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Seminars 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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2019 Featured Seminars

August 19, 2019

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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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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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

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
Fashion Lab

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
Fashion Lab

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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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
Fashion Lab

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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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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The Top 25 Things to Post on Social Media BEFORE you Even Have a Product to Sell

3:15  -  4:00
Fashion Lab

The most common thing I hear from startup designers is, “I know I need to be using social media but I don’t have anything to post because my product is not done yet”.  Or worst yet, I have designers come…

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Size North America – Addressing Fit Issues Using 3D Avatars, AI and Human Solutions Technologies

4:00  -  4:45
Fashion Lab

Fit issues and resulting returns have been a hot topic in the apparel industry for a while now. Year after year, “Fit Experts” have been analyzing the same data in the same way and achieving the same poor results. The…

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August 21, 2019

Working with Your Manufacturer

11:00  -  11:45
Fashion Lab

Manufacturers can be difficult to work with, not returning calls or dropping projects mid-production. Through years of experience, Anna Livermore, founder, and CEO of V. Mora has compiled a list of insider tips and tricks to successfully work with a…

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Cotton to Alpaca – Incentives for Canadian-Based Brands and Retailers to Source in Peru

11:45  -  12:30
Main Stage

Join our panelists Antonio Ramos, Trade Advisor for the Trade Office of Peru in Toronto, and Sigrid Rivas, Commercial Manager at Topitop for an informative overview of how Canadian Businesses can continue to benefit from apparel and textile sourcing in…

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How to Calculate Cost and Price Your Products

11:45  -  12:30
Fashion Lab

Costing is a huge hurdle for many designers. In this seminar, Anna breaks down how to efficiently cost out garments so designers make the money they need to be successful year after year.

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Why Fashion Businesses Around the World Are Sourcing From Turkey

12:30  -  1:15
Main Stage

In recent years the fashion industry around the globe has turned its sights towards Turkey, and for good reason. Turkey represents one of the largest apparel and textile exporting regions in the world specializing in mid to high-end products. This…

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Advanced Facebook & Instagram Ads for eCommerce Brands

12:30  -  1:15
Fashion Lab

In this seminar Kevin Moore, Founder & Facebook Ads Expert, Acquilead will deep into the strategies and tactics that are generating high returns for his portfolio of eCommerce clients. With over 10 years of experience in direct response marketing, Kevin…

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Top Ten Mistakes Designers Make

1:15  -  2:00
Fashion Lab

Mistakes are common with new designers. In this seminar, Anna Livermore, founder, and CEO of V. Mora provides solutions to avoid them and see them before they hit, saving valuable time and money.

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Source Bangladesh: Manufacturing, Free Trade & Logistics

1:15  -  2:00
Main Stage

This panel discussion moderated by Shakil Mahamud, First Secretary of Commerce for the Bangladesh High Commission in Ottawa, will discuss some of the most prevailing topics related to the garment sector including; improvement on workplace safety and other compliance issues,…

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Previous Year's Seminars

August 20, 2018

China’s Changing Role as a Front-runner in the Global Textile and Apparel Supply Chain

11:00 AM  -  12:00 AM

This panel will examine China as one of the original front-runners in international apparel sourcing and production. It is our great privilege to have joining us for this informative panel discussion Cao Jiachan, Chairman of the China Chamber of Commerce for…

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The Impact of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Disruption on the Supply Chain

12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM

Global industry veteran Jeff Streader will discuss a critical component for success in today’s digital world and how this effects the modern supply chain.  He will share his view on successful strategies and tactics that brands and retailers along with their supplier/…

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Canada Trade Policy Update

1:00 PM  -  1:45 PM

Canadian Apparel Federation Executive Director Bob Kirke will provide an update on the key issues and developments in Canada’s trade policy, including NAFTA re-negotiation, European free trade and other current or pending free trade agreements. The past year has seen a high…

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United States Trade Policy Update – and the impact on NAFTA and TPP

1:45 PM  -  2:30 PM

United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) President Julie Hughes will provide an update on the key issues and developments in the U.S. trade policy, including NAFTA re-negotiation, European free trade and other current or pending free trade agreements. The past year has seen a high…

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Fireside Chat – The U.S. Trade War and it’s Effects on Canadian and American Retailers, Brands and Businesses.

