A panel of experts from across the fashion industry deliberate on a wide range of contentious topics such as megabrands, globalism, and what it means to be Canadian in the fashion industry. BIG Business, BIG Pressure, BIG Names and BIG Hype. The fur – yet another discussion point – is sure to fly in this not to be missed panel discussion.
Moderated by fashion icon Jeanne Beker.
Jeanne Beker is one of the most iconic and influential women in the fashion industry.
Currently host of Bell Media’s FashionTelevisionChannel, she is also a contributing editor for The Toronto Star and The Kit, a columnist for Metro, author of five books, creative director for exclusive clothing line “Edit by Jeanne Beker”, and a regular style correspondent for ETALK, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW, The Loop and CANADA AM.
Jeremy Laing is one of the hottest Canadian designers in the world today.
His self-taught method combines organic and geometric approaches to pattern making and construction. Following an apprenticeship with Alexander McQueen, Laing worked freelance developing showpieces for five of McQueen's collections, demonstrating his strength in innovative pattern making, garment construction, and the use of textile to create form. In 2011, Jeremy was a finalist for the prestigious ANDAM Fashion Award. Jeremy currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
Robert Ott is currently Chair of the School of Fashion at Ryerson University.
He holds a Master’s degree in the Management of Technology and Innovation and an undergraduate degree in Fashion Design, Apparel Production Management, both from Ryerson. He is nationally recognized for his extensive senior management experience with The Jones Group. He was responsible for overseeing product research and development, supporting marketing activities, developing and overseeing an international business model, and re-evaluating the strategic positioning of corporate brands within Canada.
Ashlee Froese is a branding and fashion lawyer at Gilbert's LLP.
Ashlee is actively involved in the fashion and legal community and is a board member of Fashion Group International, Vice Chair of the Toronto Intellectual Property Group and sits on a number of committees with the International Trademarks Association and Intellectual Property Institute of Canada.
Ashlee frequently guest lectures on intellectual property laws, including at the University of Toronto, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, International Trademarks Association, John Marshall Law School and Osgoode Hall Law School. In addition, Ashlee also owns and operates the website www.canadafashionlaw.com, which examines laws affecting the fashion industry.
Nicholas Mellamphy is the Vice President and Buying Director, The Room and Personal Shopping at Hudson's Bay Company.
He was formerly the Creative Director for The Room and Creative Director at Hazel Luxury For Women and Assistant Manager at Gucci America.
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