A tool at the service of the clothing industry

A tool at the service of the clothing industry

Vestechpro assists professionals in the clothing industry in their innovative projects

Vestechpro, a college technology transfer center (CCTT), is a non-profit organization affiliated with Cégep Marie-Victorin, the only public college offering fashion programs in Quebec. The Center is part of the Trans-tech network, which groups 59 CCTTs throughout Quebec, is also a member of QuébecInnove and the metropolitan fashion cluster (Mmode).

Vestechpro assists professionals in the clothing industry in their innovative projects

Our vision: innovation is about collaboration

Vestechpro is committed to collaboration and strategic alliances in order to position Quebec's apparel industry as a vector of innovation and competitiveness.

Our objectives :

Innovate

Make innovation the engine of growth for companies by encouraging the emergence of a culture of applied research, and the creation of a the research culture dedicated to the clothing sector

Optimize

Encourage the sharing of knowledge, skills and resources, and support the technological development of companies, accompanying them in the search for solutions adapted to their environment and their needs.

Develop

Foster the adaptation of new business models that will enable Québec companies to position themselves strategically in the global apparel industry market and contribute to the growth of local businesses.

Inform

Seize the challenges and challenges of the community by offering Quebec businesses rapid access to relevant and strategic information on the evolution of national and international trends in the clothing sector.

Train

Respond to the expectations and constraints of companies by providing tailor-made training and preparing competent, dynamic staff able to adapt to a constantly changing market

Our relationships with our partners and customers are at the heart of our business. Our commitment to the apparel industry motivates us to offer solutions and ways to meet the industry's need for innovation.

They trusted us

boyz
Cirque du soleil
cliche
Société de transport de l'Outaouais
Attraction
Atelier b
CONFORMiT
Kollontaï
MOOV activewear
Reyjin
Leader Dans la Fabrication de Succès
hexoskin
Rheabrio
Arjo
Ultracine Studios
Place des Arts
Unique Wool

They support us

Gouvernement du Québec
Gouvernement du Canada
ISDE
Marie-Victorin
Transtech
Québec Innove
NSERC
NRC
Grappe Métropolitaine de la Mode
PME MTL Est-de-l'Île
CSMO Textile

Our team

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.

Payam Lazemi, Research and Innovation manager

After a degree in textile engineering with a specialization in technical textiles obtained in France, Payam moved to Quebec in 2010. He joined the CTT Group where he led a project to integrate electronics into a workwear. Subsequently, Payam continued to specialize in electro-textiles in the industry.

First as an R & D project manager, Payam has carried out numerous research projects in various fields, including the design of textile heating systems. This experience, reinforcing his love for the field of intelligent textiles, then turned more specifically into smart clothing.

In 2015, Payam joins OM Signal, where he reinforces his knowledge of innovative materials and specializes in the design and evaluation of biometric textile systems. Motivated by its interest in innovation and textile technologies, in early 2019 Payam joined the team of the Clothing Research and Innovation Center, Vestechpro. In this role, Payam aims to offer its particular expertise in smart clothing to a wide range of companies.

Marianne-C. Mercier (on maternity leave), Research and development manager

After training in fashion design at Lasalle College in 2000 and a stint in the Montreal fashion industry, Marianne took a bachelor's degree in industrial design at the Université de Montréal in 2008. She then started a product development project. made from post-consumer recycled fiber that will culminate in starting a business. The challenges encountered and the opportunities of this project brings her to pursue a new angle, that of research.

As part of the Master's degree in Design & Complexity at the Université de Montréal in 2018, she conducted a characterization of the deposit of used clothing dedicated to landfill and developed a circular economy scheme applied to the textile industry. The combination of her experience in applied research, textile design and sustainable development allows her today to support Vestechpro's client companies throughout the entire design process, from identifying innovation opportunities to choice of sustainable materials and processes. In addition, Marianne teaches the Introduction to Textile Materials course, as a lecturer, at the Université de Montréal since the winter of 2017. She is also an active member of the MUTREC research group, which focus on deployment of the circular economy in the textile industry in Quebec.

