2018 Retail Secure Advisory Council Member Sonny Brar comes with over 14 years of Retail, Human Resources, Health, Safety, Energy and Environment experience. He is currently the Vice President, Member Programs & Services at Retail Council of Canada and is an honors graduate of Criminology, Justice and Public Safety from Manitoba. Along with other functions, Sonny leads and supports RCC’s HR, Health, Safety, Energy and Accessibility programs and sits on the Workplace Safety and Prevention Services H&S Steering Committee and Canada’s Retail Health & Safety Committee. Sonny has also had great successes in his tenure and has been a recipient of 3 Presidential Excellence awards with Maple Leaf Foods and Toys“R”Us along with several H&S successes with his tenure at Sobeys and Ikea.
Diane J. Brisebois is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Retail Council of Canada (RCC) and has held that position since 1995. Prior to joining RCC, Diane held the position of President and CEO of the Canadian Office Products Association for 14 years.
Retail Council is the largest retail association in the country representing more than 45,000 retail establishments of all shapes and sizes from coast to coast. RCC`s membership covers all retail segments including general merchandise, grocery and pharmacy and accounts for more than 70% of all retail sales in the country excluding auto and gas sales.
Diane has and also continues to serve on several boards across North America:
Tony Chapman speaks his mind at Conferences and on National Television, Radio and in Social Media. He also does half day 'deep dives' with Boards and Leadership teams. Tony is one of Canada's most successful speakers. In the past two years, he has delivered inspirational talks to audiences in China, Brazil, Spain, the United Kingdom, Poland, Mexico and across North America. Tony prepares for and customizes each talk by working with his client, understanding the unique nuances of their marketplace and then drawing upon his three decades of experience helping Leaders of organizations large and small, locally and globally engage and persuade their customers and employees. This enables him to pack each talk with relevant and actionable ideas, insights and strategies. In 2008 Tony became one of the youngest individuals to be inducted into the Marketing Hall of Legends, and two national and two international documentaries showcase his approach to branding.
Michael has been active in the security and loss prevention industry since 1998, having worked in various organisations including the Canadian Forces, Starbucks and Canada Post. Michael currently leads the risk management portfolio at Longo Brothers Fruit Markets, where he is responsible for Asset Protection, Emergency Management, and Business Continuity programs. Michael holds a Certified Protection Professional designation from ASIS.
Bill is the Director of Asset Protection for Home Depot Canada. Bill’s team is responsible for Environmental Health & Safety Compliance, Physical Security, and all aspects of Loss Prevention. Bill joined The Home Depot in 1999 where he started in the stores as a Loss Prevention Specialist, and has held positions of increasing responsibility in Asset Protection, spent time in Store Operations, and was a part of the SAP integration team. Prior to joining the Company, Bill held positions in sales, operations, and loss prevention at both Zellers and The Sports Authority.
Mr. Demers is a recognized international speaker and authority on the Canadian and international landscape of cannabis. Mr. Demers serves on the executive team of CannAmm as the senior manager responsible for educating Canadian employers on fit for duty best practices within occupational safety programs. Mr. Demers’ commitment to lifelong learning is rooted in science and supplemented through executive education. His international presence and commitment to best practices demonstrated by serving on the Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association (SAPAA) International and Government Relations Committees, and International Forum on Drug and Alcohol Testing (IFDAT) Legal Committee. Mr. Demers’ dedication to his community and the pursuit of a safer workplace pursued by serving on the board of directors, as president-elect, for SAPAA and the board of his local community Food Bank. By providing trustworthy information, tools, and best practices for occupational testing, Mr. Demers seeks to achieve his mission of sustainably ensuring more workers make it home to their families.
Stuart Ducoffe is a seasoned employment and labour lawyer. He is the founder of e2r® and partner and co-founder of Woolgar VanWiechen Cosgriffe Ducoffe LLP, practicing exclusively in the area of employment and labour law. Prior to founding e2r® and the law firm, Stuart practiced for many years with one of Canada’s largest and most prestigious Canadian law firms. He obtained his law degree from McGill University in 1984, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1986. Stuart is one of only a small group of employment and labour lawyers certified by HRPA as a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL).
