MAIN STAGE PRESENTERS:
LOVE IT OR LIST IT VANCOUVER
TV Personality, actor, and award winning host on HGTV. Todd has spent the past five years hosting the international hit show Love It or List It, Vancouver.
Through multiple TV, Digital, and media platforms, Todd shares his passion for responsible home ownership to inspire positive changes in peoples lives. Todd also travels Canada and the US inspiring smart investment, renovation and design choices, and creating wealth through real estate. Todd lives and promotes a ‘created life’ encouraging himself and others to be conscious of how we design, build and most importantly LIVE, in our homes and communities. Currently living in Vancouver with his wife Rebecca and two kids, Ashlyn and Kesler.
| Instagram: @toddtalbot
| Facebook: Todd Talbot
Catch him on the Urban Barn Main Stage talking about "Right-Sizing" on Saturday, October 20 at 6 pm and Sunday, October 21 at 2 pm
Interior designers, style commentators and all-around lifestyle gurus Colin & Justin are notorious for their sharp sense of humour and straight-talking advice. Over the last decade, Colin & Justin have become household names, bringing their signature style advice to several television shows worldwide, including W Network’s Game of Homes and Cottage Life’s Cabin Pressure, as well as their eponymous line of home goods at Homesense, Winners and Marshalls.
In between designing, filming and connecting with their beloved fans around the globe, Colin & Justin have built a growing real estate portfolio of rental properties between Toronto, London and their hometown of Glasgow, Scotland, delivering market appropriate leased properties to style conscious urbanites.
Twitter: @colinjustin | Instagram: @colinandjustin | Facebook: Colin and Justin
Catch them on the Urban Barn Main Stage on Thursday, October 18 at 7 pm and Friday, October 19 at 2 pm.
Tiffany’s vibrant and multifaceted design philosophy transforms people, objects and spaces. Her trademark hair, big energy and hands-on approach make her unforgettable. She is always ready to create and invent with a client’s needs top-of-mind. Tiffany started her career in fashion and beauty in NYC but found great love teaching children art. Her passion for transformation is the foundation of her business, making her a go-to designer, stylist and maker. She has a unique gift to see the exquisite in the unexpected which is reflected in her book This Can Be Beautiful, a visual and creative feast for anyone who wants to build a more beautiful life. No matter what she does Tiffany lives her truth that anything can be magical.
Twitter: @thetiffanypratt | Instagram: @TheTiffanyPratt | Facebook: Tiffany Pratt
Catch her on the Urban Barn Main Stage chatting about how "Time changes everything" at 7 pm on Friday, October 19 and 3 pm on Saturday, October 20.
As a DIY & design expert, 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 achieving great style and design isn’t determined by how much money you spend, but rather how creative you can be with your budget. Amongst the many hats she wears, Leigh-Ann is a regular contributor on Cityline and a spokesperson for 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”.
Twitter: @LeighAnnAllaire | Instagram: @leighannallaire | Facebook: Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault
Catch her on the Urban Barn Main Stage discussing "Designing a FUNctional home" on Friday, October 19 at 6 pm and Saturday, October 20 at 5 pm.
Interior designer Kendall Ansell has always believed that happiness starts at home. The principal of Kendall Ansell Interiors in Vancouver, Kendall spent most childhood weekends helping her contractor father, shaping her passion for changing how people live, one nail and paint swatch at a time.
Kendall’s hobby soon translated into career ambition, and inspired her to study architectural drafting at Kwantlen Polytechnic University before completing the interior design management program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Keen to start her own business, Kendall soon launched Cherry Interior Design,with a focus on helping clients reflect their personal style. In 2012, after stints working in Baltimore and Montreal, Kendall returned home to Vancouver and set up shop in her hometown. Today, at Kendall Ansell Interiors, Kendall and her team are dedicated to design for living, creating beautiful spaces for clients that are as unique as they are.
An award-winning design expert, Kendall and her work has been featured in Western Living, BC Living, Vancouver Sun, Global Morning News, and CTV Morning Live. She released a capsule collection of pillows and fabrics named for her one-year-old son, Fraser, in 2017, and has also collaborated with companies including Marketplace Events, HONOMOBO, and Floform Interiors, among others. Most recently, Kendall was tapped by Urban Barn to serve as their Vancouver Design Network partner for an ongoing partnership with the nationally recognized home furnishings brand.
