André Chevigny, General Manager, Pioneer Log Homes of B.C.

André Chevigny,
General Manager, Pioneer Log Homes of B.C.

As one of the stars of HGTV’s Timber Kings, André Chevigny oversees the day-to-day running of Pioneer Log Homes of British Columbia, a multimillion-dollar company with a global client list. Pioneer Log Homes of BC custom builds unique log homes in Williams Lake, BC. Each one is handcrafted on site, then taken apart, shipped around the world, and reconstructed wherever the client wants. Andre manages more than 120 employees and millions of dollars worth of log inventory on the yard. A hard upbringing has formed André into a hard-working master craftsman. His devotion to and appreciation for working with natural elements to build beautiful log homes is apparent in each piece of work.

Presentation Topic: Building for Generations
Andre will speaking on the quality and craftsmanship that go into his log homes and how the longevity of his builds allows generations to enjoy the family home.

Andre Chevigny is Presented By 98.5 VIRGIN Radio

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Carson Arthur

Landscape Designer and Host of HGTV’s Critical Listing, Green Force, Room to Grow and Home To Win (2016)

As the co-host of HGTV’s Critical Listing and star of HGTV Canada’s new series, Home to Win, Carson Arthur is an international landscape designer focused on environmentally friendly design, and teaches homeowners how to raise the value of their homes through outdoor renovations. Carson also writes a column for the Halifax Chronicle Herald and the Sun Media Group, and is the author of the sold out book Garden Designs for Outdoor Living. In 2015, Carson became the spokesperson for Canadian Tire’s latest initiative – Canvas, a complete line of outdoor furniture and accessories. He is now the international ambassador for Save the Children, and shares his expertise in growing food to help end the cycle of poverty for children all over the world.

Presentation Topics:
TV Gardening Shows…on the endangered list -  Has gardening officially left television for good or will the new generation of eco-homesteaders help to revive one of Canada’s most loved hobbies? Carson gives us sneak peaks at what is yet to come! - Saturday & Sunday

Top 5 Places to Renovate Outdoors - Kitchens and Bathrooms have always been the best spot to spend your renovations dollars…until now. Find out why improving the outside of your home is creating bigger returns for you and the environment! - Saturday

Carson Arthur is Presented By Gladiator® GarageWorks and KooL 101.5

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Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault, Rust-Oleun Brand Spokesperson & Lifestyle Expert

Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault
DIY & Lifestyle Expert

As a colour & design aficionado, lifestyle expert, and DIY doyenne, Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault has spent years crafting a unique philosophy for design that fuses ingenuity, whimsy, and quality workmanship – all on a “frugalista” budget. She believes that we shouldn’t take our spaces too seriously, and that great design is not about how much money you spend, but rather how creative you can be. Amongst the many hats she wears, Leigh-Ann is a regular contributor on Cityline, a spokesperson for Black & Decker Canada and Rust-Oleum Canada as well as half of the popular duo, Once Upon a Reno. With a passion to educate and inspire, Leigh-Ann embraces every opportunity she gets to spark creativity and instill confidence in others who strive to “DO IT YOURSELF”.

Presentation Topic: I Spy DIY
If you're eager to test drive some of the latest décor trends in your home, but you don't want to make costly commitment, join Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault as she spots what's hot this spring and shows you how to get the look for less by flexing a little DIY muscle.

Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault is presented by Rust-Oleum, The Calgary Herald

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Amanda Forrest

Amanda Forrest
Design and Lifestyle Expert

Amanda Forrest is a designer and nationally recognized expert in home construction, project management, design and lifestyle trends. Her 15 years of practical experience and taste making continue to see her industry leading concepts featured on television, print and advertising as well as many national events like IDS West, The National Home Show and The International Builders Conference.

Presentation Topic: Incorporating Colour in Your Room

Amanda Forrest is Presented By The FAT Paint Company

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Donna Balzer, the No Guff Gardener Donna Balzer
the No Guff Gardener

Farmer’s daughter, army brat and University graduate in Horticulture, Donna Balzer is the no guff gardener. She co-hosted the award winning, internationally broadcast, “Bugs & Blooms” on HGTV, answers Alberta-wide garden questions on CBC radio and is a regular columnist for the Calgary Herald. Canadian best selling No Guff Vegetable Gardening is her most recent book and is based on her love for growing food.
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Presentation Topic: Strategies for No Guff Gardening: Change your world, one cabbage at a time!

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Denise Wild

Denise Wild
DIY TV Host, Makeful

Denise Wild is a sewing expert, TV host, author, and magazine editor. Denise is the host of a new series on the DIY channel Makeful, and she has regular television appearances that include the TODAY show, CityLine, The Shopping Channel, and Morning Live. Denise wrote the popular sewing reference book Mend & Make Fabulous, and writes for magazines and television stations internationally.

