The Home Depot Canada’s Jeff Kinnaird named RCC’s Excellence in Retailing 2018 Distinguished Canadian Retailer of the Year 

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Retail Council of Canada has announced that The Home Depot Canada’s President Jeff Kinnaird and his team will be presented the prestigious Excellence in Retailing Awards’ 2018 Distinguished Canadian Retailer of the Year Award. The award will be given out at the Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala on the evening of May 29, 2018 at the Toronto Congress Centre. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: retailawards.ca/content/gala-tickets.

"Retail Council of Canada is excited to recognize Jeff Kinnaird and The Home Depot Canada for their continued excellence and success in home improvement, their leadership, and the amazing work they do for the communities they are involved in," said Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO, Retail Council of Canada.

Mr. Kinnaird is responsible for overseeing the sales and operations of 182 stores and approximately 30,000 associates. In 1996, he joined The Home Depot as a lumber associate and worked his way through various roles including store manager and district manager. He became the Regional VP of Operations in 2005 and then oversaw divisional product assortment and innovation as the VP of Merchandising for five years until he was appointed President of The Home Depot Canada in 2016. 

The Distinguished Canadian Retail of the Year Award recognizes a retail leader that has led his/her company to outstanding business success and innovation and has consistently demonstrated community commitment and support. The recipient is a role model because of his/her exceptional leadership within the corporation, in the retail industry in Canada, and in the community at large, through personal and/or corporate philanthropic activities.

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Mr. Kinnaird and The Home Depot Canada are recognized by their peers in the Canadian retail industry for their continued business success, their customer focused approach to store and online operations, their ongoing commitment to the communities they serve, and living their values every day. The Home Depot Canada also has an enviable track record for taking care of its people, and for hiring and training associates who are passionate about exceeding customer expectations with about 70 per cent of their store leaders started as hourly associates.

The Home Depot Canada joins a distinguished list of past recipients from across Canada that includes Groupe Dynamite, Leon’s Furniture, Harry Rosen, Canadian Tire, Aritzia, Indigo Books & Music, Staples Canada, Costco Wholesale Canada, La Senza, and most recently, London Drugs Limited. 

The Distinguished Retailer of the Year Awards will be presented to Jeff Kinnaird and The Home Depot Canada at Retail Council of Canada’s Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala on May 29, 2018 at the Toronto Congress Centre, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm ET. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: retailawards.ca/content/gala-tickets.

The Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala will close the first day of Canada’s biggest retail conference, STORE 2018, which will feature more than 80 speakers and attract more than 2,500 retail leaders from across North America. Media are also invited to attend STORE 2018, from May 29 to May 30, 2018. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.storeconference.ca/tickets

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