Vice President, Store Design and Merchandising Canadian Tire Corporation
A results-driven retail re-inventor with a keen eye for innovative design, Micheline Davies has spent more than a decade helping to shape the vision of the in-store shopping experience for one of Canada’s most iconic brands. As Vice President, Store Design and Merchandising, Micheline has overseen the replacement and remerchandising of more than 300 Canadian Tire stores, the reinvention of the Living department across the store network and the creation of more than 200 hunting and fishing pro shops that continue deliver strong results. Micheline’s latest major project was the delivery of the largest and best ever Canadian Tire store. The 140,000 square foot Showcase Store represents the future of Canadian Tire Retail and includes differentiated digital experiences and a modern, impactful store environment.
Vice President Costco Canada
At Costco Canada Graham oversees the Ecommerce Division, Costco.ca, a role he has been in since 2007. Costco Canada serves more than 12 million members across Canada, and is one of the nation's largest retailers. Costco.ca is now one of Canada's largest and fastest growing online retailers. Graham studied at College Militaire Royal and Bishop's University graduating in 1982 with a BBA degree with a double major in Accounting and Human Resources. He then started his retail career at Zellers and spent 11 years in various store, buying and marketing positions before joining Costco in 1994. He was promoted to AGMM at Costco in 2001, in charge of Seasonal, Hardware, HABA, and Sporting Goods. Graham has participated as a judge for the RCC Excellence in Retail Awards as well as a member of the "Jury du Concours provincial ARISTA" since 2014
Raj M. Kapahi
President Wicker Emporium
Born in Halifax Nova Scotia, Raj grew up visiting his family's retail stores on weekends with his father Madan Kapahi, who founded Wicker Emporium in 1972. During summer breaks, Raj helped in the warehouse unloading containers arriving from overseas for redistribution to store locations across Atlantic Canada. Not knowing he would eventually join the family business, Raj studied Biology at Dalhousie University and, after graduation, moved to Taiwan to teach English and study Mandarin Chinese. He lived in Taipei for 3 years, then moved to Beijing seeking to find work experience in a Mandarin language environment. After spending a year in Mainland China, Raj decided to move back to Halifax and join his family business in 2001. He now runs the business together with his father out of the head office in Halifax Nova Scotia.
Director of Corporate Communications Aritzia
At Aritzia, an innovative design house and fashion boutique, Corinne currently oversees executive communications, crisis communications, community engagement and the Aritzia employment brand. In addition, she established Aritzia’s public relations department to support market entry and growth in key North American cities including New York and Montreal. She is a champion of corporate culture and led the development of Aritzia’s mobile enabled technology solution to connect more than 2,000 Aritzia team members in an aspirational way and she developed Aritzia’s first full company employee engagement survey. Professionally, she has developed and oversees Aritzia’s philanthropy program. In addition, Corinne gives back personally on the board of Dress for Success Vancouver, by mentoring young women interested in pursuing communications as a career and by contributing expertise to enhance education branding and communication needs of schools in her community.
Director of Marketing Bluenotes
With 20 years’ experience in the Canadian retail landscape, and 15+ in Executive roles, (specializing in advertising, marketing and digital), this self-professed “all around great guy” also uses his powers for good, working with organizations like the Canadian Opera Company, Kids Help Phone and the Toronto Public Library. He also plays a pretty mean guitar.
Vice President, Sales & Marketing Bullfrog Power
At Bullfrog Power, Canada’s leading green energy provider, Anthony is responsible for growing Bullfrog's commercial business and leading the commercial sales marketing team. Anthony brings deep expertise in sustainability, customer marketing, and management consulting to his role, allowing him to help Bullfrog's commercial customers integrate their sustainability goals into their overall business strategy. He also advises clients on best practices in communicating sustainability initiatives to both internal and external stakeholders including employees, supply chain partners, and customers. Prior to joining Bullfrog in 2008, Anthony held a variety of executive level marketing roles in the telecommunications, software and consumer packaged goods sectors for such companies as VeriSign, Sprint, Unilever and Bridgestone/Firestone Europe.