Building Supply Update
ABSDA Updates



Tues. Evening, March 10 - Meet & Greet



Wed. Evening, March 11 - Annual Dinner Featuring April Wine


Register Now by following the Link Below

(Tickets must be ordered in advance on-line and will not be available for purchase at the Expo)

Click on this Link to Register for Badges and Tickets



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













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

                          Registration Form Link for Level 1 Estimating Program   


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

                          Registration Link for Level 2 Estimating Program    


Jan 31              Principles of Yard & Warehouse Operations - Dieppe, NB

                         Registration Link for Principles of Yard & Warehouse Program     



 ·   I can’t wait to use these tools. Knowledge is a powerful tool.

·   After 40 years of drafting plans, building and estimating projects, I learned time & material saving tips!

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. 

(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.

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


Bernie Owens 

TIMBER MART’s Commercial Members from across Canada visited the Juno Beach Centre in Courseulles-sur-Mer in Normandy, France this fall to honour the Canadian soldiers who lost their lives during the Second World War. The group toured the site on September 24 where more than 14,000 Canadian troops landed on D-Day (June 6, 1944) to liberate France from Natzi control. To commemorate their visit, the group not only made a donation to the centre, but will also have a commemorative brick produced in the spring that will be placed on the beach at the Juno Beach Centre’s memorial kiosks.

“Touring such a significant historical site was a humbling experience for us all as Canadians,” says Bernie Owens, president & CEO of TIMBER MART. “We are so proud of our fallen heroes and grateful for their sacrifice, for it is because of them that we are able to live so freely in this beautiful nation we call home.”


Sexton Group Ltd.


Regal Ideas Inc. joined forces with top builders Dr Decks and Neighborhood Fence and Decks, to create some of the winning entries at the 10th Annual North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) National Deck Competition.

Regal ideas Inc was recognized by a panel of judges with the following awards:

•       1st Place – Limitless Creations in partnership with Dr Decks

•       1st Place – Alternative Deck in partnership with Dr Decks

•       2nd Place – Manufacturer Product in partnership with Dr Decks

•       3rd Place – Illumination in partnership with Dr Decks

•       3rd Place – Closed Porch in partnership with Neighborhood Fence and Deck

“This recognition is especially meaningful to us as an organization. Seeing our products being used and showcased by so many builders across the country is a humbling and honorable feeling.”  states Andrew Pantelides, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Regal ideas Inc., “We will continue to raise the bar with innovation, safety and ease of use.”

Pantelides was also recognized at the awards gala by NADRA for his commitments and involvement to growing the association.

NADRA held its National Deck Competition in Louisville, KY. “This year marked the 10th anniversary of the National Deck Competition. ”With members in Canada and the United States, we had a 65% increase in submissions over last year. Our industry has had significant growth over the last few years and from what we are seeing will continue to grow strong in 2020. ” states Heather A. Marchand, Director of National Programs and Marketing at NADRA. NADRA is made up of deck builders, inspectors, manufacturers, dealers/distributors, lumberyards and represents the deck, dock and railing industry.

Along with the NADRA awards, Regal ideas launched their newest program called DeckStars at the DeckExpo. Joe Jacklin, Director of Marketing and Contractor Development was brought on board to lead this new program. “We are developing North America’s largest pro deck builder network, offering the right tools, training and networking to deck builders and contractors.” Jacklin also mentions “DeckStars now completes our turn-key merchandising, marketing and go-to-market programs that connects consumers to certified installers and Authorized Dealers. The program is designed to drive business to local Dealers and contractors.”


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.


Local hardware store owner, Jeff Redden of Windsor Home Hardware was recognized at the 2019 Outstanding Retailer Awards recently. The 24th Annual Hardlines Conference and Gala was held November 13 to 14, 2019 at Kingbridge Conference Centre in King City, ON. Windsor Home Hardware received the Best Hardware Store award.

The Outstanding Retailer Awards have recognized and honoured Canada’s best Home Improvement Retailing stores across Canada for more than two decades. Over the past 27 years, Home Hardware has received close to 40 Outstanding Retailing Awards – taking home two awards this year.

“We are extremely honored to receive this award, and proud to serve our local communities,” said Jeff Redden, Dealer-Owner, Windsor Home Hardware. “Recognition goes to our customers and staff, both at head office and store level, who without them this award would not have been achievable.”

The award recipients were chosen by a panel of industry experts who analyzed nominations from retailers across Canada in eight categories: Best Hardware Store; Best Building Supply/Home Centre (under 15,000 sq. ft.); Best Building Supply/Home Centre (over 15,000 sq. ft.); Best Contractor-Specialist Dealer; Young Retailer of the Year; Best Large Surface Retailer; the Marc Robichaud Community Leader award; and the Industry Spirit award. Each nomination was judged on a range of criteria, including sales performance, retailing innovation and community involvement.

“Windsor Home Hardware has persevered through tough times in its community,” said Michael McLarney, President, Hardlines Inc. “Jeff has remained committed to the well-being of his staff and the good of his community through it all.”


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.