Richmond fashion marketing instructor wins industry teaching award

Mon, Oct 26, 2015

Richmond, B.C. – Wilson School of Design instructor Sharon Greeno was awarded one of Vancouver Fashion Week’s (VFW) inaugural Industry Originator Awards for her contributions to advancing the local fashion market.

For Greeno, who is also the fashion marketing program coordinator at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), being recognized with VFW’s teaching award by a panel of successful industry professionals means she is doing something right when it comes to giving emerging fashion designers and marketers the connections and experience they need to succeed.

“Alumni and members of the local industry reach out to me constantly and ask for help to find employees and volunteers. I’ve spent many years working and volunteering and fostering my relationships in the local industry. That has directly translated into opportunities for students, and has helped build KPU’s fashion marketing program into one that produces reliable and talented professionals,” said Greeno.

Greeno got her teaching start at KPU Richmond over 20 years ago with a guest talk to a design class about her philosophy as a buyer.

“I loved every moment of sharing information and collaborating with the students,” said Greeno, who also offered to host field trips with various local retailers, and gave her insight on final projects. Eventually she took on a class of her own.

“I was hooked immediately. It was so much fun to be around bright, creative, dedicated and engaged students,” she said. A decade and a half later, her passion for marketing and education shines just as bright.

“I still love my students and how we learn together more than anything I have done in my career.”

A two-year diploma, KPU’s fashion marketing program integrates studies in fashion, communications, business and marketing. Information about the program is available here. For more on the KPU Wilson School of Design, visit

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has served the Metro Vancouver region since 1981, and has opened doors to success for more than 200,000 learners. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs in business, liberal arts, design, health, science and horticulture, trades and technology, and academic and career advancement. Over 19,000 students annually have a choice from over 120 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates, citations and apprenticeships.Learn more at

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