IDS Contract Kicks Off the Week With Expanded IDS Conference Offerings

Interior Design Show 2020 (IDS20) kicks off its 22nd anniversary with IDS Contract + IDS Conference open this Thursday and Friday. For the first time this year, the show’s main floor will also be open both days.

IDS Contract is a B2B exposition dedicated to A&D markets, focused on all verticals of design including workplace, healthcare, hospitality, retail, education, public space and government

For 2020, IDS is expanding its two-day conference to talk about the transformative power of design, covering four themes: Business of Design, Future of Work, Future of Living, and Technology. 

IDS TRADE keynotes:

Thursday, January 16, 2020

10:30 a.m. – Ini Archibong In Conversation with Eleanor Gibson
12:30 p.m. – Bethan Laura Wood In Conversation with Eleanor Gibson
2:30 p.m. – Frida Escobedo In Conversation with Eleanor Gibson 

Friday, January 17, 2020

10:00 a.m. – Francis Kéré
12:00 p.m. – Yves Béhar, International Guest of Honour
4:00 p.m. – Azure Trade Talk 2020: Made in Toronto

IDS Conference Schedule: 

Thursday, January 16, 2020

9:00 a.m.

The Vertical Campus

  • Speakers: Anthony Fieldman, Sharon Turner

Designing for Technology: Redefining the Contemporary Workspace

  • Speaker: Reggie MacIntosh

Designing the Future of Work, Ethically

  • Speakers: Simon Mhanna, Nadine Letson, Satsuko VanAntwerp, Mark Abbott

Trend Briefing: Colour, Material and Finish Forecast: Autumn/Winter 20/21

  • Speaker: Samantha Duha

Noah’s Ark: Taking action on Flooding

  • Speaker: Burkhard Mausberg

Disruptive Technologies in Design

  • Afshin Mehin, Megan Lubaszka, Mark Cichy

10:30 a.m.

How Purpose Can Help Design a Life & Brand You Love

  • Speakers: Jennifer Reid Principal, Barlow Reid Design Inc.; Meghan Sherwin VP Marketing, Keilhauer; Ron Tite Founder and CEO, Church+State; Sarah Wells Olympian & Founder, Believe Initiative

Global Kitchen Study: The Kitchen in the 21st Century

  • Speaker: Suzy Margorian

Project Delivery for Designers: Take Your Design Practice to the Next Level

  • Speaker: Brad Netkin

Do We Still Believe Design Can Change the World?

  • Speakers: Joanne Chan, Eric Ginsburg, Isabelle Talbot, Greg Quinn

The Open Office: how open is too open?

  • Speakers: Annie Bergeron, Kevin Katigak

The Power of Smart Building Technologies

  • Zenon Radewych, Zohra Akbari

Interactive Workshop: How Will You Design a Creative Future

  • Christina Bagatavicius

1:00 p.m.

AR, VR and the Future of Spatial Computing in Design Businesses

  • Speakers: Megan Lubaszka Regional Creative Media Leader South West, Gensler

Tomorrow’s Transport: How User Experience is Driving the Future of Urban Mobility

  • Speakers: Andrew Miller, Sidewalk Labs; Dr. Judy Farvolden, University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute; Stewart Lyons, Bird Canada

Leveraging Workplace Data to Improve the Office Environment

  • Speakers: Tony Chahine, Cathy French, Nicolas Koeppe

Future of Co-Living

  • Speakers: Louise Bardswich, Maggie Shi

How to Maintain a Cohesive Brand

  • Speakers: Cristina Kelly, Monika Meyer

Artistic Collaboration Is the Future of Design

  • Speakers: Erika Heet, Albert Limshue, Tania Bortolotto, Deborah Moss, Nino Campoli

How to Leverage Your Workplace Culture for Greater Innovation and Client Service

  • Speakers: Jose Tolovi Neto

Invisible Outcomes of Interior Design: Introduction to Healthy Buildings and WELL

  • Speaker: Sandra Dedesko

2:30 p.m. 

I designed something! How do I protect my Intellectual Property (IP) rights?

