Presenters Include:

Spotlight on Retail

CEO Dialogue: The Current Business Case for Retail Sustainability

Time: March 25, Thursday 10:30 - 12:00

Operations is the most tangible area for potential sustainability "wins" in retail in the short-term. This session will focus on case studies illustrating 'wins for environment equal wins for the bottom line' through a wide range of efficiencies such as waste reduction, energy efficiency, and decarbonizing processes.

David Ian Gray, Principal, DIG360, Vancouver, BC, Canada (Moderator)
Jeffrey Hollender, Co-Founder, Executive Chairman, & Chief Inspired Protagonist, Seventh Generation, Burlington, VT, USA
David Cheesewright, President & CEO, Walmart Canada Corporation, Mississauga, ON, Canada

The Role of Retail in a Sustainable Future

Time: March 25, Thursday 13:30 - 15:00

Can retail build a leadership position on environmental responsibility? This session will look ahead to the next stage of sustainable retail, the emerging challenges and the next opportunities. What are the opportunities to shape consumer behaviour and values, help communities, change processes, and influence supply chains? What kind of leadership is required to drive this future change? What will the sustainable store of the future look like and how can the industry as a whole affect positive consumption patterns? How will retail adapt to increased demands for lower societal consumption?

Anthony Watanabe, President & CEO, The Innovolve Group, Toronto, ON, Canada (Moderator)
Esther Speck, Director, Sustainability and Community, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Rick Amantea, Vice President, Park Royal Shopping Centre, West Vancouver, BC, Canada
James Gray-Donald, Associate Vice President, Sustainability, Sears Canada Inc., Toronto, ON, Canada
Jim Hanna, Director, Environmental Impact, Starbucks Coffee Company, Seattle, WA, USA
Peter White, Director, Global Sustainability, Procter & Gamble Ltd., Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

*Invited