Louise Wendling, former Country Manager of Costco Wholesale Canada, honoured with Retail Council of Canada's Lifetime Achievement Award

TORONTO, April 28, 2016 /CNW/ - Retail Council of Canada (RCC) announced today that Louise Wendling, former Country Manager and Chair of the Board of Costco Wholesale Canada, is the 2016 recipient of RCC's Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a family or an individual in retail who has demonstrated outstanding business success and community service throughout his/her career and who has left an indelible mark on the industry. Louise Wendling and Costco Wholesale Canada join a long line of passionate merchants across Canada receiving the award, such as Founders of Roots Canada, Michael Budman and Don Green; Former President & CEO of Sobeys Inc., Bill McEwan; Founder of The Brick Warehouse Corporation, Dr. William H. Comrie; President & CEO of LCBO, Bob Peter and most recently, The Billes Family, Founders of Canadian Tire Corporation.

"RCC is delighted to recognize Louise Wendling with a Lifetime Achievement Award," said Diane J. Brisebois, President & CEO, Retail Council of Canada. "Louise has been an integral part of the Costco brand in Canada, leading the company to record growth and as an innovator and customer centric organization. Over the course of her 28-year career with Costco, she has garnered an enormous amount of respect from her retail colleagues across the country."

About Louise Wendling

Louise Wendling began her 38-year career in retailing with the Hudson Bay Company. In 1986, she and two other Hudson's Bay colleagues founded Price Club, where she developed and implemented the warehouse club concept and culture. She was named Vice-President Merchandising, Eastern Canada in 1986, and then promoted to Senior Vice-President, Eastern Canada in 1994. In 2001, she was named Country Manager for Costco Wholesale Canada, in addition to holding the Canadian Board Chairmanship and an Executive Committee member of Costco Wholesale International.

Ms. Wendling has been a driving force in Costco's community involvement through her support of the Children's Miracle Network, the United Way, the Breakfast Club of Canada and other non-profit children's programs across Canada. She has served on the boards of Operations Enfants Soleil, the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario and as Vice-Chair of Retail Council of Canada.

The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Louise Wendling at the Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala on May 31, 2016. For further information and to purchase tickets: STOREConference.ca

The Gala, taking place at STORE 2016, Canada's largest and most important retail conference, will take place at the Toronto Congress Centre from 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET. Media are invited to attend STORE 2016, May 31-June 1, 2016. For further information: STOREConference.ca

Retail Council of Canada (RCC) is the Voice of Retail in Canada representing more than 45,000 store fronts of all retail formats, including department, specialty, discount, and independent stores, and online merchants in general merchandise, grocery and drugs. Its membership represents over 75% of all retail sales in Canada. RCC is a strong advocate for retailing in Canada and works with all levels of government and other stakeholders to support employment growth and career opportunities in retail, to promote and sustain retail investments in communities from coast-to-coast, and to enhance consumer choice and industry competitiveness. RCC also provides its members with a full range of services and programs including education and training, benchmarking and best practices, networking, advocacy, and industry information. RetailCouncil.org @RetailCouncil

SOURCE Retail Council of Canada

Image with caption: "Louise Wendling, former Country Manager of Costco Wholesale Canada Recipient of Retail Council of Canada's 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award (CNW Group/Retail Council of Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160428_C4257_PHOTO_EN_677672.jpg

For further information: Colin Asuncion, Retail Council of Canada, casuncion@retailcouncil.org, 416.467.3782


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