Event Schedule

The 3-days event will be hosted in Toronto Congress Centre, North Building – 650 Dixon Road.

Time
Location
Details
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
VIP Room 1020
Opening Reception (All Attendees & Exhibitors Welcome)

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Westin Toronto Airport Hotel to/from Toronto Congress Centre

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Westin Toronto Airport Hotel to/from Toronto Congress Centre
(Daily Shuttle – Every 15-20 Minutes)

Monday, October 22, 2018
4:45 pm to 8:00 pm

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
8:00 am to 7:30 pm

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
6:30 am – 11:00 pm

(*ALL ATTENDEES INVITED TO ALL TUESDAY EVENTS)
Time
Location
Details
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Toronto Congress Centre– North Building Main Stage Farm Credit Canada Main Stage(Lobby Entrance)
*ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING & *PRESIDENT’S BRIEFING & *CFIG & FMS ANNUAL FINANCIAL SURVEY RESULTS
10:00 am - 10:45 am
Toronto Congress Centre– North Building Farm Credit Canada Main Stage (Lobby Entrance)
*KEYNOTE Natalie Green, Google Canada’s Head of Industry for Food, Beverages and Restaurants: Winning the Customer Journey in an omni-channel world: Natalie Green, Head of Industry for Food, Beverages and Restaurants at Google Canada, dissects the disruption facing our industry and uncovers consumer insights and expectations to help you win the customer journey.
10:45 am - 11:00 am
Toronto Congress Centre– North Building Show Entrance – Halls I
OFFICIAL RIBBON CUTTING & EXHIBITION OPENING CEREMONY

TRADE SHOW EXHIBITION

11:00am – 4:30pm

11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Interac Insight & Innovations Stage
STAGE SESSION A.I. : Powering the future of Grocery Decision-Making Learn how A.I. technology is different than traditional analytics approaches to merchandising planning. A.I. offers tremendous opportunity for retailers looking to transform their merchandising, marketing and forecasting and supercharge profits. Presented by Gary Saarenvirta, Daisy Intelligence
12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
Interac Insights & Innovations Stage
Show and Sell! Parmalat’s Galen Shaw provides best practices for merchandising and display for deli cheese counters with a focus on creating opportunities to boost sales.
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Interac Insights & Innovations Stage
STAGE SESSION Merchandising Magic! Join Pete Luckett to learn some merchandising tips and tricks for fresh
1:45 pm - 2:15 pm
Interac Insights & Innovations Stage
New Trends in Home Meal Replacement. What's new in 2018 for convenience and ready to heat and eat, with Maria Lind, Toronto Fresh Food.
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Interac Insights & Innovations Stage
STAGE SESSION Here's what companies and retail channels need to do prepare for the edibles and infusions market. Presented by Andrew Parshad, Quality Smart Solutions; and Jennifer Caldwell, Cannabis License Experts

EVENING EVENT

(OPEN TO ALL EXHIBITORS, ATTENDEES)

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Toronto Congress Centre– NORTH Building Main Stage (Lobby Entrance)
Merchandising Excellence Awards MC: Pete Luckett, Pete’s Frootique Awards will be presented to: *Master Merchandising Program Winners *Top 10 in Grocery Winners *Best Booth Award Winners

DAILY COACH SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE

Westin Toronto Airport Hotel to/from Toronto Congress Centre

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Westin Toronto Airport Hotel to/from Toronto Congress Centre
(Daily Shuttle – Every 15-20 Minutes)

