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Power Your Life: How To Light Up Your Landscape

Frank Ferragine – aka Frankie Flowers & Steve Smith
Sat. Mar. 16 | 3pm-4pm

Looking to add a little light to your backyard? Whether incorporating twinkle lights to your garden or landscape lighting up your pathway, remember there’s more to it than just plugging in a light. The Electrical Safety Authority’s (ESA) Power Your Life duo, featuring garden expert Frankie Flowers and ESA’s Steve Smith, will share tips to achieve an illuminated outdoor space that is both beautiful and safe.

Bio:
Frank Ferragine (a.k.a. Frankie Flowers) is arguably Canada’s most popular and trusted gardening expert and weatherman. Frankie’s garden advice has twice earned him Landscape Ontario’s Garden Communicator of the Year, he has been named Toronto’s Favourite Weather Personality 9 years consecutively (Toronto Sun Reader’s Award) and his Disney inspired Tinker Bell Garden won 3 awards including public choice and best overall garden at Canada Blooms.
Frankie is a four-time best selling author, interior and exterior landscape consultant and garden writer. He partnered with the Electrical Safety Authority to share tips for planning a garden to enjoy day or night.

Bio:
Steve Smith is the General Manager of the Electrical Safety Authority’s (ESA’s) Central Region. He manages 55 electrical inspectors and is responsible for overseeing the delivery of ESA’s regulatory duties within central Ontario, which include monitoring and enforcing compliance with the Ontario Electrical Safety Code.
Steve has worked with ESA (formerly a department of Ontario Hydro) for 32 years and has held many roles during that time, including Inspector, Senior Inspector, Technical Advisor, Project Manager and Director of Appeals. He is also on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors.
Prior to working with ESA and Ontario Hydro, Steve was a Master Electrician specializing in fire alarms as well as an instructor and training coordinator at the Joint Apprenticeship Council.
Steve is a certified Electrician RSE, C&M and Industrial (309A(D), 442), Master Electrician, Certified Engineering Technician, Certified Electrical Inspector, Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator and Certified Fire Alarm Electrician.

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Designing From The Ground Up And Out

Paul Lafrance
Sun. Mar. 17 | 2pm-3pm

I like designing as much as I like building. I take a concept from start to finish and this presentation is a window into my process. The sky can be the limit with design but don’t skip over the basic first steps.

Bio:
Paul Lafrance, most commonly known as the “Deck Guru” both in the Reality TV macrocosm as well as in the average North American home, is also a musician and lead singer/songwriter in the band, Found in the Fury, the owner and founder of the international design company, Paul Lafrance Design, and has nearly completed his training as a Jedi Master.
Paul is the host of HGTV’s Decked Out, Disaster Decks, Custom Built, and Deck Wars as well as one of the judges on Canada’s Handyman Challenge, and co-designer on the HGTV hit show, Home to Win. He is currently wrapping up a new digital series called Backyard Revolution. He moonlights as the head designer at PLD. Since 1997, he’s been designing and installing everything from custom built homes, basement transformations, corporate facades and common areas, to cutting-edge backyard retreats.
Paul and his wife, Janna, live with their four daughters just outside of Toronto, Ontario.

paullafrancedesign.com
Twitter and Instagram @Iampaullafrance
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Colour & Design Trends For the Kitchen

Janice Fedak
Sun. Mar. 10 | 3pm-4pm
Wed. Mar. 13 | 3pm-4pm

Colour is everywhere! It enhances and defines a living space – and with today’s focus on ‘Returning to the Kitchen’ now is the perfect time to add a splash of colour to yours! Through a vibrant visual journey of colour, enjoy this year’s collection of Colour Trends, and be inspired by the incredible ways to interject just the right amount of colour into your kitchen décor. Janice will share designer tips on picking and placing the perfect colours, featuring an exciting line up of beautiful kitchen appliances and accessories that will add personality to your kitchen’s design. You’re sure to take home a full plate of ideas to add to your home!

