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home hardware’s board chair named as one of canada’s most powerful women

Home Hardware’s Board Chair Named as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women

St. Jacobs, ON, November 30, 2017 - Christine Hand, the Chairman of the Board for Home Hardware Stores Limited has been recognized as one of Canada's Most Powerful Women by the Women's Executive Network. Announced in Toronto, Ontario, 'Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards' celebrate the professional achievements of strong female leaders in private, public and not-for-profit sectors across the country.

The awards honour remarkable women in nine different categories, highlighting those who fearlessly push boundaries in their careers, amongst peers and for their communities. WXN's Founder Pamela Jeffery started Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards in 2003. Since then, WXN has celebrated the accomplishments of 1,000 women through the Awards, putting Christine in the illustrious company of Canada's most influential and revolutionary women in business.

"I am truly honoured to receive this award from The Women's Executive Network," says Christine Hand, Dealer-Owner of Handyman's Home Hardware, Conception Bay South, NL and Chairman of the Board, Home Hardware Stores Limited. "To be recognized and stand among these other recipients, both past and present, is a privilege. Home Hardware is a remarkable company that encourages and supports the ideals and values of the Top 100 Awards, and will continue to be a place in which women are given all the resources and opportunities to meet their potential.

A longtime Home Hardware Dealer-Owner, Christine Hand was first elected to the Board of Directors of Home Hardware Stores Limited in April 2003 and in April 2012 became Chair. Christine is now in her sixth consecutive term as Board Chair. She has been awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship Award and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Award in recognition of her extensive volunteer efforts.

"We are so proud of the accomplishments of Christine Hand, who has played such a vital role in building Home Hardware and helping us become, and remain, Canada's largest independent home improvement retailer," says Terry Davis, CEO, Home Hardware Stores Limited. "This recognition from WXN speaks to Christine's passion and dedication to Home, and to the strength of this company's leadership.

Christine Hand 2017
About WXN

WXN creates and delivers innovative networking, mentoring, professional and personal development to inform, inspire, connect and recognize our community of 22,000 smart women and their organizations in the pursuit of excellence. WXN enables our Partners and Corporate Members to become and to be recognized as employers of choice and leaders in the advancement of women. Founded in 1997, WXN is Canada's leading organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of women in management, executive, professional and board roles. WXN is a Founding Member of the Canadian Board Diversity Council, dedicated to increasing the diversity of Canada's corporate boards. In 2008, WXN launched in Ireland, followed by London, UK in 2015, creating an international community of female leaders.

About Home Hardware Stores Limited
Home Hardware Stores Limited is Canada's largest Dealer-owned hardware, lumber, building materials, and furniture home improvement retailer with close to 1,100 stores under the Home Hardware, Home Building Centre, Home Hardware Building Centre and Home Furniture banners with annual retail sales of over $6 billion. Founded in 1964 in rural St. Jacobs, Ontario, Home Hardware remains 100% Canadian owned and operated. Through the Home Hardware network, Dealer-Owners have access to 100,000 quality, brand name and private label products, a state-of-the-art distribution system and extensive marketing and training programs. Offering a mix of tradition and innovation, Home Hardware Stores Limited has received designation as one of Canada's Best Brands and Best Managed Companies and is committed to helping Canadians with all of their project needs. More information about the company is available at homehardware.ca.

For more information, please contact

Carly Verhoeven, Public Relations Coordinator, Home Hardware Stores Limited, (519) 664-2252 ext. 6676, carly.verhoeven@homehardware.ca

Jessica Kuepfer, Public Relations Manager, Home Hardware Stores Limited, (519) 664-4612, jessica.kuepfer@homehardware.ca