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Carl is a Montreal-based business strategist and executive consultant with over 25 years of hands-on experience in operations, marketing, merchandising and retailing. He has worked with retailers of all sizes, from the very large - he spent 10 years at Costco Wholesale - to a strategy consulting role for a group of 800 independent retailers across Canada. As founder of StudioRx, he advises retailers, business leaders, b2c solution providers, corporations and researchers on how to adapt their solutions and build effective business strategies to meet the ever-changing needs of consumers. Recently named by Rethink Retail as one of the world's 100 most influential retail thinkers, he has appeared on major stages and screens around the world and is a regular contributor to CBC/Radio-Canada, BNN Bloomberg TV, CBC News, Radio Canada Premiere and CTV News, as well as a professor of marketing at the McGill Executive Institute (Montreal) and the Asian Institute Of Technology (Bangkok). Last May, he published his first book The Great Acceleration - The Race To Retail Resilience. Carl holds an MBA from Queen's University and is the senior advisor to the Retail Innovation Lab at McGill University.
An expert in new technologies and an impact entrepreneur, Christopher Montoya arrived in Montreal in 2018 with a mission to use his talent to serve the public interest. With Upcycli, he positions his company as a vector of change within our community and promotes a responsible mode of consumption whose mission is to stop clothing waste in Canada and invite Quebecers to transition from a linear economy to a more circular economy. An expert in web and mobile development and marketing, he has over 10 years of experience and has founded two companies specializing in digital development.
Trained as an actor at the Moscow Art Theatre School, Anne-Catherine Lebeau has worked with Robert Lepage, Wajdi Mouawad and Alexandre Marine on the Montreal and international theatre scene, as well as with Cirque du Soleil for some twenty years. She holds a Master's degree in Cultural Enterprise Management from HEC Montréal and founded and directs Écoscéno, an NPO whose mission is to support the ecological transition of the cultural sector.
Marie-Claude works on the program Zone Économie, hosted by Gérald Fillion on RDI. She reports from the field with entrepreneurs from different backgrounds, particularly on issues of growth and social responsibility. Before joining Radio-Canada five years ago, she worked for ten years at Les Affaires newspaper. She had previously worked in venture capital and mergers and acquisitions.