Past Event: January 10, 2018

Attend FashionTech Toronto to connect with leaders in the fashion-tech community and learn about the industry disrupting, innovative companies and ideas coming out of Toronto.

Guest Speakers

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Scott Adel

Vice President of Retail Innovation at Tulip

Scott Adel previously served as Head of Omnichannel Retail for the Canadian lifestyle brand, Frank And Oak. With an extensive 20 year retail track record at some of North America's largest brands, he continues to drive innovation in the companies he serves by integrating technology and business processes in unique ways to drive engagement and business growth.



Mackenzie Yeates

Co-founder & Brand Director at KOTN

Starting her career in the Fashion Office at Holt Renfrew, Mackenzie learned how to predict trends under Fashion Director, Barbara Atkin. She later went on to work with Alexandra Weston on Holt’s H-Project charitable initiatives. In 2013 she moved to New York to work as Brand Director at luxury creative agency, Watson & Co. Here she worked to lead branding on projects for such clients as The Four Seasons, Julian Schnabel and The Dean Hotel. 

In 2015, Mackenzie moved back to Toronto to start Kotn with her husband Ben and their best friend Rami. At Kotn she leads creative and product. Mackenzie and her two co-founders were recipients of this year’s Forbes 30 under 30 award in the retail sector. 



Miriam Pettinen

Executive Director of Partnerships at Modiface

Miriam Pettinen is currently the Executive Director of Partnerships at ModiFace Inc. Since joining ModiFace in 2012, Miriam has been helping lead ModiFace's partnerships division and has a successful track record of project management and demonstrates strong leadership skills. This has been proven through the long-term relationships she has established with key clients including numerous Fortune 500 brands. Miriam is a proactive, task focused and experienced business leader who has high ethical values and enjoys inspiring others.

Miriam also works closely with ModiFace's R&D team to create the next generation of technologies for the beauty industry, including live 3D hair tracking which was announced earlier this year. Miriam is an active member of Cosmetics Executive Women and prior to joining ModiFace, Miriam obtained her B.A.S (with Honours) in Marketing from York University.




Ashley Barby

Founder & Producer of FashionTech Toronto | Chief Operating Officer at Specsy

Ashley Barby grew up in Alberta with a passion for fashion and her early sights set on Toronto (or even New York). With degree in hand, and the experience of a plum job with Holt Renfrew, she followed her heart and headed East. Her journey has taken her into the fascinating world of fashion and technology, including the launch of her own online luxury shopping company for authentic pre-loved designer items. She has taken unexpected turns with two technology start-ups, most recently in the fashion technology space as Chief Operating Officer with Specsy - manufacturers of custom 3D printed fashion eyewear.

Through her blog, Sunny with Coffee, she shares positive vibes on life, entrepreneurship and lifestyle. Community engagement, from supporting local fashion colleges to mentoring new entrepreneurs, is at the heart of Ashley’s commitment to make the world a better place – and is also the driver behind her launch of FashionTech Toronto, a forum to connect innovators and leaders in the fashion and tech fields.