Canada Sessions

Session at Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada cover a wide range of topics presented by successful members of the apparel industry or government. Topics include Fashion, Sourcing, Logistics, Marketing, Best Practices, Government/Trade Agreements and more.
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2017 Featured Sessions

August 21, 2017

An Introduction to China’s Newest International Manufacturing City

10:00 AM  -  10:30 AM

Meet China’s newest player in the field of International apparel production.  In September 2016 the Chinese city of Changshu was officially approved as a national trial market for procurement trade, which symbolized its transformation from a domestic market to an…

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International Government Roundtable Discussion – China, India, Bangladesh, Canada

10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM

Hear government representatives from China, India, and Bangladesh discuss promoting imports from their countries into Canada.  Each manufacturing country has it’s benefits and specialties, understanding the perspective and motivation of foreign governments is important for Canadians in the business of…

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Canada Trade Policy Update-Trade Agreements

11:30 AM  -  12:00 PM

Canadian Apparel Federation Executive Director Bob Kirke will provide an update on the key issues and developments in Canada’s trade policy, Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and other free trade agreements including the important issue of NAFTA re-negotiation. The…

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Canada Importing Update-Border Services Breaks Down Benefits

12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM

Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada (ATSC) has announced its first seminar scheduled for its August 20-22, 2017 show in Toronto.  Germain LeBlanc, of Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will provide an update on the Least Developed Countries Program, and outline how CBSA…

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The Global Supply Chain & Retail Panel

1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM

In today’s disruptive world of e-commerce and omni-channel fulfillment, retailers are fueling their growth with a connected and responsive supply chain.  Please join Global Apparel Industry Leader Jeff Streader and a panel of Canadian Apparel Executives in our discussion of…

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Increasing Importance of Social Compliance in an Era of Uncertainty

2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM

We live in a world that is changing at an increasingly faster pace while operating in an instant communication media environment. The sourcing business – in Canada, as elsewhere – is particularly vulnerable to the challenges these uncertain times present…

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Miami – The Gateway to the Rapidly Expanding Latin American Cosmopolitan Population

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM

Mr. Michael Derham, senior advisor to the Mana Group on Mana Wynwood, will outline how companies from Canada and around the world can vault their relationships in Latin America through the The Americas-Asia Trade Center & IFC (TCIFC), the Miami…

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TFO Canada: Canada’s Open Door to Developing Countries and Unique Products

3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM

“TFO Canada, the experts in trade for developing countries and the primary Canadian point of contact for emerging businesses exporting to Canada will be showcased in this session featuring TFO Canada Executive Director Steve Tipman and Associate Jacques Nadeau.  The…

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Reverse Logistics Trends in the Apparel Industry – Moving Merchandise into the Secondary Market

4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM

Order cancellations, over-runs, irregulars, and unsold merchandise is a fact in the apparel industry—the question is what to do with merchandise as it enters the secondary market. ATSC brings together industry leaders in the reverse logistics supply chain to help brands…

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August 22, 2017

Sourcing 101- Creating Your Brand Strategy

10:30 AM  -  11:15 AM

This seminar will examine the various steps a new company should take to begin this important brand building process. Creating a logo, trademark, and a good background story can lead to a lucrative business. This seminar will help you understand…

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Fashion Meets Function: The ATSC Fashion Show – Student

11:15 AM  -  12:00 PM

Fashion Meets Function on the Runway this Summer as we feature three dueling events. You won’t want to miss this eclectic mix of Student, Manufacturer, and Designer fashions all together all on one day at ATSC.  Talk about an Evolution…

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2018 Global Design & Consumer Apparel Trends

12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM

Get ready to get inspired. In this detailed trend preview, Cynthia will be showcasing her predictions for styling details sure to affect global design & consumer apparel trends for the year ahead. Creative applications will be covered through colour, textile,…

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Fashion Meets Function: The ATSC Fashion Show – Designer

1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM

Fashion Meets Function on the Runway this Summer as we feature three dueling events. You won’t want to miss this eclectic mix of Student, Manufacturer, and Designer fashions all together all on one day at ATSC.  Talk about an Evolution…

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Canadian Fashion Designer Julia Grieve – Unique Insights and Tips on How to Succeed in the Canadian Market

2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM

Julia Grieve,  Founder and Creative Director for Canadian clothing brand Preloved, has been creating unique, sustainable and fashion forward clothing since 1995.  Hear Julia talk about surviving in fashion for 22 years, from bricks ‘n’ mortar to online.  She’ll discuss…

