The format for the CAAR Conference has evolved over the years.
What was once a trade show-based convention with a few key meetings has transformed into three dynamic days where the brightest minds in agri-retail converge to share ideas, make connections and further the business of Canadian agri-retail.
Some changes to the conference agenda have been implemented to help attendees make the most of their time in Saskatoon.
The Retail Management Workshop – 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16
- This pre-conference workshop has been designed specifically for retail location owners and managers. Topics will include HR support, benefits, ERAP implementation and understanding customer needs.
Industry Evening – Tuesday, Feb. 16 after the Icebreaker Cocktail Reception
- After the Icebreaker reception, attendees will have the evening open to plan networking dinners and staff get-togethers.
Speakers’ Discussion Panel – 11:20 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17
- Dr. Allan Gray, Emerson Csorba and Justin Funk will reflect on the common themes of their presentations, and discuss how these insights can help agri-retailers overcome challenges in their business.
CAAR Pro-Ag Investments Auction at the Trade Show – 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17
- The conference trade show will see increased attendance and more time for networking during the Pro-Ag Investments Auction on Wednesday afternoon. Delegates and exhibitors will be able to carry on their important conversations in a fun, relaxed setting.
CAAR’s Choice Awards Banquet – 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17
- This event is the culmination of the hard work that the industry has put forth over the past year. Recognize some of the standout achievements of your agri-retail peers, and then stick around for The Adam Growe Quiz Show, hosted by Cash Cab’s Adam Growe.
Closing Keynote – 1:30pm Thursday, Feb. 18
- The conference will culminate with closing keynote Stop Selling, Start Storytelling by Tony Chapman, ending at 2:30 p.m. The earlier end time will enable attendees to comfortably wind down their conference experience, and digest the new information and insights that will help unlock their business potential.
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