SarahRichardsonheadshotSarah Richardson Host of HGTV Canada's Sarah Off the Grid

Sarah Richardson is an award-winning designer and television personality, known around the world for dramatic transformations that turn ordinary spaces into magazine-worthy rooms with an incredible wow factor. Sarah is the host and co-producer of eight HGTV lifestyle series seen in over 100 countries where she shares her practical, endearing and inspiring approach to décor and design with viewers. Her shows include: Room Service, Design Inc., Sarah's House, Sarah 101, and her most recent series, Sarah’s Rental Cottage which aired in 2015 on HGTV Canada. Her newest show, Sarah Off the Grid premiered fall 2017.

In addition to being a past contributor and columnist for The Globe and Mail and Chatelaine, Canada’s most read women’s magazine, Sarah was Home Design Director and décor columnist  for Good Housekeeping Magazine.

Sarah has a growing line of signature products including custom furniture and 2 fabric lines for Kravet Inc. She is also a bestselling author. “Sarah Style” and “At Home Sarah Style” published in 2014 and 2015 respectively by Simon & Schuster were both on The Globe and Mail bestseller list for over 4 months.

Most recently Sarah was at the top of House & Home Magazine’s 30th Anniversary Issue’s “Designer A-List” which she considers to be a true honor.

Sarah is considered a creative powerhouse in the design world and juggles the daily running of a high-demand design business, Sarah Richardson Design Inc. based in Toronto with clients throughout Canada, US and UK.  For more information, please visit

Presentation Topic: Your Home, Sarah Style Sarah will enable you to realize your home’s design and renovation potential with her inspirational ideas, tips, insights and advice. She will present a variety of solutions no matter how big or small your project is. Remember to take notes!

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SabrinaSmelkoHeadshotSabrina SmelkoHost of HGTV Canada's Save My Reno

With years of experience art directing for big brands, illustrating portraits and emojis, and designing everything from logos to pillows to interiors, Sabrina Smelko tackles every project with a problem-solving, aesthetics-based approach. With a focus on the bigger picture, her unique point-of-view and diverse body of work has led her to give talks on creativity, teach at Sheridan College, and has now led to a career as an HGTV Canada host and designer (Save My Reno and Home To Win). When she’s not busy on-set filming, getting her hands dirty with creative tomfoolery, or penning articles for various publications, you can find her tending to her plants and renovating her own home just west of Toronto.

Presentation Topic: Big Picture 
As a multi-disciplinary designer and curious creative, Sabrina Smelko’s DIY mentality has guided her through industries from illustration and design to tech and teaching, and has now led her on-screen through her roles as co-host of HGTV Canada’s Save My Reno, Designer on Home To Win and Cityline expert. A guiding statement, a holistic action, a suggestion, and a steady theme that has marked her life and design career, Sabrina will leave you inspired to think Big Picture and empowered to tackle your own home design with confidence.

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Neil Harding, Sleep Country

Neil Harding has worked for Sleep Country Canada for the past 18 years. Neil is in charge of home shows, warehouse sales, and product knowledge training nationally. As a highly trained and experienced sleep expert, Neil has helped thousands of Canadians get a better night’s sleep!

Presentation Topic:  Let's Talk About Sleep 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.

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Rosalyn Lazaruk HeadshotRosalyn Lazaruk
Wicket Blue Interiors

The genuine passion of designer Rosalyn Lazaruk for décor, space and event design has inspired her success as a designer. Rosalyn has been working in design and decor for over a decade and established her own business, Wicket Blue Interiors, in 2004. She has a broad repertoire of experience both in designing personal spaces within the home, as well as in implementing intriguing space and design concepts within the commercial and event settings. Insightful and infinitely resourceful, Rosalyn understands the intimate relationship of design and self-expression and is devoted to developing and implementing unique design ideas that reflect the vision and individuality of her clients. 

Presentation Topic: Design, Decor & More

Join Rosalyn Lazaruk of Wicket Blue Interiors as she expands on some of the show's top features, ‘Design Home’ and 'Renovation Runway’. Rosalyn will talk about her favourite new looks for 2018, where to get them and how to bring them to life in your home.  After the presentation be sure to check out all the looks down the centre aisle of the show!

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Gary Sharp HeadshotGary Sharp
Canadian Home Builders Association

Gary Sharp became the CHBA’s first Director, Renovator Services in June, 2015.  Gary is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.  He is responsible for the National Canadian Renovators Council.  Gary manages the writing and production of CHBA’s National Best Selling Builders’ Manual.  Gary has been involved in the construction and renovation industry for over 25 years, providing building services, engineering, builder training, new product development as well as sales and marketing advice to both private industry and government.

Presentation Topic: Planning for Renovations – A Seminar for Homeowners

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 BILDLogo     CHBALogosm

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HalynaTataryn HeadshotHalyna Tataryn
Tataryn Group/REMAX Real Estate

Educated in Engineering, Urban Planning and Architecture, Halyna brings her passion for homes and dedication to her work with her clients. Halyna has extensive knowledge about architectural history and design – heritage homes especially. Her in-depth understanding of construction techniques, building materials and design provides her clients with unparalleled expertise and professional insight. Halyna takes an engineering-solutions approach to home selling and buying. She focuses on selling unique inner city properties and helping buyers make smart and informed decisions.

Presentation Topics: FRIDAY:  Getting Your Home to Sell in Today's Real Estate Market Get an update of Calgary's Real Estate Market and find out how to maximize your home's value.  

SATURDAY: 10 Biggest Renovation Returns: Find out what updates and upgrades are worth doing and which actually lower the value of your home. 

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Presented by: 

Jennifer Crack, City of Calgary | Planning & Development 

Beginning her career with the City of Calgary in 2010, Jennifer Crack realized her passion and area of expertise in working with homeowners on renovation applications and training employees. In 2017, Jennifer transitioned into a newly created role which brought a focus on Customer Service and provides a conduit between homeowners and Planning & Development. She is involved in creating outreach programs to aid customers with applications, as well as implementation of the online application tool built for homeowners to apply for construction projects, which launched December 11, 2017.

Presentation Topic: Renovation 101. Managing Your Project with Safety, Bylaw and Our New Online Services  The City is here to help you through your project and give you the education on how to create a safe space in your home. Learn how to use our online services and what opportunities are available to you to discuss your project with City professionals.

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