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Technical Apparel Advisory Committee Members

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson, MBA  

VP, Engineering and Quality
Mustang Survival

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Highly motivated, results-driven and hard-working Engineer and leader with over 17 years of proven success delivering results in high tech, industrial, and manufacturing sectors. Mark Anderson is passionate about growing unique ideas and turning them into innovative products that make a difference. 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 VP at Mustang Survival, a global survival equipment brand, Mark oversees the Research, Engineering, Quality and Sourcing functions.  

Shirley Chan

Shirley Chan

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

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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.

Max Feldman

Max Feldman, MBA

MDF Advising

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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.

Samantha Kuchmak

Samantha Kuchmak (currently on leave)

Manager, Social & Environmental Responsibility

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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. 

Vanessa Fors

Vanessa Fors, MBA

Category Manager
Mustang Survival

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Vanessa has worked in the apparel industry for over 19 years, taking on roles in Design and Product Management. She is currently the Category Manager for Mustang Survival and has experience in a variety of markets from children's wear to women's sportswear, to the active sports industry. She has travelled 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 completed her MBA, which included courses in corporate sustainability.

Charlotte Browning

Charlotte Browning, BA

Materials Development Coordinator
Arc'teryx Equipment Inc.

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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 BA 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.  Charlotte currently works on the Arc’teryx Equipment Material Development team. Alongside building her skills in textile development, she is passionate about sustainable design and innovation.

Lindsay Bailey

Lindsay Bailey, JD

Lindsay Bailey Law Corporation

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Joel Mertens

Joel Mertens

Senior Manager

Higg Product Tools

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Yingying Hu

Yingying Hu


Syte Industries Inc.

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Travis Bothner


Syte Industries Inc.

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.

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.