Vision and Mission


The David Sobey Centre for Innovation in Retailing and Services aims to be the leading source of expertise pertaining to retail and service management and to prepare students who will become leaders in these sectors.



  • Fuel research in the areas of services and retailing.
  • Increase collaboration among faculty and through cross-functional research, bringing new perspectives.

Student Experience

  • Enhance student experience through industry internships, conferences, “live” cases, networking with executives, field trips and competitions. 

Business Community

  • Involve the business community and provide value to the business community through applied research, student or faculty-led consulting, Professional Development courses, annual conference and student internships, co-op as well as career placement.

Governance and Organization

Management Structure

The centre will have an Academic Director, who will be a Sobey School faculty member.

An advisory council consisting of industry leaders from national companies will be constituted. The advisory council advise and provide feedback on the Centre’s strategic directions.

The three major areas of the Centre will be research and consulting, knowledge mobilization and student experience. Each committee will be headed by a faculty member and some committees may include industry representatives.


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