It’s always a tough call
Finalists and winners are selected by an external panel of judges made up of accomplished experts from recognized and respected companies. They evaluate the applications that meet the outlined criteria and have been reviewed by a Canada Post pre-screening committee. Here are the 2019 judges!
- President & CEO, Retail Council of Canada, Quebec
Marc Fortin, President & CEO at RCC-Quebec, has more than 30 years of experience in CPG companies, consulting and the associative sector. Marc has headed his own consulting firm (StratMk), served as President & CEO of the National Convenience Stores Distributors Association (NACDAC), and later became the President & CEO of Distribution Canada Inc. (DCI). Throughout his career, Marc has also successfully held many executive positions at companies such as Molson, Kellogg’s, Maple Leaf, Canada Bread and Borden-Catelli. He has a bachelor's degree in Economics and Marketing from Université de Montréal.
- Head of Industry for the Retail vertical at Google in Toronto
Mohit works with many of the leading Canadian retailers to help solve their marketing and digital challenges.
Prior to coming to Google, Mohit was an Associate Principal in the Toronto office and a leader in the North American Retail Practice of McKinsey & Company. In that role he worked with clients primarily within the grocery industry in Canada, US Europe and Asia on a variety of topics including merchandising, marketing, format strategy, operations, mergers and acquisitions, and capability building.
Mohit received his Masters of Business Administration from INSEAD, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Toronto.
Mohit is an avid traveler and has visited over 40 countries across five continents. He shares his passion of travel with his spouse and two young children. In addition to travel, Mohit likes to use his collection of tools to fix things and misses working in the garage on his classic 1972 MGB roadster, which he sold prior to his first child being born.
Jennifer T. Lee
- Partner, Retail & Consumer Analytics Practice Leader (Canada)
- Global Managing Partner - Clients & Industries Advisory Leader Deloitte LLP.
Jennifer established the Retail & Consumer Analytics Practice Leader for Deloitte Canada. She sits on the global retail executive team. She is the lead partner for the largest grocer in Canada and is the largest wine brand in Canada. Most recently Jennifer has lead establishing Cannabis as a sector for Deloitte Canada and has grown the practice by 250%.
Her mandate is to leverage her Retail and Consumer expertise in Omnichannel to help clients make sense of the vast quantities of data which exists in their organizations utilizing an insight-data driven approach via artificial intelligence and cognitive machine learning techniques. She focuses on assisting clients in developing insight-driven strategies to deal with an increasingly connected consumer and complex business issues. These strategies include developing data monetization strategies, transitioning from a multi-channel organization to “insight driven” organizations by building and operationalizing eCommerce platforms, mobile capabilities and the re-designing the retail network. She also assists clients in embedding Advanced Analytics into their business to deliver a one-brand (“Omnichannel”) experience. Jennifer leads a multi-faceted and cross-functional team ranging from strategists to and advanced analytics teams including market researchers and data scientists.
Jennifer is the Global Managing Partner for Deloitte’s Global Clients & Markets Advisory Practice, focusing on developing and delivering Deloitte’s global advisory go-to-market strategy.
Jennifer’s clients include leading global brands and manufacturers, internet gaming, fashion, retail and grocery. She is the thought leader behind Deloitte’s global “Omnichannel Customer Experience Index” powered by Deloitte advanced analytics platform which competitively monitors path to purchase capabilities for clients utilizing crowdsourcing techniques.
Jennifer is an accomplished thought leader and has presented at key industry platforms such as Deloitte's Retail Outlook which launched: “Future Proofing Your Retail Business: Balancing the Art and Science of Advanced Analytics in Customer Experience,” ICSC, Marketing Magazine, and BNN. She has also personally authored over a dozen industry whitepapers including: “CMO 2.0 takes charge: How chief marketing officers will succeed in the Omnichannel era”; “Consumer Experience: The New Brand Imperative”; “The Consumer Evolution: Changing Behaviors Triggers New Business Models”; "2016 Omnichannel Customer Experience Index: Which Retailers are Leading and Lagging?” She is also on the faculty for Deloitte’s global education center in Westlake, Texas, “Deloitte University,” which is focused on best-in-class training and education for thousands of Deloitte consultants around the world. While in industry, Jennifer worked all over the world: Mergers & Acquisitions / Treasury for a large US telecom company in Hong Kong, China; European Marketing Group for a large US consumer electronics company in Stuttgart, Germany; and marketing strategy and implementation for a large US entertainment company in Canada. While at Bell Internet, Jennifer led the strategy development and operationalization of one of the largest and fastest wireless internet roll outs in the organization’s history including the retail channels. Jennifer sits on the board of MERIT Award Bursary Program, a not for profit that helps immigrant and low-income children stay in school. She also works with large international aid organizations in developing the strategic plan focused on restructuring and enhancing the performance of the microfinance institutions in Azerbaijan. She is the key strategic adviser of the Azerbaijani Microfinance Association (“AMFA”), an association of 27 microfinance institutions in Baku. The focus of her work was to promote self-sustainability and self-reliance within the microfinance industry. Recently, Jennifer began working with the Asian Credit Fund, a microfinance institution which help poor, rural women in Almaty, Kazakhstan, develop their five-year growth strategy.
Jennifer holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo. She was recently awarded the 2017 Manulife Mentor of the Year by Ascend Canada.
- Principal Analyst,
- Forrester Research
Sucharita focuses primarily on e-commerce, consumer behavior and trends in the online shopping space, technology developments that affect the online commerce industry and vendors that facilitate online marketing and merchandising. She is a leading authority on multichannel retail topics, has authored more than 50 research papers on the topics of online and multichannel retail, and is frequently cited in leading media outlets such as CNBC, The Wall Street Journal and Business Week. Sucharita holds a BA in Economics from Harvard University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
- Industry Manager,
- Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp
Blake partners with prominent and digital-first eCommerce and SaaS companies to grow and transform their businesses on mobile. Prior to this role, Blake spent time at Facebook headquarters in California as a product marketing lead on a number of global eCommerce initiatives. Blake started his career at Facebook as the product marketing lead for Canada. Before joining Facebook, Blake spent time in product management at a Canadian ad-tech firm, AdParlor, and multiple years at BlackBerry on their consumer solution networking team.