National Retail Federation 96th Annual Convention and Expo/American International Toy Fair



National Retail Federation 96th Annual Convention and Expo.

In this event presented by the NYC-based National Retail Federation, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will highlight the business and technology trends that will impact retailers in the coming years while Circuit City’s CEO Phil Schoonover will discuss his company’s culture of rapid innovation. Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, NYC. 202-626-8108.


American International Toy Fair.

More than 1,500 manufacturers, distributors, importers and sales agents from 30 countries display their wares. It’s a great opportunity to find the next big things in toys and kids’ entertainment and to negotiate marketing tie-ins and licensing deals. Presented by the NYC-based Toy Industry Association. Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Showroom Locations, NYC. 212.675.1141.


13th Annual Advertising & Marketing Law.

The Toronto-based Canadian Institute hosts this event featuring Ontario’s new Consumer Protection Act. Sutton Place Hotel, Toronto. 877-927-7936/416-927-7936.


1st Annual Video Game Industry Business Forum.

This Canadian Institute event covers sessions such as Advergaming: Revenue Streams and Ad-Serving Dreams, featuring Eric Gross, senior partner, Gowling Lafleur Henderson and Brian Fitzpatrick, managing partner, director of MindShare Interaction, MindShare Canada, on the creation of an ad-supported business model. Omni Mont-Royal, Montréal. 877-927-7936/416-927-7936.


Retail Advertising Conference: What’s Love Got to do With It?

Highlights include ‘Love Triangles’ where retailers discuss their relationships with suppliers. JCPenney CMO Mike Boylson will talk about his co’s hookup with Sephora. Attendees range from retail marketing execs to creative teams. Presented by the NYC-based National Retail Federation. Hilton, Chicago. 708-486-0725.


Global Marketing Summit.

Presented by London, Eng.’s World Trade Group, the show discusses innovation like morphing media channels, new organizational realities and performance marketing. A feature panel including MTV Networks’ Todd Cunningham, McDonald’s’ Ken Barun and‘s Shawn Gold talks about achieving the perfect marketing mix. Grand Dunes Marriott, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

416 214 3400.


Return on Marketing Investment Conference.

Leading organizations such as NBC Universal, Best Buy and Nissan North America will talk about how to correlate your marketing spend to business results. Presented by the NYC-based Institute of International Research. Trump International Sonesta Beach Resort, Sunny Isles, Fla.