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Our Students

Two technical students discussing fabric types.

Our students are creative innovators who are willing to take risks, technologists who can strategize, and leaders who can manage the continuing shifts in today’s economy. They are critical thinkers who challenge existing frameworks and elevate their industry.They are independent learners who are driven to explore in a creative learning environment that allows unexpected, surprising, and delightful ideas to emerge.

They often come from a wide range of disciplines that include fashion, textile design, product design, industrial design, interior design, engineering, business or kinesiology. Great designers, like our students, come from a range of places, life experiences and educational settings.

From developing new and improved products such as protective pants for rock climbing to an urban cycling jacket for increased safety and a haptic navigational harness for the visually impaired, our students, develop and apply strategies in user centered design and creative innovation. Real life, client-based projects elevate the learning experience for students. Projects have included research into cut protection, working with local firefighters to improve their protective wear, and collaborating with the University of Manitoba on a prototype for hypothermia victims.


Meet the Class of 2018-19



Diego Garcia

Diego Garcia, MSc

Diego’s passion for the outdoors was ignited by his love for mountain biking. On weekends you will find him exploring new trails up the local mountains and testing out his gear. Before moving to Vancouver, Diego lived in São Paulo, Brazil where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and his Master’s in Materials Engineering. Throughout his career in the petroleum industry and as a visiting Professor at his alma mater, he demonstrated an inquiring and systematic approach to problem solving. His passion for sustainability drives his desire to provide solutions for the outdoor industry.



Jonathan Liu

Jonathan Liu, BBA, CPA

Jonathan’s desire to work in the technical apparel industry stems from his pursuit to merge vocation and fascination. After graduating with a BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, Jonathan worked in progressive accounting and finance roles supporting complex supply chain structures. However, his passion for the outdoor industry and his love of snowboarding drew him out West. Jonathan plans on working with cross functional teams in supply chain management where he can utilize his analytical skills and business acumen, while leveraging his understanding of design, production, and textiles.



Riley Scott

Riley Scott, BA

Riley’s passions are driven by unique technical design solutions, whether he is rock climbing, ski touring, or trail running. His design intention is rooted in his values for sustainability and creative design thinking which were developed by his BA in Environmental Studies & Sociology, in addition to his work experience in landscape design, woodworking, and outdoor retail management. Riley believes that through continuous innovation, technical apparel has begun to explore the intersections between function, aesthetic appeal, and sustainable design. Being passionate about all three, Riley intends to be at the forefront of these future developments, both as a designer and an avid user.



Rita Nwokolo

Rita Nwokolo, LLB, BL, LLM, MA  

Throughout her life, Rita has been passionate about apparel and design. After studying Fashion Marketing at Regent’s University in London, she realised that the future of the apparel industry laid in the fusion of function and fashion. This conclusion inspired her move to Vancouver to pursue a career in technical apparel design. With extensive global experience, through studying in the United Kingdom and working in Law in Nigeria, Rita has a unique perspective which she applies to her creative problem solving skills.



Sarah Eppler

Sarah Eppler, BSc

Sarah has a background in Kinesiology with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from Dalhousie University. She plans to combine her interest in human body movement with her passion for design in her career upon graduation. Sarah believes that the technical apparel and outdoor industry is an excellent place to hone her creativity. She hopes to combine her new set of skills from the technical apparel program with her science and research experience to design technical apparel for sports activities and create innovative solutions for the medical field.



Yulia Castro

Yulia Castro, BDes

Yulia is a fashion designer originally from São Paulo, Brazil, where she worked in the fast fashion industry for over 5 years. Her love for the creative design process and the desire to develop more thoughtful and functional products drew her to pursue her Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Technical Apparel Design. Design is a way of expanding knowledge and experiencing the world for Yulia. She is constantly striving to understand human behaviour and its influence on global cultures. Yulia is driven and inspired by the challenges of creative problem solving and exchange of ideas amongst people from different backgrounds.