Post-Event Speaker Resources

Day 1, May 31, 2022: Main Stage Sessions

Leadership Driven Pride in Retail

Susan O’Brien, Chief Brand and Customer Officer, Canadian Tire Corporation

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Fast Five: Revolutionize Decision Making with Smart Data Capture

Steve Cunningham, Senior Director Retail Sales, Scandit

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Driving the Sustainability Opportunity​

Marc Kadonoff, Vice-President, Sweets from the Earth

Paul Yang, Senior
Director of Innovation and Sustainability, Tim Hortons

Jacquelyn Kankam, Senior Director of Sustainability & Social Impact, DECIEM

Sarah Thompson, Managing Director, Sustainable Finance, RBC Capital Markets

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Navigating Your Holiday Strategy

Eric Morris, Managing Director and Head of Retail, Google Canada

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Fast Five: Transformational Consumer Trends to Watch

Kimbery Kuzmak, Vice President Client Management, Global Merchant Services, American Express

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Global Retail Trends in 2022: Alternative Commerce and the Metaverse

Kate Ancketill, CEO and founder, GDR Creative Intelligence

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Day 1: Morning Concurrent Sessions

How to Reach and Succeed with Consumers in Quebec

Christian Bourque, Executive Vice-President, Leger

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How Retailers are Embedding ESG into the Fabric and Culture of their Organizations

Susan O’Brien, Chief Brand and Customer Officer, Canadian Tire Corporation

Dr. Randall Huffman Chief Food Safety and Sustainability Officer, Maple Leaf Foods

Joe Solly, Partner and National Lead, Climate & Sustainability, Deloitte Inc.

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The Modern Retailer

Joanna Griffiths, CEO, Knix

Ilona Fagyas, Head of Enterprise Sales, PayPal Canada

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Putting Mental Health into Focus with Henry’s CEO, Gillian Stein

Gillian Stein, CEO, Henry’s

Vicki Bradley, Founder and CEO, Vicki Bradley & Company

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Day 1: Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

Handmade And Hands On: How Lush Is Reinvigorating The In-Store Experience

Carmen Ip, Communications and Operations Manager, LUSH

Meaghan Flaherty, Store Manager, LUSH

Mellissa Wong, CEO, Zipline

The Power of Driving Discovery Commerce

Torri Gunn, Industry Manager for Retail, Meta

Sachin Arora, Divisional Vice President, Marketing Strategy + Insights, The Bay

Mangala Rao-D’Sa, Senior Vice President Marketing & Digital, Sleep Country Canada

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Driving Customer Centricity Across Channels with Indigo and

Andrea Limbardi, Chief Digital Officer, Indigo

Erin Young, Chief Marketing & Merchandising Officer, McKesson Canada Corporation

Ali Asaria, CEO, Tulip

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DEI Strategy: Opportunities for Growth and Meaningful Change

Salma Dhanani (She/Her) – Senior Manager, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, Sephora

Josephine Ho (she/her), Global Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, DECIEM

Sheena Chaudhry, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Global, Canada Goose

Bobby Sahni, Partner & Co-Founder, Ethnicity Matters

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Day 1: Lunch & Learn Sessions

Lunch and Learn: The COVID ERA’s Impact on Consumer Spending Behaviour

Sean McCormick, Head of Growth Strategy, Spendscape

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Lunch and Learn: E-Mobility: What’s in Store for Retail

Julien Deschamps, Regional Sales Director for Eastern Canada, FLO

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Day 2, June 1, 2022: Main Stage Sessions

Fast Five: 5G is Transforming the Retail Experience

Timothy Schnare, Regional Sales Manager Central Canada, Cradlepoint

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Fast Five: RCC Retail Pulse Dashboard

Santo Ligotti, VP Membership Relations and Services, Retail Council of Canada

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  • RCC Retail Pulse Dashboard Video
  • RCC Website Resource Video

What Retailers in Canada Can Learn from the Chinese Market

Kostya Polyakov, National Industry Leader for Consumer & Retail, KPMG Canada

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The Future of Work is Now

Rocky Ozaki, Founder and CEO, the NoW of Work Inc.

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The Shifting Priorities in Food and Drink

Paco Underhill, Author, How We Eat: The Brave New World of Food and Drink

Purchase How We Eat: The Brave New World of Food and Drink

Day 2: Concurrent Sessions

The Future of Work: Humanizing Connections in a Digital World

Ian Rosen, President and COO, Harry Rosen

James Murphy, Senior Manager, Retail Industry Go to Market, Salesforce

Orla Ormsby, RVP, Enterprise Sales, Salesforce

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Clicks and Bricks: How Do Digital Promotions Impact In-Store Traffic?

Catherine Laporte, Vice President, Marketing, Lowe’s Canada

Michael Scida, Director, Retail Business Development, Environics Analytics

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Beyond Omnichannel: The Pursuit of Adaptive Retailing

Gregoire Baret, Vice President, Consumer Experience, Aldo

Tim Hood, CTO of Consumer Industries, SAP

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Day 2: Lunch & Learn Session

Grocery Disruptors: Innovation in the Retail Aisle

Colleen Martin, Chief Revenue Officer, Caddle Inc

Dr. Sylvain Charlebois, Professor, Food Distribution and Policy, Dalhousie University

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