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12th Annual Industry Memorial Golf Classic


It was a beautiful first day of October for the 12th Annual Industry Memorial Golf Classic which took place at the
Blue Springs Golf Club in Acton, Ontario.  As always we had great support from the management team of Home Hardware with
 Ray Gabel, Paul Straus, Joel Marks and John Dyksterhuis coming out, as well as buyers from Home Hardware, Sears and the Hudson's
 Bay all supporting the event with the vendor community in honour of this years, and previous years honourees.

The event is held on behalf of the hardware and housewares industry and honours stalwarts from the industry who have recently
 passed away.

Photos from the course



Golf Competition Winners

Closest to the Pin (2nd Shot) Hole #1
        Garth McLauchlan
BSH Home Appliances

Closest to the Pin (1st Shot) Hole #2
        John Collins
        Neatfreak Group Inc.

Prize sponsored by Techtronics Industries
 In Memory of Stuart North
Patricia Noronha presenting

Prize sponsored by Onward Sales
In Memory of Ed Barnes
CHHMA Board Member Dan Tasson presenting

Longest Putt Hole #4
Owen Mellon
Neatfreak Group Inc.

Closest to the Pin (1st Shot) Hole #5
Roger Smith
United Sales & Marketing Inc.

Prize sponsored by IPEX HomeRite Products
Steve Barker presenting

Prize sponsored by Philips Lighting 
Chris Bourke presenting

Closest to the Pin (2nd Shot) Hole #8
        Dan Laing
        Groupe SEB Canada

Closest to the Pin (3rd Shot) Hole #9
  Peter Adam
MTD Products Limited

Prize sponsored by Dahl Brothers
In Memory of Trygve Husebye
Doug Campbell presenting

Prize sponsored by Envirogard/Rainfresh
CHHMA Board Member Steve Burgess presenting 

Longest Putt Hole #10
  Martin Rytwinski
             Groupe SEB Canada                  

Closest to the Pin (1st Shot) Hole #11
Kim Snyder
Groupe SEB Canada

Prize sponsored by The Hudson's Bay Company
In Memory of Jim Ypma
Larry Hignell presenting

Prize sponsored by McDonald Sales
In Memory of George Giles & Don McDonald
Krista Hamilton presenting

Longest Putt Hole #14
John Collins
Neatfreak Group Inc.

Longest Drive (M & L) Hole #15
Patricia Noronha
Techtronics Industries Canada
Mike Zuk
Home Hardware

Prize sponsored by Shop-Vac Canada
Presented by CHHMA Board Member Val Jedras

Prize sponsored by 3M Canada Company
In Memory of Bob Hilton
Presented by John Banjac

Closest to the Pin (1st Shot) Hole #17
Frank Querido
The Hudson's Bay Company

Closest to the Pin (2nd Shot) Hole #18
John Collins

Neatfreak Group Inc.

Prize sponsored by Home Hardware Stores Limited
In Memory of Doug Straus
Presented by Joel Marks

Prize sponsored by Recochem Inc.
Presented by Peter Laing

Draw Winner for Tassimo Coffee Brewing Station
Doug Campbell
Dahl Brothers Canada

Live Auction Bid Winner of the Darryl Sittler Signed Hockey Stick 
John Dyksterhuis
Home Hardware

Prize Donated by BSH Home Appliances

Item Donated by Recochem Inc.
Presented by Peter Laing 

Other Draw Winners included Dan Laing (Groupe SEB Canada) - Foursome at Blue Springs Golf Club; Glenn Beattie (Magtar Sales) - Sports Bag with Men's and Ladies Golf Accessories and Carole Lekun (MTD Products) - Reclining Deck Chair and Cooler (Gifts supplied by CHHMA)



2013 Honourees


Chris Hrushowy:

Chris passed away on September 18, 2012, after a two-year battle with ALS. Chris was a true gentleman and was one of the country’s most knowledgeable cookware experts. He was born in Brandon, Manitoba in 1937 and started his housewares career in 1974 at Supreme Aluminum where he was vice president of ladders and commercial cookware.

He left the industry briefly to work as a stockbroker but was lured back into housewares in the early 1980s when he was recruited to take over as President of Paderno in Prince Edward Island, at the time, a struggling Canadian cookware manufacturer. He helped put the company on the map together with sales manager Bill Halpenny, then went on to join Everingham Brothers, another Canadian cookware manufacturer, in 1986.

During his years at Paderno, Chris developed close relationships with many national retail cookware buyers (especially at Sears) – the kind of relationships that are unheard of today. They looked to him for advice and he was a mentor to many other sales reps through his involvement with the Toronto Housewares Association.

As his friend Jim Grant of Home Presence says “as a sales rep, Chris was old-school. He understood the importance of loyalty, gaining the buyer’s confidence and establishing a true partnership that stood the test of time.”

After Everingham, Chris started Metro Trading, representing companies like Chicago Metallic, which is where he met fellow sales rep Suzie Gibbs. They were married in 2003 and she moved from her native California to join him in Canada.