2:30 PM  -  3:00 PM

Globalization is irreversible and the US will not succeed in changing the global world order by increasing import tariffs. However, A FULL-BLOWN trade war between the US and its key trading partners will disrupt the global supply chain and impact trading…

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Sustainable Sourcing and The Bottom Line Supply Chain Panel Discussion

3:00 PM  -  4:00 PM

This panel includes experts in the field of sustainable sourcing including Paul King; President at Kendor Textiles, Pam Bokser; Director of Softgoods Direct Imports at Giant Tiger, Anouk Bertner; Executive Director at Eco Equitable, and moderator Clay Hickson; Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production…

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How Responsible Sourcing Impacts Your Bottom Line

4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM

Avedis Seferian, President and CEO of Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), examines why responsible sourcing is more important than ever; what companies need to do in order to ensure business continuity, competitive success; and, ultimately, how it impacts the bottom…

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TFO Canada: Diversifying your Sources of Supply by Working with Developing Countries

5:00 PM  -  5:30 PM

TFO Canada, the experts in trade for developing countries and the primary Canadian point of contact for emerging businesses exporting to Canada and other foreign markets will be showcased in this session featuring TFO Canada’s Executive Director, Steve Tipman.  The…

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August 21, 2018

Brand Creation 4 the Next Generation

10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM
Main Stage

Former Donna Karan and Calvin Klein Executive Sal Khokhar will discuss strategies and processes for International Designers looking to enter the North American Market. As a 20-year veteran leading market entry strategies for both designer and contemporary brands such as…

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Fashion Avenue Runway Show

11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM

Styles from Fashion Avenue featuring international brands from China and a luxurious Cashmere collection presented by our Inner Mongolia Pavilion.

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ATSC Fashion Show – Students, Toronto-based Designers and Exhibitors from India and Ukraine

12:30 PM  -  1:30 PM

The 2018 ATSC Fashion show will feature garments from prominent Toronto-based designers Narces, Hilary Macmillan, Cindy Renee Matheu, Rock ’N Karma and KQK as well as student-designed pieces from Canadian Universities LaSalle College and Fanshawe College. Also included are looks from our…

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Fashion Digital Influencers Panel

1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM

This panel will feature Andrea Auerbach Vieira, a Brazilian born, Canadian digital influencer, award-winning content creator and expert in digital media Casie Stewart and online style publications expert Jonathan Cavaliere will speak about the cardinal rules of blogging; How brands can reach bloggers…

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Pure and Sure – How OEKO-TEX® verifies that your cotton is GMO-free.

2:30 PM  -  3:30 PM

The seminar will provide comprehensive information about the OEKO-TEX® product portfolio. This includes our latest innovation – GMO testing technology for cotton. Furthermore, insights of a ground-breaking global consumer study will show how best to address the rising and most…

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The Brand-New Face of Bangladesh – A New Era for Sourcing in 2018

3:30 PM  -  4:30 PM

This panel discussion will feature distinguished representatives from the Bangladeshi government such as Masukur Rahman Sikdar; Export Wing, Ministry of Commerce for the Government of Bangladesh, Anup Kanti Saha; Policy Wing from the Export Promotion Bureau, Government of Bangladesh and Shakil Mahamud,…

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August 22, 2018

Latin America Trade Update for 2018 and Beyond

10:00 AM  -  11:00 AM

This Seminar will explore how Canadian Businesses can continue to benefit from sourcing in Mexico a changing international landscape. The seminar will be presented by Karla Buendia, Trade and Investment Specialist, for ProMexico in Toronto.  She will give an overview of the…

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Least Developed Countries Update (LDC) & the Import/Export process.

11:00 PM  -  12:00 PM

Germain LeBlanc, of Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will provide an update on the Least Developed Countries Program, and outline how CBSA audits the program. He will also give an overview of common trade practices when importing goods into Canada….

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The Comprehensive & Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and Sourcing Opportunities in Vietnam

12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM

This panel discussion will go cover the following topics pertaining to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the opportunities for sourcing in Vietnam: – How textiles and apparel goods will have access and qualify for preferential treatment within…

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The E-Commerce Hangover: Returns and Reverse Logistics

1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM

In this session with the The Reverse Logistics Association (the RLA), we will discuss: The growing omni-channel returns and services issues The E-Commerce and loT Effects Impact of the consumer purchase and delivery experience Click Here to see the full…

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Use Intellectual Property Laws to Protect Against Fashion Design Piracy

2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM

Every fashion designers’ greatest asset is their creative ingenuity. Attend this free legal seminar to gain insights into how intellectual property protection can be used to protect your fashion designs.

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Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support Project

2:30 PM  -  3:00 PM

The Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support (CUTIS) Project is a 5-year (2016-2021) Canadian development assistance initiative designed to lower poverty in Ukraine through increasing exports from Ukraine to Canada and investment from Canada to Ukraine. CUTIS project in partnership with…

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