TORONTO, ON – Made-in-Canada apparel manufacturer Redwood Classics Apparel is investing in the future of Canadian fashion, thanks to their involvement with the Joe Fresh Centre for Fashion Innovation.

President and Founder Kathy Cheng is set to serve as a judge for the cycle 5 edition of the program which, in conjunction with Ryerson University, is designed to accelerate Canadian start-ups in all fashion-related fields, including design, production, technology and professional services.

“At Redwood Classics, we believe in investing in the future of Canadian fashion and innovation,” said Cheng. “As a domestic manufacturer that’s been producing in Canada for nearly three decades, we hope to share our business acumen with the next generation of innovators.”

The 18-month acceleration program provides a 360-degree approach to mentorship that will best position emerging entrepreneurs for real world success. Applications are being accepted until July 27, 2017.

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Joanne Sallay, President of Teachers on Call, shares her favourite books for celebrating Canada over on Village Living Magazine. How many of these have you read with your kids?

I Am Canada: A Celebration

Written by Heather Patterson, Featuring 13 Canadian Illustrators

For ages: 3 – 7

This picture book can be described as a work of art. As a special project, 13 Canadian illustrators came together to fill the pages with artwork that matches Heather Patterson’s poem I Am Canada. At the very back, the author and illustrators share their personal comments, reflections, and inspiration. This is definitely a keepsake that will remain in your child’s library for years to come.

Carson Crosses Canada

Written by Linda Bailey, Illustrated by Kass Reich

For ages: 4 – 8

Take the ultimate road trip adventure across the country with Carson Crosses Canada. Fans of If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur will be pleased to pick up Linda Bailey’s new story. Travel from coast to coast with Carson the dog and his owner Annie, as they leave their town of Tofino to head on an adventure to Newfoundland. Experience the beauty of the provinces through Carson’s eyes, and get ready to share in the big surprise that awaits him at his final destination.

Canada Year By Year

Written by Elizabeth MacLeod, Illustrated by Sydney Smith

For ages: 8 – 12

Calling all history buffs: this is the perfect read for students (and parents) who want to delve into Canada’s rich and diverse background. It captures the milestones, events, and people who have helped shape the country every year since its start on July 1, 1867. The 150 year timeline covers Confederation, women’s fight for the vote, the creation of Superman, and everything in between, ending with Canada turning 150. Readers of all ages are guaranteed to learn some new facts about Canada.

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What’s a Canadian company to do when a recession hits – and hits hard? For Redwood Classics Apparel, it meant taking stock of what’s most important to them.

Below, President and Founder Kathy Cheng explains how putting people first ensured that they could survive the recession.

To see more from Kathy’s interview with Robert Scully, hit up the Redwood Classics Apparel YouTube page.

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