Canadian Retail Industry Honours Grassroots Environmental Products and Robert Simmonds Inc. with Ambassador Awards

    TORONTO, May 22 /CNW/ - Today, Retail Council of Canada (RCC) announced
Grassroots Environmental Products and Robert Simmonds Inc. as the recipients
of the 2009 Ambassador Awards, sponsored by Chase Paymentech Solutions. The
awards will be presented to at RCC's Gala dinner on June 1, as part of their
national STORE conference in Toronto. The organizations were nominated and
selected for the award by a distinguished panel of retail executives, as well
as representatives from the financial, academic and consulting communities.
    "Robert Simmonds and Grassroots are organizations that truly practice
what they preach," says Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO, Retail Council
of Canada. "Both strive to enrich the local, national and global community,
and have put their ideas into action. These innovative independent retailers
show us that giving back can make a big difference."
    Grassroots Environmental Products was established in 1994, when
environmental advocate and owner Rob Grand recognized a lack of earth-friendly
products in the marketplace. Since that time, Grassroots has become one of
Canada's largest sources of environmentally friendly products and services,
with two locations in Toronto.
    Robert Simmonds Inc., a high-end clothing and footwear store in
Fredericton, N.B., has long been known in its community for the efforts of
owner Paul Simmonds. A veteran in the retail industry, Simmonds makes it his
priority to support local events and charities, donating a portion of annual
sales to the various community charities including Fredericton Community
    "These Independent retailers show us that success can be measured by more
than just dollars and cents," adds Brisebois. "Supporting the community that
supports your business is a great way to thank your customers. Both Paul and
Rob are an inspiration to the industry and this award is a fantastic way to
honour that."

    The Ambassador Award recognizes businesses that make outstanding
contributions to the community. The recipients are seen as visionaries,
innovators and integral parts of the communities they serve. Robert Simmonds
Inc. and Grassroots Environmental Products join a notable list of past
winners, including Dayle's Department Store and United Cycle (2008), Bidgood's
Supermarket (2007), Dansk Gifts (2006), and the Plumbing Barn (2005).
    For more information about STORE 2009 - Canada's Retail Conference, visit

    About Retail Council of Canada

    Retail Council of Canada ( 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.

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