Building Supply Update
ABSDA Updates

2017 ABSDA Building Supply Expo
Halifax, NS

2017 Expo Schedule
Tuesday, March 21

“Welcome Reception”  Pier 21
     6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
     Entertainment – Signal Hill
Wednesday, March 22

Trade Show    Halifax Exhibition Centre
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Daily Noon Luncheon   Halifax Exhibition Centre Cafeteria
     12:00 Noon – 2:00 pm

“ABSDA Annual Dinner”  Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre   

     Opening Reception    6:00 - 6:30 pm
     Dinner     6:30 pm
     Entertainment – Matt Andersen & The Mellotones

Thursday, March 23

Trade Show    Halifax Exhibition Centre
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Daily Noon Luncheon   Halifax Exhibition Centre Cafeteria
     12:00 Noon – 2:00 pm


2017 Expo Registration Link

Click on the link below to register on-line for Expo Badges and Functions.
On-Line Registration Link


Hotel Reservation Links for Expo

Delta Halifax/Delta Barrington

Prince George Hotel  


Home Hardware Stores Ltd
Castle Building Centres

Events Calendar

Feb 14 - 15
TIMBER MART National Buying Show
Toronto, ON
Feb 16 – 18
Orgill Spring Market
New Orleans, LA

March 1 – 5
Sexton Member Conference
Santa Monica, CA

March 22 & 23
ABSDA Building Supply Expo
Halifax, NS

April 2 - 4
Home Hardware Spring Dealer Market
St. Jacobs, ON

April 3 & 4
Estimating Fundamentals – Decks & Garages
Dieppe, NB

April 5 & 6
Estimating Fundamentals – Residential Construction
Dieppe, NB

April 7
Yard Foreman – Operations Manager
Dieppe, NB

Un-level the playing field
IKO Industries Inc
You know what it takes to be successful. It starts with elevating your game and we’ve raised ours to give building material dealers, like you, an even greater advantage. We’ve engineered insightful, no-nonsense products like our architectural shingles, which are heavier and larger than most competitors’ comparable products. Because, like you, we believe in going above and beyond. Go ahead. Take it to the next level.
Industry News

Cathelle Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Gene Mitton as Sales Representative/ Agent for the Maritimes Region. This recent announcement aligns with Cathelle’s mandate to ensure our customers have the utmost in dealer satisfaction and representation.

 Please feel free to contact Gene directly:

                       GENE MITTON
                       Cell:  (506) 878-7210




Regal Ideas Inc. has won the industry’s prestigious Best of IBS Award for Most Innovative Building Product at this year’s NAHB International Builders Show held in Orlando, FL. The awards were presented during a ceremony on the final day of the show. 

The NAHB International Builders Show (IBS) is the largest annual construction show in the world, every year attracting more than 60,000 visitors from 100 countries. IBS brings together the industry’s most important global manufacturers and suppliers and showcases the latest products, materials and technologies involved in all types of buildings. 

Regal ideas LED lighting and railing systems including Crystal Rail, were one of over 400 entries in nine categories were considered for the 2017 Best of IBS Awards, as 28 industry and media judges considered criteria based on Innovation, Functionality and Good Design to select the 2017 finalists. In addition to receiving the Most Innovative Building Product award, Regal ideas Quick Step Stair System was also selected as a finalist for Best Outdoor Living Product. 

“This recognition is especially meaningful to us because it recognizes our company’s 30-year plus passion for innovation and brand excellence.” states Ernie Couillard, Executive Vice President for Regal ideas Inc., “This latest achievement confirms that Regal ideas Inc. continues to be the category leader and is the clear brand of choice among contractors and homeowners that are looking for innovation, design and ease of use. We are looking forward to the 2017 season, as we continue to deliver industry leading products and turn-key solutions that raise the bar for the industry.” 

Along with showcasing the latest products, turn-key merchandising and marketing programs, Regal Ideas Inc. also launched its new mobile responsive website and Contractor Certification Program. More ideas available at .


Sexton Group Ltd.

ABSDA congratulates Liz Kovach on her appointment as President of the Western Retail Lumber Association. Liz Kovach lives, works and plays in her hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba with her partner Jeff and stepdaughter Teagan. Liz has dedicated the past 10 years to the non-profit sector and held senior positions with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Folklorama and most recently served as the executive director for the Manitoba Camping Association and Sunshine Fund, whose mission is to send underserved children and youth to organized summer camp.
    Outside of her career and volunteer commitments, Liz spends her free time training for triathlons and half marathons, fishing, snowmobiling, and spending time at the lake with family and friends.

Do you comply with CSA Standard A440.4-07?
Resisto Division of Soprema
From now on, under the National Building Code of Canada, the installation of windows, doors, and skylights shall conform to CSA Standard A440.4-07. RESISTO has the right product to conform to this standard: the REDZONE membrane. This self-adhesive membrane seals the edges of the anchors that pass through windows or doors, ensuring compliance with CSA Standard A440.4-07.

AFA Forest Products is proud to announce that William (Billy) O’Brien is the new Branch Manager for the Moncton Location. Billy has many years experience in the Building Distribution area and is looking at serving and growing the business with all the dealers.
            Please take the time to congratulate Billy on his new position.

Ace Canada recently announced that they will not host a Spring Buying Show in Winnipeg this year and, in its place they will offer dealers online bookings, special promotions, pallet offers, vendor specials and extended dating for their fall and winter seasonal needs.

“Dealers have told us that they would save money by booking their products online. Vendors have expressed interest in attending only one show per year,” said Bill Morrison, Divisional Vice President. “And, of course we are aware that the spring is a very busy time of year for dealers.”

This will allow dealers to save money on travel, save time, thus increasing their return on investment. The timing of the bookings will be spread over a few months, starting as early as February, allowing dealer’s time to review their fall and winter seasonal needs. 

With the improved speed and availability of information online, more and more dealers are choosing to stay in their stores during the spring show dates.

“As part of Lowe’s Canada network we welcomed the opportunity to rethink our offers,” continued Morrison. “We are always looking at ways to help create a higher top line, fatter bottom line for dealers.”

The dates for the Fall National Buying Market are September 30 – October 2, 2017 at the Winnipeg RBC Convention Centre.