Young Leaders will converge on this year’s Hardlines Conference

WORLD HEADQUARTERS, Toronto — The roster for the 2014 Hardlines Conference has been confirmed, with a world-class lineup of retail and industry speakers. But an important addition to this year’s industry summit is a panel of young leaders from within the home improvement industry.

Working in partnership with the Western Retail Lumber Association and its NexGEN program for young leaders, and with the support of Canada’s leading retail groups, the conference will bring together some of the industry’s brightest and best. They are: Marc-André Dignard, project director, operations​ for RONA inc.; Kim Ytsma, owner of Alliston Home Hardware in Alliston, Ont.—and the 2013 recipient of the NRHA’s Young Retailer of the Year Award; Eric Palmer, Canadian sales operations manager for Jeld-Wen, based in Winnipeg; and Joel Seibert, operations manager for Mountain View Building Materials in Calgary.