Executive Committee

  • Nicole Fizzard

    Nicole Fizzard

    President

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

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  • Demi Melissinou

    Demi Melissinou

    Secretary

    Demi received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from the Interior Design Department of Middlesex University in Lond…

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  • Tara Witt

    Tara Witt

    Past President/Parliamentarian

    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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  • Scott Pope

    Scott Pope

    Executive Advisor

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

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Board of Directors

  • 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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  • Meghan  Smith

    Meghan Smith

    Programming

Nicole Fizzard

Nicole Fizzard

President

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.

Demi Melissinou

Demi Melissinou

Secretary

Demi received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from the Interior Design Department of Middlesex University in London, where she was also stationed during her first working years. Since the mid-nineties she has been extensively involved in residential, commercial and hospitality projects in Europe and the UAE region and since 2015 in the GTA of Canada. In Canada she created Demi Melissinou Design, a company that continues to provide services worldwide. Since January 2017 she has also taken up the role of creative lead in Design TWG, focusing entirely on hospitality projects.

Her philosophy is that innovation and respect towards the power of ambience create amazing environments where people are excited to shop, eat, work, have fun & relax. That said she was introduced to NEWH a few months after her relocation to Canada and has been an active member ever since.

Tara Witt

Tara Witt

Past President/Parliamentarian

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.

Scott Pope

Scott Pope

Executive Advisor

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!

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.