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Meet the Team

Great designers are the difference between a good space and an amazing space. Our designers are passionate, experienced and committed to bringing a complete design experience to your door.

Michelle Lear

For 25 years I've enjoyed a career as staff and project manager. With my Diploma in Design Arts I’ve concentrated my project management skills in the cabinetry industry while doing what I love by helping my clients design their dream kitchen and bathroom spaces.

I enjoy educating my clients on how to select cabinetry, and advising on all products to go into their projects. The most important factor, when creating a space the client will love, is asking the right questions and really listening to their answers. With the right knowledge my clients can be confident they’re making great choices they will appreciate for years to come.

Elaine Atkin

For over 15 years Elaine has enjoyed all aspects of her career as an interior designer. Making a difference in the design experience for all her clients, helping to incorporate their lifestyle into cohesive spaces that reflect their styles while creating a home everyone can be proud to call their own, and of course show off to their friends and family.

Prior to joining us at Merit Kitchens Design Centre in Calgary Elaine worked at Ethan Allen as their Design Project Manager and owned her own design studio for a decade where she led her private client projects as well as Rona Home & Garden’s Kitchen and Bath design department.

Susan Nickell

With a deep commitment to my profession, I have been privileged to be a kitchen specialist for 26 years. My formal education includes a Diploma of Interior Design from Mount Royal University, supported by some foundational work at ACAD, and expanded at SAIT by becoming a certified AutoCAD operator. I've enjoyed designing for clientele throughout Calgary, as well as the Okanagan, Vancouver, Toronto, California, and New York. I'm honoured that my work has been featured in numerous publications including Western Living and Canadian House and Home.

Qualities I see in nature, architecture, and photography inform many of my designs, alongside inspiration gained from travel experiences and a variety of recreational pursuits. These observations will help us uncover the ideal solution for you needs, your home, and your investment.

Ron Mort

For over twenty years, Ron has been designing spaces for home renovation clients and construction builders. During the last few years, he has turned his attention toward kitchen and bathroom designs. We are lucky to have him join our great family of kitchen designers here at Merit Kitchen Design centre in Calgary.

Ron obtained his Architectural Technology Diploma at S.A.I.T., and when he is not travelling or playing golf he is helping home owners find a kitchen design that suits their lifestyle and exceeds their expectations with every kitchen project he works on.

"Listening to the client and creating a kitchen space that delivers their vision while respecting their budget is what makes me happy". ~ Ron Mort

Susan Isbister

Designing and constructing a new kitchen or bathroom can be an overwhelming experience, but it doesn't have to be. My goal is to make the process informative and enjoyable. I listen closely to my client's vision, wants and needs; every detail is important in creating a space that reflects your personal taste and style.

I have over two decades of experience designing kitchens and bathrooms, and have been a member of the Merit Kitchens family for 15 years. My background includes formal drafting training, NKBA training, color theory, 20/20 design, and extensive appliance industry knowledge. My projects range from new custom homes to simple renovations, with many being featured in home and lifestyle publications.

Russel Wood

A new space in your home is something that you will interact with everyday, so it needs to be right; that's my priority, and my commitment to every Merit Kitchens client. I am responsible for ensuring all facets of the delivery and installation go smoothly. Though no two projects are the same, my aim is for every customer to enjoy the same great experience.

I consider myself very fortunate to have worked in this great industry for the past 40 years. I've been involved in pretty much every aspect of building and installing cabinetry, as well as managing several small cabinet companies. Over the last 20 years, I've worked with Merit Kitchens in Calgary, and I enjoy the opportunity to interact with customers and help them realize their dream kitchen or bathroom.