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October 31st to November 4th, 2016 

The "Next Gen" in Canadian Retail

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Photo of Joe Jackman interviewing Harry Rosen
(Photo of Joe Jackman interviewing Harry Rosen.)

Entering its 9th year, we are proud to present Retail Week 2016 at the Ted Rogers School of Management.

Each year the school connects leading Canadian retailers and industry professionals with our students - the retail leaders of tomorrow - presenting an opportunity to engage and learn from the insights and experience of experts in their field.  

Throughout Retail Week, we will explore hot topics for Next Gen retailing in Canada across sectors from food to apparel, while looking at the way consumers shop in an increasingly data-driven world.

This event is all about student engagement and each year we are proud to invite our alumni to return as guest speakers, mentors, or audience participants. 

If you or your company would like to get involved, please contact us at

And to learn the latest about confirmed speakers and events throughout the year please follow us @TRSMRetail



Full Schedule

Please RSVP through the links below to reserve your spot today!

Monday, Oct. 31

1:00 to 2:00pm

Off-Price Retailing with TJX/Winners Canada    

Learn from Stephanie Lynden (Manager of PASE Recruitment) who brings her experience as a buyer for over 15 years to the unique off-price retail business model.  Learn how it differs from traditional retail followed by a mini-breakout session to share your thoughts about challenges and opportunities for the next generation of retailing.

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Tuesday, Nov. 1

1:00 to 2:00pm 

Retail Buying with Saks Off 5th

Sak's 5th Avenue has come to Canada and their "Off 5th" format offers some unique merchandise at great prices.  Join us and a panel of three buyers from their Toronto office to learn about buying and merchandise planning in this exciting and growing area of the business!

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3:00 to 4:30pm Non-Traditional Retail Careers

Hear from alumni of the Retail B.Comm degree discuss a range of unexpected careers that you can explore following your studies in retail management. 

From Banking and Financial Services, to Shopping Centre management, Entrepreneurship, and Mobile Devices, there are a world of opportunities to discover.

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Wednesday, Nov. 2
11:00 to 12:00pm 
Dynamite Careers! 

This session will be live streamed through Adobe Connect and provides information about some of the many career paths available at Groupe Dynamite in Montreal.

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6:00 to 8:00pm

Speed Networking

featuring Costco, Deloitte, H&M, HBC, LeChateau, Loblaw, Sherwin Williams, Starbucks, TJX Canada

Meet with retailers in TRS1-003 for a one of a kind opportunity to speak with recruiters speed-dating style and learn about their corporate cultures, career paths and ask questions in a relaxed atmosphere alongside friends and peers.

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Thursday, Nov. 3
10:00am to 11:30 Manufacturers (CPG) and Retailer Brand Strategies

Join Jonathan Foster to learn about category strategies for brand manufacturers of grocery and consumer packaged goods and their relationship with retailers/private labels. Jonathan brings 15 years of experience working at Kraft Canada, 12 years at Coca-Cola, and more to share his insights about retail and consumer products?

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1:00 to 2:00pm Innovation at Scale with Starbucks

Have you ever thought about how a brand like Starbucks develops new products? 

This session features Peter Bond - Director of Beverage & Promotion who will discuss global strategies for growth and the role product innovation plays in meeting key objectives.

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7:00 to 9:30pm Ryerson Retail Alumni Panel at Biff's Bistro

Hear from a great panel of speakers and mix & mingle with retail alumni, fellow students in a great environment at Biff's Bistro on Front Street.

  • Jennifer Goliss
    Senior Buyer/Product Developer, Bluenotes
  • John Panighel
    CRM & Digital Marketing Manager, Adidas Canada.
  • Cristina Avila
    Marketing Director, Dixie Outlet Mall
  • Ryan Trotman
    AVP of Digital Content, Canadian Tire

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Friday, Nov. 4

10:00 to 11:30am

Big Data and Internet of Things with Microsoft Canada

You've heard about the Internet of Things and Analytics but what should retailers and their vendors or technology partners know about these topics? 

Where do opportunities lie and how may this help build your own career in retail, marketing or IT

Hear from Greg Dashwood, the Head Analytics and IOT at Microsoft Canada about this and more!

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1:00 to 2:30pm Find your Fit at Indochino

If you're interested in multi-channel approaches to selling apparel, custom menswear, and a free give-away, this session is for you. 

Hear from Brandon Baldassarre from Indochino's Toronto Showroom about their business model, creating a great customer experience through e-commerce and in-store, and how to get the perfect fitting suit.

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