RCC STORE Conference Returns In-Person May 31-June 1, 2022 in Toronto: Interview with Michelle Ribout

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Retail Council of Canada’s annual STORE Conference is returning this year, live and in person, May 31 and June 1, 2022, at the Toronto Congress Centre. The must-attend retail event of the year brings together Canada’s most influential retail leaders, world-renowned visionaries, and passionate entrepreneurs to discuss the most critical issues affecting retail today.

RCC STORE showcases respected business innovators who are encouraged to talk candidly about current challenges, how to drive change, and about the future possibilities for retail.

“This will be the first major in-person retail conference in Canada since 2019,” said Michelle Ribout, Vice President, Education & Partnerships at Retail Council of Canada and key organizer behind the RCC STORE 22 Conference. “It was therefore extremely important that we design this conference to help bring retail executives and industry experts from across Canada together to learn from one another.”

In past years, prior to COVID, over 2,500 retail leaders from across Canada would regularly attend the RCC STORE Conference.  

This year, more than 75 speakers will talk about today’s pressing retail challenges. The agenda will include sessions on: store operations innovations, leveraging technology’s newest frontier, changing values for employee and customer experiences, customer insights, and what the new era of customer fulfillment looks like.

More information can be found on the RCC STORE website at storeconference.ca.

“There are so many exciting opportunities that have come out of the ongoing pandemic. Many retailers have changed their business models to be more responsive to their customers’ changing needs. RCC STORE 22 will inspire with retail stories of companies and entrepreneurs who have taken advantage of the new landscape to reemerge stronger and better positioned for ongoing and future success,” said Ribout.

There will also be an exhibitor floor at RCC STORE 22, which will feature some of the most innovative business partners, from startups to leading established companies. These exhibitors will be available to demonstrate their cutting-edge technologies, strategies, and retail solutions.

RCC STORE 22 will also host two gala awards shows and dinners. On the first evening, the Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala will recognize the best in retail innovation and creativity in 11 distinct retail categories. There will also be special awards of distinction given to prominent retail leaders in Canada that have led companies to outstanding business success, consistently demonstrating community commitment and support.

On the second evening, the Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards will celebrate the best new products of 2021. The awards recognize excellence in food, non-food and private label categories. Entrants represent national and regional brands as well as private label.

And of course, one of the key elements to a conference like this is the networking part of it.

“That’s something that we’re really focused on having more of this year,” said Ribout. “We have multiple networking breaks throughout the day and then before each of our Galas there’s also a networking reception. People are consistently sharing with us their excitement to reconnect and be among others who share a passion for retail.”

To sign up to attend this year’s in-person RCC STORE Conference in Toronto, visit: https://storeconference.ca Take advantage the advanced rates by booking by April 29, 2022 and save $100.

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Mario Toneguzzi
Mario Toneguzzi
Mario Toneguzzi, based in Calgary, has more than 40 years experience as a daily newspaper writer, columnist, and editor. He worked for 35 years at the Calgary Herald covering sports, crime, politics, health, faith, city and breaking news, and business. He is the Senior News Editor with Retail Insider in addition to working as a freelance writer and consultant in communications and media relations/training. Mario was named as a RETHINK Retail Top Retail Expert in 2024.

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