Tue 18 May 2.30PM UTC

C40 Webinar: Reinventing Retail to foster green and thriving neighbourhoods

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C40 Webinar: Reinventing Retail to foster green and thriving neighbourhoods


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COVID-19 has changed the way we live and shop. These recent evolutions raise questions about the type of retail we want for our cities. This webinar will explore how cities can support sustainable local retail activities and how they can collaborate with businesses to foster a green and just recovery from COVID-19.

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Our speakers will bring together business leaders and city representatives to present three concrete examples:
  • The Semaest, an innovative public-private agency created by the City of Paris and that is supporting local shops in the French capital
  • IKEA’s new strategy focusing on cities and proximity to urban residents, collaboration with the local economy and reduction of their GHG emissions
  • Tomorrow Montreal, a unique place in Montreal that fosters new ways of consuming through zero waste shops & restaurants, a circular Fablab, urban agriculture and educational programs for residents 


Emmanuelle Hoss, CEO of Semaest
, began her career in 1996 as a lawyer. In 2001, she was appointed advisor to the Deputy Mayor of Paris, in charge of economic development, finance and employment. In 2006, she led Medicen Paris Région, a cluster for innovative health technologies, before joining in 2008 the office of Bertrand Delanoë, Mayor of Paris, as advisor in charge of economic action, innovation, tourism, trade and crafts. In May 2014, Emmanuelle joined the Semaest where she set up "CoSto", the digital support program for Parisian small businesses, as well as the "Testeur de commerce", which allows entrepreneurs to test their concept before renting a store on a long-term basis.

Clara Fayard, Chief of staff of the Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of ‘15-minute City’. Clara has studied at ESSEC Business School and Sorbonne University with a specialization in Urban economics and Social entrepreneurship. She was previously a Public Sector Consultant before joining the City of Paris in 2015. As a political advisor and then chief of staff, she led innovative policies in various topics including tourism, sports & Olympic Games, urban planning and economic development, and is now in charge of the « 15-minute city » strategy of Paris.

Remco Hempenius, Expansion Development Manager at IKEA Retail (Ingka Group) started his journey with IKEA in 1992 with the purchase of a Klippan sofa. A few years later, he joined the IKEA Delft store in the Netherlands. Since then, he has held leadership roles in various countries and different parts of IKEA, but always focusing on developing both the IKEA business and people. Today he is leading the strategic expansion development in the Ingka Group, including the co-creation of a new IKEA in the big cities around the world and the partnership with C40.

Sudhir Suri, partner at L’OEUF Architects, is an innovator in collaborative design process – a design approach where listening is more important than speaking. Sudhir’s perspective leans on intimate work with social context and broad technical versatility, turning complexity into resilience. He calls cities ‘our natural homes on earth’ and his work focuses on creating models of resilient cities. Sudhir is convinced that ‘sustainability’ sets the bar too low and barely touches what is possible in the human spirit: the creation of meaningful ideas that everyone understands together. He is the lead architect of the Tomorrow Montreal project and will be joined in this webinar by Pierre-Luc Dumas, Vice-Chair of Pomerleau and Stephane Cote, Partner President at COGIR.

Josée Chiasson, Director at the Economic Development Department of the City of Montreal. Her mandate is to develop strategies to boost economic centers and improve the attractiveness of the Montreal agglomeration's territory. In partnership with regional economic players and through an Action Plan aimed at developing an integrated and sustainable vision of employment areas, she initiates innovative projects in order to increase industrial synergies and economic growth. She is recognized for her unifying leadership in Montreal. Josée was previously CEO of Saint-Laurent Economic Development and she holds a Master's degree in International Business Administration from the University of Moncton (Canada), the Western Illinois University (USA) and the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro (Mexico).