CANADA'S BIGGEST RETAIL CONFERENCE
Toronto Congress Centre
MAY 28 - 29, 2019
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.
In January 2017, Sarah Davis was appointed President, Loblaw Companies Limited, overseeing the day-to-day operations of Canada’s largest retailer and the nation’s food and pharmacy leader. With more than 2,400 corporate, franchised and Associate-owned locations, Loblaw, its franchisees, and Associate-owners employ approximately 200,000 full- and part-time employees, making it one of Canada's largest private sector employers. Ms. Davis joined Loblaw in 2007 and, prior to assuming the role of President, served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer, responsible for Real Estate, Strategy, Information Technology, Supply Chain and Human Resources. Ms. Davis has a strong corporate-finance background, which has served her well in supporting some of the company’s most transformative programs in recent history, including the implementation of SAP, the creation of Choice Properties REIT, and the acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart. Ms. Davis is the chair of PC® Children’s Charity, and served as chair of the [email protected] network from 2009 to 2017. She also sits on the Board of Directors for PC Financial, AGF Investments and T&T Supermarkets. Ms. Davis holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Honours degree from Queen’s University, a Chartered Accountant and is a Fellow of the CPA.
Harley Finkelstein is an entrepreneur, lawyer, and the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Shopify. He founded his first company at age 17 while a student at McGill. Harley completed his law degree as well as his MBA at the University of Ottawa, where he co-founded the JD/MBA Student Society and the Canadian MBA Oath. Harley is on the Board of the C100, is an Advisor to Felicis Ventures & Omers Ventures, and is one of the “Dragons” on CBC’s Next Gen Den. In 2016, Harley was inducted into the Order of Ottawa, and in 2017 he received the Canadian Angel Investor of the Year Award as well as Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award. In December 2017, Harley was appointed to the Board of Directors of the CBC.
Many different experiences have provided the tool box for Karen to successfully lead Purdys, the largest Chocolatier in Canada. Karen is from Queen's, living in Japan and Asia for 2 years, speaking fluent French, being trained in classic packaged goods marketing at General Mills for 6 years, developing innovative new products at Product Development Partnership in the UK for 1 year, and growing a popular chain of 140 restaurants: Swiss Chalet, for 6 years. Over the years, Purdys and Karen have won a number of awards: 50 Best Employers in Canada (7 times!). Karen has also been the recipient of WXN Hall of Fame, BIV's Women of Influence, EY Entrepreneur of the Year for Family Busi-ness, Henry Singer Award, Queens U. KBH Award and YWCA Women of Distinction.
Jennifer leads National Retail Leader & Consumer Analytics Practice Leader for Deloitte Canada. She sits on the global retail executive team at the firm and leads the Consumer Analytics Center of Excellence (CoE) for Deloitte globally. Jennifer also leads the Cannabis sector for Deloitte Canada. She works with the major Canadian jurisdictions and legal producers in Canada. Her broad mandate is to leverage her Retail and Consumer expertise in Omnichannel to help clients make sense of the vast quantities of data which exists in their organizations utilizing a insight-data driven approach via artificial intelligence and cognitive machine learning techniques. She focuses on assisting clients in developing insight-driven strategies to deal with an increasingly connected consumer and complex business issues. These strategies include - transitioning from a multi-channel organization to “insight driven” organizations by building and operationalizing eCommerce platforms, mobile capabilities and the re-designing the retail network. She also assists clients in embedding Advanced Analytics into her clients’ business to deliver a one-brand (“Omnichannel”) experience. Jennifer leads a multi-faceted and cross-functional team ranging from strategists to and advanced analytics teams including market researchers and data scientists. Jennifer was recently promoted to become the Managing Partner of Clients & Industries for Deloitte’s Advisory Practice, which includes over 100+ partners and 400 Deloitte staff. of She is now responsible for all topline revenue generating activities including leading Advisory’s top client account programs, eminence and thought leadership. Jennifer’s clients range from leading global brands and manufacturers, internet gaming, fashion, retail and grocery. She is the thought leader behind Deloitte’s global “Omnichannel Customer Experience Index” powered by Deloitte advanced analytics platform which competitively monitors path to purchase capabilities for clients utilizing crowdsourcing techniques. Jennifer is an accomplished thought leader and has presented at key industry platforms such as Deloitte's Retail Outlook, ICSC, Marketing Magazine, and BNN. She has also personally authored over a dozen industry whitepapers including: “CMO 2.0 takes charge: How chief marketing officers will succeed in the Omnichannel era”; “Consumer Experience: The New Brand Imperative”; “The Consumer Evolution: Changing Behaviors Triggers New Business Models”; "2016 Omnichannel Customer Experience Index: Which Retailers are Leading and Lagging?””. She is also on the faculty for Deloitte’s global education center in Westlake, Texas called “Deloitte University” which is focused on best in class training and education for thousands of Deloitte consultants around the world. While in industry, Jennifer worked all over the world: Mergers & Acquisitions / Treasury for a large US telecom company in Hong Kong, China; European Marketing Group for a large US consumer electronics company in Stuttgart, Germany; and marketing strategy and implementation for a large US entertainment company in Canada. While at Bell Internet, Jennifer let the strategy development and operationalization of one of the largest and fastest wireless internet roll outs in the organization’s history including the retail channels. Jennifer sits on the board of MERIT Award Bursary Program, a not for profit that helps immigrant and low income children stay in school. She also works with large international aid organizations in developing the strategic plan focused on restructuring and enhancing the performance of the microfinance institutions in Azerbaijan. She is the key strategic adviser the Azerbaijani Microfinance Association (“AMFA”) , an association of 27 microfinance institutions in Baku, The focus of her work was to promote self-sustainability and self reliance within the microfinance industry. Recently, Jennifer began working with the Asian Credit Fund, a microfinance institution which focuses on rural poor women, in Almaty, Kazakhstan in developing their 5-year growth strategy. Jennifer holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo. She was recently awarded the 2017 Manulife Mentor of the Year by Ascend Canada.
