7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Presentation
The Leaders in Retail Breakfast Series provides an exclusive and unique opportunity for vendors and suppliers of goods and services to hear directly from senior leaders of Canada’s biggest retail brands - with none of their fellow retailer competitors or media in the room.
No other program offers direct access to some of the most successful leaders in Canadian retail in such an intimate setting. Bring your entire team to hear first-hand business strategies from these important retail leaders.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Empire Company Limited and Sobeys Inc.
Michael Medline is President & Chief Executive Officer of Empire Company Limited (Empire) and its wholly-owned subsidiary Sobeys Inc., a leading Canadian grocery retailer and food distributor.
Mr. Medline is a proven leader with a strong track record of success in Canadian retail. He was appointed President & CEO of Empire in January 2017 after more than 15 years in a variety of senior retail leadership positions at Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC), including as that organization’s President & Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Medline began his career working with the Ontario Securities Commission in 1989, followed by two years practicing law with McCarthy Tétrault. He was Corporate Counsel for PepsiCo Canada before moving to Abitibi Consolidated Inc. where, between 1994 and 2001, he held a variety of roles including Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development.
Active in the community, Mr. Medline serves as a member of the Board of the SickKids Foundation, is on the Board of Governors for Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and was previous Chair of the Retail Council of Canada. Mr. Medline has completed the Directors Education Program at the Rotman School of Management; holds an MBA from Raymond A. Mason School of Business, William & Mary; an LL.B. from the University of Toronto, and a BA from Western University.