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Monday November 15, 2021

Time Event
9:00am - 5:00pm

CREA x Shopify = Store Hacker Challenge

This year, CREA has partnered with Shopify for a one-day Store Hacker Challenge. This one day challenge will involve University and college students from across North America who are passionate about retail.

For more information or to register, please visit:, external link, opens in new window


Tuesday November 16, 2021

Time Event
3:10pm - 4:00pm


Presenter: Brian Morrison, Director, Loyalty & CRM

Presentation:  "Be Well: A Blueprint for Customer Loyalty" - how Rexall evolved their loyalty strategy to build deeper customer loyalty and brand engagement with a proprietary program.  

Location: Join Zoom Meeting, external link, opens in new window

Meeting ID: 982 7164 0981


Passcode: 825428


Time Event
3:10pm - 6:00pm

Johnson & Johnson

Presenter: Rob Sopov, Vice President, Canada Customer Development, Johnson and Johnson, and TRSM Retail Program AdvisoryCouncil   , external link, opens in new, external link, opens in new window

Presentation:  “Sales Strategy, Organizational Integration, & Sales Processes” Rob relates his company’s sustainability and support of Black and Indigenous stakeholder communities.



Wednesday November 17, 2021

Time Event
3:00pm - 4:30pm

RSA (Retail Student’s Association): Emerging Technologies Panel


Maria Poonawala, Founder + CEO @, TRSM Alum

Michon Williams, VP Technology @ Walmart Canada

Taylor Davis, Product Marketing Manager @ Google

Chelsea Heney, Senior Manager of Creative Operations @ Article, SRM and MScM grad

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Maria Poonawala

Michon Williams

Chelsea Heney

Thursday November 18, 2021

Time Event
10:00am - 10:30am

Presentation: "XU Pow Wow Spotlight: Featuring Indigenous Entrepreneurial and Solidarity-Building Conversations"

Build Your Digital Platform: Tips from Cheekbone Beauty

Join Jennifer Harper, Founder of Cheekbone Beauty Cosmetics as she shares her knowledge with Haudenosaunee entrepreneur and beader, Leslie VanEvery., opens in new window


Lesley Hampton x Scott Wabano Collaboration Launch

Presented by the School of Fashion, join Indigenous designers Lesley Hampton and Scott Wabano for the release of the Hampton x Wabano Jacket and a Q&A with Anishnaabe dancer Brianna Olson Pitawanakwat., opens in new window


Feasting the Future: Pow Wow and Black-Indigenous Futures

Presented by the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching and the Library, this conversation between Karyn Recollet, Megan Scribe and Karina Vernon imagines how Black and Indigenous co-conspirators can work towards a decolonial future., opens in new window

X University Pow Wow Education Week 2021, opens in new window

XU Pow Wow Vendor Market, external link, opens in new window

Friday November 19, 2021

Time Event
11:30am - 11:45am

Webinar: The movement forward on BlackFood Sovereignty in Toronto

Presenter: PDF fileAnan Lololi, opens in new window,
Executive Director Afri-Can FoodBasket –, external link, opens in new window

Black Food Sovereignty Initiative Toronto – Chair

Associate Member Centre for Studies in Food Security (, opens in new window) Ryerson University (renaming in process)

PDF fileWhat is Black Food Sovereignty?, opens in new window, external link, opens in new window

PDF fileCultivating Black Food Sovereignty in Toronto: Towards agenda for Action, opens in new window

The Centre for Studies in Food Security (CSFS) is partnering with the Afri-Can FoodBasket (AFB) to establish the Black Food Sovereignty Initiative of Toronto (BFSIT). With the support of the City’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism unit (CABR), the BFSAT will focus on leading and advocating through a collective framework around advancing food issues impacting Black communities in the Greater Toronto Area. It proposes to develop action research initiatives, an annual Black Food Sovereignty Symposium, and the development of food strategy and food policy recommendations., opens in new window

The City’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism unit (CABR) is responsible for rolling out the Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism. The action plan is SMART – strategic and specific; measurable; achievable; relevant and realistic; and timely. Most importantly, it responds to the priorities identified by Toronto’s diverse Black communities., external link, opens in new window

Press release: City Council approval of Canada’s first Black Food Sovereignty Plan for Toronto, external link, opens in new window