Join ARIDO at the National Home Show Toronto

  • Published on: Feb 22, 2024

We are excited to announce our collaboration with The National Home Show Toronto, where ARIDO will be featured as Stage Presenters for the Home & House Day on March 16th, 2024.

Topic: Interior Design Contracts

When hiring an Interior Designer, the contract clients enter for interior design services can be complicated. This session will walk clients through key aspects of an interior design contract that should be included to ensure a successful project that is on schedule and budget. Clients considering a home renovation or build project in 2024 will find this session informative to ensuring their scope of work and contract conditions are in their favor. 

Speakers: Cori Halpern, ARIDO and Sharon Portelli, ARIDO Executive Director & Registrar
Date: Saturday, March 16, 2024
Time: 4:00PM-5:00PM
Venue: Enercare Centre (Princes' Blvd, Toronto ON M6K 3C3, Canada)

Speaker Bios

Cori Halpern

Cori Halpern is a Registered Interior Designer who is passionate about creating custom interiors that delight her clients with a joyful mix of colour, pattern, texture and considered details. Established in 1996, Cori Halpern Interiors is a Toronto-based firm specializing in high-end, full service residential interior design. The studio creates one of a kind, highly personal interiors that are as unique as each client. Hallmarks of Cori’s work include custom millwork and furnishings, an adept marriage of classic and contemporary elements, and attention to the little things that make a house a home. A graduate of Toronto’s TMU (formerly Ryerson) School of Interior Design, Cori is proudly affiliated with ARIDO, NCIDQ, IDC and NKBA. She has been published in Style at Home and House & Home magazines, was nominated for the 2023 House & Home of the Year, and appears on the inaugural list of House & Home Top 100 Designers to Watch.

Sharon Portelli

Sharon has worked in the not-for-profit sector since 1997, starting in the financial sector with the Institute for Advanced Financial Education. In 2011, she transitioned to the design and construction sector in the role of Executive Director and Registrar with the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO). Her professional experience includes the development and enforcement of qualification standards for professions, regulatory frameworks and lobbying for public policy in support of safe interior environments in Ontario. Starting in 2014, Sharon led several projects intended to provide a more inclusive and fair pathway into qualifying as an interior designer in Ontario through competencies-based frameworks. In 2020, ARIDO undertook a commitment to the advancement of equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility within ARIDO as an organization, the profession, and the community.

We warmly extend an invitation to all ARIDO Members to bring your clients and team members, to our enlightening panel discussion, designed to enhance their knowledge and insights.

Questions? Please contact ARIDO Event Coordinator Clenton Afonso at