Program

 

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Set along Halifax’s harbour front, the 2018 National Convenience Industry Summit will bring together retailers, distributors and manufacturers from across Canada. During a time of industry disruption, this year’s program will focus on Navigating a Changing Channel. The 2018 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

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Bob Espey
CEO, Parkland Fuel Corporation
Bob Espey was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Parkland Fuel Corporation in 2011. During his tenure, he has successfully led the shift of Parkland from a regional independent to Canada's largest and one of North America's fastest growing independent suppliers and marketers of fuel and petroleum products and a leading convenience store operator. Read more About Bob

Bob Espey was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Parkland Fuel Corporation in 2011. During his tenure, he has successfully led the shift of Parkland from a regional independent to Canada's largest and one of North America's fastest growing independent suppliers and marketers of fuel and petroleum products and a leading convenience store operator. Today, Parkland supplies and supports a network of over 1,800 retail gas stations in Canada and operates national convenience store brands, On the Run / Marché Express.

Mr. Espey is a transformative leader with a proven track record of delivering on the Corporation’s strategic plan while maintaining a strong focus on teamwork, business integration and growing shareholder value. In 2017, he and his team made two transformative acquisitions, adding the Chevron and Ultramar brands to Parkland’s portfolio, nearly tripling the size of its business. Parkland has also become the second largest convenience store operator in Canada by site count.
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Alex Chausovsky
Winds of Change
Alex regularly delivers keynote addresses at leading industry events to rave reviews. His charisma, engaging personality and refreshing demeanor on stage always surpass the audience’s expectations. His extensive consulting expertise is greatly valued by management teams of companies both large and small. Read more About Alex

Alex regularly delivers keynote addresses at leading industry events to rave reviews. His charisma, engaging personality and refreshing demeanor on stage always surpass the audience’s expectations.

His extensive consulting expertise is greatly valued by management teams of companies both large and small. ITR Economics’ clients rely on his input when developing strategic plans for the future, as he helps them plan for risk conditions and find areas of opportunity.

Winds of Change

Attendees will learn what the leading indicators are saying about the economy for the rest of 2018 and what ITR’s outlook is for 2019. We will also compare the 2013 forecasts for Industrial Production for the US and Canada that ITR presented five years ago to what actually occurred to help establish trust and credibility.

There are business cycle changes afoot, and there are other factors that will have an impact on our future—and others that won’t. The consumer drove the economy to where it is today. Attend the session and find out why we think the consumer could be in a weakened position for 2019. Hint: it is tied to the savings rate, the stock market, and interest rates.

Walk away from this session with:

• A clear vision for the future
• Knowing what leading indicators matter
• Understanding the impact of government policy on the economy
• Inflation expectations
• Oil prices outlook for the next 12 months
• The impact of millennials on today’s tight labor market
• Risks to the economy and our forecast