David Sobey Centre

David Sobey Centre for Innovation in Retailing and Services

David Sobey Centre

The retail sector employs the most people out of all sectors of the Canadian economy. Retail and wholesale trade account for 12% of the Canadian GDP. The vibrancy and growth of this sector is vital for Canada’s future.

The David Sobey Centre is positioned to play an important role in helping Canadian retailers shape a strong future. We do this through focused multidisciplinary research and our programs. The David Sobey Centre for Innovation in Retailing and Services aims to be the leading source of expertise pertaining to retail and service management. 

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Research Insights

Each year, the Centre supports and funds over $120,000 in retail-centric research. Our researchers, from disciplines within management, computing, engineering, geography, and psychology, work on projects that advance knowledge and offer valuable insights for retailers. 

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Retail Innovation, Strategy and Excellence (RISE): Executive Leadership Program, April 2018

Designed for high-level executives who want to boost their company's culture of innovation.

Retail demands innovation across the value chain. The best-performing retailers not only incorporate digital technologies and embrace omni-channel, but create a culture of innovation and customer-centricity within their organizations. Retail success depends on great executive leadership. Learn more about our executive retail leadership program and apply here.