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Fashion Meets Function: The ATSC Fashion Show – Manufacturer

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM

Fashion Meets Function on the Runway this Summer as we feature three dueling events. You won’t want to miss this eclectic mix of Student, Manufacturer, and Designer fashions all together all on one day at ATSC.  Talk about an Evolution…

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Sustainable, Ethical Apparel Practices – The Canadian Way

3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM

This panel discussion will focus on how Canadian companies infuse sustainable practices into their respective business models.  We’ll hear directly from successful Canadian owned and operated apparel businesses leaders on how they pull off success and sustainability side by side. …

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Tech Meets Textile – A “Smart” Panel Discussion

4:30 PM  -  5:30 PM

We are now sqauarly in the era where Tech meets Textile. Trade Shows are the place to find what’s new. This panel will feature showcased members of the Canadian Smart Textile movement including Montreal-based CTT Group-along with faculty members from…

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August 23, 2017

Internet Etiquette: Protecting your brand in Social Media Era

10:30 AM  -  11: 00 AM

Bogdan Enica is a Canadian-American Attorney specializing in Fashion Law. He will lead a discussion on how to protect your brand’s value online. Together with interesting case studies, he will conduct an in depth analysis on brand’s Social Media presence,…

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Defining and Understanding the FX Currency Risk

11:00 AM  -  11:30 AM

Foreign exchange (FX) is a risk factor that is often overlooked by SMEs in Canada and beyond but FX risk can lead to potential financial losses due to devaluation of the local currencies against any foreign currency.   Bob Dowd,…

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Direct, Strategic Sourcing – An Innovative and Disruptive Business Model for Today’s Apparel Industry

11:30 AM  -  12:00 PM

The Readymade Garment (RMG) global supply chain currently has the intense international attention on working conditions and a shared desire for higher standards in the factories that produce the inexpensive clothing on which consumers in the United States, Canada and…

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An Introduction to Sustainable Apparel Certifications in Today’s Environmentally-Conscious Canadian Marketplace

12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM

Executive Marc Sidler, Head of Marketing & Sales for TESTEX will discuss the supply chain and the increasing expectations for sustainability and environmentally friendly apparel and textiles.  Since 1846, TESTEX has provided innovative services, testing, and certifications within the textile…

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Sourcing 101 – Supply Chain Collaboration

1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM

Executive Director of Fashion Business Incorporated (FBI), Trish Concannon, will talk about the ever-streamlined apparel supply chain and what to expect moving forward.  Gains are related to opportunities that improve productivity as well as looking at what the consumer wants. …

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Bangladesh Export Update

2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM

Dewan Mahmud sits down with three leading members of major export organizations from Bangladesh and discusses the current state of the business and why Canada is so important to Bangladesh. Members will include BGMEA President MR.Siddiqur Rahman and bgmea vice…

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Previous Year's Sessions

August 22, 2016

Lead Time Optimization: The Key to Profitability

10:15 AM  -  11:00 AM

Lead time optimization is the most important priority in the fashion industry – and no one does it better than Zara, the most successful retailer on the planet. How can other retailers emulate Zara’s amazing performance? Mark Burstein, president of…

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Canadian Designer Dan Liu’s International Super Model Contest

11:00 AM  -  1:30 PM

Dan Liu is a fashion icon for suppliers eager to crack the Canadian buying culture. His brands are currently in Hudson Bay, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and more. The Model Search will bring hundreds of Canadian models to the ATSC Show…

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Sourcing 101 – Trends In Sourcing

1:30 PM  -  2:00 PM

Executive Director of Fashion Business Incorporated (FBI), Trish Concannon, will talk about the current sourcing landscape and what changes are likely to occur in the near future. While dramatic sourcing shifts are unlikely, optimism hinges on opportunities that improve productivity…

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Marilyn Tam: Sourcing Force – Executive, Founder, Author

2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM

The ATSC is pleased to introduce Marilyn Tam.  For more than two decades one of the most powerful forces in the apparel sourcing arena. She has held Executive Leadership roles such as the President of Reebok – VP of Nike – CEO…

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Defining Omni-Channel Customer Engagement Assessing Business Impact, Benefits, Requirements, and the Importance of Proper Implementation

