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Walmart SVP to Keynote LIMA Canada Event

Walmart SVP to Keynote LIMA Canada Event
The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association, hosts of Focus Canada Tuesday at Corus Entertainment in Toronto, announced that Sam Wankowski, senior vice president, operations, Western Canada, Walmart Canada will give the keynote speech on “The Evolving Relationship Between Retail and Licensing in Canada.”

Sam Wanakowski of Walmart Canada will speak at the LIMA Canada event.

The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association, hosts of Focus Canada Tuesday at Corus Entertainment in Toronto, announced that Sam Wankowski, senior vice president, operations, Western Canada, Walmart Canada will give the keynote speech on “The Evolving Relationship Between Retail and Licensing in Canada.”

Organized by LIMA Canada, Focus Canada will be centered on Canadian shopping habits, licensed merchandise, and the future of retail. The event will offer attendees insights into key trends in licensing for entertainment, fashion and corporate brands, and reinforce the importance of licensed brands as a critical business for many of the world’s largest retailers. The event will be followed by networking and refreshments in the rooftop event space at Corus Entertainment.

“As licensing’s global trade association, LIMA brings its reputation and expertise to every aspect of the industry,” says Andrew Menceles, director, LIMA Canada. “Focus Canada will offer a unique perspective and promote dialogue among members of the Canadian licensing community, to continue building the support of all businesses and professions involved in licensing in Canada.”

Additional speakers for the evening include:

  • “Licensing in a Changing Retail Environment: A Licensee’s Viewpoint” – Myles Robinson, president, Centura Brands
  • “Brand Ownership and the Retailing of Licensed Merchandise: A Licensor’s Viewpoint”Marianne Lattanzi, director, retail development Canada, Universal Studios
  • “Current Trends and Outlook for Licensed Merchandise at Retail in Canada” – Michelle Liem, director, client development, The NPD Group

 “According to the LIMA Global Licensing Industry Survey, Canada is the sixth largest country in retail sales of licensed merchandise,” says Charles Riotto, president, LIMA. “This is a valuable global market, and LIMA is excited to provide an opportunity for licensing professionals to share expertise and gain insights into the rapidly changing retail environment and network for professional growth and support.” 

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