Save the Date!

Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala
May 30, 2017
Toronto Congress Centre
North Building - 650 Dixon Rd.


Cocktail Reception
4:20 pm - 5:30pm


Awards Presentation & Dinner
5:30pm - 8:30pm


Louise Wendling, former Country Manager of Costco Wholesale Canada,
honoured with Retail Council of Canada’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Louise Wendling

"RCC is delighted to recognize Louise Wendling with a Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Diane J. Brisebois, President & CEO, Retail Council of Canada. “Louise has been an integral part of the Costco brand in Canada, leading the company to record growth and as an innovator and customer centric organization. Over the course of her 28-year career with Costco, she has garnered an enormous amount of respect from her retail colleagues across the country."

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a family or an individual in retail who has demonstrated outstanding business success and community service throughout his/her career and who has left an indelible mark on the industry. For more information, click here.


Groupe Dynamite CEO, Andrew Lutfy, named Distinguished Canadian Retailer of the Year by Retail Council of Canada

Andrew Lutfy

“RCC is thrilled to recognize Andrew Lutfy for his passion, his leadership, and his ability to embrace change in today’s retail landscape,” said Diane J. Brisebois, President & CEO, Retail Council of Canada. “Under his vision and direction the Groupe Dynamite brands, Garage and Dynamite, have grown from a handful of stores to close to 400 locations in Canada, the US and the Middle East,” added Ms. Brisebois. “Mr. Lutfy’s knowledge of the market and willingness to innovate have empowered the Groupe Dynamite team worldwide to understand their core customer and deliver exceptional service both in-store and online."

The Distinguished Retailer of the Year Award, sponsored by MasterCard, recognizes a retail leader who has led his/her company to outstanding business success and who has consistently demonstrated a commitment to the communities they operate within. 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. For more information, click here.


Rocky Mountain Soap Company co-owners honoured with Retail Council of Canada’s Independent Retail Ambassador of the Year Award

"RCC is delighted to present the 2016 Independent Retail Ambassador of the Year Award to Cameron Baty and Karina Birch, two retail entrepreneurs who are deeply committed to making a difference in many communities across Western Canada through sustainable product development, job creation, and outstanding customer service.” said Diane J. Brisebois, President & CEO, Retail Council of Canada.

The Independent Retail Ambassador of the Year Award, sponsored by Chase Paymentech, 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.