CHHMA Spring Conference

spring conference

This year’s CHHMA Spring Conference will be taking place at the Mississauga Convention Centre and we have an amazing line-up of speakers and topics as well as the Hall of Fame Inductions Luncheon.

The theme for this year’s CHHMA Spring Conference is “The Fourth Industrial Revolution” and will be taking place on Tuesday, April 2nd at the Mississauga Convention Centre, 75 Derry Road, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

While previous industrial revolutions successfully brought us steam and water power, electricity and assembly lines, and computerization, the Fourth Industrial Revolution represents a fundamental shift that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological worlds. This revolution is fusing people and technology—called cyber-physical systems—in a way that is disrupting almost every industry in every country and creating massive change in a non-linear way at unprecedented speed; it is expected to impact all disciplines, industries, and economies.

The possibilities and opportunities are endless as humans and machines work together seamlessly. But, to tap into this industrial shift, decision-makers must liberate themselves from traditional, linear (and non-disruptive) ways of thinking and step back from immediate concerns that distract them from thinking strategically about the forces of disruption and innovation shaping the future.

The line-up of speakers/topics for this year’s conference includes:

Brian DePratto, Senior Economist, TD Bank Group, once again will present TD’s Economic & Financial Outlook.

Janice Gross Stein, Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management in the Department of Political Science and the Director of the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and an Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is also a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario. Her presentation will deal with technology and trade and how they reinforce a growing competition between China and the United States. We are moving into a world where big data analytics and intellectual property are the new currencies. That may create some hard choices for Canadian businesses, especially those that are consumer-facing.

Joe Bowen, for the past 36 years he has been the Voice of the Toronto Maple Leafs, broadcasting over 3,000 Leaf games. Currently Joe teams up with Jim Ralph on TSN 1050 and Sportsnet 590 The Fan doing radio broadcasts of all Maple Leaf Regular season and Playoff games. Joe also is the host of Molson Canadian Leaf Classic games on Leafs TV digital channel. His presentation will deal with the correlation between team work with sports teams and the business world as well as the process of setting goals.

Julien Smith, is the CEO of Breather, an on-demand private space company. He is also the New York Times bestselling author of three books: Trust Agents and The Impact Equation (both written with Chris Brogan), and The Flinch. Julien has also been a voice actor, a radio broadcaster, and a consultant and speaker at some of the largest corporations in the world, including Google, Microsoft, American Express, and Heineken International. His work has also appeared in Cosmopolitan, GQ, CNN, and a host of other publications. His online work has been read by millions. Julien isn’t your typical speaker—he’s an insight machine. In his fast-paced, hyper-informative talk, he takes on our current business environment and reveals why the prevailing strategies for innovation and disruption aren’t enough. He shares the foundation of his process—knowledge, adaptability, and courage—and explains why you must first understand the evolution of nature and human beings to begin to master the evolution of business. When you hear Julien speak, you begin to understand the hidden reasons behind your actions and why your organization may be suffering. You learn precisely what’s getting in the way of larger success. And you walk away with the tools you need to transform who you are and what you’re doing, all with the goal of making you better. “

The Industry Hall of Fame Inductions Luncheon will also take place from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

One difference we are making this year is to conduct the CHHMA Annual General Meeting on a different day from the Spring Conference. This year’s AGM will take place on Thursday, May 2nd and will be followed by a presentation by Pam O’Rourke, VP of Merchandising, The Home Depot Canada.

The CHHMA Spring Conference is open for CHHMA members to attend as well as retailers.

Registration for the Hall of Fame Luncheon is open to the industry.

Further details and registration links will be made available for both the Spring Conference (April 2nd) and the AGM/Home Depot presentation (May 2nd) over the coming weeks but in the meantime, please mark your calendars for both events and hope you can make it out to both.