Lowe's Canada pays tribute to André H. Gagnon, a pionner and Rona builder.
Boucherville, Québec – November 30, 2017 – Lowe’s Canada and RONA employees and executive team were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Mr. André H. Gagnon, a member of the RONA board of directors from 1971 to 2007 and chairman of the board from 2002 to 2007. Their thoughts go to his family and loved ones to whom they extend sincere condolences.
Mr. Gagnon began as a RONA hardware dealer in 1962 and always had the success of RONA and its network of affiliate dealers at heart. Under his leadership, the banner enjoyed tremendous growth, including through the acquisition of Réno-Dépôt in Québec (2003), Totem Building Supplies in Alberta (2005), Mountain Building Centres in British Columbia (2006), and Chester Dawe in Newfoundland (2006). His commitment to the company made RONA a flagship brand across Canada.
"With his bold vision, André Gagnon was instrumental in making RONA what it is today: a thriving, growing banner known throughout Canada. We want to pay tribute to this great builder whose legacy is more alive than ever,” said Sylvain Prud’homme, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lowe’s Canada.
“Mr. Gagnon was a hard worker with keen business acumen. He also had a strong sense of community engagement. He was an inspiration for all our dealers”, added Alain Brisebois, Executive Vice President, Operations Central Services and Affiliate Dealers.
Created in 1939, RONA is a banner of Lowe’s Canada, one of Canada’s leading home improvement company. Spanning the entire country, its vast network of more than 430 stores includes both corporate stores and independent affiliated dealers. Known for its large in-store and online product selection as well as for its installation services, RONA also provides expert support and advice to its retail and pro customers for their building and renovation projects. For more information, visit rona.ca or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
About Lowe's Canada
Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 17 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2016 sales of $65.0 billion, Lowe's and its related businesses operate or service more than 2,370 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 290,000 people. Based in Boucherville, Quebec, Lowe's Canadian business, together with its wholly owned subsidiary, RONA inc., operates or services more than 600 corporate and independent affiliate dealer stores in a number of complementary formats under different banners. These include Lowe's, RONA, Réno-Dépôt, Marcil, Dick's Lumber and Ace. In Canada, the companies have more than 25,000 employees, in addition to nearly 5,000 employees in the stores of RONA's independent affiliate dealers.