Visiting The Fair | Seminars/Demos/Workshops


Complimentary Keynote Seminars

Light refreshments served.

Cobi Ladner


Trendwatch 2015
Speaker: Cobi Ladner - Design Authority

Sunday, January 25, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Location: The International Centre – Orion Room (Off Hall 1)

How do you stay one step ahead of upcoming trends? Meet Cobi Ladner, one of Canada's foremost design authorities. She is the former editor of Canadian House & Home Magazine and is the creator of “cobistyle”. Cobi will share her perspective on how the marketplace will be impacted by the coming year's most popular trends in home furnishings and decorative accessories.




Ian Portsmouth

Success Secrets of Canada's Leading Entrepreneurs
Speaker: Ian Portsmouth - editor of Profit Magazine

Monday, January 26, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Location: Congress Centre South – Berton Room (Off Hall 7)

Chronicling the experiences of Canada's leading entrepreneurs is what Ian Portsmouth, editor of Profit Magazine, does every day. In Ian's high-calibre, informative presentation, he will use real-life examples from his own observations, to deliver practical and proven ideas for improving your processes and retail profits.




Design & Display Demonstrations

These sessions are hosted by retail merchandising expert, Leslie Groves.

Leslie Groves Location: The International Centre - Meeting Room 104 (Off Hall 1)

Daily: Sunday, January 25 to Wednesday, January 28

Creative Storefronts
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Attractive facades, creative window displays and imaginative signage are guaranteed to greatly increase business.

Lighting for Small Shops
12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
Learn tips and techniques that will improve sales, increase perceived value of merchandise and change your customers' next experiences.

Merchandising Inspiration
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Discover the design elements to deconstruct, customize and rebuild your own displays step-by-step just like the pros.

Leslie will be on-hand and available to answer your specific questions in between the daily sessions.



Live Window Display Demonstration Live Window Display Demonstrations
“Whatever! Sassy and stylish gifts for tweens”
Location: The International Centre, Hall 2 - Booth 2780

The “tween” market continues to influence all facets of the giftware industry – from stationery and wearables to home décor and dolls. Tap into this market by carrying funky and fun items that help these “in-betweeners” show their style.

Live window display demos will be  hosted by our top stylists:
Kirsten Hildebrandt and Leny Parera.

Daily: Sunday, January 25 to Thursday, January 29
Sunday through Wednesday: 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Thursday: 11 a.m.


Retail Solution Sessions


All sessions are hosted by Carol Schroeder - author, industry leader and co-owner of multiple award-winning retail store, Orange Tree Imports.

All retailers - new as well as seasoned - will benefit from Carol's success strategies, covering the most important aspects of your retail business in these interactive sessions.  

For specific advice on your store, sign-up for FREE one-on-one business consultations. See more information below.

Sunday, January 25
11:00 a.m. – 12 noon The 10 Commandments of Customer Service
Building employees' commitment to delivering excellent customer service
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Incredible Promotions & Special Events
Non-traditional methods of marketing to boost store traffic

Monday, January 26
11:00 a.m. – 12 noon Maximizing Your Buying Power
Use every inventory dollar effectively to minimize your cash outlay
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Staff Your Store with Star Sellers
Key tips for the selection, training and positive reinforcement of good employees

Free Retail Business Consultations*


Daily: Sunday, January 25 and Monday, January 26
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.– 3:30 p.m.

One-on-one, 20-minute sessions with retail expert, Carol Schroeder.
*Pre-book your session in the Waxman Room