With management and fashion expertise, and her commitment to several boards, Debbie Zakaib has been leading the mmode Cluster since January 2016 as Executive Director. Launched in May 2015, mmode, the Metropolitan Fashion Cluster aims to improve the competitiveness and the growth of the Quebec fashion industry by acting as the main platform for exchange and collaboration of the ecosystem.
Debbie holds a Masters degree in Marketing from HEC Montréal. After working for a few years at the Federal Office of Regional Development Canada within a program to help designers and promote fashion in Quebec, she worked for more than 10 years in the field of consumer products as Brand Development Director at L’Oréal, Coca-Cola Enterprises and Johnson & Johnson. She also maintained a blog for Clin d’oeil magazine, and was an urban columnist for ICI Radio-Canada Télé.
Passionate about art and collector, she has been involved in many artistic projects, and served 11 years on the board of directors of the Fondation du Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, for which she chaired the organization of the Annual ball for nearly a decade. She was also a director on the boards of La Factry, the School of the Creative Sciences, and of the Eulalie-Durocher Foundation.