CANADA'S BIGGEST RETAIL EVENT
Toronto Congress Centre
May 31st - June 1st 2016
STORE is Retail Council of Canada’s two-day conference held annually in Toronto. With an agenda and networking opportunities targeted to the unique needs of the dynamic retail industry in Canada, STORE is THE must-attend event of the season.
Our STORE 2016 agenda will include main stage keynotes and interactive panels to drive big ideas AND concurrent sessions to strengthen your business.
Calvin McDonald is the President and CEO of Sephora Americas, the specialty retailer which has transformed the prestige beauty shopping experience in North America, and is owned by the world-leader in luxury products LVMH. He assumed this role in January 2014, and since that time has worked with the senior team to develop a plan to further increase Sephora’s industry leadership, which centers on a consistently innovative client experience.
He previously served as the President and CEO of Sears Canada, restoring it to comparable store sales growth after many years. This followed the 18 years at the Loblaw Companies, Canada’s largest food retailer, known for its highly successful private label products, where he rose to the position of EVP, Marketing for Loblaw Brands & Corporate Strategy and subsequently EVP, Conventional Supermarket Division.
Nicholas F. Martire
Nicholas F. Martire is the Vice President of ALDO Group North America, Call It Spring. Call It Spring is the ALDO Group’s second largest brand with over 1000 stores and points of sale in 43 countries.
Nicholas is one of two head merchants at The ALDO Group, leading retail, branded wholesale, omnichannel and 360 degrees of the company's brand Call it Spring. Prior to that, Nicholas co-founded and headed ALDO Product Services, the wholesale division of the ALDO Group that has led the transformation of the company into an industry-recognized wholesale distributor and third-party sourcing provider of fashion footwear and accessories.
Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Martire studied French and Economics at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He graduated with honours, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree and winning the prize for top student in his faculty. He recently attended Harvard Business School for post-graduate studies, where he earned an Advanced Management Program degree.
Martire’s passion for retail and footwear began while he was working for his father in the slipper trade. He continued developing his expertise in this industry and in 1998 joined global athletic leader, Nike. Martire and the Toronto-based team opened the first international Niketown concept store outside the US.
Prior to joining the ALDO Group, Martire spent eight years working at Elan-Polo—one of the industry’s most respected private footwear companies. During his time there, the company rose to become a strategic supplier of footwear to some of Europe’s most prominent retailers, including ASDA, TESCO, Go Sport, and Office.
In 2010, Nicholas received a call from David Bensadoun, then Vice President of the ALDO Group; the company wanted to grow the business beyond the expansion of its retail stores, and with its sights set on building a wholesale division, Nicholas was the man for the job. Five years later, the ALDO Product Services division is valued at $1 billion retail market share with a roster of over 50 clients that includes some of the world’s largest retailers.
Martire has worked and lived in Paris, Market Harborough, Leicester, Toronto, Kingston, Fort Lauderdale, and in his hometown of Montreal.
Nicholas is also an avid cyclist—riding an average of 8,000 km per year. Deeply committed to making a difference in his community, Martire will be participating in the 2016 edition of Race Across America, the world’s toughest endurance bicycle race, and raising money to inaugurate a new cancer relief fund for the Two Ten Footwear Foundation.
When he’s not at the office or travelling for work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Willamina, and their two daughters, Lily and Liberty. Martire and his wife both share a love of footwear, and in 2009, brought the well-known Spanish brand, Pretty Ballerinas, to North America. They continue to own and operate the Canadian store and wholesale business.
Marc J. Metrick, 42, was named President of Saks Fifth Avenue in April 2015. A highly accomplished retail industry executive with deep experience in strategic development, merchandising, marketing, operations, and finance, Metrick has spent the last 10 years in senior leadership roles at Saks Fifth Avenue and Hudson’s Bay Company (TSX: HBC).
Most recently he was HBC’s Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, reporting to the Office of the Chairman, where he developed corporate strategies for all of the company’s banners and sat on HBC’s executive committee. Metrick played an instrumental role in HBC’s 2013 acquisition of Saks and focused on developing the strategic plan that Saks is now successfully pursuing to position the business for leadership in the international luxury sector. He joined Hudson’s Bay Company in 2012 as EVP Chief Marketing Officer, where he oversaw all marketing and digital commerce for Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor.
