Building Supply Update
ABSDA Updates


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  (SOLD OUT)





March 13 & 14, 2019

The One Event in Atlantic Canada You Don't Want to Miss

Click on the Booth Contract Below to Download the Form


On November 20 & 21, ABSDA, in co-operation with the Moncton Campus of the New Brunswick Community College, launched 1 - Day Plumbing and Electrical Workshops. Both programs were well attended by ABSDA Members.


If you would like to see this offered again in the near future, please contact ABSDA.


 Keith Hendry

On Saturday, November 10th, Keith Hendry, Sales Manager for Goodfellow inc. in Newfoundland & Labrador, passed  away suddenly in a tragic accident.

Keith was well known and respected in the Industry and his community. He was active in Minor Hockey in Mount Pearl, NL and referred to by Ron MacLean of Rogers Home Hockey as "the backbone" of of the town's minor hockey scene.

ABSDA extends sympathies to all who knew Keith, to his colleagues at Goodfellow Inc and throughout the Industry and to his wife Tammy and sons Clark & Jack.



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
Castle Building Centres
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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Industry News

TIMBER MART’s current, Building Material Procurement Manager for Western Canada, Kurt Norlen, has transitioned into the new role of National Procurement Manager. In addition to his current responsibilities of developing many of TIMBER MART’s national and regional programs as well as ones for Spancan, Norlen will assume added responsibilities during TIMBER MART’s program negotiations.

“This change in roles is a testament to Kurt’s ability, wealth of industry knowledge, and the commitment he has shown to negotiate competitive programs for our membership year after year,” says Randy Martin, TIMBER MART’s vice-president of procurement.

Norlen has over 20 years of industry experience and five years of experience purchasing for TIMBER MART. He works out of TIMBER MART’s Calgary office and reports directly to Randy Martin, Vice President of Procurement.


Sexton Group Ltd.

Orgill, Inc. has announced that members of its Veteran Executive Team will have new responsibilities beginning January, 2019.

Ron Beal, Orgill’s long-time Chairman, President and CEO, will drop the president title, but remains the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Boyden Moore, who currently serves as Orgill’s General Manager of Retail, as well as President of the company’s subsidiary, Tyndale Advisors, will assume the position of Orgill President.

Brett Hammers, will become Orgill’s Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Supply Chain.  He will be responsible for all sales and product sourcing in support of Orgill’s U.S., Canadian, and international customer base.

Eric Divelbiss will become Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration in addition to his current role as Orgill’s CFO. 

“I’m very proud of what our team has achieved, and these changes will ensure a customer-focused continuity of leadership well into the future,” Beal says. “Boyden brings an extensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing independent retailers, and will add fresh ideas as to how we can best assist our customers to help them be successful.  Brett and Eric add their years of experience in finding the best ways to support these efforts.”

Beal adds that this plan has been in the works for several years, and is part of an ongoing process designed to both provide for an orderly succession among Orgill’s management team and to maintain Orgill’s position among the most innovative companies in the industry.

“I am extremely humbled to be part of Orgill’s dynamic and dedicated team in this new role.” Moore says. “I look forward to continuing to work closely with Ron, Eric, Brett and the entire Orgill team to carry on Orgill’s long history of customer-centric service to independent home improvement retailers.


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.

Lowe’s Canada is proud to announce that its National Lowe’s Canada Heroes Campaign has raised $1.1 million. Throughout September, every Lowe’s, RONA, and Reno-Depot corporate store in the country collected donations to help local non-profit organizations or public schools of their choosing fulfill their missions or carry out specific projects. Lowe’s Canada matched 50 percent of all funds raised through the in-store campaign, up to a maximum of $2,000 per store. All funds raised in-store, along with matching corporate donations, are being donated to more than 260 community organizations.

“We are grateful that our employees and customers across the country came together again this year to help people love where they live,” said Jean-Sébastien Lamoureux, Senior Vice-President, Communications, Public Affairs and Compliance at Lowe’s Canada. “With all our corporate stores participating for the first time, our Heroes Campaign extended its support to even more community organizations and projects that our employees feel strongly about. Many thanks to everyone who made this year’s campaign an even bigger success.”

For more information about the Lowe’s Canada Heroes campaign and the list of organizations supported, please visit,, and


Training & Upcoming Events


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 12 2019 ABSDA Expo Welcome Reception Halifax, BS
March 13-14 ABSDA Building Supply Expo Exhibits Open Halifax, NS
March 13 ABSDA Annual Dinner - Enterdainment by Alan Doyle Halifax, NS
April 1 & 2 ABSDA Estimating Program - Decks & Garages  Dieppe, NB
April 3 & 4 ABSDA Estimating Program - Residential 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.