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Celebrating 7 years of social innovation

Our popular clothing swap event, Take Off Your Clothes, was born in Montreal, Quebec in the spring of 2007. The first event was held at the Piknic Electronik.

In June 2009, The SWAP Team, a non-profit social enterprise was formed, and set up chapters in major North American cities. The SWAP Team and its all-star volunteer crew have hosted events in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, NYC, Boston, Winnipeg and Calgary.

To date, more than 52,000 pieces of clothing were swapped, over 51,000 items donated to charities, and over 103,000 garments were diverted from landfills, saving communities over $1M in clothing costs.

Press for the event includes Châtelaine, Apartment Therapy, National Post, Globe and Mail, Toronto Life, Mlle, FFWD, GlobalTV, Nightlife, 24 Hours, Flare, Clin d’oeil, CTV, CBC-TV, Zink, Montreal Gazette, Calgary Herald, Ottawa Citizen, Radio-Canada, Metro and much more.

Learn more in the Press section of our web site.

Meet the Board

Aleece Germano, Chair of the Board

Aleece Germano, Chair of the Board

Aleece held her first clothing swap in her home in 2005. A diehard swapaholic, she’s spent about 5,000 hours sorting clothes, greeting swappers and growing the organization to what it is today.


David Pluta, Treasurer

David Pluta, Treasurer

When he's not keeping The SWAP Team's finances on track, David works at BDO Canada as an Audit and Assurance Manager.

Clint Lewis, Board Member

Clint Lewis

Clint has contributed significantly to The SWAP Team's growth and evolution since its inception in 2007. He has 14 years of experience in animation and software. Clint is a QA analyst at AutoDesk and accomplished artist.

Sophie C. Laplante, board member

Sophie Côté Laplante

Sophie always finds the right story to share with the right audience. Sophie is currently Digital Marketing and Public Relations Manager at askmen.com.

Neelan Rach, Board Member

Neelan Rach

Neelan has been a volunteer at The SWAP Team since it launched in 2007, and created the brand identity for the organization. You can always find him working on innovative ideas at The Working Group.

Janis Riven, Board Member

Janis Riven

Ms. Riven teaches at the John Molson School of Business and consults on corporate governance and compliance. She was VP, Compliance and Secretary for RBC Insurance and Corporate Secretary to its subsidiaries.

Salah Elatrash, Board Member

Salah Elatrash

Salah holds an MBA from McGill University as well as degrees in Computer Science, Biology and E-Commerce Management. He is currently Managing Partner at ELA Capital.

Meet the Team

PattyAnne Falconer-Lepage, Chapter DirectorPattyAnne LePage, Winnipeg Director

PattyAnne is an HR person by day, crafty maven by night. She helped start the Winnipeg chapter  in 2011 and got Winnipeg hooked on swapping! Her volunteer work includes other great causes such as Kids Help Phone.


Laura Vizbara, Chapter DirectorLaura Vizbara, Montreal Co-Director

When she’s not swapping, you can find Laura acting in Shakespearean plays or on film sets. Her fun sense of humour and attention to detail make her an excellent manager.


Samantha Dye, Chapter DirectorSamantha Dye, Montreal Co-Director

Samantha discovered the art of swapping one sunny afternoon at the Piknic Electronik and was soon hooked. You'll often find her wearing bold print dresses and clutching her treasured handbag that she found at a swap!


Kimberly Nemrava, Calgary DirectorKimberly Nemrava, Calgary Director

Kimberly was born and raised in Calgary and has a strong passion for its people and programs. She loves The SWAP team's values and is deeply involved with the beauty industry and setting trends. 


Gail Burgin, Toronto DirectorGail Burgin, Toronto Director

Gail Burgin was born at St. Mike’s hospital in downtown Toronto and has lived no more than 15 minutes away ever since.  In her career as an event producer/meeting planner, Gail has worked in many major cities in the US and Canada.

Jennifer Hood, Ottawa DirectorJennifer Hood, Ottawa Director

Jen has always thrown the best parties, so you can imagine that when she hosts a clothing swap, there's always lots to get excited about. Now a mother of two small boys, there's bound to be more kids' clothes too!


Sky Goodwin, Vancouver DirectorSky Goodwin, Vancouver Director

Sky is a proud Vancouverite who manages an online hub about organics, wellness and sustainable culture. She loves fashion, has been hosting and attending swaps for years and is very excited to bring The SWAP Team to Vancouver!

Advisory Board

  • Tonya Surman, Centre for Social Innovation
  • Michel Quintal, Piknic Electronik
  • Nicole Picard, Etsy
  • Simon Law, Facebook