CEP Presents: A panel on Eco-Ethical Fashion

  • 27 Mar 2018
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • CSI Spadina Atrium, 192 Spadina Avenue


  • This price is increased for last minute attendees.
  • Registration code required.

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CEP Presents: A Panel on Eco-Ethical Fashion 

Come out for a night of stimulating debate and discussion by our expert panel, including an invited speaker from Mountain Equipment Co-op! Bring a friend, grab a drink, and network with other like-minded sustainability professionals!

The fashion industry is the second largest polluter in the world, just behind the oil industry. Ethical fashion represents an approach to the design, sourcing and manufacture of clothing which maximizes benefits to people and communities while minimizing impact on the environment.

Goals of the event: 

  • Raise awareness of the social and environmental impacts of the fashion industry
  • Discuss and examine solutions that currently being implemented in Canada and worldwide
  • Learn about actions that the audience can take in their personal lives to reduce their individual impact.

Date: Tuesday March 27th 2018

Time: 6.00 - 8:30pm

Venue: CSI Spadina Atrium, 192 Spadina Avenue

Ticket cost: $10 in advance, $12 at the door

Refreshments and drinks will be provided with your ticket.


Nikolas MacLean - Chair of Environmental Integrity Committee & Product Team Leader at Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC)

Nikolas is a department manager in North York at Mountain Equipment Co-op. With 15 years experience in the outdoor retail industry, previously with North Face and other independent stores, Nikolas has also been involved with MEC’s Sustainability Team, and has chaired their Environmental Integrity Committees in Toronto the last 7 years.


MEC is committed to sustainability innovation by design, and believes that quality products have the smallest possible footprint, that they're made carefully and with respect for the people who produce it. Click here to read about MEC's various sustainability initiatives.

Eric Dale - Co-founder and Operations Director at TAMGA Designs

Eric believes in the power of big ideas. After finishing a Masters in International Development at the University of NSW in Australia, Eric spent 5 years forking with the United Nations in New York and Bangladesh. After learning about the social and environmental realities of the garment industry through his work in Dhaka, Eric co-founded TAMGA Designs with his partner Yana to prove that the fashion industry can do better for people and the planet.

TAMGA Designs is a sustainable lifestyle movement, born out of the need for a positive example in fashion - by creating vibrant and premium quality clothing from the world’s best sustainable materials, with dignified conditions for every worker throughout the process. They believe in a bright future for style, people and the planet, so they create clothing that respects all three.

Zoey Wen - Co-founder of Freshrents

A self-proclaimed optimist & life-enthusiast, Zoey Wen is the Co-founder of FreshRents, an online rental & consignment service for women’s occasion wear. Previously, she worked in the telecommunications industry for 6 years and held roles across various business disciplines. Zoey has an educational background in business and obtained her Bachelor of Commerce from University of Toronto.”

Freshrents is a Toronto-based rental and sale service that provides users with access to high quality fashion at affordable prices. They strive to help their users look and feel fabulous while keeping their closets and conscious clear.Their mission is to minimize waste and maximize the life of fashion pieces by sharing among women in their community.

Lauren Smith - Founder and CEO at PolyGone Technologies
Lauren grew up on Lake St. Clair and has been involved in water management and advocacy for over a decade. Most recently, her research focuses on decision making and behaviour change around water use and how social marketing can guide pro-environmental behaviour change. With a Masters in Sustainability Management from the University of Waterloo, she founded PolyGone Technologies, a startup working to mitigate microfibre pollution from clothing. In her free time, she can be found rock climbing or in her garden.

PolyGone Technologies provides a solution to microplastic pollution by addressing the largest contributor: microfibres. These tiny plastic threads are shed from synthetic textiles (polyester, spandex, nylon, etc.) during washing and are released into waterways. Here they collect toxins before ending up on our plates and in 83% of the world's tap water. PolyGone develops laundry and filtration technologies to capture microfibres before they enter waterways and before they enter our food system.

Anne Pringle - Founder of The Good6ix; Manager of Partnerships and Impact at Lucky Iron Fish

Anne has over 8 years of experience in sustainable fashion, partnership development and social entrepreneurship. In 2010, Anne co-founded Local Buttons, an eco-friendly and ethical fashion line working with tailors in Port-au- Prince, Haiti to create up-cycled fashion. Anne worked to set up an ethical factory space in Haiti, and coordinated with Cornell University on a fibre recycling initiative.

In 2016, Anne joined Ryerson to work as the Manager for the Social Ventures Zone to help grow the next generation of change makers and social innovators. Just recently she took over as Partnership and Impact Manager at Lucky Iron Fish. Anne continues to work in the realm of sustainable fashion with her latest venture, theGood6ix, an online platform that allows consumers to search and discover fashionable, sustainable clothing.


Raad Seraj - Creator and Strategic Advisor of Operation Groundswell’s “Bangladesh: Fashion in Flux” project

Raad Seraj has a strong background in clean technology innovation. As the Senior Analyst at the Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP), one of the top water hubs in the world, Raad works with technology developers, governments, end-users, and investors to mobilize the newest technologies to tackle emerging water issues around the world. Outside WaterTAP, Raad serves on the Board of Directors for Fashion Takes Action, Canada's only national NGO serving as the voice of sustainable fashion. He has been a consultant for Endeavour, a volunteer-run management consulting service for non-profits, and a co-founded wtrbox, a tech startup that developed an intelligent residential sprinkler controller.

Raad builds immersive experiences that foster social cohesion. He created Fashion in Flux, an experiential education program that takes fashion entrepreneurs from around the world to Bangladesh to explore hidden intersections of fashion, and has been one of the key organizers of An Honest Farewell - a four day festival celebrating Honest Eds - as well as Camp Reset, a digital detox camp for adults. In his free time, Raad plays guitar in a psychedelic rock band 

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