2023 AGENDA | Speakers
Explore below the exciting sessions and speakers from The Convenience U CARWACS Show 2023!
Tara Spencer-Nairn is best known as the deadpan police officer Karen Pelly in Corner Gas, Corner Gas the Movie and Corner Gas Animated a role she played in the Gemini-winning, #1 rated CTV sitcom earning a Gemini Award for Best Ensemble Performance in 2007 and two Gemini nominations in 2004 and 2006.
Most recently she has appeared in the hit CBS show GHOSTS and will be appearing in the upcoming CBC GEM series LAZY LEGS
Spencer-Nairn appeared in the recurring role of Sandy in CTV’s hit drama THE LISTENER. She has appeared in numerous other television productions including THE OUTER LIMITS, THE STRAIN; MURDOCH MYSTERIES, FLASHPOINT, SAVING HOPE, DEGRASSI, HUDSON and REX, and SYFY’s KILLJOYS.
C-store IQ 2023: The new c-store shopper
Join EnsembleIQ Senior Research Director, Beth Brickel, who reveals exclusive data and insights from the all new 2023 C-store IQ National Shopper Study, Canada’s only convenience and gas specific research that delves into the evolving wants, needs and values of your current and future customers, from Gen Z through Millennial, Gen X and Boomer. How do shoppers define convenience in an omnichannel world? How are new daily habits sharing the c-store shopping experience? What products are they purchasing? And more! Whether you have one store or 100, understanding this “new c-store shopper” is fundamental to your business success.
Feed your bottom line: How to take advantage of the c-store foodservice advantage
Foodservice is an important segment for convenience stores seeking to boost their bottom line and flourish in a competitive landscape. The good news is that convenience stores have strategic advantages when it comes to offering foodservice: For instance, often a c-store foodservice program can be implemented with minimal incremental labour and occupancy costs. Join Jeff Dover of fsSTRATEGY as he digs into how to take full advantage of c-stores’ unique market position and highlights what operators need to do in order to build a successful and profitable foodservice program. Whether you have one store or operate a chain of stores, with the right planning, menu design and store layout, find out how you can have a profitable future in foodservice. And, for those who already offer foodservice, this session will provide insights into streamlining your operations to increase revenues.
Maximize your earnings and boost your foot traffic: Hosting a Bitcoin ATM for retail operators
Sponsored Tutorial: Are you looking for new ways to boost your revenue and attract more customers to your retail store? The rapid adoption of cryptocurrency has opened up a new revenue stream for convenience operators. Learn how hosting a Bitcoin ATM at your location can drive recurring revenue and increase foot traffic to your business. Join Tristan Fong, co-founder and CEO of Localcoin, for an exclusive education session on the basics of Bitcoin ATMs and how to get started. Discover how easy it is to tap into this growing market and take your business to the next level
Supporting the convenience store industry: How JTI is working to support retailers in our markets
Sponsored Tutorial:Tobacco is the largest product category in convenience, but sales are declining across the country. One of the primary reasons is Illicit tobacco, which costs all Canadians, but particularly convenience retailers. Across Canada, c-store operators are paying the ultimate price in terms of declining sales and lost revenues. While fewer people are smoking, that is not the whole story–contraband tobacco is a major issue in all communities. Find out what JTI is doing to advocate for and support c-store operators coast to coast to coast.
C-school: Proven business lessons to drive growth and profits
Daniel Tsai is a lawyer, business executive, educator and columnist, who also happens to remotely operate a successful convenience store and gas station in B.C. While he grew up in the business that his parents had operated and owned for more than 40 years, Tsai never planned to take over the family business. He calls it a typical immigrant story – his parents sacrificed and worked long, hard hours so their children could have better lives, while he pursued several law degrees, a PhD, and, later, an Ivy League MBA. When the business was struggling due to the “Costco effect,” and the tenant gave notice to abandon the site, Tsai took over, using his business know-how, technology, and marketing expertise to propel unprecedented growth. In just five years, he’s turned the struggling c-gas operation into a community destination with lineups at the pumps. Join the Cornell University trained business professor as he shares insights and best practices to help make your business more profitable.
Charles de Brabant
The future of convenience: Inside the Retail Innovation Lab at McGill
Retail is in a state of profound transformation, with consumers significantly changing what they buy and how they shop. At the same time, there’s a rise of unparalleled technological innovations spanning contactless shopping, AI, robotics, and big data, just to name a few. Join Charles de Brabant, Executive Director, Bensadoun School of Retail Management at McGill University in Montreal, as he separates the hype from what convenience operators really need to focus on to thrive in this new and exciting world. He will share new learnings from the Retail Innovation Lab in partnership with Alimentation Couche Tard–an actual convenience store equipped with state-of-the-art technology that, among other things, looks at consumer behaviour–as well as strategies for implementing technology in a relevant way, optimizing store layout, and building effective omni-channel operations. Whether you operate a multi-national chain, regional banner or one store, de Brabant will deliver practical insights to inform and optimize your business.
On Your Corner. In Canada’s Corner. The importance of telling the convenience industry’s story with Anne Kothawala, CICC
$54 billion in sales. 201,000 jobs. 23,500 stores. Canada’s convenience industry matters and is an important element of the national economy. Yet, there are a number of headwinds facing the industry including contraband tobacco, credit card interchange fees, taxation as well as enabling the channel to diversify its product mix. As a national united voice of the entire c-store supply chain, join Convenience Industry Council of Canada president and CEO Anne Kothawala in conversation with Convenience Store News Canada editor Michelle Warren, as she discusses the big issues and how CICC turns these challenges into opportunities to tell our story to stakeholders to ensure the future success of our industry.
Adapting to emerging regulations in the vaping sector: Strategies for C&G retail success
Sponsored Tutorial: To adapt to the rapidly evolving regulatory landscape of the vaping sector, convenience, and gas stations (C&G) retailers should implement a range of strategies to maintain profitability and position themselves for long-term success. These include staying informed about the latest regulatory changes and industry news, diversifying product offerings to adapt to changing consumer preferences, emphasizing product safety and quality, and collaborating with industry partners. By prioritizing these strategies, C&G retailers can navigate the changing regulatory environment and better position their businesses for success. With a range of products, a focus on regulations, and strategic marketing efforts, C&G retailers can continue to meet consumer demand and grow their businesses.
Increase your security, increase your sales: Responding to escalating violence in retail
Every day the news is filled with stories about violence and theft at c-store and gas stations across Canada. What can companies and operators do to improve the safety of staff and customers, while preventing losses that hurt the bottom line? Security expert Sean Sportun, vice-president, national accounts and community engagement, GardaWorld, will examine these issues, dig into larger trends and provide solutions to help operators boost safety and increase security, resulting in higher sales.
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