DAILY NEWS Feb 7, 2013 8:57 AM - 1 comment

AQMAT Honors Outstanding Suppliers and Retailers

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MONTREAL, QC 2013-02-07

The Quebec Hardware and Building Association (AQMAT) honored six employees and ten businesses at 1st Gala Reconnaissance AQMAT, which was held on January 26th, 2013 at the Château Frontenac in Quebec City.

A vote by the association's 900 retailers, distributors and manufacturers followed by a jury selection determined the winners in eight categories. 

The award program was created to celebrate excellence in the province's hardware, building and home improvement industry. It was organized in collaboration with  Les Affaires newspaper, Université Laval and the ministère des Finances et de l’Économie. 

Amélie Bélisle, chairman of AQMAT's Board of Directors and owner of the Quincaillerie ACE St-Augustin in Mirabel, said that because the nominations were judged by the members themselves and the final selection of the 16 finalists determined by an independent jury the new program was "historic" and demonstrated good association governance.

Richard Darveau, AQMAT's president and CEO, said that the event reflected the association's raison d’être. "Since its foundation in 1940, the AQMAT's mandate has been the promotion of the business community and defence of its interests."

The premiere employee award winners and runners-up are:

AWARD: The Prix Ascension (recognition of a rising career) - Sponsored by Dura Pro and Usines Giant


  • WINNER: Christine Joannou, MAAX
  • Guillaume Desroches,Sika
  • Patrick Laframboise, RDTS


  • WINNER: Julie Boucher, RONA Matériaux Pont-Masson
  • François Champagne, Unimat Coop Univert
  • Marc-Olivier Lane, Home Hardware Rawdon

AWARDThe Prix Loyauté in recognition of at least 10 years of service - Sponsored by Hewitt Équipement and Resisto


  • WINNER: Serge Forest, Moulure Alexandria
  • Jean-Guy Bélanger, Bélanger UPT
  • Gilles Cadieux, CanWel
  • Isabelle Thériault, Soleno


  • WINNER: Martin Munger, ACE Matériaux Alma
  • Serge Caron, RONA St-Georges Centre de rénovation André Lessard
  • Cléo Gagnon, Coop Nutrinor Unimat St-Bruno

AWARD: The Prix Initiative in recognition of a revolutionizing idea - Sponsored by Duchesne and RDTM


  • WINNER: Pascal Veilleux, Exchange-a-Blade
  • Serge Poulin, Sebrox
  • Michel Savard, Sécuricharge ACE Matériaux R.J.M.


  • WINNER: Jacques Roy, ACE J.R. Roy 
  • Martin Lacasse,  RONA l’Entrepôt Gatineau
  • Jean-Guy Quann, Centre de rénovation Castle St-Antonin

The ten enterprises of the year are: 

AWARD: The Prix Patrimoine in recognition of a family owned business - Sponsored by OGC and MAAX


  • WINNER: Fertilec
  • Garaga
  • Groupe Lebel


  • WINNER: Home Hardware St-Raymond Jean Denis
  • BMR Groupe Martel
  • Castle Groupe Matériaux Godin

 AWARD: The Prix Conquérant in recognition of business growth - Sponsored by Adcogroupe and Produits de bâtiment Taiga


  • WINNER: Super Décapant
  • ACCEO Solutions (OMNI)
  • Hewitt Équipement


  • WINNER: Laurent Lapointe
  • RONA Matériaux Pont-Masson
  • Unimat Coop Montmagny 

AWARD: The Prix Coup de cœur in recognition of the most remarkable innovation - Sponsored by Isolofoam and Groupe Lebel


  • WINNER: Cobra Fixations
  • Maibec
  • Mur Design (Ampro)


  • WINNER: Matério
  • Centre de rénovation Castle St-Antonin
  • Home Hardware Rimouski

AWARDThe Prix Vert in recognition of the commitment for sustainable development - Sponsored by RCR International and Techniseal


  • WINNER: Peinture Laurentide
  • Fertilec
  • Roxul


  • WINNER: Unimat Coop des Bois-Francs de Victoriaville
  • Home Hardware Chibougamau
  • Rona St-Georges Centre de rénovation André Lessard

AWARD: The Prix Techno in recognition of research and development initiatives - Sponsored by Produits de Bâtiment Résidentiel and Moulure Alexandria


  • WINNER: Spëka
  • Garaga
  • Groupe Lebel


  • WINNER: Unimat Coop Lac-Mégantic Lambton
  • ACE Matériaux Lavoie
  • Laurent Lapointe
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Charles David

The Gala was amazing!

For those who have not had the chance to participate, if the Quebec market is part of your target. The next year ''Gala Reconnaissance AQMAT'' is not to be missed!

Congratulations to all the finalists

Posted February 7, 2013 02:30 PM

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