Meet the E20 Team




E20 Experts

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Debbie Zakaib
Executive Director,
mmode,
The Metropolitan Fashion Cluster

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With management and fashion expertise, and her commitment to several boards, Debbie Zakaib has been leading the mmode Cluster since 2016 as Executive Director. Launched in May 2015, mmode, the Metropolitan Fashion Cluster aims to improve the competitiveness and the growth of the Quebec fashion industry by acting as the main platform for exchange and collaboration of the ecosystem.

Debbie Zakaib holds a Masters degree in Marketing from HEC Montréal. After working for a few years at the Federal Office of Regional Development Canada within a program to help designers and promote fashion in Quebec, she worked for more than 10 years in the field of consumer products as Brand Development Director at L’Oréal, Coca-Cola Enterprises and Johnson & Johnson.

Passionate about art and collector, she has been involved in many visual art projects, and for 9 years she has been on the Board of Directors of the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art Foundation, for which she chaired the organization of the annual Ball for nearly a decade. She has also been a director on the BOD of the Factry, the School of Creativity Science, ran a blog for Clin d’oeil Magazine, and was a tv urban columnist for ICI Radio-Canada.


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SUSTAINABILITY - EXPERT
Melisa Alessi
Director of Sustainability and Product Development
Frank And Oak

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Experienced Senior Product Development Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the apparel and fashion industry. Skilled in Supply Chain Sustainability, Trend Analysis, Technical Design, Textiles, and R&D.

COLLABORATION - EXPERT
Eva Hartling
Founder & President,
The Brand is Female

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Eva Hartling founded The Brand is Female in 2018. She is a Brand Development, Marketing and Communications Strategist who is passionate about women empowerment in all its forms. She specializes in working with women entrepreneurs and women-focused brands from the lifestyle, fashion and beauty sectors. Through her 20 years of experience helping brands achieve their objectives locally and internationally, Eva has built an expertise in understanding and successfully targeting women consumers.

Prior to launching her own company, Eva was VP, Birks Brand and Chief Marketing Officer for Canada-based Birks Group, At Birks, Eva delivered innovative new product and marketing strategies to a redefined audience of self-purchasing women and led communications campaigns that generated phenomenal exposure in the context of Birks’ global repositioning. Prior to joining Birks, Eva held positions in Marketing, Communications and Public Affairs at Telefilm Canada, RONA, BDC and IBM. Eva is also the founder and host of “The Brand is Female” which has become Canada’s leading female leadership podcast. Eva is actively involved with the Fondation du Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and Toronto-based CANFAR.

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INNOVATION - EXPERT
Anick Beaulieu
VP Growth and Partnerships,
C2 International

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Anick's strength is to link great ideas to business results. Her knack for understanding the business goals of current and future partners leads her to build meaningful, long-lasting partnerships for C2. Through her deals with tech and financial institutions such as IBM, Facebook, ElementAI, RBC and more, she has set the partnership bar to a new high, and proved herself to be key to C2's broad local and international network.

Always a team player, Anick brings results to the table, and successfully inspires her team to aim higher, incorporate winning strategies, and inspire new ways of thinking. To her, intrapreneurship is the name of the game.

Sustainability

Business concepts that focus on the notion of upcycling or minimizing waste.
Moreover, the foundation of all projects lie on a premise of global consciousness.

4TH DIMENSION

Farah Hanna, Mélanie Giroux, Stanislav Petrov, Michael Lombardi

Alternative clothing for independent thinkers. Local, ethical and sustainable.

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Conscious Uniforms & Co.

Amanda Marchitello, Christina Markessinis, John-Louie Dagsaan, Marina Michetti, Antoine McGeoch Nikolaidis

Sustainable uniforms that meet your needs with easy identification and minimal waste.

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Dé-boutonne

Deborah Simbul, Nery Isabel Adames-Garcia

Button manufacturer made with recyclable and biodegradable materials created with a 3D printer.

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Figurare

Cathryn Joly-Terriah, Elizabeth Stitt, Hannah MacCrimmon, Spencer Trivlidis

Figurare, designs and engineers bespoke homeware for the modern luxury consumer from recycled carbon fiber utilizing the latest in 3D...

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itsy bitsy box

Anne-Sophie Goulet, Naomi Amar, Racky Sow, Akaia Bakel, Nicole Epelfeld

Itsy Bitsy Box is an online subscription-based service that provides parents with boxes full of essential seasonal garments for their...

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Neutrum

Huong Nguyen, Seoyeong Choi, Maria Kounelakis, Laura Carolina Millan Lopez, Cecile Kim

Lifestyle brand focused on transforming precious metals found in electronic waste into stunning jewellery for everyone for their day to...

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PIKABOO

Camilo Armando Arellana Turriago, Rachel Marie Puig Porcella, Laura Gina Garces Cuellar, Katya Esther Ancajima Melgarejo, Maria Karla Graniela

Preloved kids wear company aiming to close the cycle of consumption, based on the 4R strategy (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repair).

