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Fashion Faculty Directory

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Constantine Campaniaris holds a BS in Textile Technology from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. He earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration and Marketing from the same university. He is a veteran in the apparel and textile industry, with more than 30-years’ experience in line management and consulting to the industry. He has worked throughout the North American Free Trade area, with particular and wide ranging experiences in the United States, Mexico and Costa Rica. He has many years of experience working with European and African Apparel companies. He has a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of apparel and textile operations, from manufacturing and sourcing to merchandise planning and marketing. He has major accomplishments in overall management, marketing strategy and implementation; and, organizational development. He has written many industry-related articles and, is currently a member of the editorial boards of both Style and the Journal of Fashion and Management, which is an international Journal based in the United Kingdom. He is currently working on a PhD in Marketing. He remains a member of George Brown College faculty in the Fashion Department, teaching courses in Marketing. He enjoys volunteering for public causes besides spending time with his family.

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Julie Cichon is a graduate of George Brown College School of Fashion Design in the Creative Fashion Design program.   She also holds a Certificate from St. Clair College in In-Service Teacher Training.  She worked as a Quality Control Supervisor in an intimate apparel company and as a Pattern Maker and Grader for a major ladies’ sportswear manufacturer. These experiences prepared her for teaching pattern making, grading, lingerie, and teaching computer aided pattern-making courses. Her strong commitment to fashion education at George Brown College stems from more than 20 years of industry and teaching experience which focused on apparel design and apparel production. She is a member of faculty at George Brown College where she remains active in student recruitment, curriculum development, and the preparation of the annual College fashion show. She also maintains close ties with numerous alumni and supports them in the development of their labels.  She is also instrumental in the annual fashion show which, in conjunction with the 51 Division Community Police Liaison Committee Gala, raises scholarship funds for students in the community. Julie’s philosophy is a simple one: “The partnerships we develop encourage students to network with key industry players. These relationships often provide opportunities for future employment.”

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Kathleen Kaszuba holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Fine Art Studio, from the University of Toronto and a CAAT Diploma in Fashion, from George Brown College. She studied Mathematics and Psychology at De Paul University in Chicago. She came back to Toronto in 1968 and joined George Brown College as a member of faculty. She has more than 30 years of experience teaching Fashion courses at George Brown and other Toronto fashion programs. She has been a member of College-wide George Brown College committees including the founding General Education Committee, the College Employment Stability Committee, Workload Monitoring Group, among others. She has worked in the Toronto garment industry for a decade in all aspects of design room garment creation from prototype design to illustration and consulting. These firms created skirts, pants, blouses, day-dresses, party dresses, suits, outerwear jackets, fabric & suede & leather & fur coats for mass-production ready-to-wear markets in Canada, the United States and Japan. She has taught many courses in the School of Fashion and currently teaches Apparel Pattern Drafting, Design and Colour. Many of the thousands of students she has taught over the years have become successful fashion entrepreneurs, designers, and Professors at other post-secondary schools.

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Winnie Kwan holds an MA from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She was educated in Hong Kong, UK and in Canada. She has taught a variety of courses in the Post Graduate and Diploma programs. She had been working in Fashion Design and Business Management for more than 20 years prior to joining and teaching at George Brown College.  She has also worked internationally in the Fashion Industry for multinational corporations and fashion groups. Winnie held many positions, including Managing Director, Project Director, Merchandise Director, Division Manager, Chief Fashion Buyer, Chief Designer, Fashion Forecaster and Senior Costume Designer.  She has travelled extensively for business and has participated in and attended numerous fashion trade shows in many fashion capitals around the world.  While operating her own retail and design business in Hong Kong, she served high-end store buyers as well as retail clientele. She was invited to teach and conduct a training course for lecturers in Fashion Buying, which led to her interest in teaching.  As a professor in the School of Fashion Studies, Winnie has been teaching Fashion Design and Business Management for many years and remains a valuable member of faculty at GBC. 

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Carolyn Perry-Donnan graduated from the fashion design program at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario where she was the recipient of the Abraham Karp Apparel Technology Award.  While in college she started a women’s wear enterprise ‘Perry Originals’.   Upon graduation she expanded the company to manufacture and retail an exclusive line of women wear which she designed.  After 15 years she made a career change, moved to Mississauga and pursued a second passion that of teaching while enjoying a much more family friendly lifestyle.