Bio:
A celebrated design expert in her field and active member of the acclaimed Color Marketing Group, Janice Fedak is an inspired presenter and speaker on the topics of colour and design innovation across a variety of industries – from interiors and home design and decor, to health and wellness, retail, and beyond. Janice succeeds in providing colour direction based on the latest trends and influences that are emerging worldwide. With her comfortable approach and ability to assess the needs of her clients, Janice delivers trusted information and ideas that educate, entertain, enhance and define! Whether trendspotting colour inspiration for industry professionals and consumers through her seminars, presentations and design consultations or creating impactful and artistic retail, commercial and residential spaces, Janice’s genuine enthusiasm and dedication to helping audiences and clients alike understand colour serves as beautiful inspiration for the people she meets to embrace colour and the direction of trends. Janice owns and operates her Design Firm in Toronto, and can be seen delivering her presentations at a variety of special events across Canada.

Twitter: @janice_fedak
Instgram @janicefedak

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Living In Place

Linda Mazur
Sat. Mar. 9 | 3pm-4pm
Tue. Mar. 12 | 4pm-5pm

We all want to enjoy the comforts and beauty of a well-designed home. Aging in Place – or as we like to term it- “Living in Place”, from a design and renovation perspective focuses on maintaining a quality of life in your home as you or family members age or encounter physical challenges. “Living in Place” is about making your home work for you and your family now and to grow with you as your needs may change. Join Linda to learn key points of consideration to incorporate in to your plans to create a beautiful home that you will enjoy for many years to come.

Bio:
Designer Linda Mazur, is an award-winning, nationally publicized designer and principal of Linda Mazur Design Group. With over 15 years experience, this boutique design firm has been designing, renovating and building spaces with a focus on “liveable luxury”. Linda believes that good design should be timeless and yet adapt to the needs of her clients. Linda is a public speaker, has been featured as an industry expert in newspapers and magazines across North America, has appeared on Global TV’s Morning Show, as well as being a featured designer on YouTube for various product companies. Her work has been featured in many design publications across North America, and she is a regular columnist for Condo Life Magazine as well as several other newspapers and magazines.

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Top 10 Design/Decor Tips & Design Trends

Jackie Morra
Fri. Mar. 8 | Noon-1pm
Sat. Mar. 16| Noon-1pm

Join designer Jackie Morra as she offers her fun and energetic, tips & tricks on getting the most out of your home and the latest in design and colour trends for 2019. Find out what changes add the most value to your living spaces and the most impact on your own life’s needs. “Finding something you love and building a space around it is a key element to creating an environment that inspires you,” says Jackie who is known for teaching on how to connect with your own personal style and create spaces that are a reflection of who you are.

Bio:
Jackie Morra is a popular speaker at shows and events across Canada and has been featured in various media such as Breakfast Television, Global TV- The Morning Show, City TV, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Houzz.com, and ApartmentTherapy.com to name a few. When she’s not in front of an audience giving tips and tricks of the trade on how to transform our indoor and outdoor spaces into ones that inspire, she’s actively out in the community assisting her favourite charities. Visit Jackie Morra Interiors

Damon Bennett’s Guide to Enercare’s Smarter Home

Damon Bennett
Sat. Mar. 16 | 1pm-2pm

If you are thinking about making your home work more efficiently and want to save time, energy and money, Damon will walk you through all you need to know. He partnered with Enercare’s Smarter Home products because they are a trusted brand and these products reflect their commitment to quality.

Bio:
For Damon Bennett, construction is a way of life. A trusted expert and television staple for over a decade, Damon has earned the respect of industry heavy weights and the admiration of fans worldwide.
A childhood fascination with restoration turned into a full-fledged career of making people’s dreams come true. Damon’s solid workmanship, along with a reputation for being a stand up guy with a big heart, landed him a job working on the top show on HGTV. He quickly climbed the ranks and became the Crew Supervisor. For nearly ten years he was an integral key to the team and the success of the shows. These days Damon lends his expertise to homeowners and DIY’ers across North America with instructional keynote presentations, Q&A sessions and videos. He also runs a very busy construction company building and renovating homes across North America.
Damon specializes in carpentry, structural reinforcement and construction coordination. He is not simply a mentor to his crews, but rather the first to jump in, swing the hammer, and get his hands dirty. When not working on a job-site, Damon can usually be found with the many animals that he has rescued or with his charity work with various Veteran’s groups. His current project: renovating the Trenton Airforce base pub.
Twitter @DamonBennett_
Instagram @officialdamonbennett
www.damonbennett.ca
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Create A Home You’ll Love To Come Home To

