Building Supply Update
ABSDA Updates

ABSDA is requesting your participation in the 2019 Human Resource Salaries & Benefits Survey.

Objective of the Survey:
The primary objective of this survey is to provide a benchmark of the compensation and benefits currently being provided in the building supply industry sector in Atlantic Canada.

The summary information in this report provides a basis for comparison. Participating firms will receive a copy of this report following final tabilation. All survey responses will be kept strictly confidential and will be destroyed after tabulation.

Please respond to this survey by October 28, 2019. Survey forms are currently in the mail. You can also obtain a copy of the Survey from the ABSDA web site.


ABSDA is offering Estimating Programs in Gander, NL during the week of November 25th. Facilitator Stan Burkholder will be on hand to deliver the following programs:

November 25 & 26         Estimating Level 1 - Decks & Garages (2 Day Program)

November 27 & 28         Estimating Level 2 - Residential (2 Day Program)

November 29                  Principles of Yard & Warehouse Operations (1 Day Program)


Registration Deadline is October 18th

Registration Forms are available at

October 17 - 18

RONA and Ace Canada Buying Show presented by Lowe’s Canada

Montreal, QC


November 6 - 8

BMR Fall/Winter Buying Show

Quebec City, QC


November 13 - 14

Hardlines Conference

King City, ON


November 25 & 26

ABSDA Boom Truck Program

Dieppe, NB


November 25 - 28

ABSDA Estimating Programs

Gander, NL


November 29

Principles of Yard & Warehouse Operations

Gander, NL


January 22 - 24

2020 WRLA Buying Show

Calgary, AB


February 14 - 15

TIMBERMART National Buying Show

Montreal, QC


February 27 - 29

Orgill Spring Market

Orlando, FL


March 11 & 12

2020 ABSDA Building Supply Expo

Halifax, NS

(Building Material Council of Canada) are pleased to present the 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

As of the end of June, 2019 there are 174 policies that have been taken out by ABSDA Member Employees. Remind your staff that Auto and Home Insurance savings are available for them as part of your firm's ABSDA Membership.

Phone 1-877-742-7490 to receive a quote and start saving. 

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


Home Hardware Stores Limited is pleased to announce the appointment of Rob Szekszer to Home Hardware’s Merchandise Hardlines team, effective immediately. Rob joined Home Hardware as the Director of Merchandise Hardlines on September 16, and will report directly to Joel Marks, Vice-President of Merchandise Hardlines. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Rob Szekszer to our team and are confident in his capabilities to successfully develop strategy and growth within his category," said Joel Marks, VicePresident, Merchandise Hardlines, Home Hardware Stores Limited. “Building a strong merchandise team is a result of our commitment to be Canada’s most trusted and preferred home improvement retail brand.”  

Rob will be responsible for leading the management teams in Electrical, Appliances, HVAC / Automotive, General Merchandise (Toys, Confectionary, Farm, Pet, Apparel and Wild Bird). He is one of three Merchandise Hardlines Directors – Brian Straus and Dave Martin are Directors as well.

Rob is a proven strategic leader that drives results and will empower and energize talent. His former employer was Canadian Tire where he held numerous roles in Financial Services, Merchandising as well as Advertising. He is a graduate of the University of Western, Ontario.



Sexton Group Ltd.

Canadian Business and Maclean’s today ranked TalentSphere Staffing Solutions  No. 107 on the annual Growth 500,
the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. Produced by Canada’s premier business and current affairs media brands, the Growth 500 ranks Canadian businesses on five-year revenue growth. Growth 500 winners are profiled in a special print issue of Canadian Business published with Maclean’s magazine and online at and 

TalentSphere Staffing Solutions made the 2019 Growth 500 list with five-year revenue growth of 971%. 

“The companies on the 2019 Growth 500 are truly remarkable. Demonstrating foresight, innovation and smart management, their stories serve as a primer for how to build a successful entrepreneurial business today,” says Beth Fraser, Growth 500 program manager. “As we celebrate over 30 years of the Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies program, it’s encouraging to see that entrepreneurship is healthier than ever in this country.”

“TalentSphere is honoured to be on the Growth 500 ranking,” says Founder, Peter Humphrey. “This achievement enforces our belief that there is a better model for recruitment firms that recognizes the evolving requirements of today’s workforce; Recruitment consultants no longer need to endure suboptimal work life balance and can now maximize both their lifestyle and their earning capacity.” 

“The Building Materials Industry has been the foundation of our success” says Director, Stephen Borer. “What we found in 2013 was an under serviced recruitment market that needed a recruitment firm that knew what they were doing and were committed to the long-term relationships that the industry is built upon. The industry has been very good to us and we try to return that favour, as best we can, by providing best in class recruitment service. We have subsequently grown our business up and down the supply chain to service architecture and design firms, construction firms and producers but the building materials industry remains our core focus.”


Home Hardware Stores Limited is pleased to announce the recent addition of Ron Krochuk, Merchandise Manager of Forest Products, reporting to Doug Shantz, Director of LBM, Home Hardware Stores Limited. 

Ron has 25 years of Forest Products experience and will begin in his new role on September 30, 2019. Previously, Ron held positions at Lowe’s and Home Depot as National Lumber Merchant, where he architected many of the commodity lumber and pressure treated programs that exist in the market today. Most recently he has worked from the vendor side as Vice-President Sales/Marketing for Solowave Design LLC and as Product Evangelist for Bluwood Canada, a subsidiary of Shelburne Wood Technology.

“We are excited to welcome Ron Krochuk to our team of exceptional Merchandise Managers at Home Hardware,” said Marianne Thompson, Vice-President, Merchandise LBM, Home Hardware Stores Limited. “Ron brings a depth of knowledge in Forest Products and he will be able to assist our Dealers with the ability to provide exceptional service to almost 1,100 communities across Canada.”



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.
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.