Executive Committee

  • Tara Witt

    Tara Witt

    President

    Tara Witt is the Development Director of Tarrison and founder of Vandervitt Inc., both based in the Toronto area. Tarrison is…

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  • Nicole Fizzard

    Nicole Fizzard

    VP/Administration

    Nicole brings an uncommon blend of both client and supply side, design, procurement and operations expertise to the NEWH Cana…

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  • Scott Pope

    Scott Pope

    Past President/Parliamentarian

    After graduating with a diploma in Interior Design, Scott Pope started his Hospitality Design career with Albert Hui of Inter…

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  • Christine Tucker

    Christine Tucker

    Executive Advisor

    With over 30 years’ experience in the Design Industry beginning her career path at Fanshawe College in Interior Design to e…

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Board of Directors

  • Nicole Fizzard

    Nicole Fizzard

    NEWH, Inc. Delegate

    Nicole brings an uncommon blend of both client and supply side, design, procurement and operations expertise to the NEWH Cana…

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  • Angela Abolhassani (Sani)

    Angela Abolhassani (Sani)

    Scholarship

    Compassionate Interior design graduate. Hard work leads to great success. Learn from the best, Gain as much experience yo…

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  • Scott Tye

    Membership

    As Senior Sales Manager in the Commercial Sales- Hospitality Division of TORLYS Flooring, Scott brings over 25 years of Hospi…

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  • Demi Melissinou

    Demi Melissinou

    Programming

  • Lisa Coté-McKain

    Lisa Coté-McKain

    Marketing

    Lisa Coté-McKain is a Design Consultant for Symmons Industries with a client base of architects, interior designers and deve…

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Tara Witt

Tara Witt

President

Tara Witt is the Development Director of Tarrison and founder of Vandervitt Inc., both based in the Toronto area. Tarrison is a full-line manufacturer of stainless steel products that cater to many different market segments. Vandervitt provides furniture and front-of-the-house speciality products to the hospitality industry. Tara joined the Toronto Chapter of NEWH shortly after graduating from Western University with a cross-disciplinary degree in business and psychology. She is currently the President of the Toronto chapter, and Secretary for the NEWH Canada Board.

Nicole Fizzard

Nicole Fizzard

VP/Administration

Nicole brings an uncommon blend of both client and supply side, design, procurement and operations expertise to the NEWH Canada Executive Committee. Currently Director of Business Development for Litron Distributors Ltd., she has developed her industry knowledge and know-how through wide-ranging posts with major international firms including HD Supply, Avendra and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, as well as positions at smaller, boutique businesses, like General Manager at The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites, a landmark, upscale 262-room historic hotel in Halifax, NS.

Thanks in part to her varied background, Nicole is keenly aware of the long-term impact of strong business relationships and the value of a truly diverse industry network. Active in a range of volunteer roles with hospitality and real estate organizations throughout her career, a NEWH, Toronto Chapter member since 2005 and on the Board of Directors since 2015, Nicole is committed to furthering NEWH’s education, scholarship and networking goals in her latest role as VP/Administration.

Scott Pope

Scott Pope

Past President/Parliamentarian

After graduating with a diploma in Interior Design, Scott Pope started his Hospitality Design career with Albert Hui of Interior Resources (formerly Hui Design). He then went to AII Architectural Interiors where he started working with Robynne Moncur. After renaming the firm, Moncur Design Associates Inc., Scott collaborated with Robynne for the next 25 years. After an illustrious and very exciting career in Design, he made the decision to re-start his career and joined Vifloor Canada Ltd. in a Consulting Sales role promoting Shaw Hospitality custom carpet to the A&D community in Toronto. Scott was introduced to NEWH while an Interior Designer and joined the Toronto Board of Directors in 2011…One of the most intelligent decisions he ever made!

Christine Tucker

Christine Tucker

Executive Advisor

With over 30 years’ experience in the Design Industry beginning her career path at Fanshawe College in Interior Design to evolving to the supply side of the industry. The years of experience have evolved by working closely with Procurement, Property Owners, Designers and Architects to meet the client and project specifications in product, price and service. Tucker enjoys the relationships that have been established throughout these years by providing excellent service in a market that is constantly changing how we approach business.

Chris is committed to the continual growth of NEWH in Canada and all other international markets. NEWH, The Hospitality Network, provides excellent opportunities with insight on our industry trends and information through networking with the Industry Leaders in the USA, UK and Canada. Chris has been a part of the NEWH International Board of Directors since 2005. Currently she is the President of NEWH Canada Inc., and Vice President of International Relations on the NEWH Inc., International Board of Directors.

Nicole Fizzard

Nicole Fizzard

NEWH, Inc. Delegate

Nicole brings an uncommon blend of both client and supply side, design, procurement and operations expertise to the NEWH Canada Executive Committee. Currently Director of Business Development for Litron Distributors Ltd., she has developed her industry knowledge and know-how through wide-ranging posts with major international firms including HD Supply, Avendra and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, as well as positions at smaller, boutique businesses, like General Manager at The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites, a landmark, upscale 262-room historic hotel in Halifax, NS.

Thanks in part to her varied background, Nicole is keenly aware of the long-term impact of strong business relationships and the value of a truly diverse industry network. Active in a range of volunteer roles with hospitality and real estate organizations throughout her career, a NEWH, Toronto Chapter member since 2005 and on the Board of Directors since 2015, Nicole is committed to furthering NEWH’s education, scholarship and networking goals in her latest role as VP/Administration.

Angela Abolhassani (Sani)

Angela Abolhassani (Sani)

Scholarship

Compassionate Interior design graduate.

Hard work leads to great success.
Learn from the best, Gain as much experience you can, and apply it to what you love most.

Scott Tye

Membership

As Senior Sales Manager in the Commercial Sales- Hospitality Division of TORLYS Flooring, Scott brings over 25 years of Hospitality experience which started in Hotels. Scott has been a General Manager for a number of National Hotel brands like Marriott, Starwood, Holiday Inn and Choice Hotels. Currently working with TORLYS allows him to connect with Interior Design firms and individual Hotel owners and provide them the expertise and knowledge they can trust.

Lisa Coté-McKain

Lisa Coté-McKain

Marketing

Lisa Coté-McKain is a Design Consultant for Symmons Industries with a client base of architects, interior designers and developers. Lisa has been with Symmons since 2014 and prior to that Joanne/JF Fabrics as the Sales Representative for southwestern Ontario and Niagara. With several years as consultative sales professional, Lisa is passionate about building and growing relationships with her client base and thrives on introducing new, long lasting, high quality products. Lisa’s savviness with social media made her a perfect fit to manage NEWH Toronto’s social accounts and become the chapter’s first Marketing Director.