Retail Executive Education

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We specialize in developing leaders and their teams. Build your organization's ability to innovate, cope with and thrive through change, and understand the importance of current retail realities like data analytics and AI.


Category Management Program

January 9 - February 1, 2024

Our Category Management Program is crafted for Category Managers seeking to refine their skills and achieve exceptional outcomes. This program covers a wide range of topics, including data-driven decision-making, optimized assortment planning, and effective collaboration with suppliers. By investing in this program, your Category Managers can create a fully integrated Category Management practice that delivers superior results for your company.


Leadership Development for District Managers Program

May 7 - 30, 2024

This program is designed to empower District Managers, Regional VPs, and high-potential store managers. Through this comprehensive curriculum, participants gain insights into advanced retail management strategies, leadership skills, strategic decision-making, and team building. By enrolling your key personnel in this program, you can strengthen your leadership pipeline and drive sustainable growth within your territories.


RISE (Retail Innovation, Strategy & Excellence) Program

June 3 - 7, 2024

RISE is the David Sobey Centre's flagship executive education program

The retail environment is being disrupted by new technologies and business models, changes in demographics and preferences, and globalization. Retailers who are unable to respond to these disruptive forces are struggling. 

RISE helps retail executives envision a bold future and provides participants the frameworks, skills and knowledge needed to bring that vision to life.


Retail Analytics Program

September 3 - 27, 2024

This program is designed for Category Management Analysts and Category Managers. The program starts with exploring the strategic role of data and analytics and then dives deeper into analytics required to support major decision areas – pricing, merchandising assortment planning, and promotion. Participants will learn to develop disciplined routines around data and reporting, and the ways to enhance the partnership between analysts and decision-makers to produce winning category strategies.


Custom Programs

Enroll your departments in a custom program that is thoughtfully tailored to fit the needs of your company. Our seasoned, industry expert instructors will go above and beyond to work with you to determine your organization's needs and develop a custom program based on their analysis and meetings with your executives. Join us on a transformative learning journey today.