Retail Human Resources Conference

Putting people first

April 25, 2024
The International Centre

People-First Strategies for Retailers

A full-day conference dedicated to exploring the future of HR in the retail industry.

The event will delve into the evolving work landscape, focusing on pivotal topics such as compensation and labour relation trends, mental health, the role of AI in HR, and other key elements that are shaping the retail workforce.

AI Technology in workforce development

Modern & powerful talent attraction strategies

Trends in compensation and labour relations

Employee experience strategies for engagement and retention

Who should attend?

Tailored for HR professionals in the retail industry, RCC’s HR Conference is a must-attend event for those involved in talent acquisition, workforce development, and employee engagement.

This conference offers valuable insights to navigate the unique challenges of managing and engaging teams in the fast-paced retail environment.  Attendees will explore innovative HR strategies, connect with experts, and leave with actionable insights to drive organizational success.

Created for retailers by retail human resources experts

Retail Council of Canada’s HR Advisory Committee, comprised of retail HR leaders, activley discuss practices and procedures and have been instrumental in shaping this conference.  They have recommend the topics, speakers, and trends that will be covered at the 2024 Retail Human Resources Conference. 

Jerry Martel

Director of Human Resources

Tepperman's

Erin Gordon

Vice President Human Resources

Lindt & Sprungli Canada

Kevin Graff

President

Graff Retail

Maria Collins

HR Executive

Mary Kovacs

Associate Vice President, Human Resources

Canadian Tire Corporation Limited

Shannon Patterson

Director, Human Resources Advisory Services

Federated Co-Operatives Limited

Tanja Fratangeli

Chief People Officer

IKEA Canada

Martine Lamoureux

Head of Talent and Culture

Ardene Holdings Inc.

Christopher Delledonne

Director, Human Resources

Bell

Alex Snelling

Chief People Officer

McDonalds Canada

Basil Rowe

Vice President, Total Rewards

Sobeys Inc.

Barb Keenan

Senior Vice President Human Resources

LCBO

Jackie Ross

Principal/Lead Recruiter

Jross Retail Recruiters

John Benjamin

Vice President Human Resources

Walmart

Liz Volk

Chief Human Resources Officer

Longo's

This event has been approved for 5.5 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours under Category A of the CPD Log of the Human Resource Professionals Association (HRPA).

The International Centre

April 25, 2024

Conference Centre | 6900 Airport Rd, Mississauga, ON L4V 1E8 

As The Voice of Retail™ in Canada since 1963, Retail Council of Canada (RCC) represents over 56,000 independent, regional, national mass and specialty retail businesses and online merchants in general merchandise, drug and grocery.

2023 Retail Human Resources Conference Speakers

Fil D’Urbano

Chief Leadership and Mindfulness Officer

Ardene

Barb Keenan

Senior Vice President Human Resources

LCBO

Leigh Mitchell

Inclusive HR Marketer & Educator

Bee Happy HR and Marketing Co.

Alex Snelling

Chief People Officer

McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada

Tanja Fratangeli

Chief People Officer

IKEA Canada

Michael Smyth

Chief Retail Officer

Mastermind Toys

John Benjamin

Vice President of People

Walmart Canada

Sara Bibb

Head of Human Resources

Bee Happy HR & Marketing Co.

Tiffani Bova

Global Growth Evangelist

Salesforce

Diane J. Brisbois

Diane J. Brisebois

President and CEO

Retail Council of Canada

Majid Charania

Director of Compliance

Competition Bureau Canada

Kristy Cork

Specialized Consultant – Healthy Workplaces

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

Christopher Delledonne

Director, Human Resources

Bell

Natashia Dunham

Director of Real Estate & Construction

Sobeys

Courtney Elling

Hybrid Work Leader

Cisco Canada

Stephen Friedman

Adjunct Professor of Organizational Studies

Schulich ExecEd, Schulich School of Business at York University

Marie-Laurence Godon

Manager of Culture & Engagement

Ardene

Kevin Graff RCC

Kevin Graff

President

Graff Retail

Frances Gunn

Interim Director, Retail Management

Ted Rogers School of Retail Management, Toronto Metropolitan University

Barb Keenan

Senior Vice President Human Resources

LCBO

Michael LeBlanc RCC

Michael LeBlanc

Senior Retail Advisor, Retail Council of Canada

Retail Council of Canada

Mike Jackson

Senior Manager, Human Capital Consulting

Deloitte Canada

Martine Lamoureux

Head of Talent and Culture

Ardene

Eamon Leonard

Manager, Learning and Knowledge Solutions

Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion

Kelly Mawhinney

Partner and Career LOB, Toronto

Mercer

Hetal Pandya

Partner

Deloitte Canada