Full Agenda Announced for RCC's STORE 2016 Conference

TORONTO, May 4, 2016 /CNW/ - Retail Council of Canada's STORE 2016 Conference full agenda is now available.  Canada's largest retail industry event of the year, STORE 2016 will be held on May 31st and June 1st at the Toronto Congress Centre. This year's agenda will reflect recent shifts in the retail environment and give retailers the tools to thrive in the midst of these changes.

The impressive lineup of speakers for STORE 2016 includes both Global and Canadian retail and brand leaders that are making waves industry-wide: Marc Metrick, President, Saks Fifth Avenue; Marne Levine, COO, Instagram; Brian Wong, Co-Founder & CEO, Kiip; Peter Housley, Chief Marketing Officer, Indochino Apparel Inc.; Tina Lee, CEO, T & T Supermarket Inc.; Grant Froese, COO, Loblaw Companies Ltd., Nicholas F. Martire, Vice President, ALDO Group North America, Call It Spring; Calvin McDonald, President & CEO, Sephora Americas; Michael Medline, President & CEO, Canadian Tire; Simon Rodrigue, SVP, eCommerce, Walmart Canada; Stefan Sjöstrand, President, IKEA Canada; Nicolas Gaudreau, Chief Marketing Officer, Groupe Dynamite; Ethan Song, Co-Founder & CEO, Frank & Oak; Steve Matyas, President, STAPLES Canada; Terry Davis, CEO, Home Hardware Stores, Shari Mogk-Edwards, VP, Products, Sales and Merchandising, LCBO; and many more. The full listing of speakers is available at www.storeconference.ca/speakers.

STORE 2016 sessions reflect the most prominent #RETAILMATTERS in Canada as well as the trends and innovation driving the retail landscape. Fresh off the successful launch of Saks Fifth Avenue in Canada, Saks President Marc Metrick will discuss experiential shopping and the evolving role of retail. Nadia Shouraboura, CEO of Hointer, will dive deep into wearables and the Internet of Things. During a special fireside chat, Joe Jackman of Jackman Reinvents and Ethan Song, Co-Founder, CEO & Creative Director, Frank & Oak will discuss how to integrate physical and digital retail in order to remain relevant. Brian Wong, Co-Founder & CEO of Kiip will discuss the next generation of mobile advertising and identify how brands can capitalize on and reward everyday activities. T&T Supermarket has become the place to shop for authentic Asian fresh food and Tina Lee, CEO of T & T Supermarket will share the company's success story. During our Executive Roundtable, top retail marketers from well.ca, Goeasy Ltd., Groupe Dynamite, and Indochino will discuss changing customer habits, marketing across an increasing number of platforms, using data to enable personalization, and more. The STORE 2016 agenda includes curated educational tracks for delegates to focus their learning on Digital & Ecommerce, Grocery, Marketing, Merchant (new this year), Operations, and/or Independent Retail (under the name of ShopIn). View the full agenda at www.storeconference.ca/agenda.

A reflection of the recent shifts in the retail environment in Canada, STORE 2016 is set to be the biggest and most exciting STORE Conference RCC has hosted. For full information and to register, visit storeconference.ca.

About Retail Council of Canada:

Retail is Canada's largest employer with 2.2 million Canadians working in our industry. The sector annually generates payroll of $60 billion and approximately $350 billion in sales (excluding vehicles and gasoline). As of 2015 Retail Council of Canada (RCC) members' represent more than two thirds of retail sales in the country. RCC is a not-for-profit industry-funded association and represents small, medium and large retail business in every community across the country. As the Voice of Canadian retailers we proudly represent more than 45,000 storefronts in all retail formats, including department, grocery, specialty, discount, independent retailers and online merchants.

SOURCE Retail Council of Canada

For further information: or to book your media pass, contact: Colin Asuncion, Marketing Communications Specialist, Retail Council of Canada, casuncion@retailcouncil.org | 416.467.3782


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