Retail Council of Canada Honours Excellence and Innovation at STORE 2015 Conference

TORONTO, June 3, 2015 /CNW/ - Retail Council of Canada presented 15 prestigious industry awards at last night's Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala, presented by KPMG, in Toronto including three Awards of Distinction and twelve Excellence in Retailing Awards. These awards recognize the Canadian retail industry's top achievers in a variety of categories and were presented as part of Retail Council of Canada's STORE 2015 Conference. This year's submissions came from a wide range of retailers and showcased new and exciting innovations in areas ranging from Omni-Channel to Supply Chain Innovation to Marketing & Communications.

The 2015 Awards of Distinction recipients: 

2015 Distinguished Canadian Retailer of the Year Award
Presented to Terry Leon, President & CEO, Leon's Furniture Ltd. in recognition of his outstanding achievement and leadership in retail.
The Award was graciously sponsored by MasterCard Canada

2015 Lifetime Achievement Award
Presented to Martha Billes on behalf of the Billes family, Founders of Canadian Tire Corporation, in recognition of the family's ability to effectively establish and continually reinvent a Canadian retail icon.

2015 Independent Retail Ambassador of the Year Award
Presented to Paul Dragan, owner of Reckless Bike Stores, in recognition of his remarkable contributions to the community of Yaletown, BC.
The Award was graciously sponsored by Chase Paymentech

The 2015 Excellence in Retailing Award winners:

E-Commerce Experience, sponsored by RBC Royal Bank
Groupe Dynamite Inc. – Digital Innovation

Environmental Leadership
Metro Inc. – Metro Commits to Green Organics Recovery

Health, Safety and Wellness, sponsored by Workplace Safety & Prevention Solutions
Sears Canada – Building and Sustaining a Health & Safety Culture

In-Store Experience and Design

FGL Sports Ltd. – Sport Chek West Edmonton Mall Flagship Store
Sephora – A Retailer's "Make Up" Design Innovation at Sephora Robson

In-Store Merchandising
Canadian Tire Corporation – Canada's Hunting & Fishing Store, Kemptville, ON

Loss Prevention, sponsored by Moneris Payment Solutions
Mark's – Ready For This – Shrink Reduction Strategy

Marketing Communications, sponsored by KPMG
IKEA Canada – IKEA House Rules

Omni-Channel, sponsored by Canada Post
Mountain Equipment Co-op – Omni-Channel Fulfillment

Philanthropic Leadership, sponsored by Chase Paymentech
Shoppers Drug Mart – La virée rose and the Pharmaprix femmes program

Supply Chain Innovation
LCBO – Automated Store Order Palletization

Talent Development
Cineplex Entertainment – Cineplex Academy Presents the Reel Management Development Program

About Retail Council of Canada
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  @RCCMySTORE

SOURCE Retail Council of Canada

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For further information: Colin Asuncion, Retail Council of Canada, 416-467-3782,


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