Canadian office supply giant receives high honour from Retail Council of

Steve Matyas honoured with Retailer of the Year Award

RICHMOND HILL, ON, June 2 /CNW/ - STAPLES Canada president, Steve Matyas, has been awarded 'Retailer Of The Year' by the Retail Council of Canada. Steve received this award on Monday night in front of his retail peers and fellow award winners.

The Staples Canada president was celebrated for his many years of service and leadership in the retail industry. "It's an honour to be given this award. I share it with everyone at STAPLES and my family," said Matyas.

Matyas has been with STAPLES Canada for 19 years; he was STAPLES' first employee in 1991. "Steve has contributed so much to retail in Canada. He's also a great humanitarian, giving back to his community, whether it be through Special Olympics Canada or the Back to School Supply Drive, he's always looking to give back to those in need," said Diane J. Brisebois, president and CEO of the Retail Council of Canada.

The Retailer of The Year Award is determined through nominations received from across Canada, with the final selection determined by a distinguished panel of current and former retail executives.

This latest award follows many prestigious awards Steve Matyas has received, including: Retail Council of Canada's 'Retail Hall of Fame' in 2007, 'Lifetime Achievement Award' by the Canadian Office Products Association, and the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' from Ontario Special Olympics Canada. Next year, STAPLES will celebrate 20 years of operation in Canada.

About STAPLES Canada

Founded in Toronto in 1991, The Business Depot Ltd./STAPLES Canada Inc. is Canada's largest supplier of office supplies, business machines, office furniture and business services for the small business and home office customer. The company is an everyday low price retailer. The chain operates stores in all provinces across Canada under the banners STAPLES Canada and Bureau en Gros(MC). Marketing Magazine's Marketing/Leger 2008 Corporate Reputation Survey ranked STAPLES Canada/Bureau en Gros number one among Canada's top 100 companies surveyed in Canada. The company has over 13,500 employees serving customers through more than 300 office superstores, catalogue, and e-commerce. STAPLES, STAPLES(R)/Bureau en Gros(MC) is committed to making shopping easy by offering customers three ways to shop: online, by catalogue and in-store. More information is available at

SOURCE Staples Canada Inc.

For further information: For further information: Alessandra Saccal, Public Relations Manager, STAPLES Business Depot, (905) 737-1147 ext. 2363,; Rachel Swiednicki, Public Relations Specialist, STAPLES Business Depot, (905) 737-1147 ext. 2714,

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