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DEI speaker Tina Varughese to deliver keynote at C-store IQ Conference March 6

"Better Together in the Changing Workplace" will help leaders understand how to communicate and cooperate in the workplace, leading to a healthier, happier, motivating and inspiring workplace where everybody benefits.
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We are excited to announce Tina Varughese as the Day 2 keynote speaker for the C-store IQ Conference at The Convenience U CARWACS Show.

Named one of Canada’s Top 10 Notable Speakers by Ignite Magazine, Tina cleverly tackles hot button  topics, like diversity and inclusion, in today’s racially complex climate. By carefully weaving personal  stories with touching humour, she disarms attendees as she breaks down barriers to foster an inclusive  and uplifting space leaving attendees inspired to think, behave, act and communicate with positive  intention and purpose. Tina’s work has been featured in the Toronto Star, TSN, CBC Eyeopener, Adrenaline Magazine, Alberta  Venture Magazine and U of S Alumni Magazine. She is the Past- President of the Canadian Association of  Professional Speakers (Calgary) and has recently been named to McMaster University’s Future of  Canada Council. Clients include Pfizer Canada, Hockey Canada, Kraft-Heinz, Loblaws, Rogers  Communications and TD Canada Trust. Tina has been the face of diversity, literally, when she was  chosen to be in Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty representing beauty in diversity. 

Keynote: Better Together in the Changing Workplace

Successful leaders understand today’s increasingly multigenerational, multicultural and multifaceted workforce brings both opportunities and challenges if not managed effectively. To create trust, collaboration and creative work environments, inclusive leaders need to effectively communicate, understand and listen to their fellow employees. Everybody wants to be seen, wants to be heard and wants to be acknowledged. Learning how to communicate and cooperate in the workplace leads to a healthier, happier, motivating and inspiring workplace where everybody benefits. 


Tina will kick off Day 2 of the C-store Conference, which is all about leadership. Also on the AGENDA:

Passion and Perseverance: Leadership Panel 

CICC president and CEO, Anne Kothawala, moderates this inspiring panel where high-profile industry leaders talk about their career paths, what keeps them motivated and why they are passionate about C&G being a fantastic channel in which to build an exciting and rewarding career. Panelists: James Rolph, Director, Canada Convenience Retail, Parkland Corp.; Melese Tiruneh, Senior Director of Merchandising, 7-Eleven Canada; Shannon Wing, General Manager, Retail, Suncor/Petro-Canada. 

Future Leaders in Convenience + Car Wash Awards: Celebrate 22 outstanding leaders

The Future Leaders in Convenience + Car Wash Awards highlight and honour the talent and achievements of exceptional leaders under age 40. The inaugural 22 winners come from diverse backgrounds and excel in a wide variety of roles. These leaders go above and beyond to innovate, problem solve, exceed customers’ expectations, support others and build careers that align with their personal values on important issues, such as sustainability and inclusivity. Be there when industry comes together to celebrate the FLICC winners during the Awards Ceremony March 6, 2024. 

The 2024 Convenience U CARWACS Show is quickly approaching and we are continuing to curate the most innovative and valuable content for the C-Store IQ Conference. The conference will run the mornings on March 5 and 6, with the trade show floor opening each day at noon.

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This is your chance to be inspired, network and celebrate: Individual tickets and company tables are available. Breakfast and lunch are included. 

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