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     Volume 11, Issue 06, February 09, 2011   

                              Industry News

Industry Hall of Fame 2011 Inductees 
In this, the 27th year of the Industry Hall of Fame, the CHHMA is honoured to continue to serve as the custodian of the hall which was established in 1984 to recognize the achievements of our industry’s leaders and pioneers.  We are pleased to announce that Ms. Annette Verschuren, President of The Home Depot Canada for the past 15 years, until her recent retirement, and Mr. Joseph Kuchar, founder of Recochem, a 60 year old Canadian success story out of Montreal, will be inducted into the Industry Hall of Fame on April 5, 2011 at an industry luncheon sponsored by the CHHMA.   Read More >>                              

                              Association News

2011 Spring Conference & AGM: "Boom, Bust & Bounce Back"
We are pleased to announce that Mike Trepanier, Vice President with Ernst & Young Orenda Structured Finance Services Group, will be conducting a break-out session on Foreign Currency, Hedging and Pricing Strategy during the CHHMA Spring Conference & AGM, Tuesday, April 5 at the International Centre Conference Facility in Mississauga, Ontario.   Read More >>

Night at the Races Set for June 15th
The 15th Annual CHHMA Night at the Races will take place on Wednesday, June 15th at the Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. This year’s event will be held in the Favourites Dining Room, which offers a great view of the track and an excellent buffet. The evening is always a lot of fun and is an ideal way to get to know others in the industry.  The traditional in-house betting challenge presents the opportunity to win some prizes too.

So mark your calendar and look for further details in the coming months. 

                              Member News

Burlington Merchandising & Fixtures: A Success Story
Over the past 8 years Burlington Merchandising & Fixtures has established itself as a distributor of some of the biggest names in the store fixture industry and has developed numerous products to solve merchandising challenges for home improvement retailers.  BMF recently opened up a new 15,000 square foot warehouse and showroom to support its core business and has now opened a new division (Burlington Store Fixtures) to leverage its state of the art facility.  Read More >> 

                               Stewardship News

CESA Fees Finalized for BC Portable Appliance and Floor Care Recycling Program
Please be advised that the reporting fees have now been determined for the BC Portable Appliance and Floor Care Recycling Program, and are based on the 11 product categories.  Read More >>

                              Economic News

Resale Housing Forecast Revised Upward
On Tuesday, the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) raised its outlook for home sales this year due to an improving economy and strengthening consumer confidence.  Sales in 2011 are now expected to total 439,900 units, which is still down 1.6% from 2010, but an improvement from CREA’s November call for a drop of almost 9%.   Read More >>

Building Permits Rise in December
Statistics Canada said on Monday that the value of building permits rose in December for the first time in three months. Permits were up 2.4% to $5.7 billion during the month, following a revised 10.5% drop in November.   Read More >>

Canadian Economy Adds 69,200 jobs in January
Last Friday, Statistics Canada reported that the Canadian economy gained 69,200 jobs in January, the second consecutive monthly increase. Despite the gains, the unemployment rate rose to 7.8% in January from 7.6% in December as there was a big jump in the number of people looking for work. Compared with January 2010, employment is up 1.9% or 327,000 positions.  Read More >>

Canadians Cautious About Economy
A Royal Bank of Canada January survey suggests Canadians kicked off 2011 in a gloomier mood about their own finances and the national economy than last year.  The RBC Canadian Consumer Outlook Index found that 43% of Canadians believe the economy will improve over the next year, down from 56% a year ago.  Read More >> 


Upcoming CHHMA Events For 2011

Canada Night
Sunday, March 6
InterContinental Hotel, Chicago, Illinois

Spring Conference & Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, April 5
International Centre, Mississauga, Ontario

Maple Leaf Night
Tuesday, May 10
The Mirage, Las Vegas, Nevada

Quebec Golf Tournament
Tuesday, May 17
Le Fontainebleau Golf Club, Blainville, Quebec

Ontario Golf Tournament
Wednesday, May 25
Angus Glen Golf Club, Markham, Ontario

Night at the Races
Wednesday, June 15
Woodbine Racetrack, Toronto, Ontario

Industry Memorial Golf Classic
Tuesday, September 27
Blue Springs Golf Club, Acton, Ontario

To register for all events visit our website at or call Pam Winter at (416) 282-0022 Ext. 21


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