Serving Canada's Home Improvement Industry

Retailers, Wholesalers, and Manufacturers of Hardware, Building Supplies, Kitchen & Bath, Paint & Decorating, Lawn & Garden, and Other Allied Products.


June 2018, People


Frank C. Sullivan, chairman and chief executive officer of RPM International Inc., was awarded the ‘George Baugh Heckel Award’ by the American Coatings Association (ACA). This award is the ACA’s highest honour and presented in recognition of Sullivan’s leadership efforts on behalf of the association and the industry.


Eugene A. Castagna is president and chief operating officer of Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. He has been with the company since 1994 and has served as chief operating officer since 2014. Susan E. Lattmann is chief administrative officer. She has been with the company since 1996 and served as chief financial officer since 2014. Robyn M. D'Elia is chief financial officer and treasurer. She has been with the company since 1996 and served as vice-president – finance, since 2015.


Jean Lagacé is vice-president, information technology for Groupe BMR. Previously, he worked at Agropur, where he held positions of increasing responsibility in the IT department.


The Canadian Paint and Coatings Association (CPCA) honoured several individuals for their distinguished contributions to the industry at its annual conference and AGM. The ‘Industry Achievement Award’ will be presented to Erik Bos (Sansin Corporation), Chris Goudey (John E. Goudey Manufacturing Ltd.), Eric Vaillancourt (CANLAK), and Steve Sides (American Coatings Association). This award is presented to an individual or an organization that has demonstrated exceptional achievement in advancing the interests of the industry and the association’s objectives. The ‘Industry Statesmen Award’ will be presented to Ron Nakamura (PPG Canada), Ed Thompson (L.V. Lomas), Jeff Danneman (REICHHOLD), Jean-Guy Rosa (PPG Canada), Ed Linton (Cloverdale Paint), and Rennie Herry (Goudey). This award is presented to outstanding individuals who are retiring from their respective companies but have made a significant contribution to the industry.


Mark Schlagheck is vice-president of retail sales with Derby Building Products. He has more than 30 years of industry experience, most recently at the AZEK Company.

Energi Fenestration

Christopher Koscho is chief executive officer of Energi Fenestration Solutions, Ltd., a portfolio company of OpenGate Capital. He was previously with HC Companies as president and chief executive officer.


Patrick Smith is vice-president, retail operations, with Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL). He was previously associate vice-president, retail operations, a position he has held since 2013. He succeeds Gerard Muyres who has retired. Ron Healey is vice-president, ag and consumer business. He has been with the company since 2012, most recently as associate vice-president, ag and home. He succeeds Brad Bauml who is also retiring. Cody Smith is director, home and building solutions. Previously, he was category development manager. He succeeds Tony Steier, who has retired.


Bari Harlam is chief marketing officer of HBC. She has served in senior marketing roles at BJ's Wholesale, Swipely, and CVS Health and has experience in customer loyalty, personalized and digital marketing, data analytics, branding, promotions, digital and social media, and eCommerce.


Hiro Yumoto, president and chief executive officer of Hitachi Koki USA, Ltd., is chief strategy officer for Hitachi Koki Co., Ltd. in Japan. He will oversee corporate strategy, branding strategy, product management strategy, and advertising and public relations strategy. Hideki Fujii is chief financial officer for operations in North America. He previously served as chief financial officer for Hitachi Koki Australia. As well, Hitachi Koki Co., Ltd.

Holmes Group

GE Appliances Canada has partnered with the Holmes Group. Mike Holmes, along with his son Mike Jr. and his daughter Sherry, will work as spokespeople and ambassadors for the appliance brand throughout 2018. The all-encompassing partnership, which will include GE Appliances' full suite of kitchen and laundry products, will be featured as in-store point-of-purchase displays, digital content, and social media and PR activities. GE Appliances will also be seen on Holmes' television program.

Home Hardware

Terry Davis is president and chief executive officer of Home Hardware Stores Limited. Previously, he was chief executive officer. He succeeds Paul Straus, who is retiring but will remain a consultant to the company. Davis joined Home Hardware more than four decades ago in a junior warehouse position in the distribution centre in St. Jacobs, ON. Mike Wilson, dealer-owner of Wilson’s Home Hardware Building Centre in Barrington Passage, NS, was awarded the ‘2018 Young Retailer of the Year Award’ by the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA). This national recognition program, now in its 22nd year, identifies and promotes the next generation of aspiring independent home improvement retailers and recognizes individual achievement in the industry by retailers 35 years of age or younger throughout the U.S. and Canada. Selected from different retail categories, those honoured are chosen based on wide-ranging criteria such as career accomplishments, community involvement, ongoing education within the hardware industry, and extracurricular activities. Wilson was one of the hardware industry’s eight award recipients and won under the category for annual sales over $2 million.


After 22 years as president and chief executive officer of the International Housewares Association (IHA), Phil Brandl will retire from the association at the end of the year. He will transition to a consulting role from day-to-day responsibilities. He joined IHA in 1994 and was named president in 1997.


Mario Goulet is regional manager, Quebec, with paint and coatings tinting equipment manufacturer Italtinto Group Holdings Corporation. Previously, he was with Hero Products Group.


Gary S. Michel has been selected as president and chief executive officer of JELD-WEN Holding, Inc. He joins the company from Honeywell’s home and building technologies strategic business group. Kirk S. Hachigian, chairman of the board of directors and acting chief executive officer, will continue to serve as chairman. 


