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IDIBC’s Top Ten List for MARCH 2016

Here are the top ten things you need to know about the interior design world in BC this month:

1. IDC Vancouver Chapter Announcement IDIBC and IDC are excited to announce the formation of the IDC Vancouver Chapter.  We are very pleased that Andrea Auchinleck and Nansi Massoud have volunteered to take on the positions of co-chairs bringing together Designers and Industry members.  Andrea and Nansi have written the following statement to share their vision for the Chapter.

“A Vancouver Chapter is being established to facilitate a stronger sense of community with in the Greater Vancouver Area. Our goal is to bring the Interior Design community together!  We want to establish a place for members, students, manufacturers/suppliers and the design industry to network, have fun, get to know and support each other. Throughout the year there will be social events, product knowledge opportunities, and community outreach. We will be working alongside IDIBC, NEWH, Designer Happy Hour and others in the design community willing to partner with us, to promote Vancouver’s Interior Design Community.

We are looking for Volunteers to help us plan and organize these various events throughout the year. We hope that you will choose to support our community in some way.”

Please join us for The IDIBC member’s breakfast to learn more about the Vancouver Chapter.

2. Member’s Breakfast: The IDIBC member’s breakfast will take place on April 12th at the Coast Hotel from 7:30-9:30am.  Please join us to learn more about the IDC Vancouver Chapter, what a chapter is and how it will function.  There will be an opportunity to provide feedback about the Chapter and to network with designers and industry members.  We are all very excited about this opportunity to grow and strengthen our community in the most inclusive way possible and are eager to share our ideas and hear yours. This event is eligible for 1 Non-IDCEC hour CEU.  Click here to register.

3. IDIBC CEU audit process update - the Good, the Bad and the Ugly Dec. 31, 2015 marked the end of BC’s first three year cycle using the new IDCEC online CEU tracking system. In keeping with IDIBC policy, the CEU Audit committee recently completed a random audit of approximately 20% of the eligible membership.

The good: Many members have readily adapted to the new CEU tracking system, which has streamlined and simplified the reporting process, once people got used to it. In fact, a considerable number of registered members logged several CEUs over and above the 30 CEU target.

The bad: Roughly speaking, only 55% of the total eligible membership achieved their prescribed number of CEUs. More specifically, only half of the audited members were compliant.

The ugly: Approximately 25% of the total eligible membership reported less than 10 CEUs. Half of these reported no CEUs. This is not acceptable for a professional organization, and so over the next year, IDIBC will investigate why the numbers are so low and propose solutions.

Next steps: all auditees will receive a letter in the next few weeks, either congratulating them on their compliance, or notifying them of the appropriate disciplinary action to follow.

For those ready to enter the CEU arena again, check the IDC calendar and IDIBC Facebook page for upcoming CEU events. IDIBC wants to hear from the membership regarding CEUs, your experience with the tracking system, questions, suggestions, etc.

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With the high number of members logging little to no CEUs we are concerned that some members are still having difficulty with the IDCEC CEU tracking system.  No fear, we are here to help!  If you are having trouble logging your CEUs please contact (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and we will contact you directly to answer your questions and help with the process.

4. Living Building Challenge CEU Events Mohawk and International Living Future Institute are bringing two great events to Vancouver.  The first is an evening of cocktails and conversation, where you can learn more about the Living Building Challenge on Tuesday April 5th from 5pm to 9pm at the Vancouver Club.  Click here for more info.

The second is a half day (4 CEU) workshop exploring and understanding the Living Building Challenge Materials Petal hosted by Perkins+Will at their offices in Yaletown on April 6th from 8:30am to 12:30pm. Use MOHAWK in the promo code to receive $50 off the cost of the workshop. Click here for more info.

5. Student Membership Just a reminder that student membership in the IDIBC is free and open to anyone enrolled in any Interior Design program.  Please note that student membership does not guarantee membership once your program is complete.  All student members must apply for intern membership post-graduation and provide supporting documentation that shows that you have satisfied the membership requirements including the educational requirement of a four year interior design degree.  Please consult the website or contact (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

6. Upcoming Emerging Professionals Events: The second Emerging Professionals event of the year will be a network and social event on June 23rd at the Symmetry Lighting showroom.  The event will be group ‘speed mentoring’, a similar idea to speed dating where students can get to know RIDs through casual/intimate conversation.  The third event of the year is Design Charrette at IDSwest, this will take place on Friday, September 23rd.  Stay tuned for more details about both events.

7. Cantu CEU Event You’re invited to Cantu’s Bathrooms and Hardware CEU Event. Come and earn up to 6 CEUs in 6 different courses sponsored by Geberit, Steamist, Victoria & Albert, Infinity Drains and Gessi. Come enjoy a complimentary Luncheon and After Party while attending courses recognized by:  IDCEC, ASID, IIDA, IDC, AIA, and NKBA! Follow the link for details and how to RSVP, while space is available.

8. AGM Save the Date: The IDIBC AGM will take place May 25th at the Oceanic Plaza Meeting Room (Pender Level of Oceanic Plaza), 1066 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC. There will be a CEU seminar preceding the AGM.  Stay tuned for more details. *Reminder that only members in good standing are eligible to vote at the AGM.

9. DesignEX Okanagan Join IDIBC Okanagan Chapter for its signature event, DesignEx on May 11th at Okanagan College.  This event will help you connect with manufacturers, suppliers, fellow interior designers, architects and others from the built industry.  Stay tuned for more details.

10. Reminder: April Grad Shows! Kwantlen : Friday April 15th, 2016 5-8PM @ AIBC, 440 Cambie St. Vancouver. BCIT:  Thursday April 21st, 2016 Industry 5-6PM, Industry, Alumni and Guests 6-7PM @ Downtown Campus 8th Floor, 555 Seymour St. Vancouver, BC Vancouver Island University: Saturday April 23rd, 2016 10am-4pm @ Beban Park Auditorium A&B, 2300 Bowen Road Nanaimo, BC