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WEAR
2017

NOVEMBER 13-14

Metro Toronto Convention Centre

About WEAR

The global apparel and textile industry is an important one – valued at more than three trillion dollars. With this comes a huge responsibility, both to the environment and to the millions of people who make our clothes. Our industry is best positioned to have a tremendous impact on climate change. By shifting toward more innovative, sustainable and regenerative business models, we have the power to positively impact the environment and millions of people worldwide.

We realize that perfection does not exist. There are still many questions and not enough answers. And while there are challenges yet to overcome, risks to consider and perhaps even an overwhelming sense of where to begin, there is much hope.

Since 2014, WEAR has provided a unique forum to share examples of both local and global leadership, best practices and innovative solutions with the North American apparel and textile industry. As the only sustainable business conference focused on the apparel industry, every speaker and session is relevant to the work you are doing.

Join us as we learn from this year’s group of experts, share your ideas, ask the tough questions and together build meaningful and lasting relationships. Gain insights that will contribute to your overall business profitability and sustainability. WEAR 2017 will leave you inspired and equipped to innovate and take your business to the next level.

PRESENTED BY

WHERE

Metro Toronto Convention Centre,
South Building,
222 Bremner Blvd
Toronto, M5V 2T6 
Map

WHEN

Monday to Tuesday
November 13 to November 14

Themes

Water

Presented by

River Blue

8,000

...estimated number of synthetic chemicals used to turn raw materials into textiles, many of which will be released into freshwater sources.

Waste

Presented by

Value Village

60%

...of apparel will end up in landfill or incinerated within the first year of life (McKinsey & Business of Fashion, 2017)

Labour

Presented by

Ashoka Fabric of Change

40 million

...garment workers in the world today and are some of the lowest paid workers in the world. Roughly 85% of all garment workers are women.

Textiles

Presented by

TESTEX

25%

...of the worlds insecticides are used to grow conventional cotton

Video credit: River Blue

  • WEAR is a must attend event for sustainable fashion. The conference attracts a who’s who of people involved in the transformation of the fashion industry.
    Roger Williams Filmmaker – RiverBlue

Schedule

Morning

Textiles

8:00 am

Registration and continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Opening Remarks

8:45 am

Special Presentation by TESTEX + Peggy Sue Collection, winner of Canada’s Sustainable Fashion Award

9:15 am

Keynote: “The Global Consumer and Sustainable Textiles” by Ellen Karp. (Sponsored by TESTEX)

10:00 am

Break

10:15 am

Panel Presentation + Q&A: “The New Era of Textiles”

  • Daren Abney, Better Cotton Initiative
  • Giusy Bettoni, C.L.A.S.S
  • Lori Wyman, GOTS
  • Jennifer Osborn, Upper Canada Fibreshed
  • Chirag Tekchandaney, Co-Founder, Bombay Hemp Co.

11:15 am

Break

11:30 am

Workshops: Textiles


A Conversation About Smart Innovation & Materials with C.L.A.S.S.

Guisy Bettoni, CLASS

Sustainably Sourcing

Daren Abney, Better Cotton Initiative

WoolHack

Jennifer Osborn & Peggy Sue, Upper Canada Fibreshed & Peggy Sue Collection

Third-Party Certification for Organic Textiles

Lori Wyman, Global Organic Textile Standard

12:30 pm

Lunch

Afternoon

Waste

1:30 pm

Keynote: “From Sustainable to Regenerative: The Future of Apparel” by Stacy Flynn

2:15 pm

Break

2:45 pm

Panel Presentation + Q&A: “Textile Waste & The Circular Economy Model”

  • Tony Shumpert, Value Village
  • Simon Langer, Canadian Diabetes
  • Steven Bethell, Bank & Vogue
  • Annette Synowiec, City of Toronto

3:45 pm

Break

4:00 pm

Workshops:
Waste & the Circular Economy


Extending the lifecycle: Redesign and Renew

Jennifer Triemstra Johnston + Sarah Peel, Fashion Arts & Creative Textiles Studio (FACTS)

Textile Waste Management & Impact: Experiences from Here and Abroad

Lis Suarez & Anita Ahuja, FEM International/ Conserve India

From Waste to Resource: Design for Circularity

Tony Shumpert, Value Village

Optimism with Upcycling & the Circular Economy of Textiles

Steven Bethell, Bank & Vogue

5:00 pm

Closing Remarks

Evening

5:30-7:30 pm

Networking Reception @ Steam Whistle Brewery (Sponsored by IDRC)

Morning

Labour

8:00 am

Registration and continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Opening Remarks

8:45 am

Special Presentation: Ashoka and C&A Foundation “Fabric of Change”

9:15 am

Keynote: “Responsible Supply Chains” by Giuliana Ortega

10:00 am

Break

10:15 am

Panel Presentation + Q&A “Who Makes Our Clothes”

  • Clay Hickson, Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP)
  • Julie Francoeur, Fairtrade Canada
  • Meghan Ryan, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR)
  • Ashia Sheikh, NEST
  • Daniel Schiff, Ashoka

11:15 am

Break

11:30 am

Workshops: Labour


Evolution of Responsible Sourcing

Clay Hickson, WRAP

Living Wage in Supply Chains

Julie Francoeur & Harvey Chan, Fair Trade Canada / Fair Labour Association

Advancing Women in Apparel Supply Chains

Meghan Ryan & Jorgette Mariñez, BSR

Increasing Transparency for Informal Economy Workers

Ashia Sheikh & Anita Ahuja, NEST / Conserve India

12:30 pm

Lunch

Afternoon

Water

1:30 pm

Keynote: “The Impact of Fashion” by Kathleen Talbot

2:15 pm

Break

2:30 pm

Documentary Screening: River Blue

3:30 pm

Break

3:45 pm

Panel Presentation + Q&A “Fashion’s Deep Water Impacts”

