Building Supply Update
ABSDA Updates



Nov 7             ABSDA Forklift Workshop - Truro, NS

Forklift Workshop Truro Registration Form


Nov 8             ABSDA Forklift Workshop - Dieppe, NB

Forklift Workshop Dieppe Registration Form



Nov 20           ABSDA One Day Plumbing Workshop - Dieppe, NB

Plumbing Workshop Registration Form


Nov 21           ABSDA One Day Electrical Workshop - Dieppe, NB

Electrical Workshop Registration Form


Nov 26 & 27   ABSDA Two Day Boom Truck Program - Dieppe, NB

Boom Truck Program Registration Form



Book Your Hotel Room for the 2019 ABSDA Building Supply Expo


Prince George Hotel                    1- 800-565-1567

Booking Link for Prince George Hotel


Cambridge Suites Hotel              1-800-565-1263

Booking Link for Cambridge Suites Hotel


Residence Inn By Marriott         1-902-422-0493

Booking Link for Residence Inn By Marriott




ABSDA and BMCC (Building Material Council of Canada) are pleased to announce the launch of a National Careers Website. This no-charge service allows ABSDA Members and Associate Members  to have access to a national Job Posting Site where you can post or search for career opportunities in the Building Materials and Hardware Industry.

Simply click on the image below to go to this new Website and see how it can assist you and your business.


Home Hardware Stores Ltd
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CashierPRO is pleased to announce that Lynda Hawke has joined their team in our Customer Service department, where she will be assisting existing clients in using their CashierPRO POS system, as well as providing installation & training to new clients.  Lynda has an extensive background in Retail Services, Accounting & Inventory Management, including recently as the Controller at Fisher River Building Centre & All Nations Building Centre;  prior to those roles, Lynda was a Project Manager, providing training and support for ProfitMaster clients for 7-years.  In the last couple of years, CashierPRO has more than doubled their new client base, and Lynda will be instrumental in helping continuing that strong growth.  Lynda can be reached at (888) 250-8135 x:701, or 


Sexton Group Ltd.

TIMBER MART is expanding their Lumber and Building Material (LBM) Distribution Centre network into Ontario with the addition of a five-acre property in Mount Forest. The facility is conveniently located within a six-hour radius of a multitude of TIMBER MART member locations and will offer a wide selection of LBM products, weekly deliveries, cross-docking/furtherance service and easy access for dealers looking to pick up their orders.

“Our new distribution centre in Ontario will offer our members all of the conveniences that our existing facilities provide and that our members in B.C., Quebec and New Brunswick currently enjoy,” says Bernie Owens, president of TIMBER MART. “We look forward to opening the new facility in January of 2019 and providing our dealers with a great source of LBM products and competitive advantage in their local markets.”

TIMBER MART’s Mount Forest distribution centre is located at 555 Perth Street in Mount Forest, Ont. It will be the third facility the buying group operates and will represent a significant expansion of their current distribution-centre network which consists of their facility in Langley, British Columbia and another in St-Nicolas, Quebec. The group will be looking to hire approximately 25 new staff for the facility in the Mount Forest area and surrounding communities when fully operational.


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.

Left to Right - Terry Davis - President and Chief Executive Officer, Stew Gingrich - Vice President, Human Resources and Christine Hand - Board Chair, Home Hardware Stores


Terry Davis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Home Hardware Stores Limited as well as Stew Gingrich, Vice President, Human Resources were inducted into the Home Hardware Stores Limited Builders’ Circle this fall.

The Builders’ Circle program was launched in commemoration of Home’s 50th anniversary in 2014 to honour and recognize retired members of the Board of Directors and Corporate Officers of Home Hardware Stores Limited for their past service; those who have made extraordinary contributions to support the success of our DealerOwners.

Terry Davis, President and CEO retired on October 10, 2018 after 48 years of service. He joined the Home Hardware team in July 1970 as a stock picker in the St. Jacobs warehouse. Terry was advanced and transitioned through several Executive positions since his appointment as Vice-President, Information Services in April 1990 including his recent appointment of President and CEO on April 18, 2018.

"We are proud to pay tribute to the extraordinary contributions of Terry Davis, who has played an integral role in building Home Hardware and helping us become, and remain, Canada’s largest independent home improvement retailer,” said Christine Hand, Board Chair, Home Hardware Stores Limited. “We thank him for his commitment, investment, time and leadership to our company.”

Stew Gingrich, Vice-President, Human Resources will retire in January 2019 after 46 years of service. He joined the Home Hardware team in September 1972 and sustained the role of Vice-President, Human Resources for the past 14 years.

“Stew has contributed greatly to Home Hardware Stores Limited and served most capably in every position he held,” said Christine Hand, Board Chairman, Home Hardware Stores Limited. “We extend our best wishes on his upcoming retirement.”

