Canadian Tire Corporation's Martha Billes Honoured for Commitment to Sport and Physical Activity

TORONTO, Jan. 22, 2016 /CNW/ - Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited (TSX:CTC, TSX:CTC.a) ("CTC") congratulates Martha Billes, CTC's controlling shareholder and Chairman Emeritus of Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, for being named to the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity List of 2015. The list is presented annually to recognize Canadian women for their scope, depth of leadership, and influence in sport and physical activity in Canada and internationally.

"Martha is a trailblazer and has always brought innovative thinking and ideas to Canadian Tire. The incredible success of our charity, Jumpstart, is largely owed to Martha's determination to help all kids participate in sport regardless of their financial background," said Michael Medline, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Tire Corporation.

More than 25 years ago, Martha had a vision of giving kids from families in financial need the same chance to participate in sports as every other kid in the neighbourhood. Ultimately, that vision came to life through Jumpstart, CTC's national charitable program that assists financially disadvantaged families with the costs associated with sport. Today, Jumpstart, one of the most admired charities in Canada, has helped more than 1,000,000 kids partake in organized physical activity.  

Aside from Jumpstart, Martha is also constantly finding new ways to influence sport and physical activity in Canada, including leading discussions on how to get more girls in the game and generating new ideas about what CTC can do to encourage active, healthy living.

About Canadian Tire
Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited, (TSX:CTC.A) (TSX:CTC) or "CTC," is a family of businesses that includes a retail segment, a financial services division and CT REIT. Our retail business is led by Canadian Tire, which was founded in 1922 and provides Canadians with products for life in Canada across its Living, Playing, Fixing, Automotive and Seasonal categories. PartSource and Gas+ are key parts of the Canadian Tire network. The retail segment also includes Mark's, a leading source for casual and industrial wear, and FGL Sports (Sport Chek, Hockey Experts, Sports Experts, National Sports, Intersport, Pro Hockey Life and Atmosphere), which offers the best active wear brands. The 1,700 retail and gasoline outlets are supported and strengthened by our Financial Services division and the tens of thousands of people employed across the Company. For more information, visit


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