Nicole Leinbach Reyhle
Nicole Leinbach Reyhle is the Founder and Publisher of RetailMinded.com, a well-respected industry publication that has been recognized worldwide for its leading retail insight. With a core concentration on independent retailers and small businesses, Reyhle is a frequent guest and contributor to various media outlets that include The Today Show, Forbes and countless B2B publications. Additionally, Reyhle has been the Spokesperson for American Express’s Small Business Saturday since 2014 and is the Author of the book “Retail 101: The Guide to Managing and Marketing Your Retail Business” from McGraw-Hill. Reyhle writes regularly as a retail thought leader for various industry resources that include Entrepreuner.com, Fiverr.com, Forbes and more, as well as recognized by IBM as a commerce "futurist". Finally, Reyhle is also the Co-Founder of the Independent Retailer Conference. Learn more about Reyhle at RetailMinded.com.
Ann Mack oversees Facebook IQ, Facebook's insights offering of studies, tools and resources designed to fuel great campaigns. In her role, she directs the global insights marketing team, responsible for packaging and amplifying research, industry thought leadership and scaled insights solutions for internal and external audiences. Since joining in May 2014, Ann and her team have launched and built the Facebook IQ insights brand and channel and have led content and activation on large-scale global insights projects, such as “Coming of Age on Screens,” “The Thumb is in Charge” and “Shifts for 2020.” Most recently, under Ann’s leadership, Facebook IQ launched Cross Border Insights Finder, a tool aimed at helping marketers explore growth opportunities beyond borders, and Insights to Go, a data discovery engine. Previously, Ann was the Director of Trendspotting at J. Walter Thompson Worldwide. There, she built the JWTIntelligence trends and insights group and teamed with brands to turn cultural shifts into opportunities. During her 10-year tenure at JWT, her annual “10 Trends” and “100 Things to Watch” became highly anticipated cultural markers not only for marketers but for the public as a whole. Ann has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, The Early Show on CBS, Fox and Friends, and Sky News; has been interviewed by numerous radio outlets, including the BBC and NPR; and has been quoted in dozens of publications, including The New York Times, USA Today and International Herald Tribune for her thought leadership. Some of Ann’s speaking engagements have included SXSW Interactive in Austin, the AdReview Conference in Johannesburg, AMAP in Mexico City and Social Media Week in New York. Before joining JWT, Ann led Adweek's coverage of the digital advertising industry as Interactive Editor. She started her career as a crime reporter for the Mansfield News Journal in Ohio after graduating magna cum laude from Ohio State University with a BA in journalism.
Blending keen consumer insight, a passion for thought leadership and a relentless pursuit of creativity and innovation on her clients’ behalf, Kelly Mooney is IBM iX North America’s first Chief Experience Officer (CXO). Kelly provides leadership to the iX North America strategy, creative and design disciplines. Prior to this role Kelly was CEO of Resource/Ammirati, one of the country’s largest independent digital marketing agencies and the first acquired by IBM iX. Under her direction, the agency attracted clients such as CVS, P&G, Kohl’s, Nestlé/Purina and Victoria’s Secret, and drove a legacy of innovation across ecommerce, social media, content creation and analytics A past Ad Age “Woman to Watch,” Kelly is also a frequent speaker at industry events and author of The Open Brand and The Ten Demandments. She is chief architect of the IBM iX Brand Belonging Study and POV, and hosts The Belonging Brief podcast on the same topic.
Eric Morris is the Director of Google's Retail practice in Canada, where since 2002, he has worked alongside the country's top marketers and advertising agencies. Eric has held several leadership roles at Google Canada, leading sales, operations, research, strategy and analytics for Google's advertising business. Most recently, he led Google Canada's search and performance advertising business. In 2016 Eric was named inventor and issued a patent in the United States for identifying rising search queries and trends at scale for advertisers worldwide. Eric was elected to the Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada’s board of directors in 2009, and elected Chair of the board in 2015.
