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Brands around the world are increasingly under the spotlight; accountable to people, planet, regulators and shareholders. How are the world’s best marketers using their powers of creativity and innovation to build better, stronger, brands which our stakeholders and consciences can be proud of?

Thursday, 16 May 2024
08:30 — 09:30
Welcome Coffee & Registration

A welcome from the chair of the Association of Canadian Advertisers (ACA).

09:30 — 10:00
A shared global agenda

Uncertainty and volatility are on the rise, whilst globalization is perceived to be in retreat. Yet marketers, no matter where they’re based in the world, face a very similar set of challenges. And that creates opportunities.

10:00 — 10:30
Reimagining what a beer company can be

AB InBev’s Global Chief Marketing Officer will share one of the most inspiring stories of a company transformation driven by marketing. From a follower to a leader in creative capabilities, to developing a culture of sustainable growth, AB InBev is harnessing marketing's super-powers to create a future with more cheers.

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10:30 — 11:00
Selling Sustainability

Why are so many companies having such a hard time selling sustainability in Canada, the USA, the world? Join TED star, Solitaire Townsend, to find out why ego-green marketing is dead and why that could be great news for your business.

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11:00 — 11:45
11:45 — 12:15
Putting your trust in AI?

40% of companies have not yet deployed AI, underscoring a dramatic gap between hype and use. 2024 will be the year of overcoming barriers of entry to AI; including the skills gap, data complexity and, crucially, trust. Jonathan will share on how marketers and communicators can move to build trust in technology and help move companies out of the AI sandbox.

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12:15 — 12:45
Innovation driving sustainable growth

From Nashville to Yokahama. Allyson’s journey within the world of Nissan is as unique as the world-leading innovative marketing helping to drive Nissan’s global success.

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12:45 — 13:55
13:55 — 14:20
Cultural Catalyst

Few external forces are more influential to human behaviour than culture, which makes cracking the culture code critical for marketers. With culture not only driving today’s consumption but also ushering the future of brand, this session is not to be missed.

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14:20 — 15:15
CMO: The impossible job?

The CMO brief has never been so complex. Against a backdrop of polarised politics, a 24/7 newsreel and endless changes in consumer habits and technology, CMOs are tasked to drive business growth through purposeful and inclusive brands that appeal to new, more diverse audiences. Has CMO become the impossible job? WFA President Emeritus and host of the Better Marketing podcast, David Wheldon, will ask three practising CMOs.

15:15 — 16:00
The impact of Gen AI on brand growth

WFA President Raja Rajamannar, and guest speaker Stephan Pretorius, give you a glimpse into the future of marketing: harnessing the transformative power of generative AI to help build brands and drive sustainable growth. For all stakeholders.

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16:00 — 17:00
Networking Drinks

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