Vancouver Enterprise Forum

Technologies Behind The Apparel Industry, April 23rd

  • 23 Apr 2013
  • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC)
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Pre-registration now closed.  Tickets are available at the door.  Doors open at 5pm, main presentation at 6pm.  Vacnity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street.

180+ registered to date. Tickets priced $50. Student discount rate of $35 - email VEF Manager for code (

Join us as our panel will discuss innovative business models and how companies are adapting to the new landscape for apparel along with mass customization. Innovative technologies will also be discussed including e-commerce along with design, manufacturing and how customer data is used in valuable ways.

The session will be moderated by ex Whitecap John Catliff, a veteran of Helly Hansen, Sims Snowboard and Umbro. Panelists:

Carl Moriarty, Senior Design Manager at Arc'teryx Equipment
Dr. Tom Waller, Director of Innovation, Whitespace Team at Lululemon
Dennis Rohm, Chief Technology Officer at Indochino Apparel

Event in partnership with the Vancouver Economic Commission. Fashion showcase by students from Kwantlen Fashion and Technology Programs. Lightning Pitches on the night from: Patti Leigh (Science Fair Foundation), Neil Stevenson-Moore (Stylepixi), Lisa Fraser (Snug Vest by Squeezease Therapy) and Wendy van Riesen (Dahlia Drive).

Event video by in-kind sponsor: Playfullscreen.

Carl Moriarty
New Zealand born Industrial Designer Carl Moriarty is the Senior Design Manager for Apparel at Arc’teryx. For the past 7 years, he has been responsible for leading a talented in-house design team, which continues to set industry standards in Design and Innovation.

Carl grew up in the hills around Wellington, New Zealand, before moving to Australia and studying Industrial Design at Swinburne University. As a student he was a two-time winner at the Victorian Design Awards and graduated with Honors in 1998.

After graduation, a passion for the mountains lead to an extended period of travel, exploring and climbing throughout South East Asia, Europe and North America. 

While visiting Squamish in 2000 Carl was offered seasonal work in the warehouse at Arc’teryx. This job eventually led to an internship in the Design Department, where he worked on the Equipment line, combining his understanding and passion from the mountains with an enthusiasm for design and manufacturing.

2002 saw a return to New Zealand and the position of Equipment Designer at Mac Pac, another strong design and manufacturing operation. In 2006 it was back to Vancouver and Arc’teryx with the opportunity to work with in the Apparel team.

Today Carl has more than 12 years working at the forefront of Apparel and Equipment Design. As an avid skier, biker and distance runner, he uses his time in the mountains and on the trails to help in the validation and refinement of the extensive Arc’teryx product line. 

Dr Tom Waller

Dr. Tom Waller joined lululemon as the Director of Innovation in 2012. Shortly after his arrival, he changed the name of the group to Whitespace to reassert the intention of enhancing guest experience through unique, industry shifting activities, hence building on the legacy of the lululemon vision to elevate the world to greatness. 

Prior to joining lululemon, Tom was Head of Aqualab, Speedo's global R&D and innovation facility, where he led all Olympic projects for elite swimming as well as new product and material developments. This role followed several years directly servicing many of the world's largest sporting goods brands through his leadership of the consultancy arm of Progressive Sports Technologies, a spin off company at Loughborough University’s Sports Technology Institute, and multiple post doctoral research projects as a member of the Sports Technology Research Group. 

Tom's combined commercial and academic experience, along with his specialist expertise in the application of technology for performance enhancement has inspired a novel methodology for innovation. This has been regularly tested on the world stage with projects related to the Soccer and Rugby World Cup tournaments, the NBA league and also the British Triathlon, Cycling and Paralympic teams. 

Tom’s personal life is also dominated by sport, more specifically yoga, adventure racing and triathlon where he has competed up to Ironman distances.

Dennis Rohm

Dennis Rohm is the CTO of Indochino, the pioneer and global leader in online custom menswear.

Managing an international team across Vancouver and Shanghai, Dennis leads the development and scaling of Indochino's integrated supply chain management and e-commerce systems. Dennis' recent accomplishments at Indochino include the development of patent-pending nPDF-based predictive measurement system; a centralized, tablet-based quality control system; and an iPod-based measurement and sales tool for Indochino's Traveling Tailor events.

Prior to joining Indochino, Dennis was director of technology for CBS Interactive Music Group and the founder of Xian Software, whose clients included CBS and Kobo Books.

Dennis holds a bachelor of mathematics degree with honours in computer science from the University of Waterloo.
The Vancouver Enterprise Forum (VEF) is the premier networking forum for technology entrepreneurs. The VEF holds eight events each year - usually on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Participation at a VEF event provides attendees with personal connections, assistance with the identification of industry partnerships, academic faculty, management talent, financial agencies/investors and educational resources for developing and growing enterprises in British Columbia.

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