Institute of

Textile Science



To promote scientific collaboration, encourage knowledge sharing, and stimulate research and development in Canadian sectors involved in textiles, textile-based and related material science.

Aims and Objectives: 

  • To promote the dissemination and interchange of knowledge concerning textile, textile-based and other material science; 

  • To promote and encourage original basic or applied research, and where appropriate, collaborative/interdisciplinary research related to textile, textile-based and other material science and technology; 

  • To promote the development of textile, textile-based and other material science; 

  • To offer coaching and mentoring to prepare industrial and academic representatives to face the hurdles of the product development process; 

  • To collaborate with educational organizations to develop opportunities for study in textile, textile-based and other material science; 

  • To assist in the establishment of standards in the textile, textile-based and other material industry; 

  • To collaborate with other groups, Canadian and international, in advancing the foregoing objects.

The ITS Story

The Institute of Textile Science was incorporated as a Canadian Scientific Body in 1956 at a time when the Canadian textile industry was prosperous. A major objective was to promote the dissemination and interchange of knowledge concerning textile science through the organization of scientific sessions once or twice a year. Its mission also included the encouragement of research and development related to textile science and technology; encourage publication of literature with respect to textile science; and contribute to the establishment of standards in the textile industry. The ITS was also a member of the Textile Technical Federation of Canada and was interacting with other Canadian textile organizations.

Over the years, as the Canadian textile industry began moving away from the traditional textile markets towards technical and high value-added products, the research and development communities became increasingly multidisciplinary.  ITS responded to this evolution by broadening its membership to include expertise in textile, textile-based and other material science and technology. 


The ITS community comprises researchers, students, government agencies, research centres and product development experts in North America. Our members’ research and professional interests in textiles and flexible materials cover the entire value chain, from fibers to finish products in end uses such as protective systems, medical and health, geosynthetics, transportation, building materials, sportswear, and military.


The Institute of Textile Science has been hosting scientific sessions once or twice a year since its formation in 1956.  These one-day events feature speakers from industry, government, research centres and universities on subjects related to innovation in textiles and flexible materials. Examples include aging of textiles and polymer materials (Kingston, 2007), research in textiles for the oil and gas industries (Banff, 2014), textile solutions for tomorrow’s transportation and energy (115th, Hamilton, 2016), and innovations in personal protective equipment (Montréal/Edmonton, 2017).


In addition to the knowledge-sharing and educational aspects dear to the ITS mission, scientific sessions provide networking opportunities to attendees. Depending on the location of the sessions, arrangements would be made to visit a nearby manufacturing or research facility. 


As communication technologies evolve, since 2017, ITS has been widening its reach by delivering scientific sessions simultaneously in Montréal or Edmonton cities with a videoconference connection. 


Are you interested in learning about innovations in textiles and flexible materials, developing new contacts, or sharing your latest developments with others? We will be very pleased to welcome you to our next scientific session. Please request to be placed on the Institute's contact list.




Edmonton      St. Hyacinthe


8 to 8:30        10 to 10:30       Registration, light breakfast

                                                Greetings from Sébastien Couture, President, Institute of Textile Science


8:30 to 9        10:30 to 11     Three-Dimensional Bodies and the Issue of Comfort: 

                                       A Historical Dress Perspective 1939-2019

                                                Anne Bissonnette, PhD, Associate Professor 

                                                Material Culture and Curatorship, University of Alberta


9 to 9:30        11 to 11:30      Comfort in Athleisure Wear:  Connecting Quality Guidance to Design Principles

                                                ShuQin Wen, PhD

                                                Quality Development Testing & Compliance Manager                                      

                                                lululemon Athletica, British Columbia


9:30 to 10      11:30 to 12     Factors Affecting Comfort When Using PPE

                                              Chantal Gauvin, Scientific Professional

                                              Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail, Québec


10 to 10:30    12 to 12:30    Coffee Break in Edmonton/Lunch Break in St. Hyacinthe


10:30 to 11    12:30 to 1       Quantifying Warm Feel & Cool Touch Performance:  Application of ASTM D7984

                                               Adam Harris, Managing Director, C-Therm Technologies, New Brunswick


11 to 11:30    1 to 1:30         Thermal Considerations for PPE in Cold Weather Environments

                                               Valerio Izquierdo, Vice-President, Textile Laboratories, CTT Group,Québec


11:30 to 12    1:30 to 2         Understanding Comfort Using Body-Mapped Deformable Avatars

                                              Seth Gilchrist, Ph.D., Washington, WA


12 to 1            2 to 3               Lunch in Edmonton/Tour of labs in St. Hyacinthe


1 to 1:30         3 to 3:30         ITS Strategic Planning – Audience Input


                                               As ITS continues to work towards fulfilling its mission in meaningful ways, listening to you is

                                               very important.  We look forward to receiving your input.


1:30 to 1:40   3:30 to 3:40   Closing remarks from Sébastien Couture


1:45 to 3         3:45 to 5         62nd Annual General Meeting


3:15 pm                                  Departs for tour of Davey Textile Solutions


The Institute welcomes individuals from the academic, industrialresearch as well as governmental communities to become members.


You are eligible to join ITS if:

a.  You have a diploma or degree and at least 2 years of work experience in textile, textile-based and other material science industry or institutes of higher learning; or

b.  You have diploma or degree in pure or applied science not related to textile, textile-based and other material science and at least 2 years of work experience in a textile, textile-based and other material science related industry or an institute of higher learning; or

c.  You do not have a degree or diploma but have had work experience in textile, textile-based and other material science or related industries for at least 2 years; or

d.  Who are full-time undergraduate or graduate students in textile, textile-based and other material science programs (e.g., engineering) in a college or university.

Annual Membership Fees

(Canadian Currency)

1.  Regular - $95.

2.  Students and Retirees - $30.


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