A History of Reinvention: Lessons from Canada’s Retail Industry Titan
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Carrie Kirkman, President & Chief Merchant, Sears Canada
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Join Women of Influence as we showcase North America’s most accomplished and influential women who share their stories of professional success and personal triumph on their rise to the top. Since 1994, the series has shared the dreams, accomplishments and challenges of high profile women in business, government, sciences and the arts. Our highly regarded speakers provide proven advice and inspiration in an environment that promotes networking, learning and growing. This national flagship event is hosted in six cities across Canada and inspires 8,000+ aspiring women leaders each year.
- 11:15-12:00pm General Reception
- 12:00-2:00pm Luncheon
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With over 25 years of experience in brand management for top women’s apparel labels, Carrie Kirkman has established herself as a leader in the womenswear industry in Canada. She currently holds the title of President of The Jones Group Canada, spearheading the strategies behind all divisions of the business from buying and wholesale to merchandising and retail development.
Carrie discovered her passion for the industry 25 years ago as the head of a top wholesale sales agency in Montreal, representing iconic brands Alfred Sung and Ports International. After gaining hands-on experience in wholesale management, she brought her expertise and enthusiasm to Liz Claiborne Canada as Merchandising Director for brands like DKNY, Dana Buchman, Liz Claiborne and Kenneth Cole.
Carrie’s passion and strong vision for rebuilding brands led her to the role of General Merchandising Manager, where for eight years she successfully reengineered the merchandising strategies for top national retailers including Hudson’s Bay Company and Zellers. In 2010, she accepted the prestige position of President of Jones Group Canada.
Carrie’s excellent vendor relationships, unique management style and innate connection to her customer are qualities that have driven her to thrive as a leader in her career.
Passionate about empowering women in business, Carrie is an active member of the Global Advisory for G(irls)20, a renowned global non-profit that aims to mobilize girls and young women for economic advancement locally and worldwide. She also sits on the Board of Directors for The Canadian Club of Toronto, Canada’s preeminent public affairs podium that connects the public with influencers in politics, business, social development and the media.
Carrie has been profiled in top Canadian publications including The Globe and Mail, The Kit and Women of Influence for her career wisdom and professional style advice. She is also a blog contributor to Huffington Post Canada.
On top of her admirable professional accomplishments, Carrie has been happily married for 21 years and is the proud mother of a 19-year-old son.