The Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) announces that it will lead a trade mission to Shanghai and Beijing from Dec. 1-10. Ten ARIDO members will participate in the mission to explore business opportunities for their growing interior design firms.
The mission was organized in collaboration with the International Council of Interior Designers and Architects (ICIAD) and includes a one-day business forum in both cities, as well as a number of visits to various facilities throughout China.The goal of the business forums is for Chinese and Canadian interior designers to share case studies and overview presentations on current design trends and projects.
“We have put this program together to ensure that the Canadian delegates learn about potential business opportunities for their firms, and for Chinese interior designers to learn about opportunities to partner with Canadian firms on upcoming projects,” says Pierre Lo, vice-president of ICIAD China Region.
Members chosen for the mission represent the breadth of the interior design profession in Ontario. They work in a number of different sectors, including corporate, commercial, resort/casino, condominium development, government and residential design.
“We are very excited to be participating in our first trade mission,” says ARIDO president Deborah Rutherford. “The interior design profession in Canada has seen a significant increase in the export of interior design services over the past five to 10 years, so it is time for SMBs (small to mid-size businesses) to learn more about the potential for growth in other countries.”
ARIDO and ICIAD will also discuss opportunities for the two associations to collaborate on a regular basis, to bring opportunities to the interior design professionals they represent.
The trade mission has been organized with the support of the Global Opportunities for Associations (GOA) program of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. The GOA program provides contribution funding to support national associations undertaking new or expanded international business development activities, in strategic markets and sectors, for the benefit of an entire industry (member and non-member firms).
Also attending the mission is Jenny Mueller Garbutt, president of Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) and Arnie Rusinek, VP of world markets for Teknion Furniture Systems, a lead sponsor of the event. Rusinek will lead a discussion in global trends during the business forums.