Sean Loomis is sales manager with KNIPEX Tools. He is responsible for the strategic direction of sales development in the western regions of Canada and the U.S. He has more than 20 years of industry sales experience. Sarah Cavallo is account manager for the eCommerce division. Previously, she was an eCommerce sales and support specialist.


Steve McMullen has been promoted to national sales manager, commercial industrial – Canada with Liteline Corporation. He joined the company in 2016 as regional sales manager for Ontario.


Brandon Nussey is chief financial officer of point-of-sale solution company Lightspeed. For the past eight years, he served as the chief financial officer at D2L Inc., an SaaS-based education technology provider.


Valerie Malone is president and general manager of LIXIL Canada Inc., home to the American Standard, DXV, and GROHE kitchen and bath brands. She joined LIXIL in May 2017 and has experience in different verticals and industries with a host of high-profile organizations including Whirlpool Corporation and LG Electronics. Katty Pien is chief marketing officer of LIXIL Americas. She brings more than 20 years of global marketing experience to the role, most recently as vice-president of global marketing and research and development for Edgewell Personal Care.


Marvin R. Ellison is president and chief executive officer of Lowe’s Companies, Inc.. He also joins the Lowe’s board of directors. He currently serves as chairman and chief executive officer of J. C. Penney Company, Inc. He succeeds Robert A. Niblock, who previously announced his intention to retire. Richard Dreiling has been appointed chairman of the board as of July. He is currently a director.

Lumber Liquidators

Charles Tyson is chief customer experience officer with Lumber Liquidators. He has 30 years of experience in broad retail and commercial merchandising and omnichannel marketing from department stores and big box and specialty retail concepts.


Jeff Kinnaird, president of the Home Depot Canada, and his team are the recipients of the Retail Council of Canada (RCC) ‘Excellence in Retailing 2018 Distinguished Retail of the Year Award.’ The award recognizes a retail leader that has led their company to outstanding business success and innovation and has consistently demonstrated community commitment and support. Kinnaird is responsible for overseeing the sales and operations of 182 stores and approximately 30,000 associates. In 1996, he joined the Home Depot as a lumber associate and worked his way through various roles including store manager, regional vice-president of operations, and vice-president of merchandising. He was appointed president of the Home Depot Canada in 2016. Robin Lee, president and CEO of Lee Valley, and his family ‒ founders Leonard and Lorraine Lee ‒ have earned the ‘Excellence in Retailing Awards (ERA) 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award.’ The award recognizes a family or an individual in retail who has demonstrated outstanding business success and community service throughout their career and who has left an indelible mark on the industry through innovation and commitment to customers and employees. In a time of unprecedented local and global competition, Robin Lee's preservation of his family's focus on unique products, a ‘customer-first’ philosophy, and a commitment to integrity, fairness, and respect for all has continued to grow Lee Valley's brand. In the 15 years since he took over as president and CEO, Lee Valley has expanded from being recognized for high-quality woodworking and gardening tools to now include new lines of products for outdoor, home, kitchen, leatherworking, cabinet hardware, and power tools.


Phil Odom is business director for structural products with forest products company Roseburg. He joined the company from BlueLinx Corporation in January as business manager for plywood and lumber. Kevin Smith is sales manager, plywood and lumber. Gary Hayes is business manager, distribution. Blake Keitzman is sales lead, plywood and lumber. 

Sexton Group

Mike Fraser is commodity wood products manager – eastern Canada with Sexton Group Ltd. In this newly-created role, he will be responsible for working with lumber, OSB, and plywood mills to create effective purchasing programs for Sexton members from Ontario to Newfoundland. Previously, he was senior panel and lumber buyer for ALPA Forest Products.


David Rivers, firm principal with Green River Furniture, is sales representative for SIXINCH North America and Grove by SIXINCH to the architect and design communities in Ontario. Green River Furniture has more than 18 years of experience in contract furniture for offices, residences, and educational and hospitality facilities. SIXINCH creates furniture with innovative materials and progressive design.


David M. Maura is chief executive officer of the company Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. He is also executive chairman and succeeds Andreas Rouvé, who has stepped down as CEO and a director. Randal D. Lewis is president of the consumer products group. The consumer products group will be comprised of the pet supplies, home and garden, and auto care businesses while the hardware and home improvement division will be comprised of the security, plumbing, and builders’ hardware businesses. The company will organize globally around these two divisions.


Alexandra Kazan has been promoted to corporate communications manager with TIMBER MART. Previously, she was corporate messaging specialist. She has been with the company since 2014.


Scott Qualls, director of sales and marketing, ceilings division with USG Corporation, was recognized by the Ceilings & Interior Systems Construction Association (CISCA) as its ‘2018 DeGelleke Award’ winner. The DeGelleke Award is CISCA’s highest honour and is presented to a CISCA member who has made significant contributions to the industry and the association. Qualls has more than 40 years of experience in the ceilings industry, including nearly 15 years with USG.


Shouvik Roy is chief financial officer with VersaPay Corporation. Previously, he held senior finance positions at various companies including Nike and Home Depot.

West Fraser

Ray Ferris is president and chief operating officer of West Fraser. Previously, he was executive vice-president and chief operating officer. The appointment is as a result of Ted Seraphim’s plan to retire as chief executive officer at the end of the second quarter of 2019. At that time, Ferris will be appointed chief executive officer.


Jessica Cranmer is trade show and events manager with WRLA. She has more than 15 years of experience in event management and community relations and has served as an event specialist at some of the top charities in Manitoba.


Mojdeh Poul is vice-president, safety and graphics business group, with 3M. She is currently president and general manager, 3M Canada Company. She replaces Frank Little who is retiring.