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Milan Shahani holds a diploma in Fashion design and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Bombay University. She also holds a Master in Fine Arts Degree specializing in Costume Design for Theatre, from the University of North Carolina’s School Of The Arts. She has worked as a Costume Designer for various theatre and film productions in Toronto and India. Some of the productions she has worked on as a costume designer include, Shakuntala, The Post Office, The Africa Trilogy, Kasbah and The Blithe Spirit, to name a few. She has worked in New York City on Broadway and Off Broadway Productions as an assistant costume designer. Among the productions she has worked on are, Jekyll and Hyde, Once upon a mattress, Master Class and In the Gloaming. She has been on the advisory committee of the Art Gallery of Ontario for their Maharaja Exhibit. Milan has volunteered as a costume designer for the Alumnae Theatre in Toronto. She also volunteers with the University Health Network on their rehabilitation research projects. Her pet passion presently is designing functionally fashionable garments for the differently able community. She joined the faculty of George Brown College in 1999 and has been teaching here ever since.

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Mariola Skowron-Chmurzynska holds a Master of Science, Civil Engineering Degree from Gdansk Polytechnic University (Poland). She took post-graduate studies at the Technical University of Warsaw and, also earned a Diploma in Fashion Technology and Design from George Brown College. She was a Specialist Process Engineer at Poldon Company in Gdansk, as well as a Small Fashion Business owner. She worked as a Sewing Machine operator/Alterationist for Dream Leather Fashions in Unionville in Ontario, before joining Custom Made Fashion in the Design and Alterations Department. She worked for Mikane Apparel as Computer System Operator, before joining Forever Garments of Mississauga in the same capacity. She is a member of George Brown College faculty where she works as an instructor and technologist.

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Ingrid Wagemans holds a Master of Arts Degree in Learning and Technology from Royal Roads University. She has a Fashion Arts Diploma and an Adult Education Certificate from Seneca College.  She has over 20 years of experience in the garment industry, including working at Czigler Imports, manufacturing at M. Baig International, Selina, and Lida Baday. She has extensive retail experience, having worked with Brettons, Fairweather and Braemar. She consulted for Millenitex, The Fashion Incubator, Tam Boyko, Votre Nom, Onelle Fashion Inc. and Norma Peterson.  Her expertise includes managing design, sales, marketing, production, shipping and administration in the design and manufacturing area; and fashion coordination, product development, buying, and production and quality assurance management in the retail area. While working in the fashion industry, she taught part-time at Ryerson Polytechnic Institute—presently part of Ryerson University, and at George Brown College.  She joined George Brown College in 2002 and has been a fashion management professor here since.  Some of her special projects include mentoring the on-campus stores; work placements for 220 students and overseeing FashionWorks, which is a networking event for graduates and industry.  Ingrid is a three time Crystal Apple, student selected award, nominee and winner of the Live it Up, Peer Selected Award, for commitment to high quality education and service.

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Christina Yu graduated from Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s Fashion and Clothing Manufacture Program.  After gaining experience in the Fashion industry,   she went on to further her studies in the United Kingdom. She holds a Diploma in Fashion Design and a Diploma in Clothing Management from the London College of Fashion. She was also elected an Associate of The Clothing and Footwear Institute. Before coming to Canada in 1997, she worked as the Head of the Department of Clothing Technology at the Kwun Tong Technical Institute under the Hong Kong Vocational Training Council. She has worked in Hong Kong and Canada for the past 30 years. Her industrial experience includes working as a Technical Coordinator; Pattern Maker; Garment Designer, Fashion Merchandiser for garment manufacturers and international garment trading companies. She is a professor at George Brown where she teaches in the Fashion Techniques and Design Program. Besides teaching, Christina is involved in volunteer and community work.  For five years, she sat on the judging panel for the Chinese Canadian Fashion Designer Awards organized by the Chinese Family Life Services of Metro Toronto.  She also volunteers to help, design and make costumes for a Government sponsored Chinese Dance Group in her community.

