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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