Metrick spent the first 15 years of his career at Saks and had positions of increasing responsibility in buying, merchandising, finance, and ultimately becoming its Chief Strategy Officer.
Mr. Metrick has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Boston University.
Tina Lee is the CEO of T&T Supermarket Inc., Canada’s largest Asian grocery store chain. In her role, Tina is responsible for the operations of T&T Supermarket’s 23 locations and the development and expansion of T&T brand products. With a focus on fresh food and ready to eat meal options, T&T Supermarket strives to provide Asian families and Asian cuisine enthusiasts with authentic flavours in a friendly shopping environment.
Prior to her current role at T&T, Tina held various roles in corporate strategy, regional operations, and human resources. Before joining T&T, Tina was a strategy and operations consultant with Deloitte Consulting LLP in Los Angeles.
Tina holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Anderson School of Business at the University of Los Angeles, and her Honours in Business Administration from The Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University.
Tina was born and raised in Vancouver, BC, and currently lives in Toronto with her husband and two children.
Simon Rodrigue, as SVP of eCommerce for Walmart Canada, is spear-heading the aggressive growth and positioning of Walmart as the leading omnichannel retailer in the Canadian market. Responsible for all aspects of the online business and integration with the stores Simon is building a high performance eCommerce team with the focus of delighting the Canadian consumer on each and every interaction with Walmart online.
Before joining Walmart.ca Simon led the eCommerce and Interactive Marketing teams at two of Canada's top retailers: Sears Canada and Home Depot Canada as well as the Site Experience organization for Travelocity North America.
Over past the 10 years Simon has led some of the largest and fastest growing online businesses in Canada and is recognized as a leader in Interactive Marketing, eCommerce and Social Commerce practices. Simon has spearheaded the evolution of traditional media plans to mixed media strategies, launched supply chain transformations leveraging direct ship best practices, implemented master data management strategies unlocking the hidden value of product data and built some of the top eCommerce teams in Canada.
Simon has also worked in various operational and merchandising leadership roles within The Home Depot Canada, and served as a Senior Business and Marketing Consultant with Nortel Networks Global Services, enabling start-ups and aiding Fortune 50 companies to develop global, emerging business strategies.
nventional Supermarket Division.
Marne Levine is Chief Operating Officer of Instagram, a community of more than 300 million who capture and share the world’s moments on the service. She is responsible for helping to scale the company’s business and operations globally.
Marne joined Instagram from Facebook, where she served as Vice President of Global Public Policy from 2010 to 2014. In this role, Marne led the company’s global public policy strategy, working with governments and organizations to foster understanding and support for Facebook’s innovative technology. Marne also led the team responsible for developing Facebook’s global policies and programs.
Prior to Facebook, Marne served in the Obama Administration as Chief of Staff of the National Economic Council (NEC) at the White House and Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy. Previously, Marne was Director of Product Management for Revolution Money and Chief of Staff for Harvard University President Larry Summers. Marne began her career in 1993 at the United States Department of Treasury under President Bill Clinton where she held a number of leadership positions.
Marne holds a B.A. in political science and communications from Miami University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. She serves on the Board of Directors for Chegg along with several not for profits including Lean In.org, the Urban Institute, LIFT, National Endowment for Democracy, and the American Council on Germany and is a member of the Trilateral Commission. She resides in Washington, DC with her husband and two sons.
Dr. Nadia Shouraboura
Dr. Nadia Shouraboura is the CEO of Hointer. Hointer is reinventing the shopping experience, making it easy and fun. At Hointer men and women have a new way of discovering, trying-on and buying great clothing.
Nadia was born in Soviet Russia and pursued her education in mathematics and science in the city of Moscow. In 1987 she began her career, after emigrating from Russia to Israel, as a software developer working on Computer Aided Design systems for industrial robotics. Her work attracted the attention of professors at Princeton University in the US, where she was offered a full scholarship for study and research. During her PhD work, Nadia performed research at AT&T Bell Labs and co-founded Starlight Multimedia, a developer of multi-media applications. Her work at Princeton resulted in several important papers, referenced by over 200 publications. She received a PhD in Mathematics from Princeton. In 1994 Nadia joined a technology startup, Diamond Technology Partners, working with a variety of major retail companies. Later she joined a JP Morgan Venture startup, Mobilocity, as its Managing Director in charge of the wireless division. Following her leadership role at Mobilocity, Nadia became a pioneer in the emerging world of energy trading, joining Exelon as the manager responsible for the energy trading algorithms and software.
