Full Agenda Just Announced for RCC's STORE 2015 Conference

TORONTO, March 31, 2015 /CNW/ - Retail Council of Canada's STORE 2015 Conference full agenda is now available.  Canada's largest retail industry event of the year, STORE 2015 will be held on June 2nd and 3rd at the Toronto Congress Centre. With a theme of "Harnessing Disruption", this year's agenda will highlight the tectonic shifts in the retail landscape and how retailers of all sizes can harness the disruption that is all around them while creating a sustainable competitive advantage.

The powerhouse lineup of speakers for STORE 2015 includes both Global and Canadian retail leaders – each a market disruptor in their own right: Jerry Storch, CEO of Hudson's Bay Company; Sherri Wu, Head of International eCommerce Business Development, Americas for Alibaba; Diederik van Gelder, Founder of Bilder & De Clercq; Matthew Corrin, Founder & COO of Freshii; Jeff Booth, President and CEO of BuildDirect; Luca Baffigo Filangieri, CEO of Eataly; Stefan Sjöstrand, President of IKEA Canada; Jordan Banks, Global Head of Vertical Strategy and Managing Director for Facebook Canada; and many more. The full listing of speakers is available at storeconference.ca/speakers.

Session topics reflect the drastic changes our market is experiencing. Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, Founder and CEO of JOYUS will discuss how video is transforming the way we shop. Erin Green, Country Lead at Etsy, and Aaron Zifkin, Country Manager of Airbnb Canada will participate in our Digital Disruptors Symposium, moderated by Harley Finkelstein, Chief Platform Officer of Shopify. Sucharita Mulpuru, Vice President & Principal Analyst of Forrester Research will present the results of the inaugural Retail Council of Canada eCommerce Benchmark Survey, and James C. Trainor, Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI will share his expertise and insight on Cyber Crime as a threat to retail security.  Check out the full agenda at storeconference.ca/agenda.

New this year, RCC is presenting Canada's first ever ReBoot Challenge at STORE 2015. Ten Canadian start-up companies will have the opportunity to profile their retail solution at the conference – with the top four presenting their disruptive solution for retailers on our main stage, and the audience will vote for the ultimate winner! The grand prize winner will have the chance to present their product to Retail Council of Canada's Board of Directors. Learn more about the ReBoot Challenge at storeconference.ca/contest.

STORE 2015 will also feature two prestigious industry award ceremonies. The Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala will take place on June 2nd, where RCC will celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of nominated retailers in a variety of categories. There will also be presentations made to this year's recipients of the Awards of Distinction. On June 3rd, RCC will host the 22nd Annual Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards Gala, celebrating the best new products of 2014 in food, non-food and private label categories. Learn more about both galas at storeconference.ca/awards.

With its focus on disruption and innovation, STORE 2015 is set to be the biggest and most exciting STORE Conference RCC has hosted. For full information and to register, visit storeconference.ca.

Retail Council of Canada (RCC) is the Voice of Retail in Canada representing more than 45,000 store fronts of all retail formats, including department, specialty, discount, and independent stores, and online merchants in general merchandise, grocery and drugs.  Its membership represents over 75% of all retail sales in Canada.  RCC is a strong advocate for retailing in Canada and works with all levels of government and other stakeholders to support employment growth and career opportunities in retail, to promote and sustain retail investments in communities from coast-to-coast, and to enhance consumer choice and industry competitiveness. RCC also provides its members with a full range of services and programs including education and training, benchmarking and best practices, networking, advocacy, and industry information.  www.retailcouncil.org  @retailcouncil  #STORE2015

SOURCE Retail Council of Canada

For further information: For interview requests or more information: Colin Asuncion, Retail Council of Canada, casuncion@retailcouncil.org, 416.467.3782

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