4:30 PM  -  5:00 PM

In a world where information is available anytime, anywhere, it is no surprise that the concept of omnichannel and its implementation is a key priority for retailers across the globe. However, like so many new technologies, the definition and understanding…

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How the Future of Retail and Omni-Channel Growth is Dependent on The Supply Chain

5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM

Jeff Streader is a Global Apparel Industry Leader with over thirty-years experience leading multi-channel organizations for some of the industry’s leading brands and retailers. His segment, Bridging the Gap, will illustrate how the current supply chain has failed to respond…

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August 23, 2016

New Trends of Functional Technology

10:15 AM  -  11:00 AM

The apparel industry is fast changing with more and more technology being introduced every day. With the introduction of microchips into the production machines, garments and finished goods quality is on the rise. With computer guided manufacturing technology we are…

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Apparel Executive Panel

11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM

The apparel industry is a fast paced environment where the business landscape is constantly evolving. Hear from industry leaders, Jeff Streader, Marilyn Tam, Garry Bell, Neil Roar and Jesse Guth talk about topics such as The Current Canadian Apparel Market…

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Least Developed Countries Program: How Canadians Can Benefit

1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM

Dewan Mahmud, First Secretary Commerce Canada for Bangladesh, Steve Tipman, Executive Director of TFO Canada, a non-profit organization helping SME exporters from developing countries achieve success in the Canadian market and Bob Kirke, Executive Director Canadian Apparel Federation, will discuss…

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“Protecting your Name: How Social Compliance Secures Your Business Reputation”

2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM

In this era of global instant communication there is no more important task than ensuring one’s risk mitigation by proactively preventing the bad.  Avedis H. Seferian, President & CEO of WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production) will lead this seminar by providing valuable…

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Istanbul Textile and Apparel Exporter Association: Turkish Economy & Apparel

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM

Volkan Atik, Vice President of ITKIB, founder/owner of the fashion company AVVA and Board Member of the Istanbul Textile Association will take look inside Turkey’s apparel industry. His segment, presented in English, will give attendees a first-hand account of the…

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Transparency & Sustainability: The Consumer, The Brands, & The Future

3:30 PM  -  4:00 PM

Executive Marc Sidler, Head of Marketing & Sales for TESTEX will discuss 2 main topics which fully reflect Made in Green by OEKO-TEX®: Transparency & Sustainability. The Consumer demands for product safety, social responsibility, and environmental performance, the Brands and…

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NAFTA & How Canada Can Benefit

4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM

The seminar on NAFTA and How Canadian Business Can Benefit will be presented by Rodrigo Contreras, the Trade & Investment Commissioner of Mexico, based in Toronto Canada.  Since his arrival to PROMEXICO in 2008, Rodrigo has held the positions of Trade…

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Sourcing 101 – Entering the US Market

5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM

Understanding the United States Demographics and Life Style is a critical element for manufacturers planning to enter the US market. This seminar is essential to understand the mix of customers and product preferences by cities, regions and demographics. Selecting the…

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August 24, 2016

Take Your Online Business to the Next Level

10:15 AM  -  11:00 AM

The apparel and accessories category is the top-selling e-commerce category in the U.S. and Canada. The boom in online sales has been a catalyst in transforming the apparel retail sector. More and more retailers are cutting down on the number…

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Global Ethical Manufacturing of Apparel and Textiles | featuring Wrap & Testex Executive Panelists

11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM

Understanding where you are sourcing your products from, and how ethically they are manufactured is more important than ever to today’s consumer. This seminar, moderated by Canadian Apparel Federation Executive Director Bob Kirke, will feature two of the top executives…

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Sourcing 101 – Fundamentals of a Starting a Fashion Business

12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM

To become a fashion designer, then an entrepreneur in the apparel business means being aware of all the important new changes happening around you and being able to predict new trends of tomorrow. Fashion is a continual gamble; but owning…

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ATSC Fashion Education Panel

1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM

The ATSC Fashion Education Panel features representatives from six of the most recognized colleges and universities, with fashion related programs from Toronto and the surrounding area. This is a great opportunity to hear a unique perspective about the apparel marketplace…

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Multi-Channel and the Secondary Market

2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM

Canada-based VP & General Manager of Liquidity Services John D. Lee will be explaining how the secondary merchandising market and the multi-channel approach can benefit Canadian businesses. The secondary market is an ever-changing market in Canada providing challenges and many…

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