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Volume 11, Issue 13, March 31, 2011

Association News

Last Call for 2011 Spring Conference & AGM
Registration confirmations were emailed out yesterday for next Tuesday's CHHMA Spring Conference & AGM taking place at the International Centre Conference Facility. If you have registered and did not receive a confirmation, please contact Pam Winter at or (416) 282-0022 ext.21.  Read More >>

CHHMA Negotiates Brand New "Staples Advantage" Program; So Don't Miss Out On Some Great New Pricing for Your Office Product Requirements

We are pleased to announce that we have a brand new pricing program with Staples Advantage for CHHMA members. Along with excellent pricing, the program offers: easy on-line ordering; next day free delivery; monthly specials and flyers; customized billing options; a dedicated Account Manager; one-stop shopping experience (office products, print, facility/janitorial supplies, furniture, IT, promotional marketing).  Account Managers Elaine Arnott and Leanne Lynch will be at next week's Spring Conference & AGM, so please be sure to drop by and say hello and find out more about the Staples Advantage program.  Read More >>

CHHMA Group Insurance & Benefits Program Rebranded

Effective March 1, 2011, our benefits advisors to the CHHMA Group Insurance & Benefits Program have rebranded their company which has included a name change to The Benefits Architect Group (formerly PMA Financial Group).  Claude Jeanson, Principal, advises that the change "reflects the commitment of our firm to provide our clients stability of rates and benefits by unbundling their existing programs and rebuilding them in a cost effective manner to better reflect the clients' aims and goals for their overall company benefits using our unique Custom Blueprint Program."  The Benefits Architect Group has been providing CHHMA members with permanent annual cost savings from 11% to 20% on the cost of their benefits program based on volume discounts available to members.  Read More >>

Western Golf Tournament Set for June 7 at Morgan Creek

The 15th Annual CHHMA Western Golf Tournament will be held on Tuesday, June 7 at the Morgan Creek Golf Club in Surrey, B.C.  Tee-off times will take place between 12 noon and 2:00 p.m. followed by dinner and award/prize presentations which will start at 6:30 p.m.  Read More >>

Quebec Golf Classic Taking Place on May 17 at Le Club de Golf Le Fontainebleau 

The 36th CHHMA Classique de golf is taking place this year on May 17 at a great course, Le Club de Golf Le Fontainebleau in Blainville, Quebec. This venue is also hosting the Champions Tour's Montreal Championship for a second straight year, so come test your game on a PGA Tour level course.  Read More >>

Come Join Your Fellow Canadian Customers and Colleagues in Las Vegas!

Maple Leaf Night is taking place this year on the evening of Tuesday, May 10 at the Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. This popular social event is open to CHHMA members and Canadian customers in town for the National Hardware Show (May 10-12). This event presents an ideal opportunity for you to mix and mingle with peers and customers in a relaxed atmosphere while enjoying cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.  Registration for this event will open this Friday and we hope to see you there!

Economic News

Canada's Economy Grows at Healthy Pace in January  

Statistics Canada reported earlier today that Canada's GDP grew at a healthy 0.5% pace in January, driven largely by a manufacturing sector that is withstanding the impact of a strong Canadian dollar and benefiting from the U.S. recovery. January's growth matched that of December and marks a strong start to the first quarter of 2011.  Read More >>

Consumer Confidence Slides in March

The mood of Canadian and U.S. consumers declined this month amid high oil prices and political upheaval in the Middle East and North Africa, according to recent data. The Conference Board of Canada said its confidence index dropped sharply in March, falling 83.7 from 89.3 in February. The Board said survey responses to current and future finances questions "were particularly pessimistic."   Read More >> 

Home Prices Falling in Most Major U.S. Cities

Home prices are falling in most major U.S. cities, and the average prices in four of them (Atlanta, Las Vegas, Detroit & Cleveland) are at their lowest point in 11 years.  Read More >>
U.S. Fourth Quarter GDP Growth Revised Up

U.S. GDP growth was revised up to an annualized rate of 3.1%, the Commerce Department said last Friday in its final estimate, close to its initial estimate of 3.2% published two months ago and up from its number of 2.8% made in February.   Read More >>

 CHHMA Events For 2011

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

Maple Leaf Night
Tuesday, May 10
The Mirage Hotel & Casino, 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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