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Our Consultants

Josiève Forget

Trend Consultant Manager

With ten plus years of practical experience I have taken the next step in my career in becoming the trend consultant manager at Patty Shapiro & Associates.

A 2004 graduate from Marie- Victorin in fashion design opened the door for me to pursue my creative passion for fashion. Eight years as the go to person at Marie- Victorin gave me the tools to prepare for the next venture.  I am an extremely motivated individual, results oriented, resourceful and that perfect combination of strong business acumen with a highly entrepreneurial spirit.

Encompassing Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, I exercise my expertise as the commercial manager and trend consultant within the team of Patty Shapiro and Associates, recognized in the fields of design, manufacturing and not limited to retail.I work with the most prestigious worldwide trend agencies to provide you with the essential tools for your creative approaches. My services will give you the ability to anticipate and create the collections and projects of tomorrow. I am ready to help you find the right products for your individual needs.

Robert Paris, MBA

Executive Management Trainer

Robert Paris MBA, President of Points of You North America, has 30 years combined practical management and consulting experience that spans 5 continents.  He has an established track record of successfully designing and facilitating management, leadership, team-building and coaching programs that give organizations a long term, sustainable competitive advantage. Robert has recently taken a pioneering role in using neuroscience tools and processes that challenge current management practices that date back over 50 years. His practical management experience with blue chip companies and consulting experience has been characterized by a remarkable record of achievements. Robert is an exceptionally engaging executive coach whose advice is highly valued by CEOs, other C-Suite executives, middle managers and first time supervisors.

John Berlinski

IT Consultant

Jonathan Berlinski, Managing Director of Vanguard HR, is an accomplished talent acquisition strategist / Sales & Marketing professional with over 10 years of experience, supporting Fortune 500, SMEs, and Start-up companies across several industries. Highly successful in implementing talent acquisition strategies that deliver cost effective and time sensitive solutions. Primary area of expertise is in providing highly skilled technology, engineering and management professionals within the areas of IT (Software development, Mobile, Cloud, Security, Networking, Big Data & Analytics, Internet technology…), Telecom, Energy & Natural Resources, Aerospace and Emerging technologies.

My goals: 
To help professionals leverage their passion and experience, reaching new levels of success.
To assist innovative companies with their human capital requirements and ultimately contribute to the development of new products and technologies.

► Talent acquisition strategy
► IT / Technology recruitment
► Executive recruitment
► International Recruitment
► Global Mobility Solutions
► Employment branding (e-branding)
► Social media strategy

Sarah Licha

HR Consultant

EspaceRh a été fondée en 2010 par Sarah Licha. Sarah a plus de 15 ans d’expérience professionnelle travaillant avec diverses entreprises et industries à résoudre de manière stratégique et pratique des processus et flux d’affaire ainsi que les difficultés inhérentes à la gestion des ressources humaines..

Sarah a été directrice des ressources humaines à la Fédération CJA, un organisme à but non lucratif, où elle a eu à gérer des défis de manière pro-active en gestion de capital humain pour les employés d’une agence à environnement multi site et multi-mandat.

Originaire de France, Sarah s’est installé à Montréal en 2000 où elle est devenue directrice des ressources humaines et du recrutement chez Cognicase où elle abordé plusieurs dossiers stratégiques et complexes, y compris de nombreuses intégrations d’acquisitions de compagnies. Peu de temps avant l’acquisition de Cognicase par CGI, Sarah a rejoint l’industrie du jeu vidéo à Strategy First Inc, un développeur de jeux vidéo pour PC. Parallèlement, elle a enseigné la littérature au niveau collégial.

En 2010, Sarah s’est faite demandé de partager son expertise dans le coaching des dirigeants d’entreprise et des personnalités publiques. Ces expériences sont les débuts de l’aventure Espace RH. Par la suite, à la demande de ses clients, ses services en gestion de ressources humaine se sont élargis et Sarah a décidé de se consacrer à ses clients et au développement de Espace RH sur une base permanente.

Melissa Berube

Resume Writing Consultant

Melissa Berube, founder of Custom Resumes, helps people land their dream jobs by better marketing themselves through their resume. After hearing one too many job seekers lament that they couldn’t even get an interview, she decided to combine her problem-solving skills, writing prowess, passion for helping people and nearly a decade of experience in recruitment and human resources to launch her company. At Custom Resumes, Melissa and her editing team have finely honed the art of writing exceptional, key-word and SEO-friendly resumes and cover letters that get noticed. And that’s not all…

Services include:

► High quality resume writing, for anyone from executives to students, across all industries

► Cover and thank-you letters

► LinkedIn profile creation and optimization

► Sales and business presentations

► Translation (French/English and English/French—other languages available upon request)

► Job search coaching and consulting

Custom Resumes helps you stand out from the rest. Contact Melissa to find out more:



Pablo Sarmiento

CAD Trainer

Creative | Patient |Engaging |Sincere |Disciplined

Pablo Sarmiento  is a graduate of Concordia University’s Design & Arts program. Currently teaching at the University of Montreal, Pablo’s expertise lies in providing courses in Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Word and Excel. His extensive knowledge of the Fashion Industry, combined with a high level of patience and compassion, make him a well-rounded instructor.

