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.

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Speakers

Neil Pasricha
Be Happy First: Breakthrough Performance In Times Of Change
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 Be Happy First: Breakthrough Performance In Times Of Change

After Neil Pasricha’s wife left him and his best friend suddenly took his own life, he crash-landed in an empty downtown bachelor apartment. Just twelve months later, he was working directly for the CEO at Walmart, running the International Academy of Digital Arts and Science’s “Best Blog in the world” which was on its way to garnering over 50 million hits, and had just published The Book of Awesome which stormed the New York Times bestseller list and has now sold over a million copies. The lesson was clear: resilience, change, and growth can came from times of challenge. This inspiring talk is for anybody looking for simple practical ways to lift performance to new heights. In Neil’s case, he realized before life could change, he had to change. Leadership ultimately comes from within. When company execs would ask him “How did you get so happy?” he’d say the secret is to “Be happy first” and let the mindset you cultivate ultimately enable your success. Neil’s presentation leaves audiences with the tools they need to achieve their biggest goals.

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.
Carman Allison
Growing To Win
Canada's dynamic retail landscape has challenged many manufacturers and retailers to evaluate their future growth opportunities. With retail growth slowing in 2019, we will explore 4 emerging consumer and retail trends that will help the convenience industry grow to win. Read more Growing To Win

Canada's dynamic retail landscape has challenged many manufacturers and retailers to evaluate their future growth opportunities. With retail growth slowing in 2019, we will explore 4 emerging consumer and retail trends that will help the convenience industry grow to win.

About Carman

Carman Allison serves as VP of Consumer Insights for Nielsen Canada. Carman has his finger on the pulse of the CPG landscape and is relied on by manufacturers and retailers to provide them with the consumer insights they need to make strategic and impactful business decisions. With 25 years of experience he shares his insights on consumer shopping, industry trends and buying and media consumption behaviours and attitudes through thought leadership reports, industry presentations and his two monthly columns in Canadian Grocer and Grocery Business magazine.
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.