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Volume 11, Issue 01, January 06, 2011

Association News

New Look for "Eye On Our Industry" Newsletter

As you can see, we have made a change to the "Eye On Our Industry" newsletter.  In addition to the new design look, articles are now organized by news categories and appear in shorter synopsis format with a link to the full article (if applicable) on the CHHMA website.  The shorter version will make it easier to browse the weekly news, especially if viewing on a blackberry or other hand-held device and allow readers to then pick and choose the full articles they wouldlike to read.  Read More >>

New Venue for Fall Industry Memorial Golf Classic

The 10th Annual Industry Memorial Golf Classic will take place this year on Tuesday, September 27th at a new venue – the Blue Springs Golf Club in Acton, Ontario.

The CHHMA runs this event each fall on behalf of the hardware and housewares industry and it honours stalwarts from the industry who have passed away. The event also raises money for the CHHMA Scholarship Program.

Best Business Practices

Recessionary Thinking: Smart Marketing Tips for Tough Times

Further to last December 22nd’s Eye On Our Industry, we continue on with the third and fourth tips for effective marketing in a down economy: 3. Understand your Audience and 4. Partnering.  Read More >>

Marketplace Trends

Hot Trends in Home Design for 2011
Here are some of the trends and techniques that interior designers and manufacturers say will be the height of decorating fashion for 2011:

#1 Luxury That’s Green:
Consumers have become savvy about checking on whether their home decor products are truly environmentally safe and sustainable.  Read More >>

Economic News

IMF Report on Canadian Economy

The risks to Canada’s economic recovery are increasing and could curtail growth in the future, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned in a report released before the end of 2010.  Read More>> 
Canadian Dollar Starts 2011 Strong

On Monday, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. projected the Canadian dollar will trade about $1.05 U.S. in 2011 as it will be a strong year for commodity-linked currencies.  Scotia Capital also recently noted that the Canadian dollar’s strength to date has been largely driven by a weaker U.S. dollar and higher commodity prices.  Read More >> 

Canadian Housing Market Outlook
Canada had one of the better performing housing markets according to a Scotia Economics year-end review, though the outlook for 2011 anticipates a fairly lacklustre year.   Read More>>
Recent Economic Data Bodes Well for U.S. Economy

The U.S. economy is picking up momentum according to recent data that showed American households increased their purchases for a fifth consecutive month in November, while companies recorded an increase in orders for capital goods such as computers and communications gear.  Also on Monday, there was positive data on manufacturing and construction which helps bolster that the recent run of momentum is real.  Read More>>

Canada, U.S. Show Higher Holiday Retail Sales

Canadian consumers made more purchases over the holidays with analysts estimating a 3% to 4% increase in retail sales over the previous year.  Reports also show American consumers spent money at the fastest pace in five years this holiday season.   Read More >>

 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

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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"Eye On Our Industry" is published by the CHHMA as an information resource for our members. Member input regarding content and format is welcomed. Please contact Michael Jorgenson by email:, or call at (416) 282-0022, ext. 34. CHHMA is located at 1335 Morningside Ave., Suite 101, Scarborough, ON, M1B 5M4

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