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.