Many exciting job opportunities in the fashion, apparel and textile industry

More than 1,000 people attend HR Mode 2017

MONTRÉAL, March 22, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - Apparel Connexion, in collaboration with the Comité sectoriel de main-d'œuvre de l'industrie textile du Québec (CSMO Textile) and the Metropolitan Fashion Cluster, mmode, has kicked off the 2nd edition of the industry's biggest recruitment event, HR Mode 2017 ( More than 1,000 people gathered today at the Palais des congrès for this unique event.

"The Québec fashion industry stands out for its expertise, creativity and ingenuity," says Debbie Zakaib, Executive Director of mmode. "It has more than 1,800 players, many of them world-class, including manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers, distributors and renowned designers. It is a booming sector focused on innovation, advanced technologies and the development of new markets. Its success is also based on its workforce of 28,000 skilled workers and its ecosystem of partners who share the same passion."

"The Gouvernement du Québec is proud to be supporting the fashion industry, a fast-growing sector of activity and an important source of employment," said Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity, and Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale region François Blais. "By joining forces with such events, it is demonstrating its commitment to fostering a balance between the needs of companies and the skills of the available workforce. I wish much success to HR Mode 2017."

HR Mode 2017, which is taking place at the same time as the Hop! The Summit on Retail event organized by the Conseil québécois du commerce de détail, aims to promote the many stimulating jobs available in the fashion, apparel and textile sectors. This event is a great opportunity for people looking for a new challenge to meet motivated and dynamic employers. With imminent retirements and the creation of new positions, the industry is looking for many talents, including some to fill shortages in specialized manpower. More than 100 positions are currently vacant and many more will need to be filled in the coming years.

Looking for new talent
Multidisciplinary jobs are currently available such as designers, samplers, e-commerce and marketing specialists, production supervisors and operators, logistics and quality experts, buyers, patternmakers, industrial sewing machine operators, analysts-programmers and managers.

In addition to training programs offered by educational institutions specializing in the field, companies also provide tailor-made training to enable employees to develop the expertise and skills needed to perform more technical and specialized tasks.

A multi-faceted event
HR Mode 2017 offers a variety of interesting jobs, on-site interviews, professional networking, specialized mentoring, innovative and interactive activities, and much more! Free workshops are also being offered to participants, including how to use social networks to look for employment, preparing for an interview, entrepreneurship and the textile industry.

"The fashion industry has a rich legacy in the metropolitan region and in Québec, and it is a major source of economic activity and employment," adds Ms. Zakaib. "Combining an impressive pool of companies, including many world-class players, this sector relies on an innovative and collaborative culture, and the inventiveness and know-how of its workforce, to stand out on the world stage. Looking to the future, Québec fashion definitely offers a creative and stimulating work environment as well as highly attractive career opportunities."

About the HR Mode 2017 National Apparel Career Expo
With the support of the Ministère du Travail, de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale, HR Mode 2017 offers a unique opportunity to discover the exciting jobs available in the fashion, apparel and textile industry. Many companies, educational institutions and partners will be on hand to meet participants looking for a new challenge. This event, an initiative of Apparel Connexion, is being organized together with CSMO Textile and mmode, as well as with the special collaboration of the Conseil québécois du commerce de détail.



For further information: Nancy German, Primacom, O. 450-717-0500, C. 514 924-4445,

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