Town hall meeting about TCHFM set for Jan. 13
Furniture Today Staff -- Furniture Today, December 11, 2013
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — The organizers of the Canadian Home Furnishings Market will hold a "town hall" meeting here on Jan. 13 to hear opinions from across the industry about the state and future of this country's only national trade event.
The 2014 edition of TCHFM, which is owned and operated by the Quebec Furniture Manufacturers Assn., will open for its four-day run at Toronto's International Centre on Jan. 11.
The town hall meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13, in one of the Orion rooms in the International Centre's conference section.
"The goal is to open a dialogue - to listen and to learn," said Pierre Richard, who was named president and CEO of both TCHFM and the QFMA in October. "We wish to build on what we have achieved over the last 42 years. We are proud of our legacy but we also recognize that we are not alone in the marketplace."
Along with a panel of industry insiders, Richard will lead the discussion at the town hall, which will be open to all market attendees. Among the panelists will be Art DeFehr, CEO of Palliser Furniture; Michel Deveault, president and CEO of casual dining powerhouse Canadel; Dennis Novosel, president of destination retailer Stoney Creek Furniture, Stoney Creek, Ontario; and Michael Knell, Canadian correspondent for Furniture/Today.
Palliser is a longtime exhibitor at TCHFM. The company also has permanent showrooms in both High Point and Las Vegas. DeFehr is also the owner of his High Point showroom building at 220 Elm.
Canadel, another longtime TCHFM exhibitor, also shows at both the High Point and Las Vegas markets. Deveault is also a member of the QFMA's board of directors.
Novosel, the first Canadian to serve as president of what is now called the North American Home Furnishings Assn., attends TCHFM as well as the High Point and Las Vegas markets every year. He has also attended scores of furniture industry events around the world.
Like other industry events in North America, TCHFM has gotten smaller in recent years as the number of exhibitors and attending retail buyers has declined.
Richard said the town hall will give all industry stakeholders the opportunity to talk about the state of the market and what needs to be done to make TCHFM more meaningful to the industry.
"We want the panel members and audience participants to voice their opinions and recommendations to help us improve the show in the future," Richard said.
After the meeting, the QFMA will distribute a survey to participants to build on the discussion.
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