Meet Our Speakers

Deborah Gottesman and Sharyn Adler Gitalis
Deborah Gottesman

Deborah Gottesman – MBA, PEng, Assoc IALD, LC- Principal, 

Sharyn Adler Gitalis

Sharyn Adler Gitalis, Colour and Design Consultant, Architectural Lighting Design

Color and Light for a Livable Future


As we age, our perception of colour and light changes. Understanding these changes is important; they can have a significant impact on our physical and mental health that can affect our ability to live independently. Join us as we navigate through the latest research into colour and the ageing eye and the impact of light on human health. Relevant studies can lead us to meaningful solutions to improve the environment for a livABLE future.


Deborah Gottesman
Deborah has a unique contextual understanding of lighting from all perspectives; her career spans over 30 years in all facets of the lighting industry, including design, engineering,

management, education, and manufacturing. Since establishing Gottesman Associates in 1999, Deborah’s creative, rigorous, and client-driven approach have brought award-winning advanced lighting intelligence to a wide range of clients. An electrical engineer with an MBA in Real Property, Deborah has successfully worked on
projects in many sectors, and has taught lighting at all levels to a wide audience from students at colleges and universities to senior architects.

Sharyn Adler Gitalis
Sharyn’s experience experience as an artist, colour consultant, lighting designer and educator informs her insightful perspective on design. As Associate Lighting Designer with Gottesman Associates and Principal with Colour + Light, she explores and applies the nuances of colour and light with scientific enquiry and creative understanding. Sharyn’s professional interests include urban streetscape, and projects related to community, sustainability, health and wellness.

​She shares her passion for light and colour by teaching at various institutions including OCAD University, Ryerson University, and Artbarn School and holds colour and lighting seminars and workshops for designers. She is Treasurer of the Colour Research Society of Canada (CRSC). She also holds colour and lighting seminars and workshops for designers.



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