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RONA (Robert Dutton) Breakfast Meeting 2009

In the neighborhood of 100 members were treated to a presentation by Robert Dutton, President & CEO of RONA inc. at our breakfast meeting held on December 15th at the International Centre Conference Facility in Mississauga, Ontario.

Mr. Dutton's presentation "The Future. It's Here to Stay" discussed the importance of succession planning and the feedback they have received from their young employees who have aspirations of becoming future store owners. In addition, Dutton reviewed the seven types of consumer segments RONA has identified for renovation expenditures and the need for social and economic responsibility e.g. examining the life cycle of products and offering products that minimize their impact on the environment or supporting local suppliers. Mr. Dutton also answered questions on the impact of the female consumer, the role of private label products, future RONA growth plans, post Olympic marketing and the opportunity in the ICI market.

We would like to thank Mr. Dutton for taking the time to speak to our members. The CHHMA is pleased to have made a donation to the RONA Foundation on his behalf.

Pictured above are CHHMA President Vaughn Crofford,
 Robert Dutton and CHHMA Chairman Bill Calisina.

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Telephone: (416) 282-0022   Email: pwinter@chhma.ca