May 26, McCord Museum


The FTF conference will showcase international and local speakers from fashion design, engineering, start-ups, and major IT companies invested in developing the future of design for smart clothing and accessories.

*Opening Keynote: “Future Textiles: enabling a fashion revolution” Joanna Berzowska, Professor & Research Dean, Concordia University / XS Labs

New research in fibre technology, involving biology, organic chemistry, material science, and electronics is creating future fibres capable of making textiles that sense your heartbeat, change colour and shape, or otherwise interact with your body and your environment. We are training the next generation of designers who will be able to harness the full potential of these interactive textiles to enable the fashion revolution.

*This talk will be held in English.

Panel 1: “La mode à Montréal: une industrie innovante” en collaboration avec mmode, la grappe métropolitaine de la mode

The fashion industry reveals all of its know-how and innovative potential during an inspiring panel moderated by Damien Silès of the Quartier de l’Innovation, in collaboration with the Grappe mmode.

Panel 2: “Collaboration comme moteur créatif” en collaboration avec le Groupe Sensation Mode

Collaborating to create and innovate is now part of the foundation of our society. Artists, companies, universities and research centres are developing this approach and the market’s interest is growing. This trend can be even further emphasized and accelerated and this is what this exchange aims to achieve. We wish to amplify the hyphen and to raise awareness of the interest in collaborating by valuing fruitful collaborations.

Panel 3: “Tech & créativité”

Technology and creativity are increasingly interconnected. Businesses flourish via creativity while the arts become more and more embedded in technologies. This panel aims to investigate how individuals from creative start-ups combine innovation with art and design.

Panel 4: “Le futur des métiers d’art”

This panel addresses the issue of new technologies in the field of crafts, as well as the important role of traditional practices for the future of fashiontech. The use of manufacturing technologies in the fields of textiles, leatherwork, design and product development by young designers and small businesses will be discussed.


Friday May 26

8h30-9h Coffee
9h-9h15 Opening Remarks
9h15-10h Opening Keynote: Joanna Berzowska, Professor & Research Dean, Concordia University / XS Labs
10h-11h Panel 1: “La mode à Montréal: une industrie innovante” en collaboration avec mmode, la grappe métropolitaine de la mode
11h-12h Panel 2: “Collaboration comme moteur créatif” en collaboration avec le Groupe Sensation Mode
12h-1h30 Lunch Break
1h30-2h30 Panel 3: “Tech & créativité”
2h30-2h45 Coffee Break
2h45-3h55 Panel 4: “Le futur des métiers d’art”
3h55-4h Thank you
4h-6h Networking Cocktail


Joanna Berzowska

Associate Dean Research of the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University
Opening Keynote
Joanna Berzowska is Associate Dean Research of the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University. She is also a member of the “Textiles and materiality” Research Cluster at the Milieux Institute and the founder of XS Labs, a design research studio focusing on textiles-based wearables as well as the enabling methods, materials, and technologies that drive innovation in composite functional fibers, textile electronics, and additive manufacturing. For the last five years, she has been the Head of Electronic Textiles at OMsignal, a Montreal-based wearable and smart textile company that launched the Ralph Lauren PoloTech shirt. Her work has been shown at the V&A in London, Cooper-Hewitt in NYC, Millennium Museum in Beijing, Australian Museum in Sydney, NTT ICC in Tokyo, SIGGRAPH, ISEA, SIGCHI, and Ars Electronica Center in Linz among others. She lectures internationally about the field of electronic textiles and related technological, social, aesthetic, and political issues.

Damien Silès

General Manager of the Quartier de l'innovation de Montréal
Panel 1: “La mode à Montréal: une industrie innovante”
Since 2014, Damien Silès has held the position of General Manager of the Quartier de l'innovation de Montréal. He was formerly Director General of the Social Development Corporation of Ville-Marie, the first social broker in North America, which he founded in 2008. From 2002 to 2008, he was Director of Membership and Sales at the Chambre de commerce du Montréal métropolitain, which enabled him to build strong relationships with the Québec business community. Mr. Silès is widely recognized for his sociocultural commitment. He is currently Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Société de développement social de Ville-Marie and a member of the Board of Directors of the Opéra de Montréal.

Grégoire Baret

Managing Director for the Aldo Group
Panel 1: “La mode à Montréal: une industrie innovante”
Grégoire Baret is Managing Director for the Aldo Group, in charge of the omni-channel experience. Mission: Conceptualization and design of services combining digital and point of sale to better accompany the journey of consumers and to enhance the interaction with the brand. Prior to joining the Aldo Group in 2015, Grégoire was Vice President of Strategy and Design for the Nurun Montréal office, accompanying clients such as the L'Oréal Group, Adidas, Sony, Sanofi, Manulife or Michelin. Grégoire was previously Managing Director of Razorfish in Paris. He has more than 15 years of advertising agency experience during which he has led brand strategies such as Levi's, Nike, Nissan, Guerlain, and PlayStation.

