Building Supply Update
ABSDA Updates



What an amazing Expo we had last week in Halifax! The feedback has been tremendously positive from all that participated.

We will include a more comprehensive review in the April/May issue of the ABSDA Building Supply News.

Below are links to the Expo Evaluation Surveys. Please take time to share your feedback with us.


ABSDA Expo Retail Evaluation


ABSDA Expo Exhibitor Evaluation


Non-Attending Retailer Evaluation


Congratulations to Lynn Edey of Alexandria Moulding on being presented the 2018 ABSDA Industry Achievement Award

Lynn is a long time friend of ABSDA and is pictured with ABSDA Chair Chris Deveaux and ABSDA President Denis Melanson.

ABSDA Congratulates Harold Abbott and Calvin Langille on the presentation of their Lifetime Membership Awards. Both have made contributions to the Association and have been long time friends of ABSDA.

Harold Abbott pictured with ABSDA Chair Chris Deveaux and ABSDA President Denis Melanson

Calvin Langille pictured with ABSDA Chair Chris Deveaux and ABSDA President Denis Melanson


Expo Retalier Delegates who downloaded the ABSDA App had an opportunity to win some great prizes at the 2018 event. Below is a list of the lucky prize recipients:

1st Prize    $5,000 Travel Voucher                                                               Gander Bay Building Supplies

2nd Prize  4 Tickets to a Habs Game & $2000 Air Canada Gift Card       Lumbermart

3rd Prize   4 Tickets to a Leafs Game & $2000 Air Canada Gift Card      Masstown Hardware

4th Prize    $1,500 Cash                                                                               Pritchett's TIMBER MART

5th Prize    $1,000 Cash                                                                               Pritchett's TIMBER MART


Special Thanks to Dow Chemical Canada ULC and Taiga Building Products for their Sponsorship of Game Tickets.





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 Retail Members are reminded there are Travel Rebates available for attending the 2018 ABSDA Expo.

ABSDA Retail Members in Newfoundland & Labrador can apply for a $500 Travel Rebate (one per firm). Click on the link below for the application.

NL Travel Rebate Form


ABSDA Retail Members in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island can apply for a $150 Hotel Rebate (one per attending store). Click on the link below for the application.

Hotel Rebate Form for NB NS & PEI


Deadline to apply for these is April 13, 2018 - 4:30 pm.



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.
Learn More

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

April 11 & 12           Estimating – Residential   Dieppe, NB

April 13                   Yard Foreman/Operations Manager   Dieppe, NB 

April 23 & 24          Boom Truck Training   Dieppe, NB

 April / May             ForkliftTraining   Locations to be Announced

 July 5                    ABSDA Golf Tournament     Dieppe, NB


Industry News

Lowe’s Canada is proud to highlight its collaboration with Habitat for Humanity Canada in 2017. The company’s administrative centers and stores donated close to $1 million in products and building materials to Habitat for Humanity ReStores and over 100 employees helped build homes on the organization’s construction sites.

Since 1985, Habitat for Humanity Canada has been building decent and affordable homes that provide families with a solid foundation for better, healthier lives in Canada. Habitat homeowners volunteer up to 500 hours with Habitat and pay an interest-free, affordable mortgage – geared to their income – to buy their own home. Each year, the organization helps improve the lives of hundreds of families through the work of volunteers and the generous contributions of its partners.

Lowe’s Canada is proud to be one of those partners and to help Habitat for Humanity Canada fulfill its mission by supporting Habitat ReStores, which are home and building supply stores that accept and resell quality new and used building materials, as well as furniture, appliances, and home accessories to the public to fund Habitat for Humanity projects. “At Lowe’s Canada, our mission is to help people love where they live,” said Jean-Sebastien Lamoureux, Senior Vice President, Communications, Public Affairs, and Compliance at Lowe’s Canada. “It was only natural for us to support an organization that helps provide homes for hundreds of Canadians every year.”


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TIMBER MART has renewed its agreement with Hockey Canada as an International Partner through 2022, retaining marketing and activation rights to the organization’s national championships, and select IIHF events on Canadian ice and around the world.

Hockey Canada and TIMBER MART first struck a partnership in 2010, and at the IIHF World Junior Championship hosted in Toronto and Montreal, the building-material and hardware buying group launched its Sharp Shooter/FanPhoto contest to engage Canadians online and encourage them to show what hockey means to them through photos. TIMBER MART has brought different activations to Hockey Canada’s national championships, from the Esso Cup and TELUS Cup, to the World Junior A Challenge.

“Through our ongoing partnership with Hockey Canada, we will continue to offer Canadians numerous occasions to engage with the sport of hockey – and our members across Canada, with opportunities to leverage exposure of the TIMBER MART banner to increase their local brand awareness,” said Jon Irwin, vice-president of member services for TIMBER MART. “We’re pleased to renew our partnership and look forward to another four years of exciting activities and contests both in-game and at store level.”

Under the renewal, TIMBER MART will retain its status as an International Partner for four more years and will engage many of its vendor partners in its Hockey Canada promotions to deliver the best possible fan experience for its customers.

“It is through the support of partners such as TIMBER MART that Hockey Canada can continue its work to grow Canada’s game – from the grassroots level through to our national teams,” said Mike Ross, chief business development officer for Hockey Canada. “We’re looking forward to another four years of partnering with TIMBER MART and executing on engaging in-game activations that have become fan-favourites at events hosted across the country.”


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.

It is with great sadness that Orgill, Inc. announces the recent passing of its former President and Chairman, Joseph “Joe” Orgill III.

Though he had not been active in Orgill’s day-to-day management for a number of years, Mr. Orgill played a prominent role in the growth of the distribution company. During his more than 60 years in the business, he guided Orgill, Inc.’s transition from a small, regional wholesaler to the largest independently owned hardlines distributor in the world. Just last year, he celebrated with the company as it surpassed $2 billion in annual sales.

The company stated that one of his greatest legacies is leaving a strong, vibrant organization, with a rich heritage and a bright future that is firmly focused on the company’s mission of “helping its customers be successful.”


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 
Click on link for registration form

 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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