Seneca Fashion Professor Phillip Sparks Sustainability Development Goal #SDG

PSPhilip Sparks has been working as a tailor and designer for almost two decades, incorporating an art practice focused on textiles, photography and installations into the production and exhibition of his collections. During his career, he has worked in-house in the wardrobe and design departments at the National Ballet of Canada, The Canadian Opera Company, the Stratford Festival and Soulpepper Theatre. His clothing and accessory business has been carried at retailers including Holt Renfrew, Hudson’s Bay and La Maison Simons. Currently, Philip continues to further his research into the anthropology and anthropometry of tailoring while producing custom garments and serving as a professor in the School of Fashion

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“Of course quality education is the most important SDG for me, but also responsible consumption and production”

Seneca Fashion Professor Jennifer Dares Sustainability Development Goal #SDG

JD_1Jennifer Dares has over twenty-five years of industry experience as a Canadian contemporary fashion designer and trend forecaster. Jennifer holds a diploma in Fashion from Sheridan College. Her experience includes working as a designer, pattern drafter, managing and recruiting for a major department store, as an assistant buyer for Emporio Armani and the Women’s and Girls’ Trend Direction Manager for HBC. Jennifer established her women’s wear label LAYER in 2002. LAYER publications include Canadian and international press coverage. Jennifer also contributes to the advancement of the industry, new designers and numerous worthy causes such as Fashion Cares, the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Shadow Ball, the Royal Ontario Museum’s Indigo Auction, or the Fashion Zone advisor

Jennifer has been teaching for twenty years within the space of Fashion. Jennifer was a co-investigator on the Ryerson University research team for the research project titled ‘Neighbourhood Policing: Designing Uniforms that Work’ project. Jennifer’s professional development is ongoing, as she visits museums and exhibits during her travels. She keeps abreast of industry trends and attends conferences on design, sustainability and technology. Jennifer’s current research focus in the MA Fashion program at Ryerson University is sustainability, the circular economy and upcycling. When we asked Jennifer  which SDG was closest to her heart, she replied:

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“I am passionate about all of the SDGs, but its ‘SDG 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns’ where I believe I can make a difference not only in my design practice but also in my design research and the sharing of knowledge.”

 

EVT Faculty John McBride receives the Leslee Bell Lifetime Achievement Award by International Live Event Association (ILEA), Toronto Chapter.

 

On Monday, June 7th, at the Event Management ILEA Toronto Gala, John McBride, Professor and Program Coordinator of the Event Management – Event and Exhibit Design program was awarded the Leslee Bell Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the event industry.

 

Leslee Bell is an icon and pioneer in the event industry within Canada. She started Decor and More from her basement and grew it into the most awarded event design  company in the nation. The Leslee Bell Lifetime Achievement Award honours the lifetime achievement of an ILEA Toronto member who has demonstrated a commitment to the chapter, the city, and the industry commensurate with Leslee Bell’s level of dedication, passion, and influence.

 

The event was held at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. below is a photo of John holding the award in the shark tank. Congratulations, John!

 

#SenecaProud #FacultySpotlight #EVT #EventandExhibitDesign

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Photo credit: George Matthew Photography

Faculty Spotlight: David Dixon x Bübl presented by Osteoporosis Canada

Congratulations to #SenecaFashion Professor David Dixon on a breathtaking collection x collaboration with Bübl presented by Osteoporosis Canada. This collection incorporates bubble wrap – a universal symbol for protection – into runway pieces inspired by the two million Canadians affected by osteoporosis.

As many Canadians don’t realize the risks they face, Osteoporosis Canada launched the Know Your Risk Quiz which identifies personal risk factors and helps Canadians work with their doctors to protect themselves.

Visit bublfashion.ca to find out more and take the Know Your Risk quiz!

#TFW #SenecaProud #FacultySpotlight

 

Runway Photo Credit: George Pimentel

Faculty Spotlight: Lorrisa Dilay

Full name: Lorrisa Dilay4R8A2088

Education: Master of Business Administration, Schulich School of Business, York University, Bachelor of Applied Arts- Retail Management- School of Fashion, Ryerson University, and a Certificate in E-commerce Business Management from the University of Toronto

Current Position: Full-time Professor in the School of Fashion

Bio: Lorrisa is an energetic and accomplished educator with over 14 years experience developing, preparing and delivering courses in retail merchandising, fashion retailing, and marketing in an effective and engaging learning environment. Over 24 years of fashion retail industry leadership experience with a focus on merchandise management and product development. Exceptional organizational skills and ability to manage complex projects and coordinate activities under tight timelines. Superior interpersonal and communication skills. Known for relationship development, team collaboration, and networking. Strength in merchandise financial planning, assortment building, data analysis, process implementation, and resource management.

What advice do you have for students in your program?

