After having voluntarily initiated the “Well Made Here/Bien fait ici” program two years ago, Richard Darveau, the president and CEO of the Quebec Hardware and Building Supply Association (AQMAT) observed that the program required executive management. It is with this in mind that the board of directors of AQMAT, at its January 20th meeting, then the board of directors of the pan-Canadian “Well Made Here” organization, at its February 12th meeting, agreed to sign mirror agreements with Mr. Darveau in order for both to benefit from his services in a fifty-fifty split for the years to come.
For AQMAT, in order not to impact current affairs too significantly, a vast “empowerment” initiative has begun whereby the permanent employees are adopting greater responsibility for the business units they manage.
For “Well Made Here”, the situation is different: for the first time, the “start-up” will benefit from more directed leadership through the formalization of Mr. Darveau’s role as CEO, the organization said in its latest newsletter.
Three New Heads Join the Board of Directors
Since Richard Darveau has become an employee of the company, the directors, for the sake of separating roles and applying the principles of good governance, voted for to appoint a new director to represent the interests of AQMAT on the board.
Thus, Jean-Maxim LeBrun, lawyer and partner at Dunton Rainville, an AQMAT member organization, a firm with expertise in franchise law, transaction law, intellectual property and retail trade joins the board. Me LeBrun has also earned the trust of his peers and is appointed Chairman.
Furthermore, as Mr. Olivier Gagnon is no longer a retailer for building materials, his eligibility to retain the seat as the representative for the interests of retailers among the members of the board is forfeited. Mr. Nicolas Couture‘s candidacy was enthusiastically welcomed to fill the take on the role. Mr. Couture manages the four Couture TIMBER MART hardware stores. He previously chaired the board of directors of AQMAT, from 2015 to 2018.
Finally, the vacant seat reserved for the representation of consumer interests was also filled. The board accepted the nomination of Mr. Marc-André Harnois, Chief Executive of the Consumers Association for Quality in Construction (ACQC). Note, however, that at the time of publication of the Well Made Here newsletter article, the appointment remains conditional to the acceptance of the ACQC’s board of directors.
The board is also comprised of the following persons:
Tony Hurst, President of Lowe’s Canada;
Ken Jenkins, President of Castle;
Kevin Macnab, President of Home Hardware Stores;
François Morin, President of Patrick Morin*;
Luc Bélanger, Chief Executive Officer of the APCHQ;
Sam Moncada, President of CHHMA;
Paul Faulkner, Manager of Marketing and Commercial Sales, Dural
* Note that the case for Patrick Morin will be addressed during a subsequent board meeting as the banner has changed proprietorship.
Sites Manufacturing “Well Made Here” Accredited Products Now Participating in the Program Continues to Grow
The organization also announced that the number of facilities where “Well Made Here” products are manufactured continues to grow rapidly now reaching close to 160 sites. These are geographically spread out across all five regions of Canada.
Cornerstone Building Brands, a manufacturer of a wide variety of building materials destined for the residential market, among others, has joined the program. With manufacturing facilities across Canada including Mitten Building Products in Paris (ON), North Star Windows and Doors in St. Thomas (ON), and Ply Gem Windows and Doors in Calgary (AB), Cornerstone continues to position itself as a proud supplier of multiple lines of siding, shake, building envelope, windows and doors and more, all built for the Canadian climate.
“Purchasing quality building materials manufactured in Canada helps support local communities while providing Canadian jobs and further local investment” says Philip Langlois, President Canadian Business Unit, “we are proud to support the Well Made Here program to help stimulate our local economies and celebrate Canadian-made home improvement products”.
Portes ARD, a family business founded in 1982, makes steel doors for which the customization options are almost limitless, has joined the “Well Made Here” program. Its facilities, located in the Lachute industrial park, are housed in a 57 000 sq. ft. plant equipped with robotic lines for steel doors and an in-house paint chamber.
Given the constant growth of its activities, the company continues to invest in new cutting-edge technologies that will allow it to respond better to the needs of its customers. Prioritizing the quality of its services and products is a focus on which the company places emphasis to meet current and future demand, in addition to offering products that are Energy Star accredited and tested to meet building codes.
The “Well Made Here/Bien fait ici” program mission is to promote the purchase of quality hardware items and construction materials manufactured in plants across the country and which meet the standards and building codes in effect.