TORONTO, May 25, 2011 /CNW/ - Retail Council of Canada (RCC) announced today that John Stanton,
President and Founder of The Running Room Canada, will be honoured as
the 2011 inductee into the Canadian Retail Hall of Fame. Mr. Stanton
was nominated and selected by a distinguished panel of current and
former retail executives, as well as representatives from the
financial, academic and consulting communities.
"Mr. Stanton is being honoured for his passionate commitment to
promoting retail as a career and for his contributions to the retail
industry in Canada," says Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO, Retail
Council of Canada. "He continues to give generously of his time to
promote retail as a career and his unwavering support has had a
tremendous impact on retail's future leaders and the industry as a
Inductees to the Canadian Retail Hall of Fame are executives working in
retail who have demonstrated leadership in advancing and promoting
retail as a career within their company and in the industry, and are
strong advocates of retail education and training. Hall of Fame
inductees are seen as inspirational leaders, promoting and encouraging
young people to pursue careers in retail, current employees to acquire
more skills to advance in retail, supporting the development of retail
courses in schools, and lending support to organizations promoting
retail as a career and retail education. Through their actions, these
individuals have demonstrated that retail training and education have
played an important role in the success of their companies.
About John Stanton
A three-kilometer fun run with his sons in 1981 was the catalyst for the
then out-of-shape, overweight John Stanton to realize he had to change
his lifestyle. A food industry executive who smoked two packs of
cigarettes a day, he began running secretly before dawn because he felt
self-conscious about having his neighbors see "this chubby little guy"
who could only run from lamp post to lamp post before having to take a
John went on to run over 60 marathons, hundreds of road races, and
numerous triathlons, including the Hawaiian World Championship Ironman
competition. His pre-dawn runs would ultimately become John Stanton's
10:1 run/walk combination that has helped close to a million people do
everything from learn to run to complete marathons, upright and
The first store a meeting place for runners, opened in 1984 in an 8x10
foot room of an old house shared with a hairdressing shop in Edmonton.
More than 25 years later, the Running Room is one of North America's
most recognized names in running and walking. His sons John Jr. and
Jason are now partners with John, in the family owned company, with
over 100 stores and 1,300 employees in Canada and the USA.
A best-selling Canadian author of eight books on running and walking,
John Stanton released his newest book in April 2010, the much
anticipated Running: The Complete Guide to Building Your Running
Program. Maclean's magazine's Canada Day Honour Roll named the Running
Room founder one of 10 Canadians making a difference in our nation for
his contribution to health through fitness. John Stanton is a member of
the Alberta Business Hall of Fame. He is recipient of the Dr. Harold N.
Segall Award of Merit, recognizing his significant contribution to the
prevention of cardiovascular disease and the promotion of
cardiovascular health in Canadians. In 2010, The Canadian Medical
Association awarded him the Award for Excellence in Health Promotion.
He is a Member of the Order of Canada and the Hon. Lt. Col. of the
Loyal Edmonton Regiment (4 PPCLI).
John is regularly featured on CBC, CTV, Global Television, the National
Post, the Globe and Mail, and numerous radio and television programs
across Canada and the United States.
This award will be presented to Mr. Stanton on behalf of the retail
industry at the Excellence in Retailing Awards Dinner on Monday, June
6, 2011. The dinner, part of STORE 2011 - Canada's Retail Conference,
takes place at the Toronto Congress Centre from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
For more information about STORE 2011, Canada's Retail Conference, log
on to 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 2011.
SOURCE Retail Council of Canada
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