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Program Advisory Council

The Program Advisory Council provides strategic council and support to the leadership team at the School of Fashion.

Anjli Patel

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Fashion Lawyer

Patel hopes the next generation of fashion creatives embody diversity.

Krishna Nikhil

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Chief Merchandising Officer at SSENSE

Nikhil hopes to see the next generation of fashion creatives and leaders who fully reflect a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives.

Sage Paul

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Designer/Artistic Director, Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto

Paul wishes to foster and support the next generation of conscious fashion creatives who are inclusive, generous and curious.

Brian A. Richards

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Co-Founder/Production & Art Director, THE COLLECTIONS + RESTFSN

Richards hopes the next generation of fashion creatives, conscientiously use fashion as a platform to engage in social discourse, making less ‘fashion statements’ and more political ones.

Heidi Ruggier

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President & Founder, Matte PR Inc.

Ruggier hopes the next generation of fashion creatives address diversity.

Mary Turner

Mary Turner
President, Town Shoes Limited

Turner hopes the next generation of fashion creatives solve the lifecycle problem! The timing of when product arrives in store and when the consumer needs or wants it, is drastically off in all parts of the apparel and footwear business.

Laurie Belzak

Laurie Belzak
Sector Development Office for Fashion and Design, City of Toronto

Belzak hopes the next generation of fashion creatives are poised to take advantage of the wide range of career opportunities that exist, to help grow the fashion industry in a sustainable manner, to ensure future prosperity and global success.

Aisha Fairclough

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TV Producer, Diversity Consultant and Body Image Advocate

Fairclough hopes the next generation of fashion creatives truly understand that diversity and inclusion isn’t a gimmick. It must be implemented across the board from designers to stylists, photographers, magazine editors and buyers. True change occurs when we all have a seat at the table.

Nina Boccia

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Director of Programs, Design Exchange

Boccia hopes the next generation of fashion creatives create stylish, ethically-made and sustainably-made clothing that is both accessible and inclusive.

Lynda Friendly

Lynda Friendly
President & CEO, Lynda Friendly and Associates Inc.

Friendly hopes to see the next generation of fashion creatives in the fashion industry focus more on the conception and development of new fabric technology, including but not limited to intelligent, interactive textiles, smart fabrics, wearable technology and wearable art.

Candice Chan

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Partner/Creative Director, CANDICE & ALISON INC.

Chan hopes the next generation of fashion creatives understand ‘affordable fashion’ doesn’t need to equal ‘fast fashion.’

Dr. Jill Andrews

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Educator & Community Advocate, Co-Founder of Body Confidence Canada

Dr. Andrew is excited to see how the next generation of fashion creatives will continue to design fashion through a lens of social responsibility, sustainability, access and diversity.

Jeanne Beker

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Founding Member of MuchMusic, Newspaper Columnist, Writer, and Editor-in-Chief