Leading Partner

Leading Partner

Leading Partner

First Partner

Vestechpro is a key partner of companies and organizations involved in the apparel industry. Vestechpro offers innovation, research, and development support services, organizes training and development activities, and communicates strategic information that enables companies to position themselves advantageously in a global context.

Leading Partner

A Natural Alliance

Vestechpro, a non-profit organization, was created in the spirit of open collaboration. Its mission is to act as an agent for change and growth in the apparel industry and to forge strong collaborative partnerships with the Collegial Centres for the Transfer of Technology throughout Quebec.

Vestechpro's activities build on the expertise in fashion developed by Cégep Marie-Victorin (CMV), which has offered recognized complete training programs for more than 40 years. Teachers from CMV fashion programs, who have always been extremely involved in the industry, make a significant contribution to the quality and diversity of the state-of-the-art services developed by Vestechpro.

A leading partner in workforce training, CMV has enabled many Quebec fashion designers and technicians to carve out an enviable niche for themselves in the fashion industry.

Thanks to this spirit of collaboration and its unique approach, Vestechpro has become a catalyst for change in the apparel industry, and strives to communicate its values to future generations of entrepreneurs.

Forward Thinkers

Innovate

Place innovation at the very heart of business growth by encouraging the emergence of an applied research culture and the creation of a research structure unique to the apparel sector.

Optimize

Promote the sharing of knowledge, skills and expertise in partnership with businesses in order to support their technological development and growth in the search for solutions tailored to their environment and their needs.

Develop

Foster the adoption of new business models which will enable Quebec companies to strategically position themselves in the global apparel industry market, and thus contribute to the growth of Quebec businesses.

Inform

Understand the challenges and issues faced by the Quebec industry and offer access to reliable and strategic information about developing trends in the domestic and international apparel sector.

Train

Respond to business expectations and demands through customized training; preparing qualified, dynamic people who are able to respond to the challenges of a constantly-changing market.

Service through excellence

The relationships which we have built with our partners and clients are at the very heart of our activities. They are the motivation which fuels our commitment to the apparel industry, and which push us to innovate and excel in order to serve better our community.

Our partners

Transtech
TechnoMontréal
Québec Innove
Industrie Canada
Québec
Canada
NSERC
NRC
Marie-Victorin
CEFRIO
Chambre de commerce
bureau de mode
Scotchlite

Our clients

hexoskin
CDRM
boyz
Petit coulou
ange bleu
stroma
cliche

At your service

Paulette Kaci, Executive Director

To improve people's skills and the performance of organizations is what motivates this exceptional manager with more than 20 years’ experience. Her curiosity and her entrepreneurial spirit have led her to take on the challenges faced by start-up organizations or those in the process of restructuring.

In 2011, Paulette became Vestechpro's first executive director. Appointed by Cégep Marie-Victorin at the very beginning of the organization, she brought together a powerful team of professionals recruited from the fashion and apparel sectors. Paulette was quickly able to position Vestechpro as an essential research centre for Quebec's apparel industry and to promote it throughout the country and around the world.

Paulette, who has a Masters in education from Université de Sherbrooke, made it her mission to position Vestechpro so that it has become a leader in the area of technology transfer in the apparel industry.

Isabelle Lessard, Project Manager

Isabelle, a graduate in fashion design and fashion industrial management and currently a master's student in innovation management at ÉTS, is Vestechpro's research project manager.

Her role as project manager involves the coordination of projects and funding related to applied research. She also participates in the work of various committees which evaluate applications for funding. Over the years, Isabelle has developed a strong expertise in anthropometry, and she has gained in-depth knowledge of body-scanning technologies through working with experts in the field. Isabelle is a skilled logistician, who excels at organizing activities involving body scanning and research.

Hélène Lafrenière, Technical Coordinator

After obtaining a College degree in theatrical production, concentration decors / costumes, Hélène began her career in visual presentation and event costumes. For more than 12 years, she worked at Dominique Dubé Inc., in the management and making of costumes in sewing workshops. She has produced costumes for Cirque du Soleil, cinema and various television productions.

A few years later, Hélène's passion for construction, manufacturing, problem-solving and research and development pushed her to undertake a bachelor's degree in industrial design at the University of Montreal.
Her experience in manufacturing and industrial design, as well as her organization and leadership skills are great assets to the Vestechpro team.

Karine Rochefort, Product Development Technician

Karine studied leather cutting and making as well as tailor-made at Professional Training Centers. These trainings enabled her to develop her skills not only in the making of clothing, accessories and footwear, but also in the transformation and adjustment of patterns, in textiles, in drawing, in modeling, etc.

Karine has acquired about fifteen years of experience in the clothing industry. She started a leather manufacturing business, was a Costume Designer for Cirque du Soleil, then a Chief Costume Designer. She was also a self-employed worker (haute couture clothing, dressmaker, costume designer, etc.).
Today, she works at Vestechpro as a Product Development Technician and uses her creativity and attention to detail skills to work on research and development projects.

Yasmine Aourane, Project Manager

With a master's degree in industrial engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal and a Bachelor of Business Administration from HEC Montréal, Yasmine is currently a Project Manager at Vestechpro.

Yasmine has acquired knowledge that allows her to focus specifically on problem solving and has sharpened her analytical mind.
In a context where companies in the clothing sector have to innovate, she brings Vestechpro an expertise in industrial engineering. This expertise is necessary for research projects related to process re-engineering, value-added production, continuous improvement and digital solutions applicable in the garment industry.

Our teachers and industry professionals, a precious asset

Vestechpro relies on the expertise of more than one hundred teachers from the Fashion School at Cégep Marie-Victorin and from industry professionals in order to assist its clients in their development programs.

The wealth of diversified and advanced expertise developed by teachers and professionals through the Fashion School’s various practical training and partnership programs with the industry, contributes significantly to the fields of fashion design, fashion marketing, and fashion production management.
Contact us and find out how we can help you make your projects a reality.

Our Board of Directors

Sylvain Mandeville
Chair
General Director
Cégep Marie-Victorin
Louis Arsenault
Vice-chair
Director, Human Resources
Vêtements Peerless
Terry Henderson
Secretary and treasurer
Chief operating officer
Rudsak
Daniel Beaudet
Administrator
Designer and founder
Leinad Beaudet
Danielle Vallières
Administrator
Vice-president, Global Sourcing
Reitmans
Karine Bibeau
Administrator
Implementation and Program Manager
Logistik Unicorp
Manon Lavoie
Administrator
Teacher
Cégep Marie-Victorin
Sophie Richard
Administrator
Production Coordinator
Indygena
Philippe Gagnon
Administrator
Plant Manager
Canada Goose
Louis-Bernard Asselin
Observer
Industrial development advisor - fashion
Ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation (MESI)
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