HGTV Canada Celebrity Contractor
Bryan doesn’t believe he’s put in an honest day’s work unless he gets his hands dirty. A natural-born teacher, the Gemini-award winning host has been educating and entertaining viewers across Canada and in 23 different Countries Worldwide
since 2007 on the hit shows Disaster DIY, Canada’s Handyman Challenge, Leave it to Bryan, House of Bryan, Bryan Inc. and Island of Bryan. Bryan’s quick wit and easy-going personality have made him a huge hit with viewers on all of
his home renovation shows.
Learning valuable tricks of the trade from his father, a meticulous aircraft engineer, Bryan spent his childhood summers building his family’s cottage from the ground up. After earning a degree in Political Science and studying Business, Bryan was headed towards a career of practicing law. Realizing he’d rather be renovating than being chained to a desk, his innate passion for building took over and he attended construction courses at George Brown College, officially traded in his tie for a tool belt and founded Baeumler Quality Construction.
A few kids and number of hit TV shows later, Bryan continues to tackle home renovation projects, be the spokesperson for numerous products and expand his growing businesses to include Baeumler Productions, Baeumler Approved and Baeumler Custom Cabinetry among others. Currently filming season 2 of Island of Bryan with wife Sarah, viewers watched season 1 in record numbers, while they restored a small abandoned resort on South Andros Island in the Bahamas! In Island of Bryan, we follow the story of this radical life event for the Baeumlers, from a dream of creating and running a luxury boutique resort in paradise, to the reality of leaving their friends, family and life behind to take on their most challenging build yet. For more information about Bryan, visit bryanbaeumler.com.
Don’t miss HGTV’s Canada Celebrity Contractor Bryan Baeumler when he takes the stage on Friday, September 27 at 6:00pm and Saturday, September 28 at 2:00pm to discuss “Tales from the Island, Lessons Learned and the REAL Value Hiding Inside Your Home.”
Handyman Chris Palmer
As a professional Industrial Designer turned Carpenter and Contractor, Chris has brought a new perspective to the world of handcrafting beautiful custom builds. With over 10 years of experience, his company focuses on all levels of projects from custom furniture pieces, to complete home additions. A creative eye and unique style keeps Chris on trend and his work in demand. Chris often participates in many charities donating his work to help raise money for groups such as Diabetes, Habitat for Humanity and others. You can also find Chris sharing his knowledge on the latest and greatest home renovation tips for DIY'ers as a regular guest expert on The Global Morning Show and other daytime TV, such as The Marilyn Denis Show. You may also recognize Chris from other HGTV shows like Canada's Handyman Challenge, Income Property, Open House Overhaul and Backyard Builds.
Handyman Chris Palmer will be sharing his wealth of industry knowledge on giving your backyard style and security. Catch him on stage Friday, September 27 at 3:00pm and Saturday, September 28 at 3:30pm. You won’t want to miss it!
Sue Pitchforth of Décor Therapy Plus is an International award-winning Designer and Readers’ Choice Winner for eight years in a row. Sue is a TV personality and professional speaker. Her workshops and seminars are extremely popular, inspiring thousands of homeowners. Currently, Sue is changing the design industry with her newest program "Design from a Distance". Sue is excited to be back at the Ottawa Fall Home Show and is ready to inspire homeowners to bring their personality to their indoor and outdoor spaces.
Falling out of love with your home? Award-winning Designer Sue Pitchforth will be teaching you everything you need to know to bring new life into your home with fresh design ideas and tips. Sue will be on the main stage Saturday, September 28 at 5:00pm and Sunday, September 29 at 11:00am
Kathy McEwan is a Certified Professional Organizer, Speaker, and Owner of a home organizing company called Second Set of Hands. Kathy has a B.A. majoring in Sociology and has certificates of study in Chronic Disorganization, Basic ADD Issues, Time Management and Productivity, and Senior Move Management. You may have seen Kathy providing organizing tips on local media outlets such as CTV, Daytime Ottawa and Ottawa Experts. You can also find her on her Organize for Success Podcast where she shares a great deal of organizing tips and information. Kathy’s goal is to help those who are feeling overwhelmed and stressed due to lack of organization, become organized and more productive, and simplify their lives.
Professional Organizer Kathy McEwan will be sharing her top 10 clever ways to organize your home and simplify your life. See her on the main stage Saturday, September 28 at 12:30pm and Sunday, September 29 at 3:30pm.
Maggie was born in Southern China and grew up in a traditional Taoist family. She moved to Ottawa in 1993 and began managing the family business, East Wind, an Asian specialty shop and eventually became owner. Maggie later decided to set up a Feng Shui school and office that has been growing ever since.
