Events

The Loft Speaker Series: Holiday Hospitality
Location: The Loft by Amanda Hamilton, The Guardian Tower North – 405 11th Ave SE, Calgary, AB 
Date + Time: Thursday, December 6. Doors at 5:30pm. Panel 6:00 – 7:30pm
Topic: We’re saying goodbye to Speaker Series with a holiday party and panel. In search of tips, hacks, and advice on throwing a special soirée? With a little help from Jimmy-Lee Vennard, Brad Royale, Craig Boje, and Lisa Marks, you’ll be the host with the most in no time. 

PANELISTS: Jimmy-Lee Vennard, Estate Butler of Azuridge
Brad Royale, Wine Connosieur, Kitten Swish
Craig Boje, Chef, Urbane Culinary
Lisa Marks, Manager of Corporate Events, Shaw

The Loft Speaker Series: Olympics 2026: Battle of the Bid
Location: The Loft by Amanda Hamilton, The Guardian Tower North – 405 11th Ave SE, Calgary, AB 
Date + Time: Thursday, November 8. Doors at 5:30pm. Panel 6:00 – 7:30pm
Topic: To bid or not to bid – that is the question. Get ready for the Calgary 2026 plebiscite at next month’s Speaker Series. Our panel is ready to answer your burning questions about the Olympic bid. 

PANELISTS: 
Brad Spence – Alpine Skier, Vancouver 2010 
Emma May – Yes Calgary 2026 
Dan Gauld – No Calgary Olympics 
Trevor Tombe – University of Calgary Professor fo Economics 
MODERATOR: Amanda Hamilton
SPONSORED BY: Urbane Culinary & The Guardian 

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The Loft Speaker Series: Work – Love – Balance
Location: *NEW LOCATION* The Guardian Tower North – 407 11th Ave SE, Calgary, AB 
Date + Time: Thursday, October 11. Doors at 5:30pm. Panel 6:00 – 7:30pm
Topic: Running an Empire, making beautiful music together, making people feel beautiful together – is there anything these three power couples can’t do? This month, our panel shares the secrets to a successful romantic/business partnership.  

Tickets are available for a minimum donation of $10. All proceeds will be donated to Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta, educating students on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship and empowering them with the skills and confidence they need to become the leaders of tomorrow.

PANELISTS: 
Reuben Bullock + Kaelen Ohm of Reuben and the Dark 
Karen Kho + Dave Sturies of Empire Provisions 
Jereme + Wray Bokitch of Hedkandi Salon
MODERATOR: Amanda Hamilton
SPONSORED BY: Urbane Culinary & The Guardian 

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The Loft Speaker Series: The (Sometimes-Harsh) Realities of Owning a Small Business
Location: The Loft by Amanda Hamilton, 405 11th ave SE, Calgary, AB
Date + Time: Thursday, September 20. Doors at 5:30pm. Panel 6:00 – 7:30pm
Topic: Design Night at The Loft is now The Loft Speaker Series! In our next installment of 2018, our panel discusses the trials and tribulations of owning a local business in today’s world and how to survive through the economic turbulence.

Tickets are available for a minimum donation of $10. All proceeds will be donated to Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta, educating students on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship and empowering them with the skills and confidence they need to become the leaders of tomorrow.
PANELISTS:
Jayme MacFayden – BMeX Group
Kevin Kent – Knifewear
Cresswell Hamilton – Method Fitness
Scott DeJong – Calgary Chamber of Commerce
MODERATOR: Amanda Hamilton
SPONSORED BY: Urbane Culinary & The Guardian

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The Loft Speaker Series: Searching For Truth in Health + Wellness Trends
Location: 
The Loft by Amanda Hamilton, 405 11th ave SE, Calgary, AB
Date + Time:
Thursday, July 19. Doors at 5:30pm. Panel 6:00 – 7:30pm
Topic:
Design Night at The Loft is now The Loft Speaker Series! In this installment, our panel will separate fact from fiction in the world of health and fitness.

Tickets are available for a minimum donation of $10. All proceeds will be donated to Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta, educating students on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship and empowering them with the skills and confidence they need to become leaders of tomorrow.
PANELISTS:
Orsha Magyar – Founder, NeuroTrition
Allison Cullen – Founder, BEACH Healthy Beauty Bar
Amy Bender – Sleep Specialist, Center for Sleep & Human Performance
Ricardo Charles – Canadian Olympic Contender, Personal Trainer
MODERATOR: Amanda Hamilton
SPONSORED BY: The Guardian
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The Loft Speaker Series: Cannabis Culture Shift
Location: The Loft by Amanda Hamilton, 405 11th ave SE, Calgary, AB
Date + Time: Thursday, May 31. Doors at 5:30pm. Panel 6:00 – 8:00pm
Topic: With legalization just around the corner, business owners are gearing up for the future of cannabis consumption. Think elevated edibles, sleek accessories, and refined consumption (without the tie-dye). Our panel of speakers are ushering in a new era, but is the public ready for it?
Moderator: Amanda Hamilton
Panelists:
Matt Zabloski – Cannabis Legalization Project – City of Calgary
Margot Micallef – Founder – Gabriella’s Kitchen
Cam Dobranski – Owner and Chef – Wine Bar and Brasserie Kensington
Shane Kuhn – General Manager – Tokyo Smoke
Tickets: Eventbrite