Kate Davidson
Fri. Mar. 15 | 5pm-6pm
Sat. Mar. 16 | 5pm

Looking to renovate or decorate your home this spring? Regardless of your budget or size of renovation project, Designer Kate Davidson of Kate +Co Design Inc. will share some of her favourite designer and renovation tips and options that will enhance and reflect you and your lifestyle. From the walls, flooring to appliances and countertops, Kate will share some of her fav products and how to pick the best finishes for some of the key and most popular areas we are renovating in our homes today. If you’re considering an upcoming design project, come see Kate and hear her top three tips on how to make the most of your renovations without compromising on luxury, style or functionality. Kate will discuss: Save vs. Splurge – creatively blending of high and low elements can yield amazing results and Budgeting & Timelines – Create a successful budget plan and timeline you can stick with.

Bio:
Kate Davidson is Designer, Principal of Kate + Co. Design inc. For more then a decade this design firm has focused on being a multi disciplinary interior design firm providing complete residential & commercial design services throughout Toronto, GTA. and North America. Known and respected for envisioning and creating stylish adaptable livable spaces www.kateandcodesign.com
Instagram: @kateandcodesigninc

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How To Revive Your Bathrooms Posh Style!

Catherine-Lucie Horber and Mirna Mansour
Mar. 12 | 2pm-3pm
Mar. 15 | 2pm-3pm

Must see presentation with Designer Catherine-Lucie Horber from Royal Interior Design ltd. and Mirna Mensour from Handle This will be presenting to you various ways you can refresh any bathroom in your home with class and elegance with their brand new line of cabinetry: POSH REVIVED.
They will show you how you can easily adapt different styles of cabinetry and by changing the background wallpapers, accessories, mirrors, lighting and handles you can get an entire new design style using the one style of vanity for each, from more rustic, to glam, to modern to transitional… the possibilities are endless with these two ladies. Dont’ miss this highly interactive and visual presentation as they take you through a gourmet of colour palettes and textures !!

Bio:
Co-founders of Posh Revived, Catherine-Lucie Horber and Mirna Mensour, joined forces to create a powerful and unique niche of beautiful custom luxury pieces highly inspired by European designs and luxury furniture. Their company; Posh Revived aims to provide high quality products with versatile designs that are beautiful as well as functional that offers their customers versatility in style and design. For more info on their company products and quality visit www.poshrevived.com

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The Secrets To Giving Your Home A Professional Touch

Chris Palmer
Sat. Mar. 9 | 1pm-2pm
Sat. Mar. 17 | Noon-1pm

Chris Palmer will walk you through a homeowner’s guide to a successful renovation.

Bio:
As a professional Industrial Designer turned Carpenter and Contractor, Chris has brought a new perspective to the world of handcrafting beautiful custom builds. With over 10 years of experience, his company focuses on all levels of projects from custom furniture pieces, to complete home additions. A creative eye and unique style keeps Chris on trend and his work in demand. Chris often participates in many charities donating his work to help raise money for groups such as Diabetes, Habitat for Humanity and others. You can also find Chris sharing his knowledge on the latest and greatest home renovation tips for DIY’ers as a regular guest expert on The Marilyn Denis Show, The Global Morning Show and other daytime TV stations. You may also recognize Chris from other shows from HGTV, such as Canada’s Handyman Challenge, Income Property, Open House Overhaul and Backyard Builds.

Instagram: @handcraftedbychrispalmer
Twitter: @handymanpalmer

Let’s Talk About Sleep

Neil Harding
Wed. Mar. 13 | 1pm-2pm
Thurs. Mar. 14 | 2pm-3pm

The quality and quantity of your sleep and sleep habits can determine your overall health and mental wellbeing. Sleep expert Neil Harding will inspire you with tips and tricks designed to help people realize how to get a great night’s sleep. Find out what you can do to improve the quality and quantity of your sleep.

