Retail Council of Canada has announced that T&T Supermarket founder Cindy Lee and CEO Tina Lee as the winners of the 2018 Canadian Grand Prix Trailblazer Lifetime Achievement Award. The Award will be presented at the Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards Gala on May 30, 2018 at the Toronto Congress Centre, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm ET. [Info/Buy Tickets Here]
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Retail Council of Canada’s Canadian Grand Prix Trailblazer Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals or families who have demonstrated outstanding service and dedication to the Canadian retail and grocery industry. Recipients reflect the industry’s spirit of community and trust, while also demonstrating a strong commitment to innovation – be it both in their company’s products as well as the leadership they provide within their organization.
“Retail Council of Canada is honoured to recognize this amazing mother-and-daughter team, Cindy and Tina Lee, with this Trailblazer Lifetime Achievement Award in conjunction with T&T Supermarket's 25th anniversary,” said Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO, Retail Council of Canada. “Cindy and Tina have shown an exceptional, relentless passion to serve their customers with the highest-quality grocery products in a retail environment that is culturally aligned with the unique food needs of Asian families. T&T Supermarket has inspired all grocery retailers to make their stores increasingly relevant to more immigrant families in Canada.”
Cindy Lee founded Asian grocery chain T&T in 1993, and her vision and tireless work (along with that of her team) created an unrivalled authentic Asian food experience that continues to operate 25 years later. When Cindy retired in 2014, her legacy was furthered by her eldest daughter, Tina, who took over as CEO. Tina is leading T&T with a people-oriented, purpose-driven management style that anticipates consumers’ increasing demands for the highest quality goods. Today, T&T Supermarkets is the largest Asian grocer in Canada, and by the end of 2018, will have 27 locations nationwide. T&T is also widely regarded as one of the best Asian grocery chains the world.
Retail Council of Canada’s Canadian Grand Prix Trailblazer Lifetime Achievement Award has previously been awarded to such distinguished recipients such as Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee CEOs Paul Higgins Jr. and Michael Higgins, and most recently, Longo’s President and CEO Anthony Longo and the Longo Family.
The Trailblazer Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Cindy and Tina Lee at Retail Council of Canada’s Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards Gala on May 30, 2018 at the Toronto Congress Centre, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm ET. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.rccgrandprix.ca/gala-tickets.
The Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards Gala will close the second 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. Special pricing is available for Retail Council of Canada members.For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.storeconference.ca/tickets.