Agenda

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FOLLOWING IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

DAY 1

OCT. 7, 2019

Registration

8:00 - 8:45

Continental Breakfast 

 

Opening Remarks

8:45 - 9:00

Kelly Drennan, Fashion Takes Action

Patrick Duffy, Global Fashion Exchange (GFX)

Sheri Meyerhoffer, Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise

Keynote

9:00 - 9:45

“Global Trends in Sustainable Fashion”: The fashion sector has a critical role to play in the sustainable development agenda with significant opportunities to improve environmental, social and ethical impacts across the entire fashion value chain. New business models are enabling significant transformations shifting us towards equitable, cleaner and more circular fashion systems. Gain insights and trends into how the fashion sector is embracing sustainability from clothing design, ethical production, innovation and efficiency, to retail and consumer market positioning and education.

Panel

9:45 - 10:45

“Human Rights & Supply Chain Traceability”: Learn how blockchain, photo & video verification and supply chain mapping can mitigate the risk of human rights violations in your supply chain.  

Break

10:45 - 11:00

Breakout 1

11:00 - 12:00

“The Future of Cotton”: As we face a global fiber gap, how will the cotton industry innovate and adapt?

Breakout 2

11:00 - 12:00

“Maximizing the Strategic Benefits of Sustainable Fashion”: Sustainable fashion is a journey for all companies that often involves trade-offs. In a resource constrained business environment, it can be difficult to determine which initiative to champion. Do you prioritize environmental or social benefits? Emissions or water usage? Learn how to measure these impacts across your value chain and use the data to inform strategic choices from setting climate science targets and developing circular business models to retail product branding and consumer marketing.

Lunch

12:00 - 12:45

Vegetarian lunch sponsored by QIMA

keynote Presentation

12:45 - 1:15

“Making Fashion Circular”: discover how collaboration between industry leaders and other key stakeholders is key to driving a new textiles economy fit for the 21st century. 

Panel

1:15 - 2:15

“Circular & Innovative Business Models”: a look at a circular fashion system that combines new business models with innovative design, technologies and materials that eliminate waste and pollution and drive positive impact across the fashion value chain.

Break

2:15 - 2:30

Breakout 1

2:30 - 3:30

“Collaborative Chemical Management in the Apparel and Footwear Industry”: this session will give a brief overview of chemical management challenges facing the industry and how collaboration helps large and small brands. We will look at the areas of production Input Control, Process Control, and Output Control. We will discuss how tools from ZDHC, OEKO-TEX®, and others can be deployed.

Breakout 2

2:30 - 3:30

Designing Products & Services for Circular Fashion: Want to explore applying the circular economy within a fashion context? In this breakout you will co-create a product or service, and address a customer need through the application of circular economy principles (e.g. product life extension).This workshop is for designers and non-designers alike as it is an introduction to circular economy concepts and how to apply these to a product or a service.

Break

3:30 - 3:45

Panel

3:45-4:45

“Integrating Sustainability into Retail Operations”: Sustainable Packaging & Carbon Management

Closing Remarks

4:45 - 4:50

networking Reception

5:00 - 7:00

New Fort Hall, Hotel X (next door to the conference venue)

 

DAY 2

OCT. 8, 2019

Registration

8:00 - 8:45

Continental Breakfast served in Exhibitor Hall

Opening Remarks

8:45 - 8:50

Patrick Duffy, Global Fashion Exchange

Fireside Chat

8:50 - 9:15

Indigenous Culture + Climate Change“: A frank discussion about the role Indigenous peoples and local communities play in stewarding and safeguarding the world’s lands and forests.

presentation

9:15 - 10:00

“Towards Ethical & Sustainable Supply Chains”: Promoting decent work for homeworkers in South Asia. Sponsored by IDRC & WRAP

FIRESIDE CHAT

10:00 - 10:30

“Fashion Tech & Storytelling – Beyond Supply Chain”: Transparency with consumers is key in creating a more conscious fashion future. In this fireside chat you will learn how Blue Bite helps fashion and lifestyle brands like Adidas, Parley, and Ocean Bottle educate consumers on sustainability initiatives by transforming products into powerful new brand-owned, direct communication channels.

Break

10:30 - 10:45

Breakout 1

10:45 - 11:45

“How to Spot Modern Slavery in Your Supply Chain”: it’s the 21st century and over 40 million workers are enslaved! In this highly interactive session, delve into the experiences of women and children who are coerced to work, and learn about the circumstances that cause this. Spot where modern slavery is likely to take place in your supply chain, and how you – as both a consumer and organization can combat it.

Breakout 2

10:45 - 11:45

The New Gold Standard Fashion Needs”: The B Corp certification – created by entrepreneurs – is now a global movement the fashion sector should join. Learn why this is, how it can benefit your business and how to certify. 

Lunch

11:45 - 12:45

Vegetarian lunch sponsored by QIMA

Panel

12:45 - 1:45

The New Era of Sustainable Retail”, sponsored by Shopify

Fireside Chat

1:45 - 2:30

“Pushing the Fast Forward Button on Reverse Logistics”: Industry veterans will discuss the meteoric rise of reverse logistics as companies come to understand its essential place in our new retail landscape. With a focus on optimized sortation, value recovery and solution-based partnerships, Debrand will share its years of experience working with global apparel brands to find value in unexpected places. 

Break

2:30 - 2:45

Breakout 1

2:45 - 3:45

“10 Ways to Manufacture with Principles of Circularity”: A down and dirty guide to clean manufacturing.

Breakout 2

2:45 - 3:45

Balancing Fashion with Sustainability“: A Workshop on Real-World Challenges and Opportunities for the Retailer, Designer and Consumer

Break

3:45 - 4:00

Panel

4:00 - 5:00

“Material Innovation”: With traditional materials like cotton and polyester, under scrutiny within the industry, there’s an appetite for something new and innovative. The future looks bright in materials produced from yeast, fungi, bacteria, hemp and biodegradable polyester. Thanks to technology, they are an increasingly possible reality for more widespread use in fashion.

Closing Remarks

5:00

Closing Networking Reception

5:00 - 6:30

WEAR Exhibitor Hall

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