SPEAKERS

Meet Our Grocery Experts

Grocery Talks and How We Overcome Them

SPEAKERS

Meet Our Grocery Experts

Grocery Talks and How We Overcome Them

SPEAKERS

Meet Our Grocery Experts

Grocery Talks and How We Overcome Them

Bill Cook

Magician

  • Bill Cook has been hailed by his peers as the Young Master of Magic. A three-time award winner at the prestigious World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas, Bill has been featured nationally and internationally on every major television network, including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, The CW, Showtime, SyFy, The Movie Channel, Telemundo, and Italy’s Canale 5. Bill starred in an episode of the hit SyFy TV show Wizard Wars, and attempted to fool the Las Vegas legends on an episode of the CW’s Penn & Teller Fool Us. Bill also appeared on the Today Show and enjoyed entertaining and amazing Al Roker. Most recently, Bill has been one of the featured performers on the CW network’s Masters of Illusion for 5 seasons. Bill has performed and headlined on some of the world’s largest stages across North America, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, and Central America. He has been a featured performer at some of the most exclusive clubs in the United States, including the Friars Club in New York City, the House of Blues in Chicago, and the World-Famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, California, as well as a headline performer on cruise ships. Combining personality and wit with mid-blowing magic, Bill Cook’s high energy show features comedy, drama, and interactive audience participation. His ability to entertain both young and old alike, make Bill one of the most versatile performers working today.

Bill Cook

Magician

  • Bill Cook has been hailed by his peers as the Young Master of Magic. A three-time award winner at the prestigious World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas, Bill has been featured nationally and internationally on every major television network, including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, The CW, Showtime, SyFy, The Movie Channel, Telemundo, and Italy’s Canale 5. Bill starred in an episode of the hit SyFy TV show Wizard Wars, and attempted to fool the Las Vegas legends on an episode of the CW’s Penn & Teller Fool Us. Bill also appeared on the Today Show and enjoyed entertaining and amazing Al Roker. Most recently, Bill has been one of the featured performers on the CW network’s Masters of Illusion for 5 seasons. Bill has performed and headlined on some of the world’s largest stages across North America, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, and Central America. He has been a featured performer at some of the most exclusive clubs in the United States, including the Friars Club in New York City, the House of Blues in Chicago, and the World-Famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, California, as well as a headline performer on cruise ships. Combining personality and wit with mid-blowing magic, Bill Cook’s high energy show features comedy, drama, and interactive audience participation. His ability to entertain both young and old alike, make Bill one of the most versatile performers working today.

Neil Stern

Senior Partner, McMillanDoolittle

  • Neil specializes in strategic planning and the development of new retail concepts for a variety of clients including Nike, Samsung, Emart, Kroger, Publix, and Procter & Gamble.
    Neil is recognized as a key thought leader and is a sought-after speaker on retail trends. Neil is a frequent contributor to Forbes and has served as Chairman of Ebeltoft Group.
    He has authored two books on retailing and currently sits on the Board of Good Food Holdings, which operates premium independent supermarkets on the West Coast of the U.S.

Neil Stern

Senior Partner, McMillanDoolittle

  • Neil specializes in strategic planning and the development of new retail concepts for a variety of clients including Nike, Samsung, Emart, Kroger, Publix, and Procter & Gamble.
    Neil is recognized as a key thought leader and is a sought-after speaker on retail trends. Neil is a frequent contributor to Forbes and has served as Chairman of Ebeltoft Group.
    He has authored two books on retailing and currently sits on the Board of Good Food Holdings, which operates premium independent supermarkets on the West Coast of the U.S.

Amber Mac

Writer, Podcaster, Entrepreneur & Digital Maverick

  • Amber is a writer, podcaster, entrepreneur and digital maverick whose understanding of disruptive technologies helps companies anticipate lightning-quick changes as they come—from Artificial Intelligence, to social media, to Amazon-era retail.

    Amber Mac is especially fluent in the art of disruptive strategies. She started her career in San Francisco and Boston during the dot-com boom in the late 1990s. What others thought was a trend, she recognized as an explosion. As a strategist for Razorfish and Director of Marketing for an e-procurement software company, she spent four years in the technology start-up trenches. Mac eventually left the start-up world to join Microsoft to build one of the first female-focused lifestyle portals. Then, she launched her own digital media agency. Her client list has grown to include Microsoft, Intel, Shopify, Ford, Nintendo, GE, Fast Company, PayPal, Scotiabank, and many more leading organizations.

