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2020 Featured Seminars


Previous Year's Seminars

August 19, 2019

Amazing India – How Private Sector and Trade Organizations are Collaborating to Engage Global Buyers

1:15  -  2:00
Main Stage

With global competitiveness looming from all around Asia – India is the powerhouse that has elevated its designs, trend research, social practices – all to the benefit and interests of buyers and retailers worldwide to see it as one of…

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Canadian Apparel and Textile Trade Policy Update 2019

11:00  -  11:45
Main Stage

Canadian Apparel Federation Executive Director Bob Kirke will provide an update on the key issues and developments in Canada’s trade policy, including NAFTA, Sourcing in Developing Countries, and free trade agreements impacting the Apparel sector. Canada has also reiterated its…

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Shifts in North American Apparel Retail Trade

11:45  -  12:30
Main Stage

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) President Julie Hughes will provide an update on the key issues and developments in North American trade policy for 2019 and beyond. Due to the tariffs and retail disruptions, it can be difficult…

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Good Companies Make Great Brands: Embracing Social Responsibilities and Diversity and What it Means for Growth

2:00  -  2:45
Main Stage

Learn from the experts on Corporate Social Responsibility, Diversity Marketing, and Knowing how to speak to your audience. How you run your company and how you convey your message is how customers remember your brand.

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Choosing Your Suppliers: Evaluating Factories & Brands based on Corporate Responsibilities and Sustainability Footprint

2:45  -  3:30
Main Stage

How you decide who you will source from is a task that faces all companies large and small. Currently the topic of sustainability is one of the most important factors in choosing a vendor, however, the concept of sustainability has…

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Global Sourcing – Where is the next China?

3:30  -  4:15
Main Stage

Although the trade tariffs imposed by the current US Administration have not impacted sourcing for Canada, there are many macros considerations that brands and retailers must consider in today’s ever-changing world. Jeff will look at the key criteria for sourcing…

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The Next Frontier for Canadian Sourcing Executives and Brands in Africa

4:15  -  5:00
Main Stage

Organized by the Ghana Export Promotion Authority, this fireside chat will include Samuel Dentu, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Finance and Operations for Ghana Export Promotion Authority and Steve Tipman, Executive Director of TFO Canada. Together they will highlight the…

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August 20, 2019

Think Local Go Global: The Art of Launching a Brand in Todays Crowded Market

1:15  -  2:00
Main Stage

What it takes to launch a brand in today’s crowded market. Former DKNY and Adidas Exec walks us through the success stories of start ups and legends and what we can learn from leading CEO’s. Join us for a conversation…

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Secrets and Struggles of Sourcing Panel – The Fashion Zone at Ryerson University

1:15  -  2:00
FashionLAB

It’s no secret that Fashion is global trade. With suppliers, manufacturers, and customers coming from all around the world, sourcing can be both an asset and a challenge. The sourcing process has many moving parts, time zones, and people involved,…

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Always one Step Ahead: How OEKO-TEX® Drives Sustainable Textile Production

11:00  -  11:45
Main Stage

When it comes to sustainable textile production OEKO-TEX® doesn’t cut any corners. The production certification, STeP by OEKO-TEX®, verifies that textiles are produced in an environmentally friendly and socially responsible way – including such aspects as chemical management, waste disposal,…

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Building a Profitable Fashion Business

11:00  -  11:45
FashionLAB

Creating a profitable business in the fashion industry takes both a creative mind and savvy business skills. While walking you through the steps of production, Anna breaks down which steps you should delegate to your left-brained staff, and which ones…

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How Social Compliance Boosts Business Competitiveness

11:45  -  12:30
Main Stage

WRAP President and CEO Avedis Seferian will discuss how ethical sourcing can aid your company in becoming (and remaining) a competitive force in today’s rapidly evolving global apparel marketplace.

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The EXACT Step by Step Strategy of What You Need BEFORE you Launch Your Line

11:45  -  12:30
FashionLAB

One of the biggest pitfalls new designers make is not properly preparing for the launch of their line or launching too soon and then not getting any sales. Wouldn’t it be awesome to know EXACTLY what to do so that…

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ATS Canada Fashion Show

2:00  -  3:00
Main Stage

Now an industry spotlight – Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada includes a professional runway show and an opportunity to network. The Fashion show is held on day 2 of the event. We showcase international brands, collections from top students, and the…

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Customer is Always Right: Building Brands To Resonate with Todays Consumers

3:00  -  3:45
Main Stage

How do we differentiate our brand to stand out in a crowded marketplace? As Brand Ambassador of Korite Jewelry Analucia discusses authenticity and messaging and Arthur as a veteran image-consultant walks us through how our brands need to feel the…

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