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speaker_series_yasmine_goodwinYasmine Goodwin

Principal, My Design Studio

speaker_series_emmanuel_belliveauEmmanuel Belliveau

Principal at Floro Inc.



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Paul Lafrance
“The Deck Guy”


Sharon Grech
Colour Authority


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Designer Bios

Emmanuel Belliveau

For over 15 years Emmanuel Belliveau has been in the design/build industry. He has designed everything from leather goods, to jewelry, to furniture and most notably, homes. Emmanuel is a New Brunswicker who began his design career in Vancouver at FNDA Architecture. He now calls Toronto home. Since the premier of My Parents House on HGTV in 2005, as a designer he has shared his creative and fun spirit on 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 in LA. Always up for adventure, Emmanuel traveled several times to East Africa to design and build a wellness center in Uganda for women and children. The center has since been converted into a physical rehabilitation centre.

Recent changes in the Toronto City bylaws surrounding laneway housing sparked his entrepreneurial spirit given Toronto’s housing vacancy situation. His company EvaLanes (Eva, is short for Evangeline, his mother – she always wanted to get into real estate) is full service real estate development product for those seeking an easy way to assess, permit, design, build and create a passive financial stream with their own laneway suite.

When not designing, he can be found visiting the county with family and friends, walking his cat “Poe” and seeing what new projects he can start!

Clare Kumar

Productivity catalyst, Clare Kumar uses science-backed strategies to help busy professionals boost productivity, performance, and pleasure. As a highly sensitive person, she invites you to notice the little things that make a big difference.

Cynthia Soda

A business owner and busy mom of 4, Cynthia is the Owner and Principal Interior Designer of Soda Pop Design Inc. and Host of The Fizz Podcast.  Cynthia believes in and uses her appreciation for art and functional spaces that are “pretty with a purpose” to successfully merge lifestyle, personality and architectural requirements to create customized, liveable luxury that tells each client’s unique story.  Established in 2012, her award winning interior design firm provides complete renovation and design services producing work that has been locally and nationally showcased in top design and lifestyle magazines.

Theresa Casey

Theresa Casey is one of Canada’s most distinguished and celebrated designers. Her award-winning work for an international clientele has been described as “the work of a designer who is not interested in spaces that are ‘done’; rather, she works the shapes, proportions, textures, and light into a harmonious and emotionally satisfying balance.” (Globe and Mail)

Casey’s extensive education in art history, fine art and design (studies in Florence, Washington and Canada) provide her with the comprehension of period, detail and style that allow her to create projects ranging from traditional to contemporary. Her vision is to create architecturally authentic spaces, which emphasize scale, texture, color, and proportion within the framework of the client’s needs. She believes that clients who know themselves make their own mark; “I just help them to get there by encouraging risks, innovation, and individuality.” Her transformative work is as much about the lives of her interesting clients as they are examples of the artisanal direction that she brings to each unique project.

Casey draws inspiration from her travels including frequent trips to her family in Ireland, trips to the Venice Biennale, her extensive library of art and architecture books, and her regular drawing and painting studies and exhibitions.

Casey Design is an accredited, award-winning architecture & interior design firm that specializes in personalized projects that are both comfortable and sophisticated. The team at Casey Design practices a strategic and creative process which is informed by careful observation and research, and is nurtured by working closely and collaboratively with the client.

Yasmine Goodwin

Over the course of Yasmine’s 16-year career, she founded and developed My Design Studio, the top independent decor centre servicing the residential construction industry and homeowners in Southern Ontario. As a CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist) designer, Yasmine comes full circle on her passion for beautiful and sustainable design, by also delivering on LiveABLE design & renovations.

Janice Fedak

Janice is a Designer, Trend Researcher and Speaker. As an active member of the acclaimed Color Marketing Group, Janice shares innovative and inspiring Colour & Design concepts based on the influences that are emerging worldwide. With her genuine enthusiasm, Janice delivers trusted information on the direction of Design Trends creating a vibrant visual journey of ideas that educate, enhance and define.

Janice’s comfortable approach and ability to assess the needs of her clients, along with over 20 years of experience allows her to create impactful and artistic retail, commercial and residential spaces.

Janice owns and operates her Design Firm in Toronto, and can be seen delivering her Presentations and Seminars at a variety of special events across North America.