  • Speakers: Jason Leung Principal and Founder, Leung Law PC

Designing for Accessibility: Opportunities and Outlook

  • Speakers: Liviya Medelsohn, Miles Nadal, Thea Kurdi, Jennifer Hiseler

The Future of Hospitality: Designing in the Experience Economy

  • Speakers: Olivia Hnatyshin, Carey Schuster

Sustainability in the Workplace: The Role We Can All Play in Starting Off Small

  • Speaker: Cale Heit

The Rise of Self-Managed Organizations

  • Speakers: Dirk Propfe, Erika Bailey, Peter Aprile, Brent Lowe, Joyce Zoka

Beyond Green Walls: Non-rhythmic Sensory Stimulation

  • Speaker: David Gerson

Friday, January 17, 2020 

9:00 a.m.

Cohesive Co- Living

  • Speakers: Michelle Mawby, Melissa Tossell, Edith Bédard, Andrew Costa

The Business of Real Estate in 2020

  • Speakers: Ron Armstrong, Tara Mackenzie

A rising tide floats all boats: why architects and designers need to radically rethink PR

  • Speaker: Tamarisk Saunders-Davies

The New Face of Collaboration in the Tech-Enabled Office

  • Speakers: Jennifer Busch, Natasha Zingg Thexton, Julia Kapoor, Charlton Hutton

Business Strategy for Architecture & Design Firms

  • Speaker: John Mckenna

The role of biophilic design in our lives. Past, present & future

  • Speakers: Kseniya Filippova, Tammeryn Johnson, Danny Tseng, Diana Smiciklas

10:30 a.m. 

Greener, Healthier and Resilient Housing: Shifting Towards Evidence- and Performance-based Design

  • Speaker: Blake Jackson

Colour Trends Throughout History, Featuring A Look At The Colors Of 2020

  • Speaker: Gloria Rinaldi

How Human-Centred Design can Manage Stress in the Workplace

  • Speakers: Lawrence Blake, Aaron Labbe

How Human-Centred Design can Manage Stress in the Workplace

  • Speaker: Drew Sinclair

What Buyers of Interior Design Services are Looking for

  • Speakers: Johanna Hoffmann, Colleen Baldwin, Monica Contreras, Sharon Yee, Roberta Diachok

Win the Flat Fee Game

  • Speaker: Kimberly Seldon

AI and the Human Experience

  • Speakers: Kay Sargent, Deb Sperry

Design Thinking & Spatial Design

  • Speakers: Antonio Iadarola, Jennifer Wieskopf

1:00 p.m.

Expanding Futures + Living Spaces

  • Speakers: Tim Antoniuk

Designing for Aging Population

  • Speakers: Linda Kafka, Amy Pothier, Margot Schulman, Michele Cohen

Marketing 101

  • Speakers: Ahmad-Sha Duranai, Sanam Samanian, Russell Pollard, Younes Boucher

MAD Lab – Material Architectures and Bio-Inspired Design

  • Speaker: David Correa

Get Better: Sharing of Wellness and Sustainability Trade Secrets of Today and Tomorrow

  • Speakers: Zeina Elali, Diana Smiciklas

No One Knows How Toilets Work: How to Change Minds and Win Support for Your Ideas

  • Speaker: Chris Graham

2:30 p.m. 

How to win, nurture, and retain millennial talent

  • Speakers: Hilary Hayes, Jana Macalik, Yasmien Fadl

Harnessing Assistive Technology for Accessible Environments

  • Speaker: Vedran Dzebic

Can Your Spec Reverse Global Warming?

  • Speaker: Lisa Conway, Stacy Smedley, Nina Bast

The Future of Design: The Necessary Rise of Inclusive Design

  • Speaker: Ian Rolston

Reconstructing the Business of Light: A Sweeping Response to LEDs

  • Speaker: Deborah Gottesman

Using Human Centered Design to Break Down the Silos and Enable the Future of Work

  • Speakers: Elina Lawrie, Jake Hirsch-Allen


  • Media Preview, Thursday, January 16, 2020 – 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (show floor tour + Q&A with Jonathan Adler)
  • Trade Day + IDS Conference, Thursday, January 17, 2020 – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Opening Night Party, presented by PurParket, Thursday, January 17, 2020 – 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Trade Day + IDS Conference, Friday January 17, 2020 – 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, 255 Front Street.