Check out our 2015 Agenda

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Registration Open

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Breakfast & Exhibits Open

Conference Opening & Welcome Remarks

Rui RodriguesNational Director, Loss Prevention, Staples Canada

Securing Content in an Unsecure World

In response to multiple data breaches over the past few years, several retailers decided to hire Chief Information Security Officers to oversee information security, data protection and vulnerability management, reporting directly to the CIO.

In this opening keynote session, learn how Jamil Farshchi successfully protected some of the world’s most sensitive information assets, including nuclear weapons, financial systems and networks, and complex technologies such as the space shuttle, Hubble Telescope, and Mars Rover.

I look forward to sharing insights with Canada’s leading retailers on how they can apply lessons from other industry sectors to protect their own businesses.

Jamil FarshchiChief Information Security Officer, The Home Depot

Organized Retail Crime: Stories from Toronto’s Crime Scene

In his keynote presentation, Bill Blair, former Chief of Toronto Police will share some of the most detrimental organized retail crime cases that he investigated during his 35 years of service with the Toronto Police. Chief Blair will share his unique perspective on leadership and will also offer advice on how LP teams could successfully work with law enforcement officials to combat crime.

Bill BlairFormer Chief of Toronto Police

FBI and Toronto Police Team Up to Combat Cyber Threats, Scams and Fraud

There is the Internet that you and I use. There is the other Internet that we don't. Law enforcement agencies invest a great deal of time and effort tracking down the dark websites that are, in effect, supporting crime including counterfeit goods, diverted/stolen property, and fraud. Attend this session to hear how FBI has teamed up with Toronto Police to fight retail cybercrime and how you can help as an LP professional.

Douglas DominAssistant Legal Attaché, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Toronto Office

Nathan DaylerDetective Constable, Computer Cyber Crimes Section (C3), Toronto Police Service

Tyco + RCC Thought Leadership Series: Fast Five

In this quick session Tyco will offer a glimpse into their company, and how they’ve come up with solutions to help you manage your organizations loss prevention program.

Robert MillerSales Director US West / Canada, Tyco Integrated Security Canada Inc.

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM
Networking Break

Data Breach Response Guide: What You Need to Know

In this session, you will learn why it’s important to have an incident response plan, how to create one, and what to do during the first 24 hours of a breach. You will gain a greater understanding of what you need to know about notifying your customers and employees, and if you don’t have an incident response plan, this session will help you create one. It could mean the difference between a breach that causes a brief disruption and one that causes a major meltdown.

Dina KamalPartner, Deloitte Canada

2014 & 2015 Hottest Legal Developments

2014 and 2015 have been busy with legal developments making headlines, legislative amendments and employment decisions from courts, tribunals and labour arbitrators. Join this session to learn how developments in the following areas can impact the way retailers, especially loss prevention and security professionals, do business when it comes to the following:

  • Employer obligations when it comes to background checks for prospective hires
  • Latest legal developments in workplace violence and workplace harassment
  • False arrest claims: what you need to know as an LP professional
  • Social media investigations from a legal perspective

George WaggotCo-Chair, Employment & Labour Group, McMillan LLP

Leveraging Analytics to Visualize Loss Prevention Activities & the Investigative Workflow

In this session, Shawn Smith will explore how analytic visualizations can be leveraged to enhance the reports and exploratory tools required to support retail loss prevention activities, focusing on how Point of Sale (POS) data may be analyzed.

Viewed through the lens of various LP personas including head office employees, store management, and loss prevention investigators, specific examples will be presented as well as the role that analytics may play in mitigating these risks will be explored.

Shawn SmithSolution Specialist, Retail, SAS Institute of Canada

The Future of Retail Security and Loss Prevention

Christian Leuprecht, Canadian National Security Expert and Security Futurist, will offer a horizon scan of the LP futures. It takes up four prominent trends and their impact for the LP terrain. First, demographic change and how an aging, more diverse population is affecting LP. Second, how predispositions and attitudes among the Millennial and Tethered generations differ from previous generations, and the implications for LP. Third, globalization and the way innovations in communication technologies are revolutionizing LP by empowering the individual over the group. And, fourth, the “digital drift” and its implications for the criminal interaction order.

Christian LeuprechtNational Security Expert and Professor of Political Science, Royal Military College of Canada

Iverify + RCC Thought Leadership Series: Fast Five

In this quick session Iverify will offer a glimpse into their company, and how they’ve come up with solutions to help you manage your organizations loss prevention program.

