Building Supply Update
ABSDA Updates



The ABSDA Building Supply Expo took place in Halifax, March 22 & 23. A new venue provided a fresh tradeshow experience and sold out Evening Functions provided great comradery and networking opportunities for everyone in attendance. We encourage participants to take time to fill in the Expo Evaluation by clicking on the appropriate link below.

Exhibitor Evaluation              

Retailer Evaluation               

Non Attending Retailer Evaluation


$2,500 Scholarships

$1,500 Bursaries

ABSDA Members can obtain an application by clicking on the link below.

Application Deadline is April 14, 2017


Home Hardware Stores Ltd
Castle Building Centres

Events Calendar

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

May 25
ABSDA Annual General Meeting
Dartmouth, NS

July 6
ABSDA Golf Tournament
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


Home Hardware Stores Limited welcomed Dan Higgins as Cleaning Supplies and Commercial Sales & Marketing Product Manager recently.

Dan joins the Home team from an extensive history in commercial maintenance and retail sales management. Formerly a commercial maintenance specialist and a retail sales manager, Dan will help Home Dealers to serve their commercial customers in every corner of the country.

We are excited to welcome Dan Higgins onto our team of exceptional Product Managers at Home Hardware,” said Brian Straus, Group Merchandise Manager, Home Hardware Stores Limited. “With a proven track record, Dan will be able to assist our Dealers with the ability to provide commercial supplies and service to almost 1,100 communities across Canada.” 



In front of more than 500 people, representing the Quebec’s Hardware and Building Materials Industry, Roland Boulanger & Cie Ltee. was awarded the prestigious Prix Patrimoine from the Quebec Hardware and Building Materials Association (AQMAT) at its annual Gala Reconnaissance in Quebec City this past February 18th.

The award honours family tradition in the hardware and building materials industry, celebrating businesses where two or more generations work together. For the Boulanger Group, belonging to this exclusive club of third-generation family businesses is the perfect way to kick off its 75th year in business.

Boulanger credits its success in large part to the unwavering loyalty its customers have demonstrated over the decades, beginning with its flagship product, mouldings. “For the last 75 years, everyone our team, whether their last name is Boulanger or not, has been living and breathing mouldings,” says Alexis Boulanger, the company’s current president. “Boulanger is really like one big family. We love our staff, we love our customers and we love our industry.”



Home Hardware Stores Limited is proud to be ranked among one of ‘Canada’s Best Managed Companies’ for the fifth consecutive year.

Canada’s Best Managed Companies is one of Canada’s leading business awards programs established in 1993 by Deloitte, CIBC, National Post, and Queen’s School of Business. The award recognizes excellence in private Canadian-owned companies with a focus on strategy, execution and workplace culture. Each year, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies undergo a rigorous application process which awards the top applicants with this prestigious designation.

“At Home Hardware, we recognize that thoughtful strategy, innovation and a positive corporate culture are important components to a successfully managed company,” says Terry Davis, CEO, Home Hardware Stores Limited. “We are honoured to be recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies and are committed to reaching new heights as a company as we support our Canadian Dealers.”

Home Hardware will be presented with the award at the Canada’s Best Managed Companies Gala in Toronto, ON on April 19, 2017.



On February 24th in Grand Falls, NB, Drummond Building Supplies was awarded "Business of the Year".

The business opened 40 years ago in 1976. They a customer base in a competitive market and accomplished sales increases every year.

In 1981 Drummond Building Supplies was featured in the local journal named "UP FROM GROUND ZERO". The name really resonated with their entrance into the market.

In 2000, Drummond Building Supplies introduced a Vendors Appreciation Night to recognize the various Manufacturers Representatives who called on them. "I wanted to express gratitude for the work they do" states Daniel Theriault.  Some years they hosted over 50 people at this event.

Daniel is proud of his staff and appreciates them like family.


Sexton Group Ltd.

Lowe’s Canada outlined in February its plans to grow the Ace brand by investing resources and by developing existing and potential dealer relationships across Canada. They are very pleased to announce that Saffer Retail has joined the Ace Canada team and will lead the marketing initiatives that will help grow the brand in Canada.

Richard Hill, the Managing Partner for Saffer Retail, has been named Marketing Director, Ace Canada, and will lead the marketing team based in Ace Canada’s new Mississauga, Ontario, offices. With over 20 years’ experience, Hill has been leading the advertising and marketing campaigns of some of Canada’s best-known brands, including Home Hardware.

“Our goal is to provide attractive product pricing, grow the product offering, and develop strong marketing programs to support dealer sales growth and profitability,” said Alain Brisebois, Executive Vice President, Operations Central Services and Affiliate Dealers, Lowe’s Canada. “We look forward to working with Richard and the Saffer team in growing the Ace dealer market in Canada.’’

Hill, along with Saffer Retail chairman Morris Saffer, are experts in retail marketing and bring a proven understanding of the Canadian home improvement industry. Saffer Retail has helped support the growth of independent retailers for over 40 years and has garnered multiple branding awards for their efforts.

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.
Training & Upcoming Events

ABSDA is offering three Workshops in April. Seats are still Available 

April 3 & 4
Estimating Fundamentals – Decks & Garages
This course is developed and provided by ABSDA to introduce a respectful process to understanding and completing manual take-offs for simpler building projects.
This course will give you the tools and training to help give better customer service in the estimating of building materials for deck, shed, and garage projects as well as front counter sales. It details and explains the processes required to become better at: understanding your customer, visualizing and breaking down building projects, understanding component and products use and calculations including waste considerations.

April 5 & 6
Estimating Fundamentals – Residential Construction
This course will give you the tools and training to help give better customer service in the estimating of building materials for house, roof and metal sheathing projects. It details and explains the processes required to become better at: understanding your customer, visualizing and breaking down building projects, understanding component and products use and calculations including waste considerations.

April 7
Yard Foreman – Operations Manager
This seminar is designed to provide a clearer understanding of what it takes to manage one of your most important assets – the YARD! Not only will your foreman return with a better understanding of his or her position and how it relates to the ultimate success of the total business, but your foreman will have firm ideas and methods ready for immediate implementation.

  • Participants will learn the importance of a well-managed yard, storage and delivery operations in the retail building supply business. 
  • Participants will understand the impact of yard operations on the bottom line. 
  • Participants will look at the principles of efficient warehouse and yard lay-out. 
  • This course will cover all aspects of the job – from inventory management, effective use of equipment, work-place safety – to customer service and employee management.
Downeast Plastics Ltd.