Our Motivation

Global Measure is a social enterprise established in 2021.

We’re a female-led organization with experts in engineering, apparel design, and textile science.

Our vision is to help consumers connect with authentically sustainable and ethical fashion. We provide third-party oversight, credibility, and a platform for fashion brands dedicated to doing the right thing.

Our Agenda

Our mission is to promote responsible, ethical and sustainable fashion. 

We advocate for the better treatment of the planet through sustainable production practices, more equitable treatment of people in the fashion supply chain, and the promotion of brands that hold the people and planet in high regard. 

We believe in the integrity of the fashion industry and want to promote and encourage your brand’s creativity and sustainability.

Our Climate Goals

The climate crisis affects everyone on every continent. To combat further irreversible harm to the planet, we need to make changes now.

As one of the top polluters, the fashion industry can lead this change. 

Global Measure Certified brands are trailblazers and innovators that have committed to sustainability in every area of their businesses.

We’re proud to stand behind fashion brands that seek a balanced approach in driving positive results for people, the planet and their bottom line.

Our Team

Deborah King

Deborah King

Founder & CEO

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” – Robert Swan

Deborah is an Industrial Engineer with a post-grad in Sustainable Fashion Production. She has over ten years of experience working with diverse teams in fashion, supply chain logistics and quality management. 

Her passion for circular and ethical fashion led her to utilize her knowledge of various frameworks including ISO, B Corp, ITIL, Lean and Six Sigma to drive important conversations around positive climate action in the fashion community. 

She is a gamer, animal lover, fashion enthusiast, and true crime junkie.

Claudia Gordilho

Claudia Gordilho​

Advocate & Author

“There is no beauty in the finest cloth if it makes hunger and unhappiness.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Claudia is a skilled and talented technical apparel designer with 10 years of experience in the fashion industry. She has a passion for technological advancements and fashion innovation contributing to more sustainable apparel production. 

When she’s not designing new fashions, you can find her enjoying arts and crafts with her two kids, photographing nature and traveling.

Ayça Yilmaz

Ayça Yilmaz

Advocate & Author

“Everything you can imagine is real.” – Pablo Picasso

Ayça is a Textile Engineer with ten years of experience in the industry. She is passionate about environmental solutions and innovative materials. She hopes to inspire questioning about what we think we know and to change minds. 

She is a dreamer, a big sister, a nomad at heart, an innovation enthusiast, a constant learner, a cat person, an amateur watercolorist, a hiking addict, and a half-serious human being.

Mariel Solis Cartes

Mariel Solís Cartes

Advocate & Author

Clothes won’t change the world. The women who wear them will.”- Anne Klein

Mariel is a passionate designer with a love for sustainable fashion production and is an undeniably creative soul. Beyond her artistic talents, she brings a comprehensive background in business to her craft. She understands the importance of balancing creativity with practicality, always staying up to date with the latest information about sustainability.

Mariel also finds inspiration in her travels, immersing herself in diverse cultures. She finds joy in playing with her sewing machine, using it as a tool to bring her imaginative ideas to life.

Advisory Board

Marilyn McNeil-Morin

Marilyn McNeil-Morin

Director, George Brown College Fashion Exchange

“Don’t let the things you can not do, keep you from doing the things that you can.”

With over 40 years of experience as an entrepreneur, educator and academic leader in fashion and design related industries, Marilyn leveraged her roots in textile science, education, and business to build Fashion Exchange (FX). 

Sustainable fashion is modelled through expanding capacity in local, short run manufacturing; coupled with research projects that test new technologies for a circular textile economy, digital manufacturing, and technical and functional apparel. 

Her lifelong love of beautiful handmade textiles is now inspired with using technology to create new digital versions of these crafts and she is equally passionate about preserving these hand techniques, the art of tailoring and promoting fit in clothing.

Jillian Mariani
Jillian Mariani

Founder, Niyama Wellness

Mantra for Anxiety: This is not you. This is something moving through you. It can leave out of the same door it came in.” – Cleo Wade

Jillian Mariani is the founder/owner/operator of Niyama Wellness, a Canadian start-up brand of natural supplements and self-care essentials, and an occasional consultant to start-ups in the sustainable/wellness space. Jillian spent her 20+ year corporate career in the Canadian Natural Health Supplements category, in sales, marketing and product development with some of Canada’s favourite brands of vitamins and supplements. She and her family are committed to living in a healthy sustainable way.

Jillian holds a BA from UofT, a diploma in Nutritional Management from GBC, and an MBA from Schulich School of Business. She is also a registered yoga teacher and certified sleep coach. She lives in Toronto with her husband and children, and enjoys yoga, cooking, travel, Game of Thrones, good books, oat milk lattes, and dog walks.

Our Supporters

CE iHub for food & environment: an initiative of Our Food Future Guelph-Wellington
With the support of the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
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