STORE 2019 AGENDA

Print 2019 Agenda

Monday, May 27th, 2019

Pre-Event

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

Day One

8:45 am - 9:00 am

Conference Kickoff and Opening Remarks

9:00 am - 9:40 am

Opening Keynote: Main Stage Session

9:40 am - 10:10 am

Featured Retailer: IKEA Canada

In a changing retail landscape, learn how IKEA Canada defines success and reaches the customer in new and dynamic ways.  CEO and Chief Sustainability Officer Michael Ward shares insights on IKEA Canada’s commitment to building a customer-centric retail experience.

10:15 am - 10:45 am

Industry Insights: Main Stage Session

10:45 am - 11:15 am

Networking Break

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Retail in Focus: Concurrent Sessions

Watch for sessions that take a deep dive into topics like supply chain, customer engagement, brick and mortar, grocery innovation, independent / small business focus, retail brand and data.

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Lunch and Networking

1:15 pm - 2:00 pm

Retail in Focus: Concurrent Sessions

Watch for sessions that take a deep dive into topics like supply chain, customer engagement, brick and mortar, grocery innovation, independent / small business focus, retail brand and data.

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Networking Break

2:30 pm - 3:10 pm

Industry Insights: Main Stage Session

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

The Great Debate: Are Millennials and Gen Z Changing The Definition of Luxury?

For most of their existence, luxury brands as we know them have traded in physical goods they presented as valuable and scarce. Physical luxury goods were the most common proxy for status.  But are these things enough for a new generation of consumers?  Or are these new consumers seeking something different, something that money can’t buy?  Join us as two teams of international retail experts and luxury brand leaders go head to head in a no-holds-barred debate on the future of luxury and the outlook for the brands that deliver it.  

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Featured Retailer: The ALDO Group

The ALDO Group’s diversified, omnichannel strategy positions the company to face the expectations of consumers who crave authenticity and purpose, key elements for a successful brand. Guided by its purpose, A journey to create a world of love, confidence and belonging, the ALDO Group leverages its 20,000 associates to activate its meaning in everything they do.  David Bensadoun shares how the ALDO Group, isn’t just selling shoes, but providing customers with an experience while creating a strong connection with its brands.

4:30 pm

Closing Remarks

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Cocktail Networking Reception

STORE Conference and Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala attendees are invited.

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala

Retail Council of Canada takes pride in honoring the very best in retail innovation and creativity at the Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala. 

Learn more about submissions

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

Day Two

8:45 am - 9:00 am

Welcoming Remarks and Day 2 Kick-Off

9:00 am - 9:40 am

The Values Economy

To be Posted

9:40 am - 10:10 am

Main Stage Session: Retail Up-Close

10:15 am - 10:45 am

Industry Insights: Main Stage Session

10:45 am - 11:15 am

Networking Break

Watch for sessions that take a deep dive into topics like supply chain, customer engagement, brick and mortar, grocery innovation, independent / small business focus, retail brand and data.

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Lunch and Networking

Watch for sessions that take a deep dive into topics like supply chain, customer engagement, brick and mortar, grocery innovation, independent / small business focus, retail brand and data.

1:15 pm

Exhibit Floor Closed

1:15 pm - 1:45 pm

2030 Global Food and Drink Trends

The new brick and mortar experience has retailers wanting to know what will delight and engage their customers beyond the sale. Be in the know and discover global food and drink trends that revolve around sustainability and personalized health with reflections on how we see the future evolving and the impact for consumers, manufacturers and retailers.

1:50 pm - 2:30 pm

Customer-Centricity: The Real Story

As customers encounter brands through various channels and touchpoints the need for retailers to have a strong narrative in their storytelling is increasingly important. Meet three leaders who are breaking the mold and sharing the values and priorities that have journeyed them a new era of customer-centricity and how this influences their strategic path forward.

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Industry Insights: Main Stage Session

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Conference Closing Remarks

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Main Stage Session: Retail Up-Close

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards Gala Cocktail Reception

Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards attendees are invited, walk the red carpet and network with your fellow finalists.

5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards Gala

Now entering its 27th year, the Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards™ celebrates new products in food, non-food and private-label categories. 

Learn more about participating