Nadia joined Amazon.com in March of 2004. As Technology Vice President of Amazon’s Worldwide Operations she owned technology powering Amazon’s global supply chain and fulfillment. Nadia also served on Jeff Bezos’ senior leadership team responsible for overall direction and operations of Amazon.
Erin Young joined Well.ca in October 2013 as CMO responsible for Marketing and Merchandising. Since joining the team she has spearheaded efforts to re-launch the brand, enhance content marketing, improve / optimize customer acquisition, negotiate lower costs and improve merchandising. Erin has over 15 years of experience in the retail sector. Prior to joining Well.ca, Erin was a leader in McKinsey & Company’s North American Retail Practice where she led several large scale retail transformations in Canada and the US and worked closely with Drug, Grocery and Specialty retailers on the Strategy, Marketing, Merchandising and Operations topics with a focus on multi-channel. She also worked at Loblaw where she led the PC Blue Menu launch from concept to shelf. Erin is the mother of three small children and enjoys running, travelling and cooking.
Terry Davis is presently Chief Executive Officer at Home Hardware Stores Limited, the company where he has been happily employed and challenged in various roles since starting as a warehouse worker in 1970.
Home has over 1,000 stores in every corner of the country , with retail sales of $5.8 billion , served by four regional Distribution Centres.
In 2012 Terry was featured on the Season 2 premiere episode of Undercover Boss Canada , an experience that he enjoyed immensely. Terry and his wife Anne reside in Fergus , Ontario ; they have two daughters and two grandchildren.
Jane Nakamachi is the Vice President, Merchandising Planning and Strategy for Canadian Tire Retail (CTR). Jane is responsible for driving change in the Merchandising functions through the design and implementation of new processes, organizational structures and the incorporation of analytics and technology. Jane is currently leading an initiative to improve the Productivity of the overall Canadian Tire Retail business.
Jane has a passion for the retail business and in building coalitions to drive innovation. She has over 20 years of experience at CTR including roles in Merchandising, Store Support, Supply Chain and Marketing. Her extensive experience spans a number of roles including Category Business Manager, AVP Merchandising for the Kitchen Business, AVP Forecasting and Replenishment for CTR and AVP Store Support. Within her current role, Jane oversaw and drove the transformational change of the organizational structure across the Merchandising, Flyer Planning and Forecasting and Replenishment teams. This initiative enabled new direction and clarification to the Category Business Manager role and grow productivity within the merchandising team and across the organization.
Jane has a BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MBA from Schulich School of Business at York University.
Peter Housley is the Chief Marketing Officer at Indochino Apparel Inc. Indochino is at the forefront of a global suit revolution that is seeing more and more men suiting up once again. Indochino offers suits and shirts that are completely customizable and tailor made to the wearer’s personal measurements, all at an incredible value. Indochino's omni-channel experience allows men to order their made-to-measure clothing online, via mobile or in person at Indochino showrooms, now open in Toronto, Vancouver, New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Boston.
A senior executive with President, CEO and CMO experience including retail, hospitality, digital pure play, and consumer goods industries. Peter served as Chief Executive Officer and Director at Lavalife Inc. from 2000-2003, and returned as President from 2010-2011 to lead a subsequent M&A transition. He also served as President of Milestones Restaurants Inc. from 2006-2009, leading a change vision and delivering record sales and EBITDA results. As CEO of his Interim Management Company he held various Interim C-suite positions from 2009-2013.
Peter is an enterprise leader, with broad experience in strategy, P&L management, operations excellence, marketing management, revenue creation, talent development, and IT oversight, for companies ranging from $3M to $200M. Peter currently sits on the Board of Directors of The Friends For Life Foundation, and is also an Advisory Board Member, Ryerson University, School of Fashion.
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