AQMAT Celebrates Industry’s Best

The Quebec Hardware and Building Supply Association (AQMAT) ‘2021 Gala Reconnaissance’ was presented as a film this year because the organization believes that retailers and suppliers coping with the pandemic needed the recognition like never before. Presented as a YouTube live event, the gala had an audience of more than 600 people. This year, the winners are: Ascension Award – Nathalie Dufresne of Clerk, R. Thibault & Fils TIMBER MART; Team Award – Quebec and Maritimes sales team, A. Richard Tools; Manager Award – Best Retailer: Christian Bélair, general manager at Lortie et Martin, Castle; Best Manufacturer: Sylvain Dulude, vice-president and general manager of Techniseal; Specialty Award – Beaubien Hardware, RONA; Society Award – Best Retailer: RONA Rivière-du-Loup, Best Manufacturer: SOLENO; Perspective Award – Best Retailer: BMR Saint-Lin-Laurentides, Best Manufacturer: Garant; Conqueror Award – Best Retailer: Groupe L'Acadien Bricoleur, Home Hardware; Best Supplier: ACCEO Solutions; Heritage Award – Best Retailer: Arseneault Family, L. Villeneuve & Cie; Best Manufacturer: Buisson Family, Société Laurentide; Innovation Award -  Self-Drilling Anchor from COBRA Anchors and SOPRA – XPS Insulating Panels from Soprema; Loyalty Award – Best Retail Employees: Philippe Bovy, general manager, Lowe’s Canada  L’entrepôt RONA Saint-Bruno; Claude Bruneau, expert advisor, materials, BMR Saint-Lin-Laurentide; Louis Carreau, salesperson, Quincaillerie de l’EST, BMR Express; Jean Louis Corbin, clerk, DF Rouleau, Castle; Ghislain Doré, senior sales advisor, Roberge et fils, Home Hardware; Patrick Dumais, director of operations, Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac Renovation Center, Home Hardware; Serge Gervais, manager, Uniag Cooperative, BMR Express; Alain Grenier, manager, Quincaillerie Parent, Home Hardware; Normand Laurendeau, materials manager, G.M. Fournier TIMBER MART; Paul Legault, senior materials buyer, Lortie et Martin, Castle; Dominic Parr, senior materials advisor, L’Acadien Bricoleur Group, Home Hardware; and Éric Vaillancourt, Matériaux Saint-Élie, TIMBER MART; Best Supplier Employees are Tony Arsenault, representative, Jeld-Wen; Michel Beauchemin, representative, Jeld-Wen; Sébastien Benoît, director of inside sales and trader, Taiga Building Products; Sylvain Bouchard, director, insulation division, Polyform Cellular Plastics; Bruno Di Rubbo, senior account director, ACCEO Solutions; Sylvie Lefort, director of human resources, Société Laurentide; and Hélène Parent, Quebec & Maritimes sales director, A. Richard Tools.