CTA-NETS Summer Fest

cdn flagStarting at 3 p.m., suppliers and independent toy retailers can expect an action-packed day combining an AGM and industry business with fun and free festivities, such as the Latest & Greatest mini toy show, motivational speaker Jason Shim, and a picnic-themed party. For AGM info, contact the Canadian Toy Association. For L & G details, contact Neighbourhood Toy Stores of Canada.

2012 CTA AGM

CTA Annual General Meeting Covers Toy Fair to B.C. Recycling

Peter Irwin (centre), one of several CTA directors on hand for discussion at the 2012 AGM

Peter Irwin (centre), one of several CTA directors on hand for discussion at the 2012 AGM

Just over 20 delegates braved an Ontario heat wave on June 21 to attend the Canadian Toy Association’s (CTA) 2012 Annual General Meeting. Held at Georgetown’s Eagle Ridge Golf Club, members were treated to a streamlined agenda that covered everything from changes to the board of directors and noteworthy news about the Canadian Toy Fair to B.C.’s e-waste program.

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2013 CTA AGM

Difficult Change Ahead, Warns Canadian Toy Association Chair

Chair Kerry George welcoming members to the 2013 CTA Annual General Meeting.

Chair Kerry George welcoming members to the 2013 CTA Annual General Meeting.

About 20 CTA members and industry guests convened at Georgetown, Ontario’s Eagle Ridge Golf Club on June 20 for the Canadian Toy Association’s Annual General Meeting. Chair Kerry George, of Lego Canada, opened with a humourous and informal welcome to the small audience, but then soon moved on to more serious business — examining the future of the organization and the need for new directions. With several out-of-town members listening to the proceedings from their offices via conference call, George kicked off with a brief assessment of the past 12 months. She covered a full spectrum of topics — commenting on everything from the CTA’s many achievements, such as its enhanced ties with the Toy Industry Association (its U.S. counterpart), to initiatives and projects still requiring further improvement.

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2012 Latest & Greatest

Streamlined NETS Show Spotlights New Products

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The Rocking Horse's Deborah Haswell, Dianne Mattice and Ali Strutt showing off Hand Trux, part of their door prize win, donated by Storz & Associates

Neighbourhood Toy Stores of Canada’s annual mid-summer gathering of member retailers and suppliers on August 11 was a streamlined affair. The event, held at Toronto’s Airport Hilton Garden Inn, traditionally includes a presentation of NETS’ prestigious Gold Star Awards followed by its always-fun Latest & Greatest Toy Show. However, this year, organizers dispensed with the awards ceremony — postponed until November — which turned the spotlight squarely on what most retailers had really come to see anyway — new products.

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2013 Latest & Greatest

NETS’ Latest & Greatest Show Highlights Top-notch Products for Independents

Eva Bonneau Goyer (L), D'Artagnan Distribution, and NETS Pres. Dianne Mattice

Eva Bonneau Goyer (L), D'Artagnan Distribution, and NETS Pres. Dianne Mattice

Like the giant CGTA Gift Show playing-out up the street at Toronto’s International Centre, it seems NETS’ annual Latest & Greatest Show was also a victim of the mid-summer doldrums.

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