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2016 CHHMA Spring Conference & AGM

The 2016 CHHMA Spring Conference & 47th Annual General Meeting was held on April 12, 2016 at the International Centre Conference Facility in Mississauga, Ontario.  Once again, it was a day of valuable education and networking for those in attendance.


Keynote Speakers

For the 15th consecutive year, we have had the privilege to have a senior economist from TD Bank open the conference.  This year, Derek Burleton, Vice President & Deputy Chief Economist, TD Bank Group, provided explanation of the key factors impacting the Global, U.S. and Canadian economies over the past year and the forecasts going forward.  We thank Derek for taking the time to speak to our members and a donation to the United Way was made from the CHHMA on his behalf.



Next, Michael Sloopka, the Negotiating Coach and President of Selling Solutions Inc. and, took the audience through his steps and tips for success when negotiating with a particular focus on implementing price increases in his presentation "Selling and Negotiating Price Increases in Challenging Economic Times." 


The third keynote speaker on the day was Jeff Kissack, a senior actuarial consultant with Willis Towers Watson.  Jeff is a frequent speaker and media commentator on the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORRP) and the Canadian pension environment and his important information gave attendees a better understanding of the new pension plan developments and what companies should be planning to do.




The closing speaker on the day was Sofie Andreou of Sofie Andreou & Associates, who gave her insight on how to effectively develop and manage digital/social media marketing plans.  Her presentation included lots of examples of do’s and don’ts with the various social media options and highlighted the importance of storytelling and being fun and engaging with consumers.


New CHHMA Board of Directors Announced

During the Annual General Meeting portion of the Conference, elections were held to update board positions for the next 12 months.

 CHHMA President Vaughn Crofford opens up the AGM.
CHHMA Chairman Dave Evans discusses issues facing the association.
Candidates stand for election.

  Here is the new line-up of CHHMA Board of Directors:


Dave Evans, Melnor Inc., re-elected as Chairman for another year.
Eric Daignault, Richelieu Hardware Ltd., re-elected 1st Vice Chairman for a second term.
Peter Laing, Recochem Inc., re-elected and new 2nd Vice Chairman.
Dan Tasson, WD-40 Company (Canada) Ltd., re-elected as Treasurer for a third term.
Steve Barker, IPEX HomeRite Products, continues in his position as Past Chairman.


Pierre Arsenault, RCR International, newly elected.
Joe Comitale, Loxcreen Canada Ltd.
Steve Dempsey, 3M Canada Company, newly elected.
Paul Gallivan, Elmer's Products Canada, Corp.
Jason Hutton, Salton Canada, re-elected.
Jeff McLauchlin, Wilton Industries
Shelly Mlynarczyk, Henkel Canada Corporation, newly elected.
Patricia Noronha, Techtronics Industries Canada Inc., newly elected
Peter Stojanov, Onward Sales & Marketing Ltd., re-elected.
Dave Webb, Quest Brands Inc., newly elected.

In addition, we would like to thank the following gentlemen who have left their positions on the board for their time and service to the Association: John Banjac, 3M Canada Company; John Collins, Neatfreak Group Inc.; and Alan Moyer, Panasonic Canada Inc.

Bill Calisina, James Mumby & Laurie O'Halloran Inducted into Industry Hall of Fame

During the CHHMA Spring Conference & AGM Luncheon, three worthy industry veterans were inducted into the Hardware & Housewares Industry Hall of Fame:

- Mr. Bill Calisina
, retired, Vice President & General Manager of Bissell Canada,
- Mr. James Mumby
, retired, former President & CEO of Dynamic Paint Products and
- Ms. Laurie O’Halloran
, Founder, Publisher/Editor of Home Style Magazine.

The CHHMA is honoured to serve as the custodian of the Hall of Fame which was established in 1984 to recognize the achievements of our industry’s leaders and pioneers. Since that time, 63 industry icons, inventors, business founders and builders from the retail and manufacturing sectors have now received the honour.

Bill Calisina

Bill receives his Hall of Fame plaque from CHHMA President Vaughn Crofford.

Bill is pictured with his wife Brenda and daughters
 Leslie and Laurie.

Bill was also joined on the day by Mike Best and Jim Krzeminski from Bissell's head office in the U.S. as well as Bissell Canada Canada Vice President Craig Emmerson.

