CANADA'S BIGGEST RETAIL EVENT
Toronto Congress Centre
May 30th - May 31st 2017
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.
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.
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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.
Judith Blackburn joined Sobeys Québec in November 2015 as Manager of Digital Communications, responsible for digital strategies and activities for the Québec division. Since joining the team, she has worked on the launch of the new IGA mobile application in partnership with the Mirego agency.
Judith has 15 years of experience in the digital marketing world, starting as a web developer in 2001 and now managing a team of passionate e-commerce experts, social and content specialists, and email marketers.
Prior to Sobeys, Judith worked at Reitmans Inc as an e-commerce specialist for the Addition Elle banner where she worked closely with the marketing team to deliver successful digital campaigns. She also worked at Cirque du Soleil for 9 years managing digital marketing projects that included the launch of touring shows, corporate websites, marketing campaigns, and more.
Andrea Fiederer is Executive Vice President and CMO of goeasy Ltd., a company that helps improve the lives of everyday Canadians through its lease-to-own business unit, easyhome, and through its alternative financial services business unit, easyfinanical, which offers personal loans. Andrea’s background includes a broad range of business experience acquired in both management consulting having worked at BearingPoint, and through a variety of marketing roles that span the past 15 years. Over that time, Andrea has held progressively senior roles at some of Canada’s top organizations including TELUS, XM Satellite Radio and more recently Mobilicity. Andrea has a passion for the customer and developing great brands and innovative marketing campaigns while leading teams to do amazing things. In addition to Andrea’s Executive leadership role, she is also responsible for founding goeasy’s Women in Leadership program designed to help grow and develop female talent within the organization through mentorship, learning and support. Andrea holds a Master of Business Degree from the Schulich School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from McGill University.
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.
Grant Froese is Chief Operating Officer for Loblaw Companies Limited, since July 2014.
In his role, Grant is responsible for the operating performance of the Market, Discount and Emerging Business divisions, as well as the division support functions of Control Brands, Home and General Merchandise, e-Commerce, Off-Shore Procurement, Quality Assurance and Loss Prevention. Grant’s primary focus is on maintaining trading stability across the Company’s food businesses.
Grant joined Loblaw in 1978 as a store colleague, and has become a proven merchant and operator with a strong record of delivering results. He has held various category and leadership positions within the organization, including Chief Administrative Officer; EVP, Western Market; EVP, Merchandising; and EVP, Discount Division.
Grant studied Business Management at the University of Calgary.
Martin Vander Velden
As Vice President of Merchandising for Best Buy Canada, Martin is one of the key strategic minds behind Best Buy’s customer-focused merchandising strategy. He oversees a significant portion of the company’s core product categories including Computing Hardware, Computing Accessories, Entertainment and Direct Import.
Known for his proactive approach and ability to both identify and embrace trends early, he has been instrumental in redefining merchandising for the company and in introducing new technologies as the business evolves. His collaborative and problem-solving approach has resulted in strong vendor partnerships, through which he has introduced new experiential based shopping experiences aimed to inspire consumers with the latest in technology.
Martin’s career with the company began in 1992 in London Ontario where he worked in computer sales at Future Shop. Throughout his 24 years with the organization he has held numerous leadership roles, and was instrumental in the development of the gaming business for Future Shop and the company’s evolution into new categories such as drones, smart home and wearables.
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