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March 6, 2024 – NEWH/Vancouver welcomed students from across the lower mainland to the Teknion showroom in historic Yaletown for the first event of the year; The 2024 Student Round table Event! The purpose of this event is to give the future designers of Vancouver a chance to meet in small groups and hear first-hand knowledge from our panel of invited professionals. This year we were honoured to have Ruth Jankelowitz (Janks Design), Lisa Juan (Inside Design), Hanna Bernardez (Zeidler), Kasia Chamberlain (SSDG) and our own scholarship chair Sean Hewlett (A&W Canada) acting as host.

From the start, students began intermingling with our panellists over snacks and refreshment generously provided by Teknion. Once the ice was broken, the panellists gave brief introductions in front of the group and the night began! The students were divided into separate areas of Teknions modest, yet gorgeous, showroom and visited by each of our panellists. Over the next hour, each group was able to ask questions directly to our industry professionals in fifteen minute segments as they rotated through the group. The students came hungry for not only charcuterie, because throughout the night there was a flurry of well-thought out questions.

Before the event came to a close, the panellists convened at the front of the room and shared some of their favourite questions the students had asked. This also gave the panellists some time for closing remarks and advice to the students in front of their colleagues. With that, we thanked all of our sponsors, our volunteers and drew prizes for all the guests! We had many students stay behind for one on one final questions with our panellists, and from the event we’ve had 5+ new Student members join NEWH.


February 27, 2024 – NEWH Vancouver Region hosted our Annual Trivia Night at Moose’s Down Under Bar and Grill in Downtown Vancouver with close to 60 attendees. We braved another snowy forecast for the 2nd year in a row for networking, mingling, playing games and answering some great trivia questions.

A big thank you to our team sponsors – Heritage Office Furnishings (The Wranglers), Durkan / Daltile – the Mohawk Group (Zero Lucks Given), Formations Inc. (the Eh Team), Milliken Floors (the Quizzards of Oz), Tarkett Contract & Hospitality (The Pantones), Steelcase (team Superheroes), MR Evans (The Brainy Bunch), Westport Manufacturing (The Right Answers), Architex (the Hail Mary’s) and Wilsonart (Risky Quizness).

All of the teams really got into the spirit this year with great costumes and even decorating the tables. It was such a fun night once again!

This year we paired one student at each table to give the students an opportunity to connect closely with other designers in the industry. This was a big success.

The teams competed in 4 rounds of trivia, but the winner overall was the “Brainy Bunch” team – congratulations!

Also a big thank you to our event volunteers – Anna, Daniela, Michelle and Paulina P and to our new Trivia Master Bengt & The team at Moose’s


November 16, 2023 – NEWH Vancouver Region hosted The 12th Annual at the Sandman Hotel, a spectacular evening filled with celebration and recognition. Heartfelt gratitude goes to our esteemed sponsors: Platinum sponsor Durkan Hospitality, Gold sponsors Global Furniture Group, Westport Manufacturing, Schulter, Formations, Daltile, and Ames Tile. Special acknowledgement to Silver sponsors Bermanfalk and Forbo. A big shoutout to CDM2 Lighting for their generous Annual poutine sponsorship! Tara Callaghan was our volunteer photographer.

The spotlight of the event shone brightly on the Interior Design community as we proudly bestowed the prestigious TopID of 2024 to CHIL Interior Design, Daniel Meloche Design, and KurtzDesign Inc. Additionally, we had the pleasure of awarding the Chapter Student Scholarship of 2023 to the deserving Caitlyn Defalco from Kwantlen (KPU).

The evening was further elevated with an exclusive tour of the newly renovated room, graciously hosted by the talented design team at Northland Properties. The highlight of the night was an enlightening talk by Kelly Sutherland, the head of Interior Design at Northland Properties, captivating the audience with her insights and expertise.

With over 150 attendees, this event truly exemplified the spirit of networking and excellence within the design community.


