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Grocery takes the stage at Store 2016

Grocers will find much food for thought at Canada's biggest retail event


Canadian grocers will be front and centre – and taking full stock of their future – at Retail Council of Canada’s STORE 2016, the country’s largest retail industry event.

The much-anticipated presentation of the 2015 Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards, taking place in Toronto on the evening of June 1st, will be preceded in the afternoon by a trio of conference sessions delivering exclusive insights that grocery retailers will find especially compelling.

A roster of senior retail leaders, innovators and strategists from Canada and abroad will map out the trends and advances that are transforming the grocery landscape here and around the world. The sessions, which are complimentary for Canadian Grand Prix gala registrants, will explore:

  • How the rise of discounters and online formats disrupting Europe’s grocery markets hold parallel lessons for Canada.  Presented by James Bacos and Fred Thomas-Dupuis of global management consulting firm Oliver Wyman.

  • Hear all about the T&T Supermarket success story with insights into the Chinese Canadian consumer, and tips on how to stay fresh and relevant as the needs of your customer base change. Presented by Tina Lee, CEO of T & T Supermarket, Canada’s largest Asian grocery chain.

  • How shoppers' changing preferences and evolving competitive dynamics are driving online grocery sales. Presented by Simon Rodrigue, Walmart Canada’s SVP, eCommerce, in conversation with Keith Anderson, Profitero’s VP, Strategy & Insights.

Following the afternoon sessions there will be a Canadian Grand Prix cocktail reception prior to the awards gala, emceed by Ben Mulroney of CTV’s eTalk.

Now in their 23rd year, the Canadian Grand Prix awards celebrate new products in food, non-food and private-label categories, which have been updated to better represent how retailers merchandise and market their products. Finalists for 2015 were selected under separate consumer packaged goods and private label categories.

An evening gala highlight will be the presentation of the inaugural Canadian Grand Prix Lifetime Achievement Award to Paul and Michael Higgins, Co-CEOs of Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee. The award recognizes senior executives who have demonstrated outstanding service and commitment to the Canadian grocery industry.

In paying tribute to the recipients, Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO of Retail Council of Canada, remarked: “Over the course of their careers Paul and Michael have pushed the envelope to drive sustainable growth, champion innovation and exceed customer expectation, earning the respect of their peers and industry partners every step of the way.”

To see the complete agenda and to buy tickets for STORE 2016, Canada’s biggest retail conference happening May 31/June 1, visit For more information on the Canadian Grand Prix Awards gala and your gala tickets, visit

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