Late in 2011, Brittney Kuczynski was working on Oceana magazine (in support of the Herbie Fund) with Jackie Gideon when the idea to create a national awards show for Canadian fashion came to them. A creative producer and makeup artist; Jackie had introduced Brittney, a capital markets professional and philanthropist, to the world of Canadian fashion. Jackie also introduced Brittney to communications and branding professional Susan Hart, who had volunteered as managing editor of the magazine.
Over the next few months, Jackie, Brittney and Susan worked together on preliminary ideas for the concept and design of an awards show and launched an early CAFA model to the industry on February 2nd 2012 at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto. Shortly after this event, Jackie departed the team as Creative Director to focus on the growth of her successful Jackie Gideon Beauty brand and boutique and Brittney and Susan continued on as partners; working to refine and expand the CAFA concept and brand.
Early in 2013, entrepreneur and philanthropist Vicky Milner joined CAFA as senior partner and managing director. Vicky successfully engaged the industry, further streamlined the concept and pulled together an outstanding team of Ambassadors, committee members, designers and event producers to make CAFA a reality. Vicky, along with Brittney, Susan and the entire CAFA team proudly launched CAFA to the world at our inaugural event on February 1st 2014 at The Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto.