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Innovative, boundary-pushing, collaborative and meaningful. This is how we often describe our industry partnerships. Our students delve into all aspects of real-world, human-centred design challenges, and our industry partners make it possible to tackle real issues. Whether through our Industry Advisory Committee or our project partners, we are grateful for those industry relationships that bring invaluable learning to our students' design education.

With numerous technical apparel global industry leaders in the Vancouver area, we are lucky to be situated in a design hub. Our program collaborates with apparel giants such as lululemon, Arc'teryx, Sugoi, MEC, Mustang and many more giving our students unparalleled access to world-class design companies.

Program Advisory Committee

Our Advisory Committee plays an essential role in maintaining the relevance of our post baccalaureate program. Apparel industry leaders provide the perspective needed to ensure our graduates are well prepared to contribute to this creative, technical and innovative industry.  In conjunction with faculty, administration, and students, the role of the Advisory Committee is to help enrich the Technical Apparel program. With an ongoing voice given to our local industry leaders through our Advisory Committee, our program is able to respond quickly to changes in the marketplace and continually adapt our programming to reflect current industry needs and standards. This philosophy also applies to the technology and resources we train our students to use. We have an outstanding reputation for providing state-of-the-art industry equipment, so that when students from our program graduate, they are skilled in using the most current technology, making them work-ready. This work-readiness brings our grads to the front of the line when applying for industry positions.

Advisory Committee: Industry Members

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson 

Director, Strategy - Innovation - Program Management at Mustang Survival

To say that Mark Anderson is passionate about growing unique ideas and turning them into innovative products that make a difference is an understatement.  From early on of his career as an Engineer, Mark developed his love to untangle complex business problems and turn them into opportunities. He has 20 plus years of experience in leading high-performance teams and delivering tangible results in the technology, industrial, and manufacturing sectors. As a leader, he is known to create radical innovation and implement effective change management. As a strategic thinker and problem solver, he has led his teams creating world class, life-saving products and turning well-planed strategies into tangible results. Currently, as Director at Mustang Survival, a global survival equipment brand, Mark oversees the Research, Engineering, Quality and Sourcing functions.  His team has successfully launched over 100+ award winning products from dry suits for the US Air Force to inflatable life preservers for Elite Ocean Sailors. He is now spearheading the creation of a sourcing function that will engage with strategically aligned partners to insure futuristic ingredient innovation and ongoing global cost competiveness.

Previously, as Business Unit Manager at Xebec, Mark led a cross functional team to create, deliver and start-up large scale green energy gas purification systems.  Earlier in his career he rose the ranks at JDSU, a fortune 500 high tech company in Silicon Valley, while working on ultra high reliability laser systems. Mark holds a MBA from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia.  He serves on the Curriculum Advisory Board Member for Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He is a part of The BC Apparel & Gear Association founding team because of his passion for bringing people together to create business opportunities for the community. Mark resides in Vancouver, BC with his wife and son. During his leisure time, he enjoys windsurfing, golfing, fishing, boating, volleyball, baseball and gardening.

Shirley Chan
Shirley Chan
Director, Product Commercialization & Quality at Arc'teryx Equipment Inc.

Passionate about the intersection of design and manufacturing, Shirley has been executing design vision and bringing products to life in both the outdoor and fashion industry for over thirty years. With a broad range of roles from plant engineering, quality, sourcing, product development and design operations, she brings a history of leadership in the application and adoption of technology. Intimately familiar with the complexities of both local and global manufacturing and the people in it, Shirley is keen to cultivate a mindset that will sustain the soft goods industry.

Andrew Clark

Andrew Clark
Manager, High Performance, Fitness, Marketing & Communications at Richmond Olympic Oval

Andrew has been working in the High Performance Sport Industry for more than 18 years. He moved to Vancouver in 2001 to join a small sport and fitness start-up, which grew into one of Canada’s leading sport conditioning businesses with franchised performance facilities in the US and Canada. As a strength and conditioning coach, Andrew has worked with both community and professional-level athletes. He attended the 2008 Beijing Olympics as part of the coaching staff for the Canadian Women’s National Soccer Program. After completing his MBA in Executive Management, Andrew combined his passion for sport and business by providing management consulting services. Andrew joined the Richmond Olympic Oval in 2011 to execute on the high-performance business plan he created as a consultant. Currently, he oversees the high performance, fitness and marketing departments at the Richmond Olympic Oval.  Andrew serves as a director of the Canadian Strength and Conditioning Association, sits on the board of the Pacific Volleyball Society and on the Technical Apparel Design Advisory Committee at the Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Samantha Kuchmak

Samantha Kuchmak
Manager, Social & Environmental Responsibility at Mountain Equipment Co-operative

Samantha sits within the Design Innovation team, leading one of the foundational pillars for the MEC Label: social and environmental responsibility. Samantha has been apart of the team for the past eight years – leading MEC through Fair Labor Association Accreditation, growth of the Fair-Trade USA program, supplier assessment and training collaborations, MEC’s supply chain adoption of the Higg Index and Social Labor Convergence Project, and MEC’s journey to greater transparency and public disclosure of the supply chain. Needless to say, no two days are the same for Samantha. Samantha is a collaborator at heart – committed to being part of the solution to achieve more responsible sourcing decision – both for MEC and throughout her own consumer behaviours.

Max Feldman

Max Feldman 
Advisor at MDF Advising

Throughout his career, Max has helped a variety of organizations optimize their resources, increase efficiency and improve strategic decision making. Through his expertise in Sourcing, Product Development, Quality & Production, he has helped globally recognized brands such as Lululemon, Arc'teryx, Kit+Ace & Sugoi build resilient value chains and maximize opportunity. After 15 years of working at Top-tier organizations, Max now focus on emerging brands, social enterprises, educators & entrepreneurs driving positive impact for people, planet & profits. Max has an undergraduate degree from Ryerson and an MBA from the University of British Columbia. When he’s not 'working' he can be found riding his bike, devouring books or thinking up clever ways to re-write his bio.

Vanessa Fors
Vanessa Fors
Category Manager at Mustang Survival

Vanessa has been working in the apparel industry for 19 years, taking on roles in Design and Product Management. She is currently the Category Manager for Mustang Survival. She has experience in a variety of markets from children's wear to women's sportswear, to the active sports industry, traveling globally for research, sourcing, and sales. Vanessa continually seeks to find new ways to connect with and learn from the ever-changing product industry. In 2016, she founded the first “un-conference” for the apparel and soft goods industry in Vancouver called ApparelCamp. She regularly speaks on the topic of Vancouver’s Apparel Industry and, increasingly, on sustainability issues in the apparel sector. She recently completed her MBA, including courses in corporate sustainability.

Charlotte Browning

Charlotte Browning
Materials Development Coordinator at Arc'teryx Equipment Inc.

Charlotte’s dedication to high performance sport earned her a full scholarship on the University of Florida track & field team, where she graduated with two NCAA titles, a bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a professional sports contract. Charlotte went on to gain over 5 years of experience working in the apparel and footwear industry, representing New Balance and Hoka One One. Having learned the equipment, biomechanics and physiological needs of the athlete, Charlotte pursued further education to master her industry skills with a post baccalaureate diploma in technical apparel design. After graduating, Charlotte gained employment on the Arc’teryx Equipment Material Development team. Alongside building her skills in textile development, she has a strong  passion for sustainable design and innovation. Charlotte’s material development position is teamed with her dedication to exploring new technologies for the brand. Charlotte leads yarn development for Seamless knit technology, co-leads the microfibre research project and supports sustainability initiatives. Charlotte strongly believes that students from diverse backgrounds can use their passion and drive to successfully work in technical industry roles. She hopes to support students along their journey and provide mentorship entering the industry.

Lindsay Bailey

Lindsay Bailey
Principal at Lindsay Bailey Law Corporation

 

Matt White
Matt White 

Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University