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.
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.
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.
Vanessa Palframan, RID
As Design Lead for Kenorah Design + Build, Vanessa brings 10 years of industry experience, two years in Kitchen and Bath design and 8 years in the single-family residential design/build industry. Vanessa brings knowledge of IDBC through previously volunteering on IDIBC committees and the Board of Directors.
Vanessa’s passion to push IDIBC forward as a regulatory body and increase awareness for the RID designation are great assets to IDIBC. Vanessa joined the Board of Directors in 2021 with a commitment to building IDIBC initiatives that seek to further the profession.
Krista Paine, RID
Krista is the President of IPC and Design in Kelowna BC, a full-service interior design firm where, for the past ten years, she has worked as a project manager and interior designer for single-family residential projects. She is also a certified Red Seal carpenter.
IDIBC is just one organization to have benefitted from Krista’s past volunteer work. She has judged several building design awards including the 2020 IDC VODA Awards, volunteered on the NCIDQ exam review and exam development committees, and she mentors new designers through practicum programs. Krista won the Renovator of the Year at both the 2020 Okanagan Housing Awards and Canada’s Housing Awards of Excellence. Krista joined the IDIBC Board of Directors in 2021 with her vast experience to help advance the interior design profession.
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.