In 1971, Mr. Calisina began a long and successful career with Bissell Canada as an accountant.  He was soon promoted to office manager and controller. In 1983, Bissell acquired Stephan-Hepner, which as a brush and injection moulding company, and the new company was added to his controller responsibilities and in 1987, Bill became General Manager of both entities. Bissell also owned a liquid filler plant in Massachusetts so when in 1992 they added that plant to his area of responsibility he began splitting his time between the two locations. That plant was eventually sold in 1995 and Bill was able to concentrate on his sole responsibility as Vice President and General Manager of Bissell Canada until his retirement in 2010.

Mr. Calisina has always been one to give back to the community and the industry and he spent the last six years of his career on the board of the CHHMA and was our Chairman for two years. In addition, Bill has been involved with other local business associations including serving as Chairman of the Branscombe Family Foundation supporting healthcare and education for the less fortunate, as well as other local charities in the Niagara Penisula.

James Mumby

Jillian Mumby accepts her father's Hall of Fame plaque from Bryan Gilbart, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year.

Jillian, who spent some time working with her parents at the company, discusses her father's career and family life.  

James and his wife Irene were unable to be attend the ceremony, however, Mr. Mumby was able to pass on some words through a video played at the luncheon.

Like many in the hardware or housewares industry, Mr. Mumby was practically born into the business. He began his career at the ripe old age of 12, when his parents started the business out of their home in 1974.  James would rush home from school to complete his jobs his father had laid out for him.  All this before he could go out to play hockey or lacrosse.  At 16, now with a drivers license, he was added to the sales team working at what was then a distributor called Mumby & Associates, later known as Paint Sundry Products.  His job was clear, leave home earlier and work until the stores closed and along the way sell to anyone you can.

James attended Ryerson and completed a business and economics program by going to class three days and working three days a week.

In 1994 as his parents were retiring, James purchased the company and set out on a mission to re-invent it from a successful agency-distributor to a brand recognized organization under the name Dynamic Paint Products and he never looked back.  He soon got involved in manufacturing with facilities in Canada and a joint venture in China.Dynamic grew to over 100 employees in Canada and began exporting to more than 10 countries around the world including the U.S., Australia and Poland.

As is often the case, as you start to get larger you get noticed by the bigger guys.In 2014, Mr. Mumby sold the company to a larger American competitor and remained on as President until he retired late last year.

Despite the time required building a company and travelling the world for business, James managed to make time to spend six years on the board of the CHHMA, four of which were on the executive committee and a seventh year as Past-Chairman.  For that the association is very grateful.

Laurie O'Halloran

Laurie receives her Hall of Fame plaque from Jerry Cayne, a 2014 inductee into the
Hall of Fame.

Laurie talks about starting up Home Style Magazine and the many good times and experiences she has enjoyed covering the Canadian Housewares industry.  


Laurie is pictured with her husband and partner Michael, son Jesse, daughter Haley and her parents Rick and Diana Gaiger.  

As publisher-editor of Home Style Magazine, Laurie is no stranger to anyone in the Housewares Industry in Canada.

Laurie began her career in the publishing industry straight out of the Journalism School at Humber College.She joined Southam Business Publications where she worked her way up from editorial assistant to editor and eventually publisher on several of their magazines in the Healthcare and Office Products fields.During her time at Southam, she received three national writing awards and more than 25 Southam writing awards.

In 1986, Southam purchased a magazine called “Housewares Canada” and Laurie became their first editor to also sell advertising.That is where her love for the housewares industry got its start.

In 1989, she left Southam to start her own company with the financial backing from her parents.In January of 1990, Home Style Magazine was launched.The magazine was very well received by the industry and two years later Housewares Canada was discontinued by Southam, making Laurie’s magazine the sole publication, serving the information needs of the housewares industry in Canada.

With a great passion for the industry, Laurie and her partner Michael went beyond the magazine in 1997 with the introduction of a national housewares show in Canada.Finding the industry just too small to support its own show, they sold it to the Gift & Table Association and it was merged into the Giftware Show.

A strong supporter and promoter of independent retailers for the past 16 years, Laurie has been involved with the Global Innovator Awards (gia’s) sponsored by the International Housewares Show in Chicago.Home Style sponsors our national winner each year and then they compete for global awards. To date, we have has six global winners.

Last year, Home Style celebrated its 25th anniversary and it continues to improve with every issue.

  We would like to thank the following companies for sponsoring the Conference and for their continued support:

CHEP Pallets

Aaxel Insurance Brokers Ltd.
(brokers for the CHHMA Commercial Insurance and Home & Auto Insurance Programs)

LOCK Search Group
(recruitment services)
LOCK also held a draw for a pair of Blue Jays tickets and the lucky winner was Kris Ovstaas from Philips Lighting.


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