Executive Vice President, Big Box Retail Stores
As Executive Vice President of Lowe's Big Box Retail stores, Jim has had responsibility for the leadership of all Lowe's branded stores in Canada since he joined the company in June 2016. Prior to Lowe’s, Jim served as the President of The Brick leading the retail, commercial, franchise, Trans Global Service, Trans Global Insurance, Trans Global Warranty and First Ocean’s Overseas Sourcing Divisions from 2013-2016. He also served as Senior Vice President of Store Operations at The Brick from 2010-2013. Jim has over 35 years of retail leadership experience with national companies such as Wal-Mart Canada Corp., The Bargain Shop and Woolworth Corp., holding positions such as Store Manager, Regional Manager, Vice President Store Operations, Vice President Specialty Divisions, Vice President General Merchandise and Chief Operating Officer. He is on the Board of Directors for the Retail Council of Canada and a past member of the Retail Council of Canada’s Energy Advisory Committee, as well as, the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Council of Representatives.
Senior Vice President, HR, Loss Prevention & Customer Service.
Town Shoes Limited
Kelly Davis is the Senior Vice President of HR, Loss Prevention & Customer Service for Town Shoes Limited (Town Shoes, The Shoe Company, Shoe Warehouse, Sterling and DSW Canada). She leads these three functions for the company’s 5 banners and 4000+ associates. Prior to joining Town Shoes Limited, she was the Vice President of People Development at Cara Operations (Milestones, Kelsey’s, Harvey’s, Montana’s and Swiss Chalet) where she worked with the corporate office and franchise partners to deliver HR services to the company’s 700+ restaurants and 30,000 associates. Kelly spent most of her career prior to joining Cara Operations with the Hudson’s Bay Company where she worked for over 12 years in a variety of progressive HR roles including leading the HR function for all Bay and Home Outfitters stores across Canada. Her last role with the Hudson’s Bay Company was in a more specialist function where she led Compensation, Benefits, Associate Relations and Services for the Hudson’s Bay Company in Canada and Lord & Taylor in the U.S. Kelly holds her B.A. from McGill University and her CHRE, CHRL and H.R.C.C.C. (Human Resources & Compensation Committee Certification) designations. Kelly is passionate about supporting not for profit organizations. In the past she has actively contributed to the HR Committee of the Board of Directors for Eva’s Initiatives and to the Leadership Committee of the Board of Directors for Big Brothers, Big Sisters Canada. Currently she serves as a Board Director and Chair of the HR & Governance Committee for White Ribbon (the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls).
Senior Manager, Strategic Business Development.
Mr. Demers serves on the executive team, as the senior manager of Strategic Business Development responsible for the sustainable future of CannAmm. Mr. Demers is an accomplished international speaker on the topic of managing marijuana in safety sensitive workplaces. Mr. Demers servers on the board of the Substance Abuse Administrators Association (SAPAA) as well as national and international legal committees aimed at advising employers on the political, legal, social and occupational considerations of successfully implementing safe for duty standards.
Kevin Graff is the President of Graff Retail, based in Toronto, Ontario. Since 1988, Graff Retail has specialized in working with retailers around the globe to increase their revenue through improved staff performance. For 27 years they have had the privilege of working with many of world’s best and brightest retailers. Kevin is widely respected as one of North America’s best retail speakers and trainers and was recently chosen as one of the Top 50 Retail Influencers. His principle belief is that retailers are losing too many sales each day in their stores that they should be capturing. Kevin’s approach to store operations and his intense focus on real, bottom-line issues continually produce outstanding results. In fact, work he has completed for his retail clients has captured the Retail Council of Canada’s Award for Best Employee Development Programs on six separate occasions.
Country Human Resources Manager
Miles Lucas is on a mission to help grow and develop the best leaders in the retail industry. Though new to his role as Country Human Resources Manager for H&M Canada, Miles has had over 13 years of professional retail experience in operations, sales, financial controlling and one of his passions People Development. In 2016 alone, H&M Canada promoted over 10% of the employee population to develop 269 future leaders! In addition, H&M Canada was the proud recipient of the 2016 Excellence in Retail award for Talent Development. Today, as the Country Head of HR Miles’ vision for H&M Canada is to continue to drive H&M’s “Your Leadership” training program forward to engage and develop millennial and future leaders to achieve all of the possibilities provided by H&M!
Vice President of Programs and Priorities
A highly motivated visionary and an expert at building partnerships, engaging stakeholders, and inspiring change, Ed has led innovation and improvement in healthcare for over two decades. As Vice President of Programs and Priorities at the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Ed is dedicated to promoting mental health and changing the attitudes of Canadians toward mental health problems and illnesses. By collaborating with stakeholders to improve mental health services and supports, he leads the way for change. Ed pays particular attention to reducing stigma and increasing mental resiliency through innovative measures like Mental Health First Aid, the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, the Mental Health Strategy for Canada, the Knowledge Exchange Centre and Prevention and Promotion activities. Ed is accustomed to wearing many different hats. He was CEO of the Physician Recruitment Agency of Saskatchewan and Senior Operating Officer of the University of Alberta Hospital. As an Accreditation Surveyor with Accreditation Canada, he contributes to quality and safety in healthcare across Canada and internationally. Ed is also a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, holds a Master’s of Science Administration, and is a Certified Health Executive.
Blu Ivy Group
Stacy is an employer branding thought leader who successfully communicates value through her holistic approach to talent and culture, married with marketing and branding best practices. She brings more than 20 years in HR, Marketing and Recruitment experience to Blu Ivy, after holding leadership positions at several globally recognized organizations. As the Managing Director and Co-Founder of Blu Ivy Group, she has led and implemented employer branding strategies for top brands both in Canada and globally, including H&M, Lowes, Starbucks, The Beer Store, Scotiabank, Manulife, PCL, Cadillac Fairview, Mattamy Homes, Morneau Shepell, and BMO. Several of her clients employer brand initiatives have been featured in global best practice case studies with Employer Brand International and in 2016 was a featured speaker at World Employer Brand Day in Prague.
North American Retail Trainer
Rod Power’s retail career began in 1993 which eventually brought him to Michael Hill in 2008. Beginning as an MIT in Ontario when Michael Hill only had 23 stores in Canada, moving to Western Canada to aide in it’s amazing growth. Michael Hill currently has 74 stores in Canada and 10 in the United States. For the past 4 years, Rod has been the North American Retail Trainer. The training implementation and the Retail Academy has been Rod’s primary focus and he is energized to be part of an expanding retailer’s continued growth. Rod has held many positions within the retail scope. However, having the ability to design, implement and review training packages within the workplace while utilizing different learning techniques to best reach the advancing audience has been an amazing experience.