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.

“Thank you for the PR work that Northcott Communications Inc performed on behalf of Diageo Canada to promote Veuve Clicquot Champagne’s image and brand awareness. Our ‘La Grande Dame’ Women of Distinction program was handled in line with our expectations to reinforce our ‘word to mouth’ communication. Media relations particularly among Ontario journalists generated significant press coverage. The team from Northcott added a significant amount of energy and enthusiasm to our efforts.”