Retail’s Best Recognized: 2019 Excellence in Retailing Awards Finalists Announced

Thirty-seven standout companies receive the coveted designation as being amongst the most creative and innovative retailers in Canada

Retail Council of Canada (RCC) announced today the 2019 Excellence in Retailing (ERA) Awards finalists.

The Excellence in Retailing Awards identify and celebrate the best retail innovation in: eCommerce Experience, Environmental Leadership, Health, Safety & Wellness, In-Store Experience & Design, In-Store Merchandising, Loss Prevention, Omni-Channel, Philanthropic Leadership, Pop-up Experience and Design, Retail Marketing, and Talent Development.  

“Retail in Canada needs creative and innovative leaders who can work together and drive ongoing business success.  These finalists represent the very best in our industry” said Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO of Retail Council of Canada.  Added Ms. Brisebois, “The Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala, when we announce the actual winners, is always a highlight, with the incredible energy that only these most talented retail innovators can inspire.”

2019 Excellence in Retail Award Finalists by Company

 ANBL / Cannabis NB Andrew Peller Limited BC Ferry Services Inc
 Best Buy Canada Burb Canada Goose
 Canadian Tire Chocolats Favoris Federated Co-operatives Limited
 Fire & Flower Frank And Oak Hillberg & Berk
 Holt Renfrew Home Depot of Canda, Ltd IKEA Canada
 Inscape Kitchen Stuff Plus LCBO
 L’Equipeur London Drugs Limited Lowe’s Canada
Mark’sOSF CommercePetSmart
Purolator Inc. Red Canoe Roots
 Save-On-Foods Sephora Canada  Sleep Country
 Sobeys Inc. Sport Chek Staples Canada
 Toys “R”Us Canada VistekWalmart Canada Corp.

The 2019 winners will be announced at the Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala on May 28, 2019.  The Gala   completes the first day of STORE 2019, Canada’s biggest retail industry event of the year.

This year’s Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala will also honour Best Buy’s Ron Wilson as the 2019 Distinguished Canadian Retailer of the Year, and present Kendall and Justine Barber of Poppy Barley with 2019 Independent Retail Ambassadors of the Year award.

For more information on the Excellence in Retailing Awards or to purchase Gala tickets click here.

About Retail Council of Canada

Retail is Canada’s largest private sector employer with over 2.1 million Canadians working in our industry. The sector annually generates over $76 billion in wages and employee benefits. Core retail sales (excluding vehicles and gasoline) were $375 billion in 2018. Retail Council of Canada (RCC) members represent more than two-thirds of core retail sales in the country. RCC is a not-for-profit industry-funded association that represents small, medium and large retail businesses in every community across the country. As The Voice of Retail™ in Canada, we proudly represent more than 45,000 storefronts in all retail formats, including department, grocery, specialty, discount, independent retailers and online merchants.


Branka Stavric
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