    Mac is the co-host of Marketing Disrupted, a new series exploring how CMOs adapt to new challenges in an age of digital disruption. The show, which featured marketing executives from Google, Twitter, and Shopify, debuted as the number one business podcast in the country. Mac also co-hosted the top-rated (and award-winning) podcast, The AI Effect, for two seasons. With her co-host, Jodie Wallis of Accenture, Mac interviewed guests like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Joelle Pineau of the Facebook AI Research Lab, and Toronto Mayor John Tory about the challenges and benefits of AI adoption in Canada.

    Mac is the author of the national bestseller Power Friending and Outsmarting Your Kids Online. She has delivered keynotes at more than 300 events around the world, including events where she has interviewed PM Justin Trudeau and Shopify CEO Toby Lutke about the future of digital. Mac’s expertise includes business innovation, artificial intelligence, the distraction economy, and what it takes for companies to adapt and grow. DMZ named Amber one of 30 inspirational women making a difference in tech. She is a regular business host and expert for Fast Company, Shopify, CNN, Bloomberg TV, CBS, BNN, The Marilyn Denis Show, and SiriusXM Radio.

Amber Mac

Writer, Podcaster, Entrepreneur & Digital Maverick

  • Amber is a writer, podcaster, entrepreneur and digital maverick whose understanding of disruptive technologies helps companies anticipate lightning-quick changes as they come—from Artificial Intelligence, to social media, to Amazon-era retail.

     

    Amber Mac is especially fluent in the art of disruptive strategies. She started her career in San Francisco and Boston during the dot-com boom in the late 1990s. What others thought was a trend, she recognized as an explosion. As a strategist for Razorfish and Director of Marketing for an e-procurement software company, she spent four years in the technology start-up trenches. Mac eventually left the start-up world to join Microsoft to build one of the first female-focused lifestyle portals. Then, she launched her own digital media agency. Her client list has grown to include Microsoft, Intel, Shopify, Ford, Nintendo, GE, Fast Company, PayPal, Scotiabank, and many more leading organizations.

     

    Mac is the co-host of Marketing Disrupted, a new series exploring how CMOs adapt to new challenges in an age of digital disruption. The show, which featured marketing executives from Google, Twitter, and Shopify, debuted as the number one business podcast in the country. Mac also co-hosted the top-rated (and award-winning) podcast, The AI Effect, for two seasons. With her co-host, Jodie Wallis of Accenture, Mac interviewed guests like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Joelle Pineau of the Facebook AI Research Lab, and Toronto Mayor John Tory about the challenges and benefits of AI adoption in Canada.

     

    Mac is the author of the national bestseller Power Friending and Outsmarting Your Kids Online. She has delivered keynotes at more than 300 events around the world, including events where she has interviewed PM Justin Trudeau and Shopify CEO Toby Lutke about the future of digital. Mac’s expertise includes business innovation, artificial intelligence, the distraction economy, and what it takes for companies to adapt and grow. DMZ named Amber one of 30 inspirational women making a difference in tech. She is a regular business host and expert for Fast Company, Shopify, CNN, Bloomberg TV, CBS, BNN, The Marilyn Denis Show, and SiriusXM Radio.

Trish Kelly

The Presidents Group

  • Trish Kelly is the Senior Accessibility Consultant at the Presidents Group, a network of business leaders committed to employing people with disabilities. Previously, Trish spent several decades in the food sector, helping socially responsible companies like Capers Markets, Horizon Distributors and Left Coast Naturals improve their community impact. Most recently, she was Executive Director of Potluck Cafe Society, a social enterprise that provides training and jobs for people in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Trish Kelly

The Presidents Group

  • Trish Kelly is the Senior Accessibility Consultant at the Presidents Group, a network of business leaders committed to employing people with disabilities. Previously, Trish spent several decades in the food sector, helping socially responsible companies like Capers Markets, Horizon Distributors and Left Coast Naturals improve their community impact. Most recently, she was Executive Director of Potluck Cafe Society, a social enterprise that provides training and jobs for people in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Joel Gregoire

