This award is our association’s greatest honour! It recognizes members of the WRLA who have contributed to their business, the building supply industry, WRLA and the communities in which they live. Starting in 1970, the Mr. Lumberman title has been awarded. At the Annual General Meeting in January of 1999, the title of the award was changed to reflect the changing industry. Today, it is known as the WRLA Industry Achievement Award. Initially, the selection was made by the Board of Directors of the Association. At the Annual General Meeting in 1987, the Board decided the nomination of the recipient should rest with the WRLA Members.
The WRLA wants to recognize the individual who is or has been actively involved in the building supply industry, who has faced challenges and recognized opportunities, and who wishes to share best practices with the association. This individual has received the respect of fellow members of the association through contributions to the industry, the community, and the WRLA.
The veteran of 43 years credits his father and uncle for an early introduction to the Retail Lumber Industry.
“I grew up in the industry. We had a family-run business that was built on service, respect and honesty.
Early in my life, my father and uncle instilled a strong work ethic and a passion for the industry.”
“I was fortunate to take my years of experience in the industry and translate that into a training position with the WRLA and other associations in Canada.
My job takes me on the road for about 120 days of the year. In my position, I lead several industry related courses across Canada.
As a subcontractor, I have been fortunate to train many people who make up the building material industry work force.”
Burkholder’s interactions with past WRLA Industry Achievement Award winners makes the award that much more special.
“In this industry, I have been fortunate to work alongside very talented folks. Several of whom have won the award.
I see firsthand how passionate they are and how important the industry is to them and their respective families.
This is what makes winning so special to me and my family.”
|2017||Stan Burkholder||Industry Trainer & Advocate||Bluesky, AB|
|2016||Doug Lemieux||L.B.H Building Centres Inc./ Onoway TIMBER Mart||St. Albert|
|2015||Vic Lemieux||Econo Lumber Mart||Prince Albert|
|2014||Martha Konantz||North American Lumber||Winnipeg|
|2013||Grant Wilson||Wood Country Building Supply||McLean|
|2012||Rod Mancini||DomTek Building Products||Selkirk|
|2011||Ernie Penner||EG Penner Building Centres||Steinbach|
|2010||Matt Stayner||TimberTown Building Centre Ltd.||Calgary|
|2009||Frank Perra||Lancashire Distribution||Regina|
|2008||Gord Wiebe||All Weather Windows Ltd.||Edmonton|
|2007||David Holst||Warman Home Centre||Warman|
|2006||Provan Wylie||Castle Building Centres Group||Ontario|
|2005||Merv Weiss||Merv Weiss Consulting||Saskatoon|
|2004||Harold Tiemstra||Can-Cell Industries Inc.||Edmonton|
|2003||Jim Thorogood||Totem Building Supplies Ltd.||Calgary|
|Kenroc Building Materials Ltd.
Taiga Forest Products
|2000||Chuck Fisher||C.A. Fisher Lumber Co. Ltd.||Edmonton|
|1999||Raymond Nelson||Nelson Lumber||Lloydminster|