Through joining Patty Shapiro & Associates’ team, Pablo brings a strong work ethic and software knowledge to provide specialized training in accordance with current industry standards.

Faye Swift

Pay Equity Consultant

Faye Swift is the President of Swift Human Resources, a full-service HR firm with an established reputation for professionalism, reliability and attention to detail. A graduate of McGill University and former teacher, vocational coordinator and stage placement facilitator, Faye has honed her considerable coaching and teaching skills. She is a dynamic trainer presenting on a variety of topics ranging from career transition and downsizing to hiring subsidized employees, strategic HR planning, compensation and benefits, and organizational performance and management. She has successfully grown her operation to include a team of qualified human resource specialists who exemplify her knowledgeable and caring approach.

Allan Diamond

Time Management Consultant

Allan Diamond has over 25 years of experience in the premium denim manufacturing industry, bringing a wealth of knowledge in sales, marketing and product development, equally at home with both C-Level executives and technical developers. He has had the honour of collaborating  with some of Americas’  iconic Lifestyle brands including Harley-Davidson, Timberland, DKNY, Tommy Hilfiger, Quicksilver, Billabong and Volcom.

Allan is a consummate professional and entrepreneur who has migrated domain expertise in supply chain management and global trade to a novel collaborative business process platform, Timereaction. He is a driven individual who makes things happen, is quick to synthesize new concepts and take an idea from concept to execution, build a successful business and is excellent at facilitating an open discussion.

Charlene Francique

Fit Model Recuitment

 Over the past 20 years, I have worked in the Fashion Industry in multiple creative disciplines.
As a Fashion model my bookings included runway and showroom presentations for Québec Designers as well as manufacturers like Parasuco, Global Furs, Browns Shoes, Holt Renfrew (Chanel & Versace) and Ogilvy (Mondi, Ports International, Steilmann & Aquascutum); Editorial photo shoots for M.A.C cosmetics, Elle Québec and Clin d’oeil; Trade show presentations for Fur Exhibition Montréal, Trade shows USA and Germany.

 As a Technical/Fashion Graphic Designer my strong colour sense, graphic sensibility, solid command of industry tools and garment construction skills combined with my ability to interpret current and emerging trends allowed me to create brand right, relevant collections that achieved the financial goals of each company I contributed to.

 Now, as the model recruiter at Patty Shapiro & Associates and founder of Database Mannequins, I bring my unique blend of Fashion Industry experience to the Fit Models division. My hands-on understanding of the requirements of the women’s wear market and ability to build and maintain collaborative work relationships in this field will be essential assets when fitting the right candidate with the right client.

Tammy Halpern

Computer Trainer

I have been teaching people of all ages for over 20 years in different settings, including elementary, college, university and retirees.  My varied background in Science, Arts, and Business Administration will help me relate to you.  I look forward to the opportunity to bring excitement to class time and engage my students with a structured and interesting programme, be there 1 student or many.  Let me show you how to get the most out of your computer in a timely and efficient manner.  Don’t be shy to ask me how to do something – there are no bad questions.  My specialties are the Microsoft programmes, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.  In addition to teaching I have developed the curriculum for numerous courses and workshops.  When I see the “a-ha” look in your eyes I am gratified that I have done my job.  Ask me!

Isabelle Leblanc


I am a Certified Translator with more than 10 years of experience in copywriting, translating and editing, mostly for the Web and for fashion companies. I started my career at an international footwear retailer, where I was able to gain valuable experience in different fields, including sales, IT, content creation and translation, communications, and online copywriting.

 With my Bachelor’s Degree in Pluridisciplinary Studies (Communication, Writing and Administration) and my proven track record in a corporate setting, I was able to start my own writing and translation company. I have been managing this business since 2008, and earned my translation certification from l’Ordre des traducteurs, terminologues et interprètes agréés du Québec in 2012.

 As a Consultant for Patty Shapiro & Associates, I offer fast, reliable and flexible communication and translation services, whether your needs are temporary or ongoing. I can help you with resumes, job postings, Website content, product descriptions, training manuals, and more.