Helen Brunet, Strategic Development Manager

After completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (Concordia University), a Master's degree in Educational Technology and a Master's degree in Art History (Université de Montréal), Helen works in the communication and marketing sectors to support fashion designers and retailers in their marketing strategies.

She founded Les Lignes de communication, an agency laureate of several Gutenberg and Société des graphistes du Québec awards. As a creative director, she designs and produces many distinctive advertising campaigns.

Her interest in teaching led her to the Academy of Arts and Design and then, to the École de mode du Cégep Marie-Victorin, where she taught classes in fashion marketing and fashion design.

Her passion for the arts, the history of fashion and popular culture, is fed by many trips and stays abroad, and through cooperation projects with museums in the Montreal region.

Over the past six years, Helen has been working with Vestechpro as a strategic planning, marketing and branding specialist. Through numerous promotional and training activities on the subjects of apparel and its marketing, she contributes to the Center’s outreach and the advancement of its innovative projects.

Viktoria Valkova-Kaleva, Technical Project Manager - Patternmaker

Viktoria has more than 15 years of experience as a pattern maker of different types of clothing, such as ready-to-wear, high-end and costumes.

Trained as an operator in sewing production in Bulgaria, Viktoria develops her know-how in the design of tailor-made garments as a self-employed worker for 5 years. Arriving in Montreal in 2000, Viktoria graduated from LaSalle College International School of Fashion, Art and Design, and won first prize in the Uniform Design Competition for employees of the Palais des congrès de Montréal in 2002.

After working with different designers, Viktoria joined Cirque du Soleil in 2008 where, among other things, she created patterns for "O" show costumes. Starting in 2015, she created her own company to offer her services in creation, gradation and placement of patterns for different Montreal and international designers. Viktoria worked on costume design for Magic Romance, a production of Sokol Entertainment Paris, which won the first IAAPA Brass Ring Award for best theater production in 2017.

In addition to her technical expertise, Viktoria has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science that allows her to adapt to the constant changes in technology and master perfectly several software such as Gerber, Lectra or PAD System, essential for Vestechpro customers.

Gabrielle St-Pierre, Technical Project Manager

A fashion designer for the past 12 years, she has been occupying the position of Technical Project Manager at Vestechpro for less than a year, and offers precious consultation services on fabrication processes, production and management of textiles and garments. More specifically, Gabrielle St-Pierre takes care of samples production and various tests on garments and various materials.

After completing her studies, Gabrielle expressed her entrepreneurial profile by setting up a multitude number of diverse projects such as a line of cuddly plush animals made from recycled material! In addition to having given consulting services and sewing-pattern classes to businesses, she has also devoted herself to custom made sewing and tailoring services and production. Thereafter, Gabrielle would add a significant experience by becoming manager of a production floor at l’Atelier Gabrielle (2009-2015) and by becoming owner of the Gabardine workshop-boutique (2015-2017). Following the closure of her workshop-boutique, she would join the team at Velvet Moustache as a production manager-sewer until her arrival at Vestechpro last summer.

Passionate about craft, manual confection of clothing products, usage of machinery and tools used to create her projects in the textile world, Gabrielle candidly shares her love for sewing machines:

« They are my bread and butter since my beginnings in the fashion industry. I enjoy learning more about them, make the required adjustments, and knowing how to repair them. They are heavy-duty, fast and efficient. This sense of confidence towards these machines gives me the feeling of being in total control regarding my creative projects and guides me to materialize my ideas. »

For example, she recalls one of her biggest achievements when she describes how she has confectioned a wedding dress made up of lace curtains. The challenges were not limited solely to confectioning the garment, it was necessary to take into account the uniqueness of such event full of emotions. In short, the final product had to be perfect and a much-cherished memory. Not only was the client extremely satisfied with the work Gabrielle has done, but to their big astonishment, some of the photos taken during the wedding day were going to get published in the famous Mariage Québec magazine.