Associate Director – Food and Drink at Mintel

  • Joel Gregoire serves as Associate Director – Food and Drink at Mintel, specializing in the Canadian food and drink industry. Joel has over 18 years of experience working in market research, 15 of which focused on what matters to Canadians in terms of how they eat and drink. Before joining Mintel, Joel worked at OMD, Loblaw Companies Ltd, where he generated insights for the company’s private label brands, including President’s Choice, and The NPD Group, where he tracked consumer eating patterns and presented the analysis to top tier clients. Joel heads up Mintel’s Food and Drink team in Canada, and has personally authored over 50 reports on various topics related to food and drink during his tenure. Joel also contributes to various publications. Despite Joel’s expertise in understanding what Canadians eat, he’s still trying to figure out what to feed his kids for dinner. You can follow Joel on Twitter at @JoelDGregoire.

Joel Gregoire

Associate Director – Food and Drink at Mintel

  • Joel Gregoire serves as Associate Director – Food and Drink at Mintel, specializing in the Canadian food and drink industry. Joel has over 18 years of experience working in market research, 15 of which focused on what matters to Canadians in terms of how they eat and drink. Before joining Mintel, Joel worked at OMD, Loblaw Companies Ltd, where he generated insights for the company’s private label brands, including President’s Choice, and The NPD Group, where he tracked consumer eating patterns and presented the analysis to top tier clients. Joel heads up Mintel’s Food and Drink team in Canada, and has personally authored over 50 reports on various topics related to food and drink during his tenure. Joel also contributes to various publications. Despite Joel’s expertise in understanding what Canadians eat, he’s still trying to figure out what to feed his kids for dinner. You can follow Joel on Twitter at @JoelDGregoire.

Mark O’Connell

President and CEO of Interac Corp

  • Mark O’Connell is President and CEO of Interac Corp. In his role, he oversees the operation of one of Canada’s leading payments brands, which is chosen an average of 16 million times daily to pay and exchange money.

    Mark is responsible for a suite of trusted payment products including Interac Debit and Interac Flash, Interac e-Transfer (a leading real-time money movement innovation that has grown by 50% year-over-year) and digital technology, such as the Interac Token Service Provider and mobile payment and in-app solutions including Interac Debit on Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay and mobile Interac Flash. He is also responsible for leading the development of world-class fraud prevention solutions and programs that sustain the security of the Interac suite of products while protecting Canadians every day. Additionally, Mark is deeply involved in innovation initiatives at Interac including digital identity, blockchain and API development.

    Mark led the multi-year initiative to combine Interac Association and Acxsys Corporation into a single share capital corporation, with a new governance and funding model to enable greater flexibility and innovation on behalf of its stakeholders and all Canadians. The initiative culminated in early 2018 with the formation of Interac Corp. Interac Corp. is governed by a 13-member Board of Directors of which Mark is a member and is mandated to prioritize value delivered to Canadians ahead of profit.

    Interac is a lean and high performing organization of 300 employees based in Canada. Mark is proud to foster a culture of learning, growth, diversity and collaboration necessary to succeed in the fast-paced financial technology and payments ecosystem.

    Outside of work, Mark serves on the North York General Hospital Board of Governors.

    Mark has extensive experience in the payment and financial technology industries. Previously, he was Executive Vice President, Finance Market at Emergis Inc. (now Telus) and represented Emergis Inc. on the Interac Association Board of Directors for two years. He has held other senior positions at NCR Corporation in the U.S., and Fintech companies such as OnX Solutions and Footprint Software (purchased by IBM).

Mark O’Connell

President and CEO

  • Mark O’Connell is President and CEO of Interac Corp. In his role, he oversees the operation of one of Canada’s leading payments brands, which is chosen an average of 16 million times daily to pay and exchange money.

    Mark is responsible for a suite of trusted payment products including Interac Debit and Interac Flash, Interac e-Transfer (a leading real-time money movement innovation that has grown by 50% year-over-year) and digital technology, such as the Interac Token Service Provider and mobile payment and in-app solutions including Interac Debit on Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay and mobile Interac Flash. He is also responsible for leading the development of world-class fraud prevention solutions and programs that sustain the security of the Interac suite of products while protecting Canadians every day. Additionally, Mark is deeply involved in innovation initiatives at Interac including digital identity, blockchain and API development.