Karine Bibeau

Director of the Project Management Office and Program Implementation Department at Logistik Unicorp
Panel 1: “La mode à Montréal: une industrie innovante”
Karine Bibeau is Director of the Project Management Office and Program Implementation Department at Logistik Unicorp, a leader in Managed Clothing Solutions offering integrated uniform programs for large organizations, governments and militaries worldwide. Over time, she has been integral in the organization’s success, managing Product Design, Business development and Uniform Programs. She implemented uniform programs at Logistik’s Australian subsidiary, the largest uniform company in the region and is a partner in Mawashi (R&D and human factors engineering), Benart (neckwear) and Nagashi (blunt-trauma protective suits). Her current higher management role includes process and method standardization, while putting continuous improvement and technology at the forefront.

Clément Sabourin

CEO of Portfranc
Panel 1: “La mode à Montréal: une industrie innovante”
Portfranc was born in Montreal in 2015 for craftsmen and consumers who take the time to choose, value meticulous know-how, and cherish both durability as well as simple and refined aesthetics. Our company celebrates hand made design, noble materials and short circuits. We are committed to promoting local craftsmanship and are sensitive to social issues and the environmental challenges of our time. For this reason, in the summer of 2016, we undertook the first 21st century sailboat-based import of goods between Europe and North America.

Carolyne Parent

CEO and co-founder of Rachel's Box
Panel 1: “La mode à Montréal: une industrie innovante”

Le Coffret de Rachel revolutionizes the way women shop for their stockings, leggings and socks! Rachel is more than just an online store, she is a friend, and an advisor who builds a relationship with her clients and understands that each one is unique. The boxes are all different and contain customized selections according to the style profile of each customer.

Chantal Durivage

VPE Développement Créatif | Produits | Recherche | Veille
Panel 2: “Collaboration comme moteur créatif”
An art theory and history graduate of the University of Ottawa, Chantal Durivage successfully managed more than 40 artists before entering the world of show production. She also worked at Max Films, where she assisted Roger Frappier with his production activities, and at Analekta Productions, where she supervised the production of classical music recordings. For the past 17 years, the myriad of Groupe Sensation Mode’s productions have connected with thousands of spectators, numerous journalists, and a wealth of creators and opinion leaders from all walks of life. Its fashion and design events are among the most prestigious in the world, such as the critically acclaimed Fashion Theater (produced in Berlin, Tokyo, New York and London) and the Fashion & Opera show presented in Los Angeles and New York.

Dominic Tremblay

President and Co-founder of TUX
Panel 2: “Collaboration comme moteur créatif”
Dominic Tremblay is president and co-founder of TUX. Over the last 15 years he has built a creative agency whose mission is to tell the stories of powerful and memorable brands. Prior to founding TUX, he was head of Marketing at L'Oréal, where he launched hundreds of new products and services. 
In 2012, he was named one of the 10 most influential people of the year by the magazine Infopresse and he has since directed TUX towards being awarded several international prizes: Lions de Cannes, Applied Arts, AdWeek and Bees.

Elisa C-Rossow

Panel 2: “Collaboration comme moteur créatif”
With a strong artistic identity and structured and timeless cuts, ELISA C-ROSSOW's line is recognized by clothes that are both classic and contemporary, supported by a purposeful absence of color and a minimalist aesthetic.

Alexis Walker

Curatorial Assistant in Costume and Textiles at the McCord Stewart Museum
Panel 2: “Collaboration comme moteur créatif”
Alexis Walker is Curatorial Assistant in Costume and Textiles at the McCord Stewart Museum in Montreal which holds the largest museum collection of Canadian dress. She holds both a B.F.A. in Textiles from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and an M.A. in Fashion and Textiles Studies from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. In addition to her curatorial work, Alexis is an embroidery and textile artist, a former fashion and costume designer and stylist. She has also taught fashion history at George Brown College in Toronto, and Collège Lasalle in Montreal.

Madeleine Goubau

Columnist at Radio-Canada
Panel 2: “Collaboration comme moteur créatif”
Madeleine Goubau is a columnist specialized in fashion for the show Les éclaireurs, broadcast on ICI Radio-Canada Première. She is also the author of the book Maison Marie Saint Pierre - in 30 paintings published by Éditions Québec Amérique. She holds a Master's degree in fashion journalism from the London College of Fashion in the United Kingdom, and teaches at the École supérieure de mode where she is presently undertaking a PhD also at UQÀM. Her research interests focus on fashion as a vector of soft power for a country, as well as on public diplomacy through clothing.

