In the midst of the U.S.-China trade dispute, hundreds of Chinese companies will be making their way to Toronto later this month, ready to do business with Canadians. They will be participating in Canadaâ€™s largest apparel and textile trade show, Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada (ATSC), August 20-22, at the Toronto International Centre. Keynote speakers at the event are some of North Americaâ€™s leading apparel and textile industry experts, ready to hone in on what the U.S.-China trade issues mean for Canadians and potential repercussions for the sector. Topping the roster of speakers are:
Bob Kirke, Executive Director, Canadian Apparel Federation, who will provide a Canadian Trade Policy Update on strengthening relationships with global markets, including China, which represents more than 40 per cent of Canadian apparel imports. Kirke will also discuss negative consequences of a U.S.-China trade war as well as strategies for Canadian firms looking to adjust to the new realities of international trade (August 20, 12 p.m. â€“ 1 p.m.).
Julia K. Hughes, President, U.S. Fashion Industry Association (USFIA), who will speak about the United States Trade Policy Update and the Impact on NAFTA and TPP (August 20, 1 p.m. â€“ 2 p.m.). Representing iconic global brands and retailers based in the United States, USFIA is fighting on the front lines of the trade war in Washington, D.C. to stop new tariffs on apparel and footwear from China.
Jeff Streader, global industry veteran and private equity partner, will share insight into The Impact of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Disruption on the Global Supply Chain. Steader is the former Global COO of Billabong, Chief Supply Chain Officer of Guess, Vice President of VF Corporation and Operating Partner with Marlin Equity (August 20, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.).
Sun Jiwen, Minister Counsellor, Economic and Commercial Counsellorâ€™s Office of the Embassy of the Peopleâ€™s Republic of China in Canada, who will head a panel on Chinaâ€™s Changing Role as a Front-runner in the Global Textile and Apparel Supply Chain (August 20, 10 a.m. â€“ 11:00 a.m.).
â€œCanadians will learn all there is to know about succeeding in the countryâ€™s apparel and textile industry, and hear about Chinaâ€™s commitment to free trade with Canada and incentives for Canadian brands to work with China and other countries globally,â€ said Jason Prescott, CEO of JP Communications, ATSC producer and North Americaâ€™s leading publisher of B2B wholesale trade platform TopTenWholsale.com and manufacturer sourcing platform Manufacturer.com.
Prescott announced that a first-of-its-kind showcase of top brands from China, called â€œAvenue ATS,â€ will be unveiled at the apparel and textile trade show. â€œThese are all highly successful, leading apparel brands in China, looking for partners to help grow their fashions globally,â€ he said. â€œThis is an unprecedented opportunity for Canadians to get first dibs on local market rights, with the support of experienced international industry players.â€
ATSC features more than 500 international exhibits, three days of seminars and panels, an on-site business matchmaking service and a spectacular fashion show spotlighting established and up-and-coming Canadian designers. More than 5,000 visitors are expected to attend over the three-day event â€“ now in its third year â€“ including apparel and fashion executives, influencers, designers, retailers, importers, wholesalers, merchandisers, buyers and suppliers.
â€œThis is a not-to-be missed event for anyone wanting to make global industry connections,â€ Prescott said. â€œNowhere else in Canada can you find this kind of opportunity for international apparel networking and product displays under one roof, without having to travel overseas.â€
New to this yearâ€™s event is the addition of the China Brand Show, coming to Canada for the first time as part of ATSC and adding categories such as accessories, giftware, home electronics, footwear, luggage and housewares and general merchandise.
ATSC is supported by many international governments and associations, headed by the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Textile and Apparel (CCCT) and the Bangladesh High Commission on behalf of the Export Promotion Bureau and the Bangladesh Garment and Manufacturers Export Association. The event is also supported by the Taiwan Textile Association, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Indiaâ€™s Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC), Wool and Woollens Export Promotion Council(WWEPC) and TFO Canada, experts in trade for developing countries.
Registration â€“ which includes a three-day pass to both the exhibits and conference sessions â€“ is free of charge. For more information or to register for the show, visit http://www.appareltextilesourcing.com/canada/
About Apparel Textile Sourcing -Apparel Textile Sourcing is the apparel industry's link to the entire global supply chain. The eventsâ€™ resources, experts and manufacturers come from more than 25 countries and cover the worlds of fashion, apparel, textiles and sourcing. New sources, new products and new ideas come alive with education, fashion shows and trade opportunities. The ATS Trade Shows are produced in Canada (Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada) and Miami (Apparel Textile Sourcing Miami).
About JP Communications - JP Communications runs the most expansive network of business-to-business sourcing platforms in the U.S. Anchored by TopTenWholesale.com and Manufacturer.com, millions of international members use the brands to locate wholesalers and manufacturers. JP Communications CEO Jason Prescott is the author of two best-selling books, Wholesale 101 and Retail 101, published by McGraw Hill.
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