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Tassu

Alexandra Lamy, Darinka Guadalupe Alvarado Barragan, Caroline Bray

Pet apparel and accessories made from upcycled textiles, each piece is as unique as your pet.

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The Rework

Erika Martin, Mia De Koninck

A vintage consignment store focusing on re-selling luxury handbags, with the opportunity to repair and customize.

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Collaboration

Business concepts that exist thanks to an affiliation with one or more established companies.
Moreover, the foundation of all projects lie on a premise of global consciousness.

ART. XMTL

Christelle Laville, Gabrielle Legendre

Ethical and ecological T-shirt in collaboration with local artists from Quebec

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F.CAPUANO

Ariane Capuano-Picard

F.Capuano is a Montreal fashion business offering a women ready-to-wear clothing line, with a custom made design service.

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FINDERS KEEPERS

Yasmine Isaya, Cynthia Di Lalla, Valerie Reynolds, Samantha Bucci, Lisa Rossignol

Change the way you shop. Finders Keepers is a second hand luxury fashion website that does the browsing for you....

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JUICE Communication

Marie-Lou Demers, Camille Rossit-Djabbar, Sandrine Séguin

A boutique communication firm specialized in guerilla marketing for fashion businesses.

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L’INTERVALLE

Flora Mérouze, Thomas Viens

Restructuring L’Intervalle men’s collection by incorporating items made from pineapple leather and vegetable tanned leather.

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LAKUACHIMOTO

Alexandre Lefebvre-Victorica

Gender less clothes from the designer Lakuachimoto, combining streetwear and luxurious materials.

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MapMode

Bianca Simard, Audrey Turgeon

Interactive fashion itineraries in Montreal through a mobile application.

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SENSASION

Virginia Agredo , Mariana Rodriguez, Maria Pronina

Fun, fresh, feminine fashion with a Latin vibe

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Innovation

Business concepts servicing existing needs in a unique and innovative manner.
Moreover, the foundation of all projects lie on a premise of global consciousness.

AUDIOMATIX

Billur Boke, Corinne Lafortune

Redefining the fashion experience through sound, Audiomatix will help your fashion brand break grounds through personalized audio branding.

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GottaGo

Brittany Melo-Resendes, Céleste Fortin, Sabrina Viau

A Montreal company on the lookout for fashion and the environment by using Canadian food dyes and natural fabrics.

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HOUSE OF BLACK SHEEP

Natasha Daghlian

Custom Haute couture wedding gown designed for the marginal and rebellious

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HYSOFEL

Kenia Yazmin Vital Garcia, Ada Lopez-Herrera

High-performance underwear made from microcapsules that reduce stretch marks and prevent sagging skin

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LUMN Labs

Tao Ye, Yixuan Ma

Light-responsive cosmetics powered by technology and nature.

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MAKA

Katherine Chabot, Marika Levac

Vegan handbags with structured forms, square shaped forms and rectangular forms, with a well structured angle of 90 degrees

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MKAO

Joelle Lokongo, Sandrine Dogliani

Fashionable posture-aiding camisole

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SOLACE

Crystal De Angelis, Summer-Lee Gittings-Kelly, Olivia Mpinga, Stephanie Angers, Nicole Beneda

A fashionable bracelet that doubles as a straw and will change colours in interaction with a beverage that has been...

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Graduates 2020




























Awards






ALUMNI AWARD OF EXCELLENCE


ALUMNI AWARD OF EXCELLENCE RECIPIENT 2019
David Dessureault
LaSalle College, Class of 1998


Vice President Merchandising and Visual Merchandising, North America at DOLCE&GABBANA

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THE ACADEMIC AWARD OF EXCELLENCE


ANNE
2019 RECIPIENT OF THE ACADEMIC AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Anne Schafer
LaSalle College, Class of 2019


Prize awarded by Dynamite

CONTINUING EDUCATION AWARD


ALEXIE
2019 RECIPIENT OF THE CONTINUING EDUCATION AWARD
Alexie Gelé
LaSalle College, Class of 2019


Prize awarded by Reitmans


mELINA
2019 RECIPIENT OF THE CONTINUING EDUCATION AWARD
Mélina Quenneville
LaSalle College, Class of 2019


Prize awarded by The Kersheh Group

FACULTY AWARD OF EXCELLENCE


SOUKI-
2019 RECIPIENT OF THE FACULTY AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Soukaina Fouzi
LaSalle College, Class of 2019


Awarded by Télio


MARINA
2019 RECIPIENT OF THE FACULTY AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Marina Haeusler
LaSalle College, Class of 2019


Awarded by Télio

DREAM INTERNSHIP AWARD


CAROLINA_
2019 RECIPIENT OF THE DREAM INTERNSHIP AWARD
Carolina Agudelo Rios
LaSalle College, Class of 2019


Presented by LAMOUR

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