Canada's passion for fine jewellery was obvious as JCK Toronto opened up yesterday at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre's North Building. JCK Toronto has been created exclusively for the Canadian marketplace and features over 150 designers, manufacturers and suppliers showcasing new designs and collections for Canadian retailers. Canada's top retail buyers are in attendance to experience new design and technology innovation, increase their industry networking opportunities, and benefit from timely education on topics to help grow their businesses.
"We are pleased that the Canadian marketplace has come out to support JCK Toronto," said John Tierney, Event Director. "Our aim is to create a better and new experience for the Canadian marketplace and incorporated the input they had given us from last year's event. These included the return to the August 8-10 timeframe; the North Hall; and the visible presence of the educational sessions on the exhibition floor. We are pleased to welcome many VIP retail buyers who are experiencing JCK Toronto; many for the first time."
"I had heard about JCK Toronto and felt it was important for my business that I attend," said Alvin Nandu, owner of Galt Goldsmithing & Jewellery of Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. "Since this is my first time, I am eager to see the wide assortment of merchandise and meet with many of the suppliers that I currently do business with or plan to in the future."
This year's educational sessions began with an opening keynote by Brad Huisken from IAS Training. Huisken's presentation was on the psychology of the sale. Using practical methods, realistic strategies, and useable techniques to help increase sales, Huisken offered a fun and motivational keynote presentation.
The HRA Group of Companies, including Crossworks Manufacturing and SGI, are hosting a diamond polishing event during JCK Toronto offering a glimpse of how diamonds are mined, cut and polished in Ontario. Showcasing the importance and excitement for diamonds, a 70ct necklace made up of 25 rough diamonds, was on display for the first time anywhere. Designed by Reena Ahluwalia and manufactured by Jeff Miller, the piece was commissioned by the HRA Group of Companies to celebrate diamonds that originated from the De Beers Canada Victor Mine and the development of a secondary diamond industry in Ontario.
Other exciting special events included the Pandora-sponsored Welcome Reception where retailers were able to preview Pandora's latest collections in a unique and sophisticated cocktail reception. In addition, the Canadian Jewellery Association (CJA) presented its annual CJA Chairman's award to Dan Panos from Corona. Peter Norton, chairman of the CJA, proudly presented the award to Panos during a special ceremony and reception.