Event by Retail Council of Canada     |     June 2-3, 2015     |     Toronto Congress Centre, Toronto, ON
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Awards of Distinction

Each year Retail Council of Canada recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the retail industry with an Award of Distinction.

The winners are recognized at the Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala on June 3rd. See below for more information and to view past winners.

Distinguished Retailer of the Year

Brian Hill accepting Retailer of the year awardThe 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.

Year Recipient Company
2014 Larry Rosen Harry Rosen
2013 Stephen Wetmore Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited
2012 Brian Hill Aritzia
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

 

Canadian Retail Hall of Fame

Hall of fame winnersInductees 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.
 

Year Inductee Company
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 Straus Home Hardware Stores Ltd.
2009 Fred Singer Henry Singer Fashion Group
2008 Stephen Bebis Golf Town
2007 Steve Matyas STAPLES Business Depot

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

Brian Hill accepting The Lifetime Acheivement award.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.

Year Recipient Company
2014 Michael Budman and Don Green Roots
2014 Bob Peter LCBO
2013 Not awarded  
2012 Bill McEwan Sobeys Inc.
2011 Not Awarded  
2010 Gordon Reid Giant Tiger Stores Ltd.
2009 Réjean Dionne Le Groupe Aldo Inc.
2008 Dr. William H. Comrie The Brick Warehouse Corporation

 

Independent Retailer of the Year Award

Valerie Ventola accepting the Ambassador awardThe Independent Retailer 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.

Year Recipient Company
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 Rob Grand Grassroots
  Paul Simmonds Robert Simmonds Inc.
2008 Karen and Don Cormier Dayle's Department Store
  John Stuparyk and Jason Bots United Cycle
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