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May 2024 Technical Luncheon: The Future is a Symphony

May 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

This month we are excited to try out a new location for the luncheon, which will be held at GVA Lighting’s facility in Oakville. The facility is conveniently located off the 403/Dundas exit. We are looking forward to seeing our section come together to share and celebrate lighting knowledge and advancement through in-person discussion.

*Important to note that the main entrance is the 2nd entry towards the back of the building.

We look forward to seeing you in person!

  • “It was wonderful to attend the IES luncheon in person. I forgot how great it is to be in the company of our very special lighting community. Looking forward to resuming in-person attendance in the future, so glad we’re back!” – Deborah Gottesman, Principal | Gottesman Associates
  • “I am new to this lighting community, having completed the FOL course in early 2023. As an experienced interior designer, I am keen to continue learning about the science, technologies, and resources in the lighting world. Attending the IES luncheons in person gives me the chance to connect with lighting professionals, enhancing collaboration opportunities. I look forward to seeing what is next…” – Julie Lang, Senior Interior Designer | Salter Pilon Architecture Inc.

In-person Fee: $50.00 (IES Members) / $75.00 (Non-Members)

Register at the week of the Luncheon: $80.00

The Future is a Symphony

Light and sound are shared sensory experiences across the strata of life. Yet we utilize entirely different frameworks in how we apply them within shared spaces. In our lives, communities share an agreed upon quietude each night. In the art of music, each note is dynamic and intentional. From simple compositions to complex symphonies, musical instruments call and respond precisely and harmoniously to share the temporal space. This seminar discusses sustainable lighting design strategies that can be learned from our intentional use of sound.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To understand the impacts of light pollution on the environment.
  2. To review our current use of sound and light in shared spaces.
  3. To analyse design strategies in music.
  4. To explore potential uses for light, as inspired by music, as a communication tool within the public sphere.


Jane Slade, MID, LC, IES is a principal at Speclines in Massachusetts, a lighting manufacturer’s representative agency specializing in public outdoor lighting through an interdisciplinary approach of blending design, science and the latest technology. She is a lighting educator and researcher at Anatomy of Night (, researching the many ways in which light impacts our environment, human health, wildlife, biodiversity, and interdependence. Jane is the host of the podcast Starving for Darkness, which advocates for sustainable lighting and was accepted into the 2021 Progress Report of the IES. Jane Slade is the International Dark- Sky Association’s 2021 Dark Sky Defender for North America, and a Richard Kelly Grant recipient for explorations into the social and emotional impacts of light and lighting, through her work in creating lighting fixtures from waste materials in India, and through art installations focused on manipulating emotional experiences with light and color. She is a contributor to LD+A on the topic of Wildlife, and is currently writing a book about the natural daylight cycle. In her spare time, she is a yoga teacher.

Technical Luncheon Registration



May 15
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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GVA Lighting, Inc
GVA Lighting, Inc. 2771 Bristol Cir, Oakville
Toronto, Ontario L6H 6X5 Canada
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