The 52nd Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Hardware & Housewares Manufacturers Association took place yesterday, Wednesday, April 7th via Zoom meeting.  

Financials

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the Association reported positive financial results for the year 2020, recording a profit of $36,240.  The results were aided by the Association making use of some of the COVID-19 support programs available from the Federal Government as well as a quick pivot towards conducting meetings and speaker events virtually.  The Association maintains a strong balance sheet and remains a financially healthy organization.  

By-law Changes including New Association Name Change

Members voted to approve several by-law changes including a proposed name change which has been in the works for some time now.  The new name of the Association will be the  Canadian Home Products Trade Association (CHPTA) and its French translation L’Association Canadienne du Commerce des Produits de Maison (ACCPM).      

The rebranding of the Association will be phased in over the coming months and is being done as the Association looks to grow its membership by appealing to a larger audience with more focus on the “complete trade” including not only vendors but retailers, dealers, builders, tradespeople, suppliers and end consumers as well as other industries/product markets.

The Association’s mission will be to provide value to members by increasing their growth and profitability, expanding their sales reach, accessing industry intelligence and supporting professional development.  

The Association is proud of the role it has played in the Canadian Hardware & Housewares Industry over the past fifty-two years and commits to continuing to serve and represent its existing members in the years to come.

Other by-law amendments approved during the meeting established no limit on the number of two-year terms that a member of the Board may be elected and the inclusion of “re-selling of goods or services” terminology into the definition of Affiliate Members.  This will allow the option of retailers or dealers possibly joining the Association under this category in the future. 

Board of Directors

The following two candidates were elected to the Board for the first time:

Patricia Ieraci, The Oneida Group
Daniel Zrubak, DeLonghi Canada

The following slate of candidates were elected for another two-year term: 

Steve Barker, IPEX HomeRite Products
Joe Comitale, M-D Canada
Jeff Crews, Richelieu Hardware
Gerry Lubanszky, Garant GP
Adam Malolepszy, Signify Canada
Scott Ride, The Hillman Group Canada

Other Directors that remain on the Board include:

Stacey Brown, Henkel Canada
Denise Deacon, Face2Face Sales
Dave Evans, Melnor
Krista Hamilton, McDonald Sales
Patricia Noronha, Techtronics Industries Canada
Mark Travers, King Marketing

During a Board Meeting after the AGM, Peter Laing, Director, National Sales Canada from Recochem stepped down from the Chairman position after serving in that capacity since 2017.  We would like to thank Peter for his time, dedication and leadership over these past four years as Chairman and look forward to his continuing support as he now moves into the Past Chairman role.

Taking over as the new Chairman of the CHPTA is Joe Comitale, President of M-D Canada.  Joe has been on the Board for several years most recently as First Vice Chairman.  Moving up to First Vice Chairman from Second Vice Chairman is Denise Deacon who heads up her own sales agency Face2Face Sales.  The new Second Vice Chairman is Gerry Lubanszky, Vice President of Sales at Garant GP.  Steve Barker, Senior Account Manager, IPEX HomeRite Products continues as Treasurer.

The Board looks forward to working with all members & staff and leading the Association into these exciting new times.