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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 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

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