Clint Mahlman - Executive Vice-President & Chief Operating Officer, London Drugs Limited, named Distinguished Canadian Retailer of the Year by Retail Council of Canada

TORONTO, April 20, 2017 /CNW/ - Retail Council of Canada (RCC) announced today that Mr. Clint Mahlman - Executive Vice-President & Chief Operating Officer, London Drugs Limited, British Columbia, will be the recipient of the Excellence in Retail Awards (ERA) 2017 Distinguished Canadian Retailer of the Year Award.

"RCC is thrilled to recognize Clint Mahlman and London Drugs Limited for their passion, their leadership, and their ability to embrace change in today's retail landscape," said Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO, Retail Council of Canada.

Mr. Mahlman and London Drugs Limited are recognized by their peers in the retail industry in Canada for their outstanding and ongoing business success, their innovative and successful approach to customer care, their unwavering commitment to the communities they serve, and their outstanding leadership in promoting and supporting retail as a career.

London Drugs joins a long line of passionate merchants across Canada receiving the ERA award, including Leon's, Harry Rosen, Canadian Tire Corporation, Groupe Dynamite, Indigo, Staples Canada, Costco Wholesale Canada and Aritzia.

About Clint Mahlman

Clint has held several senior positions with London Drugs since joining them in 1984 and became Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2014. Under his leadership, the company has continued to expand and innovate while taking a greater role in philanthropic community-based activities such as environmental stewardship, health education and the support for youth at risk.

In addition to his operational leadership, Mr. Mahlman has been the catalyst behind London Drugs' environmental initiatives. He is widely recognized for the significant impact that London Drugs' "What's the Green Deal?" recycling program and waste-management stewardship has and is making in the retail industry.  And reflecting the hallmark of a great leader, Mahlman will humbly state that he's happy to use his background and title to get things done, but quickly adds that there are large employee teams and many great business partners that are equally as important to making this happen.

In addition to his many contributions to London Drugs, Mr. Mahlman continues to serve and support 'retail as a career' programs through local and national academic programs and initiatives.

About London Drugs Limited

London Drugs was established in 1945 and began as a humble, community drugstore-just 1000 square feet-but this little store on Main Street, Vancouver, was given a big name. The store was named after London, England, the home of Canada's King, George VI. In the months after World War II, London Drugs carried the promise of peace and prosperity. http://bit.ly/2oQFEuN

Today, London Drugs has 80 stores in more than 35 major markets throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba including its online store LondonDrugs.com. London Drugs offers consumers a wide range of products and services from digital cameras and cosmetics to computers and televisions. More people buy their small appliances in London Drugs than any other place in Western Canada. All told, London Drugs serves over 45 million customer visits each year, and this iconic retailer is still growing.

London Drugs proudly sponsors various community-based events and corporate initiatives that are in-line with its values and goals of building healthier and stronger communities.

About The Distinguished Retailer of the Year Award

The Distinguished Retailer of the Year Award recognizes a retail leader and company who have led their organization to outstanding business success and who have consistently demonstrated a commitment to the communities they operate within. 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.

The Distinguished Retailer of the Year Award will be presented to Mr. Mahlman at the Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala on May 30, 2017. For further information and to purchase tickets: www.rccgrandprix.ca/content/register

The Gala, taking place at STORE 2017, Canada's  largest and most important retail conference, will take place at the Toronto Congress Centre from 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET. Media are invited to attend STORE 2017, May 30/31, 2017. For further information: STOREConference.ca

About Retail Council of Canada:

Retail is Canada's largest employer with 2.2 million Canadians working in our industry. The sector annually generates payroll of $60 billion and approximately $350 billion in sales (excluding vehicles and gasoline). As of 2016, Retail Council of Canada (RCC) members represent more than two thirds of retail sales in the country. RCC is a not-for-profit industry-funded association and represents small, medium and large retail business in every community across the country. As the Voice of Retail™ in Canada, we proudly represent more than 45,000 storefronts in all retail formats, including department, grocery, specialty, discount, independent retailers and online merchants. www.RetailCouncil.org

SOURCE Retail Council of Canada

For further information: Branka Stavric, Senior Director, Marketing and Communications, bstavric@retailcouncil.org | 416.467.3772, Retail Council of Canada, www.RetailCouncil.org

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