Montreal Hall of Fame Inductions & Industry Cocktail

On November 23, 2023, two 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.   

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/. 

Hall of Fame Inductees

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.

Industry Cocktail Event

Following the Hall of Fame Induction ceremony, the Annual Industry Cocktail Event 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.  

Time:
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. – 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.

Location:
Dock619
619, rue LeBreton, Longueuil (Quebec) J4G 1R9

Registration:
For all the details and registration, click here.