16 - 19 May, 2016
Hyatt Regency Toronto, Toronto, ON
Contact Us: 1.646.200.7530
Co-Founder, President & CEO
Drawing on his background as a builder, Jeff co-founded BuildDirect in 1999 from his first-hand experience with the inefficiencies and high costs inherent with the home improvement and building supplies industry. While most told him the industry was too large and too broken to fix, Jeff only saw possibilities. He knew that by combing technology with his entrepreneurial spirit and vision, he could build a simpler and more trusted home improvement industry. Ultimately, opening a world of possibilities for homeowners, suppliers and those in trades and shipping.
SVP of eCommerce and Omni-Channel
Prior to joining Loblaw, Jeremy held various positions in the retail industry related to strategy and merchandising. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Rebecca holds a B.A. from the Richard Ivey School of Business, a B.Eng in Electrical Engineering from Western University, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School where she was a Baker Scholar. She's a passionate online shopper, a mom to two young children, and she loves shopping for Green & Natural products at Well.ca to keep her family well.
Chief Marketing and Merchandising Officer
Prior to joining Well.ca, Erin was a leader in McKinsey & Company’s North American Retail Practice where she led several large scale retail transformations in Canada and the US and worked closely with Drug, Grocery and Specialty retailers on the Strategy, Marketing, Merchandising and Operations topics with a focus on multi-channel. She also worked at Loblaw where she led the PC Blue Menu launch from concept to shelf.
Erin is the mother of three small children and enjoys running, travelling and cooking.
CRM and Digital Marketing Manager
Director Of Digital Marketing
In the past 15 years, Jose’s willingness to take on new challenges has given him the opportunity to lead digital strategies in a variety of industries ranging from high tech, finance, higher education, retail, advertising, not for profit, and tourism.
His peers would describe him as a collaborative leader who can work at a strategic and tactical level--a leader who's willing to roll up his sleeves to ensure the team is successful.
Digital Marketing Manager
Bentley Leathers Inc.
Director, Marketing and eCommerce
Peter is responsible for customer acquisition, retention and share of wallet development for all marketing channels including digital (paid search, display, affiliates), email, print DM and telesales. Peter’s team also acts as the business owners for the two main eCommerce properties – staples.ca and staplespreferred.ca. He has brought a customer first mentality to Staples and a key contributor to growing Staples into of the largest eCommerce players in Canada.
Prior to joining Staples, Peter held various marketing leadership positions at Fedex and Starbucks Canada.
Senior Manager, eCommerce Performance
Social Media Manager
Ford Motor Company of Canada
Head of E-Commerce and Digital Marketing
Fruits & Passion
SVP - Technology Solutions
Canadian Tire Corporation
Previously, Rex held various senior technology leadership roles at BlackBerry, Bell Canada and Bell Mobility and his approaches to innovation and technology have been featured in various publications and books.
Rex holds an MBA in Marketing and Technology Management from McMaster University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario.
Nicolas is a Canadian digital executive, entrepreneur and lecturer, known for his track record for driving digital transformations. His past professional experiences include Sympatico, Bell and Yellow Pages.
Gaudreau holds an B.Eng and a MBA from INSEAD, France. His current fields of research are in the area of mobile commerce and social shopping.
Head of Ecommerce and Digital Marketing
Lastman's Bad Boy
Fast forward a few years later (2011 to present) Colleen re-entered the technology field but this time focusing on content marketing for companies like Vortex, Fieldpoint, InFlow Inventory and Shopify. In 2015 Colleen joined Lastman’s Bad Boy to manage their Ecommerce Growth and Digital Marketing strategy.
Member of Parliament
During his tenure on the government side of the House from 2006 to 2015, MP Sweet served as Vice-Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, Chair of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, as well as the Chair of the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs.
The Industry, Science and Technology Committee that MP Sweet chaired dealt with a series of complex issues ranging from the ascendency of the digital economy, anti-spam legislation, entertainment software, mobile communications and more. Notably, the Committee released its report E-Commerce in Canada: Pursuing the Promise in 2012 following months of expert witness testimony and research.
Prior to his election to Parliament, David Sweet owned his own management consulting business – which operated for 17 years offering training services for a variety of corporate, public and not-for-profit sector clients. His consultancy leveraged his frontline business experience leading a large real estate brokerage in Mississauga during the 1980s building boom and the successful tow truck business he and his wife, Almut, operated in Mississauga from 1978 to the early 1980s.
MP Sweet continues to be a fitness and outdoors enthusiast who enjoys hiking, cycling, swimming and running. A favourite summer pastime is riding his motorcycle and participating in a number of charity rides each year.
