Board of Directors


2021 Board of Directors

Lena Horne, Ph.D. - President 

Senior Scholar, Department of Biosystems Engineering, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Fellow, Institute of Textile Science 

Retired from the University of Manitoba in 2012. Currently chairs three CGSB National Flag Committees - Outdoor Use, Indoor Use and One-Event Use. One of three Conference Co-Chairs for the 2022 World Polymer Congress, to be held in Winnipeg from July 17 to 22, 2022


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

Assistant Professor, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta


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



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 - Secretary 

Project Manager R&D, CTT Group, St. Hyacinthe, Québec 

Expertise : Technical textiles, medical textiles, protective clothing, natural fibers, eco-friendly fibers  




Sogol Asghari, M.Sc. - Director 

Product Development Specialist, priMED Medical Products Inc., Edmonton, Alberta 

Expertise : Product development in the medical field, face mask, bacterial cell culture




Martin Forest, M.Env, Chemist - Director 

Scientific Advisor R&D and Innovation, FilSpec Inc., Sherbrooke, Québec 

Expertise : R&D, technical textile quality control, chemistry, microbiology



Mazeyar Parvinzadeh Gashti, Ph.D. - Director 

Chief Scientist, PRE Labs Inc., Kelowna, British Columbia 

Expertise : Synthesis of biocomposites for tissue engineering and sensory applications : developing multi-functional textiles with advanced coatings and developing multi-functional polymer composites, films and fibers


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 student, Chemical and Materials Engineering and Textile Science, University of Alberta


Expertise : Textile aging, protective clothing, polymerization




Joël Renaud - Observer 

Account Manager, Davey Textile Solutions Inc., Québec 

Expertise : Sales management, fabric development, supply chain management 


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: Wearable electronic textiles (e-textiles); Smart memory polymeric fibre to fabrics (Synthesis / Fibre spinning / Characterization /Textile structural integration); Medical textiles; Functional textiles; Work experience in apparel manufacturing; Intensive knowledge in Textile fundamentals from fibre to fabrics.