September 14, 2023 – 2nd Annual NEWH Vancouver Golf Tournament – We hosted our 2nd NEWH Vancouver Golf Tournament at the Surrey Golf Club. It was a beautiful sunny day to play golf (for some, the first time golfing which is so great to see) and from start to finish the teams were full of fun and great energy! Humphries Construction, our Platinum Sponsor, had their sling shot activation hole (with safety goggles of course) which was fan favourite. Our Gold sponsors Prostar Contracting & Ratana Furnishings did an outstanding job with their prize games and swag, adding so much to the fun-filled day! Rounding up our Gold Sponsors Reotech Construction, who’s golf team, also won Best Team out on the course.

After a great day of golf, we moved onto the banquet and dinner. Lots of great networking, mingling and jostling for raffle prize baskets and silent auction prizes. Our major prize sponsor Bermanfalk, donated a $1,500 Flight gift card to a lucky designer who won the prize draw! The Surrey Golf Club team did a wonderful job and ensured a great day on the course and with a delicious buffet dinner to finish off the day.

Our golf committee and day of team of volunteers worked very hard and are proud to say that our efforts paid off in raising money for our scholarships for the Vancouver Hospitality & Design Industry students.

Thank you again to all of our incredible main sponsors above who made this event possible.

We also want to thank: the incredible companies who donated to our Silent Auction: Brooks Corning, Casika Modern, COI, Jordan’s Flooring, the Listel Hotel, McCrann’s Cyrus, Shaw Contract, Skylark + Owl Linen Co. Stylus & Surrey Golf Club & our really fun raffle baskets: Formations, Heritage Office Furnishings, Milliken Floors, Prostar, Shaw Contract,Tarkett & West-Port Manufacturing. Finally, our mystery bag prize donors, a big thank you to you as well!


August 23, 2023 — NEWH Vancouver hosted their annual membership drive at the newly renovated Kobe Lounge on Alberni Street. Daniel Meloché spoke to his design concept and inspiration behind the renovation of one of the oldest buildings on Alberni Street in downtown Vancouver. With around 60 attendees, the night was a great success bringing in lots of new faces and NEWH members!

A big thank you to our sponsors — Formations, Tarkett, Primastone, Margranite/C&S Group, Julian Tile and Lightform!




On May 31, 2023 the NEWH Vancouver Region hosted a Spring event to Kick off Pride Month. Hosted at the amazing Osita Restaurant and Lounge, 95 designers and industry professionals enjoyed an amazing cocktail sponsored by Heritage Office Furnishing, and delicious appetizers.

Our entertainment for the event was sponsored by Look Walls and Interiors. A fabulous show was performed by three amazing entertainers, Blueejoy, Flaming Wok, and Isabella.

We also awarded our Region Scholarship, the BermanFalk Scholarship to a well deserving Design Student, Saiqa Shaikh, a Student at LaSalle College.

We thank our sponsors,
Platinum: Heritage Office Furnishings
Gold: Look Walls and Interiors
Silver: BermanFalk Interiors, and Maharam

Thank you to all those who attended and those Manufacturer Reps who purchased tickets for Designers in our Design Community.


February 28, 2023 – NEWH Vancouver Region hosted a Trivia Night at Moose’s Down Under Bar and Grill in Downtown Vancouver. 60+ attendees braved a snowy forecast to come out for a night of fun and games.

A big thank you to our sponsors, and the teams they supported! – Pro Star Contracting (Quizzigan’s Island), Eden Textiles (Trivia Newton John), Heritage Office Furnishings (Viva Magenta), Mohawk Group (Tile and Error), Formations Inc. (Risky Quizziness), Milliken Flooring (Let’s Get Quizzical), Tarkett Contract & Hospitality (The Quiz Khalifas), Steelcase (The Brick Slayers), Shaw Contract (The Nerd Herd), and Odyssey Wallcoverings (Red Hot Trivia Peppers).

