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CEO of Canadian Tire Corporation, named 2023 Distinguished Canadian Retailer of the Year by RCC


Retail Council of Canada (RCC) is pleased to announce that Greg Hicks, president and chief executive officer (CEO), Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC), has been named as the 2023 Distinguished Canadian Retailer of the Year.

The award recognizes a retail leader who has demonstrated outstanding business success, innovation, community commitment, and exceptional leadership within their corporation, the retail industry in Canada, and the community at large.

Hicks’ leadership, Canadian Tire Corporation is experiencing unprecedented success, and the company continues to shine as one of Canada’s most trusted and iconic brands. Hicks’ innovative strategies, relentless pursuit of excellence, and unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction have propelled CTC to new heights, resulting in strong business performance and market leadership. These strengths are highlighted in how Hicks leads the execution of CTC’s Better Connected strategy, a plan to evolve the company from a collection of banners, brands, and channels into one integrated enterprise. By bolstering CTC’s omnichannel capabilities and building on the company’s digital capabilities, vast real estate footprint and unparalleled position in and understanding of the Canadian consumer landscape, Hicks is ensuring CTC creates an unrivalled competitive advantage and long-term growth and value for shareholders.

“Greg Hicks has been a true visionary in the retail industry, leading Canadian Tire Corporation to achieve remarkable success while consistently demonstrating his commitment to the community. His innovative approach, dedication to customer satisfaction, and relentless passion for improving the Canadian Tire experience for all Canadians make him a deserving recipient of the Distinguished Canadian Retailer of the Year award,” said Diane J. Brisebois, president and CEO, Retail Council of Canada.

Hicks has also been a valuable contributor to the retail industry at large, including serving for many years as a director and eventually as the Chair of the Board of Retail Council of Canada, providing invaluable guidance, specifically during the pandemic when the industry needed to work together to keep employees and customers safe.

Hicks and CTC join an impressive list of past recipients of the Distinguished Retailer of the Year award that includes Giant Tiger, The Home Depot Canada, London Drugs Limited, Groupe Dynamite, Leon’s Furniture, Harry Rosen, Aritzia, Indigo Books & Music, Staples Canada, Costco Wholesale Canada, La Senza, and Best Buy Canada.

The Distinguished Canadian Retailer of the Year award will be presented at Retail Council of Canada’s Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala on May 30, 2023, at the Toronto Congress Centre from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET. To purchase Gala tickets, visit

The Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala will close the first day of RCC STORE 23, (May 30-31, 2023).

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