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Part-time Faculty

Leah Barrett graduated from the University of Mumbai in 1987, earning a BSc in Textiles and Clothing. She joined the rapidly expanding apparel export industry. She developed collections for major European retailers, including El Corte, C&A, Marks and Spencer; and luxury brands like Lange and Jean-Claude Jitrois. Their French hand-embroidery techniques shaped her aesthetic and career. She moved to Hong Kong, the hub of sourcing for the world’s largest apparel firms, and worked for VF Corp and other buying offices. She participated in product development, production control and export promotion and in these roles, travelled frequently through Europe and Asia, visiting design studios, factories and participating in trade fairs. In Canada, she became manager of production for knitwear designer Robin Kay and Straton (London Fog). She launched Jabberdust in 2001. Jabberdust develops custom hand-embroidery, for Canadian designers like Pat McDonagh, David Dixon and illustrator Danielle Meder, and produces a line of soft accessories under its own label. She began teaching in 2011, hoping to share her global fashion expertise and experience, and to inspire the next generation of industry leaders. She continues to grow her business and challenge her design skills with an annual collection for Jabberdust www.jabberdust.ca

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Zoran Dobric graduated from Europe’s leading fashion design schools: Instituto Marangoni in Milan, and London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, UK where he earned his MA degree in 2013. After moving to Canada from Milan, he established his namesake label in 2006.  He joined George Brown College and has been a part time fashion instructor since 2008. During his career, he worked as a designer for Danier Leather, Costa Blanca and Urban Behaviour. His work has been published in magazines and books in the USA, Germany, Spain, France, Kuwait, Japan, Canada, and China. World-renowned fashion journalist Jeanne Becker has praised his work on Fashion Television for its artistry and edginess. The collection has been available in Canada, USA, China, UK and Kuwait. His art and fashion have also been featured in group exhibitions at London’s Victoria House and Al Sabah Gallery in Kuwait City. His collection features art, folklore, and culture inspired exclusive original textiles that come to life in innovative, yet wearable silhouettes. His unique, versatile, and timeless collection offers women an individualistic and creative expression. For more info please visit www.zorandobric.com  

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Dr. Aldo Forgione holds a doctorate in law (SJD) from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law with a specialization in the international taxation of e-commerce. He completed his early Legal education at Osgoode Hall Law School (LLB & LLM). He was called to the Bar of the Province of Ontario in 1990 and, Aldo has been  practicing law as an honourable and good-standing member of the Law Society of Upper Canada ever since.  Aldo Forgione joined the faculty of George Brown College in 2007 and continues to teach and inspire students in the International Fashion Management Programme.  In addition to being a teacher and a practicing lawyer, Dr. Forgione is also working as the Executive Director of Youth Media Corp., which owns and operates Sights and Sounds Productions www.sightsandsounds.ca (Canada's coolest national VJ and DJ professionals) and www.fyouth.com (a global webzine for intelligent and critical analysis of issues and events that impact young people around the world). When he is not teaching or practicing law, Dr. Aldo Forgione enjoys spending his free time with his family.

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William Gragnoli holds an MBA Degree from York University, a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Concordia University and CAAP from Ryerson University. He teaches a variety of business-based courses at University and College level, among them, Introductory and Advanced Marketing, Apparel Marketing, Strategic Planning, Retail Management, Economics, Business Communications and Presentations, Advertising, Sales Promotion, NFP Marketing, to name a few. He sits on various academic Boards and Councils and is actively involved in Program and Curriculum development. He has held senior level executive positions in Business, with top tier communications, telecommunications and media companies in Canada and as President and CEO of Communitech Inc., which pioneered the sustainable branded content multi-media movement in North America in partnership with companies such as Wal-Mart, Kmart, Sobeys and Bell Canada. Bill is a member of George Brown faculty, currently teaching Apparel Marketing and Introductory Economics at the School of Fashion.

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Mittu Gupta holds a PhD from the University of Mumbai, India. She specializes in Textile and Fashion Technology. She has been teaching Textiles and Clothing for more than 10 years with extensive teaching experience in the Department of Textiles and Apparel Design at NAAC-A Grade College affiliated with SNDT Women's University at Mumbai, India. Over the years she has developed innovative teaching methods and has incorporated different best practices in teaching core textiles and clothing subjects, among them, Wet Processing, Textile Science, Consumer Science and Merchandising, Textile Quality Control, Fabric ornamentation, Garment Construction and Industrial Collaborations. She has a strong research background and has published papers in referred journals and apparel trade magazines and has also presented papers in national and international forums. Beyond academics she has had hands-on experience in the retail sector and has handled a Garment Retail Store as a Manager. Her industrial experience got more expansive when she joined and successfully managed a Garment Production Unit. Her Research interest areas are Consumer Awareness and Behaviour; Apparel Labelling and Retail Business Strategies.