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Design Night at the Loft: Rethinking Retail: Speaker Series No.5
Location: The Loft by Amanda Hamilton
Date + Time: Wednesday, October 25th at 5:30 pm
Topic: Retail as we know it will never be the same. Consumer attitudes are shifting, the way we shop is evolving, and experience is the new consumption. These entrepreneurs are breathing new life into the fashion retail industry.
Moderator: Karen Ashbee – Western Living
Panelists: Aaron Ellard – Understudy, Tanya Puka – Fond Boutique, Leah Van Loon – Fashion Experience Tours
Sponsored by: Caesarstone
Tickets: Eventbrite

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Design Night at the Loft:  Workspace Evolution: Speaker Series No.4
Location: The Loft by Amanda Hamilton
Date + Time: Thursday, August 24th at 5:30 pm
Topic: Where we work has the power to influence the way we work, and companies are taking notice. So long solo cubicles and stuffy boardrooms. The inventive offices of these Calgary-based businesses are sparking collaboration, fostering culture, and boosting creativity through inspired workplace design.
Panelists: Jessie Attrell – Rosso Coffee Roasters, Sheenah Rogers-Pfeiffer – Anstice Communications & Zach Lyster – The Commons
Sponsored by: Herman Miller & Contemporary Office Interiors
Tickets: Eventbrite

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Design Night at the Loft:  Design in the Digital + Social World: Speaker Series No.3
Location: The Loft by Amanda Hamilton
Date + Time: Thursday, July 27th at 5:30 pm
Topic: To be successful in the digital age, designers must be more responsive, intuitive, and forward-thinking than ever before. Learn how these four innovators cut through the noise of the digital world and connect with their clients on a more personal, intimate level.
Panelists: Alex Kingcott, Jonathan Herman & Matt Watterworth
Sponsored by: Kentwood Floors
Tickets: Eventbrite

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Business Owner Design Panel
A panel Q+A and one-on-one interviews with Bow Valley Interior Design Students
April 5, 2017 11am – 1pm

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Residential Construction Industry Conferencewww.rcic.ca

Location: Double Tree By Hilton West in Edmonton Alberta
Date + Time: February 8, 2017 at 9:30am
Topic: CHBA-ER’s Residential Construction Industry Conference (RCIC) is a two-day full service industry technical conference featuring more than 40 concurrent educational sessions over two days. Amanda Hamilton will weave audience members through personal story as it relates to the psychological and philosophical impacts of design. Focused on the topic of creative exploration as it relates to design methodology, research and analysis, colour, human scale, ergonomics and political and economic influences, Amanda will discuss the expression of design through leaving a legacy for our build environment that serves both the users and the community.

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Dream Connected Life

Location: Telus Spark Science Centre
Date + Time: September 28, 2016 at 5:30pm
Topic: Connected Life is an event designed to introduce Dream to the Calgary Market. Lead by Todd Talbot (Love it or List It Vancouver), the purpose is to bring together a group of experts to talk about connectivity and community building. As the official interior designer for various Dream properties in Calgary, Amanda Hamilton will take part in a panel discussion and presentation alongside Joseph Scanga (Urban Designer at Calthorpe Associates) and Jesse Hirsch (Futurist).

Master of Ceremony, 60th Anniversary Banff Session
The Alberta Association of Architects

Location: Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta
Date & Time: Friday, May 13th – Saturday, May 14th
Topic: Convergence. “The spheres of psychology, environment, economics, methodology, and purpose are blurring and rapidly evolving. Architects and Interior Designers are left with the unique challenge of reconciling these multi-dimensional conditions to create environments that are not only relative to the era we live in, but also respect and honor our historic professions.”

Tickets: www.banffsession.ca

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Edmonton Fall Home Show – www.edmontonfallhomeshow.com

Location: Northlands, Edmonton EXPO Centre | 7515 118th Avenue NW, Edmonton, Alberta
Date & Times: Friday, October 23rd5pm & Saturday, October 24th, 2015– 3pm
Topic: The Curated Home: A Thoughtful & Exploratory Adventure in Style
Ever wonder why some homes boldly exude style, confidence and charm? Homeowners breathe life and weave stories into their built environment, creating a narrative of how they live and play. Join Amanda for a lively and collaborative conversation about her own adventures in design and gain tips on how to effortlessly curate a home that incorporates the personality of its users.
Tickets: Open to the Public & Trade. Tickets gain entrance to the show as well as the presentation. Purchase tickets here.