If Gabrielle needs to offer one precious tip to the next generation of entrepreneurs it would be to pursue their dreams to the end no matter the path that needs to be taken! «Even if things to don’t go as planned, we can always learn a valuable lesson that makes us grow professionally. Above all, you must not fear other people’s negative judgement», she adds. Gabrielle is now a full time member of Vestechpro and she doesn’t rule out the possibility to teach her knowledge to the next generation of creators!

Audrey Coulombe, Research assistant

Freshly graduated in Fashion Design Program from at Marie-Victorin college, Audrey has developed over the past four years, her skills in design, confection and in pattern development. Of a very curious nature, she has developed at the same time a passion for technological innovations and connected clothes. She is particularly interested in the integration of electronics in clothing and textiles, programming and 3D printing.

She works mainly in the laboratory where she assembles the prototypes, carries out research and tests to find solutions to the problems encountered. Her youth, her innovative spirit and her constant quest for new learning bring a breath of fresh air to the team.

Marie-Ève Goulet, Project manager

After graduating in Fashion Design at Marie-Victorin College, Marie-Ève moves on to the bachelor’s degree in Fashion Industrial Management, at the École Supérieure de Mode, affiliated with UQAM. During that time, she builds her knowledge in the Montreal’s manufacturing fashion industry, mostly by interning and working for enterprises with local and international productions. As she gains more experience, her passion for research and innovation guides her to her master’s degree in industrial engineering, pursuing a profile of technology and innovation management at the Montreal’s Polytechnique.

After years in the fashion industry, Marie-Ève has developed an expertise in production management, sourcing and quality control, in both local and international productions. Now, she gets to live her passion for research and innovation in order to bring new tools to enterprises in search of innovative solutions.

Julia Guerineau, Project manager - Doctoral student

Julia studied mechanical engineering and completed a specialization in management of innovative projects at Université de Technologie de Compiègne, in France. Over the course of her studies and different industrial experiences linked with medical, defense, and transportation domains, she developed a strong interest in product design.

Julia is currently a PhD student in industrial engineering, supervised by both Université de Technologie de Compiègne and École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. Her work encompasses the Industrie 4.0 and Internet of Things trends, and focuses on the development of complex products, including so-called “smart products”. This research led her to publish about the development of multidisciplinary products, as well as teaching mechanical design and systems engineering to future French engineers.

The understanding of this new paradigm which is the fourth industrial revolution, and the different skills acquired along her studies are utilized at Vestechpro to benefit the R&D projects linked with the Internet of Things, as well as collaborative projects requiring expertise in multiple disciplines. Julia is also involved in the development of the “Industrie 4.0” theme at Vestechpro.

Researchers, teachers and industry experts, A network of experts

Vestechpro benefits from a large network of experts from all industries, who collaborate regularly on Vestechpro client's projects. Whether it be teachers from the Cégep Marie-Victorin Fashion School, researchers from partner universities or other CCTTs, these collaborations are at the service of Vestechpro's client companies.

The clothing industry is increasingly coting with related industries: electronics, health, new technologies ... these resources constitute a pool of knowledge and know-how among the most diversified and progressive to boost innovative projects from Vestechpro customers.

Contact us and find out how we can help you realize your projects.

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
Advisor
Advisor
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
Nancie Samuel
Administrator
Vice President Design and Product Development
Groupe Boyz / Aubainerie
Aicha Tohry
Administrator
Founder / Lawyer
ARTY LAW
Louis-Bernard Asselin
Observer
Industrial development advisor - fashion
Ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation (MESI)
Nathalie Faille
Administrator
Teacher and Department Manager
Cégep Marie-Victorin
Bianca Jensen
Administrator
Technical Manager
R. W. et Co. (Reitmans Group)
Nicolas Pajot
Administrator
CEO
Ultracine Studios
Regina De Amorim Rieh
Administrator
CEO
Maison Marie Saint Pierre
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