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 aims to raise awareness for its many negative social and environmental impacts — both with industry and consumers.

Determined to making fashion circular, Kelly is responsible for convening the Ontario Textile Diversion Collaborative, with more than 30 stakeholders committed to increasing the rate of textile diversion, while unlocking local solutions for reuse and recycling.

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 for the fashion industry.

Kelly has a background in PR, Communications and Events, and manages all of these for FTA. She produces the annual World Ethical Apparel Roundtable (WEAR) which began in 2014, and oversees FTA’s youth education program My Clothes My World. Kelly is a sought after consultant for fashion designers and brands who want to embrace CSR and sustainability.

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 the hopes to raise awareness for responsible consumption and production, and for human rights in the fashion industry. Through this, she has earned respect from global leaders, industry colleagues, and the media, as a sustainable fashion go-to expert.

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