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News Release

For Immediate Release

New Apparel Research and Development Facility Opens in Calgary

January 28, 2016 – Calgary, Alberta – Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Canada’s first open-access apparel research and development facility officially opened in Calgary today. This new state-of-the-art facility will provide businesses with services to test, design and manufacture innovative apparel products for the consumer apparel and industrial protective clothing markets.

Western Economic Diversification Canada, through the Western Diversification Program, invested close to $3 million to enable Olds College, in partnership with AGM Wear Ltd. (Alberta Garment), to establish the Apparel Innovation Centre. Through this support, the Centre was able to purchase product testing and prototype development equipment, as well as garment design hardware and software.

The Apparel Innovation Centre, which houses North America’s most advanced apparel research and development equipment and technologies, will provide opportunities for Canadian manufacturers and businesses to seize new opportunities and compete globally.

Quick Facts

  • The Apparel Innovation Centre houses world-class hot liquid and steam protection testing chambers, which will enable businesses to test personal protective equipment (PPE) for burn resistance.

  • The Centre is also home to a thermal comfort testing chamber, equipped with a Newton Thermal Manikin. The chamber is capable of simulating a variety of physiological conditions that replicates the human thermoregulatory system. The comfort and thermal sensation data produced will allow researchers to further study and evaluate the performance of the apparel.

  • This Centre complements Old’s College’s Fashion Marketing and Apparel Technology programs and is connected to the Alberta Garment Manufacturing facility in northeast Calgary.

Quotes

“The Apparel Innovation Centre’s grand opening will help increase innovation, productivity and competitiveness in Canada’s apparel industry. The Government of Canada is proud to support the Centre, as it works with western Canadian apparel companies and entrepreneurs to develop and test new products for the market.”

- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada

“Today’s grand opening ensures businesses and students have access to the latest tools, resources, and technologies needed to thrive in today's specialized apparel market. This is an important contribution to the diversification and long-term growth of the Canadian economy."

- Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans’ Affairs and Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre

The Apparel Innovation Centre is a crown-jewel that reflects the Olds College dedication to Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and celebrates our relationship with government, industry and stakeholders. We welcome the opportunity to help strengthen the apparel industry, one which will continue to employ Olds College students in the future.

- Dr. H. J. (Tom) Thompson, President, Olds College

“We applaud the Government of Canada’s vision and commitment to help create the world-class Apparel Innovation Centre. It will become a magnet for innovative thinkers in the apparel industry as it fulfills its mission of helping entrepreneurs create innovative apparel and enhancing the growth of the economy of Western Canada.

- Adrian Bussoli, President, Alberta Garment

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Government of Canada partners with Olds College to establish the Apparel Innovation Centre in Calgary

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Contacts

Donna Kinley
Communications Manager
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Telephone: 780-495-6892
Email: donna.kinley@canada.ca

Dean Turnquist
Manager, Corporate Communications Olds College
Telephone: 403-556-4631
Email:
dturnquist@oldscollege.ca

Michael Bussoli
Alberta Garment
Telephone: 403-671-2890
Email:
mbussoli@apparelinnovation.org

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IF THERE IS A DISCREPANCY BETWEEN ANY PRINTED VERSION AND THE ELECTRONIC VERSION OF THIS NEWS RELEASE, THE ELECTRONIC VERSION WILL PREVAIL. 

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FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTORS


FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTORS


 
 
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In addition to the contributions from the Government of Canada, both Olds College and Alberta Garment have made multi-million dollar contributions towards the operation of the Apparel Innovation Centre.

THE APPAREL INNOVATION CENTRE IS JOINTLY OPERATED BY OLDS COLLEGE AND ALBERTA GARMENT. ALBERTA GARMENT IS THE ONSITE MANAGING PARTNER.

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Michael Bussoli, B.A.


Cell: (403) 671-2890
Email: mbussoli@apparelinnovation.org
Location: Apparel Innovation Centre, #2, 640 - 42 Avenue NE Calgary, Alberta, Canada

General Manager - Apparel Innovation Centre

Michael Bussoli is a graduate of Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Psychology of Learning. Michael has spent 11 years in the apparel industry in various roles, including senior management at Alberta Garment. Since January 2014, he has been the General Manager of the Apparel Innovation Centre (AIC)In addition to his responsibilities at the AIC, Michael is a member of the Canadian General Standards Board committee that oversees Hydrocarbon Flash Fire Protection of Workers and a member of the Extreme Climate Protection Committee of the Canadian Standards Association.

 

Sushmitha Devarajan, M.Sc.

Phone: (403) 287-7690 ex. 204
Email: sdevarajan@apparelinnovation.org
Location: Apparel Innovation Centre, #2, 640 - 42 Avenue NE Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Research Technician – Apparel Innovation Centre

Sushmitha Devarajan graduated with a Master’s Degree in Textile Science from the University of Alberta after receiving her Bachelor of Technology degree in Textile Technology from the Bannari Amman Institute of Technology in India. In April of 2015, Sushmitha joined the Apparel Innovation Centre team as a Research Technician working under the guidance of OCCI Associate Vice President, Tanya McDonald, and the AIC’s Senior Research Consultant, Mark Ackerman. Sushmitha’s activities include, but are not limited to, thermal and evaporative resistance testing of textile materials and finished apparel as well as hot liquid and steam protection testing of work wear.

 

Mark Ackerman, M.Sc.  P.Eng

Email: ackerman@myac-eng.org
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Senior Research Consultant – Apparel Innovation Centre

Mark recently retired from the University of Alberta after spending 30+ years on campus as a Professor and Faculty Service Officer. He received his Master’s in Mechanical Engineering form the University of Alberta. In recent years, Mark started a consulting company, MYAC Consulting, that designs and builds specialized research equipment, mainly in the area of thermal heat transfer research.

Recent projects have included a flash fire clothing evaluation system for South Korea, a steam/hot water protection system for protective clothing and a test apparatus to simulate vehicle cabs when exposed to wild fire for the US Forest Service. In addition, Mark has taken on the role of Senior Research Consultant for the Apparel Innovation Centre.

 

Mohamed Packir


Email: mohamed@albertagarment.com
Location: Apparel Innovation Centre, #2, 640 - 42 Avenue NE Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Product development manager - APPAREL INNOVATION CENTRE

Mohamed Packir is one of the most skilled sewing machine mechanics in Canada. He has spent more than 30 years managing apparel factories around the world. Mohamed takes the lead on product development projects and pulls in the design, digitizing and pattern grading resources required to execute each project. 

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LOCATION


LOCATION


Apparel Innovation Centre

#2, 640 - 42 Avenue N.E.

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

T2E 7J9

Please schedule your visit with us!