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2019 table captains

Tia Watson is an architecture student in the Master’s of Architecture at the University of Manitoba. Originally from Calgary, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics before moving to Winnipeg. She was the co-curator of Storefront MB’s 2018 Winnipeg Design Festival and winner of the Emerging Voices competition for Nuit Blanche 2017. Tia was also the co-student curator of the Architecture II Gallery, producing the exhibition and publication Culture of 5, a project that highlighted local design firms. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the art and culture of Winnipeg.

Jaya Beange is the Senior Exhibit Designer at the Manitoba Museum. She graduated from the Masters of Architecture program at the UofM and the Masters of Architectural History and Theory program at McGill. Her research focuses on the relationship between ethics and aesthetics, on how a shared aesthetic experience serves as a foundation for community. She has been working and volunteering in the art and design community in Winnipeg for over 15 years and is currently on the executive committees of StorefrontMB, BEA Prairies, and 10x20x20. Jaya is an all-weather cyclist, a yoga enthusiast, and has recently started tango dancing.

Monica Derksen, proud leader of #TeamEthero, has been at every Table for 1200/1201/More event. However, as the Event Manager with Storefront MB since 2015, Monica hasn’t actually sat down at the event since the first year. Ethero Events’ table is located near the volunteer/HQ tent (and bar ...) and captained by proxy to allow Monica to manage the event while also “hosting” her guests. Stop by to say hello! Ethero Events has been making Winnipeg cooler since 2012 by working with not-for-profits to produce events like Winnipeg Santa Claus Parade, Nuit Blanche Winnipeg, Interstellar Rodeo VIP Lounge and Future Leaders of Manitoba.

Julie Myers grew up with a passion of blooms, beginning at a young age growing flowers on the family farm. Now she is the owner of Floral Fixx Design Studio, a high end luxury boutique specializing in all thing flowers from weddings to workshops, and events to everyday. We pride ourselves on always being a step above the rest by finding new local products & searching out unique blooms.  Our designs fit every style whether it be modern, edgy, minimal, playful, or romantic.

Suzy Melo is a Landscape Architect currently practicing with the Winnipeg multi-disciplinary firm, ft3 Architecture Landscape Interior Design.  In 2015, Suzy was awarded the Premier’s Design Award of Excellence for 'Popple', an installation at the preeminent Jardins de Métis International Garden Festival in Grand-Métis, Quebec.  She is a design graduate from the University of Manitoba and co-curator of Benchmark, a trails-based placemaking and design competition presented by Winnipeg Trails and StorefrontMB.  A few of Suzy's favorite things: cycling, winter running, kittens and Rae & Jerry's martinis.

Chris Wiebe, principal of ATLRG Architecture Inc., was the invited artist for Cool Gardens in 2013 and won the design competition for the Jardin de Metis in Quebec in 2016, and while representing DPA, the TableFor1200 table design competition in 2016. He has presented design papers in Europe and toured extensively globally. Chris’ design works are witty and engaging. He is a design graduate from the University of Manitoba and co-curator of Bar Nano, an urbanist intervention pop-up project presented by StorefrontMB. Chris enjoys cycling, the Whiteshell, draft beer and his greyhound Roxy.

Rebecca Balakrishnan is in her third year of being a Table Captain and fifth year of attending Table for 1200 More, her favourite event of the year. Rebecca is a Career Consultant and working on her master’s in counselling psychology. She also writes a weekly column about career development for the Manitoban called the Work Life. Rebecca will be collaborating with her very best friend, Holly Hunter, on their table for a second time this year.

Janice Rosen has enjoyed nearly two decades of interior and furniture design experience as senior design consultant with Elan Designs Ltd. This is her fourth year as Table Captain, and she enjoys wracking her brain to come up with a new theme, typically leaving everything until the last minute, only to spend hours with wine, glue guns, doll heads, LEDs, and greenery, in order to come up with ridiculous and fun new looks for her table. A background in graphic design, interior decorating, and a love of textiles, colour, art, and décor influences her yearly table finishes. www.elandesignservices.com

Matthew Cutler is an Assistant Deputy Minister in the Government of Manitoba; he and his partner Avery have called Winnipeg home for 3 years. Matthew has worked locally, nationally and internationally to engage, celebrate and improve communities and grow social capital. As a leader in the parks movement, Matt’s passionate about the ways a city comes together in its common grounds - the parks and community spaces where we build a city in which we all want to live. He believes Table for 1200 More is a perfect example of the magic that can be created in our civic places.

Denis Vrignon-Tessier is an Architectural Intern at Monteyne Architecture Works Inc. since the spring of 2017.  He has been involved in a wide range of projects at the firm including residential renovations, and accessibility audits serving multiple school boards in Winnipeg. He is an avid fabricator, musician, and cyclist and is excited about the role played by events such as table for 1200 in reinvigorating our enthusiasm for living in the city.

