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IES Technical Luncheon: An Experiential Conversation About Colour

March 21, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm EDT

As LEDs evolve to offer us unprecedented freedom of design, the topic of colour has become more complicated and confusing than ever before. As lighting professionals we need to be a knowledgeable resource for our clients, and should be able to answer questions like: What is colour and why do we care? How does light really affect colour and how does understanding colour impact the lighting industry? What does colour preference have to do with choosing a light source? What is gamut area, colour fidelity or metamerism? How do we wade through all the colour metrics?

The goal of this technical luncheon is to sort through the topic of colour in a meaningful way so that each attendee can come away with a deeper understanding of colour and the ability to use colour knowledge in their part of the lighting industry.

Members: $50.00 CAD
Non-Members: $65.00 CAD
Emerging Professionals: $25.00 CAD



Pat Lawson, LC
  Pat Lawson, LCWith a career spanning more than 30 years in lighting, Pat has done a wide range of things from selling lamps and luminaires to developing business for wholesalers. Before lighting, Pat’s career began in interiors, with textiles and furniture. She graduated from John Abbott College with a certificate in Human Sciences, furthered her education at Dawson College in Interior Design and currently studies at the Dundas Valley School of Art pursuing the application of colour in various media. Pat is Lighting Certified (LC) with the NCQLP.

She has served on the Board of Directors of the Illuminating Engineering Society as Vice-President Canadian Region, the International Design Awards Committee and as a Past President of the Toronto IES Section.

Pat has provided lighting education, presenting and teaching throughout North America to IES Sections and conferences, higher learning institutions and professional organizations. For several years, she helped Bill Hirons deliver the Fundamentals course when she ran the Edison Centre for GE Lighting, enjoying Bill’s company over many Swiss Chalet dinners before class.

Pat is Director of Sales for Rebelle Architectural Lighting working from her office in Lynden where she lives with her cabinetmaker husband Charlie and keeps a shed full of wool for her pastime of creating colourful fibre art.

Sharyn Adler Gitalis, BFA, Assoc. IALD
Sharyn Adler Gitalis, BFA, Assoc. IALDSharyn has always loved colour. When she was a little girl her favourite thing to do was to colour with her giant collection of Crayola crayons. Inspired by the light and the wide open sky of the Alberta prairies, drawings and paintings were always on the go. With an Honours Bachelor Degree in Fine Art, Sharyn set off in a creative career that has brought her into the worlds of theatre, colour design, fashion, art and lighting.

As principal in her own practise, Colour + Light, and Associate Lighting Designer with Gottesman Associates, Sharyn continues to explore and apply her knowledge of colour and light for a wide variety of projects.

Her volunteer work as Board member with the Colour Research Society of Canada, allows her the opportunity to meet many fascinating people involved with colour and to keep abreast of research, projects and the study of colour around the world. Sharyn shares her passion for light and colour by teaching at OCAD University, Ryerson University and Artbarn School. She also teaches colour and lighting seminars and workshops for fellow designers.


March 21, 2018
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Event Category:


Technical Luncheon Chair


Latvian Canadian Cultural Centre
4 Credit Union Dr
North York, Ontario M4A 2N8 Canada
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