Presentation Topics:
How To Use Textiles To Update Your Home On A Budget - Friday
Denise Wild will show you how to use fabric to update your home on a dime. You'll see the season's top colours, textures, and print combinations, and she'll inspire you with DIY ideas that won't break the bank.

Fabric Care And Stain Removal Around Your Home - Saturday
Denise Wild will walk you through fabric care room by room. She'll tell you when and how you should be washing your curtains, how to get specific stains out of your couch and rugs, and how to properly care for bedding and fine linens.

How To Choose Fabrics For Your Home - Sunday
Denise Wild will reveal the season's biggest fabric trends including colours, textures, and prints. She'll explain how to find the right fabrics at the store and offer insight for buying online. She'll also share tips for choosing, purchasing, and caring for home textiles.

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Sharon McCormick

Sharon McCormick
Founder, Poppy Innovations

Sharon McCormick founder of Poppy Innovations established the company with a mission to change the way we eat.  Taking her success from the corporate world,  Sharon is passionate about creating social change to reverse the rising obesity rates in our community by teaching children and adults how to grow, cook, can and preserve their own food to create healthy, lifelong habits. For more information go to

Presentation Topic: The ABC’s of GIY
Tackling GIY will reward you with fresh food and knowing where your food comes from. We’ll cover the basics to get you started to Grow It Yourself.

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Halyna Tataryn

Halyna Skala Tataryn, P.Eng, MA (Architecture), Tataryn Group, RE/MAX Real Estate (Central)

Halyna offers a specialized approach to home selling and buying in Calgary. She focuses on selling unique Inner City properties, especially heritage homes, helping buyers to make smart and informed decisions. Educated in Engineering, Urban Planning and Architecture, Halyna brings passion, extensive knowledge and dedication to her work with her clients.

Presentation Topic: Home Renovations Simplified; How to Plan and Execute a Successful Home Renovation
Find out how to maximize your renovation dollar and project return, as well as get tips to avoid costly pitfalls. Selling your home is one of the biggest, most complicated and stressful decisions you can make.  Find out the formula to simplify the process and maximize your results. - Thursday

Downsizing Simplified
; What you need to consider, options and pitfalls to avoid.
There are many things to consider before making the decisions to downsize or right size your home.  Get tips and a step by step system to make wise options and avoid costly pitfalls.

- Friday

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Janet Melrose

Janet Melrose, Calgary's Cottage Gardener

Janet Melrose is Calgary’s Cottage Gardener, a growing micro-business specializing in garden consulting, coaching, education and Horticultural Therapy programs. After a career in Calgary’s corporate world, Janet’s lifelong enthusiasm for gardening led her to complete the Prairie Horticultural Certificate and Home Farm Horticultural Therapy Certificate through Olds College. Janet has a passion for sharing her knowledge for horticulture, contributing to the community through workshops and media outlets including The Gardener for the Prairies and Calgary Gardening, as well as appearing on TV and radio.

Presentation Topic: Perennial Vegetables & Square Foot Gardening.

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Michael Alkema

Michael Alkema, Certified Arborist, City of Calgary Parks

Michael Alkema is an ISA certified arborist, working for The City of Calgary Parks as an Urban Forestry Technician.  He has degrees in Biology and Forest Conservation. He previously worked on a residential tree planting program at an urban forestry non-profit in Toronto and in landscape construction and maintenance.

Presentation Topic:
Caring for trees in Calgary – planning, planting, maintenance and post 2014 snowstorm management.

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Misha White

Misha White
floral Designer and Owner, Amborella Floral Studios

Misha has been mastering flowers for her entire life. She got her start at age 14 in Carlton Place, Ontario, where she learned what the industry was all about. In 2007 she moved to Calgary and got deeply involved in the city’s wedding scene. In 2012, after 13 years of experience she opened her now thriving shop, Amborella Floral Studio, and became certified by the American Institute of Floral Design. Currently, Misha and her team of designers are quickly becoming synonymous with Calgary's wedding and floral design scene.

Presentation Topic: The Power of Flowers in ​the Home! Learn how to incorporate flowers into your home on a budget and how to create simple centerpieces for entertaining guests.

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Chelsie Anderson

Chelsie Anderson, gardening expert

Chelsie Anderson understands gardens from a lifetime of hands-on experience. She has been the owner and operator of her gardening business “C2, Gardening with Heart” for almost 10 years where she passionately tends to existing gardens and installs new ones with inspiration. More recently she has been selling red wiggler worms and their poop, known as castings, to gardeners who love the soil as much as she does, because beautiful plants start from the ground up.

Presentation Topic: “Happiness in Body and Soil” will outline the benefits of strong soil biology through a series of personal and entertaining stories. She will make the link from growing living soil, to creating beautiful and nutritious plants to the ultimate outcome of human happiness: something she specializes in!