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Board of Directors


2024 Board of Directors

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Sogol Asghari, M.Sc. - President 

Senior Textile Research and Development Specialist, PRIMED Medical Products Inc., Edmonton, Alberta & Greater Toronto Area, Ontario.

Expertise: Product development in the medical field, face mask, bacterial cell culture, technical textiles, nonwovens.



Md. Saiful Hoque - Vice President

PhD Candidate, Textile and Apparel Science, University of Alberta


Expertise: High-performance fibers, Polymer aging and degradation, Product development, Advanced textiles, Materials characterizations, Predictive modeling, Textile engineering, Research and development, Sustainability




Martin Forest, M.Env, Chemist - Treasurer

Continuous Improvement Coordinator, FilSpec Inc., Sherbrooke, Québec 

Expertise: Yarn spinning, continuous improvement, information systems, product development, quality control, chemistry, microbiology.




Jemma Forgie - Secretary

PhD Student, Textile and Apparel, University of Alberta

Expertise: Protective clothing, Electrospinning for nanofiber production, Sustainability





Josephine Bolaji, PhD - Membership Secretary

Postdoctoral Fellow, Florida State University.


Expertise: Textile Testing & Characterization, Quality Control, Product Development, Functional Clothing Design, Sizing & Fit, Sustainability, Supply Chain.




Patricia Dolez, P.Eng, Ph.D. - Past President

Associate Professor, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta


Expertise: protective clothing, aging of material, nanotechnologies, smart materials and natural fibers.  




Mazeyar Parvinzadeh Gashti, Ph.D. - Director 

Research Scientist, GTI Chemical Solutions and Services, Greenville, South Carolina, United States

Expertise: Electrospinning for nanofiber production, functional finishing on textiles, flame retardants, fiber extrusion.




Harishkumar Narayana, Ph.D -  Director (Social Media Lead)

Textile Engineering Lead, Texavie Technologies Incorporation, Vancouver, BC.


Expertise: Smart wearable electronic textiles (e-textiles) for AR&VR applications/remote health/rehabilitation/sports; Energy harvesting textiles (solar & mechanical); Projects-Canadian National Defence, Canadian Space Agency, Vancouver Coastal Health; Textile fundamentals from fibre to fabrics.



Elena Kosareva -  Director (Newsletter Lead)

PhD candidate, Textile and Apparel Science, University of Alberta


Expertise: protective/functional clothing and equipment design, 2D & 3D digital technology in clothing design, product development, pattern engineering, garment construction technology, prototyping, fibre analysis, textile structure analysis, textile testing.

Photo credit : John Ulan

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