Education

Kitchen and Bath Design

Algonquin College

SEPTEMBER 2016 – JUNE 2017,  OTTAWA

This one-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program provides students with a general understanding of the industry codes, guidelines and standards used for professional kitchen and bathroom design. In addition, students explore the environmental, electrical and mechanical considerations used in universal design. Kitchen and Bath Design is recognized by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) as a NKBA supported program. Graduates have the skills to plan functional kitchen and bathroom designs, technically specify appliances and fixtures, and assess the needs of clients based on both current trends and a detailed understanding of infrastructure of the kitchen/bath space in the residential market.

Interior Decoration Diploma

Algonquin College

SEPTEMBER 2012 – JUNE 2015,  OTTAWA

The Interior Decorating program at Algonquin College is designed to provide future decorators with skills in colour selection and psychology, interior finishes and their qualities, business practices, client relations, presentations and marketing, furniture arrangement techniques, knowledge of furniture styles and their histories and window treatments and finishes. The program also teaches technical skills such as, proposal writing, material cost estimation, drafting and element and principles of design.

Extracurriculars & Industry Involvement

President & Co-Founder

Algonquin College NKBA Student Chapter

2016-2017

Student Representative

NKBA Ottawa Chapter

2017

Committee Member

NKBA Ottawa Design Excellence Award Gala

2016-2017

Awards & Industry Acknowledgment

1st Place Winner

Student Design Competition Award, NKBA Ottawa Chapter

2017

Winner

Student Excellence Award, NKBA Ottawa Chapter

2017

Skills & Qualifications

Knowledge of kitchen and bathroom design

Vast knowledge of cabinets,  and counter materials, styles, and industry trends. Through education, learned to optimize kitchen and bathroom components and arrangements.

Understanding of working plans

Including floor plans, elevations, cabinetry details, plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems.

2020 Design, AutoCAD, Cabinet Vision and SketchUP

Quality understanding of developing plans, elevations, and 3D spaces using 2020 Design, AutoCAD, Cabinet Vision and SketchUP. Has demonstrated an ability to quickly learn new software and get to work on a very tight timeline.

Communication and customer service

Excellent communication skills for engaging with clients, contractors, and tradespeople to better understand their needs. Developed through work experience in retail and customer service.

Knowledge of decoration

Strong understanding of colour selection, furniture arrangement, ergonomics, furniture styles, architectural history, lighting, window treatments, and finishes.

Accurate material cost estimation

Precise estimates of product and material costs, as well as simple budget breakdowns for clients.

Ability to plan and problem solve

Gained excellent skills in project organization and execution through education and work experience. Through education gained excellent skill and ability to organize and conduct complex projects.

Comfortable in both solo and group environments

Ability to perform exceptional independent work while also adept in fast paced collaborative work environments.

Strong organizational and time management skills

Developed through years of both working in a management position and an associate position in the customer service industry.

Employment

Multiflex

Detailer

2018, Toronto

Developed custom millwork plans – including cabinets, wine storage, and wardrobes – according to exacting standards. Worked with architectural plans and implemented them in AutoCAD. Worked directly with lead designers to create innovative products and contributed to ensuring that plans were realistic and deliverable.

The Home Depot

Kitchen Designer

2017 – 2018, Toronto

Produced custom plans for clients and sold kitchens, delivering strong customer satisfaction and sales numbers that consistently surpassed goals. Provided countertops, cabinetry, cabinet fittings, lighting, flooring, and more to deliver complete designs. Liaised with contractors to ensure proper product installation.

Muskoka Cabinet Company

Kitchen & Bathroom Designer (Co-op)

2017, OTTAWA

Worked with industry professionals to create custom kitchen solutions. Learned and became proficient in CabinetVision, previously unencountered software, in order to work effectively on client projects.

Leon’s Furniture

Interior Decorator

2015 – 2016, OTTAWA

Bombay Company

Keyholder

2013 – 2015, OTTAWA

Hudson’s Bay Company

Sales Associate

2011 – 2013, OTTAWA

Fairmont Chateau Laurier

Lobby Attendant

2009 – 2011, OTTAWA

Mrs. K Reid

Clerical Assistant

2010, OTTAWA