Media invitation - The Canadian convenience stores industry considers its
challenges and its future

LAVAL, QC, April 6 /CNW Telbec/ - How are convenience stores in Canada doing? Have they successfully navigated the 2009 recession? Are they expanding rapidly or in survival mode? Is their business model viable or threatened? And will we see more and more of them, or fewer and fewer? What are the emerging business trends and practices?

All these questions and more will be tackled at the annual meeting of Canadian convenience stores organized by the Canadian Convenience Stores Association (CCSA) via the presentation of the 2010 Industry Report on the Convenience Stores industry produced by HEC Montréal with PricewaterhouseCoopers & Desjardins.

More than 350 players in the world of convenience stores in Canada are expected tomorrow in Laval. The guest speaker is James Rajotte, Conservative MP for the riding of Edmonton Leduc and Chair of the Standing Committee on National Finance, who will take up, among others, the key issue of credit card transaction fees.

                                   IN BRIEF

    WHAT:  Launch of the 2010 Report on the convenience stores industry and
           talk by James Rajotte, Conservative MP for Edmonton Leduc and
           Chair of the Standing Committee on National Finance.

    WHERE: Hôtel Sheraton Laval, 2440 Laurentian Autoroute, Laval, QC

    WHEN:  Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at the following times:
           10 AM  Presentation of the report
           12 noon  Lunch and talk by James Rajotte (1 PM)
           1:30 PM  Plenary & panel

    WHO:   Michel Gadbois, Senior Vice-President, CCSA
           Alain Bouchard, President and CEO, Alimentation Couche-Tard
           Jacques Nantel, Secretary-General, HEC Montréal

    Note:  Accreditation is required to attend the breakfast conference

SOURCE Canadian Convenience Stores Association (CCSA)

For further information: For further information: Guy Leroux, CCSA, Cell : (866) 511-2481,

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