Teams of Interior Designers, Reps, and students dressed up in themed outfits and battled it out in 3 exciting rounds of trivia, with a tie-breaking round granting victory to the ‘Let’s Get Quizzical’ team – congratulations! Teams enjoyed a fine selection of drinks and snacks, thanks to our sponsors and the amazing staff at Moose’s. We’re already looking forward to next year’s Trivia Night!

November 17, 2022 – NEWH Vancouver Region held The Annual Event for 2022 at Tap & Barrel Bridges on Granville Island.

Thank you to our Gold Sponsors: Milliken, Ames Tile & Stone, Bermanfalk, and Mohawk Group; our Silver Sponsors: Global Furniture Group, Westport Manufacturing, and Architex; and our Bronze Sponsors: Symmons and MT Square Interiors

We celebrated the Interior Design community by awarding the TOP ID of 2023 to CHIL Interior Design, Hager Design International Inc., and KurtzDesign Inc., We awarded our Chapter Student Scholarship of 2022 to Andrew Wegener from Kwantlen (KPU). The Joyce Johnson Award was given out to Alex Jones Kanderka for her years of service to NEWH. Thank you Alex for your dedication to this Region and to NEWH Inc. as a whole. We couldn’t do this without your energy and commitment!

Plenty of delicious appetizers and drinks were shared by 158 attendees in the vibrant newly renovated Tap & Barrell Bridges. We were fortunate to host Ruth M’Rav-Jankelowitz, the Founder and Principal Janks Design Group, as a guest speaker to describe the design intent and process behind the space. Thank you to Ruth, the staff at the Tap & Barrel Bridges, and everyone who came out to connect. It was an amazing start to the holiday season!


September 14, 2022 – NEWH Vancouver Region held a WineDown Wednesday happy hour at Maxine’s Cafe and Bar in downtown Vancouver.

Thank you to our Title sponsor: Tarkett Hospitality, and our Bronze sponsors: Tuffskin Canada, Heritage Office Furnishings, Formica, and Formations Inc.

Hospitality industry members, designers, and students made connections while enjoying Maxine’s fantastic selection of cocktails and appetizers. 60+ attendees wined and dined on the patio, making for a fun and lively event!


August 16, 2022 – 2022 NEWH Vancouver Golf Tournament – We hosted our first NEWH Vancouver Golf Tournament on August 16th, 2022 at the Mayfair Lakes Golf & Country Club. Attendees took to the green competing for prizes like Closest Pin – awarded by our platinum sponsor, Contract Furniture and Humphries Construction – our gold, flag, and major prize sponsor – entertained players with an activation hole to raise money for charity Athletics 4 kids. Once everyone wrapped up their games we treated the players to a fun evening of decadent food, a Silent Auction, and networking. Congratulations to all our prize winners from the 50/50 and balloon pop!

Our team of volunteers is proud to say that we met, and exceeded, our fundraising goal for scholarships for the Vancouver Hospitality & Design Industry students. With this hole-in-one success, we announce that the NEWH Vancouver Golf Tournament will be an annual event, and that our team is already planning the 2023 tournament.

Thank you wholeheartedly to all of our incredible sponsors who made this event possible: Contract Furniture (Platinum Sponsor), Prostar Contracting (Gold Sponsor), Ratana (Gold Sponsor), Sherwin-Williams (Gold Sponsor), and Humphries Construction (Gold Sponsor, Flag Sponsor, Major Prize Sponsor).

We appreciate the generous donation from the Listel Hotels and donations for our Raffle Baskets from and Humphries Construction, Tarkett, Heritage Office Furnishings, Milliken, Prostar Contracting, and Dogwood Brewery. Thanks to everyone who contributed to our Silent Auction and Balloon Pop: Nicholas North, Molly Lavercombe (PGA Certified), Hello Nori, SLS Lighting & Light Resource, Objective Space, Lamber Plumbing, Formations, Vancouver White Caps, Saje Natural Wellness, Canadian Craft Tours, Sunbury Fencing, and Whole Foods Market. (click here to view entire slideshow)


May 12, 2022 – NEWH Vancouver region hosted a Hotel Tour at the EXchange Hotel and a networking mingler at Hydra restaurant, in Downtown Vancouver.

