Kelly Drennan

Kelly Drennan

Founding Executive Director

Kelly Drennan is a systems thinker, social entrepreneur, thought leader, disruptor and collaborator who is devoted to making change within the fashion industry. Twelve years ago she founded Fashion Takes Action, out of her desire to create a better, more sustainable future for her two daughters.

Armed with more than a decade experience working in conventional fashion PR & Events (prior to starting FTA), Kelly continues to raise awareness, but now for the social and environmental impacts of the industry.

Determined to making fashion circular, Kelly convenes the Ontario Textile Diversion Collaborative (OTDC), with more than 30 stakeholders who are committed to increasing textile diversion, while unlocking local solutions for reuse and recycling. Kelly is also a member of the City of Toronto Circular Economy Working Group and the Fashion Industry Advisory Panel. 

Since 2014, Kelly has produced the annual World Ethical Apparel Roundtable (WEAR) , and is a sought after consultant for fashion designers and brands looking to embrace CSR and sustainability. She also oversees FTA’s youth education program My Clothes My World that she developed in 2015 for students in grades 4-12.  

In 2017 Kelly was recognized as a Canadian environmental leader with the esteemed Clean 50 Award for her work in Education & Awareness, and is the first recipient of this award for the fashion industry.

Kelly’s knowledge and passion for sustainable fashion is evident the minute you meet her. She has given hundreds of presentations to industry, academics and consumers in order to raise awareness for responsible consumption and production, and for human rights in the fashion industry. Through this, she has earned respect as a sustainable fashion go-to expert from global leaders, industry colleagues and the media.


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