In recognition of their induction into the Builders’ Circle, Terry and Stew received a special, handcrafted gold pin. Their names will also be engraved in the Home Hardware Stores Limited Builders’ Circle granite monument located in the Tribute Garden at the Walter J Hachborn Complex in St. Jacobs.


Gillfor Distribution Inc., parent company to OWL Distribution Inc., McIlveen Lumber Industries Ltd. and Brown & Rutherford Co., is pleased to announce the purchase of Brunswick Valley Distribution Inc., the Atlantic Canadian distribution arm of parent company Brunswick Valley Lumber Inc.

Brunswick Valley Distribution is headquartered in Fredericton, NB and operates a distribution facility in Moncton, NB. Brunswick Valley Distribution will continue to service customers in Atlantic Canada adding market-leading products beginning January 1, 2019 including composite decking, aluminum railing, a variety of specialty softwoods, and more.

The acquisition of Brunswick Valley Distribution provides Gillfor Distribution a strategic distribution location in Atlantic Canada to add to its 6 existing distribution centres and 1 reload facility, making Gillfor Distribution an exceptional national choice for retail lumber dealers and buying groups.

Brunswick Valley Distribution will continue to operate under the same name allowing Gillfor Distribution to provide local partnerships from coast to coast.

“Gillfor Distribution’s vision is to put in place a network of distribution facilities to service the expansive retail network across Canada. With this acquisition, the infrastructure is now in place to allow us to more effectively bring all of our products to market. Further, it will strengthen the relationship with our vendors and customers alike, enhance the value of local communities, our Dealers, and ultimately the end customer.” – Bob Dosanjh, CEO Gillfor Distribution Inc.

“Brunswick Valley Lumber is pleased to announce that our Atlantic Canadian specialty and distribution division, Brunswick Valley Distribution, will be joining the Gillfor family of companies. Brunswick Valley Distribution will continue to provide the highest possible service to their customers and suppliers with the added benefit of now being part of a national distribution group under the Gillfor Distribution umbrella. The parent company, Brunswick Valley Lumber, will continue to focus on our primary business of mill production and sales to both Canada and US” – Mike Jennings, Partner and VP Business Development Brunswick Valley Lumber


Lowe’s Canada is proud to announce the planting of 48,658 trees in Canada in partnership with Jour de la Terre Québec and Earth Day Canada. The initiative was a result of the commitment Lowe’s Canada’s made last April to plant a tree for every ECO product (excluding forest products) sold on April 22, 2018, as part of its ECO program launch in all corporate and participating affiliated RONA, Reno-Depot, and Lowe’s stores across the country. From mid-May to late June, Jour de la Terre Québec and Earth Day Canada planted over 48,000 trees at various sites in British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec with funding from Lowe’s Canada.

"Lowe’s Canada’s purpose is to help people love where they live. By both encouraging customers to purchase ECO products and greening up public spaces, we’re helping create healthy and sustainable environments in the communities where we operate, today and for generations to come," said Jean-Sébastien Lamoureux, Vice-President, Communications, Public Affairs and Compliance at Lowe’s Canada.

To wrap up this major project, 22 Lowe’s Canada employees participated this week in planting some 600 trees at the Canadian Space Agency facility in Saint-Hubert, in Montreal’s South Shore, just minutes from the company’s head office. "One of our values at Lowe’s is Being part of something bigger, so we’re delighted to give our employees the opportunity to get involved and make a difference in their local communities," said Mr. Lamoureux.

The initiative is the result of a partnership with Jour de la Terre Québec and Earth Day Canada, which supervised the planting of 48,658 trees and will oversee their growth.


Training & Upcoming Events


Nov 7 ABSDA Forklift Workshop Truro, NS
Nov 8 ABSDA Forklift Workshop Dieppe, NB
Nov 8-9 BMR Fall/Winter Buying Show Quebec City, QC
Nov 13-14 Hardlines Conference Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Nov 20 One Day Plumbing Workshop Dieppe, NB
Nov 21 One Day Electrical Workshop Dieppe, NB
Nov 26-27 Boom Truck Workshop Dieppe, NB
Jan 16-18 2019 WRLA Buying Show Calgary, AB
Feb 15-16 TIMBER MART National Buying Show Toronto, ON
Feb 21-23 Orgill Spring Market Orlando, FL
March 13-14 ABSDA Building Supply Expo Halifax, NS
April 1-4 ABSDA Estimating Programs  Dieppe, NB
April 5 Principles of Yard & Warehouse Operations  Dieppe, NB
April 6-9 Home Hardware Spring Dealer Market St. Jacobs, ON




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.