Finalists Announced for Retail Council of Canada’s Excellence in Retailing Awards

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Retail Council of Canada (RCC) has announced the finalists for Canada’s most innovative merchants at the 2016 Excellence in Retailing Awards. A total of 87 finalists from 50 retail companies are in the running for the prestigious awards, which recognize the pinnacle achievements of retail organizations in 10 retail categories covering a range of in-store, online and omni-channel operations.

“Over the past 20 years, the Excellence in Retailing Awards program has become the gold standard, recognizing the very best that retailers in Canada have to offer,” said Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO of Retail Council of Canada. “Becoming a Finalist for these awards takes talent, teamwork and ingenuity, and is a testament to the creativity and leadership of an outstanding group of merchants. Together, these organizations have set a high standard for all retailers in Canada to emulate.”

The 2016 list of RCC Excellence in Retailing Awards finalists includes the following companies, in alphabetical order: 

  • Alcool NB Liquor
  • Bauer (Division of Performance Sports Group)
  • Best Buy Canada
  • Bulk Barn Foods Limited
  • Canada Post
  • Canadian Tire Corporation Ltd.
  • Cineplex Entertainment
  • Costco Canada
  • David’s Bridal
  • FGL Sports
  • Foodland
  • Frank & Oak
  • goeasy ltd
  • Groupe Dynamite
  • H&M
  • Holt Renfrew
  • Home Hardware Stores Limited
  • Hudson’s Bay Company
  • IKEA Canada Limited Partnership
  • Indigo
  • La Maison Simons
  • LCBO
  • Liquor Stores, NA
  • Loblaw Companies Limited
  • M&M Food Market
  • Mac’s Convenience Stores
  • Manitoba Telecom Services
  • Mark’s
  • Metro
  • Michael Hill Jeweller
  • Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation
  • PetSmart Canada
  • Reitmans
  • RONA
  • Sears Canada
  • Sephora
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Sleep Country Canada
  • Sobeys
  • Sobeys Express
  • Sport Chek
  • Staples Canada
  • Surmesur
  • TELUS Retail Limited
  • Ten Thousand Villages
  • The Beer Store
  • The Source
  • Walmart Canada

The 2016 winners will be announced at the Excellence in Retailing Awards gala on May 31st. The gala is a highlight of the STORE 2016 Conference, Canada’s largest retail industry event of the year, which runs May 31st and June 1st at the Toronto Congress Centre. For further information and to buy gala tickets:

The gala will also honour Louise Wendling, former Country Manager of Costco Wholesale Canada, recipient of Retail Council of Canada’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award; Andrew Lutfy, CEO of Groupe Dynamite, named Retail Council of Canada’s 2016 Distinguished Canadian Retailer of the Year; and Cameron Baty and Karina Birch, co-owners of Rocky Mountain Soap Company, recipients of Retail Council of Canada’s 2016 Independent Retail Ambassador of the Year.

For more information about the Excellence in Retailing Awards and STORE 2016, visit

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Craig Patterson
Craig Patterson
Located in Toronto, Craig is the Publisher & CEO of Retail Insider Media Ltd. He is also a retail analyst and consultant, Advisor at the University of Alberta School Centre for Cities and Communities in Edmonton, former lawyer and a public speaker. He has studied the Canadian retail landscape for over 25 years and he holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws Degrees.

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