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

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.
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
Pete Luckett
In-Convenience Truths: The Story of what must be Done, and Done Quickly in your Stores!
Like all business adventurers, Pete Luckett's early success encouraged him to push the boundaries and test the waters. He crossed the Atlantic in 1979, spending several years exploring culinary experiences. With a new global perspective he was ready to settle down and take Atlantic Canada by storm. He grew from a single retail outlet in New Brunswick in 1982, to one of Atlantic Canada’s best known and loved brands. Read more About Pete Luckett

At age 14, Pete Luckett saw opportunity in the sights, sounds and flavours of England’s busy outdoor food markets. Part theatrical sideshow, part business-savvy–Pete saw a perfect niche for his gregarious personality and produce know how. He learned how to stand out in a crowd by offering excellent quality, unique products and a fun, exciting shopping experience. Like all business adventurers, his early success encouraged him to push the boundaries and test the waters. He crossed the Atlantic in 1979, spending several years exploring culinary experiences. With a new global perspective he was ready to settle down and take Atlantic Canada by storm. He grew from a single retail outlet in New Brunswick in 1982, to one of Atlantic Canada’s best known and loved brands…Pete’s Frootique which later became Pete’s Fine Foods” a multi-million dollar retail with locations in Halifax and Bedford, Nova Scotia.

In 2011 Pete launched Luckett Vineyards. Nestled in the hillsides of Nova Scotia’s enchanting Gaspereau Valley, the vineyard offers stunning views of the Minas Basin and Blomidon and is beautifully positioned to take advantage of a fertile terroir. Luckett Vineyards produces wines true to the maritime climate and showcase the local grape varietals that truly are worth phoning home about. Inspired to build the Luckett Vineyard brand, Pete sold his grocery retail and wholesale business to Sobeys in 2015. The move from a perishable business to a product that only grows better with age, Luckett Vineyards is Pete’s new calling. But he’ll always have a Tooodleeedooo!! for anyone that passes by!

In-Convenience Truths: The Story of what must be Done, and Done Quickly in your Stores!
In business we often know what we should do, but sometimes need compelling reasons to take action! Pete Luckett is famous for creating spaces where customers don’t shop as much as they “congregate.” And every retailer knows the longer they shop, the more they buy! An enticing customer experience with bold displays and new product concepts will leverage consumers purchasing habits. Retaining great talent, focusing on new markets, and serving great coffee. These are just some of the topics Pete tackles as he shares his ‘truths’ about the competitive retail industry. Pete spent the past 40 years as one of Canada’s leading independents transforming grocery shopping from mundane drudgery into a highly entertaining experience. He knows how to make customers purchase what they came for, and much more!
Scott Stratten
The Age Of Disruption: Everything Has Changed and Nothing Is Different
Scott Stratten is the President of UnMarketing.

He has written five best-selling business books and was formerly a music industry marketer, National Sales Training Manager, and a College Professor. He ran one of the most successful viral video agencies in the world for nearly a decade. As the headliner at the NACS State of the Industry Summit held in April, Scott received rave reviews south of the border. Read more About Scott

Scott Stratten is the President of UnMarketing.

He has written five best-selling business books and was formerly a music industry marketer, National Sales Training Manager, and a College Professor. He ran one of the most successful viral video agencies in the world for nearly a decade before solely focusing on speaking at events for companies like Walmart, Pepsi, Adobe, IBM, Microsoft, Cirque du Soleil and Saks Fifth Avenue when they need help navigating their way through the landscape of business disruption.
As the headliner at the NACS State of the Industry Summit held in April, Scott received rave reviews south of the border. The entire event was summed with a quote from Scott: "If you want to improve your bottom line, you need to improve your front line.” Here is a tweet from the event: “Scott Stratten just killing it at the NACS Summit. Outstanding, funny, insightful and thought-provoking.” We are confident that you will agree!

The Age Of Disruption: Everything Has Changed and Nothing Is Different

Today’s business climate is changing at an unprecedented rate. Every week, it seems there is a new strategy, social media site or technology that is a “must use” or a “game changer.” What we lose in this endless quest for the next bright shiny business object is that at the core of business while everything has changed, nothing is different. Trust, connection, consistency, and service will always trump any new app to hit the market.

In this keynote, Scott will walk the audience through what is real and what are only smoke screens in the business world today. Audiences will walk away understanding the following:

• The Millennial Myth: The younger generation may create new challenges for business, but not in the way people are saying.
• Social Media Snake Oil: Why social media is a poor sales and marketing tool, what it’s really meant for, and how understanding this will lead to the best success for your company online.
• The Digital Decision: Your market today is forming buying decisions well before coming to you. Marketing today means getting in front of them when they’re making these important choices.