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 to high performance end uses. Carbon, glass, aramid, HMPE, and LCP fibers, with focus on LCP fibers from Kuraray. Ropes, cables, slings, webbing, fabrics, composites. Protective/PPE, 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.
Bronwyn Bates - Observer
Human Ecology Undergraduate Student, University of Alberta
Expertise: Laundering, textile aging
Photo credit : John Ulan