Thought Leadership CEO Conference previews the future of grocery
Featured sessions on centre store, HMR, e-commerce and ethnic marketing
Canadian Grocer staff
Over 200 food and grocery executives came together on Monday for Canadian Grocer’s fifth annual Thought Leadership CEO Conference.
Sessions tackled the future of Canada’s grocers, discussing new and innovative approaches to offering services in this sector.
Keynote addresses from Mitch Joel, president of Mirum and Nilam Ganenthiran, VP of business development and strategy at Instacart, tackled issues that grocers can expect to face in the future, while one-on-one interviews with Jeff York, CEO of Farm Boy and Tina Lee, CEO of T&T Supermarkets, uncovered challenges grocers are facing right now.
Carman Allison, VP of consumer insights with Nielsen Canada, gave attendees a fresh perspective on how to reinvigorate centre store sales, presenting new data for Canadian grocery industry’s thought leaders to apply to their own stores.
The afternoon conference concluded with a reception sponsored by Dairy Farmers of Canada.
After the conference, attendees had the opportunity to chat and mingle at a reception sponsored by Dairy Farmers of Canada.
Nilam Ganenthiram, VP of business development and strategy at Instacart, spoke about how important it is to gain consumer trust when it comes to grocery delivery.
Nilam Ganenthiram,VP of business development and strategy at Instacart, chatted about what the grocery industry needs to do to remain nimble and adaptive to consumer demands.
David Wilkes, senior VP government relations with the Retail Council of Canada, helped introduce the last speaker of the afternoon.
Tina Lee took on the role of CEO of T&T Supermarkets from her mother, Cindy. She reinforced the importance of family in the business, saying when she first moved into her new office, all her mother had left her was a family portrait.
Rob Gerlsbeck, editor-in-chief of Canadian Grocer, conducted a one-on-one interview with Tina Lee, CEO of T&T Supermarkets, based in Richmond, B.C.
Carman Allison, VP of consumer insights at Nielsen Canada, chatted about how to reinvigorate centre store sales, referencing exclusive Nielsen data.
Chris Terrio, president and CEO of Crossmark, helped introduce Nielsen\'s Carman Allison.
Jeff York, CEO of Farm Boy, spoke candidly about his experience in the grocery industry. York said when it comes to private label, the product needs to have a story in order to be considered as a Farm Boy product.
Jeff York, CEO of Farm Boy, was interviewed by Tom Barlow, president and CEO of the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers.
Cheryl Smith, executive vice-president retail sales and corporate development, introduced the first onstage interview of the conference.
Ariel Burkett, associate publisher of Canadian Grocer, addresses the crowd.
Mitch Joel, president of Mirum, spoke to the audience about how to conduct business in a culture of change. Social media app Snapchat, for example, changed the way consumers connect with each other in a digital space.
Gilles Deschenes, assistant director, market development, retail with Dairy Farmers of Canada helped introduce the first speaker.
Canadian Grocer\'s group publisher Alison Wood kicks of the afternoon conference.