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Quebec Fashion Takes On The World

As part of the Fashion & Design Festival 2016

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 from noon to 2 P.M.


Anna Martini

Dynamite Group

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A leading figure on the Canadian retail landscape, Anna Martini has been President of Dynamite Group since 2004. Since her arrival, the company—with its head office located in Montréal—has enjoyed phenomenal growth, tripling its sales figure.


Prior to joining Dynamite Group, Anna Martini was a partner at Deloitte & Touche, a professional services firm. For close to 20 years at the firm, she served many clients in the retail and consumer product sectors. Her passion for retail surfaced early in her career, leading her to leadership roles in that sector, both in Canada and abroad.


Ms. Martini is a member of the boards of directors of Transcontinental Inc. and CT REIT, and was the past Chair of the Retail Council of Canada, and the Vice-Chair of the McGill University Health Centre Foundation. She is also a member of the Montréal chapter of the International Women’s Forum.


Lastly, she was a member of the board of directors of Velan from 2008 to 2013.


Ethan Song

Co-founder, CEO and Creative Director
Frank + Oak

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Ethan Song’s personal and professional journey is deeply connected to that of Frank + Oak, the company he co-founded in 2012, which continues to be one of Canada’s most inspiring fashion and retail brands.

A first generation Chinese immigrant, Song quickly understood the importance of creating his own path, redefining and pushing his limits. Armed with a creative mindset and a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, the budding entrepreneur set out to explore the limits between art and technology, and the ways in which they can intersect to create unique experiences.

From Shanghai to Paris, Vancouver to Montréal, Song kept adding strings to his bow, developing his career on various continents, always aiming to redefine traditional commerce. This goal rested on a deep understanding that companies should be defined by a convergence of ideas and people around common interests, and not simply be a reflection of current trends. Convinced that products and experiences should come together to create culture and community, Song put what he had learned to work, creating his own company. Joining forces with Hicham Ratnani, his childhood friend and fellow entrepreneur, he created Frank + Oak, a project that takes an inventive approach to effectively integrating design and technology.

Today, Frank + Oak continues to set itself apart as a brand that redefines commerce, pushing its limits, on all fronts—from marketing campaigns to online experience to the product itself. Song, in turn, continues to transform the world around him by constantly collaborating on a wide array of creative and entrepreneurial endeavours.


Gisèle Paul

President and Owner
Dino Gaspari

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Founded in 1992, Dino Gaspari has earned a prestigious reputation and is now recognized for its unique style and its high standards of quality, both in Canada and in the United States, to which the company has successfully been exporting for over 20 years. Dino Gaspari has taken a new direction this year, introducing a line of accessories that includes detachable fur pieces.

Gisèle Paul has been the owner and President of Dino Gaspari since it was founded. Possessing a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration and an MBA from HEC Montréal, Gisèle ensures the sound management, control, and compliance of the company and all of its products. Her outstanding qualities as a salesperson, coupled with her business acumen and her involvement in every aspect of the company are key to the brand’s success.

As far as design is concerned, following advanced training in Norway on various ways of working with and dyeing furs, designer Maryse Roy is drawing on her many years of experience, giving her imagination free rein to create accessories that will please girls and women of practically all ages.

Gisèle and Maryse form a dynamic duo and remain the brand’s ambassadors par excellence, both in Quebec and internationally.


Emmanuel de Gouvello

Jean-Philippe Robert

Quartz Co.

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Jean-Philippe Robert and his brother François-Xavier acquired Quartz-Nature, a company specializing in the manufacturing and distribution of winter coats, with a goal of bringing a high-end Canadian product to international markets. Upon taking over the company, they undertook a redesign of the products and a repositioning of the brand as Quartz Co. The company now offers a collection of clean-lined coats that are both warm and functional, and still made in Canada.

Mr. Robert has been a fashion entrepreneur since the age of 19, but he also has a background as an industrial engineer, experience in the field of luxury goods, and an extensive knowledge of the industry at the international level. His wide range of experience comes together in his role as the President and Creative Director of Quartz Co.

As part of the 2016 Fashion & Design Festival, mmode—in collaboration with the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal—invites you to come hear advice and testimonials from Quebec brand leaders that have enjoyed international success. During this panel discussion, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the entrepreneurs behind these fashion industry brands, about the difficulties they overcame to succeed on foreign markets, and about their business strategies, which today ensure their success at home and abroad.

A networking lunch will be held following the event.

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The activity will be held in French and English


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Ticketpro $ 61,99 (taxes included)

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August 16, 2016
Erandi Motte Cortés
International Business Commissioner 
514 871-4002 ext. 6215


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