Monday, October 22, 2018
4:45 am to 8:00 pm

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
8:30 am to 7:30 pm

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
6:30 am – 11:00 pm

(*OPEN ONLY TO FULL DELEGATE TICKET HOLDERS)
Time
Location
Details
7:15 am – 8:00 am
Toronto Congress Centre
– NORTH Building Ballrooms A, B
Breakfast
8:00 am - 8:45 am
Toronto Congress Centre– NORTH Building Ballrooms A, B
*KEYNOTE The Canadian Omni-Digital Reality: Planning Beyond Channels. Omnichannel has been a constant theme of the future in the Canadian Grocer marketplace, but the investments and costs are daunting and the returns too far in the future. But digital is now and already impacts the store, the supply chain, products, shoppers and employees. How will you leverage the omni-digital future to be profitable and competitive? Presented by David Marcotte, Kantar Consulting
8:45 am – 9:30 am
Toronto Congress Centre – NORTH Building Ballrooms A, B
*SESSION The "new price buyer”: The focus is on how people are becoming more price conscious but not price sensitive and how socioeconomic standing is no longer the major force behind the "frugal chic" consumer. Presented by Ken Wong, Distinguished Professor of Marketing at Smith School of Business at Queen’s University
9:30 am – 9:45 am
Toronto Congress Centre
– NORTH Building
*COFFEE BREAK COLLABORATION CORRIDOR
9:45 am-10:30 am
Toronto Congress Centre– NORTH Building Meeting Room 2, 3, 4, 5
*CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS MCKENNITT ROOMS
Meeting Room 2
*WORKSHOP 1 Cannabis 101 - An overview of the Cannabis market one week after legalization with Sarah Seale of CMR North Inc, a cannabis management resource company, and Terry Donnelly, Hill Street Beverage Co.
Meeting Room 3
*WORKSHOP 2 CFIA Labelling Updates. Get the latest labelling updates presented by Dianne Del Zotto, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Meeting Room 4
*WORKSHOP 3 Workshop- The Amazon Opportunity: You already have the products. You have the data. You have the logistics. Why not utilize your existing supply chain to get your products in front of more customers, take regional products to the international market, and get your piece of the $2 billion spent on groceries on Amazon? Leah McHugh, Amazon Operations Expert, will show you how to leverage the resources you already have, how to protect your brand on Amazon, and how to incorporate Amazon into your supply chain management without damaging your existing sales channels. It’s time to stop looking at Amazon as competition and embrace it as a viable sales channel. For grocers, private label owners, and large brands, Amazon represents an opportunity to get in front of the 49% of consumers that search Amazon first when looking for products.
Meeting Room 5
*WORKSHOP 4 MARKETING TO SHOPPERS: Join Steve Frenda, Path to Purchase Institute/EnsembleIQ for Successful Strategies that Allow Retailers to More Successfully Market to their Customers.

TRADE SHOW EXHIBITION

11:00am-4:00pm

11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Interac Insights & Innovations Stage
STAGE SESSION Why your loyalty program just isn’t enough. Join Eric Matusiak and Melissa Krakar of BDO to discuss trends in the grocery industry, and what grocers need to do to stay relevant and competitive in the current market. Discussion will focus on the customer experience, the hybridization of retail, partnering with suppliers, and strategies grocers need to take to respond to these trends.
12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
Interac Insights & Innovations Stage
STAGE SESSION: What's working and not working: How grocers can Ieverage technology to extend their distinct brand and value proposition to 21st Century shoppers. Presented by Josh Ray, ShopHero
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Interac Insights & Innovations Stage
STAGE SESSION A look at where to find opportunities in your energy strategy and how to prioritize projects. Presented by Tom Marshall, Direct Energy
1:45 pm-2:15 pm
Interac Insights & Innovations Stage
Stage Session: For the love of goat (dairy)! Join Saputo’s goat dairy expert, Jenna Pringle, as we explore all things goat dairy through a dynamic and interactive session covering, ‘goat dairy 101’, the goat consumer, the link to global consumer trends, retail & shopper insights, inspiration and tutored tastings of our award-winning portfolio. Yes, free food! First come, first serve. Don’t be late.

EVENING EVENT

(*Open for FULL DELEGATE Ticket Holders)

5:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Toronto Congress Centre– North Building Ballrooms A, B
*CANADIAN INDEPENDENT GROCER OF THE YEAR AWARDS – Celebrating the Best Retailers from Coast-to-Coast Tom Barlow & Co-Host Sangita Patel, ET Canada Reception & Dinner & Awards Presentations
5:30pm – 6:15pm
*Reception
Ballrooms A, B
*Awards Presentations
6:15PM - 9:15PM
Ballrooms A, B
*Gala Dinner

DAILY COACH SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE

Westin Toronto Airport Hotel to/from Toronto Congress Centre

Best Toronto Tours and Limousines Inc.
Westin Toronto Airport Hotel to/from Toronto Congress Centre
(Daily Shuttle – Every 15-20 Minutes)

Monday, October 22, 2018
4:45 am to 8:00 pm

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
8:30 am to 7:30 pm

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
6:30 am – 11:00 pm