Charles de Brabant

Canadian retail recovering from pandemic ahead of schedule

Published: 22Feb2021

Emerging ‘shop local’ trends have helped set the Canadian retail industry on a fast track to recovery despite pandemic-induced closures....

Shopping centres face choice between reinvention and extinction

Published: 3Feb2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to reshape consumer preferences in the retail industry, large shopping centres will either pivot or fade into memory....

Hudson Bay Co. entangled in rent payment disputes as pandemic hurts bottom line

Published: 21Jan2021

In recent months, property firms behind prominent shopping malls across North America have taken Hudson’s Bay Co. (HBC) to court to claim unpaid rent totaling millions of dollars. While industry...

Hope for Quebec retail

Published: 12Jan2021

Charles de Brabant, Executive Director of the Bensadoun School of Retail Management, is optimistic about the future of retail following a horrendous year for most Canadian retailers. Giants like...

Boxing Day comes early for Quebec retailers

Published: 18Dec2020

In anticipation of a two-week shutdown of non-essential businesses starting December 25, Quebec retailers are moving Boxing Day sales up a week. According to Charles de Brabant, Executive Director...

How can we reinvent and renew commercial spaces?

Published: 11Dec2020

The Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal hosted a Strategic Forum of Retail Trade with the goal to highlight how the COVID-19 crisis is shaking up the Quebec retail sector. This forum...

Malls face uncertain future in COVID-19 era

Published: 1Dec2020

Are malls on their way out? Charles de Brabant, the Executive Director of the Bensadoun School of Retail Management, joins the debate about the future of the traditional shopping centre in a...

Pandemic sparks higher demand for locally made products in Quebec

Published: 27Nov2020

As the pandemic continues to strain local businesses, a greater percentage of Quebecers has stepped in to keep them afloat. Charles de Brabant, Executive Director of the McGill University Bensadoun...

Balancing logic and magic

Published: 2Nov2020

As technology shifts further toward AI technologies, the COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us that human qualities remain essential in business. Charles de Brabant, Executive Director of the Bensadoun...


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