Building Supply Update
ABSDA Updates


Exhibitors are reminded to submit their Booth Contract.

Click on the link below for the 2020 Contract For Exhibit Space.

2020 ABSDA Contract for Exhibit Space



ABSDA Education Program Testimonials


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Upcoming ABSDA Program Dates


Nov 25 & 26         Boom Truck Program (2 Day Program) - Dieppe, NB

                                        Registration Form Boom Truck


Nov 25 & 26         Estimating Level 1 - Decks & Garages (2 Day Program) - Gander, NL

                                        Registration Form Estimating Level 1


Nov 27 & 28         Estimating Level 2 - Residential (2 Day Program) - Gander, NL

                                        Registration Form Estimating Level 2


Nov 29                  Principles of Yard & Warehouse Operations (1 Day Program) - Gander, NL

                                         Registration Form Yard & Warehouse Program


Watch for the Following Programs in the New Year

Jan 27 & 28             Estimating Level 1 - Decks & Garages (2 Day Program) - Dieppe, NB

Jan 29 & 30             Estimating Level 2 - Residential (2 Day Program) - Dieppe, NB

Jan 31                      Principles of Yard & Warehouse Operations (1 Day Program) - Dieppe, NB

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.

The deadline to submit your survey has been extended to November 6th. The survey can be downloaded by clicking on the following link.

 2019 ABSDA Human Resource Salaries & Benefits Survey

(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.

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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

The new administrative offices of the Soleno headquarters, located in the 1160 Route 133, in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, were recently officially inaugurated. The event was held in the presence of Mr. Jean Rioux, Federal Member of Parliament for SaintJean-sur-Richelieu, Ms. Claire Charbonneau, Municipal Councilor of the city of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Ms. Sylvie Brosseau, General Manager of NexDev - Economic Development Haut-Richelieu, members of the Economic Council of Haut-Richelieu, members of the board of Soleno as well as Ms. Judith-Ann Bélanger, Vice President of Business Development at Proservin, general contractor for this major project.

Mr. Alain Poirier, President of Soleno, delivered a moving speech followed by a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony. "I am very pleased to proceed with the inauguration of the new premises, it is the opportunity to offer our employees, whose number has increased, a pleasant and dynamic work environment, well adapted to our new needs" he says.

Representing an investment of $3 million, this new two-story building is equipped with a large entrance hall, several conference rooms and a cafeteria. With a total area of 14,250 square feet, it can accommodate about sixty people, from the departments of Finance, Human Resources, Engineering, Sales, Marketing, IT and the General Management, who moved in last July.


Harry Hallett, CanWel Commodity Trader for Eastern Newfoundland, recently celebrated his 50th Work Anniversary…that’s is correct 50 year Work Anniversary!!

On October 22, 1969, Harry started at the Canfor St. John’s NL window and door plant. Pierre Elliott Trudeau was in his 1st term as Prime Minister, #1 song was “I Heard it thru the Grapevine”, how appropriate, as Harry has made an indelible mark as a Trader and a Seller!!!

After a couple of years Harry moved to the warehouse, offloading rail cars. Harry recalls offloading a rail car full of cedar mouldings and standing back as you opened the railcar door due to the shifting. At the time Canfor stocked Marine Grade plywood which all had to be hand bombed and stacked into racks.

After several years Harry migrated to the sales counter, and it wasn’t long before he was making calls to Accounts. As Harry says, “you sold everything then”. There was no specific trader of lumber until years later. To this day, Harry still makes outside calls and walks dealer’s yards selling whatever he can of the products CanWel offers. Back when Harry made the annual pilgrimage to the ABSDA Show Harry was known as the man with the “least amount of sleep”, but would be the first one back in the booth in the morning.


Sexton Group Ltd.

TIMBER MART welcomes new Hardware Buyer, Shawn Ettinger to their procurement team. Mr. Ettinger will be responsible for reviewing, analyzing and selecting hardlines products and vendors for the buying group in order to support TIMBER MART’s national network of hardware and building material dealers. His categories/areas of negotiation include: tools, décor, plumbing, imported goods, electrical, builder’s hardware and seasonal products.

“Shawn brings to our group an abundance of knowledge in hardlines products and a deep understanding of the independent dealer in Canada,” says Randy Martin, vice-president of procurement for TIMBER MART. “We welcome Shawn to our team and look forward to seeing his valuable industry experience and knowledge contribute towards our hardlines programs, and thus, our members’ competitive advantage.”

Mr. Ettinger has over 30 years of combined experience in hardlines-product sourcing, buying, marketing and merchandising of which he’s gained by working for a number of leading retailers and wholesalers. Mr. Ettinger is based out of TIMBER MART’s office in Vaughan, Ont. and will report directly to TIMBER MART’s Vice-President of Procurement, Randy Martin.


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.

On behalf of the TORBSA Group, Bob Holmes is pleased to inform you that Greg Drouillard of Target Building Materials, has been newly elected as the President of TORBSA Limited for the year 2019.

The 2019 Board of Directors now includes (left to right);

Gerald Morin Past President, Morin Bros. Building Supplies (Ottawa)

Greg Drouillard President, Target Building Materials (Windsor)

Dante DiGiovanni Vice President Operations, Blair Building Materials (Maple)

Blaine Carter Vice President, Woollatt Building Supply (London)

Len Hewson Treasurer, Hewson Brothers Supply (Brantford)

Steve Guglietti Secretary, Pro Con Building Supplies (Brampton)


Alain Poirier, President of Soleno, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jean-François Baril as Vice President of Sales.

“We have made organizational changes within the Soleno sales department”, explains Alain Poirier. Supported by David Hamel, Vice President, Strategic Alliances, Jean-François Baril will be responsible of developing the sales department within the company.

Graduate of the University of Quebec in Trois-Rivières where he obtained a baccalaureate in business administration, specialization in international marketing, Jean-François Baril cumulates more than 20 years of professional experience in sales and marketing. Having excellent knowledge of the construction industry, he began his career as a business development advisor for the l’Association des professionnels de la construction et de l’habitation du Québec. He later on served successively as Assistant Director of Sales at Demix Agrégats, Sales Manager at Demix Béton, Quebec Regional Director at Les Industries Atlantique Ltée, AIL and Vice President of Sales at Groupe Brunet, Construction Materials. 

Mr. Baril's expertise will allow the company to pursue its development in all of its markets and sectors of activity. "Soleno's management is convinced that Mr. Baril will be an important asset for the company's success and will listen to the customers' needs. He will contribute to the progression of Soleno with his dynamism, his personal relations skills, his rigour and, above all, his high level of professionalism. I am very proud he is joining our team!" states Alain Poirier, President of Soleno.


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.