Building Supply Update
ABSDA Updates


ABSDA met with Member Representatives in Dieppe, NB and Dartmouth, NS on February 6th and 7th to receceive feedback as the Association enters into a Strategic Planning process. The information from these sessions will assist the Board of Directors to focus on priorities over the next five to ten years. Facilitator Ray Hebert lead over 40 individuals through the excersize which includes Member Input as part of the Association's overall strategy.



February 26      Forklift Workshop - Debert, NS

Forklift Workshop - Debert Link

February 27      Forklift Workshop - Cambridge, NS

Forklift Workshop - Cambridge Link

March 29           Flooring Estimating, Sales & Tips - Dieppe, NB    **New Program

Flooring Estimating Workshop Link

April 1 & 2         Manual Estimating Level 1 - Decks & Garages - Dieppe, NB

Manual Estimating - Decks & Garages Link

April 3 & 4         Manual Estimating Level 2 - Residential - Dieppe, NB

Manual Estimating - Residential Link

April 5               Principles of Yard & Warehouse Operations - Dieppe, NB

Principles of Yard & Warehouse Operations Link

April 15 & 16    Boom Truck Workshop - Truro, NS

Boom Truck Workshop Link


The February, 2019 Issue of the ABSDA Building Supply News is now on-line. Click on the image below to view.



ABSDA Members can access the 2019 ABSDA Scholarship & Bursary Application by clicking on the application image/ link below:


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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.


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Industry News

Dave Warren, Vice-President Atlantic Canada for Goodfellow Inc. is pleased to announce that Dennis Power has joined their Newfoundland and Labrador Sales Team as Building Materials Sales Representative for Newfoundland East.

Dennis has had a very successful career in our industry and has excellent credentials to serve the clients in his new territory with Goodfellow.

Dennis can be contacted by cell (709) 740-0017, fax (709) 722-3006 or email


Sexton Group Ltd.

Robyn Eddy, President of Eddy Group Limited, has announced her plans to retire from Eddy Group Limited effective December 31st, 2019. She will remain active on their Board of Directors following her retirement. Keith Assaff and Jody MacDonald have accepted the positions of Co-Presidents and effective September 1st, 2019 will be succeeding her in leading the company. At that time Robyn will move into an advisory capacity, supporting Keith and Jody until her retirement date.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to work with such a tremendous group of talented and dedicated people. I have worked with some of you for the entire 30 plus years of my EGL career” states Robyn.

“The positions I have held allowed me to learn from, grow with and engage with many of the most impressive leaders in the distribution business; many of which are working within EGL now.”

“EGL has demonstrated great resiliency and strength over our 100 plus years of evolution. I am more optimistic than ever about our ability to serve our customers effectively, support our vendor community and continue on our successful journey as a strong independent distributor.”

ABSDA extends congratulations to Robyn Eddy as she transitions into the next phase of life!


Training & Upcoming Events


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.