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Todd Talbot

Todd Talbot
Love it or List it Vancouver

Co-host Todd Talbot of Love It or List It Vancouver is best known for his real estate savvy, keen sense of style, and quick wit. Although not his first time appearing on the small screen, Todd has starred in dozens of award-winning productions – a path that helped set the stage for his latest role as TV personality. With his many accomplishments and interests, Todd is never happier than when he’s with his family or when he’s renovating or building his next project. Recently, he launched a new website,, where he takes visitors on a journey through his own renovations, and offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into his life both on and off the screen.

Presentation Topic: 3 Keys To Success: Form, Function, and Finances - A Candid Talk About Real Estate 'On and Off' TV
Todd Talbot will take you on a journey through his personal real estate experience exploring how to maximize profits when buying and selling. See 5 kick-ass renovations that add the most value to your property! Plus a bonus look ‘behind the scenes’ of Love it or List It, Vancouver and the making of a real estate TV show!
Rob Evans

Rob Evans
The Expandables

Motorcycle aficionado, donut fanatic, and single dad, design-trained contractor Rob Evans is a man’s man with a point of view about almost everything. Now a specialist in renovating residential properties, Rob began his career as the owner and operator of a successful design firm which inform his creative and aesthetically adventurous style. Involved in every step of the construction process, Rob’s projects range from complete home rebuilds to furniture design and construction.
Rob joined HGTV’s Home to Win as one of the 20 stars who worked together to create a dream home, and also co-hosted HGTV’s The Expandables season two which was filmed spring of 2016.

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 Falling In Love with Your Home Again: Solutions For Every Budget Innovative updates for common renovation and décor dilemmas will be provided for various rooms in the home along with smart cost savers. 

Mia Parres


This globetrotting aesthete, devoted yogi, and Bryan Adams super-fan may have grown up in Toronto, but Mia Parres’ family roots are deeply set in Scandinavian and Danish culture, which influenced her design aesthetic of simple sophistication and smart functionality. She brings this well-honed taste and a love for the outdoors to the table in her current role as a high-end residential designer – some of her favourite projects being the luxurious cottages in Canada’s posh lakeside Muskoka region.

Mia joined HGTV’s Home to Win as one of the 20 stars who worked together to create a dream home, and also co-hosted HGTV’s The Expandables season two which was filmed spring of 2016.

Presentation Topic: Falling In Love with Your Home Again: Solutions For Every Budget Innovative updates for common renovation and décor dilemmas will be provided for various rooms in the home along with smart cost savers. 

Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault

Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault

Rust-Oleum Brand Spokesperson & Lifestyle Expert

As a colour & design aficionado, lifestyle expert, and DIY doyenne, Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault has spent years crafting a unique philosophy for design that fuses ingenuity, whimsy, and quality workmanship – all on a “frugalista” budget.  She believes that we shouldn’t take our spaces too seriously, and that great design is not about how much money you spend, but rather how creative you can be.  Amongst the many hats she wears, Leigh-Ann is a regular contributor on Cityline, a spokesperson for Black & Decker Canada and Rust-Oleum Canada.  With a passion to educate and inspire, Leigh-Ann embraces every opportunity she gets to spark creativity and instill confidence in others who strive to “DO IT YOURSELF”.

Presentation Topic:  From Runway to Room: How to Create a Haute Home for Less
Fall fashions aren't just for the runway!  Join Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault as she shares how to take inspiration from current catwalk trends and add a stylish twist to your home with easy designer tips and affordable DIY projects.  From luxe-for-less looks to fashionable fixes for dated rooms, learn how to dress your home to impress.

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Lacey HaskellLacey Haskell
Feathering My Nest

With a genuine love for treasure hunting and recycling forgotten pieces into prized possessions once more, Lacey Haskell turned her penchant for preloved pieces into a full-fledged business — selling out of her salvaged treasures, as Feathering My Nest, at local markets and pop-up events where she creates booths chock-full of refurbished furniture and home accents. From breathing a fresh, new life into these rescued finds, Feathering My Nest has expanded over the past two years into instructional DIY workshops where Lacey enjoys coaxing the creativity out of even the most self-proclaimed ‘uncreative’ participants. Lacey continues to feather nests across Calgary as she hunts, creates, restores, re-loves, and shares her DIYs with the world to fulfill her mission of inspiring and encouraging others to get crafty and stylishly personalize their lives.

Presentation Topic: A Home of Your Own: Personalizing Your Space
Spend 45 minutes with style and DIY aficionado Lacey Haskell of Feathering My Nest to discover her top tips and tricks for taking your home from drab to fab with cozy customized accents that show off your unique style. Learn how to efortlessly combine items you already own with on-trend pieces from Urban Barn’s new Fall collection for an inviting, eclectic mix of personalized décor.

