One of Canada's premier magazines chose Marilyn McNeil-Morin, the Director of George Brown's Fashion Exchange , as one of its Women of the Year for 2017.
McNeil-Morin's efforts to create a hub where community, education and industry connect caught the attention of editors at Chatelaine. The magazine chose 33 women who rocked 2017 – McNeil-Morin among them.
Chatelaine credits her for, "bringing fashion manufacturing back to Canada" in its Women of the Year feature .
"For five years, the Director of the Fashion Exchange at Toronto’s George Brown College advocated for the creation of a space that could serve as both a technical workshop for design students and a working manufacturing facility," the article states.
The Fashion Exchange opened in April 2016 in Toronto's Regent Park neighbourhood, providing the local community with fast-track training for entry–level positions in the fashion industry, hands-on advanced production experience for George Brown fashion students, and manufacturing services and support for local companies and emerging designers to enable the growth of small brands.
"The Fashion Exchange signed 30 clients, including local designers Heather Campbell and Garrison Bespoke, and hired nine staff (including two from their community outreach program)," the Chatelaine article says.