Meet the Fashion and Accessories Judges

Joanna Bisley

Joanna Bisley

@joannabisleydesigns

Joanna Bisley started designing jewellery 16 years ago as a hobby and moved her passion into a full-time career three years later. Now, her specialty is special occasion, bridal jewelry and hairpieces for the contemporary bride.⁠⠀

Joanna Bisley Designs is sold online and carried in 15 boutiques across Canada (they recently added their first international retailer in Ireland as well). With a keen eye for detail, Joanna designs all the pieces and along with a small team uses classic artisan techniques to create heirloom quality pieces.⁠⠀

Joanna Bisley Designs was the winner for the Fashion and Accessories Made in Alberta Award in 2019 and has been featured in Avenue Magazine, Confetti Magazine, Blush Magazine, Rocky Mountain Bride, on CTV and numerous popular industry blogs.⁠⠀

Photograph courtesy of Joanna Bisley

 

Bo Tarasenko

Bo Tarasenko

As Kingsway’s Marketing Manager, Bo Tarasenko is obsessed with creating communities of joy in Edmonton.
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Strategist, editor, content creator, coach and sometimes therapist, Bo is passionate about challenging the way we view people and places around us. Last year he invited artists to contribute original works to the walls of Kingsway, creating Canada’s largest indoor mural gallery. Over the past six years he has worked with dozens of local community groups and non-profit organizations to put on fashion shows, markets, fundraisers and cultural events. ⁠⠀
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Bo knows what truly drives traffic, great events and media attention — and it’s not mastering the marketing flavour of the week. It’s how well you connect with the heart-beating community you are trying to help and communicate your understanding back to them.⁠⠀

Photograph courtesy of Bo Tarasenko