Following a June, 1967, Federal Government kitchen cabinet seminar in Toronto, attended by over 30 kitchen cabinet manufacturers from many provinces, a select committee was formed to discuss establishing a national trade association of their own.

Volunteer committee members were:

  • Ron Good, President, Crestwood Kitchens, Richmond, BC
  • Hugh Gregg, President, Gregg Cabinets Ltd., Chambly, PQ
  • Ken Hisey, President, H.G. Design Ltd., Agincourt, ON
  • Harold Fursman, Sales Manager, Hanover Kitchens (Canada) Ltd., Hanover, ON
  • Walter Vaarsi, President, Raywal Ltd., Toronto, ON
  • Morrie Wolfman, President, Sanderson Harold Co., Downsview, ON

Without the visionary pioneer group who laid the foundation, we would not have the effective national association of today. The CKCA celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2003.

It was recommended to them by the government that they talk to three organizations, one of which was the Canadian Lumbermen’s Association (CLA). That fall they had two meetings with J.F. McCracken, Assistant Executive Director, CLA, and asked him to submit an operational proposal for their consideration, to include structure, finance and program.

In January, 1968, the select committee, having accepted the proposal, recommended to their industry, the formation of the Canadian Kitchen Cabinet Association. The newly-formed trade Association would consist of a Board of Directors which would draft its constitution, business and financial structure, and objectives. The Association was incorporated in 1972.

Lee Wilson and John Laurysen

It would also work towards repealing of Federal Sales Tax on kitchen cabinets, the development of industry standards, provide production and sales reporting service, cost analysis reports, quality control programs, act as liaison with Federal industry programs, promote factory built kitchens and bathroom vanities, hold regular meetings and an annual convention.

The CKCA President would sit on the CLA Board of Directors. Membership was limited to those manufacturing kitchens, associate members to come from suppliers to the producers. An industry-wide invitation was distributed regarding an inaugural meeting, scheduled for May 9, 1968, in Toronto.

The participants at the meeting subsequently endorsed the foregoing program, approved J.F. McCracken as its Executive Vice-President, and CLA link. Ron Good was elected the first President of the CKCA.