What Louis XIV was to France when he famously uttered “L’état, c’est moi,” Tracy Bowie was to IIDEX, Canada’s biggest tradeshow for the A&D community. Though IIDEX VP and show director since 2005, when London, England-based Informa Exhibitions took over the show from Merchandise Mart Properties (MMPI), her management of IIDEX dates to 1996. Insofar as IIDEX will no longer be a freestanding show, but an appendage of the Interior Design Show (IDS), this was, perhaps, the appropriate time to leave. Informa threw a farewell party for her at its midtown Toronto office that was packed to the rafters with her many friends and admirers, and had this to say in an internal release:
“In 2013, Tracy was awarded a prestigious IIDA/IDC leadership award for her contributions to the design and architecture industry in Canada, which was the pinnacle of her career. She always said she loved every day at work – even during the stressful long hours of show business – and said it was always a lot of fun with such great colleagues and clients – that it didn’t feel like work.
Tracy is both excited and fully supportive of the decision to bring together IIDEX and IDS to create a brand new show in 2019 that will appeal to the commercial and residential design trade and consumers all under one roof. She felt the timing of this change was the perfect timing for a change for her. She is “passing the baton” as they say, and is excited that the IIDEX team and IDS team will come together working alongside each other to produce one fabulous show. She has the utmost confidence that this smart, passionate and design focused group will move this new event forward and have great success. We are grateful and fortunate that Tracy will continue to be an advisor to us and to the new IDS and IDS Contract Show throughout the year.
Tracy has some travel plans in the upcoming weeks ahead and will be spending quality time with her husband Guy, sons Timothy, Devin and Curtis and Boston Terrier, Murphy. She will also pursue some causes near and dear to her heart including Out of the Cold, Food Bank and Refugee programs as well as working with groups focusing on accessibility and wellness issues and so much more.”
Informa’s Ian Chodikoff, Director of Programming; Her Tracy-ness; and Patti Stewart, executive VP at Informa Canada, which manages IIDEX, IDS and other shows.
Marilyn Maxim, partnership co-ordinator at Toronto Design Offsite (TODO) Festival, and, previously marketing manager at Herman Miller and Keilhauer; Maria Ropotyn, sales director at IDS Contract, who worked with Tracy at IIDEX; Lorraine Tierney, former Informa VP marketing and Canadian Interiors editor, who co-managed IIDEX with Tracy when the two were in business as Tierney & Bowie from 1996 to 1998, before both joined MMPI; Tierney’s husband, photographer Doug Hall; and Jeremy Vandermeij, executive director, TODO Festival and former IIDEX marketing director.
Informa staff members Janice Leung, show director, One of a Kind Show; Toni Chin, operations co-ordinator, and Gurmeet Sethi, exhibitor sales manager, Fan Expo; and Nikole Dunlap, conference project manager, and Joan Wilson, conference manager, Real Estate Forums.
Alison Jessamine, sales associate, Nienkamper; Christopher Nelson, partner, Nelson & Garrett Lighting; and Rhomney Forbes-Gray, principal and designer, Light Brigade Architectural Lighting.
Jerry Lukawski, senior VP; and Martin Bowie (brother-in-law of Tracy Bowie), regional VP, at carpet and vinyl supplier Peerless Contract; and interior designer Trevor Kruse, owner of Hudson Kruse.
Photos by David Lasker.