Building Supply Update
ABSDA Updates



Another Great ABSDA Expo was held in Halifax two weeks ago! The feedback from participants has been very positive.

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 if you have not already done so.


ABSDA Expo Retail Evaluation


ABSDA Expo Exhibitor Evaluation



ABSDA presented the 2019 Industry Achievement Award to Dunc Wilson of Home Hardware Stores Ltd.

Dunc Wilson is a long time friend of ABSDA and is pictured with ABSDA President Denis Melanson and ABSDA Chair Bill Abbott.



ABSDA Congratulates Greg Sutherland and Brian Warr on the presentation of their ABSDA Lifetime Membership Awards. Both have made significant contributions to the Association and have been long time friends of the association.


 Greg Sutherland is pictured with ABSDA President Denis Melanson and ABSDA Chair Bill Abbott.



 Brian Warr is pictured with ABSDA President Denis Melanson and ABSDA Chair Bill Abbott.


ABSDA Retail Members are reminded there are Travel Rebates available for attending the 2019 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          NL Travel Rebate Form Link


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       ABSDA Expo Hotel Rebate Form Link


Deadline to apply for these is April 8, 2019 - 4:30 pm


ABSDA Members can access the 2019 ABSDA Scholarship & Bursary Application by clicking on the application image/ link below. Application Deadline is April 19, 2019.


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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


Murray Finkbiner, President/COO of AFA Forest Products is pleased to make the following announcements:

Jay Milton has joined the company as Division Manager, Dartmouth, NS. Jay brings a wealth of experience. He was owner/operator of a successful window business for 16 years before moving to Thermalite Products as a Technical Sales Representative. Jay will be responsible for all aspects of managing the AFA Distribution Centre in Dartmouth, NS.

George Hendry, Director of Marketing will be assuming the inrerim role of Division Manager, Langley, BC effective immediatly until the position is filled. This position will be added to his current role.


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Training & Upcoming Events


There is still time to register for the following courses:

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 10             Forklift Workshop - Dieppe, NB

Forklift Workshop - Dieppe Link

April 11           Forklift Workshop - PEI

Forklift Workshop - PEI Link

April 15 & 16    Boom Truck Workshop - Truro, NS

Boom Truck Workshop Link

April 16            Plumbing Workshop - Moncton, NB

Plumbing Workshop Link

April 17            Electrical Woekshop - Moncton, NB

Electrical Workshop Link



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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