Being brought up in a Taoist family, Feng Shui is part of daily life. Maggie started focusing on serious study of Feng Shui in 1995. She followed Feng Shui Mater Peter Leung, co-founder of the Canadian Feng Shui Association and made her way to Malaysia to study under Lillian Too, the world’s leading Feng Shui Master. Maggie has achieved the level of Master Practitioner and Consultant.
Maggie practice classical Taoist Landscape and traditional Compass Yang Feng Shui to bridge the true energy alignment between people and space. She also practices the time concept school of Flying Star Feng Shui to navigate each journey with true momentum and define life’s purpose with inner peace and happiness.
Maggie lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in Ottawa.
Feng Shui master and practitioner, Maggie Huang of East Winds will be onsite at the Uplifted feature running workshops and 1 on 1 consultations throughout the show. You can also catch her on the main stage Sunday, September 29 at 12:30pm as she discusses “The Energy Wheel of Your Home for Health and Happiness”.
Emma Terrell/The Urban Botanist
The Urban Botanist or Emma / @emmaterra from Ottawa, Ontario is a naturalist at heart with a passion for plant design. Emma’s extensive biology background catalyzed her career and interest in botanics and ultimately lead to the start-up of her business, The Urban Botanist. She believes in bringing the outdoors inside with self-sustaining ecosystems by building terrariums and other green home accents. The Urban Botanist encourages others to learn about our environment and the systematics of plants to ultimately inspire interest in the natural world around us. She also heavily believes in the power of plants, and the healing properties that come alongside gardening and working with horticulture in an urban setting. Expect to get a dose of plant therapy, as these concepts are promoted at all of her workshops. Discover your green thumb with The Urban Botanist!
Go green with The Urban Botanist Emma Terrell. Bring the outdoors inside and learn about the art of interiorscaping when Emma takes the stage on Thursday, September 26 at 5:00pm and again on Friday, September 27 at 4:30pm when she’ll chat about how houseplants can change your home…for the better!
Guy Solomon is the founder and CEO of Penguin Basements, Canada’s leading basement renovation company. He started in 2011 to bring a standard of process and professionalism to a burgeoning industry.
Guy is also creator of The Second Suite Solution, a wealth-building strategy designed to help homeowners create strategies for unlocking enduring value in their property. As a leading innovator in the area of construction solutions, Guy is a sought-after speaker and authority across a range of building related subjects.
Don’t miss Guy Solomon of Penguin Basements on the stage Saturday, September 28 at 11:00am. Guy will be sharing his advice on how to build a basement that lasts a lifetime.
Neil Harding has been with Sleep Country Canada for over 17 years. He is responsible for home shows, training and product knowledge nationally. He has extensive experience in all aspects of the mattress industry and is considered an expert in his field.
Are you wanting to catch some extra zzz’s? Neil Harding will be sharing his secrets to a great night’s sleep on the main stage Friday, September 27th at 12:30 pm.
Born and raised in Ottawa, Emma is the owner and lead designer at Grassroots Design + Build, an interior design and renovation company based in Hintonburg. While working full time for Heritage Canada in 2009, Emma designed her own bathroom and won Canada’s House & Home Magazine’s “Best Budget Bathroom” contest. The contest was intended for homeowners to submit their own amateur designs without the help of professional designers, but Emma discovered that most of the entries had in fact used professional designers behind the scenes. Realizing that her design had beaten out 200 professionals gave her the confidence to launch her own business. Emma teamed up with a highly experienced general contractor and carpenter, Peter Copland, and together they started working on projects for friends, and then friends of friends. Word-of-mouth spread and the company grew - Grassroots has completed over 200 residential design projects over the past 7 years, from single décor consultations to three-storey renovations. The company specializes in creative renovations of older homes, preserving their quirky heritage charm while making them more functional for today’s families. Emma’s kitchen and bathroom designs have received 10 NKBA Awards over the past four years, including 4 in budget-friendly categories. Her designs are shaped by being a busy mother of three – she knows that beautiful spaces can’t just be pretty, they have to work!
Owner and Lead Designer at Grassroots Design and Build, Emma Doucet knows design. Catch her on stage Thursday, September 26 at 3:30pm and Friday, September 27 at 1:30pm where she’ll share her knowledge and passion for green decorating and design.
Anita Murray is co-founder of AllThingsHome.ca, Ottawa’s only comprehensive source of unbiased information on buying, renovating and maintaining your home. The veteran journalist and former Homes Editor at the Ottawa Citizen has covered the local housing industry since 2011.
Keep your renovation on track and on budget. Anita Murray of All Things Home will be hitting the main stage Thursday, September 26 at 6:30pm and Friday, September 27 at 7:30pm. She’ll be sharing her expert advice on how to keep your reno from going off the rails.