MEET OUR VOLUNTEER BOARD OF DIRECTORS
IDIBC’s leadership team is dedicated to creating an active professional association that meets the needs of its members and the general public.
The Board is responsible for managing the strategic and financial health of IDIBC, and meets in person 10 times a year. Board terms are for one year; officers are elected annually at the AGM. If you think you’d like to join the Board, learn more about the board positions.
Jennifer Heffel, RID
Jennifer graduated with a Bachelor’s degree and the Gold Medal in Interior Design from the University of Manitoba. She worked in commercial design in San Francisco and Vancouver in the years following and gained her RID in 1990.
In 1995 Jennifer switched to residential design and started HB Design Vancouver. Today, she manages a team of six and has developed her firm into one that is highly respected in BC. HB Design has won several awards and their work has been showcased in a variety of acclaimed design magazines.
Joining the IDIBC board in 2018 as President Elect, Jennifer felt it was important to give back to the interior design community which has supported her rewarding career. She also hopes to encourage more residential designers to obtain their RID status, which will promote the profession of interior design across Canada as a whole.
Shelley Penner, RID
Shelley has had a longstanding career in the design industry since graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design from the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba in 1988. Key drivers throughout her career have been to stay curious, be authentic, and do impactful work for the betterment of humanity and the natural world.
As Principal of Vancouver-based P+A INTERIORS for more than 18 years, Shelley leads design teams, business development, and marketing and communications at the firm. P+A INTERIORS’ purpose is three-fold, fostering design excellence, innovation, and health, wellness, and sustainability in the commercial, institutional, and residential sectors. The firm has received numerous design, lighting design, and innovation awards with projects featured in many publications.
Research is at the core of advancing sustainable design and responding to the climate crisis in a meaningful way. Shelley has researched, authored, and co-authored numerous guides and articles on the subject. She has extensive experience in the implementation of LEED rating systems as LEED Team Administrator for four LEED Gold projects and as a team member on two other projects that achieved LEED Gold and LEED Platinum.
Shelley’s volunteer efforts span decades. Most recently, Shelley served on the IDIBC Building Code Committee, a working group of the Regulatory Process Committee pursuing an interior design practice act. Shelley is excited to join the IDIBC Board of Directors to contribute to furthering the profession of interior design.
Nicholas Desert, RID
Nick joined the IDIBC board as Director at Large in 2019, after moving to Vancouver from the Okanagan. Following almost a decade practicing interior design in Kelowna, while teaching interior design classes for five of those years, Nick became a Registered Interior Designer in the fall of 2016 and moved down to the coast the following Spring. Since moving, he has been very actively involved in the local design community, volunteering as the co-chair of the IDIBC Shine Awards of Excellence and now as an IDIBC board member, and he’s still just only getting warmed up!
With a multi-generational family background in construction, Nick chose to take that knowledge and apply it to interior design, with a focus on commercial interiors. Nick is extremely passionate about communicating the importance of Interior Design to the public, and can always be relied on as a friendly face at any local design event in and around Vancouver.
Joanne Crozier, RID
Joanne moved to Vancouver in 1995 after earning a Bachelor of Interior Design degree from the University of Manitoba. She became a Registered Interior Designer in 2007 and a LEED Accredited Professional (Interior Design and Construction) soon after. Joanne practices commercial interior design, teaches in BCIT’s School of Interior Design and is working towards her MA in Liberal Studies at Simon Fraser University.
For the past several years Joanne volunteered for IDIBC as the Continuing Education chair; then in 2017 she joined the IDIBC board as VP Communication. She credits her IDIBC membership with keeping her connected in BC’s fast paced interior design industry, and she enjoys meeting other designers through volunteering and attending IDIBC events. IDIBC is dedicated to furthering the profession of interior design in BC, and Joanne is happy to be part of it!
Shauna Root, RID
Shauna has practiced interior design in Vancouver since 1996 after returning to the West Coast with a Bachelor of Interior Design from the University of Manitoba. She became a Registered Interior Designer in 2005 and LEED Accredited Professional (Interior Design and Construction) in 2017. As a lifelong learner and an advocate for human-centric design, she is also interested in becoming a WELL Accredited Professional.
While maintaining a full-time job as an interior designer specializing in the commercial and hospitality sectors, she began working part-time as an adjunct instructor at BCIT in 2004. In 2019 Shauna founded Root Interiors. With the freedom of self-employment and the desire to give back to the profession, she joined the IDIBC board as VP Education. In this role she hopes to build connections between interior design students and industry professionals.
Christopher Pollard, RID
Chris is a design leader, principal and managing partner of RATIO Architecture, Interior Design + Planning, one of BC’s oldest architectural firms.
After 20 years of design and project leadership experience, Chris leads the successful architecture and interior design team at RATIO. They work with government, business and not-for-profit leaders to think distinctively, and they deliver results-based design solutions for cultural, infrastructure, heritage, workplace, and retail projects.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Applied Design in Interior Design from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Recognizing the importance of design excellence in our communities, Chris joined the board of IDIBC as VP Legal in 2019 and also serves on the board of the Architecture Foundation of BC.
Patricia Desmet, RID
Patricia is passionate about her involvement with IDIBC; she has served on the board as President, Past President and she is now VP Membership. As part of IDIBC’s leadership team, Patricia is dedicated to creating an active professional association that meets the needs of its members and the general public.
As Senior Interior Design Manager at Omicron, Patricia oversees and is responsible for complete design coordination of projects. She has over 18 years of extensive corporate and residential interior design experience and she believes that good design starts with simple yet effective details that create a whole cohesive space to enhance user experience.