The EXchange Hotel was renovated in late 2018 and according to the Michelin Guide from 2022, said that the interiors in this hotel are “contemporary-luxe, with a pronounced Art Deco accent, and they’re glamorous but not excessively racy; the rooms and suites seem equally well suited to a romantic city weekend or a style-conscious work trip.”

This event had 90 designers, industry reps and sponsors who took turns viewing the hotel rooms and then venturing back to Hydra (the hotel restaurant) for networking. Wonderful food provided by Hydra, drinks from our Drink Sponsor: Crown Surface Solutions. Other Event sponsors: PLATINUM Sponsor: Mohawk Group SILVER: lookwalls, MT Square Interiors, ThinkL Lighting Studio & Food Sponsor: Shaw Contract Canada

Interior Architect and Associate at ZGF Architects, John Parkinson spoke passionately about ZGF’s role in the renovation in conjunction with the Executive Hotels Group. Thank you to John, the amazing staff at Hydra and to everyone who came out to network.


April 6, 2022 – NEWH Vancouver hosted the 6th Annual Student Roundtable at the Teknion showroom in Yaletown on Wednesday, April 6th, 2022.

Students from Interior Design programs at the Wilson School of Design at KPU and LaSalle College attended to connect with the following key panelists:

  • Adele Rankin, Managing Principle and Global Design Lead of CHIL Interior Design
  • Seng Sengsavanh, Full-time Faculty Member at LaSalle College of Vancouver
  • Candice Logan, Senior Interior Designer at Hager International Inc.
  • Ehsan Vali, Principal and Director of ValiDesign & Faculty Member
  • Tara Callaghan, Junior Designer at MCM Interiors, 2019 NEWH Vancouver Scholarship Recipient

Once everyone had arrived and treated themselves to some snacks, sponsored by Teknion, the panel was introduced and discussion opened! Following the group panel, students got the excellent opportunity to meet with each panelist in small breakout groups to ask questions about the design industry and their professional experience. With each panelist having a different position and path in industry, students were able to inquire about a variety of topics spanning scholarship applications, hiring practices, the different branches of Interior Design, and more.

Thank you to the panelists for your time and expertise, to everyone who came out to network, and to our host and sponsor Teknion! We look forward to seeing you at our 7th Annual Student Roundtable in 2023.


March 10, 2022 – Trivia Night at Moose’s Down Under on Pender Street in downtown Vancouver. Thank you to our sponsors! — Formations Inc., Global Furniture Group, Heritage Office Furnishings, Milliken Flooring, Prostar Contracting, Tarkett Floor & Wall Coverings and Westport Manufacturing. This was our first indoor, in-person event after an almost two year hiatus and it was a great success. Interior Designers, Reps and Students came together to enjoy an evening of trivia, fun, food and drinks!



August 21, 2019 – NEWH Vancouver Region held a Summer Sips event at Parallel 49 Brewery. 60 interior designer and suppliers came together to catch up!





November 16, 2016 – Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver Room Tours Awards to our student Scholarship winner and NEWH TOP ID HOSPITALITY FIRMS CHIL Interior Design Hager Design International, Inc. SSDG Interiors, Inc. Thank you to our sponsors! Title Sponsorship- Berman Falk Platinum Sponsorship- Westport Draperies Gold Sponsorship- MR Evans Flooring and Shaw Hospitality Dessert Sponsor -ISA Seating Poutine Station Sponsor- CDM2 Lighting Silver- Ames Tile and Stone Silver- Valley Forge Fabrics Silver- Milliken Flooring Silver- Symmons Silver- Odyssey Wall Coverings


January 27, 2016 – NEWH Vancouver Region hosted a roundtable for hospitality students and NEWH members. Thank you to all the students who joined us last week for our first NEWH Round table! Students from all years joined us from KPU, AI, BCIT and Emily Carr’s interior design programs. Top Vancouver interior designers provided with insight from within the hospitality industry. A big thank you to our sponsor Heritage Office Furniture.



