May 2018

Reinventing Retail in an Online Shopping Era

11:30am-1:30pm | Fairmont Royal York - 100 Front Street W, Toronto

96% of Americans with internet access have made an online purchase in their life. With this staggering statistic there’s no doubt that on-site retailers need to be strategic and targeted in their marketing and sales. Learn about the future of retail from an infrastructure lens. How will shopping malls survive given the demands of online shopping?

Marina Strauss

Retailing Reporter
The Globe & Mail's Report on Business

Marina Strauss

Marina Strauss covers retailing for The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business. She has probed issues ranging from the strained relationship between Tim Hortons franchisees and their new corporate owner to tensions arising from how dominant retailers deal with their suppliers. Other topics she has tackled include the fallout from foreign retailers invading Canada; how digital disruption is reshaping the retail landscape; and the rise and fall (and revival efforts) of major chains such as Loblaw Cos. Ltd., Hudson's Bay Co., Target Corp. and Sears Canada Inc. She has also covered marketing, consumer products, legal affairs, federal politics, city hall and an inquiry into RCMP wrongdoing. She has been a National Newspaper Award and National Magazine Award finalist and won awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW). She got her start at The Gazette in Montreal.

Ms. Strauss holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto, a French diploma from Universite Aix-Marseille (Aix-en-Provence, France) and studied law for journalists at the University of Western Ontario’s Faculty of Law.

Paul Morassutti

EVP & Executive Managing Director, Valuation & Advisory Services

Paul Morassutti

Paul Morassutti is an AACI, MRICS with over 25 years of experience in the Valuation & Advisory Services business and leads CBREís Valuation & Advisory Services team in Canada. Paul has a wide ranging background encompassing all facets of Institutional real estate and land development. He is also a member of CBREís Executive Management Committee and Canadian Executive Council.

Paul has authored numerous articles and has appeared in and on BNN, Bloomberg News, the CBC, Globe & Mail, National Post among others. He is a frequent guest speaker at commercial real estate conferences and events and has developed and presented multi-day, in-house valuation training for groups such as Realpac, NAIOP, the Appraisal Institute of Canada and Brookfield Financial.

Paul is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and sits on the Advisory Board for the Schulich School of Business MBA Program in Real Estate and Infrastructure as well as the ULI Toronto Management Committee. Paul is also a director of Artscape, a not-for-profit organization where he chairs the Portfolio Development Committee.

Salvatore Iacono

Executive Vice President, Operations
Cadillac Fairview

Salvatore Iacono

Sal Iacono brings more than 27 years of experience to Cadillac Fairview with senior roles in real estate development and asset management. He is a successful entrepreneur with extensive expertise in developing commercial, retail and multi-residential projects comprising of several million square feet in Canada. In his current role, he is responsible for providing operational leadership and innovation to manage Cadillac Fairviewís 38 million square-foot retail and office portfolio. Sal holds a Master of Business Administration degree from McGill University and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Concordia University.

Wehuns Tan

CEO & Co-Founder

Wehuns Tan

Wehuns Tan is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Flipp, a leading retail technology company that is reinventing the digital shopping experience. The Flipp enterprise platform delivers a new approach to visual merchandising by providing retailers with the ability to digitally showcase their branded story through a compelling browse and discovery experience.

As Chief Executive Officer, Wehuns drives the company’s vision to create the largest marketplace that connects millions of engaged shoppers with the world’s largest retailers and brands. Under his leadership, Flipp has experienced exponential growth. The Flipp app has been downloaded by tens of millions of shoppers who use the app each week to plan their shop. Flipp now works with more than 90% of the top retailers in North America.

Wehuns plays a key role in fostering the company’s culture which has been recognized by several industry accolades. Wehuns has been published in Forbes, Bloomberg and The Globe and Mail, and was named Canada’s Most Admired CEO (2015). He previously worked at Microsoft, Cisco, HP and Deloitte and holds a Computer Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo.

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