Executive Committee

  • Demi Melissinou

    Demi Melissinou

    President

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

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  • Terryl Nielsen

    Terryl Nielsen

    VP/Administration

  • Bridget Bedard

    Bridget Bedard

    Secretary

  • Kevin Barrington

    Kevin Barrington

    Treasurer

  • Manuela Kennedy

    Manuela Kennedy

    Past President

  • Tara Witt

    Tara Witt

    Executive Advisor

    Tara joined the Toronto Chapter of NEWH shortly after graduating from Western University with a cross-disciplinary degree in …

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  • Christine Tucker

    Christine Tucker

    Ad Hoc 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

  • Jaymie Mistry

    Jaymie Mistry

    Scholarship

  • Julie Nichols

    Julie Nichols

    Student Relations

  • Rocio Trujillo-Backhouse

    Rocio Trujillo-Backhouse

    Membership

  • Doug Amirault

    Doug Amirault

    Programming

  • Nicola Klahre

    Nicola Klahre

    Marketing

  • Manuela Kennedy

    Manuela Kennedy

    NEWH, Inc. Delegate

  • Terryl Nielsen

    Terryl Nielsen

    NEWH, Inc. Delegate

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Committee Chair

  • Carly Board

    Carly Board

    Student Representative

  • Celine Marcotte

    Celine Marcotte

    Membership

Demi Melissinou

Demi Melissinou

President

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 founded Demi Melissinou Design, a company that continues to provide services worldwide.

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.

Tara Witt

Tara Witt

Executive Advisor

Tara joined the Toronto Chapter of NEWH shortly after graduating from Western University with a cross-disciplinary degree in business and psychology. Her first furniture company, Vandervitt Inc., amalgamated into her family’s stainless steel business, Tarrison Products Ltd., in 2018. It continues to run as a successful division of Tarrison, and Tara serves as the Operating Partner for the overall corporation. She is also the Chief Marketing Officer of AbleDocs Inc. AbleDocs was founded in 2019 and is the worldwide leader in document accessibility products and services.

Christine Tucker

Christine Tucker

Ad Hoc 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.

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