Serving Canada's Home Improvement Industry

Retailers, Wholesalers, and Manufacturers of Hardware, Building Supplies, Kitchen & Bath, Paint & Decorating, Lawn & Garden, and Other Allied Products.


September 2018

Gary Barrault is commodity trader with the lumber-trading team in the Prairies at TIMBER MART. He has more than 25 years of experience in the building material industry, where he has held a variety of operations and retail management positions within various organizations, including North American Lumber.

Bob Fellows is business development manager for CBS (Commercial Builders Supplies) at Castle Building Centres Group Ltd. He is currently president of the Thermal Insulation Association of Canada and has spent many years in the building material distribution channel.

Tom Bell is business development manager, western Canada, at Sexton Group Ltd. He has more than 30 years of experience in the Canadian building products industry in wholesales, distribution, buying group, and retail environments, most recently as an independent retailer with Jeni’s Food and Hardware in LaSalle, MB.

Home Hardware
After a career that extends 68 years in the home improvement retailing business, Ray Gabel, senior merchandise advisor at Home Hardware Stores Limited, has retired. Gabel joined the precursor to Home Hardware, Hollinger Hardware, in 1950 and attended the meeting in 1964 that officially ushered Home Hardware into existence. He took on a purchasing role with the new company and served many roles leading to his appointment as vice-president, merchandise, in 1979. In 2015, he transitioned to the role of senior merchandise advisor.

John Stephenson is sales director for Canada for Fluidmaster and will oversee its Mississauga, ON, distribution centre. He is responsible for all aspects of the Canadian business in both the retail and wholesale distribution channels. Prior to joining the company, he was director for Char-Broil in Canada.

Don Berezowski, director of environmental health and safety at Walmart Canada, is the recipient of the Retail Council of Canada (RCC) ‘Retail Secure 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award.’ He has worked in the loss prevention/health and safety industry for more than 30 years.

Mike Slobodian is president of the Canadian Kitchen Cabinet Association. He has more than 24 years of industry experience, all of which have been spent with Manitoba-based Decor Cabinets in various capacities.

Colin Cruji is chief executive and president of Sheridan Nurseries. He has served as senior vice-president of Canada Bread Company, a division of Grupo Bimboe.

St. Clair Paint
Louis Litwin, creator of the St. Clair Paint and Wallpaper chain, has died at the age of 89. Litwin took his father’s small paint store and developed it into an international chain that included home d├ęcor items as well as paint and wallpaper. The company went public in 1986 and was sold to ICI in Britain in the late 1990s. He is survived by his wife, Pearl, three children, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Bryan Fairbanks is executive vice-president and will retain his current title of chief financial officer with Trex Company, Inc. Adam Zambanini is president of Trex Residential Products. Previously, he was vice-president, marketing. Leslie Adkins is vice-president, marketing. She has been with the company for nine years.

Joseph M. McFarland III is executive vice-president, stores, with Lowe’s Companies, Inc. He has more than 25 years of retail operations experience, most recently at JCPenney, where he oversaw the company's stores, operations, and merchandise strategies. Donald E. Frieson is executive vice-president, supply chain. He has more than 30 years of experience in operations and supply chain. Most recently, he served as chief operating officer of Sam’s Club, a division of Walmart.

Coast Distributors
Anthony Snell is general manager of Coast Distributors (Nanaimo) Ltd.. He joined Coast three years ago, but brings many years of experience to the role. Snell succeeds Brad McCluskie, owner and general manager. Once Snell takes the position, McCluskie will manage the growth of the company and build its brand.

Amy Ericson is senior vice-president, packaging coatings at PPG. She joins PPG from SUEZ Chemical Monitoring and Solutions, where she served as president. Ken West, current vice-president, packaging coatings, will become general manager, global business services. William Schaupp is vice-president and controller. Previously, he was assistant controller and acting controller. He joined the firm in 2008. Anne M. Foulkes is senior vice-president, general counsel and secretary. Previously, she was vice-president, associate general counsel. She joined the company in 1995.

Clifford Mentrup is president and chief executive officer of KYOCERA SENCO Industrial Tools, Inc.. He has been with the company since 2000, most recently as chief operating officer.

Payments Canada
Peter Dodic is chief risk officer with Payments Canada. Previously, he held the position of managing director, operational risk management, at BMO Financial Group.

Derek Miller will be president of the International Housewares Association (IHA), effective October 1. Currently, he is vice-president, global marketing. He joined IHA in December 1999 as director, international business development, and was named vice-president, international services, in 2001. He succeeds Phil Brandl, who will retire at the end of the year.

Salyna Nguyen has been promoted to director of marketing of Liteline Corporation. She joined Liteline in 2017 as channel marketing manager - C&I North America. Prior to joining Liteline, she spent close to a decade as marketing manager for Allied Technical Solutions.

Spectrum Brands
Lisa Pratt is national sales manager for the wholesale plumbing division of Spectrum Brands Inc. With more than 20 years of experience in sales and leadership in the wholesale plumbing industry, she joins the company from Wolseley Canada, where she was the national sales manager for private label.

Mark Ehrlick is vice-president, dealer support, with the Canadian Tire Dealers Association (CTDA). Previously, he was district manager, Greater Toronto Area, with Sport Chek. He has 25 years of experience in a variety of senior roles in the retail industry.

Gil Parent has been promoted to category development manager - building materials at Federated Co-operatives Ltd. (FCL). He has been with the company since 1987, most recently as category manager, building materials.