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Robert Ott has been appointed Chair of the School of Fashion, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada for a five-year term which became effective July 1, 2008.
A graduate from Ryerson's School of Fashion in Apparel Production Management, Robert Ott brings a lifelong commitment to design, fashion, business, and production management to his appointment. He is nationally recognized for his extensive senior management experience with Jones Apparel Group Canada where he held a series of progressively responsible executive roles since he first joined the firm in 1990. He was responsible for overseeing product research and development, supporting marketing activities, developing and overseeing an international business model, and re-evaluating the strategic positioning of corporate brands within Canada.
In 2006, Robert became a part-time instructor in production technology in Ryerson's School of Fashion. His academic and studio experience in theatre and set/production design at the University of Victoria combined with his keen understanding of the role of design and fashion in an international context will be a definite asset to the School and the Faculty of Communication & Design and its further engagement with cultural industries.
As Chair of the School of Fashion, Robert is responsible for the management of the School's academic and operational affairs as well as the planning and development of upcoming undergraduate and graduate programs. Robert will oversee the School's next program review and engage actively in development of an SRC strategy that both partners with industry and supports the pending master's degree in Fashion. He will work closely with faculty of the School of Fashion, the School of Interior Design, the Theatre School, other relevant programs, and with the Dean's Office to further develop interdisciplinary design degrees linked to the creative industry environment. An additionally important role will be engaging in development initiatives which will further support the School's infrastructure, academic programs and awards.Back