TORONTO, May 23, 2013 /CNW/ - Retail Council of Canada (RCC) is pleased
to announce that John Williams, founder and senior partner at the J.C. Williams Group, and John Torella, senior partner at the J.C. Williams Group will be inducted into the
Canadian Retail Hall of Fame at the Excellence in Retailing Awards (ERA) dinner on Tuesday, June 4, 2013.
John Williams founded the J.C. Williams Group over forty years ago
following a career in retail starting as a bag-boy at Safeway in
Vancouver and ending up along the way at the T. Eaton Co. John has
spent a lifetime in stores, catalogue and online retail and his love
affair with the industry has never wavered.
John Torella began his retail career with the T. Eaton Co., followed by
many years working with prominent advertising firms such as Vickers &
Benson Advertising Limited and Grey Group Advertising. In 1993, John
joined J.C. Williams Group as a partner and senior consultant in the
areas of strategic planning, branding, marketing, and communications.
"Their incredible dedication and commitment to the retail sector and to
the promotion of retail as career in this country are without bounds,"
noted Diane J. Brisebois, President & CEO of Retail Council of Canada.
"Without any strings attached, these exceptionally dedicated partners
have always been keen to offer assistance, to volunteer their time and
to share their knowledge and expertise in support of the advancement of
retail and retail as a career."
John Williams and John Torella are successful authors, speakers, thought
leaders and consultants. They serve clients in over 21 countries and
now have offices in Chicago - Ann Arbor, Michigan - Saint Petersburg,
Russia, the Middle East, Iran and South Asia. Yet as the business
continues to grow so does their commitment to retail and to giving back
to the sector they call home.
The Canadian Retail Hall of Fame Award, sponsored by MasterCard
International, is presented to executives who have demonstrated
leadership in advancing and promoting the industry and retail as a
career and who are strong advocates of retail education and training.
They are seen as inspirational leaders, promoting and encouraging young
people to pursue careers in retail, motivating current employees to
acquire more skills to advance in retail, supporting the development of
retail courses in schools, and lending support to organizations that
promote retail as a career and retail education.
This award will be presented to John Williams and John Torella on behalf
of the retail industry at the Excellence in Retailing Awards dinner on
Tuesday, June 4, 2013. The dinner, part of STORE 2013 - Canada's Retail Conference takes place at the Toronto Congress Centre from 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
For more information about STORE 2013, visit www.storeconference.ca.
About Retail Council of Canada
Retail Council of Canada is the Voice of Retail in Canada. Founded in
1963, RCC is a not-for-profit, industry-funded association representing
more than 45,000 store fronts of all retail formats across Canada,
including department, grocery, specialty, discount, independent stores,
and online merchants. We speak for an industry that touches the daily
lives of Canadians in every corner of the country — by providing jobs,
career opportunities, and by investing in communities.
Media are invited to attend STORE 2013.
SOURCE: Retail Council of Canada
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