Committees and Advisory Councils

RCC’s member-only committees meet on specific retail issues. These groups offer the opportunity for unique collaboration with industry peers to help shape policies that affect retail. Network, share ideas, establish best practices and grow your career.

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National

Accessibility Advisory Council

The Accessibility Advisory Council is comprised of retail leaders who are responsible for disabilities and accessibility within their organizations. Working closely with the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility, the committee continuously seeks to understand the latest in accessibility, sharing information and best practices related to service animals, accessibility training, issues regarding vision, sight and hearing impairment, accessible store design and more. Join this committee

Animal Health and Welfare Committee

The Animal Health and Welfare Committee is a member working group comprised of retail members working within roles that include government relations, public affairs, sustainability, corporate social responsibility, ethical sourcing and public relations. The committee’s aim is to help retail members grow and develop their respective animal health and welfare programs; to facilitate the sharing of pre-competitive best-practices between members; and to learn about animal-care programs within the protein-commodity industries that members sell within their businesses. Join this committee

Commitment to Parents

Canadian video game retailers have developed a voluntary code which will help parents across Canada make choices that are right for their families when it comes to the purchase or rental of video and computer games. The “Commitment to Parents” code includes a pledge not to sell or rent games that carry an M-Mature or AO-Adults Only -rating to anyone under the age of 17 or 18 respectively. Join this committee

CFO Network Committee

CFO Network Committee members are senior finance executives involved not only in day-to-day operations, but who also play a strategic role in their organization’s overall operations. Each quarter, the committee meets to receive a comprehensive public affairs report on key issues impacting the retail industry, including developing issues related to privacy, competition, PCI, recycling, chip cards, organized crime, etc. Participants also receive an in-depth briefing on RCC’s Retail Conditions report, allowing for discussion with peers on trends. Join this committee

eCommerce Committee

The eCommerce Committee is comprised of retail eCommerce professionals, with an objective to provide leadership and direction regarding public policy and digital retail strategies and to recommend, review and commission industry and consumer benchmarking and communications research for the benefit of RCC members. The Committee will also provide guidance and leadership concerning education, conferences and content related to eCommerce and digital strategies. In addition, the committee serves to facilitate high level networking and knowledge sharing amongst retail industry peers in the eCommerce realm. Join this committee

Environment Committee

The Environment Committee is actively engaged in the development and implementation of sustainable waste diversion programs across Canada, ensuring the industry’s needs and concerns are front-and-centre. The committee analyses waste diversion issues impacting the retail industry; advises and supports RCC volunteers and staff who sit on stakeholder and advisory/consultative bodies; and, guides RCC staff in the development and presentation of RCC positions on environmental issues to provincial governments. Join this committee

Food Safety and Regulatory Committee

The Food Safety and Regulatory Committee is comprised of retail members that sell food as part of their business. The committee helps members to stay ahead of the food safety curve, liaising between industry and government to shape government policy and regulation in a way that’s retail friendly. The committee also assists with real-time ongoing issues management, helps set up the direction, policy and overall framework and approach to food safety, helping members navigate and manage related issues. Join this committee

Health & Safety Advisory Council

The Health & Safety Advisory Council is comprised of retailer leaders in Health and Safety. The purpose of the Council is to share information related to Health and Safety in the workplace and to discuss trends as they relate to major and common injuries, severity and frequency, lost time and workplace compensation claims. In addition, the council shares best practices in efforts to create a healthier and safer workplace for all retail employees in Canada. Join this committee

Health & Wellness Committee

The Health & Wellness Committee is a member working group comprised of retail members with roles that include government relations, public affairs, food safety, regulatory affairs and public relations. Its purpose is to engage government on its health and wellness legislative initiatives to ensure regulations and guidance are understandable, implementable and enforceable to retail. It also serves to keep members engaged and up to date concerning RCC efforts and outcomes regarding health and wellness files. Areas of interest include: Healthy Eating Strategy; Enhanced Nutrition Facts Table; Canada’s Food Guide; Front-of-Pack Labelling; Marketing to Children; Sodium; Sugar; and Obesity.
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Human Resources Advisory Council

The Human Resources Committee is comprised of retail leaders in the area of human resources, and helps to identify federal and provincial policy, regulatory, and administrative issues of interest to the retail sector. The committee assesses the significance of these issues for retailers; provides executive-level perspective and advice to RCC staff and volunteers in the development, presentation and advancement of RCC positions on HR issues to governments and other interested parties. Join this committee

Loss Prevention Advisory Council

The Loss Prevention Advisory Council is comprised of retail loss prevention leaders who discuss loss prevention practices and procedures that are relevant to retail. The council shares best practices, working together to better understand issues around shrink, theft, organized crime, gift card fraud and more, collaborating to shape loss prevention policies and procedures in retail. It also works closely with law enforcement across the country, sharing with members information around trends that include cyber security, data breach, active shooter situations and more. Join this committee

Marketing Committee

The Marketing Committee is comprised of retail marketing leaders who share information and best practices concerning the marketing and communication from retailers to their consumers. The committee also discusses the latest trends and strategies related to physical and online merchandising, digital signage, print and digital flyers, conversion, attribution and more. Join this committee

