Retail Council of Canada

The Retail Council of Canada was founded in 1963. It is a Canadian not-for-profit association representing more than 45,000 stores of all retail formats, including independent merchants, regional and national mass and specialty chains, and online merchants. It strives to be the voice of the retail industry "to advance, promote and protect the interests of our members through effective advocacy, communications and education."[1]

Retail Council of Canada
Founded1963 (1963)
Area served

Board of Directors

  • Chair - Greg Hicks, President, Canadian Tire Retail
  • Vice-Chair -
  • Treasurer -
  • President & CEO, Diane J. Brisebois


  • Alain Baird - President & CEO, The Stitch It Group Inc.
  • Nicolas Caprio - COO and General Manager, Rexall Pharmacy Group Ltd.
  • Troy Dunn - Director of Retail Canada, Apple Canada
  • Greg Hicks - President, Canadian Tire Retail
  • Clint Mahlman - Executive Vice-President & CEO, London Drugs Limited
  • Anne Martin-Vachon - President, Today's Shopping Choice
  • Susan Muigai - Executive Vice President, People & Corporate Affairs, Walmart Canada
  • Doug Nathanson - Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Sobeys, Inc.
  • Gary Senecal - Chief Customer Officer, Loblaw Companies Limited
  • Paul Simmonds - President, Robert Simmonds Inc.
  • George Soleas - President & CEO, Liquor Control Board of Ontario
  • Gillian Stein - President, Henry's
  • Ron Wilson- President, Best Buy International


Distinguished Canadian Retailer of the Year Award

The Distinguished Canadian Retailer of the Year Award recognizes a retail leader that has led his/her company to outstanding business success and innovation and that has consistently demonstrated community commitment and support. The recipient is seen as a role model because of his/her exceptional leadership within the corporation, in the retail industry in Canada and in the community at large, through personal and/or corporate philanthropic activities. While years of service within the company are not a prerequisite, the individual's term as chief executive officer must commensurate with the company's outstanding success. The individual must be widely respected throughout the industry for his/her achievements and the corporation he/she represents must be seen as a leader in the business community.[2]

Lifetime achievement award

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a senior executive with a minimum of 25 consecutive years of retail service who has demonstrated outstanding business success and community service throughout his/her career.[3]

Other Awards of Distinction

  • Canadian Retail Hall of Fame

Excellence in Retailing Awards

  • Corporate & Social Responsibility
  • E-Commerce
  • Energy & Environmental Sustainability
  • Health, Safety & Wellness
  • In-Store
  • Merchandising
  • Loss Prevention
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Store Design
  • Talent Development
  • Technology


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