Costco's Louise Wendling Named 2009 Distinguished Canadian Retailer of the Year by Retail Council of Canada



    TORONTO, May 21 /CNW/ - Today, Retail Council of Canada (RCC) is proud to
announce Louise Wendling, Senior Vice President and Country Manager for Costco
Wholesale Canada as the 2009 Distinguished Canadian Retailer of the Year. The
award will be presented to Ms. Wendling at RCC's Gala dinner on June 1, as
part of their national STORE conference in Toronto.
    The award recognizes Ms. Wendlings role as a leader in the retail
industry, with nominations received from across Canada and the final selection
determined by a distinguished panel of current and former retail executives.
    "Ms. Wendling is an incredible individual who continues to promote and
support retail in Canada," says Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO, Retail
Council of Canada. "Costco is one of Canada's most respected retail companies
and a pioneer in the membership club retail concept. Ms. Wendling's
contribution to Costco Canada's growth and continued success is undeniable."
    In 1983, Ms. Wendling joined Costco, a then fledgling company and retail
concept, and turned it into one of Canada's most successful retail chains. She
has piloted Costco from its first sale to more than $9 billion in sales by the
end of 2007 and has developed a team of retail professionals who are
innovative, committed and devoted to the brand."
    The Distinguished Canadian Retailer of the Year award recognizes a retail
leader who has led his/her company to outstanding business success and
innovation, in addition to consistently demonstrating community commitment and
support. Ms. Wendling joins a notable list of past recipients, including
Laurence Lewin, La Senza (2008) Mario Pilozzi, Wal-Mart Canada (2007); Edward
Kennedy, The North West Company (2006); Annette Verschuren, The Home Depot
(2005); Wayne Sales, Canadian Tire (2004); and Wynne Powell, London Drugs
(2003).
    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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For further information: or to RSVP, contact Mark Beazley, Director,
Communications at mbeazley@retailcouncil.org


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