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CHHMA Spring Conference & AGM 2005

New CHHMA Spring Conference & AGM Format Receives Rave Reviews

The 2005 CHHMA Spring Conference & AGM, held on Wednesday, April 6 at the Hilton Suites & Conference Centre in Markham, Ontario featured a whole new look, a new feel, ... even a new venue. By all accounts, the enhanced full-day program that included an unprecedented combination of relevant and timely information, valuable new ideas and inspiration, innovative solutions, networking... and much, much more hit the mark! There was universal agreement among those in attendance that the topics covered throughout the day, combined with what was available from the various table top exhibitors on hand, were applicable to literally every aspect of a CHHMA member company's operations.

Another new twist was the inclusion of the Industry Hall of Fame Dinner as a most fitting end to a day of such high calibre. Featuring a combination of fine food and fellowship, recognition of two distinquished Hall of Fame inductees, Bill Caldwell, Moldex, and Jim Thorogood, Totem Building Supplies Ltd., and an inspirational and highly entertaining after dinner presentation from acclaimed entrepreneur, speaker, television personality, and author of the ever popular best-seller, "The Wealthy Barber"- David Chilton, the dinner sent CHHMA members home satisfied that the event was well worth carving out the time from busy schedules to attend.

Finally, a rare element of excitement came following the Annual General Meeting with the presentation by Global Golf Access, of a 2005 Yamaha VStar 650 Classic motorcycle valued at $10,000 to Gerry Byle of Kaz Canada. As previously reported, participants in last year's CHHMA Toronto Golf Tournament were automatically entered into Global Access' year end draw and Gerry's was the lucky name drawn from thousands.

Comments and suggestions regarding the format and content of the 2006 CHHMA Spring Conference & AGM are welcomed and encouraged. Contact Vaughn Crofford at (416) 282-0022, ext. 30, or email

Spring Conference Speaker Line-up & Topic Recap

Don Drummond - Senior VP & Chief Economist, TD Bank - Where The Canadian Economy Is Headed in 2005

Andrea York - Lawyer, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP - The Privacy Act and Its Implications for Canadian Businesses

Vaughn Crofford - President, CHHMA - Stewardship Update

Dr. Ken Jones - Director, CSCA, Ryerson University; Chair, The Eaton Chair in Retailing - The State and Direction of Canadian Retailing and Consumer Trends

Aaron Simmons
- Director, North American Merchandising Services, ACNielsen Company of Canada - Category Management, Maximizing Sales and Profits

Robert Levy
- Director, Retail Solutions, Pareto Corporation - Drive Sales By Using Point of Purchase Material That Works

Joel Marks - Director, Merchandise (Hardlines) - Home Hardware Stores Limited - Retail Buyers' Needs and Expectations of Vendors - Do's and Don'ts

John Stelzer - Director of Industry Development, Sterling Commerce - 1) Data Synchronization - What Are Major Retailers Doing That You Dare Not Ignore; 2) Beyond Data Synchronization - What Can Those That Survive Expect In The Future?

Michael Gravelle - VP, The McQuaig Institute - 1) The Talent Advantage - Five Steps To Hiring and Keeping The Best; 2) Effective Interviewing Technique

2005/2006 CHHMA Board of Directors Elected

Following the reports of the business affairs of the association and related General By-law requirements, the following industry leaders were confirmed as those forming the CHHMA Board of Directors for the 2005/2005 association year

Wendy Hanson (Chairman) - Global Home Products
Gerry Byle (First Vice Chair) - Kaz Canada Inc.
Tony Duffy ( Second Vice Chair) - Rust-Oleum Consumer Brands Canada
Jim Rotz (Treasurer) - Pyrene Corporation
John Seymour (Past Chairman) - Hamilton Beach-Proctor Silex Canada
Bill Calisina - Bissell Canada Corporation **
Bob Falconi - Rayovac Canada Inc.
Fred Fennell - Fennell Marketing & Sales Ltd.
Mark Gagliardi - J.L. Gagliardi & Associates Ltd.**
Diane Gazzola - WD-40 Products (Canada) Ltd.
Bryan Gilbart - Envirogard/Rainfresh Water Filters
Bob Kendall - IPEX HomeRite Products
James Mumby - Dynamic Paint Products Inc.
Sam Purdy - Ryobi Technologies Canada Inc.

** - Newly elected to the CHHMA Board of Directors

Jean-Marie Campagna, Garant/Ames, and James Furgale, Furgale Industries Ltd., retiring from the Board, were acknowledged for their past contributions and support and continuing commitment to the association. 

                                                                                             Photo Gallery

Don Drummond kicked things off for
the 5th year in a row.

Board Chairman Wendy Hanson
presided over the CHHMA Annual General Meeting.

Dr. Ken Jones had his
audience's attention.

President Vaughn Crofford
presenting Industry Hall of Fame
plaque to 2005 inductee
Bill Caldwell, Moldex.

David Chilton's dynamic
after-dinner presentation served
as a fitting end to the day.

Lucky Draw Winner Gerry Byle.

Bill Caldwell's Industry Hall of Fame induction proved to be popular.

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