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PANEL AND LUNCH PRESENTATIONS EMBEE DIAMONDS, MIKE BOTHA Thursday, May 16 1:00pm (lunch session), Canadian Room Canadian Diamond Industry It's been a little over a decade since Canadian diamonds were first launched. This story continues as the world embraces conflict-free diamonds cut Mike Botha Embee Diamonds Canada to perfection by cutters in Canada and abroad. This session is designed to answer questions you may have about origin, cutting, grading and competing through innovative diamond design. Established in Canada in 1998, and led by master diamond cutter and educator diamantaire Mike Botha, Embee Diamonds is an established authoritative diamond design, cutting, polishing and finishing source in Canada. Ryan Taylor Thursday, May 16 2:00pm, Canadian Room BEYOND ACTIVISM: A DISCUSSION ABOUT THE SOCIAL & ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS CHANGING THE JEWELLERY WORLD From Cartier to private atelier, art and luxury markets are changing. Ryan Taylor Chief Production Designer/ Co-Founder of The Fair Trade Jewellery Co. Toronto, ON, Canada The desire to work with, and the demand for, materials that meet higher ethical obligations is becoming more common, and complicated. His activism given way to measurable action? A discussion by a panel of industry and non-profit experts will be moderated by Ryan Taylor, Cofounder & Chief Designer at the Fair Trade Jewellery Co. in Toronto, Canada, North America's First Fine Jeweller of Fairtrade Fairmined Gold. ken Vickerson Saturday, May 18 12:15pm (lunch session), Canadian Room CRAFT THEORY: WHO NEEDS IT? This panel discussion introduced and moderated by Ken Vickerson, will tackle, among other questions: Are makers responsible for the devKen Vickerson Panel Organizer Associate Professor Faculty of Design, and Chair, Material Art & Design, OCAD University Toronto, ON, Canada 20 elopment of Craft Theory? Based on a survey conducted with members of the National Ornamental Metal Museum, the responses revealed thoughtful and passionate opinions regarding the implications of craft practices within academic realms.

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