Glen Peloso

Creative Principal of Grafus Studios, is a celebrated designer, TV host, and on the National Board of the DDA,  who began working in design after completing his Masters Degree in Fine Art.  Since then he has successfully completed well over 300 projects including residential, hospitality and commercial spaces both locally and  internationally.  Glen is also recognized as a design expert of The Marilyn Denis Show and from his past work as a Host/designer of the internationally popular HGTV shows Restaurant Makeover, Take This House and Sell it and Renovate My Wardrobe all of which are still available. As a design journalist, he contributes and has been profiled in many national and international magazine and Television, including current positions as design reporter for Your Morning CHCH, National Design Contributor for Canadian Home Trends Magazine and Past Editor of Reno and Decor Magazine.

@glenpelosodesigner (insta/Facebook)

Evelyn Eshun

Evelyn Eshun is the principal designer and owner of Evelyn Eshun Design Inc., also known as EStudio, a full service design and decorating company in Toronto providing creative and innovative design solutions for busy professionals who require interior design and decorating services. Many years of residential design, decorating and planning experience, paired with formal interior design education, allow Evelyn to create spaces for clients which express their aesthetic and functional needs .  An accomplished and award wining Designer with a successful history in providing both stylish and functional solutions tailored to achieve the client’s objectives and budget.

Evelyn is a regular contributor to local and national publications as well as video information segments. Focusing on doing what she does best…. bringing innovative design solutions to each custom project.  Whether it’s transforming an old and tired property into a livable and vibrant modern home, starting from scratch with a fresh template, or decorating an entire home.

Dave Maciulis

Co Owner, of Natural Landscape Group

Dave Maciulis is a Certified Landscape Designer and has been a passionate and dedicated mentor in the industry since 1990. As a business owner and creative force, Maciulis, after hearing from thousands of clients, noted that there appeared to be a gap in the expectations and understanding between the landscape professionals and the consumer. His goal was to connect the two worlds together and take the fear and guess work out of the landscaping process.

Outdoor Lifestyle Magazine was created in order to bridge this gap. After much research, there appeared to be nothing on the bookshelves that spoke to the specific needs of Canadians and their love of living and entertaining in their outdoor spaces. The appeal of our publication is broad.

In addition to his National Publication he created Just Ask Dave website to allow contractors and homeowners to ask questions or learn from his shares online thru videos and podcasts.

From the landscape contractor to the homeowner with dreams of creating their own outdoor oasis, OL Magazine and JAD provides pertinent information on product, current trends in outdoor living and landscape design, as well as being an excellent tool to inspire our readers to think big and find ways to create outdoor spaces that reflect their dreams.

Ben Cullen

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. Find out more about Ben and Cullen’s Foods  @cullensfoods www.cullensfoods.com, or follow Mark on Instagram @markcullengardening

Paul Lafrance

Paul Lafrance, most commonly known as the “Deck Guy” both in the Reality TV macrocosm as well as in the average North American home, is also a musician and songwriter, the founder and head designer 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, Deck Wars, a judge on Canada’s Handyman Challenge, and co-host on the HGTV hit show, Home to Win. He has just released a new digital online series called Backyard Revolution. Since 1997, he’s been designing and installing everything from custom built homes, interior transformations, and corporate projects, but is best known for his cutting-edge backyard retreats.

Paul and his wife, Janna, live with their four teenage daughters on the shores of Georgian Bay.

Sharon Grech

Sharon Grech is a regular guest expert on TV’s Cityline and a spokesperson for Benjamin Moore Paints.

Upon graduating from the University of Toronto’s Fine Art & Art History Program, Sharon has dedicated her career to exploring and celebrating the world of colour.

As a popular guest expert on Cityline, North America’s longest running and most successful daytime show for women, she shares her artist’s eye and lively “do-it-yourself” approach to colour and decorating. Sharon has led the makeovers of hundreds of rooms, both inside and out, demonstrating how colour and paint can unify and beautify any space.

She has established a reputation as an enthusiastic and knowledgeable authority on all aspects of colour, home fashion and style trends as an in-house Colour and Design Expert and Spokesperson for Benjamin Moore & Co.  Sharon is a member of the company’s Color Innovation Team that researches global design trends and produces colour marketing materials and training programs for their partners.