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"The Interview Series" Podcast

Special Edition 12: The Slow Road to Retail Recovery – Expert Interview with Charles de Brabant

An off-schedule podcast discussion with Charles de Brabant, the Executive Director at Bensadoun School of Retail Management at McGill University. Mr. de Brabant discusses the long road ahead to a recovery in the Canadian retail industry amid weak consumer confidence, as well as what the future may hold as we begin to settle into a ‘new normal’.

Special Edition 11: Retail Expert Interview on COVID-19 with George Minakakis

An off-schedule podcast discussion with George Minakakis, the Chief Executive Officer at Inception Retail Group Inc. Mr. Minakakis discusses the lead up to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) shutdowns, the current view of Canadian retail and overseas retail perspective on COVID-19 behaviors.

Special Edition 10: COVID-19 to Accelerate Change in Canadian Retail: Interview with Carl Boutet

An off-schedule podcast panel discussion with Carl Boutet, the Chief Strategist and Board Advisor for Studio RX for retail strategies. Mr. Boutet discusses how the COVID-19 (coronavirus) shutdowns are having a profound effect on the Canadian retail industry, including the demise of struggling chains as well as an acceleration of innovations that were already in the works.

Special Edition 9: COVID-19 Canadian Retail Expert Panel Discussion

An off-schedule podcast panel discussion with retail industry experts Gary Newbury, David Ian Gray and George Minakakis focusing on the impact of COVID-19 on the Canadian retailers.

Special Edition 8: Expert Interview: Why Click-and-Collect will Dominate in Canadian Retailing

An off-schedule podcast interview with industry Gary Newbury and John McClymont about why click-and-collect will dominate in the face of costly and often unprofitable delivery.

Special Edition 7: Interview with Miya Knights, Head of Industry Insight, Eagle Eye Solutions

An off-schedule podcast interview with Miya Knights, Head of Industry Insight, from Eagle Eye Solutions (responsible for the PC Optimum loyalty programs) about the recently published “Connected Consumer Report”.

Special Edition 6: The Present & Future of Canadian Retail Amid COVID-19: Expert Interview

An off-schedule podcast interview with David Ian Gray, founder and strategist at DIG360 Consulting Ltd., about the inevitable consequence of the devastating economic impact the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is having on retailers across the country.

Special Edition 5: Interview with Mark Ainley, Retail Flow Analyst

An off-schedule podcast interview with Mark Ainley, a Contemporary Feng Shui Consultant from Sense of Space in Vancouver, about the flow of retail and potential improvements to physical retail.

Special Edition 4: Interview with Retail Expert Ramesh Venkat (David Sobey Centre for Innovation in Retailing and Services)

An off-schedule podcast where Craig discusses Canadian retail trends with Ramesh Venkat from the David Sobey Centre for Innovation in Retailing and Services.

Special Edition 3: Interview with Lori Bacon, Owner/CEO of Swimco

Lori Bacon discusses the challenges and opportunities of being a multi-store retailer in Canada, including how a customer-centric approach makes consumers comfortable being “half-naked”.
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