Schedule

APRIL 22-23, 2024

VANCOUVER CONVENTION CENTRE, EAST BUILDING (999 CANADA PLACE)

SUNDAY, APRIL 21

5:00PM - 7:00PM

OPENING SCHEDULE - ALL WELCOME

BALLROOM B, C | EAST BUILDING

SPONSORED BY:

MONDAY, APRIL 22

*MORNING CONFERENCE & WORKSHOP SESSIONS -*PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

BALLROOM B, C | EAST BUILDING

8:45AM - 9:10AM

BREAKFAST

SPONSORED BY:

9:10AM - 9:15AM

WELCOME & REMARKS

CFIG President & CEO Tom Shurrie

9:15AM - 10:00AM

THE FUTURE OF FOOD INNOVATION

Amanda Lai, Director of the Food Industry Practice, McMillanDoolittle, leads a panel discussion with U.S. independent grocers Nancy Lebold, CEO of New Seasons Market and Lauren Redman, CEO and President of Rudy’s Markets to learn practical approaches to how they differentiated themselves from the big players, to drive sales and customer loyalty.

SPONSORED BY:

11:00AM - 4:30PM

TRADE SHOW EXHIBITION

BALLROOM B, C | EAST BUILDING

INSIGHTS & INNOVATIONS TRADE FLOOR STAGE SESSION

SPONSORED BY:

2:00PM - 2:30PM

Maple Leaf Foods’ Chef Sam Lazuric, Head of Culinary, Retail, showcases Crispy Pancetta (Feat. VIAU Fantino & Mondello) Spring Salad inspired 2024 trends. This meal style salad application will tempt the consumer through textures and umami. Come experience the signature feature!

NETWORKING EVENTS

4:15PM - 5:00PM

MIX AND MINGLE NETWORKING RECEPTION

INSIGHTS & INNOVATIONS STAGE – ALL WELCOME

SPONSORED BY:

6:00PM – 9:00PM

*MONDAY EVENING EVENT *PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

WEST BUILDING | SUMMIT ROOM 3RD FLOOR - 1055 CANADA PL., VANCOUVER, BC

6:00PM

RECEPTION

SPONSORED BY:

6:30PM

DINNER & ENTERTAINMENT

Cohosts Tom Shurrie & Tony Chapman. Entertainer: Wes Barker, Magic, Comedy & Stunts

DINNER SPONSORS:

TUESDAY, APRIL 23

*MORNING CONFERENCE & WORKSHOP SESSIONS -*PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

BALLROOM B, C | EAST BUILDING

7:00AM

BREAKFAST

7:30AM - 8:00AM

IN THE KNOW: WHAT CONSUMERS ARE THINKING

Tony Chapman, Chatter that Matters, looks at research platform Crewasis.ai that uses AI to unlock the power of data by delivering game-changing insights on the grocery category. Hear what is at the top of consumers’ minds and how it will impact your business of doing business.

SPONSORED BY:

8:00AM – 8:05AM

WELCOME & REMARKS

WELCOME & REMARKS

8:05AM – 8:50AM

TOP U.S. GROCERY TRENDS IN 2024

This thought-provoking panel discussion with Jennifer Rojas Cline, category sales manager, prepared foods and grocery staples, Bi-Rite Family of Businesses and Lauren Redman, CEO/President, Rudy’s Markets, will explore the key strategies driving growth in the U.S. market. Topics will include ROI of technology investments, automating pricing and promotions, foodservice differentiation, private brands, fresh perimeter innovation, “adaptive” customer experience. Moderator Progressive Grocer magazine Editor-in-Chief Gina Acosta.

SPONSORED BY:

8:50AM – 9:25AM

DATA DEEP DIVE

Changing the conversation: From Value to Volume presented by Carman Allison, NielsenIQ

SPONSORED BY:

9:25AM – 9:35AM

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK

SPONSORED BY:

9:35AM – 10:40AM

CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

EAST BUILDING | HALL A | BALLROOMS B, C

9:35AM – 10:05AM

CHOOSE ONE WORKSHOP

WORKSHOP #1 | INNOVATING AS AN INDEPENDENT GROCER

MAIN STAGE | BALLROOMS B, C

Amanda Lai, Director of the Food Industry Practice, McMillanDoolittle, explores key trends and winning concepts shaping the industry that will keep independents competitive in the grocery game.

WORKSHOP #2 | POLICY UPDATE

EAST BUILDING | HALL A

Join Gary Sands, CFIG for key government-related issues affecting our business – Grocery Code of Conduct, single-use plastic, credit card fees, supply management, Competition Act changes and more.

SPONSORED BY:

10:10AM – 10:40AM

CHOOSE ONE WORKSHOP

WORKSHOP #1 | 2024 ECONOMIC OUTLOOK

MAIN STAGE | BALLROOMS B, C

Trends, risks, and opportunities for the food industry.
Presented by JP Gervais, Vice-President and Chief Economist, FCC

SPONSORED BY:

WORKSHOP #2 | TECH & GROCERY

EAST BUILDING | HALL A

Let tech do the work for you! Ex-Googler Rachel Loui shows how to Identify diversified local opportunities through data big and small, and best leverage free online resources to maximize your business opportunities.

SPONSORED BY:

11:00AM - 4:00PM

TRADE SHOW EXHIBITION

BALLROOM B, C | EAST BUILDING

INSIGHTS & INNOVATIONS TRADE FLOOR STAGE SESSION

SPONSORED BY:

1:00PM – 1:30PM

Buying through the heart and brain: how consumers use quantitative and qualitative signals to purchase (and how you can use technology to identify them). Presented by Ex-Googler Rachel Loui.

2:00PM – 2:30PM

Fresh Insights! Making your fresh department the best restaurant in town with Progressive Grocer’s Editor-in-Chief Gina Acosta presents grocery insights to grow your business.

Thank you to our sponsors

GROCERY & SPECIALTY FOOD WEST 2024 thanks the following companies for their support:

Lead Media Sponsor

Grocery & Specialty Food West is Canada’s premier western grocery trade show, bringing together retailers and manufacturers from across the nation to discover new innovations, network, and build relationships within the grocery industry. GSFW is dedicated towards helping you grow your business and build relations with key retailers.

Exhibit:
Rolster Taylor
RTaylor@cfig.ca

Sponsor:
Laura Collaton
LCollaton@cfig.ca

Events/Conference:
Events@cfig.ca

Information:

Exhibitor List
Floor plan

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