Interior Designers of Canada welcomes new CEO

Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) has welcomed a new CEO who will be instrumental in improving the interior design profession across the country. With the foundation of IDC having been set over the past few years, Tony Brenders will be building on the pillars of the strategic plan to strengthen the structure of IDC and raise the organization to new heights.

“Tony is a leader with valuable experience and a track record of proven results,” says Aandra Currie Shearer, IDC president. “We look forward to his leadership of the IDC team and to working with him in this next phase of developing a truly great association for all our stakeholders.”

Brenders brings 20 years of broad leadership experience in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors in Canada, across a variety of functions including regulatory affairs and government operations. Authentic and collaborative, Brenders brings a wealth of expertise in motivating senior teams and developing high performance cultures of trust with staff, stakeholders and board members.

As the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer at the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT), Brenders was instrumental in the design, set-up and leadership of the largest regulatory body in North America, developing and implementing a complex governance structure to effectively manage the 150 trade professions that OCOT regulates. Focused on securing consensus from all key stakeholders and the organization’s 300,000 members, Brenders established and nurtured excellent relationships with over 800 stakeholder groups, including provincial and federal governments, trade unions and trade associations.

Brenders’ objective is to ensure that the voices of all members are heard and that their needs are fulfilled.

“IDC is the advocate for the interior design profession in Canada, so it is imperative that we continue to grow and educate the public about the profession,” says Brenders. “It is the IDC’s duty to serve our members and as CEO, I am committed to ensuring that we do it both effectively and well.”