Retail's Best Recognized: 2023 Excellence in Retailing Awards - Retail Council of Canada

Retail’s Best Recognized: 2023 Excellence in Retailing Awards

April 26, 2023

Retail Council of Canada (RCC) proudly announces the finalists for the 2023 Excellence in Retailing Awards.

This year’s finalists reflect the impressive level of excellence achieved by more retailers in 2022 than in previous years, clearly demonstrating how retailers across the country are stepping up with forward-thinking solutions to meet the opportunities ahead. The awards recognize outstanding innovation in various categories, including: eCommerce Experience, Environmental Leadership, Health, Safety & Wellness, In-Store Experience & Design, Loss Prevention, Omni-Channel, Philanthropic Leadership, Pop-up Experience and Design, Retail Marketing, and Talent Development.

“We are thrilled to have an exceptional number of finalists this year, with 88 finalists across 10 categories,” said Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO of Retail Council of Canada. “This demonstrates how some of the challenges retailers have been experiencing over the last year have in fact inspired new ideas and a higher-level of excellence. We’re also seeing new initiatives that have more fully embraced collaboration between departments and business partners.”

The Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala, where the winners will be announced, is always a highlight of the year for the industry. This year’s finalists showcase the remarkable innovation and perseverance of the retail sector.

2023 Excellence in Retailing Awards Finalists by Company (alphabetically listed)

  • ALDO Group
  • Amazon
  • Amexon Developments
  • ANBL
  • Ardene
  • Aritzia
  • Best Buy Canada
  • Big Bear Trading Company
  • Calgary Co-op
  • Canadian Tire Corporation
  • Cannabis NB
  • Deciem
  • Empire Company Limited
  • Federated Co-operatives Limited
  • Giant Tiger Stores
  • Golf Town
  • Group Dynamite
  • Habitat for Humanity Canada
  • Hillberg & Berk Accessories
  • Home Hardware Stores
  • IKEA Canada
  • LCBO
  • Loblaw Companies Limited
  • London Drugs
  • Longo’s
  • Mastermind Toys
  • Metro
  • Michael Hill Canada
  • New Look Vision Group
  • Peavy Industries LP
  • Pet Valu Canada
  • Purolator
  • Rexall Pharmacy Group Ltd.
  • RONA
  • Save-On-Foods
  • Sleep Country Canada
  • Sobeys Inc.
  • Societe Quebecois du Cannabis (SQDC)
  • Staples Canada
  • TELUS Retail
  • The Body Shop
  • Tim Hortons
  • Toys “R” Us Canada
  • Tridel
  • Walmart Canada

The winners will be announced at the Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala on May 30, 2023, hosted at the Toronto Congress Center. The Gala dinner will also feature the presentations of Awards of Distinction to honorees, adding glamour and glitz to the evening and showcasing the industry’s most esteemed retailers.

The Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala will close the first day of RCC STORE 23, which is Canada’s biggest retail conference, from May 30 – May 31, 2023RCC STORE 23 will feature 75+ speakers and is attracting retail leaders from across North America and around the globe.

Media are welcome to attend.

For more information on the Excellence in Retailing Awards or to purchase Gala tickets, visit

About Retail Council of Canada

Retail is Canada’s largest private-sector employer with over 2 million Canadians working in our industry. The sector annually generates over $85 billion in wages and employee benefits. Core retail sales (excluding vehicles and gasoline) were over $462B in 2022. 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 54,000 storefronts in all retail formats, including department, grocery, specialty, discount, independent retailers, online merchants and quick service restaurants.

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