Summit Program

 

 

Set along Toronto’s lakefront, the 2019 National Convenience Industry Summit will bring together retailers, distributors and vendors from across Canada. This year, the Summit will provide relevant research, inspiring keynotes and networking opportunities that will offer insight into future opportunities, challenges and trends.

To view the full program, please click here.

Speakers

Neil Pasricha
Happiness Expert and Bestselling Author
A Harvard MBA, New York Times bestselling author, award-winning blogger, and one of the most popular TED speakers in the world, Neil Pasricha is “a pied piper of happiness” who dazzles audiences with ideas that skyrocket happiness into the stratosphere. With infectious enthusiasm, heartfelt authenticity, and a “what works” authority, Pasricha draws on the latest research in happiness to increase individual performance and create a more positive and productive workplace. Read more About Neil

A Harvard MBA, New York Times bestselling author, award-winning blogger, and one of the most popular TED speakers in the world, Neil Pasricha is “a pied piper of happiness” who dazzles audiences with ideas that skyrocket happiness into the stratosphere. With infectious enthusiasm, heartfelt authenticity, and a “what works” authority, Pasricha draws on the latest research in happiness to increase individual performance and create a more positive and productive workplace.

His first book, The Book of Awesome, is a runaway #1 international bestseller with millions of copies sold. His newest book, The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything (also an international bestseller), provides step-by-step guidelines to illustrate how to improve your time, your career, your bottom line, your relationships, and ultimately (of course), your happiness.
The Inside Scoop:
Meet with Our Retailers and Distributors
In this session, vendor partners will have the opportunity to meet directly as part of a group with retailer and distributor members. In a timed rotating style, host retailers and distributors will discuss their company’s priorities and short-term strategic plan. Read more The Inside Scoop: Meet with Our Retailers and Distributors

In this session, vendor partners will have the opportunity to meet directly as part of a group with retailer and distributor members. In a timed rotating style, host retailers and distributors will discuss their company’s priorities and short-term strategic plan. Each vendor partner will have the opportunity to meet with 4 companies for 15-minute sessions. Vendors from the same company will be spilt into separate groups to maximize the number of retailers and distributors they are able to meet.

Action for the board: provide 1-2 team members who will host your company’s table, explain the company’s priorities and short-term strategic place, and can answer the questions of vendor partners during the session. They will each lead four 15-minute sessions explaining the same content.
Manjit Minhas
Entrepreneur and Judge on CBC’s Dragons’ Den
Manjit Minhas is an entrepreneur and judge on CBC’s Dragons’ Den who shares business lessons with equal parts force and finesse. Minhas runs a $187 million brewery—the 10th largest worldwide—that she and her brother built from scratch. Her unprecedented success demolished stereotypes, surprised her competitors, and cleared a path for entrepreneurs of every age and gender. Read more About Manjit

Manjit Minhas is an entrepreneur and judge on CBC’s Dragons’ Den who shares business lessons with equal parts force and finesse. Minhas runs a $187 million brewery—the 10th largest worldwide—that she and her brother built from scratch. Her unprecedented success demolished stereotypes, surprised her competitors, and cleared a path for entrepreneurs of every age and gender. Manjit brings her incredible entrepreneurial savvy to every stage.

Minhas started Mountain Crest Liquors Inc. at the age of 19 in Alberta. In late 2002 she entered the beer market with Mountain Crest Classic Lager. It quickly became the first successful beer company to enter Canada in decades. Minhas Breweries, Distilleries and Winery is now making waves internationally: producing, developing, and marketing over 90 brands, and having served over 7 billion pints of beer. She is also the creator of Uptown Girl, a beer that is marketed and made exclusively for women. In 2006, Minhas purchased the second oldest brewery in the United States and renamed it The Minhas Craft Brewery, officially marking them as the Youngest Brewery Owners in The World. Their quality beers are shipped across the USA, Canada and overseas to 16 countries. The siblings opened The Minhas Micro Brewery in Calgary in June 2012, from which they make world-class craft beers and specialty beers.