Not to be missed: Toronto Leaders Breakfast

Mark your calendars in advance of the 2003 IDC/IIDA Toronto Leaders Breakfast, taking place on Dec. 6.  At this iconic event in the interior design community, Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) will present Tracy Bowie with the prestigious 2013 IDC/IIDA Leadership Award of Excellence, an award that recognizes outstanding contributions to the profession of interior design. Radio personality Terry O’Reilly will deliver the keynote address. And all the movers and shakers in the industry will gather to breakfast, network, compare notes, celebrate and schmooze.

The 2013 Toronto Leaders Breakfast takes place on Fri., Dec. 6, at Toronto’s Four Seasons Hotel, from 7:30 to 10 a.m.  For more info, visit  


Tracy Bowie is the vice-president of IIDEX Canada, Canada’s National Design + Architecture Exposition & Conference. She has directed the country’s largest design event since 1996, first working with Tierney and Bowie, then with MMPI/NeoCon, and since 2012, with Informa Canada.

Bowie directs the sales, marketing, operations and administration of IIDEX Canada, working closely with the show’s presenters Interior Designers of Canada and Architecture Canada | RAIC. Her enthusiasm and innovative ideas have made the show what it is today – Canada’s largest trade show for the built environment, attracting 15,000 visitors annually.

Bowie is known in the industry for her boundless energy and her never-give-up attitude. She has a remarkable ability to connect with people and a constant willingness to try something new. She dedicates herself to putting on a great show, year after year, because she believes that it is essential to bring the industry together for inspiration, education, product exposure and networking. Bowie is a passionate advocate for Canadian design, and works to promote Canadian designers both in Canada and internationally.


Terry O’Reilly is one of the most recognizable names in Canadian advertising. He’s the award-winning host of the popular CBC Radio shows “The Age of Persuasion” and “Under the Influence,” and the author of The Age of Persuasion.

Terry began his career as a copy writer at several of the most creative advertising agencies in Canada. In 1990, he co-founded Pirate Radio & Television, specializing in audio production for commercials. Pirate Radio now includes eight studios in Toronto and New York City.

When Terry’s not creating advertising, he’s talking about it. As the host of the award-winning radio series, “The Age of Persuasion,” with close to a million listeners a week in Canada alone, Terry was awarded the Best New Podcast of 2011 by iTunes, and the grand prize trophy at the New York Radio Festival two years in a row.

Terry was named one of Canada’s “Most Influential” marketing people by Marketing Magazine. He has been given two lifetime achievement awards, one from the Advertising & Design Club, the other from the Television Advertising Bureau of Canada, and was granted an Honourary Doctor of Laws Degree from McMaster University in 2012.