Fawcett Passes the Torch…Again!

June 22nd, 2022

From Fawcett to Fawcett to Fawcett! Lethbridge Canvas has been in business going on three generations. In our latest episode of Talking Textiles, Craig Fawcett and heir apparent, Jonathan Fawcett share the history of the family’s shade and covers business, the handing down from one generation to the next, and the lessons learned bringing the […]

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The Magic of Fabric Solar Cells

April 15th, 2022

What do a Smithsonian exhibit tent, a synthetic leather clutch and renewable energy all have in common? On today’s Talking Textiles, learn this and more from Colin Touhey, founder and CEO of Pvilion, a company whose mission is to integrate solar cells with fabrics and build fabric products that generate electricity. Interviewed by Haskell Beckham […]

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Puzzles, Problem Solving and Fabrics

March 15th, 2022

Thad Ribner loves problem solving. Now a research and development senior engineer, learn how a young adult adventure novel helped to shape his future career and peak his interest in the engineering and fabric fields. From early projects designing lift systems for helping patients with muscular dystrophy to working with unmanned underwater vehicles—Thad looks at […]

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The Golden Age of Textiles

March 1st, 2022

King Mukherjee knew he was destined to work in the textile industry. His interest piqued after grading a student’s essay, Mukherjee began researching different types of mills and from there his fabric career was born. Today he is still a professor as well as founder and director of a custom fabric company. In this episode, […]

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Innovation axée sur le développement des équipes : une conversation avec Claude LeBel de Sollertia

January 27th, 2022

Du Cirque à l'industrie du tissu, découvrez comment l'entreprise canadienne de textile architectural, Sollertia, s’est établi. Sollertia a déjà pris en charge et réalisé certains des projets de structure textile les plus ambitieux au pays. Dans cet épisode, Claude Le Bel nous raconte en toute franchise comment entreprendre de nouveaux projets, ses débuts dans l'industrie, […]

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If You Build It, They Will Come

January 10th, 2022

From the circus biz to the fabric biz, learn how Canadian architectural textile firm Sollertia built its business. Sollertia has taken on and completed some of the most ambitious fabric structure projects in the country.  In this episode, If You Build It, They Will Come, Claude Le Bel shares candidly about taking on new projects, his […]

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Catching up with Conroy’s House of Canvas

October 1st, 2021

After dedicating his whole career to the textile shade industry, Canadian business-owner John Conroy, House of Canvas, now finds himself in the challenging position of transitioning his canvas business over to his three sons. In this episode of “Talking Textiles” we explore John’s early experiences, his leadership, passion for the textile industry and capture nuggets […]

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From Down Under to the Great White North with Brydon Roe of Shade Sails Canada

September 8th, 2021

Episode 1 of ATA Talking Textiles launches into a conversation with Brydon Roe of Shade Sails Canada, hosted by Mark Tyrrell, LaSalle Canvas and Alex Petizian, Naizil Coated Fabrics. Brydon shares his evolution into the textile industry, introduction to the shade sail market—where his company is today—and the development of additional projects along the way. […]

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