- Paula Lishman
CEO and President of Paula Lishman Limited, Paula has become
a highly successful, innovative, and daring international
designer. Paula's designs can be seen on the fashion runways
of North America, Europe, China and Japan.
As a designer, manufacturer, and retailer, Paula pioneered
the innovative process of manufacturing a fur yarn which,
when knit or woven, creates a double-faced "fur fabric"
unparalleled in appearance and comfort -- fur inside and out!
Through her creation of knit fur, Paula has established a
“niche” in the fur industry. Knit fur, with its
unique look and feel, is the fashionable fur choice of contemporary,
active people. The category of knit fur is accountable for
approximately 10% of the worldwide sales of fur garments and
Paula actively promotes an environmentally aware attitude
towards fur. The fur used in her creations is taken in harmony
with the natural checks and balances of nature, supporting
people who choose to live on the land.
Enjoying 25 years in business, Paula has received many honours.
In 1995, she was chosen Canadian Woman Entrepreneur
of the Year in the category of International
Competitiveness, and in 1996, won the Oshawa Clarington
Business of the Year Award for businesses over
20 employees. Paula has also been named one of the top 100
Canadian Woman Entrepreneurs by both Chatelaine
and the Canadian Business Magazine.
In May 2000, Paula was the first woman to receive the Maurice
Memorial Award, presented by the Canadian Fur
Trade for outstanding contribution to the industry. Paula
is currently the President of the Fur Council of Canada.