Bio:
Neil Harding, who is responsible for home shows nationally, has been a part of the Sleep Country team for close to 18 years. During this time he has gained extensive product and industry knowledge and is considered an expert in his field.

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Colour Trends – The Top Colours And How To Use Them In Your Home

Donna Robertson
Fri. Mar. 8 | 2pm-3pm
Sun. Mar. 10 | 11am-Noon
Fri. Mar. 15| 4pm-5pm

Every paint company offers up a colour of the year but does that mean that it’s right for you? From power pastels to rich vibrant shades to the barely-there blush pinks, how do you choose what colour suits your home? If you are looking to kick-start 2019 with a refresh for your home, here’s how to navigate through all the colours available and choose what works best for you.

Bio
Donna Robertson has been involved with Beauti-Tone paint for over 20 years. In that time she has gone from sales to home consultations to becoming a Certified Architectural Technologist. Her passion lies in paint and decorating and in helping people choose the right colour for their homes. Donna has an art background and can truly appreciate how colours work together, the psychology behind them and the amazing transformation paint can make to your home.

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Avoiding Costly Building & Renovation Mistakes

Michael Upshall
Fri. Mar. 8 | 4pm-5pm

Planning for a new home or renovation can be an exciting, challenging and sometimes overwhelming experience. Avoiding costly building and renovation mistakes will ensure your project goes as smoothly as possible. Michael Upshall of PROBUILT demystifies the process of renovations by sharing with you his award winning systems, which have coveted him BILD’s ‘Renovator of the Year’. Renovating may seem to be a daunting task, but the vision to any dream project is to keep the focus on quality design. “Everything starts with design and a solid plan” Quality design is the critical first step that sets the tone for the start and completion of your renovation project. Monitoring the design in the initial stages of the design process ensures that the final design will be in line with the client’s budget. Learn how through preliminary design/budgeting, open communications and clearly defined systematic processes leads to building every project on time and on budget. “It’s how we think and what we do.”

Bio:
Michael Upshall of PROBUILT is a master carpenter at heart, who naturally progressed into a renovator and builder and is renown in the construction industry. His career spans over 38 years and his collection of awards and recognitions are impressive. He was the first two-time award winner of the BILD “Renovator of the Year” (2002 & 2006). Michael is on the Advisory Council for Canadian Contractor Magazine and an on-going contributor and past speaker for the Building Renovation Technician Program at George Brown College. Michael was chosen for years to Design/Build the Dream Home at Toronto’s 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2016 and 2017 National Home Shows.

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Why Is Modern Design The New Norm

Rose Barroso
Mon. Mar. 11 | 5pm-6pm

Modern, industrial, contemporary, shabby chic….and the list goes on.
A significant challenge many of us face is a lack of understanding or vocabulary to describe and define what we expect from Modern Design.
With an abundance of unique design styles, it can be daunting to decipher which style will work best for us.
Some also enjoy combining elements of several styles to create an ideal look.

Bio:
Multiple award winner, Toronto builder Rose Barroso from Barroso Homes, has made a career of building and designing homes and along the way, has acquired a lot of knowledge about all things home related.
Rose is a creative mind, who believes in the power of beautiful and functional interiors to transform and enhance daily life. Rose’s work is regularly featured in leading design and lifestyle publications.

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Kitchens For Modern Living – Kitchen Design Trends For Our Evolving Lifestyles

Geeta Kewalramani
Mar. 9 | 5pm-6pm
Mar. 12 | 5pm-6pm

Planning a kitchen remodel this spring? Researching for fresh ideas and trends to enhance the look of your kitchen and modernize it? Let Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer & Certified Aging in Place Specialist Geeta Kewalramani of Kimaya Designs share with you some of the up and coming Kitchen Design Trends for 2019.

