Symposium Toronto 2014

Symposium Toronto 2014 was held on Thursday, October 30 at the Trump Toronto and was our largest Canadian event with over 100 attendees! The presentations can be downloaded from the Agenda section below and the event photos can be viewed on our Facebook page. We hope to see you at the next Symposium! 

Symposium Toronto 2014

Event Details

When & Where
  • Thursday, October 30, 2014
  • Trump International Hotel
    325 Bay Street
    Toronto, ON Canada M5H 4G3
    p. +1.416.214.2800
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Thursday, October 30, 2014
  • We will have designated spaces that can be booked for meetings through Pathable. Attendees can check-in at registration to pick-up their name badge.

  • 2:00 PM—2:30 PM
    On-site Registration
  • Melissa Feemster, GM and SVP, Rakuten Affiliate Network
    Adam Weiss, GM and SVP, Rakuten Affiliate Network
    Tony Zito, President, Rakuten Marketing

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    Adam and Melissa
    Tony Zito

  • Retail was easier yesterday, wasn’t it? It seemed like the quest for a consumer’s attention pretty much ended once they walked in your store or visited you online. Now they are highly connected and easily distracted. So is your staff. And it’s getting harder to understand the constant flow of new technology options, from mobile apps and proximity systems to loyalty programs and analytics packages.

    Top retailers today aren’t looking at each new technology pitch for the answer. They recognize it’s all part of a complex, living ecosystem. And the connected consumer lives in the center. Commerce today is all about commerce and context in the moment, and all the players in the system—consumers, brands, retailers, publishers, agencies—can enhance the experience.

    In this session you will learn how to map the tactility and immediacy of the brick-and-mortar experience to the speed, flexibility, and personalization of the online world.

    Andrew Cherwenka
    VP Commercialization, Kinetic Café

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  • 3:45 PM—4:00 PM
    Networking Break
  • Hear from Advertisers and Publishers in the Rakuten Affiliate Network that are seeing great success and learn how they're doing it!

    Hosted by:
    Martha Dubicki, Senior Manager, Client Services
    Alex Honnet, Strategic Network Development Manager

    Antonella De Leo, Marketing Manager, AIR MILES Reward Program
    Lindsey Eis, Digital Marketing Manager, Microsoft Store
    Nathan Fenster, Director of Sales and Merchant Partnerships,
    Krysta Gutteridge, Director, New Sales, Perkopolis
    Lisa Langan, Ecommerce International Marketing Manager, Carter's | OshKosh B'gosh
    Andrew Lau, Marketing Manager ,

  • In this session we will delve into the Canadian affiliate shopper, touching on topics including their cross-border shopping behavior, device preferences and publisher and advertiser category trends.  Several predictions about the upcoming holiday season in Canada and trends to be aware of will also be presented.

    Chris Hahs, Senior Director, Analytics
    Rakuten Affiliate Network

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  • This 3 hour block of time allows attendees to meet with current and future business partners. There will be 10 DealMaker tables representing both Advertisers and Publishers. Heavy appetizers  and cocktails will be served. 

  • Join friends and partners for the Symposium Toronto After Party!

    D.W. Alexander
    19 Church St
    Toronto, ON M5E 1M2
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    Tickets included with registration
    *Open bar from 8.30pm - 10:00pm

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About the Attendees

Rakuten Marketing Symposium events are the premier gathering place for online performance marketing leaders. Attendees include executives from top companies doing business online, representative from leading and innovative publisher websites, and online marketers from the Rakuten Affiliate Network Advertiser client base. Over 100 partners attended Symposium Toronto 2014.



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