David Sobey Centre

David Sobey Centre for Innovation in Retailing and Services

The retail sector employs the most people out of all sectors of the Canadian economy. Retail and wholesale trade account for 15.6% 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, supporting innovation, and providing professional development education programs. The David Sobey Centre for Innovation in Retailing and Services aims to be the leading source of expertise pertaining to retail. 


What Does the David Sobey Centre Do?



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

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. If your retail leaders are ready for an innovation, inspiration and leadership refresh, learn about our executive retail education here.


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