Professional  Bio

Immediately after graduating from the Applied Arts – Fashion Merchandising program at Ryerson Polytechnic University, Clara landed her first assignment in the Advertising Department of the T. Eaton Co. From 1979 to 1985 she not only accessorized but also directed the company’s image in all its fashion advertisements across Canada. In early 1985, Clara assumed the role of Fashion Director for Sanger Harris in Dallas, Texas, and by 1987 she was back in Toronto leading the Public Relations department at Estée Lauder, Canada.

By now, a well-known name within the arts, fashion and lifestyle communities, Clara Northcott founded Northcott Communications Inc. in 1989. Her unwavering devotion to her clients has nurtured and sustained this viable organization, particularly in times when other companies have failed.

A dedicated member of the Fashion Group International (FGI) of Toronto since 1982, Clara became a member of note soon after joining the organization. In 1999, her stellar contributions to the success of “Night of Stars”, an event which recognizes Canadian fashion and design achievement, garnered an award for the Toronto chapter. She has served on the Executive Board in various capacities, including Regional Director and is the current Nominating Chair.

Clara has achieved great results in both her career and her personal life, because she values harmony and balance. In June 2005, she accepted a post-graduate Master of Arts degree from the University of Toronto. Clara speaks several languages including French, Italian and Portuguese, is an accomplished marathon runner, tri-athlete, and holds a brown belt in Karate.

“Since 1999, Diageo has enjoyed a long and fruitful partnership with Northcott Communications Inc. NCI has managed many public relations projects for our wide portfolio of premium beverage alcohol brands. Clara’s success in business is directly linked to her established relationships with many media outlets across Canada and her personal characteristics of dedication, professionalism and thoroughness.”