Introducing The Lighting Agora

Toronto, Ontario: Founded in 2021 and led by Tom Butters, LC, an award-winning lighting educator, The Lighting Agora is a consortium of independent lighting industry experts that has come together to offer outstanding lighting education, design, marketing, and webinar services to the global lighting industry.

“I could not be prouder than to launch The Lighting Agora with our initial team.” asserted Tom Butters, Founder of The Lighting Agora. “I have worked extensively with Meiling, Shane, Gerry, and Dan. Each of them brings an expertise, skill set, passion and empathy to the Lighting Agora that will be to the benefit of our clients. While we continue to build our consortium, we could not have started with a stronger base.”

The Lighting Agora offers customized and professionally delivered services including:

  • CEU Accredited Lighting Education
  • Curriculum Design
  • Expert Speakers
  • Mentorship
  • Managed Lighting Webinars
  • Lighting Industry Marketing & Research
  • Lighting Design & Consultation
  • Website Design & Consultation

“Tom has created a terrific initiative.” Stated Dan Blitzer, LC and FIES Founder of The Practical Lighting Workshop. “The Lighting Agora enables you to match your issues to resources of the appropriate experience, scale, and duration.  And you can take advantage of the Lighting Agora’s assembled team to work the project through from concept to completion.”

“I am thrilled to be part of the dedicated and inspired team at The Lighting Agora.” – Gerry Cornwell, LC Owner Gerry Cornwell Lighting

“It’s an honour for us to be a part of The Lighting Agora,” said Meiling Fong, Lead Strategist and Founder of Blueboxfish. “Tom’s vision and passion for the lighting industry are absolutely inspiring. We are looking forward to helping lighting industry clients develop innovative strategies to achieve their marketing objectives.”

“In my exposure to the lighting industry over the last few years, I’ve seen a tremendous opportunity for digital growth,” said Shane Skwarek, Chief Technologist and Owner of Small Business Solutions.  “Lighting experts are developing new, innovative ideas without a means to disseminate their research. That’s where I see The Lighting Agora stepping in – bridging the gap between Expert Ideas and Public Awareness.”

Contact The Lighting Agora today to speak to one of our lighting industry experts.

About The Lighting Agora

Inspired by the ancient Greek Agora, an open space where citizens could meet to exchange ideas, services or knowledge, The Lighting Agora’s mission is to support the evolving global lighting community in overcoming lighting challenges through high level direction and support from its network of lighting industry experts.

Learn more about The Lighting Agora today.

About Gerry Cornwell Lighting

Gerry Cornwell, LC of Gerry Cornwell Lighting is one of Canada’s leading lighting designers and educators, with extensive experience in a broad range of applications. He is a founding member of the Lighting Design Certificate program at Ryerson University, and has taught lighting design at Georgian College, the Ontario College of Art, Ryerson University, Sheridan College and the University of Toronto, as well as for the Illuminating Engineering Society and several corporate clients.

About The Practical Lighting Workshop

Founded in 1993 by Dan Blitzer, LC and FIES, The Practical Lighting Workshop provides marketing, strategy, communication and training to both manufacturers and non-commercial clients. Dan brings over 40 years of experience in lighting technology, application, energy effectiveness and sustainability, product management, marketing, and lighting education across all marketing channels.

About Blueboxfish

Blueboxfish, founded in 2018 by Meiling Fong, provides seamless marketing support to clients by offering market research, traditional and digital marketing strategy and execution services all under one roof. With over a decade of experience in the lighting industry, Meiling’s strategic vision has translated into the successful development and launch of countless products in the North American market.

Learn more about Blueboxfish.

About S-FX Small Business Solutions Small Business Solutions founded in 2007 by Shane Skwarek, is a web design and technology consulting agency specializing in small business development. Its full-time team of passionate and experienced professionals provide turn-key services for entrepreneurs, start-ups, non-profit organizations, and small businesses.

Learn more about Small Business Solutions.


Tom Butters, LC
Director and Founder of The Lighting Agora
The Lighting Agora
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