The 50th CHHMA Annual General Meeting took place last Friday, May 3rd, at the Centre for Health & Safety Innovation (CHSI) in Mississauga following the presentation of Pam O’Rourke from The Home Depot Canada.CHHMA Chairman Peter Laing from Recochem and Treasurer Steve Barker from IPEX HomeRite Products, reviewed the 2018 financials. The Association posted a loss of just under $48,000, a 50% improvement from the year prior, and is expecting to break-even or achieve a slight profit this year. Despite the losses over the past few years, the CHHMA remains in a very healthy financial situation with net assets of over $656,000, not including the office which the Association owns debt free. Returning the CHHMA to annual profits however, will allow the Association to invest further in government relations, education, programs and services for members.

CHHMA President Sam Moncada then reviewed the following three proposed by-law changes which were approved by the membership at the meeting:

(1) Current By-Law

16.4. At an annual or special general meeting, fifteen (15) percent of the duly appointed representatives of Full Members, present in person at the meeting, shall constitute a quorum.

Change to:

16.4. At an annual or special general meeting, fifteen (15) percent of the duly appointed representatives of Full Members, present in person or their proxies at the meeting, shall constitute a quorum.

Proxies:

Voting by proxy shall be permitted, in the case of the AGM and special general meetings, when written notification is given to the CHHMA President at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. The proxy must name one member of the Board as their proxy, and at said meeting, the proxy shall be honoured in accordance with the terms of the proxy or, in the absence of any such terms, at the discretion of the proxy named. A proxy form will be distributed to Full Members by the CHHMA at least 15 days prior to a meeting.

(2) Current By-Law

3.2.7 Agency Members shall be firms, corporations or divisions of corporations such as agencies or importers who do not qualify under the criteria of manufacturers, and derive a significant portion of their income from the sale of hardware or housewares products in Canada.

3.2.8 Agency members will not have the same voting rights as Manufacturing Members unless they are elected to the Board as outlined in By-law 6.6 at which time they will have the same voting rights as Manufacturing Members for the duration of their time on the Board.

3.2.9 Agency Members cannot bring non-member Manufacturers to any function.

6.6 Agency Members may be elected to the Board under the same terms as Manufacturing Members; however, no more than two (2) Agency Members may serve on the Board in any given term.

Change to:

6.6Agency Members may be elected to the Board under the same terms as Manufacturing Members; however, no more than four (4) Agency Members may serve on the Board in any given term.

(3) New By-Law re: Membership Definition

The CHHMA has been asked recently to show proof by certain insurance providers that all employees of a member company are considered members of our association, otherwise these providers can possibly be fined or be subject to further actions by their industry watchdogs.

Therefore, it is proposed that the CHHMA adds a Membership Definition to the Association By-Laws as follows:

3.1.2 All employees of CHHMA member companies including Manufacturer Members, Agency Members and Affiliate Members, are considered individual members of the Association and can attend member only events as well as participate in programs and services made available to Association members.

CHHMA Director Denise Deacon (and newly elected 2nd Vice Chairman) from Oatey Canada presented the slate of candidates up for election or re-election to the CHHMA Board of Directors. Prior to doing so, she acknowledged the following directors who are stepping down from the Board:

Chris Bourke, Signify, who has taken a position with a new company; Lee Hooper, Southwire Canada, who has taken on some different responsibilities; and Shelly Mlynarczyk, Henkel Canada, who is moving into a new position within the company outside of hardware. We thank them, on behalf of all members, for their time and service on the Board.

Current Directors elected for another term were:

Jeff Crews, Richelieu Hardware; Gerry Lubanszky, Garant GP; & Scott Ride, The Hillman Group Canada ULC.

Directors elected for a first term were:

André Hudon, Innovak Group Inc., Adam Malolepszy, Signify; and Richard Beck, Henkel Canada Corporation.

The complete Board of Directors for 2019-2020 is as follows:

  • Peter Laing, Chairman, Recochem Inc.
  • Joe Comitale, 1st Vice Chairman, Loxcreen Canada Ltd.
  • Denise Deacon, 2nd Vice Chairman, Oatey Canada, SCS Company
  • Steve Barker, Treasurer, IPEX HomeRite Products
  • Dave Evans, Past Chairman, Melnor Inc.
  • Richard Beck, Director, Henkel Canada Corporation.
  • Jeff Crews, Director, Richelieu Hardware
  • Nuno da Silva, Director, 3M Canada Company
  • Krista Hamilton, Director, McDonald Sales Inc.
  • André Hudon, Director, Innovak Group Inc.
  • Gerry Lubanszky, Director, Garant GP
  • Adam Malolepszy, Director, Signify
  • Patricia Noronha, Director, Techtronics Industries Caanda Inc.
  • Scott Ride, Director, The Hillman Group Canada ULC
  • Mark Travers, Director, King Marketing Ltd.

Finally, CHHMA President Sam Moncada spoke about some of the new initiatives the Association is working on and will be introducing for membership in the coming weeks including new programs from Purolator, Krunchbox (POS reporting & analysis) and PriceBeam (pricing optimization/market research). In addition, the CHHMA is the process of updating the website and use of social media as well as a retail scorecard survey.