Bio:
Award-winning designer, Geeta Kewalramani’s passion lies in configuring creative design solutions to enhance the lifestyles, conveniences and comforts of her clients in their homes. Geeta’s interior design experience spans over 25 years evolving from luxury Five Star Hospitality design to customized residential and specialty kitchen & bath design.
Her dedication to design and transforming spaces for better living have garnered her with several design awards. Geeta has been recognized as a design expert and honoured to have served as a design judge at both the North American and Canadian Kitchen & Bath Design Competitions. Her commitment to learning and excelling in the K&B design industry to help her clients create comfortable, elegant and luxurious lifestyles inspired her to pursue and earn the highest level of NKBA Certification of a Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer as well as the Certified Aging in Place Specialist certification. An active member of the National Kitchen & Bath Association for over 20 years, she has served on the Board and varied committees both at the National and at the Ontario Chapter level.

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Laneway Suites: The New Big Small House On The Block

Emmanuel Belliveau
Mon. Mar. 11 | Noon-1pm
Thu. Mar. 14| 4pm-5pm

In June 2018, Toronto passed a bylaw allowing for the building of a second primary residence on a laneway lot. When you may commonly see a garage, property owners can build their very own suite depending on several factors as laid out by city guidelines. Emmanuel’s talk will focus on helping laneway lot owners navigate the various rules, eligibility, design and construction factors they should consider before starting. We are a one stop solution that will guide qualified owners through site conditions to design to permits to construction and what to do after.

Bio:
For over 15 years Emmanuel Belliveau has been designing everything from leather goods, to jewelry, to furniture and most notably, homes. Since the premier of My Parents House on HGTV in 2005, Emmanuel has shared his creative and fun spirit with Discovery Channel’s World’s Greenest Homes, numerous guest spots on TV in between and most recently, a role on Save our Shelter on The CW. Emmanuel has an entrepreneurial drive and is constantly on the lookout for creating something new. Always up for adventure, Emmanuel traveled several times to Uganda to design and develop a wellness center in Uganda for women and children. The center has since been converted into a physical rehabilitation centre and will open in March.
Emmanuel is from New Brunswick. He began his design career in Vancouver at FNDA Architecture and now calls Toronto home. Recent changes in the bylaws surrounding laneway housing has sparked a huge interest as he sees this as a huge opportunity given Toronto’s housing vacancy situation. His newly formed company Eva Lanes (Eva, is short for Evangeline, his mother – she always wanted to get into real estate) is a turnkey product for those seeking an easy way to assess, permit, design, and build their own laneway suite.

Find More Pleasure In Your Outdoor Living Space

Peter Bonnano
Mon. Mar. 11 | 4pm-5pm

Peter Bonanno, Founder of Curb Appeal, will inspire you to find more pleasure in your outdoor living. He will be discussing how to transform the spaces around the outside of your home into dynamic places for entertainment, recreation and tranquility. Discover the latest trends & tips for creating a beautiful and functional outdoor space and how to achieve years of fun and enjoyment for your family and friends in your own great outdoors.

Bio
Peter Bonnano has a strong passion for design and the outdoors – which inspired him to found Curb Appeal – a designer and builder of beautiful and functional outdoor living spaces. Peter is grateful every day for the scores of clients who put their trust and significant investment in his hands. Client appreciation continues to be his greatest reward. Website: Curb Appeal

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Vintage Homes: What Lies Beneath

Jordan Spear
Fri. Mar. 15 | Noon-1pm

Looking to renovate an older home? While their walls and fascade hold a lot of character and charm, you may be surprised at what’s lurking behind the walls. Let expert renovator Jordan Spear show you some key areas you should look into before starting your reno.

Bio
Jordan comes from a long line of artists, carpenters and handymen, and as such, is a big proponent of DIY, encouraging homeowners to save money by arming themselves with the right knowledge and tools to tackle projects on their own. Growing up in a vintage home fueled Jordan’s love for old-world charm, character and aged finishes, which led him into restoring and renovating century homes for the last 10 years. When not working on his 160 year old farmhouse, he’s building custom furniture, and unique pieces using reclaimed, rustic and vintage materials.

Follow Jordan on Instagram: @afarmhouselife

How To Successfully Renovate Your Kitchen & Bath

Moderator: Jane Lockhart
Sun. Mar. 10 | 1pm-2pm

Have you wondered what you need to do when you renovate your Kitchen or Bathroom? This 3 person panel of professional RenoMark Renovators will answer all of your questions with the help of Jane Lockhart moderating.

