in design practice.

1:00 PM - 1:30 Break - refreshments provided

1:30 PM Awards & Recognitions Presentations

2:00 PM Session 2 – Best Risk Management Practices for Design Firms (1 General CEU) Presenter: Michael Loeters, ProLink
This session will walk attendees through a review of case scenarios based upon real interior design insurance claims. Learn Risk Management techniques to avoid and mitigate risk scenarios.

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Break

3:30 PM Professionalization Town Hall Meeting

4:30 – 6:00 PM Networking Cocktail Reception

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM ARIDO Annual General Meeting 2019

Click here to register for the AGM.

Liuna Station
360 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8L 1H5

ARIDO at IDS Toronto
ARIDO is thrilled to be participating in IDS Toronto, January 17 - 20 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Events for the Public
Visit BLOG//ARIDO to book your Ask an Interior Designer session today! Visit us at booth 1012.
Events for ARIDO Members
ARIDO’s Path to Design Activism: The BridgeNorth Case Study Friday at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
In 2013, the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) launched a new initiative called “ROI: What’s on the Inside?” to assist organizations or charities by improving their interior environments where essential support and services are offered to Ontarians. Five years into the program, ARIDO has evolved its objectives to focus on creating greater social impact through interior design. In 2018, ARIDO partnered with BridgeNorth, a registered charity in York Region that supports victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation by helping them leave and transition from the sex industry. BridgeNorth is also dedicated to raising awareness in and educating the public about sexual exploitation, as well as advocating for victims. Attendees will learn from designers and stakeholders how a charity’s specific needs were achieved through the provision of a custom-designed space. Panelists will discuss ARIDO’s objective in helping BridgeNorth provide a greater platform for the silenced voices of trafficked victims in Canada while supporting the fight to end human trafficking.
Featuring Cassandra Diamond, BridgeNorth Executive Director; Sharon Portelli, ARIDO Executive Director; Lucia Di Biasio, LDB Design Inc; Dayna Bradley, Brigholme Interiors Group

ARIDO Career Xpress Committee at IDS Toronto

Don’t wait until graduation to take steps toward your Interior Design career!


The Ontario Career Xpress Committee is putting on two events for students and interns at the IDS Show: Portfolio Review and an NCIDQ panel discussion. Come to one event or stay for two!


NCIDQ Panel Discussion Friday, January 18, 2019 - 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM


Gain first-hand knowledge on the NCIDQ exam from a panel of discussion led by interior designers who recently wrote and passed the exam. It’s a great opportunity to get tips and tricks on studying for the NCIDQ to pass successfully!


Portfolio Review  Friday, January 18, 2019 - 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM - SOLD OUT!


Come prepared to showcase your portfolio! Meet with registered interior designers and get valuable feedback to help you prepare a stand-out portfolio for job interviews in a speed dating style-event.


ARIDO Members who are reviewing Student Portfolios include:


Inger Bartlett - Bartlett and Associates
Adrian Berry – B+H
Joanna Breda

Jaymie Cooper
Sheri Crawford – X-Design

Lucia De Biasio – LDB Design

Gord Mackay - MacKay Wong
Kathleen Van Brussel - Comley Van Brussel
Peter Yipp - Ted Design

Members: $10 per event or $15 for both Click here to register.
Non-Members: $20 per event Click here to register.
Career Xpress at IDS

Casino Night Fundraiser in support of ARIDO's 2018 ROI for BRIDGENORTH

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Please note, this event has been cancelled.
Join interior design and industry colleagues, Thursday, November 22nd at the Teknion Showroom for a Casino Night Fundraiser in support of BRIDGENORTH.
Proceeds from the evening will go towards the renovation of BRIDGENORTH's office in York, where they support women, girls, and families who have experienced sexual exploitation and human trafficking.
Teknion Showroom, 120 Bremner Blvd, Suite 2010, Toronto, ON, M5J 0A1.
In support of BRIDGENORTH  
Hosted at Teknion Showroom
Grand Prize Sponsor
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Career Xpress Portfolio Prep
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Portfolio Prep is just that … a preparatory session designed to build confidence in your interview skills and learn the do's and don'ts of a cover letter, resume, and portfolio creation. These vital skills can help you get the job you want when you graduate.That’s not all, you will gain valuable industry knowledge from a guest lecturer and a panel of industry professionals sharing their personal career paths and watch a portfolio critique of fellow student’s presentations. 
Register today, space is limited! Create a student member profile (for free) and save on admission!
This not-to-be-missed event, put on by the ARIDO Career Xpress Committee, will include coffee and pastries for breakfast, and lunch with beverages.
Saturday, November 17th, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
ARIDO Office, C536- 43 Hanna Ave, Toronto, ON

Clancy Snook (B+H Architects)

Shannon MacLean (Quadrangle)

Panel members:
Clancy Snook (B+H Architects)
Anna Kowalczyk (Daedal Design)
Judy Newcombe (principal of Judy Newcombe)
Maia Roffey (principal of Black Sheep Design)
Clancy Snook (B+H Architects)
Victoria Horobin (KBH Interior Design Inc.)
Isabelle Talbot (Ray Inc.)

Student Portfolio Presenters:
Maria Whiteside
Misa Jung

Cost to attend: $10 for student members and $20 for non-members, (click here to register for a free student membership, click 'Register Now' and complete Initial Student Membership Application)

Registration Details:

Registration for Members

Registration for Non-Members

For any questions, please contact: Julia Farner, Membership Manager, jfarner@arido.ca.


Career Xpress (CX) is a fun and rewarding series of events designed to help students and recent grads acquire the skills to help them stand out to potential employers. You'll learn how to develop your brand, dine at the newest restaurants alongside the designers, visit newly designed spaces, and have your portfolio reviewed by industry professionals. These events are your ticket to excelling in the interior design industry. The series is gaining increasing popularity, with approximately 200 members in attendance on a yearly basis!


Special thank you to our sponsors:


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To sponsor our event, click here.

ARIDO Chapter Events
Greater Toronto Area
November 10 - GTA CEU Day at Steelcase