Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, inductions to the Canadian Hardware & Housewares Industry Hall of Fame have not taken place since 2019.  However, in this, the 40th year, the CHPTA is pleased to announce the return of induction ceremonies and the four new industry veterans that will be welcomed to the Hall of Fame during two separate receptions this November.

2023 Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Harry Jacobs, Currently Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Ideal Security 
  • Mr. Richard Lépine, Retired Partner & Vice President, LM2 Marketing
  • Mr. Peter Stojanov, Retired Owner & President, Onward Sales & Marketing
  • Mr. Al Tulloch, Retired Owner & President, McDonald Sales

The Canadian Hardware & Housewares Industry Hall of Fame was established in 1984 to recognize the achievements of our industry’s leaders and pioneers. The CHPTA is honoured to serve as the custodian of the Hall.  Since that time, sixty-nine industry icons, inventors, business founders and builders from the retail, manufacturing and media sectors have received the honour.  To view the entire list of those previously inducted into the Hall of Fame, or the criteria to nominate someone for next year’s award, please visit https://chpta.ca/about-chpta/hall-of-fame/. 

Toronto Hall of Fame Inductions Luncheon & Speaker Event

On November 2, 2023, two long-term sales agency leaders, Peter Stojanov and Al Tulloch, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a luncheon & speaker event hosted by the CHPTA at the Club House Event Space within the Royal Woodbine Golf Club, 195 Galaxy Blvd in Etobicoke (near Toronto Pearson Airport).  This event is open to all.  

Peter Stojanov

Peter Stojanov

Peter began his career in the industry in 1985 with Waterline Products in Rexdale, Ontario. In 1987, he moved on to a new adventure, joining his mentor and dear friend, Ed Barnes, at Spartan of Canada. For the next 9 years he worked closely with Ed in a variety of roles, helping to transform Spartan into one of the major national suppliers of various finished plumbing products. During that span, Peter was based in Mississauga, Montreal, and Calgary. In 1996,

Peter made the decision to start his own sales agency, Onward Sales and Marketing Ltd. Onward Sales would go on to represent various manufacturers for the next 27 years, focusing on plumbing related product lines at both the retail and wholesale levels.  Peter has been the consummate sales professional with a level of integrity, honesty and charitable character that very few people possess.   Peter was very involved with the CHHMA/CHPTA and CIPH during his career as well, serving on both association’s board of directors.  

Peter is also heavily involved with the Industry’s Pedlars & Grinders Golf Tournament that continues to raise money for the “Sleeping Children Around the World” charity.  Peter announced his retirement at the end of 2022, however, he continues his involvement with the Pedlars & Grinders Tournament as well as doing some freelance work and the occasional retail trade show.

Al Tulloch

Al Tulloch

After working in sales for a few years in other industries, Al started his career in the hardware industry in 1972 with McDonald Sales after he was introduced to Don McDonald through a close friend, Jim Johnston, and soon joined the agency, which at the time had 3 sales reps and 3 lines – Aqualine, Dundas Supply and Jamaica Faucets.  In 1978, Al and Jim purchased the business from Don and over the next 14 years acquired a number of lines and added 6 new sales reps selling mainly to hardware wholesalers and building supply chains.  In 1993, the Canadian marketplace changed when Molson Companies launched Aikenhead box stores. 

By the time the first store had opened, Al had been successful in getting 10 of their product lines listed in the store with close to 200 feet of space.  Two years later when Home Depot purchased the Aikenhead stores from Molson, several Home Depot suppliers approached McDonald Sales to rep their product lines and when Home Depot started their import program, McDonald Sales was tasked with merchandising their products.  By this time, the agency needed help in managing these high volume stores so Al recruited his daughter Jen and her friend Krista Hamilton (current McDonald Sales President) into the business.  By 2006, under Al’s leadership, McDonald Sales had grown the company to a national presence and employed 50 sales and service reps. 

With the business in safe hands under Jen and Krista’s management, Al made the decision to retire.  During these work years, Al served as Chairman of the CHHMA Western Show Committee for 3 years, spent 1 year on the LBMAO Advisory Committee and 1 year on the Aikenhead Advisory Board.  Al is currently enjoying retirement in The Town of the Blue Mountain where he continues to so some volunteer work at the Collingwood Hospital and fundraising for Beaver Valley Outreach while also serving on the Board of Directors for The Georgian Bay British Car Club.

