FIELD – Celebrating 10 Years of Industry Partnership

This year the School of Fashion proudly celebrates 10 years of FIELD and offering our students valuable experiential learning and networking opportunities.

FIELD (Fashion Industry Educational Exchange and Leadership Development) is a unique collaboration between the fashion industry and graduating students of Seneca’s Fashion Business Management Advanced Diploma program.

Each year, student teams partner with a fashion industry client who challenges them to assist with a real-life business opportunity.

Student teams apply their knowledge gained in their final year of study to develop strategic and creative solutions for the ‘client’. They present a summary of their findings to the industry partner and a panel of industry judges at the FIELD gala event and a winning team is chosen.

Now in its tenth year, FIELD offers an experiential learning and networking opportunity for students. For the industry partner, it’s a chance to give back to the community, work with emerging professionals in the field, and potentially gain insight into their own operation.

“I highly recommend like-minded brand stakeholders to consider partnering with the Seneca Field program as I am confident it will prove to be a positive disrupter, capable of elevating the passions and energies of everyone involved.” Robin J. Yates, VP, Nobis Inc. FIELD Partner, 2018.

Pictured above: Robin J. Yates.

“I left (the FIELD event) inspired and in awe of these amazing students! Their presentations were first class; professional, succinct and articulate. On behalf of all of us at Walmart, thank you for allowing us to be part of this amazing program — it was an honour!” Marlise Wilson Senior Director Merchandising, Apparel Kids & Family Basics Walmart Canada FIELD Partner, 2017.

Pictured above is the winning team from 2017: Liza Downs, Victoria Peulic, Janelle Villapando and Brittney Palmeri, along with representatives from Walmart Canada, Jennifer Holgate and Marlise Wilson. 

“Seneca’s 2015/2016 Fashion Business Management students have proven to be an incredibly talented, passionate, and ambitious group of our industry’s future leaders.” Kathy Cheng Founder & President Redwood Classics FIELD Partner, 2016

Pictured Above Kathy Cheng and Alex Wong

“The students repeatedly presented themselves as keen individuals with focused minds and ambitious intention. It was an impressive and creative experience.” Franco Mirabelli President & Creative Director Franco Mirabelli Design Inc. FIELD Partner, 2015

Pictured above: Franco and Nancy Mirabelli

“Their… innovative ideas, fresh perspectives and collaborative efforts contributed to an overall experience that is unparalleled.” Krista Love Vice-President, Women’s Wear Sales Haggar Canada Co. FIELD Partner, 2014

Pictured above: Anna Cappuccitti Fashion Business Management Co-ordinator, Krista Love, and Michel Côté, Chair of the School of Fashion.

Thank you to our FIELD industry partners for 10 years of student support and educational excellence.

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