Catch her on the Urban Barn Main Stage at 1 pm on Saturday, October 20
Neil Harding has been with Sleep Country Canada for over 17 years. He is responsible for home shows, training and product knowledge nationally. He has extensive experience in all aspects of the mattress industry and is considered an expert in his field.
Catch him on the Urban Barn Main Stage chatting about, "Let's talk about sleep" on Saturday, October 20 at 2 pm and Sunday, October 21 at 1 pm.
Award-winning interior designer, Jamie Banfield has become a creative force in the industry, and recognized for his signature West Coast style. Specializing in design for all spaces, with a focus on kitchen and bath, Jamie has the ability to transform and create well-edited spaces that exude both function and beauty. With a passion for textures and sustainable design, he often uses reclaimed materials, offering a unique perspective to his finished rooms. Recently recognized by the National Kitchen and Bath Association as one of the industry’s top 30 Under 30 in North America, One to Watch by Western Living Magazine, a 2016 Finalist for the Robert Ledingham Memorial - Emerging Designer Of The Year Award and acknowledged with Best of Houzz 2017, 2016 + 2015- Customer Service, Jamie’s work can be seen in private residences throughout Western Canada.
Formally trained in interior design, with a complementary background in manufacturing, construction, and custom millwork, Jamie has an intrinsic understanding of the total design process. From inspiration to final completion, his knowledge, attention to detail, and ability to listen to him clients' needs, have resulted in aesthetically functional rooms that truly reflects the people who live there.
Twitter: @banfield_mr | Instagram: @jamie_banfield_design | Facebook: Jamie Banfield Design
Catch Jamie on the Urban Barn Main Stage discussing, "A kitchen with innovation" on Friday, october 19 at 5 pm and Sunday, October 21 at 4 pm.
Kathy is an innovative Architectural Technologist and the Principal of Phase One Design. With over 16 years experience, she has wowed over 500 clients with her unique, inspiring and client-focused designs. She successfully educates her clients on design trends while working collaboratively to bring each client’s dream home to life. Her vivacious spirit can be seen in her award-winning designs and in her engaging presentations at frequent industry events. Kathy’s latest venture is a book titled “Your Next New House: How To Tear Down & Build Your New House Stress-Free, On-Time, And On Budget”.
| Instagram: @phase.one.design
| Facebook: Phase One Design
Catch her on the Urban Barn Main Stage on Saturday, October 20 at 4 pm and Sunday, October 21 at 3 pm. discussing, "How to successfully plan & build a new home In Greater Vancouver".
My House Design/Build Team Ltd.
Graeme is the Owner of My House Design/Build Team; A Multi-Award Winning Renovator & Custom Home Builder. To date, they have been recognized as a Winner or Finalist in over 100 industry awards, including winner of BC Georgie "Renovator of the Year," for 2014 - 2018.
Graeme's extensive background in design and directing for theatre and television, provided a foundation for his 20 plus years in the residential building industry.
As a certified BC "Green" Builder, his team of designers and trades persons take pride in guiding clients through the 'Design/Build Process' to create Great Living Spaces. Graeme's team is most noted for incorporating natural light and West Coast Contemporary Design.
No matter the scope of the project - from a small improvement, to the full renovation of a condo, townhome, or detached house, to the building of a new custom home - It all starts with a cup of coffee to discuss your potential project.
Graeme's most loved phrase from homeowners after they see their finished project is "WOW!!"
Catch him on the Urban Barn Main Stage at 4 pm on Friday, October 19 and Noon on Sunday, October 21 discussing "The design build process."
As the founder of SGDI, Sarah loves working with homeowners and uncovering things that will truly make their spaces unique. She is experienced in designing custom spaces of any size, from 1000 sqft to over 15,000 sqft. Hundreds of projects completed and underway, throughout Greater Vancouver, the province, and at international reaches, contribute to a portfolio illustrating Sarah’s depth of knowledge in home planning, design, and construction.
