November 24 2014  |  Associations

FDFA closes on a high note

By Wendy Morley

Outgoing FDFA President Abe Taqtaq, Minister Maxime Bernier and FDFA Executive Director Laurie Karson enjoying themselves at the Imperial Gala Dinner and Awards

The FDFA Convention and Trade Show 2014 was a time for business, but after a day of work comes an evening of fun. Tuesday, November 18th that meant a Fun Night, sponsored by Proximo Spirits Canada, at SPIN, Toronto’s ping pong bar.



Imperial Gala Dinner and Awards

Wednesday, November 19th brought a storm to the city of Toronto but inside the Hyatt was warm and comfortable as the evening’s gala and awards show kicked off. Throughout the evening a luscious dinner was served as speeches were delivered by Laurie Karson, Executive Director of FDFA, the Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of Small Business and Tourism, and Agriculture, and a tearful goodbye from Michael Resch, President and Owner of Emerson Duty Free, to his retiring manager Rob Prince.


Minister Bernier spoke of the need for government, while ensuring certain rules are followed, to step out of the way of businesses, allowing them to succeed. He assured the cheering audience that he would bring forward and give great consideration to the FDFA’s request to bring in a GST rebate for shopping at border stores.

The Gold Standard Awards were a prominent feature of the evening; winners were given a lovely glass trophy. The following finalists and winners were chosen in their respective categories:

Best Specialty Product:Jewellery, Watches, Handbags and Accessories


Bella Perlina (DFX Distribution/BHI)

Bella & Rose Watches (DFX Distribution/BHI)

Bulova Watch (Bulova Watch Company)

Winner: Bella Perlina (DFX Distribution/BHI)


Best Specialty Product: Confectionery, Food and Souvenirs


Freitag Biscuits (ALFA Brands)

Maple Cream Cookies (Turkey Hill Sugarbush Ltd.)

Tic Tac Mini Boxes (Distribution Fontaine Inc.)

Winner: Maple Cream Cookies (Turkey Hill Sugarbush) 


Best New Fragrance/Cosmetic Product


Clarins Double Serum (Distribution Fontaine Inc.)

Sexual Steel (Michel Germain Parfumes)

Marc Jacobs – Daisy Dream (DFX Distribution/BHI)

Winner: Marc Jacobs – Daisy Dream (DFX Distribution/BHI)


Best New Spirits/Tobacco/Beer/Product


Tito’s Handmade Vodka (WFH Travel Retail Inc.)

The Kraken Black Spiced Rum (Proximo Spirits Canada)

Glenfiddich Select Cask (Peter Mielzynski Agencies)

Winner: Tito’s Handmade Vodka (WFH Travel Retail)


Best Marketing Award


Blue Water Bridge Duty Free Shop

Niagara/Queenston-Lewisyon/Peace Bridge Duty Free Stores

West Coast Duty Free

Winner: Blue Water Bridge Duty Free Shop


New Idea Award


Sault Ste. Marie Duty Free Store

Importations Guay Ltée

Peace Bridge Duty Free Inc.

Winner: Peace Bridge Duty Free Inc.


Outstanding Customer Service Award


Jan Miehe - Importations Guay Ltée

Wade Carey – Blue Water Bridge Duty Free Shop Inc.

Maria Bartlett – Peace Bridge Duty Free

Winner: Wade Carey, Blue Water Bridge Duty Free Shop Inc.


Supplier of the Year 2014 – Small Supplier


Michael Germain Parfumes Ltd.

Citizen Watch Company of Canada Ltd.


Winner: Michael Germain Parfumes Ltd.


Supplier of the Year 2014 – Large Supplier


JTI Macdonald Corp.

Turkey Hill Sugarbush Ltd.

House of Horvath Inc.

Winner: Turkey Hill Sugarbush Ltd.


Duty Free Distributor/Agent of the Year 2014


Peter Mielzynski Agencies Ltd.

Rémy-Cointreau Travel Retail Americas

Distribution Fontaine Inc.

Winner: Distribution Fontaine Inc.


Best Canadian Airport Duty Free Company 2014


Aer Rianta International

The Nuance Group (Canada) Inc.

WDFG Vancouver

Winner: The Nuance Group (Canada) Inc.


Platinum Award – Category A


Aldergrove Duty Free Store

Abbotsford Duty Free

Boutique Hors Taxes de la Beauce Inc.

Winner: Abbotsford Duty Free


Platinum Award – Category B


Importations Guay Ltée

Peace Bridge Duty Free Inc.

Boutique Hors Taxes de Philipsburg

Winner: Importations Guay Ltée


The 30th Annual FDFA Conference and Trade Show will take place from November 15 through 18 in 2015 at the Westin Bayshore hotel, Vancouver, BC. 

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