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London Drugs’ Clint Mahlman Wins Prestigious Canadian Retailer of the Year Award

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Retail Council of Canada (RCC) has awarded Clint Mahlman, Executive Vice-President & Chief Operating Officer of London Drugs Limited, as its 2017 recipient of RCC’s Distinguished Canadian Retailer of the Year. The Award will be presented to Mr. Mahlman at the Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala in Toronto on May 30, 2017, and tickets are still available to attend: retailawards.ca/content/gala-tickets

“RCC is thrilled to recognize Clint Mahlman and London Drugs Limited for their passion, their leadership, and their ability to embrace change in today’s retail landscape,” said Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO, Retail Council of Canada.

The Distinguished Retailer of the Year Award recognizes a retail leader and company who have led their organization to outstanding business success and who have consistently demonstrated a commitment to the communities they operate within. The recipient is seen as a role model because of his/her exceptional leadership within the corporation, in the retail industry in Canada and in the community at large, through personal and/or corporate philanthropic activities.

Both Mr. Mahlman and London Drugs Ltd. are recognized by their peers in the retail industry in Canada for their outstanding and ongoing business success, their innovative and successful approach to customer care, their unwavering commitment to the communities they serve, and their outstanding leadership in promoting and supporting retail as a career.

London Drugs joins a long line of passionate merchants across Canada receiving the Excellence in Retailing Award, including Leon’s, Harry Rosen, Canadian Tire Corporation, Groupe Dynamite, Indigo, Staples Canada, Costco Wholesale Canada and Aritzia.

Clint Mahlman has held several senior positions with London Drugs since joining the company in 1984, and he became Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2014. Under his leadership, London Drugs has continued to expand and innovate while taking a greater role in philanthropic community-based activities such as environmental stewardship, health education and the support for youth at risk.

Mr. Mahlman has also been the catalyst behind London Drugs’ environmental initiatives. He’s widely recognized for the significant impact that London Drugs’ “What’s the Green Deal?” recycling program and waste-management stewardship has and is making in the retail industry. Mr. Mahlman will humbly state that he’s happy to use his background and title to get things done, but quickly adds that there are large employee teams and many great business partners that are equally as important to making this happen.

In addition to his many contributions to London Drugs, Mr. Mahlman continues to serve and support ‘retail as a career’ programs through local and national academic programs and initiatives.

London Drugs was established in 1945 and began as a humble, community drugstore-just 1000 square feet on Main Street in Vancouver. Today, London Drugs has 80 stores in more than 35 major markets throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, including its online store LondonDrugs.com. London Drugs offers consumers a wide range of products and services from digital cameras and cosmetics to computers and televisions. More people buy their small appliances in London Drugs than any other place in Western Canada. All told, London Drugs serves over 45 million customer visits each year, and this iconic retailer is still growing.

London Drugs proudly sponsors various community-based events and corporate initiatives that are in-line with its values and goals of building healthier and stronger communities.

The Distinguished Retailer of the Year Award will be presented to Mr. Mahlman at the Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala on May 30, 2017. For further information and to purchase tickets: retailawards.ca/content/gala-tickets

The Gala, taking place at STORE 2017, Canada’s largest and most important retail conference, will take place at the Toronto Congress Centre from 6:15 pm to 8:30 pm. 

Media are invited to attend STORE 2017, May 30 and 31, 2017. For further information: STOREConference.ca

Article Author

Craig Patterson
Located in Toronto, Craig is the Editor-in-Chief of Retail Insider and President/CEO of Retail Insider Media Ltd. He is also a retail analyst and consultant, Director of Applied Research at the University of Alberta School of Retailing in Edmonton, and consultant to the Retail Council of Canada. 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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