Payments Committee

The Payments Committee works on government policy, regulatory and administrative issues as well as the business issues that relate to payments (credit/debit card transactions and associated costs). The committee identifies the government actions that affect retailers and their transactions with customers; analyses the implications of these actions, guides and participates with RCC staff to develop, present and advance retailer views on these matters to the appropriate bodies; identifies the business issues that arise in the area of payments (especially with respect to relationships with financial institutions, credit card companies and processors); and, represents the interests of the trade to financial institutions, bodies that represent and/or oversee financial institutions, other payments organizations, governments and other interested parties. Join this committee

Privacy Committee

The Privacy Committee is comprised of retail professionals interested in and responsible for the areas of data governance and privacy. The purpose of the committee is to share best practices and information related to data governance and privacy and to help members stay ahead of the curve on issues that impact the industry, including Canadian privacy and data governance regulatory changes. Join this committee

Product Safety and Recall Committee

The Product Safety and Recall Committee is comprised of senior retail professionals with an objective to stay ahead of the curve on key issues and to help shape industry standards. The committee also develops and shares best practices through working groups and gives members the opportunity to be heard by Health Canada officials concerning the issues impacting their businesses most. Join this committee

Public Affairs Committee

The Public Affairs Committee provides a unified voice on issues affecting the image, reputation and business practices of the Canadian retail industry. The Committee provides advice on various communication strategies affecting the retail trade, and creates a forum for RCC members to network and discuss common public relations issues. Join this committee

Retail General Counsel Roundtable

The Retail General Counsel Roundtable brings senior retail in-house lawyers together to discuss current and emerging legal issues affecting the trade. Legal resources in retail businesses — small and large — are often stretched to the limit as the issues they deal with become more complex when new legislation, regulations and by-laws come into effect. The Retail General Counsel Roundtable provides a forum for retail counsels to network and share concerns and best practices on retail-specific legal issues ranging from international trade to copyright to human resources. The Roundtable also provides RCC with guidance and insights relating to legal issues affecting the industry. Join this committee

Responsible Sourcing Committee

The Responsible Sourcing Committee is a member working group comprised of retail members with roles that include government relations, public affairs, sustainability, corporate social responsibility, ethical/responsible sourcing, public relations, etc. The purpose of the committee is to help retail members grow and develop their respective responsible sourcing programs; and to facilitate the sharing of pre-competitive best-practices between members concerning issues including human rights, child labour, working conditions in factories, human trafficking, modern-day slavery, fair/living wages, worker safety, factory structural issues, living conditions and more. The Committee also works to communicate the commitment of Canadian retailers to responsible trade and consults and builds alliances with consumers, NGOs, academics and other industry partners. Join this committee

Regional

Atlantic Stakeholder Group

The Atlantic Stakeholder Group is comprised of retail leaders operating in the Atlantic provinces, providing an opportunity for them to network and share ideas and best practices. The group also provides members with information concerning trends and issues impacting retailers in Atlantic provinces, keeping them up to date with guidance and direction concerning government regulations and legislation impacting their businesses. Join this committee

Ontario: Safety Group Committee

The Ontario Safety Group Committee provides retailers with a network of firms that share the common goal of reducing injuries and illnesses in the workplace. Together, safety group members pool resources, share best practices and help each other develop and manage effective health and safety programs. Along with improving workplace safety, they can reduce their WSIB premiums and earn financial rebates. Join this committee

Quebec: Alcoholic Beverages Committee

The Quebec Alcoholic Beverages Committee is comprised of retail members in Quebec that sell alcoholic beverages as part of their business. The Committee works to help members understand regulations and legislation related to the sale of alcoholic beverages in the province of Quebec and engages government to ensure that regulations and legislation are retail friendly. The committee also shares best practices and information, helping members to prioritize issues related to the sale of alcoholic beverages within the province. Join this committee

Quebec: Food Caucus – Grocery

The Quebec Food Caucus – Grocery is the voice of the Quebec food industry and is comprised of retail members in Quebec that sell food as part of their business. It is the first drop point for all files relating to the food industry in Quebec. The Caucus works to establish global strategies (e.g. industry guidelines, public intervention strategies), developing lines of communication when necessary, prioritizing issues related to the food industry within the province. Join this committee

Quebec: Food Waste Committee

The Quebec Food Waste Committee is comprised of retail members in Quebec that sell food as part of their business. The committee defines industry guidelines on the issue of food waste, shares best practices and aims to achieve better synergies regarding initiatives. The Committee also helps establish industry messages and facilitates the creation of common tools related to inventory management, food donation and organic matter management. Join this committee

Quebec: Food Safety Committee

The Quebec Food Safety Committee is comprised of retail members in Quebec that sell food as part of their business. The committee helps members to stay ahead of the food safety curve, liaising between industry and government to shape government policy and regulation in a way that’s retail friendly and ensures food safety. The committee also assists with real-time ongoing issues management, helps set up the direction, policy and overall framework and approach to food safety, helping members navigate and manage related issues specific to the province. Join this committee

Quebec: Public Affairs Committee

The Quebec Public Affairs Committee provides a unified voice on issues affecting the image, reputation and business practices of the retail industry within the province of Quebec. The Committee provides advice on various communication strategies affecting the retail trade, and creates a forum for RCC members in Quebec to network and discuss common public relations issues specific to the province. Join this committee

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