AVP of Digital Marketing and eCommerce
Johnny has over 10 years of online marketing and ecommerce experience in the retail, manufacturing, mobile, and software sectors. Johnny is energetic and passionate about the Ecommerce and Digital Marketing fields, often speaking at numerous industry events, as well as sitting on the Board of Advisors for Etail Canada and Ecom MTL. Johnny is obsessively trying to optimize and improve upon the online and omni-channel customer experience. He believes vendors are partners, and the IT and finance departments are friends.
Consumer Engagement Manager
In this digital age, the role of consumer care is now more complex and more important than ever, therefore placing the consumer at the core of everything we do at L’Oréal Canada is a priority.
In addition to her business career, Ekaterina is a world-renowned professional magician who has appeared on several major TV networks and uploaded hundreds of magic videos on Youtube spanning over 3 million views.
Vice President, E-Commerce and Marketing
His role in marketing at Roots and his passion for integrating digital technologies into marketing programs and physical stores have lead to Roots winning numerous awards and accolades including being nominated as a finalist for a Webby award in a category with brands like Google and Adobe. James has also spoken to audiences and industry journals worldwide on the topics of marketing, social media and online retail and co-authored a book published by Aspatore Books.
Divisional Vice-President, eCommerce
Digital Marketing Manager
Gianna has ten years of experience in the fashion and footwear industry, having previously worked in the eCommerce departments of Steve Madden and of the Aldo Group. At work, Gianna is committed to quality customer service and she believes in making all decisions with the consumer in mind.
Through recent years, Gianna has enjoyed speaking to students and inspiring young professionals to recognize their potential and to follow their dreams. On her spare time, Gianna likes to explore her beloved city, Montreal.
Head of eCommerce and Marketing
Online Content Manager
Jennifer’s work as Online Content Manager has earned accolades for her and her team, winning Infopresse’s “Media Concept of the Year” as well as “Best in Niche Target and Multicultural” at the Media Innovation Awards.
Director Interactive Marketing & e.Business Intelligence
Martin has over 15 years of experience in digital marketing, e-commerce and entrepreneurship (as co-founder of Minitrade.ca). He was behind the success of reseaucontact.ca and canada411.ca. He also had the opportunity to explore the world of agencies as Vice-President, Interactive Media at PALM + HAVAS, where he supported the integrated interactive marketing strategies of major brands such as Volkswagen and Via Rail. He also worked on the media side and innovation at Canoë, as Manager, Social Media and Digital Platforms.
These diversified experiences make Martin Aubut a well-rounded leader and a major player in the transformation and digital acceleration of L’Oréal Canada.
Director, eCommerce & Digital
eCommerce Team Lead
Sr. Manager, Omni Channel Analytics
The Home Depot Canada
VP Marketing, Sales & eCommerce
Digital Communications Strategist
As a strategic planner with a focus on digital & emerging channels, her experience includes technology, creative & content, user experience, research & data science, media, PR, shopper marketing, and more. She has worked on major brands and at top agencies with clients across CPG, Media & Entertainment, Health & Beauty, Non-Profit, B2B, Financial Services, Retail, QSR, and Healthcare. Her diverse experience across categories and capabilities allows her to bring a unique perspective to her work that embraces today’s omnichannel world by viewing consumer behavior, technology, creative and data holistically.
When she’s not working, she can be found researching and testing the latest technology and gadgets, following her artistic passions through photography, video and writing, or simply spending time with friends and family. She is a self-proclaimed Netflixaholic, and loves to read blogs, online magazines, and scroll endlessly through Instagram. To learn more about Erin, please visit http://erinmckeever.wordpress.com
Senior Digital Marketer
William is utterly passionate and emersed in everything ecommerce and digital and fascinated by every new twist or opportunity that comes along in the retail space.
At this time, William is now full metal to the pedal leading the strategic growth of CruiserRepublic.com across as many sales channels as his team can get their hands on.
Prior to this role, Bill was the Managing Director of a biological medicine company in Burnaby, BC and going back even further, the director of the largest touring exhibition in the world – Dr. Gunter Von Hagens', BodyWorlds 2 – The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies.
Director of eCommerce
Andre joined Carrier Enterprise one year ago and has been leading their eCommerce efforts as they transform their industry in the ecommerce and digital solutions space. In October of 2015, he spear-headed the efforts to launch www.carrierenterprise.ca and the CE HVAC Assist App in Canada.
Prior to joining Carrier Enterprise, Andre spent over 15 years working for such companies as UPS, Purolator and Acklands Grainger, gaining a vast array B2B experience in eCommerce, Product Development, Ecommerce Sales and digital marketing.
Andre is a graduate of Ryerson University with a Bachelors of Commerce degree in Marketing and IT.
Director of eCommerce and Digital Marketing
Digital Marketing Manager
Lowe’s Companies Canada
Milton advises and coaches luxury CEOs and advises the boards of top-tier luxury and premium brands, as well as luxury startups. He is sought after worldwide for his practical, innovative and humanistic insights and recommendations on luxury and is the most quoted global luxury industry expert in leading media and publications.