Beth Newlands Campbell
Beth Newlands Campbell is a highly accomplished retail executive with significant turnaround experience in food and drug retailing, both in Canada and the U.S. Beth is currently leading the transformation of Rexall Pharmacy Group, recently joining the group of companies with McKesson in Canada. Previously, Beth, led as the President, Sobeys East, Food Lion and Hannaford Food and Drug Supermarkets. Her expertise lies in creating and aligning an organization around a differentiated strategy and leveraging an organization of talented retailers and pharmacy professionals. Beth has a proven track record of connecting with people and delivering results. Beth received her B.S. Applied Economics and Food Industry Management from Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Beth also serves on the Board of Directors of REI, an omni-channel specialty outdoor gear and apparel retailer, headquartered in Seattle, Washington.
Based in Woodbridge, Michael oversees Canadian operations for adidas, Reebok and shared services for adidas Golf in his role as President of adidas Canada. Under Michael’s leadership, adidas Canada has transformed its business, driving healthy, profitable growth across its wholesale, retail and ecommerce channels. A strong advocate for leadership and culture, Michael has helped create a unique environment of empowerment, development, creativity and authentic commitment to sport and fitness across his Canadian team. Michael was previously VP of Reebok in Canada, during which time he successfully built the brand’s fitness positioning through partnerships with CrossFit, the CFL and GoodLife Fitness. He also spearheaded the launch of Reebok’s BOKS before school fitness program in conjunction with the Public Health Agency of Canada, a program now helping get Canadian children moving in over 800 schools across the country. In his 15 years with the company, Michael has held a variety of roles in Marketing, Sales, and Product Management. Michael has recently been appointed to the Board of the Terry Fox Foundation, a cause he’s personally passionate about. An accomplished public speaker, Michael continues to share his thoughts and insights at a variety of industry events and university conferences. Michael also serves on the Strategic Advisory Council for The DMZ at Ryerson University, Canada's #1 university-based tech incubator. His volunteer work includes serving as a Mentor and a Member of the Selection Committee with the Sponsorship Marketing Council of Canada's Activate Mentorship Program and also as a Judge of the SMCC's Annual Canadian Marketing Awards. Identified as an emerging talent in the sports industry, Michael was recognized as one of George Brown College’s “5 to Watch” in Canadian sports, as well as by Sporting Goods Business as one of North America’s Top 40 Under 40.
Deborah Weinswig is an award-winning global retail analyst and a specialist in retail innovation and technology. As Founder and CEO of Coresight Research formerly Managing Director of Fung Global Retail and Technology, the think tank for the Fung Group, she is responsible for building the team’s research capabilities and providing insights into the disruptive technologies that are reshaping today’s global retail landscape. Weinswig was named one of the Top 50 Retail Influencers by Vend in both 2016 and 2017 and received the Asia Retail Congress’s Retail Leadership Award in 2016. Prior to leading FGRT, Weinswig served as Head of the Global Staples & Consumer Discretionary team at Citi Research. She was ranked as the #1 analyst by Institutional Investor for 10 years and was named one of the 36 Best Analysts on Wall Street by Business Insider in 2012. Weinswig is a member of the Advisory Board of several accelerators, including Alchemist Accelerator (where she serves as Faculty Mentor), The Cage (a Hong Kong–based accelerator powered by The Lane Crawford Joyce Group), Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, Grand Central Tech, New York Fashion Tech Lab, Plug and Play, Revtech Accelerator, Techstars, TrueStart (UK) and XRC Labs. She is on the FIT Couture Council and is involved in early-stage investing through the Hong Kong Business Angel Network (HKBAN) and Golden Seeds. Weinswig also serves as an advisor to companies such as Eventable, Fashwire, Nanopay, RetailNext, Rubin Singer and Smartzer. In addition, Weinswig is a member of the board of a number of philanthropic organizations, including GoodXChange (where she is also Chief Research Officer), Soles4Souls and Street Soccer USA. She is an Executive Board Member of The Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing at the University of Arizona and an Advisory Board Member of the World Retail Congress, Weinswig also serves as an e-commerce expert for the International Council of Shopping Centers’ (ICSC’s) Research Task Force and was a founding member of the Oracle Retail Industry Strategy Council. She was recently named to the Board of Directors of Kiabi and Xcel Brands, Inc.
As Senior Vice President and General Manager of Sephora Canada, Terry brings an entrepreneurial and omni-channel approach to help her team engage clients to learn from, be inspired by, and play with the Sephora brand. Her talent for building teams around a strong vision and moving an organization toward its goals helped her build her own highly successful retail business as well as contribute to the success of brands including Bath and Body Works, La Senza, Victoria Secret and IKEA. With a passion for mentoring and supporting Canada’s next generation of business leaders, Terry continually advises and supports new and future industry members through speaking engagements and mentorship networks to help foster leadership and business skills for future success. A bilingual graduate of McGill University, Terry is an adventure traveler with a passion for understanding different cultures and cooking. At home, she finds balance through running, hiking, biking and getting her hands dirty in the garden.
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