Take advantage of your time in the program at Seneca by engaging with your peers and professors and ask lots of questions about the industry. Your professors have unique and valuable industry knowledge and insights; many have worked in the industry for many years and have tons of information and stories to share. This is your time to practice, experiment with ideas, and take risks!

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

My favourite part of teaching is engaging with the students. I enjoy creating lessons where students are actively engaged in the course topics through individual and group activities. Building relationships with students are really important to me. I am genuinely interested in their success at school and in their future careers in the fashion business industry. I strive to provide students with practical, hands-on industry knowledge to prepare them for a successful career path.

What is your teaching style/philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is centered on delivering students a rich, dynamic learning environment, focused on an active learning approach. Through various assignments, projects, in-class or online activities and assessments, students evaluate and solve problems, provide recommendations, develop practical industry-related skills, and develop a professional business acumen for their future career.

Would you like to tell us about an innovative teaching method that you are using or have used in your class?

I have used the case study method to learning in many of my classes. While it is not a new teaching method, I have found it to be very effective for creating an environment where students can engage with each other, have open dialogue and discussion, and develop interesting and creative solutions to problems. My role in the case method process is to facilitate discussion amongst students in the classroom. There is not one right answer in this approach to teaching and learning; it is a process of discovering viable alternatives, recommendations, and action plans in an active learning setting.

If so, what inspired you to include these teaching methods in your classes?

I was inspired to use the case method to learning through my own experience as a student while completing my MBA. I modified the method to a “mini-case” format and created a simple case study framework that students at any level could use to successfully complete a case study.

How long have you been teaching at Seneca? I started at Seneca in the Fall of 2017 as a part-time Professor teaching Retail Marketing to first-year students. In January of 2018, I became a full-time professor in the Fashion Business/ Fashion
Business Management programs.

Note: I began teaching part-time at Ryerson Ted Rogers School of Retail Management fourteen years ago while working full-time in the fashion retail industry. I taught a variety of courses including a third-year retail buying and planning course, which I taught in the classroom and well as online in the distance education program.

Do you have any other thoughts or memories you would like to share?

My energy in the classroom and my passion for teaching comes from my students and their drive for learning and desire to excel in their academic and future career in the fashion industry. I’m excited to share my knowledge and fashion business experiences with them!

An energetic and accomplished educator with over 14 years of experience in developing, preparing and delivering courses in retail merchandising, fashion retailing, and marketing in an effective and engaging learning environment. Over 24 years of fashion retail industry leadership experience with a focus on merchandise management and product development. Exceptional organizational skills and ability to manage complex projects and coordinate activities under tight timelines. Superior interpersonal and communication skills. Known for relationship development, team collaboration, and networking. Strength in merchandise financial planning, assortment building, data analysis, process implementation, and resource management.

Faculty Spotlight – Kirk Brierley

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It was a pleasure to sit down with Kirk last week and learn more about his journey – enjoy!

Full name: Kirk Brierley

Education: Honours Bachelor of Arts, University of Toronto. Certificate in Public Relations, Humber College

Current Position: Professor, School of Fashion, Cosmetics Techniques and Management

Bio: A highly motivated self-starter, with excellent communication skills and strong organizational abilities, Kirk has been involved with Seneca as a Program Advisory Committee member and we were delighted that we could bring him on board to teach our students Product Knowledge this past semester. Kirk’s years of experience and knowledge in the industry combined with his many insights will be a tremendous asset to the program, his colleagues, and most importantly our students. His positive demeanour, creativity and ability to “nimbly think on his feet” as he states, has enabled him to respond quickly to change while still maintaining the integrity of the message.

How long have you been teaching at Seneca? Since September 2017

What do you enjoy most about teaching? Enabling students to reach their full potential and help guide them at a time in their lives when the possibilities are endless but difficult to see.

What is your teaching style/philosophy? As much as possible, follow this quote that I uncovered recently: “The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.” In other words, let students discover and uncover, without being spoon fed!

Would you like to tell us about an innovative teaching method that you are using or have used in your class? This isn’t particularly innovative per se, but knowing that anytime you are a student, you only retain a small fraction of what is being presented, mix up the delivery as much as possible. Utilize power point, videos, Q and A, group learning, presenting and various activities to avoid tuning out.

If so, what inspired you to include these teaching methods in your classes? Having been a student myself as you continuously learn, I know that the best way to retention is to be challenged. Also, we, as Teachers, are up against a lot of distraction in life!

What advice do you have for students in your program? Utilize the resources you have in your Professors. More than anywhere, the college learning experience provides students with teachers who have a wealth of practical experience and are eager to share it.

Do you have any other thoughts or memories you would like to share? When I think back to my early years entering the job market, filled with uncertainty and doubt, having the confidence of practical skills to bring to the table provides benefits that are beyond measure. Also, never stop learning! There is always something new to discover.

For more information about Kirk Brierley visit: http://kirkbrierleybeauty.com