Educational Conference and Networking Event
November 7-8, 2019. The Westin Toronto Airport Hotel

Join us for a business education conference and networking extravaganza…

Features morning and afternoon keynote addresses along with breakout sessions.

Single ticket: $700
3-5 tickets: $600 per person
6-8 tickets: $500 per person

All prices are excluding HST.

For 9 or more tickets, please email Nicole Gamble at

Participants can book a traditional single room at The Westin Toronto Airport Hotel at the special rate of $175 per night* by contacting Nicole Gamble at

*Rooms must be booked by September 30, 2019 to receive special rate.

Begins with a morning keynote followed by breakout sessions until lunch. We will close out early afternoon with an expert panel discussing the impact of current trends and what some businesses are doing to adapt.


Thursday’s full day conference package: Access to all speakers, parking, hot breakfast and lunch
Friday’s half day conference package: Access to all speakers, parking, hot breakfast and lunch



Thursday, Nov. 7 – Friday, Nov. 8, 2019
The Westin Toronto Airport Hotel
950 Dixon Road, Toronto, ON M9W 5N4

Speakers are still being added to the line-up. Stay tuned for weekly updates leading up to the conference!


Trends in the Canadian IT market
Ali Naqvi of the NPD Group, will be sharing his years of experience as he discusses the rapidly changing landscape for IT retailers in Canada. Learn how the market is becoming more focused on software, and how hardware is adapting to keep up with this change. Ali will also highlight strategies that retailers have employed over the years to ensure that their presence continues well into the future. His presentation will also feature insightful data on how consumer habits are evolving – are they spending more time shopping in stores or online, what technology are they purchasing, and much more.


Butch Carter will also present a keynote address. Coach Carter is a the founder of A4C, and he serves as Coaching Mentor to the NBA’s Assistant Coaching Program.


Digital Disruption in the Retail and Supply Chain Sectors
This session will examine the underlying digital technology drivers that are creating this disruptive environment. Ron Babin, Program Director, Centre of Excellence in Disruption and Transformation, Schulich Executive Education Centre, Schulich School of Business, York University, will focus on understanding how digital disruption will affect retail and supply chain businesses today and in the near future and how existing businesses can prepare for the inevitable transformation that the new technologies bring.

Design Thinking to Foster and Accelerate Innovation
In this engaging and interactive session, Megan Mitchell, Co-Program Director of the Centre of Excellence of Innovation Leadership at the Schulich Executive Education Centre, Schulich School of Business, York University, will demystify innovation and design thinking for you. Many leaders think innovation is about new products; however, great innovation is about designing something with the user at the centre, whether that person is an internal colleague or an external customer. She will share examples and a framework with you, as well as help you think about how to apply it in a current business challenge.

Meet 2020 Budgets with a Lean Supply Chain
Lean thinking helps us to stay on top of our game. Our supply chains are not static – there are new cost saving opportunities in inventory management, order fulfillment, facilities and transportation every day that we may not be capturing, and service levels need continuous improvement to fend off competitors. This session, led by Mark Thomas, Program Director and Facilitator, SEEC Centre of Excellence in Supply Chain & Logistics Management and Managing Principal of META Management Consulting, will describe the essence of lean supply chain thinking and will trigger a number of actions you can take to get leaner by 2020.

Leading a Culture that Innovates!
In this highly interactive and engaging talk, Lee-Anne McAlear, Co-Program Director of the COE of Innovation Leadership at SEEC, Schulich School of Business, York University will describe which environments promote creativity and innovation—and which don’t. With current cases and research, she will reveal the big ideas, quick innovation hacks and practical steps that leaders need to mobilize their organizations and their ecosystem – to engage employees, mobilize suppliers and delight customers.

Project Management for Non-Project Managers
This high energy, down-to-earth presentation, based on David’s book entitled ‘The Power of the Plan – Empowering The Leader Within You’, will make everyone think differently as they begin planning the next product roll-out, office relocation, course development or conference. From the “go, no-go’ decision, to the basic plan, the budget, through to the all-important ‘Managing the people’, David’s simple, easy-to-understand process will leave everyone with tools they can use on any project.

Data, Analytics and Insights
The world around is amassing data at a speed never seen before and with increasingly sophisticated technologies allowing for a much deeper understanding for businesses, data visualization allows for an impactful and insightful understanding of the value hidden within the data. In this session, Murat Kristal, can help you see and understand your data by creating simple to complex visualizations and combining them in interactive dashboards.

Please direct all questions or inquiries to Nicole Gamble at

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