IDC issues call for thought leaders ahead of 2018 Design Symposium

Interior Designers of Canada is seeking ideas and topic submission from multidisciplinary speakers for its inaugural Design Symposium – Value of Design Thinking, which will be held from Sept. 16-19 in Toronto, Ont.

This year’s theme, ‘Value of Design Thinking,’ aims to showcase the benefits of an empathetic, inventive, and iterative design process focused on the human experience within interior spaces. In addition, IDC is accepting submission throughout the year from speakers for professional development courses on relevant topics and expertise on important issues facing the design industry in Canada.IDC, Design Symposium, Value of Design Thinking

“Over three thought-provoking days, we’re aiming to expand your horizons, as well as your network and skills base through a program of in-depth education, expert panel discussions, guided design tours, awards galas and breakfasts, emerging professionals programs and provocative conference keynotes,” the IDC website explains.

Founded in 1972, the IDC is the national advocacy association for the interior design profession. As the profession’s national advocacy body, IDC represents more than 5,000 members including fully qualified interior designers, Intern members (who have yet to pass their exams), students, educators and retired members.


Described by the IDC as “one of North America’s most uplifting, inspiring and expansive educational conferences showcasing the true value of design,” the 2018 National Conference will feature a combination of professional training events, seminars and breakout sessions (targeting multiple education levels), cross-disciplinary panel discussions, and walking / showroom tours, as well as a gala and an awards presentation.

The daily sessions will run from approximately 8 am to 5 pm, with a full itinerary for the three-day event now available via the IDC’s official website, linked here. For prospective Design Symposium speakers, the deadline to submit presentation concepts or ideas is May 7, 2018.