Milton is also an authority on customer relationship management technologies, analytics, and Big Data. Prior to founding the Luxury Institute, his successful career at Fortune 100 companies included executive roles at Altria, PepsiCo, Colgate, Citigroup and Wyndham Worldwide.
Director of Product Management
Head of Technology & Digital Innovation
Asst. Professor Supply Chain Management,Sprott Business School & Institute
yconic.com is Canada’s largest student platform with over 825,000 active student members across North America. It is a place where students can give and get the money and support they want to manage student life. yconic also operates Canada’s largest youth focused market research panel, with more than 550,000 young adult panelists. The insights founded from this panel help partner organizations better understand youth in Canada.
Prior to taking the helm at yconic, Rob held senior executive positions at Cyberplex, 80/20 Solutions and DECOSTA Marketing, where he was responsible for leading digital and technology teams through high-growth periods. One of Rob’s passions is to help build and support an entrepreneurial culture in Canada. He is currently an advisor and donor to Enactus, Canada’s largest student entrepreneurship program, of which he is a proud alumnus and former Executive Director. Rob also co-founded the National Angel Investor Organization (NAO) with Henry Vehovec in 2002, an organization formed to solve the access to capital gap for earlystage Canadian companies.
Art & Commerce
Partner Marketing & Communications
IQ PARTNERS Inc.
Mark and his team work across multiple industry categories on roles from mid-senior to C-Suite with specialist expertise in Digital, Social, Public Relations, Creative, Media, Data Analytics, CRM and Strategy.
Mark has a lifelong passion for advertising & marketing and prior to IQP worked at companies such as BBDO, Wunderman, and J. Walter Thompson. He got to work on amazing brands in the Automotive, Retail, CPG, Financial Services and Energy industries but counts himself most lucky to have met people to work with and learn from that remain friends and colleagues today.
Location Based Marketing Association
Prior to launching The LBMA, Asif built 4 start-ups and worked with companies as diverse as Limited Brands, IBM, Baxter Pharmaceuticals, Molson-Coors, BestBuy, American Airlines, Cineplex Entertainment, ING Bank, Vroom & Dreesman and L’Oreal. You can catch Asif’s weekly video podcast - This Week In Location-Based Marketing.
An avid technology evangelist, Asif also holds a degree in economics and management sciences from the University of Waterloo, is a adjunct professor at Penn State University, and can be found on Twitter @AsifRKhan
Trust Strategist & Web Security Advocate
Manager, Market Analysis & Strategy
Prior to Bronto, Davis served as Product Manager at iContact and Deutsche Bank Global Technology. In 2006, he helped start Futures Inc., then a startup company in Southern California, where he was crucial in the development and launch of the cloud-based Pipeline platform, focused on talent matching, career marketing and professional networking. Prior to Futures, he worked in marketing and sales for Apple, Inc.
Co-Founder & CEO
Today, with a digital marketing agency to call his own, vast industry recognition and valuable experience under his belt, Paresh has come a long way since earning his Computer Engineering degree from Concordia University. OPM Pros was named ‘Agency of the Year’ at the 2015 CJ You Awards hosted by CJ Affiliate by Conversant, and since its founding in 2009, OPM Pros has been named Winner of LinkShare’s ‘OPM Agency of the Year’ Golden Link Award three times in six years announced as Finalist. In 2014, Paresh, alongside Sonny, was named Finalist in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, recognized for his “vision, leadership and financial success and social responsibility” as an Emerging Entrepreneur in the ever-growing online affiliate marketing channel.
Paresh is actively involved with and invited to a number of popular affiliate conferences; in May 2015, he was invited – and honoured – to serve as Chairperson at the prestigious eTail Canada conference in Toronto. Additionally, under the branded name PareshConnect.com, he hosts hot-ticket (and highly anticipated) networking parties several times a year.
Senior Product Manager
Head Instructor, Digital Marketing
Enterprise Brand Strategist
In addition to starting a successful social enterprise in Boston, Deb has worked for technology start ups including Justmeans, which was sold to 3BL Media, and Buddy Media where she served as the first Vice President of Account Management. Deb attended Harvard University's Graduate School of Education, Boston University's Graduate School of Management and Colgate University.
Director Business Development
Greg received a B.A. in Political Science from Brigham Young University and followed up with an MBA at The Marriott School of Management in Provo, Utah. When he is not shopping online for his wife and two daughters, Greg can be found on the soccer pitch either coaching, refereeing or playing.
President, Chief Creative Officer
David has also built and led various design and technology think-tanks charged with pushing the limits of emerging technology to create new possibilities for human-computer interaction and enrich the human experience. He is widely recognized as one of the industry’s most innovative thinkers and is frequently sought by leading enterprises and startups for his insights on cultural behaviour, design, technology, and business futures.
Senior e-Commerce Manager
Outbound Sales Manager
Head of Direct Sales