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Schedule

Keep on top of trends and the latest data through live, on-demand keynotes and workshops and expert demos over 3 days, 24/7. After the event, the presentations will be available for 30 days.

1:00pm – 2:00pm

AGM (CFIG retailer members only)

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Opening Reception
(All welcome)

11:55am

Welcome Message from Tom Shurrie,
President & CEO, CFIG

12:00pm – 12:30pm

Keynote

2020 Disruption: A World of Opportunities, Shawn Kanungo, Queen & Rook

Disruptive innovation is forcing everyone to reimagine their entire organizations. How do we survive? How do we disrupt ourselves before someone else does? How do we deliver better experiences to our clients? Today, we need to be bold, brave and experimental. In this awe-inspiring talk, Shawn Kanungo provides a bold roadmap for the future. He explores how we can take unexpected approaches to innovation to remain competitive and relevant.

12:30pm – 1:00pm

Keynote
Carman Allison, Nielsen

1:00pm – onwards

Virtual Trade Show / Retailer Meetings

1:30pm – 2:00pm

Interac Insights & Innovations Info Sessions

2:30pm – 4:00pm

30 Minutes Workshops

2:30pm

Food Trends

3:00pm

Discipline and Discharge
Discharge and disciplinary issues are difficult causing managers to feel anxious and unsure of how to hold employees accountable for their actions. Participants will learn the objectives in disciplining employees and when unsuccessful in rehabilitating performance leading to termination you will learn how to assess Just Cause and Not for Cause issues and how to conduct an effective termination meeting and what issues should be considered to ensure that dignity and respect is maintained. Steve Mendelssohn, Watershed Law Professional Corp.

3:30pm

Tune into the panel discussion around supply during the pandemic with Mary Robinson, Canadian Federation of Agriculture; Jean-Michel Laurin, The Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council; and Mathieu Frigon, Dairy Processors of Canada. Moderated by Gary Sands, CFIG.

6:00pm – 7:00pm

Merchandising Excellence Awards

Master Merchandiser Winners

12:00pm – 12:30pm

Keynote
Mark Petrie, CIBC Capital Markets

12:30pm – 1:15pm

Commissioner of Competition Matthew Boswell, Competition Bureau; Q&A with Gary Sands, CFIG

1:00pm – onwards

Virtual Trade Show / Retailer Meetings

1:30pm – 2:00pm

Interac Insights & Innovations Info Sessions

2:30pm – 4:00pm

30 Minutes Workshops

2:30pm

Payment Updates

3:00pm

Prices, performance, and the pandemic
A look at pricing and sales at supermarkets vs. general merchandisers and financial performance of CPGS. Kevin Grier, Market Analysis and Consulting

3:30pm

30 Impactful ideas in 30 min For Store Managers, Harold Lloyd

4:00pm

Top 10 in Grocers winners announced

6:00pm – 7:00pm

Celebration of Grocers Gala
-National Scholarship Winner
-Life Members

12:00pm – 12:30pm

Keynote
COVID-19 happened. Now what? The pandemic’s messy but real legacy at the grocery store. Dr. Sylvain Charlebois, Agri-Food Analytics Lab, Dalhousie University

12:30pm – 1:00pm

Fireside Chat

1:00pm – onwards

Virtual Trade Show / Retailer Meetings

1:30pm – 2:00pm

Interac Insights & Innovations Info Sessions

2:30pm – 4:00pm

30 Minutes Workshops

2:30pm

HMR

3:00pm

Highlights from FMS’ Annual Financial Survey of US Independents, Robert Graybill, FMS

3:30pm

Boosting Staff Morale, Harold Lloyd

4:00pm

United Grocers Inc. Annual Supplier Awards Event