June 4, 2015 – NEWH Vancouver attendees enjoyed an evening visiting Skwachays Lodge, designed by six local interior designers working with dedicated industry suppliers creating a unique hotel experience showcasing authentic aboriginal arts. click on thumbnail to see photos! (photo credit: Amber Kingsnorth –




June 12, 2014. Design at The Distillery. Yaletown, a popular go to destination for Vancouverites for an after work meet up on a sunny day, is where you’ll find The Distillery. The perfect setting for NEWH Vancouver’s Summer 2014 event, Design at The Distillery, that took place on Thursday, June 12th with 90 of our closest NEWH friends whom include hospitality suppliers, designers, and students. Attendees were enthralled by the gorgeous Italian speakeasy meets elements of Sinatra inspired design, created by Box Interiors, meanwhile enjoying Italian themed hors d’oeuvres and exquisite cocktails. Guests also had the chance to pop behind the establishment and visit the distillery itself which crafts beer, gin and vodka courtesy of The Mark James Group. This extraordinary event wouldn’t be possible without the support of our generous Platinum Sponsor; Eden Textile, along with our Gold Sponsors CDM2 Lightworks, Interface, Moore & Giles, and Vibe Hospitality. A special thanks to the Mark James Group and our photographer, Britney Gill.


February 2014 – Wow! What an astounding turn out of nearly 100 friends and new faces who ducked out of a very wet and soggy rainy day to visit The Blackbird for NEWH Vancouver’s first event of 2014.

Food arrived to the long table allowing a meeting place for everyone to congregate and get caught up while other guests mingled near the bar or cozied privately in the large booths. The Blackbird, designed by Ste. Marie, draws visions of a vintage mid-town Manhattan pub scene complete with billiards, scotch bar and darts that provides Donnelly Group with a new and upscale location to their repertoire of pubs.

This event could not have been possible without the generous support of our Gold Sponsor Vibe Hospitality along with silver sponsor Westport. We are truly thankful for everyone’s support tonight. What a fun evening!


November 28th, 2014 we had our Fall NEWH Vancouver Regional event! We over 100 attendees we welcomed our first scholarship winner Mojgan Issaei! Special presentations by Dean Collingridge, Evoke International Design and Matthew Presidente, Restaurant Manager of Forage. Special thanks to our sponsors: Prestige Formica sponsored an oyster bar, Platinum Sponsors: Coastal Flooring, Gold Sponsors: Vibe Hospitality and CT1 Construction, Silver Sponsors: Oldale & Sons, Westport Manufacturing and Westbros.



June 13, 2013 – Unlock the fun at Secret Location – NEWH Vancouver event. What a perfect way to start the summer with a rare sunny day in June but also with NEWH Vancouver members and guests attending the gorgeous luxury concept store, Secret Location. Rachel Glazer, of B+H CHIL Design whom were involved with Secret Location’s interior design, described in a presentation how this unique concept store in Vancouver was created with an end result that is one part lifestyle boutique and one part restaurant.

Delicious hors d’oeuvres and delectable desserts, such as gourmet marshmallows created in-house, were served to guests sipping on delicious cocktails by Secret Location’s delightful staff. Guests shared laughs and stories as DJ Quest spun some house beats with Britney Gill photographing the spirit of the event. Thank you to all who came and most importantly our Gold Sponsors: Absolute Furniture Industries, Coastal Floors, and Serta along with our Silver Sponsors: Bridge Electric Corp, Ledcor Group, Light Resource, and Vibe Hospitality. The evening’s success wouldn’t have been possible without your support.