President / Chief Executive Officer
Tom is a proud Métis with family roots that trace back to the Willow Bunch, Saskatchewan area. Tom Legaré is the founder, CEO, and current head of the Sales Team. Tom founded Apparel Solutions International in 2006 with the vision of providing innovative PPE to clients without compromising integrity, quality, or value. He has been a business owner in the safety clothing industry for over 30 years. Tom has proven to be committed to advancing safety apparel, by building a company that strives to provide protective apparel that exceeds safety standards and meets the need of every customer.
Chief Operating Officer
Robert is also a proud Métis with family roots that trace back to the Willow Bunch, Saskatchewan area. Robert Legaré has been in the safety clothing manufacturing business for 23+ years. He joined the family-run business at Apparel Solutions International in 2007 and became Chief Operating Officer in 2008. He now oversees all operations of the business from manufacturing and inventory to customer service. Robert is dedicated to operational excellence, with the ultimate goal of creating reliable and quality PPE.
Chief Financial Officer
Shawn Lowry holds an MBA from the University of Alberta School of Business and attended Claremont Graduate University in Southern California. Shawn became Chief Financial Officer with Apparel Solutions International in 2008. Shawn plays a strategic role in the overall management of the company. He directs and oversees all aspects of the finance & accounting functions of the organization.
Vice President Operations
Rob Thomas has been a part of the safety apparel industry for over 20 years. Rob has been a part of Apparel Solutions International since its inception in 2006. He is responsible for the consistency and control of the operations department and manages all daily operations. Rob primarily ensures that all customer orders are completed accurately and in a timely fashion.
Vice President Training, Research & Development
Peter has been with Apparel Solutions International since its start in 2006. He is responsible for Apparel Solutions International staying current with standards, regulations, and specifications for personal protective equipment (PPE) clothing. Peter is a founding and current member of the CGSB PPE technical committee for flash fire, and NFPA’s technical committees for short duration fires. Peter’s passion for safety can be traced to his incident in 1979 when he was severely burned in the Millwood’s pipeline explosion. Prior to the establishment of the flash/short duration fire standards he published the FRW Handbook and continues to foster an educational attitude with our clients and is commonly used as a presenter for safety meetings. He has been recognized for his contributions to burn prevention and safety promotion, including receiving the Alberta Medical Association’s Medal of Honour.
Michael has over 30 years of experience in the fire-resistant protective apparel marketplace. He is passionate about helping companies succeed. This has led him to support not only business development aspects. As well as playing an active role in the development of meaningful products. His current role at Apparel Solutions International is to assist with all quality assurance, from key account development to diversifying target markets. He is dedicated to developing the business to be able to provide PPE to our customers that they deserve.