Canada Connects – Connect the Dots to Creativity

Canadian Academy of Floral Art 2019 Design Show and Workshop

Join us Sunday, October 20th at Ontario Flower Growers in Mississauga, ON for our 2019 Design Show and Induction – Canada Connects!

Ontario Flower Growers Co-operative, 910 Mid-Way Blvd, Mississauga, ON, CA, L5T 1T9 – Very close to Toronto Pearson Airport and located within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

Our very own, Lea Romanowski CAFA AIFD, will be our featured designer. She’ll inspire and delight with a truly Canadian Floral Art and Design Experience. The Fabulous Neville MacKay CAFA PFCI will entertain as our Master of Ceremonies for the design show. Attend the workshop on Monday, October 21st to get hands-on experience with Lea.

We will be running a 50/50 Draw to benefit the Norman Disch Fund at Seneca College. We will have door prizes, a trade fair with our partners, floral design competition, awards, inductions, food and refreshments, door prizes and an auction at the end. Lots of beautiful floral art to see. And so many things to learn. It’s gonna be a lot of floral fun!

Come and be inspired, buy your tickets now. The Canadian Academy of Floral Art is very excited to be able to offer online ticket sales this year!

The show doors open with the trade fair and refreshments at 2PM, the show starts at 3PM and goes to approximately 7:30PM.

Hands-on Workshop with Lea Romanowski CAFA AIFD

Join us for the Workshop Monday, October 21st at Ontario Flower Growers. The workshop doors open at 8AM for breakfast and it runs until approximately 4PM. Lunch will be served around the mid point.

Connecting traditional floral with unexpected concepts & materials. From floral wholesaler to hardware store and everywhere in between, there is design possibility.  

Create a floral crown, head piece, floral wear mechanics. Take a close look at what’s under the finished product. Build your own…

  • Project #1 Head piece
  • Project #2 Bouquet or wearable

Event, Wedding Design for receptions. Unconventional, up cycled props, repurposing for profit. Affordable designs with great visual and perceived client value. 

  • Project #3 Structured Centrepiece
  • Project #4  Surprise Designs 

Action Packed start to finish!

CAFA 2019 Membership Inductees

  • Melani Nemeskovic
  • Shanelle Park
  • Joelle Smith
  • Joezel Yumul II

Design Competition 2019 – Dedicated to Norman Disch

The floral design competition is on again this year. Create a bridal bouquet using only foliages. Entry is open to all ticket holders. Choose the option at check-out and we’ll email you the sign-up form. The prizes will be awarded during the show!

1st Prize: $250 | 2nd Prize: $150 | 3rd Prize: $100 | Plus other goodies!

Who was this man, Norman Disch AIFD CAFA, and why many years after his passing, why does he still have such a profound impact on the floral industry? He was a truly gifted designer; one of Canada’s best, who insisted on neat, clean mechanics and attention to detail but could also create a piece of art out of the most mundane materials. Much more than that though, he was so willing to share his talent with everyone but especially the newest members of the industry. Norman was instrumental in establishing a floral design program at Seneca College that sent qualified designers out into the floral world with everything they needed to build a successful career. Seneca College still does that because of Norman’s insight decades ago. He brought the students to the symposium of AIFD by insisting that they accept “foreign” students at The National Symposium Student Competition. Seneca College still sends competitors each year and in 2017 in Seattle, WA, we brought home two major prizes.Norman would have been proud! When CAFA was in its infancy he offered invaluable advice and guidance and became our first Founder. Norman was mentor, teacher, advisor and friend to so many of today’s top designers. He was truly a legend.


Delicious food and beverages will be served at the beginning and midpoint of the Design Show. There will be time to mingle and network while checking out the Trade Fair tables.

Breakfast and Lunch will be served during the Workshop on the 21st.


There are a few hotels near by if you need a place to stay during the show.

End of Show Auction

Bring your shop van or larger vehicle and fill up on the great deals we’ll be offering on surplus product at the auction following the show.

Ticket Pricing

  • Non-member ticket – $95
  • Cafa members – $75
  • Group price – 5 tickets for $400 *add 5 non-member tickets and it will adjust automatically.
  • Workshop – $350
  • Workshop and show combo ticket – $400 *save $45 off your show ticket!

Order online below. Cash tickets will be available at the door. All tickets are final sale.


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2019 Workshop Only
$ 350.00
2019 Design Show & Workshop
$ 400.00
2019 Design Show – Non-Member
$ 95.00

Featured Designer

Lea Romanowski


Lea Romanowski found her way into the floral industry literally by accident. While working a summer job driving a coffee truck to oil patch companies she was involved in an accident.

Still needing a job, her then boyfriend’s family owned a flower shop and were hiring! Her career path of Architect or Paramedic was immediately diverted to the floral industry without looking back.

Fast forward 35+ years later. Lea is the owner and lead designer of Designing on the Edge in Calgary Alberta, Canada 2000 to present Mount Royal University design instructor 2002 to present Working on part 2 on the EMC certification, set to finish in 2020.

Lea is currently involved in curriculum development, product testing, workshop facilitation and designing/writing “HowTo” instructions to share with the industry.

She is serving a second term on the CAFA board of directors and is a past director for Flowers Canada.

Career Highlights

  • Maple Leaf Cup Winner 2017, Runner up 2018, 3rd place 2016 and Judge 2019 respectively
  • 1988 Olympics Assistant to the Floral Coordinator
  • Juno Awards designer 2008, 2016
  • Recipient of Canadian Academy of Floral Art’s Design go Distinction Award
  • Winner Florists Supply Top Designer competition
  • Recipient of 4 Bronze awards from Fusion Flowers International Designer of the year competitions
  • Winner of 2 International Special Events Gala awards for table design
  • Canadian Business Chicks “Woman of Inspiration” Lifetime Achievement award.
  • Design work has been published in local, national and international publications.
  • Keynote speaker, presenter, judge for North American Lily Society, Foothills Orchid Society, Calgary Rose Society
  • Member of the World Flower Council

You’ll find Lea singing, dancing and laughing wherever she happens to be designing.

Master of Ceremonies

Neville MacKay, CAFA, PFCI That Bloomin’ Neville…

Neville MacKay is a highly talented retailer and floral designer who is well known throughout the Floral Industry for his creative flare, quality workmanship and entertaining personality.  He’s affectionately referred to as “That Bloomin’ Neville!” (among other things!)

Neville’s caught the attention of many media outlets as a rare find in the retail world! He appears as an expert and entertainer on many national and local TV and radio shows across Canada, designs, speaks and presents shows around the world, and is an OASIS® Floral Products Design Director. Neville also owns and operates a cutting-edge floral and retail gift shop in an upscale Halifax location called, “My Mother’s Bloomers” (Opened in 1992) 

It’s not all flowers (or spare time!)  though, as Neville has received several awards for his philanthropy work, including a commendation from the Lt. Governor of Nova Scotia.  Neville also hosts tours to the UK and is working with a company to host others to South America, etc. His first book, “Neville on the Level!” is out and he’s got two more in the go!

He’s designed floral arrangements for celebrities and Heads of State, including Rod Stewart, Glen Close, Paul McCartney and members of the British Royal Family. Neville writes for several publications Internationally, including Canadian Florist Magazine and his floral works have been featured in many national and international magazines.

Neville is an accredited Floral Judge through the World Flower Council, was inducted into the Canadian Academy of Floral Art in 2011, and is a member of Professional Floral Communicators International, . Check out all things “Neville” on his face book page, Twitter, (Or google him…it’s fun!) or on his website,

“Share LOVE through the Beauty of Flowers!!” – Neville MacKay CAFA PFCI