Canarm names new president
James A. Cooper has been named president of Canarm, according to an announcement from the home goods maker.
Cooper has more than 25 years experience at Canarm, a Canada-based global manufacturer of lighting, ventilation and related products for residential, commercial and agricultural markets.
Most recently, Cooper served as vp-sales and marketing, helping Canarm’s customers build their market share.
Canarm is headquartered in Brockville, Ontario, and has five satellite manufacturing plants in Ontario and one in Illinois, as well as a distribution center in Montreal. The company is privately owned and operated and has more than 300 full-time employees.
Tim-Br Marts hires new vp-finance
Calgary, Alberta-based Tim-Br Marts has announced the appointment of Mike Powell to vp-finance, effective Dec. 10.
Powell formerly worked with waterproofing products company IKO Industries for 13 years. He most recently served as vp and general manager for Star Building Materials.
In his new position, Powell will be responsible for overseeing and managing company finances. He will be based in the company’s Calgary office.
Tim-Br Marts had 2006 retail sales of $3.4 billion Canadian (US$3.35 billion).
Home Depot launches new format in Canada
Home Depot Canada has announced the launch of a newly designed “project store” in Richmond Hill, just north of Toronto. The 115,000-square-foot unit, which opens on Dec. 13, has been reoriented to address the construction and design needs of home remodeling projects. Among the new features are five dedicated service desks staffed by specially trained associates who can help customers with entire projects, including installation.
Electronic kiosks will provide access to homedepot.ca and the ability to place special orders, book installations and look up prices. Throughout the store, customers will also have access to “We Can Help” stations with call boxes, tapes measures, paper and pencils and promotional materials.
In addition to an 18,000-square-foot garden centre, the redesigned store features six new showrooms that will change with every season.
This week’s unveiling of the redesigned store, located in one of the wealthiest suburbs of Ontario, coincides with the entrance of Lowe’s into Canada. Home Depot’s retail rival opened three units in the Toronto suburbs on Dec. 10.