Archives: Staff

Andrea Arice

Arice wants to recast personal experiences and perceptions, which come to life thanks to 3D graphics. By arousing emotions, evoking forgotten memories, or galvanizing visions to freely interpret; Arice lets the viewers wander into alternative worlds *through his eyes*.  For his work he rejects any kind of label. Computer graphics are just a medium, for …

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Kelly Drennan

In 2007, Kelly Drennan founded Fashion Takes Action, out of her desire to create a better, more sustainable future for her, then, two young daughters. Her role at FTA is to remove the barriers to sustainability that exist for the entire fashion system – for those who make, sell, buy, wear, care, repair, reuse, collect, …

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Richard J. Railey~ Director of Strategy

Richard J Railey is a twenty-five-year creative sector professional who has built his career as a futurist, thought leader, and serial entrepreneur. Richard’s resume reads like a fairy-tale to any self-starter, including countless start-ups, working corporately in Fortune 500 Hospitality organizations, conventions, and other technology companies. He has also cracked the code and found great …

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Jordan Claire Robbins

Jordan can currently be seen starring in Netflix’s “Umbrella Academy” as ‘Grace/Mom’ opposite Ellen Page, Colm Feore and Tom Hopper, which was just renewed for a second season. Other TV credits include the CW’s “Supernatural”, FX’s “Man Seeking Woman” and SyFy’s “12 Monkeys”. She had a successful career in modeling before she set her sights …

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Kenneth Wong

Born and raised in Winnipeg, and having completed degrees from University of Manitoba in Mechanical Engineering, Economics and Law, Ken left his hometown in 1999 for Ottawa to join the Canadian Foreign Service. He has had overseas postings in Johannesburg, Los Angeles and Beijing as a Trade Commissioner, promoting trade and investment in diverse areas …

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Heather Stewart Whyte

Heather literally fell into modeling, when friends of hers pushed her into the waiting room of her 1st agency. Booked on the spot, it wasn’t long before she was on the cat walks of Paris, Milan and New York dressed by legendary houses including Chanel, YSL and Dior In the age of the 90’s ‘Supermodel’ …

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Celine Gittens

Céline Gittens was born in Trinidad and grew up in Vancouver, Canada. She trained with her mother, Janet Gittens, and at Vancouver’s Goh Ballet Academy. She joined the Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2006 and was promoted to Principal in 2016. She has danced lead roles in ballets by Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, David Bintley and …

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Helen Hawkins

Helen has spent most of her career covering the arts industry, primarily on the staff of The Sunday Times in London, where she worked for 34 years, the last 25 of them as arts editor. She started out in academia, teaching English and film while gaining an MA at the University of Colorado in Boulder, …

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Daniel Lismore

Daniel Lismore is a London and Coventry based artist; A Living Sculpture who creates elaborate, extravagant, three-dimensional tableaux of figurative sculptures crafted like tapestries; Each artwork is created from fragments of items previously worn by the artist, meshing history and futurism whilst reflecting the world in which he exists. Lismore has been a prominent fixture …

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Ajai V Singh

Ajai is popularly known as the person who revived the fashion design industry of Sri Lanka in the last 17 years. He fathered Sri Lanka’s fashion development movement and as a result close to 80% of fashion designers we see today are the product of the fashion development platform Ajai created. CFW is the backbone …

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Paloma Diaz-Soloaga

Paloma is a Professor in the department of Audiovisual Communication and Advertising at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. She is also Honorific Director of the Degree in Fashion Communication and Management at Centro Universitario Villanueva Some of her recognitions: 2020, Spanish National Fashion Industry Award (delivered by Her Majesty the Queen of Spain) Director …

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Martine Gingerich

Martine Gingerich applied her 2 university degrees to 20 years as a French elementary teacher in Canada, and now uses this organization and diplomatic skills as the Submissions Director for CANIFFF working with hundreds of filmmakers around the world. In addition to fostering dogs, she spends her spare time photographing animals as a passion project.

Richard Railey

Richard J Railey is a twenty-five-year creative sector professional who has built his career as a futurist, thought leader, and serial entrepreneur. Richard’s resume reads like a fairy-tale to any self-starter, including countless start-ups, working corporately in Fortune 500 Hospitality organizations, conventions, and other technology companies. He has also cracked the code and found great …

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George Sully

Multidisciplinary designer, entrepreneur and activist are all different ways one can begin to describe George Sully.  Based in Toronto, with an impressive worldwide network, Sully has established a collective of multifaceted companies that leverage him as an innovative player in the world of multimedia content creation and fashion design. George Brown honorary degree recipient and …

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Paul Sych

Creating a new visual literacy fuels typographer, art director and designer Paul Sych’s identity. Paul’s design practice “Faith” is a multifaceted creative design agency creating works primarily in the fashion, music and art spectrum. Paul’s innovative design, art direction and typography has been published in over 100+ books and publications internationally. Highlights from his career …

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Jennifer Cortez

Jennifer Cortez proudly represents her Hispanic culture with her Ecuadorian background while born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Jennifer is a creative and business professional, working in art direction and graphic design for over 19 years and has had her creative work published in popular print fashion and fitness magazines, on product packaging and signage …

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Robin Barker

Born in England of Royal Stewart blood and the son of a successful lawyer, Robin started his hairdressing career in the sixties and was managing a salon within two years. He emigrated to Canada, eventually becoming head stylist of Gus Caruso’s, Toronto’s number one salon. In 1971 Robin Barker opened his own business, which became …

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Jorge Joao

Jorge Joao is an acclaimed Celebrity stylist who spends his time with his award-winning salon KOI Hair Studio. He’s also involved in different fashion weeks, editorial work, educational programs and touring as an International Redken Artist.  For 18 seasons he has led an elite team at Toronto Fashion Week. He is also part of Fashion …

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Elyse Saunders

Elyse has been in the fashion industry for close to 20 years working as a model, artist and overall creative.  Living abroad has encouraged her creative passion, gaining inspiration in the ups and downs of a nomadic lifestyle. Finding safety in creativity, she embraced new ways of creating as often as she changed cities. Elyse …

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