Canadian Retail Industry Honours Henry Singer Fashion Group's Fred Singer with Retail Hall of Fame Award



    TORONTO, May 22 /CNW/ - Today, Retail Council of Canada (RCC) announced
Fred Singer, President of Henry Singer Fashion Group, as the recipient of the
2009 Canadian Retail Hall of Fame Award. The award will be presented to Mr.
Singer at RCC's Gala dinner on June 1, as part of their national STORE
conference in Toronto. Mr. Singer was nominated and selected for the award by
a distinguished panel of retail executives, as well as representatives from
the financial, academic and consulting communities.
    "Mr. Singer is passionate about the future of Canadian retail," says
Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO, Retail Council of Canada. "His
commitment to the retail industry is unparalleled. Whether he's encouraging
our youth to become retail leaders, supporting national charities or lending
his expertise to promote retail and retail as a career through local schools,
Mr. Singer lives and breathes retail - to the benefit of the entire industry."
    Mr. Singer joined the family business in 1968, becoming president nine
years later. He redefined the Henry Singer brand with a vision of global
merchandising, making him the first retailer in Canada to import many luxury
brands. Following in his father Henry Singer's footsteps, Mr. Singer dedicated
himself to helping local and national charities and educational initiatives.
    "There is no doubt that retail is in Mr. Singer's blood," adds Brisebois.
"The Henry Singer Group is well known in Alberta and across the country for
being a champion for the success of Canadian retail. It's not often that you
find an exceptional leader, mentor and retail specialist with such dedication
to not only the industry, but the community as a whole. Mr. Singer is an
inspiration to us all and so very deserving of this award."
    The Canadian Retail Hall of Fame Award recognizes retail executives who
demonstrate leadership in advancing and promoting retail as a career within
their company and in the industry, and are strong advocates of retail
education and training. Mr. Singer joins a notable list of past winners,
including Stephen Bebis, Golf Town (2008), Steve Matyas, STAPLES Business
Depot (2007), Christine Magee and Steve Gunn, Sleep Country Canada (2005) and
Mario Pilozzi, Wal-Mart Canada (2004).
    For more information about STORE 2009 - Canada's Retail Conference, visit
http://www.storeconference.ca.

    About Retail Council of Canada

    Retail Council of Canada (www.retailcouncil.org) is the Voice of Retail.
It is a not-for-profit association representing more than 40,000 stores of all
retail formats, including independent merchants, regional and national mass
and specialty chains, and online merchants.
    Media are invited to attend STORE 2009.





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