Since 2009 the SGDI team has won many CHBABC Georgie Awards, GHVBA Ovation Awards, IDIBC Shine Awards, and NKBA-BC Awards. Sarah is currently 2018 NKBA-BC’s ‘Designer of the Year’ and the Designer of 2018’s Millionaire Lottery Grand Prize Home; and her homes are often toured on Global TV’s Open House. Sarah’s expertise and dedication to the client experience, along with her proven capacity to improve quality of life through dynamic home design, has created a high demand for Sarah Gallop Design Inc. amongst homeowners in the Vancouver area.
Sarah is a commissioner with the Delta Heritage Advisory Commission, she is a professional member of the Interior Designers Institute of BC and has passed the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) to hold the title of Registered Interior Designer (RID).
| Instagram: @sarahgallopdesign
| Facebook: Sarah Gallop Design Inc.
Catch Sarah on the Urban Barn Main Stage talking about "Designing a Dream Home, Millionaire Lottery Case Study" at 11 am on Saturday, October 20 and 11 am on Sunday, October 21.
Lance Montgomery is a visionary entrepreneur and business leader who has spent over 15 years building organizations from early stage to acquisition. He has led multiple agency teams serving global brands across the continent and signing clients such as such as Keurig, 7-11 and Prana. In his latest role he led a full service agency that supported the largest Telco in Canada. Lance also has a significant technology industry background with end-to-end marketing and sales experience and success building top-tier technology teams. He has been involved in numerous app builds, such as BMW, Converse, infiniti, Wiiv, and the 7-11 rewards app.
Catch him on the Urban Barn Main Stage at Noon on Saturday, October 20 discussing, "Bridging the gap between home owners and home service providers".
COOKING STAGE PRESENTERS
Judge on CBC’s The Great Canadian Baking Show
A passionate and energetic Chef known for crafting unique cooking experiences, Bruno Feldeisen brings nearly three decades of culinary experience to his role as Judge on the CBC’s Great Canadian Baking Show.
Chef Feldeisen was born in the small French town of Clermont-Ferrand and began his career as an apprentice at one of France’s most renowned chocolate shops in Moulin, garnering a Best Apprentice Award upon completion.
Embarking on his American journey in 1988, he worked at the Highlands Inn in Carmel, CA, then alongside Uber Chef Joachim Splichal at Patina Restaurant in Los Angeles. In 1994 he accepted a position as Executive Pastry Chef the Four Seasons Hotel in New York, where he worked under acclaimed Executive Chef Susan Weaver. Chef Feldeisen then opened an American-French restaurant, Soléa, in San Francisco. He further expanded his horizons when he became a Pastry Chef Instructor at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts in Vancouver, BC.
Feldeisen has been the recipient of awards such as Chocolatier Magazine’s Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America two years in a row, and was nominated twice for a James Beard Award as Outstanding Pastry Chef. Chef Feldeisen also appeared on popular culinary television shows such as Chopped Canada, Sweet Genius and Donut Showdown all shown on the Food Network and the Cooking Channel, and was a finalist at the International Pastry Chef of the Year competition held in New York.
Chef Feldeisen’s delicious works have been seen in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Gourmet Magazine, Bon Appetit Magazine, and New York Magazine, among others.
KAREN BARNABY & Alexa Pitoulis
is an award-winning chef, cookbook author, cooking teacher and Vancouver Sun columnist who currently works as a product development chef/consultant. After 40 years in the food industry she still loves to cook which leads her down many rabbit holes of ancient and modern foods, techniques and cuisines.
Her career started quietly in 1979 in the basement of an Ottawa restaurant. With a pink, four-burner electric stove and a whisk, Karen discovered her true calling in life.
She is grateful that her grandmothers taught her how to pick wild berries, garlic and asparagus and to have had Middle-Eastern, Korean, Chinese, Italian, Japanese and Thai mentors and friends to share their food and knowledge with her.
She believes that good food should be readily available for everyone and has a low tolerance for food snobs and picky eaters.
is a creative strategist with over 17 years of experience leading teams in public, private and non-profit sectors. A change leader with an MBA in Sustainable Systems, Alexa is skilled at moving the whole working of an organization, and its effects on systems, in ways that illuminate potential and build capacity. Alexa is currently the General Manager for Goodly Foods, an innovative social enterprise that makes delicious soups, stews, and sauces by repurposing surplus produce and creating unique community employment opportunities. A self-proclaimed kale-powered supermom on two wheels, Alexa can be found zooming around on one of her bikes when not cooking for her two teenagers.