David HellerVice President of Sales and Marketing, Iverify

11:35 AM - 11:45 PM
Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Lunch & Networking

The Future of Payment Fraud

In this session, key players in the payments world will come together to share stories of in-store and online credit card fraud and scams. Our panel of experts will discuss emerging domestic and cross border fraud threats post chip and pin, what you need to be aware of as an LP professional, and what the future may hold for the Canadian and North American payment security landscape.

Potential Moderator:

Rita EstwickDirector, Security Strategy, Canada Post


Brian PrenticeChief Risk Officer, Moneris

Gord JamiesonHead of Visa Canada Risk Services and North America Acquirer Risk Services

Kristen PalmerManager, Fraud Prevention & Strategy, Canadian Tire Bank

Mobile Crime and Criminalization of Wi-Fi: War Stories and Security Measures

The common iPhone, laptop or android device can be your best friend and worst enemy. In this session, our mobile and wireless technology expert will cover all possible and creative ways that fraudsters and criminals are now using mobile phones to steal personal information for identity theft purposes, payment information for committing financial fraud, and other criminal acts to innocent civilians and businesses. Over the past few years, the mobile phone has become a retailer’s best friend, but retailers and consumers need to be aware of the security hacks that they pose to minimize and prevent possible damages.

Mahmoud GhaliChief Technology Officer, Reshift Media

Using Open Source Investigative Techniques to Catch Online Criminals

D.C. Brian Renwick has been a police officer with York Regional Police for 10 years. His skill set involves; drug investigations, criminal investigations, mobile surveillance and last but not least, Open Source investigative techniques. He has had a great deal of success in identifying suspects involved in criminal activity through Open Source media, and his techniques were recently utilized in a Wonderland Fraud investigation resulting in a high number of arrests and over $100,000.00 of fraudulent activity was discovered. He has received training in Open Source techniques from the FBI Cyber Crime Unit and will share some of the best practices in his presentation.

Detective Constable Brian RenwickYork Regional Police, Criminal Investigations Bureau

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM
Networking Break

Workplace Violence Red Flags, Prediction and Prevention

Every school shooting, workplace shooting and even the Navy Yard shooting could have been prevented if we crowdsourced our security. The fact is that when someone’s about to “go postal,” that person tells the world in many obvious ways. Organizations that do nothing and believe that it can’t happen to them are next in line when it comes to being unprepared.

In this session, you will learn the red flags that at-risk customers and employees exhibit and know how to best educate and inform front-line employees, managers and supervisors. When you recognize what methods to use, you will create an observant and security-conscious company culture.

Robert SicilianoSecurity Analyst, Author and Media Personality

Lessons from the Leaders of Loss Prevention

In this panel discussion, esteemed loss prevention experts and leaders will discuss latest trends in LP both online and in store, best practices in minimizing losses and effective solutions to common industry challenges. Key discussion points will include:

  • Cyber security and collaboration with IT
  • National and regional trends
  • Shrink reduction and analysis
  • Mentorship and developing future LP leaders


Michael LeblancSVP, Marketing & Digital Retail, Retail Council of Canada


Colin Kennedy Digital Loss Prevention Leader, Banana Republic Global, Gap Inc.

Shelley Holmes Senior Manager, Risk & Loss Prevention, The Shopping Channel

Kasia Devlin

Kasia Devlin General Manager, Loss Prevention, Bluenotes

The Boston Marathon Bombing: Leadership Lessons in Incident Response Planning

TAs the Superintendent-in-Chief of the Boston Police Department, Dan Linskey was thrust into managing one of the largest law enforcement operations in history. In this compelling talk on leadership and emergency response planning, Chief Linskey will share how he transformed his intense emotional response into the coolest, most calm he’s ever been, the importance of specificity of training, why it’s important to maintain a team of “Evil Geniuses,” why you should never have a “not my job” mentality, and why too much help can be a bad thing. This is a half hour lesson in leadership that every LP professional should hear, regardless of the size and scope of the incident you will be called to lead.

I am honored and excited to be the Keynote Speaker at the Retail Council of Canada’s LP Conference. The session I will present will ensure that those tasked with protecting Canada’s retail industry will be prepared before, during and throughout the crisis. We do this work because lives depend on it.

Daniel LinskeyThe Linskey Group; former Superintendent-in-Chief, Boston Police Department;
Homeland Security & Law Enforcement Analyst, Fox Boston 25

Closing Remarks & Conference Adjourns

Rui RodriguesNational Director, Loss Prevention, Staples Canada

4:05 PM - 5:15 PM
Networking Reception