Experts

A CROSS-BORDER ANALYSIS
Robin Sherk
Robin Sherk director of retail insights for Kantar Retail’s research on digital retailing and the Canadian market. This blog will bring in insights from Kantar Retail’s U.S. and U.K. offices to anticipate shifts in the Canadian market.
A SEAT AT THE TABLE
Joel Gregoire
Joel Gregoire is a food and beverage industry analyst. Follow him on Twitter
AMEX INSIGHTS
Kerri-Ann Santaguida
Kerri-Ann Santaguida is vice-president and general manager of merchant services at American Express Canada. She leads the team responsible for the acquisition and client management of American Express merchants across Canada.
CHANGING THE VIEW
Kim Medynsky
Kim Medynsky has a 25-year career in marketing, including experience in the CPG industry, consumer products, and food. Kim is principal at Medynsky & Associates, helping companies navigate change with innovative views and methodologies. Contact her at kim@medynsky.com or on LinkedIn.
BETTER INSIGHTS. BETTER BUSINESS.
Marenos Papadopoulos
Marenos is ToolBox Solutions’ Co-Partner and General Manager. Contact him on LinkedIn or Twitter
BevWire
Jason Chong
Jason Chong leads the insights and category management function for Starbucks Coffee Canada’s Channel Development team. Having partnered with companies like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Canada Dry Mott’s, Jason brings a wealth of industry knowledge about Canada’s beverage landscape. Contact him on LinkedIn or Twitter
Checking Out
George Condon
George Condon has been writing about the grocery industry for over four decades. He is Canadian Grocer‘s consulting editor.
CRIME PREVENTION
Sean Sportsun
Sean Sportun is the manager, security & loss prevention at Mac’s Convenience Stores in Central Canada. He is also the vice chair of Toronto Crime Stoppers. Contact sean.sportun@macs.ca for more information
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Desiree Nielsen
Desiree Nielsen is a registered dietitian, and a food and nutrition blogger. Follow Desiree at twitter.com/DesireeRD.
Ethnic Marketing
Shawn Kim
Shawn Kim is the senior marketing manager at Galleria Supermarket. He previously worked at E-mart, a leading retail company in Korea. Contact him.
Bartolini’s blog
David Bartolini
David Bartolini is principal at Bartolini Consulting (www.bartolinibrands.com) in Toronto. He has more than 15 years retail executive experience, including in the grocery industry. He’s also a part-time professor at Humber College and instructor at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, teaching professionals retail strategy via a course he developed: Fundamentals of Retail Merchandising.
NUTRITION NEWS
Shannon Smith
Shannon Smith, BSc, RD, is a big proponent of supporting people’s nutrition needs with a real food approach that’s rooted in science. In her current role as a dietitian with BC-grocer Choices Markets, Shannon inspires people to eat—and enjoy!���the foods their bodies need.
SHOPPORTUNITIES
Brian Ross
Brian Ross is the President of Precima, LoyaltyOne’s advanced analytics solution. Drawing on his extensive experience in customer loyalty marketing and advanced analytics, he works with leading North American retailers and manufacturers to implement world-class customer management strategies. Contact him
Shopper Sense
Carman Allison
Carman Allison is vice-president of consumer insights at Nielsen in Toronto.
PEARL STRATEGY AND INNOVATION DESIGN INC.
Susan Weaver and John Chan
Susan Weaver and John Chan connect business insight to human insight at Pearl Strategy and Innovation Design. Contact Susan or John
The Co-op View
Kelly Herdin
Kelly Herdin is the Food Marketing Manager at Federated Co-operatives Limited, a co-operative federation providing central wholesaling, manufacturing, marketing and administrative services to its approximately 225 member-owners across Western Canada.
The Food Professor
Sylvain Charlebois
Sylvain Charlebois is an associate dean at the college of business and economics at the University of Guelph. He specializes in food distribution and policy.
THE GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
Stewart Samuel
Stewart Samuel is senior business analyst with IGD. a global grocery and food industry research firm. Contact stewart.samuel@igd.com for more information on IGD services.
THE RETAIL GUY
James Fraser
James Fraser is a partner and retail guy at Hunter Straker. Canada’s only Purchase Design firm.
THE SUPPLY CHAIN BLOG
Marc Wulfraat
Marc Wulfraat is president of MWPVL International, a supply chain and logistics consulting firm which is specialized in the grocery industry. He can be reached at 514-482-3572 and at www.mwpvl.com.
TRENDSPOTTER
Marion Chan
TrendSpotter Consulting provides everything a business needs to develop, fine tune or review a new or existing brand strategy, from creating a plan of action, identifying key issues to designing and analyzing research for actionable insights. Email me