• RILA and the Bensadoun School of Retail Management at McGill University are excited to tackle the pressing issues surrounding retail and the Grand Challenges facing our societies through an innovative retail case competition.


    The (R)Tech Global Retail Challenge helps expose students to one of these Grand Challenges impacting retail, sustainability and the circular economy. It will equip teams to find solutions in innovative and forward-looking perspectives. This competition will showcase some of the ways to achieve the future of retail from the next generation of industry leaders.


    Each participating university will develop 1-2 student teams under the guidance of a relevant faculty advisor. These teams will be charged with finding solutions to accelerate young consumers’ participation in scalable circular economies for retail and consumer products.


    The challenge will start in early fall with the teams applying design thinking over the course of 6 weeks.  The teams will then gather at McGill University for a finals weekend on November 15-17, 2018. Finalists will be judged by executives from sponsor companies, together with retail and circular economy experts. The finals will be held in conjunction with the official launch of the Bensadoun School of Retail Management on November 16th.


    Final Deadline for Schools to Sign-Up August 31st, 2018 To sign-up, please contact Véronique Beaulieu-Fowler.
    Design Thinking Modules September to October Learn more about the Design Thinking process and view the full Syllabus.
    Finals Weekend in Montréal November 15 - 17th, 2018


    *This schedule is subject to change.