Get an insider’s perspective on one of Canada’s most successful business transformations, Wal-Mart Canada. Who better to provide this perspective than the man who led the Wal-Mart team through this transformation and unprecedented period of expansion, Mario Pilozzi, the former CEO of Wal-Mart Canada?
Sam Geist is no idle armchair philosopher; his insights stem from years of front-line business experience. He grew his single sporting goods store into a 15-store $40 million a year national chain before he sold it to a competitor. He opened a marketing and consulting agency based on the full-service customer concepts he had honed in the retail arena, and discovered his true calling when his clients began asking him to speak to their clients.
Mr. McBride is the founder and president of a Canadian-based management consulting group. Eighteen years ago, Mr. McBride started The Blackrock Group, which grew from one employee (Mr. McBride) to 650 full time staff, before he sold the majority of his interest in it three years ago. Mr. McBride’s seminars are based on real world knowledge, experience and skills he acquired and used to build the Blackrock Group. He has been Chapter Chairman of the Young Presidents Organization-Ontario Chapter, is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS) & the National Speakers Association. Mr. McBride is also listed in “Who’s Who in Canadian Business”.
Lisa Mattam is widely recognized as a dynamic leader, inspiring speaker and consultant to business professionals across the globe. As founder of a management consulting firm specializing in Leadership, Organizational Development and Strategic Process, Lisa has been quoted on management and leadership issues in a variety of media sources, such as The Globe and Mail and BNN.
Howard Behar’s career in business spans over 50 years, all in consumer oriented businesses covering several industries. He retired from Starbucks Coffee after 21 years where he led both the domestic business, as President of North America, and was the founding President of Starbucks International. During his tenure, he participated in the growth of the company from only 28 stores to over 15,000 stores spanning five continents. He served on the Starbucks Board of Directors for twelve years before retiring.
Darrell Kopke is a member of the group of founders of lululemon athletica. From 2001, until the sale of the company to a private equity in late 2005, he was the acting general manager. He oversaw the company’s expansion from one store in Kitsilano to 60 stores internationally, with 100 percent annual growth and $200+ million in sales. When he left lululemon in January 2009, Darrell was the Managing Director for Asia Pacific, responsible for the region’s store operations based in Hong Kong.
Barbara Crowhurst is a retail specialist, business coach, writer, international speaker and trainer. Her comprehensive and detailed approach to retail comes from years of working in the industry. Her career has taken her from working with some of the largest corporate retail stores in North America to consulting with thousands of owner-operators. Barbara’s comprehensive Retail Makeovers and Retail Store Design have become the retail industry’s sensation.
Donald Cooper, business innovator and thought leader, was featured in Sunday’s Globe and Mail. Founder of the highly successful Cooper Canada Ltd (a sporting goods manufacturing company), he also holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and spent 14 years as one of Canada’s most innovative retailers. Clearly, he is a knowledgeable consultant, one whose chief aim is to … Read More
Barbara Crowhurst is a retail specialist, business coach, writer, international speaker and trainer. Her comprehensive and detailed approach to retail comes from years of working in the industry. She recently provided us with the Top Ten Comments From Retailers regarding her business coaching services: 10 Cash flow has improved. 9 We are moving more merchandise through our store. 8 We under … Read More