    Mark led the multi-year initiative to combine Interac Association and Acxsys Corporation into a single share capital corporation, with a new governance and funding model to enable greater flexibility and innovation on behalf of its stakeholders and all Canadians. The initiative culminated in early 2018 with the formation of Interac Corp. Interac Corp. is governed by a 13-member Board of Directors of which Mark is a member and is mandated to prioritize value delivered to Canadians ahead of profit.

    Interac is a lean and high performing organization of 300 employees based in Canada. Mark is proud to foster a culture of learning, growth, diversity and collaboration necessary to succeed in the fast-paced financial technology and payments ecosystem.

    Outside of work, Mark serves on the North York General Hospital Board of Governors.

    Mark has extensive experience in the payment and financial technology industries. Previously, he was Executive Vice President, Finance Market at Emergis Inc. (now Telus) and represented Emergis Inc. on the Interac Association Board of Directors for two years. He has held other senior positions at NCR Corporation in the U.S., and Fintech companies such as OnX Solutions and Footprint Software (purchased by IBM).

Rob Shields

Loyalty expert, co-Founder of Paymi

  • Earning his MBA at Queen’s, he joined the business development team at Air Miles. Rob was then recruited to start the Customer Practice at Deloitte. Moving client-side, became VP Marketing at HBC, then CCO at Aeroplan. He then joined Canadian Tire as CMO where he re-energized the organization with a new brand position, customer master data, digital and e-commerce, and launched Triangle Rewards.

    In 2018, Rob co-founded Paymi bringing merchants and consumers a frictionless, easy-to-manage, hyper-targeted program with proven GMROI.

Rob Shields

Loyalty expert, co-Founder of Paymi

  • Earning his MBA at Queen’s, he joined the business development team at Air Miles. Rob was then recruited to start the Customer Practice at Deloitte. Moving client-side, became VP Marketing at HBC, then CCO at Aeroplan. He then joined Canadian Tire as CMO where he re-energized the organization with a new brand position, customer master data, digital and e-commerce, and launched Triangle Rewards.

    In 2018, Rob co-founded Paymi bringing merchants and consumers a frictionless, easy-to-manage, hyper-targeted program with proven GMROI.

Jerry Gao

Cofounder, Leaf Environmental

  • Jerry graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the Sauder School of Business at UBC. After obtaining his bachelor degree he sought to build a strong foundation for his future undertakings by working as an Auditor for a Big 4 Accounting Firm. He takes pride in providing sound solutions in environmental issues.

Jerry Gao

Cofounder, Leaf Environmental

  • Jerry graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the Sauder School of Business at UBC. After obtaining his bachelor degree he sought to build a strong foundation for his future undertakings by working as an Auditor for a Big 4 Accounting Firm. He takes pride in providing sound solutions in environmental issues.

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GSF 2020 Postponement Announcement

Dear Attendees, Exhibitors,

We are beyond disappointed to announce that for the first time in more than 32 years we will not have a Grocery & Specialty Food West event in Vancouver this spring. Due to circumstances beyond our control, the show will have to be postponed until April 26th and 27th 2021.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG) holds our participating Exhibitors, partners, attendees and staff in the highest regard and have no intention of taking any risk where this COVID-19 pandemic is concerned. Your well-being and safety is paramount to us. Although the BC Government’s directive banning all gatherings of 50 people or more was ultimately the deciding factor, we at CFIG consider people and community to be the pulse of all that we are and we have no doubt we will successfully move forward together at the right time.

GSF 2020 was poised to be our greatest version of this event ever. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience. We thank you for your support this year and we hope to continue having your support as we look to what will be a bigger and better version of GSF in 2021.

The outpouring of interest from our supplier community as well as our retailers has been unprecedented this year and all indications point towards a monumental event in 2021. We really appreciate your support during these times and look forward to working with you. Just let us know how we can help as we move forward towards GSF-West 2021.

CFIG Official Statement to Members
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