Confront Crime at the Retail Council of Canada’s Retail Secure Conference

March 21, 2024, marks a crucial day in combating retail crime, as the Retail Council of Canada (RCC) hosts the Retail Secure Conference in Mississauga, Ontario.

This essential event gathers a formidable alliance of retailers, police agencies, loss prevention specialists, and government officials, all united in forging actionable solutions to combat the evolving challenges of retail crime. Addressing issues ranging from organized retail crime and cyber threats to in-store violence and fraud, the conference stands as a pivotal platform for retail loss prevention experts to share knowledge and develop comprehensive strategies. This collaborative gathering signifies a dedicated effort to strengthen retail safety and security, highlighting the power of innovation and cooperation in the industry.

The Retail Secure Conference boasts an agenda packed with insightful sessions tailored to appeal to retail loss prevention leaders, store managers, IT specialists, and financial leaders. The conference offers both main stage presentations and specialized breakout sessions, allowing attendees to customize their experience based on their unique interests. This approach ensures a comprehensive exploration of retail security.

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Highlighted sessions include:

  • Navigating Workplace Violence with Empathy and Resilience: Dr. Larry Barton, a renowned risk management consultant, presents strategies for managing workplace violence with empathy and resilience.
  • Uniting Police, Justice, and Retail Against Crime: Join Superintendent Greg Watts (Toronto Police Service), Deputy Chief Mark Dapat (Peel Regional Police), and Vincent Paris (General Counsel, Ministry of the Attorney General, Ontario) in a discussion on collaborative crime-fighting strategies. Tony Hunt, general manager of loss prevention at London Drugs Limited, will host this panel discussion.
  • Securing Trust: Privacy and Surveillance In-store and Online: Sharon Bauer from Bamboo Data Consulting addresses the crucial topics of privacy and surveillance, covering both in-store and online environments, in today’s digital era.
  • Behind the Crime: A Deep Dive into Cargo Theft: Join Detective Mark Haywood from the Commercial Auto Crime Bureau of Peel Regional Police as he shares insights from investigating organized crime groups responsible for tractor, trailer, and load thefts, as well as the subsequent sale of stolen goods.
  • Combatting Workplace Violence: Chris Nelson, senior VP and head of asset protection at Gap Inc. and Michael Lamb, vice president of asset protection and safety (retired), Kroger, offer strategies for preventing and managing workplace violence.

The Retail Secure Conference is not just a source of valuable information; it’s an unparalleled networking and professional growth opportunity. The day begins with the inaugural Retail Secure Legends Awards Breakfast, recognizing notable figures in retail loss prevention. Throughout the event, scheduled breaks and a closing cocktail reception offer ample chances to engage with colleagues, exhibitors, and solution providers, creating a day rich with recognition and connection opportunities.

Groups of five or more can enjoy a 20 percent discount, making it an ideal team building and mentoring opportunity. Visit to secure your place at this crucial event.

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