Bio
Award winning designer, TV personality, author and spokesperson, Jane Lockhart is one of Canada’s leading experts in the world of design and colour. She is Principal Designer of the Toronto firm she founded in 1997, Jane Lockhart Interior Design (www.janelockhart.com). In addition to her full slate of renovation and new building projects, Jane has designed and manufactured two lines of furnishings, Jane By Jane Lockhart and Jane Lockhart Platinum.

Panel: How To Successfully Renovate Your Kitchen & Bath

Jane lockhart
Sun. Mar. 10 | 1pm-2pm

Have you wondered what you need to do when you renovate your Kitchen or Bathroom? This 3 person panel of professional RenoMark Renovators will answer all of your questions with the help of Jane Lockhart moderating.

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Bio
Tony Gatti – The Gatti Group Corporation
Tony Gatti, RPP and Project Manager of The Gatti Group Corporation is a Professional Planner with more than 20 years of experience in the areas of residential, commercial and industrial construction, land use planning and project management in both the private and public sectors. Tony has worked for a number of large private development firms, as well as a Planner with two GTA municipalities. Tony has always had a strong passion for construction even from an early age when working in the family renovation business. From developing the initial design and budget of a project to refining the scope of work and scheduling, Tony is responsible for seeing that the project is completed on-time and on budget.
The Gatti Group Corporation has been a member of Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) since 2008. Tony is an active member of BILD and RenoMark and currently sits on the Renovation and Custom Builder Steering Committee and the Government Relations Sub-Committee.

Sam Beninato – renoWOW!
Sam Beninato is the founder / owner of renoWOW! and widely recognized as a leading industry expert. With a specialized focus in “value added” bathroom and kitchen re-modelling, Sam’s unique insights have helped him earn the respect of many well-known home improvement companies. Sam has appeared on HGTV and DIY specialty networks where his work has been featured transforming tired rooms into magazine worthy ~ dream kitchens and spa suits.
renoWOW has been a member of Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) since 2016. Sam is a Renovator & Custom Builder Council member.

Will Gonell – Gonell Homes Inc.
Will Gonell is the principal of Gonell Homes Inc. A Toronto-based Custom Home and Renovation company whose work has been recognized and awarded nationally and internationally. Will is both a retired New York City Police Officer and a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. His unique background provides a blend of discipline, precision, diligence and accountability, distinguishing him in the industry.
10 years ago, Will decided to invest in his passion for building and has never looked back. Since then, Gonell Homes has partnered with clients throughout Ontario, winning awards across a spectrum of specializations, including historical restorations, generational builds, green-building, and ICFs (Insulated Concrete Forms). Will is committed to helping people in both the U.S. and Canada; is a program advisor at George Brown College and sits on the Renovator Executive Committee at BILD.

How To Successfully Renovate Your Basement

Moderator: Justin Sherwood-Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD)
Fri. Mar. 8 | 5pm-6pm

Panel: How To Successfully Renovate Your Basement

Moderator: Justin Sherwood
Fri. Mar. 8 | 5pm-6pm

Have you wondered what you need to do when you renovate your Basement? Professional RenoMark Renovators will answer all of your questions.

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Bio:
Guy Solomon – Penguin Basements
Guy Solomon is the 32 year-old founder and CEO of Penguin Basements, Canada’s leading basement renovation contractor. Guy founded Penguin Basements in 2012 with a mission to bring process and professionalism to a burgeoning industry short on both. Creating a new standard of systemized service and a customer centric experience has been the focal point of his company’s growth.
Utilizing his education in Accounting and Mathematics, Guy has been able to couple industry leading service with value driven solutions that has allowed Penguin Basements to nearly double their growth annually. As a whole, Penguin’s philosophy is to think outside of typical construction solutions and help create a new standard in contracting. As of 2018, Penguin Basements is building 500 basement projects with 3 offices and plans of further expansion while perfecting their scale.
Penguin Basements has been a member of Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) since 2014.

