Sessions

Sessions will cover a wide range of topics from successful members of the industry or government. Topics to include Fashion, Sourcing, Logistics, Marketing, Best Practices, Government/Trade Agreements and more.  View the list of Speakers

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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 sales, marketing and R&D at NGC Software, will explain why the fashion industry is undergoing … Continue reading “Lead Time Optimization: The Key to Profitability”

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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 to walk the runway in hopes of being chosen as the next model for Dan’s … Continue reading “Canadian Designer Dan Liu’s International Super Model Contest”

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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 and collaboration across the entire supply chain. Learn what strategies can help apparel firms and … Continue reading “Sourcing 101 – Trends In Sourcing”

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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 of Aveda as well as Founder of several startups. Marilyn has also keynoted the World’s largest … Continue reading “Marilyn Tam: Sourcing Force – Executive, Founder, Author”

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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 of what omni-channel customer engagement truly is continues to elude many brands. The omni-channel customer … Continue reading “Defining Omni-Channel Customer Engagement Assessing Business Impact, Benefits, Requirements, and the Importance of Proper Implementation”

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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 to the changing digital environment. He will also shed light on how responsive communication through … Continue reading “How the Future of Retail and Omni-Channel Growth is Dependent on The Supply Chain”

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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 able to produce complex designs with ease. Justin Huang, the President of the Taiwan Textile … Continue reading “New Trends of Functional Technology”

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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 Place, How Technology is Driving Commerce, Supply Chain Management and Future Opportunities for Growth in … Continue reading “Apparel Executive Panel”

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

12:00 PM  -  1:00 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 Europe have come to rely. Jean Dubé, Co-founder and Managing Director of Vertical RISC Inc. … Continue reading “Direct, Strategic Sourcing – An Innovative and Disruptive Business Model for Today’s Apparel Industry”

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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 the benefits of being a member of Canada’s Least Developed Countries Program, and how those … Continue reading “Least Developed Countries Program: How Canadians Can Benefit”

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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 information and considerable insights into such information as the value of social compliance in protecting … Continue reading ““Protecting your Name: How Social Compliance Secures Your Business Reputation””

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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 Turkish economy and business opportunities in the country’s ready-to-wear industry.

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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 retailers have required their supply chains to become more compliant, more transparent, and more responsive … Continue reading “Transparency & Sustainability: The Consumer, The Brands, & The Future”

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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 & Investment Commissioner of Mexico in Shanghai, Executive Director for Investor Relations, Executive Director for … Continue reading “NAFTA & How Canada Can Benefit”

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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 right distribution channel involves considering several factors as well as the final selling price of … Continue reading “Sourcing 101 – Entering the US Market”

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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 of brick and mortar stores while expanding the scale of their eCommerce operation. Mary Wang, … Continue reading “Take Your Online Business to the Next Level”

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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 from the foremost accredited organizations responsible for researching and certifying apparel and textile products around … Continue reading “Global Ethical Manufacturing of Apparel and Textiles | featuring Wrap & Testex Executive Panelists”

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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 a company can be rewarding, though sometimes a stressful experience. Having an idea for some … Continue reading “Sourcing 101 – Fundamentals of a Starting a Fashion Business”

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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 from the leaders whose mandate it is to relay the most current and relevant information … Continue reading “ATSC Fashion Education Panel”

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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 growth opportunities. John’s expertise is navigating companies thru this challenging path with larger profits waiting … Continue reading “Multi-Channel and the Secondary Market”

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