2016 Speakers


Safia Minney

Social Entrepreneur, Author & Founder

People Tree, UK & Japan

Safia is recognized internationally as the pioneer of sustainable fashion and one of the best known people in the Fair Trade movement. She is also recognised by the World Economic Forum as an Outstanding Social Entrepreneur. Safia launched Global Village in 1991 in Japan out of which People Tree was born and then in London in 2000. She drove the business as CEO, Creative Director, Head of Fair Trade supply chain development and communications. People Tree was the first fashion company to achieve organic and Fair Trade certification in the world. The business brings social impact to over 5000 economically disadvantaged farmers, artisans & tailors. More


Tony Shumpert

Vice President of Recycling and Reuse

Value Village

Tony Shumpert oversees the recycling and reuse business operations for Value Village (also known as Village des Valeurs and Savers), a purpose-driven thrift retailer with more than 330 stores across Canada, the United States and Australia. During his 14-year tenure at Value Village, Tony has been instrumental in establishing the company as a global leader in clothing and textile reuse and recycling.

Tony is passionate about reuse, representing Value Village through his membership on the National Zero Waste Council’s Circular Economy Working Group, as a board member of Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART), an international trade association focused on promoting high standards and best practices for reducing solid waste by recycling textiles and related secondary materials, and through his Huffington Post contributions. More

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Opening Remarks

Kelly Drennan

Founding Executive Director

Fashion Takes Action

Mary Fragedakis

City Councillor, Ward 29

City of Toronto

Rebecca Magee

Manager of Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Eileen Fisher

Robyn Kimber

‎Sustainability Operations Specialist

Lululemon Athletica

Daniel Fibiger

Director of Global Partnerships and Supplier Sustainability

Gap Inc.

jessica stasskewitsch

Sustainability Coordinator

H&M Canada

Lindsay Lorusso

Chief Explorer & Creator


Cynthia Power

Facilitating Manager of Green Eileen

Eileen Fisher

Julia Grieve



Harvey Chan


ESP Global Consulting Inc.

Suzanne Smulders


Lena the Fashion Library

Sarah Ditty

Head of Policy

Fashion Revolution UK

Manu Kabahizi



Anne Pringle

Coordinator, Social Ventures Zone

Ryerson University

hendrik Alpen

Sustainability Business Expert

H&M Sweden

Lis Suarez Visbal-Ensink



Sandra Tavares


Tavares Group Consulting Inc.

Adila Cokar


Source My Garment

Jennifer Triemsta-Johnston

Program Director, FACTS

Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity

Joyce Sou


B Lab Canada

Peggy Sue Deaven


Peggy Sue Collection

Mike Morrice

Executive Director

Sustainability CoLab

Sarah Power



Claudia Marsales

Senior Manager Waste & Environmental Management

City of Markham

Catherine Leighton

Coordinator, Waste Management

Partners in Project Green, TRCA

Cassandra Ciarallo


Chic Made Consciously

Fatima Zaidi

Head of Business Development

Rent Frock Repeat

Jo-Anne St. Godard

Executive Director

Recycling Council of Ontario

Antony Upward


Better My Business

Jose Luis Gutierrez-Garcia

Co-Founder & Project Manager

Upcycle the Gyres (Upgyres)

kirsten schaefer


Ryerson School of Fashion

matthew allen

Vice President, Strategic Development
Health, Environmental and Regulatory Services


Susan Mocarski

Business Development Manager

Lenzing Fibers, Inc

tarah burke


Ryerson School of Fashion, OCAD U, Seneca College

dana kandalaft


Tight Knit Syria

amelia ufford



anika kozlowski

PhD Candidate

Ryerson University

sarah jay

Stylist & Board Member

Fashion Takes Action

julie yan

Director of Corporate Social Compliance

Hudson’s Bay Company

marie o’mahony

Professor of Digital Futures

Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) University

stella sun

Vancouver Office Manager


David Wilkes

Senior Vice President Government Relations & Grocery Division

Retail Council of Canada

jessica schreiber



sarah peel

Program Director, My Clothes My World

Fashion Takes Action

stacey fruitman

CSR Consultant


haleigh king

Business Impact Lead

Textbooks for Change

Kabir Grewal

Brand Strategist

Top Drawer Creative

Harvey Weisfeld


Better My Business

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