The Canadian Advisory Council of the Insights Association is thrilled to invite you to attend our first-ever CEO Summit Canada.
Long a flagship forum attracting chief executives from marketing research companies, we're excited to host this unique event in Toronto, Canada's world-class business nexus.
Tangible solutions to the toughest insights business problems draw leading executives to CEO Summits year after year, but the process of arriving at answers – through thoughtful conversations and collaborative peer discussions – is what makes this event unlike any other.
A keen focus on the future – revealing trends and innovations presented by partnered clients – makes the event essential to decision-makers leading insights and data analytics businesses or departments.
What makes this program as entertaining as it is valuable is its intimacy, candor, lively banter and unpredictable twists and turns. That's all part of the design; spontaneous, genuine, high-level dialogue that leads in all directions yielding attendee satisfaction higher than any other Insights Association conference.
The Summit is designed for C-level executives of marketing research and data analytics firms as well as corporate insights and data analytics function leaders who must stay ahead of global industry issues and who seek business partnerships to improve their capabilities, deliverables and value.
Be challenged and enjoy open, honest and energetic conversations with the brightest minds the insights and data analytics industry has to offer.
Join us! This event is expected to sell out as attendance is strictly limited to ensure attendee success. We look forward to welcoming you at the Omni King Edward in Toronto!
Alan Depencier is SVP and Chief Marketing Officer for RBC’s global Personal & Commercial Banking and Insurance businesses. In his role, he is responsible for all facets of marketing including brand strategy, advertising, direct marketing, enterprise social media, content and agency management.
RBC was recently recognized as the #1 Brand in Canada for the sixth consecutive year by Brand Finance as well as Brand of The Year in 2018 by Strategy Magazine.
Mr. Depencier has a diverse background spanning 20+ years which includes consumer package goods marketing, leading the growth of a start-up venture, and various leadership roles within financial services at RBC on both sides of the border. He holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University and an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University.
He recently joined the board of the Canadian Marketing Association and was a member of the Strategic Resource Development Committee for United Way Toronto for many years. With three children, he has been actively involved in coaching youth hockey and soccer for many years.
Anshu Gupta — Eli Lilly and Company
Anshu’s beginning in market research was supposed to be a short, flow-through opportunity. But she loved it so much, she stayed for 12 years. When she stepped out into the brand side again, she missed it so much she came back 2 years later. Anshu is originally from Chicago and has a degree in biology and an MBA in marketing. She has over 18 years of pharmaceutical marketing experience across the various stages of brand development for different therapeutic classes. As Senior Director of Global Market Research at Eli Lilly & Co, she leads teams of research professionals in the craft of customer insights to impact critical business decisions across the company.
Quote from Anshu:
"Being able to interact with current and future leaders in market research has been truly rewarding. Getting to hear about the new ideas coming out of academia and the innovative techniques used by those in the industry, I come away from each board meeting with a renewed passion for our chosen field."
Scott Megginson — Kantar Canada
Scott is a 25+ year veteran of the Market Research industry. After graduating from Queen's University, he started his career at the Angus Reid Group, where he spent 8 years learning the practice from Field through to Client Management.
Scott spent the next 11 years in CPG with Warner Lambert (Adams Brands), and then PepsiCo Canada where he launched and Directed the Consumer Insights function for Pepsi/Quaker/Tropicana/Gatorade Canada. His work at PepsiCo was recognized with the Chairman's Award in 2008, followed by a cross-functional assignment in Sales as Director of Category Management.
Scott joined Kantar in 2010, as President of Millward Brown and now leads Kantar Canada’s Insights Division. He is a regular speaker at industry events, and currently Chair of the Dean’s Council for the Arts & Science Faculty of Queen’s University.
“We are excited to bring the CEO Summit to Toronto. After 10+ years of building a highly engaged CEO community in the US and the launch of our first European Summit in 2018, we’re thrilled to expand our leadership event to Canada. With Adam Froman and Raj Manocha helping to shape the content and agenda, there is no question that this will be a provocative few days with colleagues, industry leaders and, as always, some special guests. It is a Summit you don’t want to miss!!!”
Steve Schlesinger, Schlesinger Group
“The CEO Summit is hugely valuable because it's an opportunity to have these intimate business conversations and challenge one another—‘Have you thought of doing this, or doing that?’ The support from one another is extraordinary and I'm so excited it's now being brought to Canada.”
Raj Manocha, President of Methodify, a Delvinia Company
“No CEO has a smooth path to success. It’s a stressful position to have and it’s also extremely challenging for CEOs to “keep their eyes on the prize” when they have a highly competitive, global marketplace to navigate, where businesses are expected to evolve by the minute – let alone the day.
That's why the CEO Summit is the best-hidden secret for C-level execs. It's a place where they can get unrivalled support and advice and be confident in knowing that they're being understood amongst their peers. i'm thrilled to help introduce it to the Canadian market.”