Corporate Chef, Joseph Richard Group
After years of self-directed culinary studies, experimentation with techniques and ingredients, and honing his skills through events and gatherings, Jorge’s lifelong dedication to his passion for cooking secured his victory on MasterChef Canada Season 2, where he earned the title of his dreams: Chef.
Following his MasterChef victory, Chef David Jorge joined Joseph Richard Group as Corporate Chef. He began developing the menu for S+L Kitchen & Bar, including his signature ‘Dream Seasoning’, his famous Master Chicken, and the Sablefish that started it all, while also adding many exciting dishes to the menus at JRG’s Public Houses. Chef David’s contributions reflect a love of comfort food and honest flavours.
Chef Jorge will continue to work alongside the JRG Culinary team to refine and enhance the food and beverage experience in all the Joseph Richard Group establishments.
Fraiche Sheet Foods
Dennis is a born and raised BC boy, who was a terrible student and fell into restaurants with his first dishwashing job, merely to get in from outside working construction. It’s been quite a ride ever since, with a career that has spanned the best restaurants in Canada, stints in Chicago, San Francisco, Napa Valley, New York and a win on Chopped Canada for the Food Network.
Out of cooking school, Dennis landed a job at perennial best restaurant in Canada, Lumiere. After working there for a number of years and working all positions in the restaurant, he wanted more for his career which pointed in the direction of the US.
After hounding Chef Thomas Keller week after week with resumes and cover letters, a shocking call came one Friday during service. The call came from the French Laundry, the best restaurant, two years in row, in the entire world. “Be in New York in two weeks” that was the message. Dennis made it to New York, and worked with Chef Keller in the process of opening PerSe, his second 3 Michelin Star restaurant. Dennis went on to work a life changing experience at The French Laundry with some of the top chefs in the country. Settled back in Vancouver, Dennis has been part of opening teams at Glowbal Group, has run Grouse Mountain Resort and most recently worked as Executive Restaurant Chef at Fairmont Hotels. Dennis, on top of being a dedicated chef, is also a Men’s Physique Champion, and of course passionate about all areas of his life.
CHEF JONAS HAMRE
Head Chef at Mamie Taylor’s
Chef Jonas Hamre cut his teeth in the kitchens of Calabash Bistro and Memphis Blues BBQ before setting off to Calgary to open his award-winning bistro, JAROblue. Upon returning to the West Coast, he took over as Executive Chef for the UBC Alma Mater Society, overseeing nine distinct culinary outlets. But he missed the fun and creativity of a smaller restaurant, and so he stepped into the kitchen at Mamie Taylor’s this fall, where he’s keen to put his summer competing on the Texas BBQ circuit to good use.
CHEF TONY STARRATT
With over 12 years’ experience in the culinary industry, Chef Tony Starratt’s passion for food and international flavours has taken him around the world. Beginning in Prince Edward Island, where he received his formal training at the acclaimed Culinary Institute of Canada, Tony has worked the line at high-volume Banff resorts using classic French techniques, trekked to remote Australian outback towns to serve South-East Asian cuisine, and mastered the art of refined BBQ at Toronto’s Barque Smokehouse.
Tony joined the Two Rivers Specialty Meats team in 2014, adding skills in butchery and charcuterie to his repertoire. With his new position as Chef, he brings his vast culinary knowledge and limitless curiosity to the new customer-facing food programme at Two Rivers Meats North Vancouver-based eatery.
ABOUT TWO RIVERS SPECIALTY MEATS
Founded in 2007 by Jason Pleym and Margot Millerd-Pleym, Two Rivers Specialty Meats became the region’s premiere supplier to top chefs in B.C. A favourite with Western Canada’s top chefs, Two Rivers Specialty Meats’ commercial expansion, Two Rivers Meats — The Shop connects local farmers with everyday meat lovers as well as home cooks by supplying consumers with an ethical and sustainable product of unsurpassed quality and flavour.