Ernesto Arduini – Ridgestone Group of Companies
Ernesto Arduini is a managing partner of the Ridgestone Group of Companies, actively involved in residential, commercial and industrial properties. With a background in Architecture and Project Management, Ernesto has over 25 years of building experience, specializing in the development of spec homes, custom homes and finer renovations throughout the GTA. Ernesto is known, for his innovative approach to creating timeless buildings of beauty, and for his attention to fine craftsmanship and durability when it comes to the creation of custom designed luxury residences. Ernesto is an active member of RenoMark, BILD and participates on numerous Committees that strive to improve the Residential Home Building Industry.
Ridgestone Homes has been a member of Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) since 2010.

Stan Boigon – Renovation Experts / Basement Experts
Stan Boigon is the founder of Renovation Experts and Basement Experts. Stan has been a licensed Contractor since 2004. As a General Contractor in the greater GTA Stan and his team have successfully completed over 150 projects ranging from single bathroom renovations through whole house renovations, to large scale additions. Stan has been a proud BILD and Renomark member since 2009.

5 Tips To Making Your Home More Energy Efficient

Chris Phillips – Greening Homes
Tues. Mar. 12 | Noon-1pm

Your home may look the same as your neighbours but it may be costing you more money to maintain it. The assumption that all homes are created equal is not true. Within the GTA, there are homes that were built in the 1800s and have since been renovated 20 times or more. This presentations will help explain where you might be wasting money every month and provide you with five tips to help improve the energy efficiency of your home on your next home renovation.

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Bio:
Chris Phillips holds a Masters Degree in Building Science from Ryerson University and is a graduate of the Sustainable Design and Build program at Fleming College. Chris is also a LEED® Accredited Professional. Realizing the need to make a difference in an often incredibly wasteful and unhealthy industry, Chris founded the green building/renovations firm Greening Homes Ltd. in 2007.

5 Tips To Complete Your Renovation On A Budget

Maria and Sean Donohue – The Finishers Toronto Renovations
Thurs. Mar. 14 | Noon-1pm

You may think that the problem of going over budget for your renovation is something that happens months after the work has started, when in reality it actually started with your very first estimate! This presentation will cover five common situations that can affect the cost of your renovation if they are not properly addressed.

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Bio:
Maria and Sean Donohue are a husband and wife team with 15 years of experience in house and condominium renovations, serving the GTA. They are proud RenoMark renovators and they are known to finish on time and on budget. Follow them on Instagram @thefinishersTO or check out their work at www.the-finishers.com.

Seed Starting with Ben Cullen: The Best Place To Start Your 2019 Gardening Season

Home Hardware Here’s How Centre
Wed. Mar. 13 | 1pm-2pm

Now is the time of year to think about starting seeds to save money and increase the diversity of your garden this spring. Join Ben Cullen to look at the basics of seed starting at the Home Hardware Here’s How Centre.

Bio:
Ben Cullen is a fourth-generation gardener, who works with his father Mark Cullen doing gardening-related media work, growing trees and promoting horticulture. On his own time, Ben is founder of “Cullen’s Foods”, a food business which connects consumers directly with farmers by operating a transparent business model with a mind to local and global communities and the environment. Ben and his father recently published a book Escape to Reality: How the world is changing gardening, and gardening is changing the world (Nimbus Publishing, 2018), available at book sellers everywhere. Find out more about Ben and Cullen’s Foods.
Follow Mark on:
Instagram: @markcullengardening

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Home Hardware Here’s How Centre
Sat. Mar. 9 | 1pm-2pm

Bio:
Mark Cullen has been broadcasting and writing about the gardening experience since the early 80’s. He has written 23 books, including two biographies. Escape to Reality is Mark’s 24th book. He says, “This is the most exciting book that I have ever written as it reflects the experience and passion for Canada’s most popular outdoor leisure time activity of two generations, mine and son Ben’s”
In 2016 Mark was awarded the Order of Canada for “his connections with everyday Canadians through his gardening and environmental messages.”
He is the Volunteer Chair of the Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign.
Escape to Reality is Mark’s second non-how-to book. Mark and Ben provide a well informed and deeply personal reflection on the state of gardening today, a look into their crystal ball and an explanation of why this is the most exciting time in the history of Canada to be a gardener.

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