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Leaders of Sobeys, Walmart and Longo's at Thought Leadership Conference

Upcoming Canadian Grocer conference will be held right before the Golden Pencil Awards in Toronto

Trends, insights and some of Canada’s top grocery CEOs will be at Canadian Grocer’s third annual Thought Leadership CEO Conference, Nov. 25th at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto.

With the grocery industry undergoing unprecedented changes, the theme of this year’s conference–“Trendsight”–couldn’t be more timely.

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“Our Thought Leadership CEO Conference is quickly become a tradition for the grocery industry to attend each fall,” said Canadian Grocer’s editor, Rob Gerlsbeck.

The afternoon conference, which precedes the Golden Pencil Awards in the evening, will be highlighted by a series of intimate one-on-one interviews with three grocery CEOs: Marc Poulin of Sobeys, Walmart Canada’s Shelley Broader and Anthony Longo of Longo’s.

Conference speakers, meanwhile, will examine key trends in industry collaboration, shopper behaviour, technology and the retail experience.

Carman Allison, director of consumer insights at Nielsen, will look at Canada’s evolving retail landscape and the impact technology, new retail sectors and changing consumers will have on grocery retailers and manufacturers.

Marion Chan of TrendSpotting Consulting will take conference attendees through the next big demographic bulge of grocery clientele: the millennials. With new research in hand, Chan will show the giant opportunities that millennials offer grocers and CPGs.

With massive industry consolidation at hand, collaboration is on minds of many in the industry. For 25 years, Advantage has tracked retailer-vendor collaboration. Dwight Konings, vice-president of Advantage, will explain his company’s latest findings and discuss the hidden motivator behind retailers’ ratings of vendors and how e-commerce is likely to impact collaboration.

The conference will be followed by the Golden Pencil Awards, as well as the presentation of the Generation Next Award, launched by Canadian Grocer to recognize the up-and-coming innovative leaders in the grocery and consumer packaged goods industries. This year's recipients of the Golden Pencil Award are Eric La Fleche of Metro Inc., and Dino Bianco of Kraft.

Both the Thought Leadership Conference and the Golden Pencil Awards are held at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto.

CLICK HERE to register now for the Annual Thought Leadership CEO Conference and the Golden Pencil Awards

The Thought Leadership CEO Conference is sponsored by Crossmark, Dairy Farmers of Canada, Hershey’s, Kraft, Parmalat, Visa, General Mills, GMCR Canada, Mercatus, Jelly Bell, Sial Canada, McCormick and TTC, as well as the Retail Council of Canada and the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers.

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