Meighan Giesbrecht is currently a Masters of Architecture student at the UofM, moving to Winnipeg three years ago. Originally from Calgary, she also spent several years living in Switzerland, travelling and exploring neighbouring countries. She completed her Bachelor at UBC in Visual Arts and Art History, and went onto become an Architectural Technologist at SAIT. In 2017, she was awarded winner of the Emerging Artist competition at Nuit Blanche for the installation PEG. In 2018, she co-curated the A2G exhibition Culture of 5 and was co-curator of the Winnipeg Design Festival. She likes making projects, installations, and exhibitions that have an interactive component and engages with the city.

Michael Butterworth is an intern architect at Cibinel Architects, and an instructor in the Faculty of Architecture at the UofM. Michael was highly involved with DPA's award-winning Little Red Library project on Wellington Crescent, and is a former communications coordinator at StorefrontMB. He’s very active on social media and a regular patron of MAKE on Corydon. Huge Jets fan too! This year will mark Michael's 4th year captaining a table.

Mitchell McIntosh is an architectural intern with David Penner Architect and a graduate of the University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture. Some of his published work includes the winning design of the 2016 RAW:almond international competition, a street furniture proposal for MAKE Coffee, and a speculative re-imagining of Winnipeg's river environment as part of FRONTlines. He was also a co-designer of the recently published Cool Gardens book, completed for StorefrontMB. Mitchell is a proud Winnipegger and enjoys travel, painting, and reading about art and architecture.

Clarissa Diaz is a recent Environmental Design graduate from the UofM where she focused in Interior Design. She is the newest addition to the StorefrontMB team as Communications Coordinator. Clarissa is a naturally enthusiastic and positive person. Coming from a large Filipino family, she is very family-oriented and loves spending time in the company of other people. From a young age Clarissa has been interested in design and art and continues to explore these interests through painting, reading, sketching, and creating personal works.

Dr. Linda Hamilton has been table captain for 4 years and has sponsored a table for her small business.  Now that she has sold her vet acupuncture business and retired, she buys a table for SaganMorrow.com, a Winnipeg small business owner, writer and editor.  Dr. Linda loves TableFor1200 as it captures the essence of Winnipeg: very unique and an absolute hoot.  She is proud to be first each year to nag Monica at Team Ethero for the event date and first table booking. Besides TableFor1200 and drinking bubbly, she absolutely loves the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, Royal MTC, doing hiking excursions on Camino de Santiago & Hadrian’s Wall and running ½ marathons.  Dr.Linda likes to check out architecture when travelling around the world.

Hanwakan Blaikie Whitecloud has called Winnipeg home since the age of 5. His parents, both Indigenous lawyers who started their lives living on the land, taught him to live a good life and give back. Hanwakan has been engaged in the skateboarding and business community as a mentor and leader, supporting youth to strive for their best selves. He even has some skate-sons, as he’s stepped into to be a father figure for youth in need. As a filmmaker his work focuses on building identity for urban Indigenous youth through the skateboard community and beyond. Hanwakan is also an active volunteer.

Tessa Whitecloud seeks to build bridges with all communities and bring people together to solve large and local challenges. From making it possible for people to have a warm place to sleep to creating understanding about colonization through custom workshops with her husband Hanwakan, or in her work teaching at the University of Winnipeg, she displays her compassion for others and the possibilities for healthy places and people in our province and city. Her primary work is as executive director of 1JustCity working everyday to love those who would otherwise be underloved!

Holly Hunter attended her first TableFor1200More in 2017 and had so much fun the following year she signed up to be a table captain. This will be Holly’s second year as a table captain and she looks forward to meeting her tablemates! Professionally, Holly has spent the past five years working as a middle school teacher. This year she graduated from the Master of Education program at the University of Manitoba. Her research focused on critical literacy and book club pedagogy. In her spare time, Holly enjoys reading, travelling and exploring all that Winnipeg has to offer.

Elaine Dilay is a full time contemporary Artist born and raised in Winnipeg, MB. She has been creating abstract art for many years, but is known for her large resin masterpieces that have been featured in multi-million dollar show homes. Her original art has grown in demand and is sought out by interior designers, home builders, commercial businesses and art collectors. She also created a functional resin art home wares line which she sells at popular markets like Third + Bird and Scattered Seeds. In the midst of a growing art business she is raising 3 boys with her husband Chris, whom she has been married to for 17 years.

Kaitlyn Schuster is the Sales Coordinator at the Alt Hotel and has been working at the Alt since it's opening in 2015. She'd love to tell you more about the Alt Hotel and why it's absolutely someplace you should stay but there wouldn't be enough space to talk about all the amazing features like the ultra-comfortable rooms, inspiring design, eco-friendly environment and incredible front of the line staff; so that just means you'll need to stop by the table! Kaitlyn loves all things Winnipeg and William Shatner once told her she was the sweetest person he's met.