  • Alex Penades, Jeanologia
  • Roger Williams, River Blue
  • Luigi Caccia, ItalDenim
  • Maria Westerbos, Plastic Soup Foundation

4:45 pm

Closing Remarks

5:00-6:30 pm

Closing Networking Reception at WEAR Exhibitor Hall

  • Presenting at WEAR2017 was an amazing experience. It was wonderful to be able to share the results of the ground-breaking OEKO-TEXR global consumer survey with a diverse and knowledgeable audience but – equally important - I was exposed to so much about key aspects of the industry right now and into the future. It was a masterful learning experience and a pleasure to be there.
    Ellen Karp, Founder of Anerca International
  • I was really blown away at the level of interest and engagement by participants at the conference. I especially liked the breakout workshops during the day – it allowed everyone to connect and have multiple opportunities to network with different people in a variety of formats. The event was helpful to me as a waste management professional and I had a number of key 'aha' moments that I will be bringing back to share with my team.
    Annette Synoweic City of Toronto
  • The WEAR conference facilitates a very important conversation as our global apparel industry is in crisis. I was especially inspired by the solutions and collaborations that were evident at this year’s conference and I am more dedicated than ever to continue our work to build collective capacity to grow ourselves and our businesses at the same rate our changing environment requires
    Stacy Flynn, Evrnu.

Speakers

Keynotes by Kathleen Talbot, Ellen Karp, Stacy Flynn, & Giuliana Ortega

Tickets

  • Day One Pass
  • Regular $459
    $619

    per person
  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Networking Reception @ Steamwhistle
  • Day Two Pass
  • Regular $419
    $549

    per person
  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Networking Reception @ Exhibitor Hall
  • Networking Reception
  • $40
    per person
  • -
  • Networking Reception @ Steamwhistle

Government, Academia and NGO's receive 50% discount on regular corporate rates.
Please email wear@fashiontakesaction.com for details.

All prices CAD (Canadian Dollars)

Networking Reception

Monday November 13, 5:30-7:30pm

Each year, we host a networking cocktail reception at the end of Day One for all delegates. This is always a favourite among attendees as it allows for further discussion, and the opportunity to build new relationships. This year we will be hosting the reception across the street from the conference venue at the Steamwhistle Brewery Roundhouse (Sponsored by IDRC). Tickets are also sold separately for this event to those not attending the conference.

Fabric of Change at WEAR: Building a community for innovative collaboration

Sunday November 12 2017, 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST

Ashoka is bringing the Fabric of Change initiative to Toronto, in partnership with Fashion Takes Action and C&A Foundation. On the Sunday before WEAR, please join us for a day of community-building and exploring new avenues for collaboration.

Fabric of Change is helping drive change in the apparel and fashion value chain, to reshape the industry as a force for good, building on the innovative work of Ashoka Fellows and other leading social entrepreneurs.

Registration for our Sunday program is first come, first served. The afternoon workshop at the Center for Social Innovation is intended for attendees of WEAR and other specific invitees. A networking cocktail/dinner reception will follow in the evening. Complimentary food will be included in both sessions; feel free to register for both.

PARTNERS & SPONSORS

  • I was able to get a glimpse on the next level of thinking about apparel & sustainability and the best part was that it came from so many different corners of the industry - so refreshing!
    Ariel Olsen, Target
  • WEAR is a must attend event for sustainable fashion. The conference attracts a who’s who of people involved in the transformation of the fashion industry.
    Roger Williams Filmmaker – RiverBlue

EXHIBITORS

Stay in Touch

Frequently Asked Questions

Don’t see your question here?

Please contact us at wear@fashiontakesaction.com and we will be happy to respond.

Where is WEAR located?

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, 222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 2T6 Map

Who Attends WEAR?

H&M, the Gap, Lululemon, Eileen Fisher, Mountain Equipment Co-Op, Joe Fresh, Sears, Hudson’s Bay Company, Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Kit & Ace, Canadian Tire, Indigenous Designs, Intertek, WS & Co, Fashion Revolution, Value Village, Testex, Oliberte, Top Drawer Creative, Fairtrade Canada, Scout Environmental, Globescan, Cadillac Fairview, George Brown College, Roots Canada, York University, GOTS, Ryerson University, Canada Goose, Aritzia, Town Shoes, Gildan Activewear, Bank & Vogue, Lenzing, Fabscrap, Brands for Canada, OCAD University, Public Works Canada, Centennial College, Schulich Business School, Hydrated World, Me to We Style, Workers United, Elevate, SEDEX, Made in a Free World, Responsible Sourcing Network, SGS Canada, SHARE, Ethical Profiling, World Vision, Avery Dennison, SAI Global, Seneca College, Diversified Distribution Systems LLC, Tavares Consulting, Retail Council of Canada, TFO Canada, B Lab Canada, Sustainability Co Lab, Recycling Council of Ontario, INLAND, Toronto Region & Conservation, Bullfrog Power, Globe & Mail, Fashion Magazine, Preloved, Ulula, Ryerson University, Trends Magazine, Treehugger, Alternatives Journal, Triple Pundit, Toronto Star, NOW Magazine, Corporate Knights Magazine and CBC.

Are Volunteer Opportunities Available?

Yes! Email wear@fashiontakesaction.com if you are interested in volunteering.

Are Registration Discounts Available?

Early bird rates are available until September 30, 2017. We also offer a group discount when registering for 3 or more persons from the same organization.

Venues

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, 222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 2T6
Steamwhistle Brewing, 255 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3M9

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