Throughout the year, the CHHMA hosts many business and social events offering members education, insights and networking opportunities with industry peers and retail customers
Through our education seminars, members gain valuable knowledge to aid them in their everyday business. High profile speakers provide insight into a variety of subjects including leadership, new product development, negotiation skills, financial management, e-commerce, supply chain management, data security, consumer & retail trends, new workplace legislation, public speaking and CPR training to name just a few.
Over the past number of years, members of the Association have had the opportunity to hear first hand from senior executives of the following retail operations:
- Canadian Tire Corporation
- Castle Building Centres
- Co-operative Fédérée
- Federated Co-operatives Limited
- Groupe BMR
- Hart Department Stores
- Home Hardware
- Hudson’s Bay Company
- Lowe’s Canada / RONA inc.
- OCTO Purchasing Group
- Peavey Industries LP
- The Home Depot Canada
- TruServ Canada
- TSC Stores
- Walmart Canada
The marquee event of the CHHMA calendar is the Annual CHHMA Conference. Recently, this event has been held in the spring but this year it will be taking place in November and features a combination of keynote speaker addresses along with break-out educational seminars dealing with timely topics important to member companies. The Canadian Hardware & Housewares Industry Hall of Fame Inductions are also held in conjunction with the conference.
Our popular social program provides the opportunity for our members to meet and network with customers and other members in a relaxed social environment. Such events include gala industry evenings combined with the industry trade shows, the annual Industry Cocktail evening in Montreal, several CHHMA annual golf tournaments and other events.
The CHHMA manages Canada Night held in Chicago during the Housewares Show on behalf of the industry and sponsors. Our involvement ensures that vendors have an opportunity to meet with their customers at a well organized social event.
Maple Leaf Night held during the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas ensures that CHHMA members have the opportunity to socialize with the Canadian customers attending the show.
Events are organized to maximize the turnout of customers and provide a charitable component when possible.