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Sarah B. Hood (www.sarahbhood.com) holds an MA in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Toronto (1983) and a BA (Honours) in Classical Philology from Concordia University (1981), as well as a Diploma in Fine Arts from CÉGEP de Vieux-Montreal (1977). She has taught writing and cultural studies courses at George Brown College since 1998. As a journalist, she explores the culture of food, fashion, urban life, environment and the arts with passion and curiosity. She has served as editor of three national magazines, and published hundreds of articles in such periodicals as the National Post, the Globe and Mail, Spacing, Toronto Life, Canadian Business and Reader's Digest. Her most recent book is "We Sure Can: How jams and pickles are reviving the lure and lore of local food" (Arsenal Pulp Press); other books include “Toronto, The Unknown City” (with Howards Akler) and “Practical Pedalling”, a bike commuter’s guide. She has contributed essays to three volumes of the acclaimed “uTOpia” series from Coach House Books. She writes a popular food blog titled "Eat Locally, Blog Globally".  She has been shortlisted for the National Magazine Awards, the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards for business writing and Taste Canada, the Food Writing Awards.

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Winnie Leung holds a BAA Ryerson University, Toronto. She has more than twelve years of management experience and has worked in both the fashion industry and nonprofit organizations. Her areas of expertise include apparel production management, both domestic and offshore, with particular focus on quality assurance. Her academic experience prior to joining George Brown College includes holding the position of Academic Department Director for fashion design and fashion marketing programs at a private institution. She has been teaching in higher education since 2006 and brings insight and experience into the classroom. Winnie joined the faculty of George Brown College in 2008 and continues to teach at the School of Fashion.

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Kate Lamorie attended Humber College for their Fashion Arts program. She went on to work for multiple Canadian retailers and small businesses, assuming roles that ranged from: Merchandise Allocator, Assistant Buyer, Buyer, Business Development Manager, and Small Business Consultant.  Her love for the fashion industry was evident at a young age when she would go door to door and sell her Barbie Fashion drawings to her neighbours.  The thrill of new trends, colours and styles paved the way for her future career direction. The passion of pairing fashion with teaching soon became her “dream job.” She brings to the classroom more than thirteen years of experience in the retail industry, in addition to her enthusiasm for instructing and learning. She joined George Brown College in 2008 and has been teaching there ever since. Her areas of focus are, Business Planning, Fashion Merchandising and Buying, Financial Management for the Entrepreneur and Apparel Buying Simulation.  Having completed her Instructing Adults Certificate and Online Instructor Certification from George Brown College, Kate is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Learning and Technology. 

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Wayne McLennan holds a Master's Degree in Counselling and Guidance from New York University's School of Education, Health, Nursing, and Arts Professions. He received his education at New York University. He has more than 25 years of experience in the Fashion Retail Industry.  He has worked for Thriftys/Bluenotes, Cotton Ginny, Tabi, and Addition-Elle, which is a division of Reitmans in the role of Marketing and Visual Presentation Director. He strives to bring industry related experience into the classroom to stimulate dynamic discussions and engaged learning.  He joined the faculty of George Brown College in 2011, where he continues to teach courses in Visual Merchandising and Store Planning; Introduction to World Fashion and Business Ethics for the Fashion Industry. He enjoys travelling, particularly to Europe, as well as painting, illustration, film, and all aspects of design from Fashion, to Interior Design, and Architecture. 

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Peter W. Madaka holds an MA in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University in Kitchener-Waterloo (1996). He earned a BA (Honours) from the same university. He holds an Advanced Certificate in Refugee Studies from York University’s Centre for Refugee Studies in Toronto (1998). He also holds a Diploma in Print and Electronic Journalism from Centennial College in Toronto (2001). After a year as Teaching Assistant at McMaster University’s Department of Sociology (1998), he moved to Toronto to enrol in a PhD program at York University, with plans to specialize in Refugee and Internally Displaced Peoples’ Rights as Human Rights. His plans changed quickly when funding fell through. He joined Interactive Media Group in 2000, working at night and studying Journalism by day. In 2001, he joined Share Newspaper, a community weekly in Toronto and worked as a reporter, columnist and eventually, Deputy Editor. He left Share in 2005 to focus on increased responsibilities due to assuming new supervisory duties at Interactive Media Group. He left Interactive Media Group in 2007 after a new owner moved key operations offshore. Later in 2007, he joined George Brown College as a member of faculty, teaching communications. He continues to teach Communications course at George Brown.

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