May 31 - June 1, 2016 Toronto Congress Centre North Building
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Retail game changers confirmed to speak
President and CEO, Sephora Americas
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.
President, Saks Fifth Avenue
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.
CEO, Hointer / Former Technology VP, Global Supply Chain and Fulfillment Platform, Amazon
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.
Co-Founder, CEO & Creative Director, Frank & Oak
Ethan Song’s personal and entrepreneurial journey is deeply connected to the journey of Frank & Oak, one of Canada’s most exciting retail and fashion brands that he co-founded in 2012.
As a first-generation immigrant from China, Song understood the importance of redefining worlds and making your mark. Outfitted with a creative mindset and a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, he set out to explore the intersection of art and technology to create new experiences.
From Shanghai, to Paris, to Vancouver and Montreal, Song developed his career on various continents and in various contexts, making his mark by redefining commerce. Indeed, Song understood that companies should be defined by the convergence of people around spaces and common interests, not trends. As he saw it, products and experiences should come together to create culture and community. And so, in 2012, he called upon his childhood friend and fellow entrepreneur, Hicham Ratnani and co-founded Frank & Oak with an inventive approach to integrating design and technology.
Today, Frank & Oak continues to set itself apart as a brand that redefines commerce on all fronts, from product to marketing campaigns and online or in-store shopping experiences. Song, in turn, continues to redefine the world around him by collaborating on a wide array of creative and entrepreneurial endeavours.