Retail West Conference in Vancouver, November 6, 2018

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Retail Council of Canada’s annual Retail West Conference will be held in Vancouver on November 6, and tickets are still available. This year’s conference will take place at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in downtown Vancouver, featuring spectacular harbour views only a stone’s throw from beautiful Stanley Park [Buy Tickets Here]

Some of Canada’s most innovative retailers will meet at Retail West to share their perspectives and learnings on the latest trends and developments, and discuss what it takes to create outstanding customer experiences in modern retail.

The day will begin with an overview on USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement) and what it means for retailers in Canada, presented by Retail Council of Canada’s President and CEO Diane J. Brisebois. Canadian retailers are expected to feel the effects of USMCA as the duty-free de minimis level is raised from $20 to $150. 

The impact of legal cannabis will also be a hot topic at this year’s Retail West conference, which will include several sessions that will bring together licensed cannabis producers, wholesalers, retailers and legal experts to inform you and to open doors in this new market.   

Speakers at Retail West include:

  • Ashley Freeborn, Founder / Principal / Managing Director, Smash + Tess

  • Drew Green, President and CEO, INDOCHINO

  • Melanie Teed-Murch, President, Toys “R” Us Canada

  • Mat Povse, Senior Vice President of Retail and Geek Squad Services, Best Buy Canada

  • Jim Caldwell, President and CEO, OK Tire Canada

  • Brendan Seale, Head of Sustainability, IKEA Canada

  • Lauren Wong, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Hello Fresh

  • Nick Whitehead, Vice President of Market Development, Aurora Cannabis Inc.

  • Mike Vioncek, CEO, Fire & Flower Inc.

Retail West will take place in Vancouver on November 6, 2018 at the Westin Bayshore Hotel.

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