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Ricky ZayshleyStyling Panel with Ricky Zayshley
Senior Editor, Avenue Magazine

Ricky Zayshley has always been a bit different than his peers. While other boys were busy beating each other up and wiping out on pint-sized motorbikes, Ricky was tirelessly redecorating his room and perfecting piecrust (the secret, he discovered, is very cold ingredients). Ricky’s sartorial aspirations found a natural fit when he moved from his hometown of Yorkton, Saskatchewan to Toronto to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting and a Bachelor of Journalism, both at Ryerson University. After a stint at CTV National News, Ricky joined the team at Fashion Quarterly magazine— and thus his mentorship with fashion icon Jeanne Beker began. Most recently, he served as Senior Production Coordinator at Beker’s internationally celebrated show Fashion Television. Alas, the prairies have called Ricky back home. He’s excited to inject his personal brand of hi jinx and foppery into Calgary as the Senior Editor at Avenue, where he handles all fashion, shopping and decor coverage.

Presentation Topic: Styling Panel With Avenue's Ricky Zayshley
Join Calgary’s top designers for an intimate Q&A Styling Panel, moderated by the charismatic and stylish Ricky Zayshley, Senior Editor of Avenue magazine. You’ll have the chance to quiz a select group of acclaimed Calgary designers including Krista Hermanson, Tanya Stembridge, Elena Del BucchiaCat Hackman and David Crosson. By the end of it all, you’re certain to have a new sense of expert design and style knowhow to bring home.

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Marie ClaireMarie-Claire Williams
Interior Designer, Renova Luxury Renovations

Marie-Claire is equal parts designer and renovation guru, as well as an enthusiast of all things beautiful for the home. She has worked in the design industry for over 8 years, and has specialized in residential renovations for the last 5 years. Her work has been featured in multiple publications across YYC, and she can be seen sharing the latest design tips and trends on ‘House to Home’ - showcased weekly on CTV Morning Live.

Presentation Topic: The Designer's Guide to Creating Your Perfect Home
Come see Marie-Claire and Clare as they share the best kept secrets to creating a space that is both perfectly you, and perfectly stylish. Room by room, they’ll show you how to get the most style out of even the smallest space.

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Clare GardnerClare Gardner
Designer and Owner, Clare Gardner Design

Clare Gardner has dedicated her career to residential design and renovations, always finding creative and functional solutions to her clients design challenges. Her inspiring designs help to bring each space back to life, while respecting her client’s needs, vision and budget. Clare’s work has been featured in Avenue Magazine and Home Decor & Renovations Magazine, and she appears on CTV Morning Live as a “Designer and Style Expert”.

Presentation Topic: The Designer's Guide to Creating Your Perfect Home
Come see Clare and Marie-Claire as they share the best kept secrets to creating a space that is both perfectly you, and perfectly stylish. Room by room, they’ll show you how to get the most style out of even the smallest space.

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Halyna TatarynHalyna 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 Topic: Downsizing Simplified
There are many things to consider before making the decisions to downsize or right size your home. Get tips and a step by step system to make wise options and avoid costly pitfalls.

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Carlin Howden & Dustin Keeley
Alair Homes

Carlin Howden  Dustin Keeley

As partners at Alair Homes, Carlin Howden and Dustin Keeley are passionate about helping individuals and families enjoy happier, healthier, more productive and more comfortable lifestyles. Serving the great communities in and around Calgary, Carlin and Dustin have helped hundreds of people mine equity and build value into their homes through renovations.

Presentation Topic: Home Renovations That Pay Off

Building or renovating your home is an investment in your future, so it’s important to make smart decisions that account for every stage of your life. From money saving home design and renovation tips to identifying solid investment opportunities, learn how to ensure your project pays off. With the right team and proper planning, you can make your life more enjoyable while also increasing the value of your home.

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MaxFanderlMax Fanderl
Trappeur Homes

Max Fanderl came to the Columbia Valley from Bavaria, Germany where he trained as a carpenter. Once in Canada, Max built 15 custom homes as a general contractor eventually successfully completed a 12 unit apartment complex from initial concept through zoning and approvals, to completion. Max then and changed course into the world of computers. After building and eventually selling a very successful computer store and an internet marketing, development and hosting company, Max set his sights on software, developing a groundbreaking online booking app that has literally changed the way many small businesses book appointments. Max’s role in Trappeur Homes Ltd. is marketing/sales and spearheading innovative construction systems for homes in a nature setting.

Presentation Topic: A Comfortable Home Starts from Within
Prevent mold in your home with Max Fanderl of Trappeur Homes’ helpful insight into today’s most challenging mold issues and how to solve them. Discover how mold can be prevented and how to select the right building materials to ensure an open, breathable wall system your home will thank you for.

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NeilHardingSleepCountryNeil Harding
Sleep Country

Neil Harding has worked for Sleep Country Canada for the past 17 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: Your Beducation
Come get a Beducation! Find out all of the simple ways for you to get a better night's sleep.

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