Canada Sessions

Sessions 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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2018 Featured Sessions

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. Our panelists will cover some of the most pressing questions about the future of China’s apparel sector such as: – Incentives for Canadian…

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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

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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What the Comprehensive & Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) Means to the Textile and Apparel Industry in 2018 and Beyond

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): – How textiles and apparel goods will have access and qualify for preferential treatment within TPP countries. – The TPP’s impact on…

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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

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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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Previous Year's 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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