When his company launched the Turbo Cooker on TV, it was a huge hit for Chris. He also designed and sourced cookware for Sears Canada as well as acting as a consultant to some of the world’s top cookware suppliers.

An entertaining storyteller, Chris travelled the world and loved to learn wherever he went. But it was family that was truly the centre of his universe, especially his beloved Suzie who stayed close by his side throughout his illness.

Chris is survived by his three children from his first marriage, Jeanne Rodeck, Laurie Bickel and Neil Hrushowy, plus six grandchildren. Suzie will remember a partner she says was “warm and loving, uplifting, adventurous and fun.” He is also missed by many industry friends and colleagues who will never forget his smile, his stories and the tremendous contribution he made to the industry.


Mike Pullen:

Mike passed away on June 15, 2013 in his 75th year after a year-long battle with cancer.

Mike left England with his family at the age of 10 on November 9th, 1948. The family settled in Brampton, Ontario where Mike was very active in sports playing baseball, hockey and finally golf which became his passion – Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday his wife Nancy would later say.

Mike loved the game and became a very good golfer. He was part of the team from Brampton Golf Club that won the George S. Lyon Shield in 1971 (an annual Ontario Golf Association competition between four man teams from golf clubs in the Greater Toronto Area).

Mike would later serve as President of the Brampton Golf Club and helped start the industry Pedlars and Grinders Golf Tournament along with Ed Barnes, Steve Duplantis and Brian Irvine.

Mike was known for his a long career working at Interbath of Canada Ltd. – a manufacturer of showerheads, hand-held showers and shower accessories, as well as the Ondine professional line of showers and shower systems. He joined the company in 1978 as National Sales Manager and later became President.

Mike and his wife Nancy retired to Wasaga Beach in 2008 where Mike continued to play golf a bit before his back finally gave out and wouldn’t allow him to play any longer.

Mike leaves behind his wife Nancy, children Amanda, Kyle and James, who wanted to pass on their sincere gratitude to the industry for remembering Mike.

Jim Ypma:

Jim passed away on June 18, 2013, at the age of 65. Jim was born in Holland but moved to Canada at the age of three. After living in Alberta for a while, the family relocated to the west coast and it was in Vernon, B.C., where Jim started working at the local Bay store. It would be the start of a 35 year career at the Hudson’s Bay Company. It was also in Vernon that Jim met his high school sweetheart Lynne, who he would later go on to marry.

Jim was transferred to Trail, B.C. in 1970 as Sales Manager of the Trail HBC store (one of the youngest contract employees The Bay had). In 1974, he was transferred to Kelowna, where he and Lynne lived for five years. While they were there, they once had Stephen Yan to their home for dinner - Jim gave Lynne an hours notice. Stephen did many demos in the Kelowna store and soon after started his Wok with Yan TV show. In 1979, Jim was transferred, still as Sales Mgr., to the new Bay store at the Coquitlam Centre. While there he also helped launch the Beaumark line. Jim went from there to the Vancouver store where he started in the buying office. He really enjoyed the diversity of housewares and that was the beginning of his buying career. Jim was transferred to the central buying office in Toronto in 1984.

Jim would eventually climb to the position of Divisional Merchandise Manager for the Housewares category. He would spend many years developing close relationships with fellow employees at the company especially with his good friend and colleague – George Anderson.

A true gentleman, those in the vendor community considered Jim to be very considerate, even-tempered, good humoured, fair and a highly skilled buyer and manager. He was not only a customer but a true friend to many. When Jim went to the trade shows, he used a little note book that he kept in his back pocket. Those of you that worked with Jim will remember this. Not quite the same as a blackberry would be today but it worked.

Before retiring 10 years ago, Jim spent a year managing the Home Outfitters store in Newmarket, Ontario.

In retirement, Jim loved spending time with family and friends and enjoyed his time outdoors boating, fishing, hunting and walking his beloved springer spaniel Koko. Jim also kept busy doing renovation projects around the house and cottage.

Jim is survived by his wife Lynne, daughter Michelle and son Michael, his mother Anneke, sisters Sonja and Rose, brothers Peter and Henry, four grandchildren and his late father George and brother Douglas.

Jim will be sadly missed by his nieces, nephews, extended family and many close friends.

Dinner & Silent Auction

After the golf, a dinner and silent auction was held to raise money for the CHHMA scholarship program and we would like to thank the numerous companies that  donated items for the auction and all the individuals who bid on them.

Finally, we would like to thank the following sponsors for their generosity and helping to make this event such a success: 


3M Canada Company
BSH Home Appliances
Envirogard/Rainfresh Water Filters
Home Hardware Stores Limited
McDonald Sales Inc.
Onward Sales & Marketing Limited
Philips Lighting
Recochem Inc.
Shop-Vac Canada Ltd.
Techtronics Industries Canada Inc.
The Hudson's Bay Company

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