Building Supply Update
ABSDA Updates



The 2018 ABSDA Building Supply Expo is set to take place in the New Halifax Convention Centre on March 21 & 22, 2018.

This new facility is State-of-the Art and located in the centre of downtown Halifax, within walking distance of several major hotels.

Below is the link to the Expo Registration.


Click on the link below to register

2018 ABSDA Expo On-Line Registration Link




Download our App “ABSDA18” from the Apple App store or Google Play for more Expo information.

Enter passcode “ABSDA18” to start accumulating points towards amazing prizes at the Expo.

Mark your calendars now. March 21-22, 2018



Watch for the ABSDA Buyers Bonanza at the 2018 ABSDA Building Supply Expo.





Employees of ABSDA Member Firms are eligible for personal Home & Auto Insurance Savings with Johnson Insurance. Some Member employees are already taking advantage of significant savings.

To inquire simply contact Johnson Inc. toll free at 1-877-742-7490 and provide Group ID Code 1E 



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ABSDA Members can access the 2018 ABSDA Scholarship & Bursary Application by clicking on the application image/ link below:


Application Deadline is April 13, 2018


WHEN IT COMES TO NEGOTIATING, RONA CAN REALLY CUT A DEAL. RONA’s regional commodity broker teams are tasked with finding the best possible deals. DISCOVER THE ADVANTAGES OF BEING PART OF RONA.
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March 21 & 22        ABSDA Building Supply Expo    Halifax, NS

April 9 & 10             Estimating – Decks & Garages   Dieppe, NB

April 11 & 12           Estimating – Residential   Dieppe, NB

April 13                   Yard Foreman/Operations Manager   Dieppe, NB 

April 15 - 17           Home Hardware Spring Dealer Market   St. Jacobs, ON

April 23 & 24          Boom Truck Training   Dieppe, NB

 April / May             ForkliftTraining   Locations to be Announced

 July 12                   ABSDA Golf Tournament     Dieppe, NB


Industry News


Carl Logan has announced his retirement date, March 1, 2018.

Personally, I am extremely happy for Carl and his wife Sylvia, They embark on the next phase of their life's' journey in good health and safe to say… good cheer!

From a business relationship and co-worker perspective, Carl is going to be dearly missed by all he has encountered. I have been VERY fortunate to work with Carl the past 3.5 years, He is the epitome of a knowledgeable, professional Account Manager.

Carl's 45 years in the industry has seen him witness multiple mergers and consolidations. He began his career with Canfor Limited on St. Albans Street in Halifax in 1973, starting in the warehouse and then moving to the sales desk. He worked in the Flooring department for 12 years before transferring to Building Supplies in 1985. Canfor Limited merged with Weldwood of Canada in 1989 and Carl continued in his role as Outside Sales Representative covering Halifax, Dartmouth, Valley & South Shore under the newly
formed company CanWel Building Materials Ltd. He joined Weyerhaeuser Company in June of 1998 covering the province of Nova Scotia. He serviced that territory under Broadleaf Logistics who acquired Weyerhaeuser's Canadian distribution business in 2007. Carl rejoined his former company in 2011 when Broadleaf was acquired by CanWel Building Materials Ltd.

Carl has set a high standard for Sales Representatives in this business. Very few have managed a career with such loyalty, discipline and dedication to their company while earning the respect and admiration from his customers, vendors and peers.

Please join CanWel's Management Team and all his fellow employees in thanking Carl for his level of dedication, salesmanship, and integrity throughout the years. We want to wish Carl a healthy and happy retirement with his wife Sylvia and the rest of his family.

John Brookbank
General Manager, Atlantic
CanWel Building Materials Ltd.



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CertainTeed Insulation Canada is proud to announce that the CertainTeed Insulation plant in Ottawa is the latest plant to be inducted into the exclusive Saint-Gobain’s Millionaires Club — a program designed by the parent company to reward plants that have operated at least 1 million work hours without a lost-time accident.

The Ottawa plant is only the 12th out of 66 Saint-Gobain insulation facilities worldwide to be awarded this honour.

John Polnick, EHS Manager, at the Ottawa plant, says, “Our employees are really proud to have worked over four years without a loss-time accident. I’ve been on both sides of the business. I was a production worker for 12 years before moving into management four years ago so I know the importance of being recognized for a job well done.”

The employees were celebrated by the company at two dinner and dance events. The plant operates 24 hours a day so employees work 12-hour shifts. Two events meant each and every employee could attend. The Ottawa plant will now be able to use the Millionaires Club logo in communications and erect signage featuring the logo inside and outside the facility to promote its accomplishment.

CertainTeed fibre glass insulation products made in Canada are manufactured in a way that minimizes the environmental impact on the planet. The CertainTeed Unfaced Sustainable Insulation® batt product line is an insulation material made of fibre glass that consists of rapidly renewable content, a high percentage of recycled glass, and a new plant-based binder that has no formaldehyde, harsh acrylics, dyes or unnecessary fire retardants added.

All CertainTeed insulation products improve building energy efficiency, helping to lower energy costs throughout the life of the structure. Sustainable Batt Insulation acts as both thermal and acoustical insulation and is ideal for floors, walls and ceilings in residential, commercial, and institutional settings.


RESISTO - Building products
Resisto Division of Soprema
RESISTO, a division of SOPREMA, specializes in the manufacturing of residential and light commercial construction products. Whether it is for waterproofing, roofing or insulation, RESISTO provides accessible, easy-to-install, innovative, and professional-quality products and solutions for both below and above grade applications. Each year, hundreds of contractors and consumers choose RESISTO for the quality of its products and the comprehensive service of its technical support team.
Training & Upcoming Events

April 9 & 10
Estimating Fundamentals – Decks & Garages
Click on link for registration form

Link to Estimating Decks and Garages Registration Form


April 11 & 12
Estimating Fundamentals – Residential Construction
Click on link for registration form

Link to Estimating Residential Registration Form


April 13
Principles of Yard & Warehouse Operations 
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 Link to Principles of Yard & Warehouse Operations Registration Form


April 23 & 24 
ABSDA Boom Truck Program
Click on link for registration form

 Link to Boom Truck Program Registration Form



ABSDA offers a series of on-line Training Videos for Members and Staff. This on-line training program is specifically designed to promote sales skills & customer service and is available on the ABSDA Website as a Member Benefit.

The series incorporates five programs listed below, each with a compliment of videos which last between 6 minutes and 15 minutes in length.

• A.C.E.S. – Around Customers Everyone Sells - 14 Videos

• Contractor S.A.L.E.S. – Skills and Attitudes Leading to Exceptional Selling - 13 Videos

• Building A Championship Team - 18 Videos

• On The Bottom Line - 17 Videos

• The Big 8 Most Important Selling Skills - 8 Videos

You and your staff can access these programs on the ABSDA website ( or by clicking on the following link.


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