2018 Retail Secure Advisory Council Member In her capacity as Director, Enterprise Security Development at Canada Post, Rita is continuing to develop new security capabilities to respond to emerging threats impacting corporate and customer security interests and ensuring the required security imperatives are provided in order to drive the company’s future security program. Throughout her career at Canada Post, Rita has established strategic partnerships with both the business and law enforcement communities where she has placed an important focus on information-sharing and preventative strategies to support risk reduction strategies. Highly regarded for her ground-breaking efforts in the security community, Rita is a frequent speaker at educational conferences. Rita has been recognized twice on the cover of Canadian Security Magazine and was awarded the inaugural Loss Prevention Lifetime Achievement Award from Retail Council of Canada.
Patrick is the Country Security Manager for H&M Canada for the last 12 years. In this role he is responsible for all life & safety, business continuity, physical security, data privacy and loss prevention policies, processes and equipment country wide. Additionally, he also re-structured the H&M security department in the USA and supported new stores openings in Moscow and Tokyo. Prior to his H&M career, Patrick was the Director, Resources of Protection for Roots Canada. He is an A.S.I.S. board Certified Protection Professional.
2018 Retail Secure Advisory Council Member Michael has 20+ years of brand/retail/marketing leadership experience and is considered by many as a pioneer in the Canadian omni-channel and e-Commerce retail space. As an award-winning insight driven strategic marketer with a passion for holistic retail brand/customer experience, Michael has been on the front lines of retail industry change for his entire career with brands such as Black & Decker, Levi Strauss & Co, Hudson’s Bay, CanWest Media, The Shopping Channel and Herbal Magic. After spending almost three years advocating and lobbying for the Canadian retail industry at Retail Council of Canada (RCC), Michael formed M. E. LeBlanc & Company to leverage this knowledge and experience back onto the front lines and regularly is invited to share his insights on the current and future retail industry in Canada and around the world.
Ben Makuch is an award winning national security reporter with VICE News in Toronto. From sitting down with ISIS members to being on the ground during political assassinations in Russia, Ben brings unprecedented access to many of the world’s most dangerous regions. Previously with the Canadian Press’s Parliamentary Bureau, Makuch was in contact with several homegrown Islamic State militants from Canada. That reporting caught the attention of federal counterterrorism investigators who are trying to force Makuch to hand over all source materials connected to Farah Mohamed Shirdon, an alleged ISIS fighter from Calgary. Makuch refused and is now fighting the production order in court. He faces possible jail time if he loses. Makuch is currently the correspondent for Cyberwar on the VICELAND network, an investigative documentary series examining the covert world of signals intelligence and hackers.
Sean is a specialist in payment token applications for retailers, focusing on risk management and digital marketing attribution via big data analytics. This includes the successful launches of Offlinx digital to in-store sales attribution and Verify return authorization in Canada. Sean's portfolio of digital technology leverages statistical modelling and payment analytics to add speed and efficiency to business processes through marketing insights and POS risk management. Vice President Sales, Ancillary Product & Services at Moneris
Marty Musters is a graduate of Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Waterloo and is the principal of Computer Forensics Inc. His practice focuses on Cyber Security breach and Digital forensic investigations. Between 2000 and 2006 Marty was responsible for the Cyber Security of Bruce Power. In this capacity he had the opportunity to work with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) protecting Nuclear Assets against terrorist threats. Marty has also worked as a consultant for the RCMP and numerous police agencies. He has been qualified in the courts as an expert in both computer and cell phone forensics. Based on his background Marty is uniquely qualified to speak on the gaps between IT Security and Business Risk.
Chris has spent over 25 years gaining diverse leadership experience in the areas of Operations, Safety & Security, and Risk Management. He has an extensive background in both the gaming and hospitality industry and retail sector. Chris’ passion for motivating people and change management is evident in his current role with Aritzia, where he has been re-scoping the Loss Prevention functions into an Enterprise Risk Management department, responsible for LP, OH&S, Compliance, BCP, and risk management. Known for being a long term strategist, he is well-suited to support the growth ambitions of Aritzia.