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Building Your Digital Footprint

Location: Mount Royal University | Calgary, Alberta
Date & Time: Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 – 12:30pm
Tickets: This is a private event

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Design Night: New Feminism
Location: The Guardian: North Tower Amenities Space, 1122 3rd st SE, Calgary, AB 
Date + Time: Friday, November 10, 6-8pm
Topic: Retail as we know it will never be the same. Consumer attitudes are shifting, the way we shop is evolving, and experience is the new consumption. These entrepreneurs are breathing new life into the fashion retail industry.
Moderator: Monica Zurowski – Managing Editor at Calgary Herald
Panelists:  Micheline Maylor – Calgary Poet Laureate, Beck Paterson – Social Worker and Trans Activist, Shelley Ambrose – Publisher, the Walrus Magazine and Executive Director, The Walrus Foundation, Jacq Hixson-Vulpe – Coordinator, Pride at Work Canada’s LGBT Workplace Inclusion Index Program
Sponsored by: The Intentional Diet 
Tickets: Eventbrite

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Fond Boutique Pop-Up at The Loft
Location: The Loft by Amanda Hamilton
Date + Time: Begins October 14th, continues every Saturday, 12-4pm
About: Thoughtfully curated. Creatively elevated. Fond and The Loft were made for each other.
Shop your lifestyle every Saturday from 12-4pm with premium consignment clothing, inspired objects for home, and one-of-a-kind vintage finds. Private Shop & Style sessions are available by request every Friday at The Loft. Enjoy a personalized experience for both wardrobe and home with our team of advisors. Book by email at info@fondboutique.com.

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Design Night at The Loft: Career 180
Location: The Loft by Amanda Hamilton
Date + Time: June 21 at 5:30pm
Topic: Learn how Calgary’s most innovative entrepreneurs successfully transitioned and thrived in new industries
Panelists: Jeff Jamieson, Maya Gohill, Jennifer Mehalko, Ben Knopp
Tickets: www.eventbrite.ca/e/design-night-02-career-180-tickets-35084996168

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Junior Achievement of Alberta – World of Choices Event | Website

Location: Mount Royal University |Ross Glenn Hall
Date: Friday, November 27th, 2015
Topic: Career Success
Tickets: This is a private event however volunteer and sponsorship opportunities exist. Please contact Gladys Loo at gloo@jasouthalberta.org or info@amandahamiltondesign.com.

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Calgary Home + Design Show – www.calgaryhds.com

Location: BMO Centre | 20 Roundup Way SE | Calgary, Alberta
Date & Time: Sunday, September 20th , 2015– 3pm
Topic: The Curated Home: A Thoughtful & Exploratory Adventure in Style
Ever wonder why some homes boldly exude style, confidence and charm? Homeowners breathe life and weave stories into their built environment, creating a narrative of how they live and play. Join Amanda for a lively and collaborative conversation about her own adventures in design and gain tips on how to effortlessly curate a home that incorporates the personality of its users.

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Speaker Series at Interior Living

Location: Interior Living | 1124 – 10th Avenue Calgary, Alberta
Date & Time: Thursday, November 5th, 2015 – TBD
Topic: The Intersection of Fashion & Interior Design moderated by Sharie Hunter of Arthur/Hunter
Tickets: Invitation Only. Please contact info@interiorliving.ca for details

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Barrel Night: Barrels & Baubles| www.barrelnight.com/barrels-baubles

Location: The Commons | 1900 11th Street SE, Suite 150 | Calgary, Alberta
Date & Time: November 19th, 2015 – 8pm to Late
Tickets: Please purchase tickets here.

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Dinner by Design – www.dinnerxdesign.com

Location: Alberta College of Art and Design | 1407 14th Avenue NW | Calgary, Alberta
Dates & Time:
Cocktail Art – Thursday, June 11th , 2015– 8pm to Late
Public Viewing – Friday, June 12th , 2015– 11am to 3pm
Gala Diner – Friday, June 12th , 2015– 6:30pm to 1am
Tickets: Please purchase tickets here.

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Interior Design Show West – www.idswest.com

Location: Vancouver Convention Centre  (West) | Canada Place, Vancouver, BC
Dates: September 24th – 27th, 2015
Participation: We are official ambassadors for IDSwest (http://idswest.com/contact-us/idswest-ambassadors/). Please also join us at our booth, 349 near the Main Stage.
Tickets: This event is open to the public and trade. Purchase tickets here.

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Western Living: Design Week Conversation Series
http://www.westernlivingmagazine.com/events/2015-conversation-series/

Location: Oakridge Centre | 650 W 41st Avenue | Vancouver, BC
Date & Times: Friday, September 25th, 2015 – 1pm & Saturday, September 26th1pm
Topic: How to Work with an Interior Designer: Amanda shares her insights into budgets, decision-making, and asking the right questions to make your dream home a reality
Tickets: Free & Open to the Public