CAFA FASHION & RETAIL FORUM

Presented By

KPMG


CAFA is pleased to introduce the CAFA Fashion & Retail Forum, a business-focused event to take place on Thursday, April 6th 2017


Place: Aperture Room, 340 Yonge St, The Thorton-Smith Building, 3rd Floor

Start Time: 8:30 A.M.


 As part of CAFA's ongoing efforts to foster economic development in the Canadian fashion industry, the CAFA Fashion & Retail Forum will feature thought-provoking conversations with Canadian and international industry leaders across retail, fashion, and technology. This business focused event will feature dynamic panel discussions on prominent issues and opportunities facing the fashion industry, with topics including trends in consumer spending behavior and the omni-channel response to an increasingly digital retail landscape. 


Bringing together an audience of entrepreneurs, institutional investors, designers, media and influencers, the Forum will offer a coveted networking opportunity highlighting commerce, collaboration and innovation. 


FEATURED GUEST SPEAKERS:



A fireside chat with fashion insider Edward Menicheschi 

Founder, Silver Fox Productions


Edward Menicheschi


With over 25 years in the publishing world working closely with GQ, Vogue, Vanity Fair and WWD, former Chief Marketing Officer and President, Media Group, of Condé Nast, Menicheschi  will share his thoughts on the future of storytelling. 


Building a Global Fashion Platform: an inside talk with Guillaume Mercier,

Vice President of Marketing, SSENSE


Guillaume Mercier


Guillaume Mercier is the Vice President of Marketing for SSENSE, a Montreal-based fashion platform currently serving 114 countries and generating an average of 32 million monthly page views. Founded in 2003, SSENSE is pacing the vanguard of directional retail with its mix of luxury, streetwear, and avant-garde labels.


Guillaume joined SSENSE from Elysium, a startup envisioned by Guy Laliberté, where he was President and General Manager, working with world-class creatives. Earlier in his career Guillaume also served as a venture capitalist at Real Ventures in Montreal and Senior Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company. Guillaume holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and is Chairman of the Board for the non-profit organization Pour 3 Points.




The State of the Consumer

A discussion about consumer spending behavior with experts who have their hands on the pulse of the retail industry


Ethan Song Jackie Tardiff 


Ethan Song, Co-Founder of Frank & Oak 

Jackie Tardiff, Senior Vice President, Reitmans 

Steven Horn, VP of Retail, Holt Renfrew


Building an International Brand

An intimate conversation with Byron and Dexter Peart, Co-Founders and Creative Directors of WANT Les Essentiels


Byron and Dexter Peart



CAFA Tech Talk with Dax Dasilva, Founder & CEO of Lightspeed


Dax Dasilva


The creative mind behind Lightspeed's suite of retail, hospitality and eCommerce tools. Lightspeed provides industry-leading omnichannel commerce tools that enable more than 40,000 small and medium-sized businesses worldwide to thrive. His vision of blending the best of the digital and physical worlds continues to guide the company today. Lightspeed helps its customers process over $15 billion in transactions annually.


Retail Revolutions with Anne Martin-Vachon President of the Shopping Channel 


Anne Martin-Vachon


Drawing from her 30 plus years in retail, Chief Merchandising Officer at Home Shopping Network (HSN), senior roles at Nordstrom, Bath & Body Works, and Lise Watier Cosmetiques and 20 years at Procter & Gamble, Martin-Vachon will discuss the evolution of shopping platforms and what the future holds.



The Future of Retail with Eric Morris, Director, Search & Performance, Google


Eric Morris



CAFA FASHION & RETAIL FORUM PACKAGE
$ 69 Ticket to the event includes:
    • Conference Admission on April 6

    • Food and beverage onsite

    • Networking lunch