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Volume 11, Issue 17, May 04, 2011

Association News

CHHMA Scholarship Program  
The CHHMA is once again pleased to be able to offer the opportunity for children of employees of our member companies to apply for a scholarship to help offset the cost of post-secondary education. Five to seven scholarships are awarded each year. Successful candidates receive $1,000 CDN per year for the first two years of study leading to a diploma or degree from an accredited community college or university.  The CHHMA must receive applications from potential candidates no later than July 15th.  Read More >>

"Staples Advantage" Office Products Program Offers Great New Pricing for CHHMA

The CHHMA is pleased to be offering a brand new pricing program with Staples Advantage for our 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).  Read More >>

Last Call for Maple Leaf Night in Las Vegas  
Maple Leaf Night is taking place next Tuesday, May 10, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m., at the Mirage Hotel & Casino, Bermuda Room.  If you have previously registered and have not received your ticket confirmation, please contact Pam Winter at (416) 282-0022 ext.21 or If you would like to register, click here.

Register Now for RONA's Jean-Luc Meunier Breakfast Seminar on May 31, 2011 

The CHHMA is pleased to be presenting Mr. Jean-Luc Meunier, Sr. Vice-President, Affiliate Dealer-Owner Network Development, RONA inc. at an upcoming breakfast seminar in Boucherville, Quebec on Tuesday, May 31.  The breakfast seminar will take place at the Hotel Mortagne, 1228 Rue Nobel, Boucherville, QC J4B 5H1 with registration starting at 7:30 a.m. followed by breakfast and the presentation from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  The cost to attend is $65 for CHHMA members, $85 for non-members.  Register now

Night at the Races Set for June 15th 

Registration will start later this week for the15th Annual CHHMA Night at the Races will taking 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 dinner.   Read More >>

Register Now for CHHMA Golf Tournaments 

For further details or to register for any of the following CHHMA golf tournaments: Quebec Golf Classic (May 17 at Le Club de golf Le Fontainebleau), Ontario Golf Tournament (May 25 at the Angus Glen Golf Club) or Western Golf Tournament (June 7 at the Morgan Creek Golf Club, Surrey, B.C.), click here.  

Economic News

Canada's GDP Unexpectedly Falls in February 

Canada's economy shrank in February for the first time in five months as the manufacturing sector suffered its biggest contraction since the worst stretch of the recession and wholesale trade declined.  Statistics Canada reported last Friday that real GDP decreased 0.2% in February following a 0.5% increase in January. Analysts had expected a flat reading for the month.  Read More >> 

U.S. Economy Slows in First Quarter

The U.S. economy slowed sharply in the first quarter of 2011 as high gas prices cut into consumer spending, bad weather delayed construction projects and the federal government slashed defence spending by the most in six years.  Read More >>

 CHHMA Events For 2011

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

Jean-Luc Meunier, RONA, Breakfast Seminar
Tuesday, May 31
Hotel Mortagne, Boucherville, Quebec

Western Golf Tournament
Tuesday, June 7
Morgan Creek Golf Club, Surrey, B.C.

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

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

Industry Cocktail
Tuesday, November 29
Location TBA, Montreal, Quebec

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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