The 2016 Awards of Distinction winners will be presented by the industry at Retail Council of Canada’s annual Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala held on May 31, 2016.
Image right: 2015 Awards of Distinction Winners from left to right: Terry Leon, President & CEO, Leon’s Furniture Ltd., Martha Billes on behalf of The Billes Family, Founders, Canadian Tire Corp., Paul Dragan, Owner, Reckless Bike Stores
The Distinguished Canadian Retail of the Year Award recognizes a retail leader that has led his/her company to outstanding business success and innovation and that has consistently demonstrated community commitment and support. The recipient is seen as a role model because of his/her exceptional leadership within the corporation, in the retail industry in Canada and in the community at large, through personal and/or corporate philanthropic activities. While years of service within the company are not a prerequisite, the individual's term as chief executive officer must commensurate with the company's outstanding success. The individual must be widely respected throughout the industry for his/her achievements and the corporation he/she represents must be seen as a leader in the business community.
|2016||Andrew Lutfy||Groupe Dynamite|
|2015||Terry Leon||Leon’s Furniture Ltd.|
|2014||Larry Rosen||Harry Rosen|
|2013||Stephen Wetmore||Canadian Tire Corporation|
|2011||Heather Reisman||Indigo Books & Music Inc.|
|2010||Steve Matyas||Staples Canada Inc.|
|2009||Louise Wendling||Costco Wholesale Canada Limited|
|2008||Laurence Lewin||La Senza|
The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a senior executive with a minimum of 25 consecutive years of retail service who has demonstrated outstanding business success and community service throughout his/her career. Winners are visionaries who have left an indelible mark on the industry through their innovations and commitment to customers and employees. As the name of the award indicates, this honour recognizes a long-term commitment to the industry, to the firm(s) he/she has led, and to the community at large. The recipient is recognized and perceived as a retail role model, as an icon in the industry, and one who has dedicated his/her business life to retail. This award is the only Award of Distinction that is not awarded annually.
|2016||Louise Wendling||Costco Wholesale Canada|
|2015||The Billes Family||Canadian Tire Corporation|
|2014||Michael Budman and Don Green||Roots|
|2012||Bill McWan||Sobeys Inc.|
|2010||Gordon Reid||Giant Tiger Stores Ltd.|
|2009||Réjean Dionne||Le Groupe Aldo Inc.|
|2008||Dr. William H. Comrie||The brick Warehouse Corporation|
The Independent Retail Ambassador of the Year Award recognizes the outstanding contributions of a local independent retailer to his or her community. The recipient is seen as a visionary, an innovator, and an integral part of the community that his or her business serves. Recipients are known for their community involvement, customer loyalty, and support of locally made products and services. As the name of the award suggests, this individual or business must embody the true spirit of entrepreneurship and community service required to be recognized as an ambassador of the retail industry.
|2016||Cameron Baty and Karina Birch||Rocky Mountain Soap Company|
|2015||Paul Dragan||Reckless Bike Stores|
|2014||Don Sheehan||Amos Pewter|
|2013||Paul and Gleniss Thomey||That Pro Look|
|2012||Valerie VEntola||Cuckoo's Nest|
|2011||Saul Korman||Korry's Clothiers For Gentlemen|
|2010||Pat Higgins||Canadian Tire Corporation|
|2009||Paul Simmonds||Robert Simmonds Inc.|
|2008||Karen and Don Cormier||Dayle's Department Store|
|2008||John Stuparyk and Jason Bots||United Cycle|
Inductees to the Canadian Retail Hall of Fame are executives working in retail who have demonstrated leadership in advancing and promoting retail as a career within their company and in the industry, and are strong advocates of retail education and training. Hall of Fame inductees are seen as inspirational leaders, promoting and encouraging young people to pursue careers in retail, current employees to acquire more skills to advance in retail, supporting the development of retail courses in schools, and lending support to organizations promoting retail as a career and retail education. Through their actions, these individuals have demonstrated that retail training and education have played an important role in the success of their companies.
|2013||Alasdair Mckichan||Former President & CEO, Retail Council of Canada|
|2013||John Torella||Senior Partner, J.C. Williams Group|
|2013||John Williams||Founder & Senior PArtner, J.C. Williams Group|
|2012||Independent Retail Task Force||Various|
|2011||John Stanton||Running Room Canada Inc.|
|2010||Paul Strauss||Home HArdware Stores Ltd.|
|2009||Fred Singer||Henry Singer Fashion Group|
|2008||Stephen Bebis||Gold Town|
|2007||Steve Matyas||Stapes Canada Inc.|