Grocery Business was there for day two of GIC Live 2021, which began with a keynote delivered by Meghan Chayka of Stathletes Inc., about “Data & Beyond: tools, recruitment and the future of analytics.” For those who wanted to delve into the execution of a successful e-commerce business, Unilever’s Naniss Gadel-Rab, Danika Johansen and Laura Dobson presented their workshop. A presentation on the evolving priorities of sustainability of Canadian consumers was presented by Steven Sage, Kruger Products, with a concurrent session on Store Managers’ Best Practices with IGYA Juror, Tom Barlow.
Other timely subjects were addressed in the INTERAC-TIVE CENTRE— “How independent grocers can overcome labour shortages in Canada”, and much more. This session also addressed recruitment and retention—hosted by Jared Lindzon, future of work expert.
Day two concluded with the Choose Ontario Product Pitch Theatre, moderated by Tony Chapman. A selection of new products from Ontario companies was presented live on stage. Attendees were excited to vote and choose the 2021 Top Ten in Grocery Awards, from the products featured in the New Product Showcases (NPS). Voting closed at 4:30 PM EST. The winners of the 2021 GIC Top Ten in Grocery Awards will be revealed to the public at 10:00 AM EST on October 28, 2021.
The Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG) announced the winners of the 2021 National Scholarship program. A total of $28,000 in scholarship prize money was awarded. The 2021 $6,000 national scholarship winner is Jillian Ohm (Milverton Foodtown). Six regional essay awards were also awarded. Awards were also presented to the 2021 recipients of CFIG’s prestigious Life Member Awards and The Spirit of the Independent Award.