Board of Directors


2022 Board of Directors

Martin 2022

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.