Harry Rosen’s CEO receives Distinguished Retailer of the Year Award


Photo credit: Harry RosenPhoto credit: Harry Rosen

Photo credit: Harry Rosen

The Retail Council of Canada has selected Larry Rosen, Chairman & CEO of upscale menswear retailer Harry Rosen, as recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Retailer of the Year Award.

The Award recognizes retail leaders who lead their companies to outstanding business success and innovation, while consistently demonstrating community commitment and support. Recipients are role models because of their exceptional leadership within the corporation, in the Canadian retail industry and in the community at large, through personal and/or corporate philanthropic activities.

“The Canadian Retail Industry is thrilled to recognize Larry Rosen for his passion and contributions to the men’s apparel business,” says Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO, Retail Council of Canada. “Like the fashion industry, Larry and the Harry Rosen brand are constantly evolving to upgrade and expand the in-store experience and fuse their bricks-and-mortar and online businesses, all while maintaining the legendary service culture their customers have come to rely on. “

Mr. Rosen is a member of the Ivey Advisory Board, the Ivey Entrepreneurship Advisory Council and the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Board of Directors. He spearheads the Harry Rosen United Way campaign and major initiatives to raise funds for prostate cancer research, including Harry’s Spring Run-Off, which has raised more than $3 million to date.

Celebrating 60 years in operation, Harry Rosen grew from a single Toronto location to 16 stores across the country, with 40% of Canada’s high-end menswear market. “The continued growth of Harry Rosen year over year is a testament to his strong leadership, entrepreneurial spirit and ingenuity,” notes Ms. Brisebois.

Mr. Rosen receives his award at the Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.  The Gala, part of STORE 2014 – Canada’s Retail Conference, takes place at the Toronto Congress Centre.

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Craig Patterson
Craig Patterson
Now located in Toronto, Craig is a retail analyst and consultant at the Retail Council of Canada. He's also the Director of Applied Research at the University of Alberta School of Retailing in Edmonton. He has studied the Canadian retail landscape for the past 25 years and he holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws Degrees. He is also President & CEO of Vancouver-based Retail Insider Media Ltd.

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