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.