Sobey Family Honoured with RCC Lifetime Achievement Award

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Retail Council of Canada announced that the Sobey Family is the recipient of the 2019 Canadian Grocery Industry Grand Prix Lifetime Achievement Award. The Award will be presented to David and Donald Sobey and The Sobey Family at Retail Council of Canada’s Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards Gala on May 29, 2019 at the Toronto Congress Centre, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. For more information and to reserve tickets, visit

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“Retail Council of Canada is honoured to recognize the Sobey Family with the 2019 Grocery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO, Retail Council of Canada. “The Family has played significant roles in the growth of the company, showing exceptional and relentless passion to serve their customers, their employees and the community at large.”

Retail Council of Canada’s Canadian Grand Prix Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals or families who have demonstrated outstanding service and dedication to the Canadian retail and grocery industries. Recipients reflect the industry’s spirit of community and trust while having demonstrated a lifelong commitment to their company’s growth and innovation, to the communities they serve and to philanthropy.

The Sobey Family has fostered a culture of philanthropy and community engagement over the past 112 years throughout Empire Company Ltd. and its employees. The family have been tireless promoters of post-secondary education, advancements in health care, and the visual arts in Canada.

The Sobey’s grocery business began modestly in 1907 in Stellarton, Nova Scotia when J. W. Sobey started delivering meat with a horse-drawn cart. While Sobeys has seen remarkable growth over the past century, it owes its success to its core values, local focus, deep connection to community and commitment to its customers. Over five generations of family members have been actively engaged in building Sobeys into a national supermarket chain and one of the most respected and admired employers in Canada.

A distinguished list of past Grand Prix Award recipients includes: Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee Co-Chairmen, Paul Higgins Jr. and Michael Higgins, Longo’s President and CEO Anthony Longo and the Longo Family, as well as Cindy and Tina Lee of T&T Supermarkets.

Retail Council of Canada’s Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards Gala takes place Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at the Toronto Congress Centre, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm ET. For more information and to reserve tickets, visit

STORE Conference 2019 features more than 70 world-class speakers as well as 40 sessions focused on real-life case studies to provide insight into what’s on the horizon for retail in Canada. Many speakers have never appeared at store [Click here to view the full agenda].

Given that there will be more than 2,000 attendees, there will be ample networking opportunities between sessions and during lunch and other breaks. There will also be the Excellence in Retailing Awards on Tuesday, May 28, with details to follow. 

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