Following the Hall of Fame luncheon and induction ceremony, we have two speaker presentations that will be covering topics important to businesses right now. 

First, Mishkin Berteig, CEO & Chief Scientist from Max Good, AI Coach, will be on hand to discuss Artificial Intelligence and How Companies Can Use this Technology to Help Them in their Businesses

Also, joining us will be TD Bank Economist Rishi Sondhi, who will provide an Economic Update and Outlook with insights to understanding the key factors impacting the North American and Global economies. 

Registration: Opens at: 11:45 am
Welcoming Remarks: 12:00 pm
Lunch: 12:15pm – 1:15pm
Hall of Fame Inductions: 1:15pm – 2:00pm
Speaker Presentations: 2:15pm – 4:15pm

Clubhouse Event Space, Located Inside Royal Woodbine Golf Club
195 Galaxy Blvd, Etobicoke, ON, M9W 6R7

For more details and registration, click here.

Hope you can make it out to this educational event and join us in honouring these gentlemen for their significant contributions to our industry. 

Montreal Hall of Fame Inductions & Industry Cocktail

On November 23, 2023, two more hardware industry veterans from the Montreal area, Harry Jacobs and Richard Lépine, will be inducted into the Canadian Hardware & Housewares Hall of Fame at a ceremony opening the CHPTA Annual Industry Cocktail event being held at the Dock619 event facility in Longueuil, Quebec. 

Harry Jacobs

Harry Jacobs 

Harry Jacobs has been a pillar of Ideal Security Inc.’s history and one of Canada’s leading experts in storm door hardware. There are few people in the industry who have over 45 years of experience with the same company. Harry joined Ideal Security in 1978, first working in accounting for 7 years, to then managing plant operations for 5 years, to finally running sales and marketing for the company for the past 33 years.   Harry has been the longest-standing employee in the organization since its start in 1956. 

Harry has been instrumental in the evolution of the storm door hardware industry by pushing the boundaries of storm door handle design. He is always at the forefront of trends and his knowledge of specific geographic market trends makes him an invaluable asset to retailers in Canada and the US. Harry is also involved in mentoring the new generation at Ideal Security and passing on his industry knowledge. He is a connector and a relationship builder, and above all, an advocate for fair and honest business practices. He possesses the qualities of a leader that any organization would be lucky to have: patience, thoughtfulness, curiosity, and genuine friendliness.

Harry has been an engaged member of the CHHMA/CHPTA and other industry associations for many years.  He continues to work for Ideal Security Inc. in his current position of Vice President, Sales & Marketing.

Richard Lepine

Richard Lépine

Richard began his career in the hardware industry in 1975 working in retail for Val Royal before moving to the vendor side with Dominion Locks and then Sandvik Saws and Tools company where he worked in sales for over 20 years, progressing from Sales Representative to Account Manager for North America with General Manager for Central America being added to his responsibilities in 1999.  Richard then joined Imperial Manufacturing Group in 2001, where he held a senior role of Vice President of Sales & Marketing for 3 years. 

In 2004, Richard became a partner in LM2 Marketing Inc. and for the next 18 years played a key role in expanding the sales agency’s product lines and presence in the marketplace.  Richard was always a well-known and respected individual in the industry and was an active member in the CHHMA/CHPTA serving on the Quebec Committee for many years helping to organize and run association events in the province.  Richard retired from LM2 Marketing on December 31, 2022.

Following the Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies, the Annual Industry Cocktail will commence.  Join your industry colleagues and retail guests for this traditional year-end celebration and enjoy some tasty food, drinks and camaraderie while also helping us honour our latest inductees to the Hall of Fame.  CHPTA members and non-members are welcome to register.  Retail customers can RSVP complimentary.   

Doors Open: 6:00 p.m.
Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Industry Cocktail: 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Canapes will be served throughout the event, and food stations will open after the Induction ceremony.  Registration includes two drink tickets. 

619, rue LeBreton, Longueuil (Quebec) J4G 1R9

For more details and registration, click here.