Record Numbers Gather in Toronto to Examine the Extent and Impact of Retail Organized Crime in Canada and North America

    TORONTO, Sept. 13 /CNW/ - With retail organized crime topping $40 billion
annually in North America, retailers, loss prevention experts, Canadian and
International law enforcement officials, and industry partners are gathering
in record numbers at Retail Council of Canada's (RCC) annual Loss Prevention
Conference, on Tuesday, September 18 in Toronto. Along with sessions on the
impact of Retail Organized Crime (ROC), leading industry experts will share
their research findings and best practices with delegates to assist in dealing
with retail theft of all shapes and forms.
    "Retail organized crime affects retailers of every type, every size, and
in every part of North America to a tune of $40 billion annually, and in turn,
adversely affects the economy and consumers. Therefore, loss prevention is a
critical priority for all retailers, large and small," says Diane J.
Brisebois, President and CEO of Retail Council of Canada. "This year's
conference will focus on these increasingly sophisticated retail crimes and
explore ways that retailers can partner with key stakeholders, including law
enforcement, to mitigate these crimes and protect their assets."
    Delegates will hear from experts from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)
and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), as well as from industry
experts such as AON Consulting, Ipsos Reid, Ogilvy Renault LLP and
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. In addition, Canadian and U.S. retail industry
loss prevention professionals will share best practices and research to assist
delegates in dealing with loss from theft and organized crime.
    Retail Council of Canada and partners Ipsos Reid and RBC will present
results from the first comprehensive loss prevention survey of small and
independent retailers in Canada, as well as results from RCC and
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP's 2007 Canadian Security Report.
    For a complete list of speakers and sessions, go to
    Mark your calendars for this must-attend, one-day conference:

    What:     2007 Retail Loss Prevention Conference
    When:     Tuesday, September 18, 2007
    Time:     8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. ET
    Where:    Toronto Congress Centre, 650 Dixon Road, Toronto

    About Retail Council of Canada

    Retail Council of Canada ( is the Voice of Retail.
It is a not-for-profit association representing more than 40,000 stores of all
retail formats, including independent merchants, regional and national mass
and specialty chains, and online merchants.

For further information:

For further information: To register for this event and to arrange media
interviews, contact: Stephanie Petroff, Manager, National Public Affairs,
(416) 922-0553, ext. 228, e-mail

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