Samuel Rispal

Managing director of Lynks
Panel 3: “Tech & créativité”
Samuel Rispal holds a degree in electrical engineering from INSA Lyon in France and a master's degree in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence from the École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS) in Montreal. Following various collaborations with the laboratory on the management of innovation of ÉTS and Mosaic, the creative and innovation branch of HEC Montréal, Samuel became consultant in management of innovation. Today, Samuel is the managing director of Lynks. Lynks assists companies in their innovation management with a profound conviction: investing in people is crucial to increase the quality of innovation. During its first year of existence, this young company has collaborated with more than 15 Montreal organizations.

Meryeme Lahmami

Founder of Biomindr
Panel 3: “Tech & créativité”
Meryeme Lahmami is a technology entrepreneur. She is the founder of Biomindr, a Montreal-based startup in the wearables’ space. Prior to founding Biomindr, she was awarded for initiating and organizing the first Smart Clothing Conference in Montreal, Wear It Smart, which brings together more than 200 entrepreneurs researchers and wearables enthusiasts together. Meryeme holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and an MBA from Laval University. She is the initiator and organizer of the Montreal Chapter of We Are Wearables.

Evelyne Drouin

Sound Artist
Panel 3: “Tech & créativité”
Evelyne Drouin is the un-categorizable artist who's style and approach to sound have earned her an international reputation under the brand of DJ Mini. With an extensive knowledge of music crafting and media arts, and having dabbled in circuit bending and advanced audio technology, Evelyne sculpts textural sonic environments, hybrids soundscapes and installations that actively respond to the participant. Although she specializes in sound design, the artist's unconventional approach to art has earned her a reputation as an innovator and contemporary influencer in audio and visual arts spheres.

Jean-Olivier Dalphond

Partner at Pixmob
Panel 3: “Tech & créativité”
I love our tagline. Connect Crowds, Reinvent Rituals. That’s the essence of what we seek to do. Provide people a new kind of togetherness, euphoric and meaningful. You look around, everybody pulsating in sync with light. It’s nothing short of magical. We do this with wearable tech invented here in Montreal and used now in over 30 countries in shows ranging from the Super Bowl to Taylor Swift. And we keep inventing.

Suzanne Chabot

Centre des textiles contemporains de Montréal
Panel 4: “Le futur des métiers d’art”
Trained in development and museology, Suzanne Chabot is committed to the leadership of the Center des textiles contemporains de Montréal. She holds a post-graduate certificate in Arts Management from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales in Montreal, as well as a Master's Degree in Museology from the Université de Montréal.

Danny Gauthier

Centre design et impression textile
Panel 4: “Le futur des métiers d’art”
Trained as an industrial designer, Danny Gauthier graduated from the University of Montreal with a Bachelor's degree and studied at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design in England where he specialized in furniture design and textile printing. He has been employed by the Center design et impression textile since 1991, where he held several positions: technician, teacher, deputy director of the Center, assistant and then design director of Éditextil (technological showcase sponsored by the Center) and has been General Director of the Center since 2013. At the same time, he is also a lecturer at the École supérieure de mode de l’UQÀM and has participated in the creation of multimedia works with different artists' collectives.

Claire Kusy

General Director of Centre des métiers du cuir de Montréal
Panel 4: “Le futur des métiers d’art”

Historian in jewish studies and intellectual property attorney with a practice representing film and television producers, Claire Kusy began attending the Centre des métiers du cuir de Montréal in 2002 through evening classes. She continued her attachment to the establishment by enrolling in a DEC in crafts, with an option in leather goods in 2007. She graduated in 2010 and the same year continued her shoe studies at Cordwainers school of the London College of Fashion. Upon her return to Montreal, she began a shoe prototyping practice, finally consolidating her relationship with the CMCM by becoming its Executive Director in 2011. It is here that she currently puts her entrepreneurial, legal, artistic and educational skills to work.

Marie-Anne Miljours

Panel 4: “Le futur des métiers d’art”
Founded in 2014, Matu is a brand focused on making essentials veg tanned leather accessories. We create and produce everything in their atelier, which is based in Montréal. All designs from Marie-Anne Miljours are useful, timeless and are thought to be essential on a day-to-day journey. Every piece is made in a "slow made" philosophy. “Slow made” is part of the slow movement that encourages designers to take their time to create. The color of vegetable tanned leather will naturally age through the years and eventually become a stunning dark caramel color. The accessory is marked with its owner’s history.

Lysanne Latulippe

Co-founder of String Theory
Panel 4: “Le futur des métiers d’art”
Lysanne Latulippe lives and works in Montreal. A graduate of the Montreal Textile Design Center, she has also taught there. She is co-founder of String Theory, a collection of unisex scarves and shawls. His expertise in the field of knitting design is sought out by means of collaborations, production and consulting services with independent companies and fashion designers in Canada and the United States.