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Michael Lavergne


Michael is a political scientist and environmental auditor by training who has spent the past twenty years traveling the globe with, for and on behalf of global apparel brands and retailers, labour standards organizations and factory auditing bodies.

From Wal-Mart to Joe Fresh to Worldvision, covering Latin America to SE Asia and every point in between Michael and his family spent the better part of this time living and working across the developing world. In 2010 he returned home to Canada to work with Shoppers Drug Mart and in July of 2013 three months after the tragic collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building in Bangladesh, he approached Canada's Joe Fresh brand with an aggressive plan to reposition the fast fashion leader as the leading ethical Canadian brand.

As Michael's first non-fiction effort, 'Fixing Fashion: Rethinking the way we make, market and buy our clothes' provides readers an insider's account of the past , present and future challenges the global apparel industry faces from environmental degradation and waste management issues to human rights, community engagement and transparency into our every day consumer goods. The book will launch with New Society Publishers in September 2015.

(His first fiction work was a serial novel entitled 'The Brevity of Life', a political thriller set in modern day Burma.)

Michael is currently completing graduate studies in global diplomacy at the University of London SOAS while developing new non-ficiton and fiction projects. He would be pleased to talk with prospective agents and publishers.

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Fixing Fashion: Rethinking the way we make, market and buy our clothes. New Society Publishers, 2015
The Brevity of Life. Amazon, 2011
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