Retail Thought Leadership Conference, March 10

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University of Alberta School of Retailing’s third annual Thought Leadership Conference takes place on March 10 this year in Edmonton, providing both thought leadership and networking opportunities. The half-day event is conveniently located in a hotel/conference facility attached to Edmonton International Airport, allowing for easy fly-in-fly-out. 

Tickets are still available ($225+GST) for the conference, and can be purchased here. Breakfast, lunch and parking are included. 

There’s also a hotel discount for out of town guests interested in staying at the conference venue — the funky/beautiful Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel.

The conference features speakers from across Canada, with a focus on the topic of leadership strategy. Speakers include: 

  • Brett Halliday, President of Michael Hill, who will open the day with a discussion about the ‘accidental career’,
  • Dr. Kyle Murray, Director of the School of Retailing,
  • Kamy Scarlett, Senior Vice President, Retail and Chief Human Resources Officer, Best Buy Canada,
  • There will also be an award given for Advancing Retail as a Career, with this year’s recipient being Toni Galli, Country Sales Manager of H&M Canada. Diane Brisebois, President & CEO of Retail Council of Canada will present Toni the award. 

On the evening of Thursday, March 9, an intimate cocktail event, sponsored by Canada Safeway and hosted by Retail Insider, will be held in ‘The Library’ at the Renaissance Edmonton Airport Hotel. 

Availability is limited, and tickets are available until March 4. 

For more information, contact Emily Salsbury-Deveaux at:



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