Board of Directors
2022 Board of Directors
Patricia Dolez, P.Eng, Ph.D. - President
Assistant Professor, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
Expertise : protective clothing, aging of material, nanotechnologies, smart materials and natural fibers.
Martin Forest, M.Env, Chemist - Vice President
Continuous Improvement Coordinator, FilSpec Inc., Sherbrooke, Québec
Expertise : Yarn spinning, continuous improvement, information systems, product development, quality control, chemistry, microbiology.
Sogol Asghari, M.Sc. - Secretary
Senior Product 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.
Sébastien Couture - Treasurer
Vice-President, Innovation, FilSpec Inc., Sherbrooke, Québec
Expertise : Yarn spinning. Intensive knowledge in textile synthetic and filaments and innovative yarn design for various technical applications.
Vincent Deregnaucourt - Director
Project Manager R&D, CTT Group, St. Hyacinthe, Québec
Expertise : Technical textiles, medical textiles, protective clothing, natural fibers, eco-friendly 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.
Forrest Sloan, Ph.D - Director
Manager of International Marketing, Kuraray America Inc., USA
Expertise : Application of high-tenacity fibers performance end uses. Carbon, glass, aramid, HMPE, and LCP fibers, with focus on LCP fibers (Kuraray. Ropes, cables, slings, webbing, fabrics, composites. Recarational, industrial, military and aerospace markets.
Laura Munevar - Director
Interdisciplinary PhD candidate, Chemical and Materials Engineering and Textile Science, University of Alberta
Expertise : Protective clothing, aging of textiles, electrospinning for nanofiber production, materials characterization, and sustainability.
Josephine Bolaji - Director
Multidisciplinary PhD candidate, Textile research, University of Alberta
Expertise : Textile Science and Technology, Supply chain logistics and management, Sustainability, product development.
Harishkumar Narayana, Ph.D - Observer
Mitacs Elevate Scholar, Department of Materials Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Textile Engineering Lead, Texavie Technologies Incorporation, Vancouver, B.C.
Expertise: Smart wearable electronic textiles (e-textiles) for AR & VR; Energy harvesting textiles (Solar & Mechanical); Smart memory polymers (fibre to fabrics); Medical & functional textiles; Work experience in apparel manufacturing; Intensive knowledge in Textile fundamentals from fibre to fabrics.