Only 2 Weeks Until IRDC Montreal Conference

VMSD Magazine’s 2016 International Retail Design Conference (IRDC) takes place September 13-15 at Le Westin Montréal in Montréal. This year’s IRDC program partners with two of Montréal’s retail industry leaders -- JPMA Global and SAJO -- to create multiple networking opportunities that will prove to be both informative and enjoyable, not to mention useful for business development. 

Retail-Insider readers receive an exclusive individual registration rate of $1,125 USD by using the discount code RETAIL2016. That’s a $320 USD savings off the individual registration rate of $1,445 USD (register here

Recognized as the premier educational and networking event for retail design professionals, IRDC provides three days of innovative ideas for creating experiential retail that sets brands apart. IRDC's program is filled with thought-provoking presentations by industry experts, plus exhilarating roundtable discussions and informative off-site tours, all designed to enlighten and inspire. 

Store fixture manufacturer JPMA Global, headquartered in Montréal, is opening its facility for the “Design With A Cutting Edge Technology Tour,” taking place Wednesday, September 14th, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  This guided design tour, conducted by one of the world’s largest store fixture manufacturers, will show how a brand’s design vision can become a reality by using the latest state-of-the-art manufacturing technology, unavailable anywhere else in the industry. IRDC attendees will observe how the industry’s most intricate designs in custom wood, metal and acrylic visual displays, elements and store fixtures are created during this in-depth tour. Transportation to JPMA’s headquarters is provided in the IRDC’s registration fee. Space is limited and subject to availability.

As well, Montreal-based SAJO, an integrated project delivery company, is hosting an evening of cocktails and dinner at one of Montréal’s renowned dining establishments, Ristorante Beatrice. Taking place on Wednesday, September 14th, from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm, this extraordinary gathering starts with cocktails and segues into a fabulous multi-course dinner, all taking place in a spectacular garden setting in a renowned Italian eatery known for its affection for flavour and style. This fun, casual evening event is the perfect opportunity to meet and mingle with retail design professionals, including SAJO’s special guest, Mr. Aldo Bensadoun, founder and Chairman of Aldo Shoes. Participation is included in the IRDC registration rate. Space is limited and subject to availability.

IRDC’s program features sessions on such timely topics as strategic approaches to engaging millennials; how to capture new markets; visual merchandising and luxury brands; international inspiration in retail design; designing cannabis retail spaces, getting buy-in from the C-suite; blurring the lines between the physical store and online retail; shop-in-shops and pop-ups; virtual/augmented reality and the customer experience, and many other topics.   

Speakers include retail design leaders from Aldo, BonLook, Kenneth Cole, Maison Birks, Marriott International, Qdoba Mexican Eats, Roche Bros/Brothers Marketplace, Tommy Bahama, Whole Foods Market and Wolverine Worldwide.

As stated above, Retail-Insider readers receive an exclusive individual registration rate of $1,125 USD by using the discount code RETAIL2016. That’s a $320 USD savings off the individual registration rate of $1,445 USD.  

Complete details about speakers, sessions, networking events, sponsors and the conference hotel (Le Westin Montréal) are available at


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