Building Supply Update
ABSDA Updates


The Canadian Retail Building Supply Council (CRBSC) recognized the opportunity to transform our highly successful Estimating Fundamentals workshop to an online format to address several issues: the cost of travel from remote locations; valuable time spent away from the store and offering a learning experience for those staff already engaged in the internet.

The Estimating Fundamental Online program is a collaboration of the Canadian Retail Building Supply Council (CRBSC) made up of the Building Supply Industry Association of BC (BSIA), the Western Retail Lumber Association (WRLA), The Lumber and Building Materials Association of Ontario (LBMAO), the Quebec Hardware and Building Supply Association (AQMAT) and the Atlantic Building Supply Dealers Association (ABSDA).  Under the direction of the CRBSC, Stan Burkholder, a well-respected CRBSC and industry facilitator, has worked with one of Canada’s leading developers of on-line programming to translate the two-day classroom CRBSC Manual Estimating Fundamentals Course to this online platform. Our vision is for the online course to match in intensity and relevance with what the classroom course provides.  

We have eliminated the time and cost to travel to a learning center to participate in the traditional 2-day Estimating Fundamentals Workshop. While containing the same information as the workshop, this new platform delivers a learning experience lasting approximately 8 hours that is accessible anywhere, anytime from a desktop, laptop or tablet.

This course is ideally suited to any building supply retail staff member either directly or indirectly involved in the estimating process for decks, sheds or garages.

Module 1: The Sales Process

Module 2: The Deck Estimate

Module 3: The Garage Estimate Part 1

Module 4: The Garage Estimate Part 2

Deck Exam

Garage Exam

The modules and exams should take no longer than 8 hours to complete once you sign in and pay there is no time limit.  The cost of this online program is $425. Plus HSTTo register for this online program click on the link below:



On May 25, 2017, ABSDA held its Annual General Meeting in Dartmouth Nova Scotia. The following is a link to our Annual Report.

 2016 ABSDA Annual Report


Home Hardware Stores Ltd
Castle Building Centres

ABSDA 2017 Golf Tournament - Final Opportunity to Register

Click on the link below for the Registration Form. 




 ABSDA is pleased to congratulate the successful applicants for the 2017 Scholarship & Bursary program. These selections were chosen through external adjudication.


2017 Scholarship Recipients

Parker Doiron of Pomquet, Nova Scotia
Member Sponsor Firm: Highland Building Supplies Ltd.
Enrolled in the Bachelor of Science Program at Mount Allison University

Jacob Glaspy of Rothesay, New Brunswick
Member Sponsor Firm: KV Home Hardware Building Centre
Enrolled in the Bachelor of Science Program at University of New Brunswick

Allyson Ricketts of Upper Island Cove, Newfoundland
Member Sponsor Firm: Kent Building Supplies
Enrolled in the Bachelor of Science Program at Memorial University

Ben Wilson of North Rustico, Prince Edward Island
Member Sponsor Firm: North Rustico Home Centre
Enrolled in the Bachelor of Business Administration Program at Holland College

2017 Bursary Recipients

Ryan Lowe of Westphal, Nova Scotia
Member Sponsor Firm: Shaw Resources
Enrolled in the Bachelor of Kinesiology Program at Dalhousie University

Jensen Mayne of Kensington, Prince Edward Island
Member Sponsor Firm: Kent Building Supplies
Enrolled in the Bachelor of Business Administration Program at University of Prince Edward Island

Andrew Ryan of Lewisporte, Newfoundland
Member Sponsor Firm: J. I. Pritchett & Sons Ltd.
Enrolled in the Bachelor of Engineering Program at Memorial University

Alyzandra Torreon of Back Bay, New Brunswick
Member Sponsor Firm: Boyd Bros Home Hardware Building Centre
Enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at St. Francis Xavier University


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

With the announcement last month of adding another industry veteran Susan Collins, to their Customer Implementation & Support team, CashierPRO has now acquired and officially moved into their own commercial office space, which allows them to continue adding more staff to better service their clients across Canada and the USA. Their new address is located at 5 George Street West, Stratford, Ontario, N5A 1A6. The phone number stays the same at (888) 250-8135.


Sexton Group Ltd.

On Friday, June 2, Fenestration Canada honoured Kevin Pelley, P.Eng and President of Kohltech Windows and Entrance Systems, with the C.P. Loewen Award at its Annual General Meeting in Halifax.

Fenestration Canada is the national association of window and door manufacturers, vendors and other stakeholders, focused on providing education, technical and regulatory resources. The C.P. Loewen Award is the most prestigious award in the window and door industry and is presented to an individual in recognition of their dedication, accomplishment and service to the industry.

Pelley has served on the Fenestration Canada Board of Directors for 13 years, including time spent as President, Past President and most recently Treasurer. With an engineering degree from Halifax’s Dalhousie University and an MBA from Saint Mary’s University, Pelley is only the 3rd Atlantic Canadian to receive this prestigious award. He has been instrumental in carving out the future of Fenestration Canada and has led Kohltech from its Debert, Nova Scotia roots to a world class organization across Canada and the US, with manufacturing facilities in Nova Scotia and Alberta.

The award is named after Fenestration Canada Past President C.P. Loewen, who played a key role in the development of the association and the advancement and sophistication of the window and door industry. He was an influential and respected man in many fields including industry, trade and business associations, labour government, church and the community. Kohltech (formerly Kohler Windows) founder Peter Kohler is a past winner of the award.



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.

In recent months everyone has been made aware of the terrible flooding occurring in Quebec. Taiga has two branches in this province, located in Boucherville and St. Augustin, so this directly affects not only their customers and partners, but also their staff and families. As of late last week the floods had impacted over 173 municipalities and 4,500 houses. There were more than 3,000 evacuees and 126 landslides reported.

Taiga has donated $20,000.00 to the Croix Rouge efforts. When the disastrous fires occurred in Fort McMurray last year, Taiga supported Alberta in a similar fashion, giving to the Red Cross who
we believe are tremendously responsive in dealing with such adversities. Canadians come together at times like these and we are hopeful this helps in some small way. They are proud to have such a community-oriented team in Quebec and across Canada. Below is a photo of part their Taiga Quebec team with Red Cross Coordinator, Alexandre Normandin.

Guy Lafleur (Outside Sales Representative), Bruno Jean (VP, Eastern Canada), Mylène Samuel (Inside Sales Representative), Marie-Joëlle Collin (Inside Sales Representative), Jean-Richard Boulé (External Sales Manager), Carolanne Bourdon (Receptionist), Anni-Claude Archambault (Marketing & Sales Assistant), Isabelle Dupont (Inside Sales Representative), Michel Traversy (Commodity Manager), Alexandre Normandin (Red Cross Coordinator), Sébastien Benoit (Inside Sales Manager and Commodity), Robert Levasseur (Inside Sales Representative).


Sexton Group Ltd.
Downeast Plastics Ltd.