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S HO P TA L K RCC's CEO Diane Brisebois celebrates years of service to the industry CEO Diane Brisebois and Chair Robert Sartor at RCC's board and partner reception 15 R etail Council of Canada (RCC) staff, Board of Directors, partners and friends recently gathered at a reception to honour and thank President and CEO, Diane Brisebois for her 15 years of dedicated service to the retail industry in Canada. Those gathered for the celebration expressed their deep appreciation to Diane for her leadership of the association, dedication to Canadian retailers and her passionate advocacy to both the media and government on their behalf. The surprise gathering took place in February as part of the regular RCC board and partner reception. “Over the past 15 years Diane’s unwavering dedication to issues of importance to retailers across the country has truly benefitted all retailers,” says Robert Sartor, CEO of The Forzani Group Ltd. and Chair of RCC’s Board of Directors. “Diane has built an outstanding and results oriented team and under her leadership RCC has truly been transformed from industry association to ‘the voice of retail’”. RCC’s leadership and stature at all levels of government is due in large part because of Diane’s drive and dedication. Her obsession with providing RCC members of all sizes with a very strong and united voice to government on issues of concern is very well known throughout the halls of government from coast to coast. Whether advocating on issues such as the federal government’s recently announced Debit and Credit Card Code of Conduct or cutting red tape for retailers to sustainability and environmental issues, Diane’s persistent, determined and firm approach on behalf of the industry has been welcomed and, indeed, praised over the past 15 years. "Diane has always been a strong advocate for the retail sector in Canada and, as Federal Finance Minister, I greatly value her advice,” says Jim Flaherty. “I congratulate her on 15 years as President and CEO of Retail Council of Canada and look forward to working with her in the future.” Former Canadian Prime Minister, The Right Honourable Paul Martin, P.C., also lauds Brisebois’ tenacity and hard work. “During my time in office, I had the opportunity to work closely with Diane on many issues of concern to Canada’s merchants. She was then and continues to be a passionate, strong and devoted advocate for Canadian retailers.” Over the past 15 years Diane has also gained a reputation for her fearless conviction, which is immeasurably valuable to RCC members. “Diane is a leader that does not shy away from issues that impact the retail industry,” says Annette Verschuren, President of The Home Depot Canada. “She is a strong voice, she surrounds herself with great people and she charges forward confidently for all her members. We are so fortunate to have her lead Retail Council of Canada.” With passion, strength and devotion, Diane has also ensured that ‘the voice of retail’ is heard loud and clear on behalf of small businesses across the country. Under her leadership at RCC independent retailers continue to have a very strong voice within the corridors of power and indeed within the association. "Diane has always been a champion of independent retail,” praises Paul Simmonds, President of Fredericton, N.B.-based Robert Simmonds Inc. “She has an excellent grasp of the concerns and issues facing independents, and is constantly searching for innovate ways for independent retail to be stronger and more successful in today's very competitive marketplace. She was instrumental in instituting an independent committee which accomplished a number of steps to help independent retailers survive and flourish in Canada. We are very fortunate to have Diane's vision and the benefit of her superb team building to grow independent retail in our country." Diane’s contribution to RCC and the retail industry cannot be underestimated. Her leadership abilities, intuitive business sense and adept understanding of the needs and challenges of retailers across the country have made her an incredible benefit to both staff and members of RCC. Canadian Retailer congratulates her on 15 years of outstanding achievement, and many more to come. 6 | C A N A D I A N R E TA I L E R | M A R C H /A P R I L 2 010 |

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Retailer - March/April 2010

Canadian Retailer - March/April 2010
Publisher’s Desk
Shop Talk
Store Design
In Your Interest
Environmental Sustainability: Back to Basics
Human Resources Supplement
What's Your Impact?
Retail Eco-Consciousness
Greening the Industry
Retail Profile
Advertisers’ Index
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Canadian Retailer - March/April 2010