My name is Heidi Boudreault, Owner of Denca based in Calgary, Alberta and I am pleased to introduce myself as the new President of the CKCA. I take over from Michael Slobodian, Decor Cabinets, who I must thank for all his dedication and leadership over the past few years. I look forward to continuing to work with Mike along with the entire CKCA Board in the coming years.
I am very excited to be leading this association. Its hard for me to put an exact date as to when I entered the cabinet industry, coming from a family business, I was born into it. My first official job was when I was a teenager installing kitchens with my father over summer break. For the past 17 years, my husband Dominic and I have been the 2nd generation owners of Denca Cabinets in Calgary. I enjoy to multi-task and to be involved in all areas of the business, from using a creative flair to collaborating with my team on the next best design and materials to use in our showroom or determining the next machine to improve our technology and shop flow.
I joined the CKCA after being introduced to it five years ago and have been sitting on the Board since then. We have a very engaged Board of Directors, and many committee members who support the CKCA in its activities. Every year finding people to volunteer with the CKCA becomes easier, which speaks volumes on how this organization has continually improved its value to its members. I have found the CKCA to be a great network for information, meeting and creating relationships with other cabinet manufacturers, suppliers, dealers and associates across Canada. Its been an experience that has brought great insight into my career.
CKCA remains committed to supporting and bringing value to its members, by providing education seminars, resources and benefit programs. Our recent partnership with CFIB has provided eligible CKCA members with combined access to business assistance, savings programs and independent business advocacy.
We speak together as an industry to the Canadian market about the importance of buying local Canadian made cabinets. We stand behind our manufacturers with our comprehensive quality assurance testing program. The CKCA provides a platform for cabinet manufacturers to discuss and discover the future of woodworking technology & processes while facing industry challenges and opportunities. When we collaborate by combining knowledge, skills and experience, one thing is for sure, our industry will become stronger and more resilient for future generations.
Meet the 2020 CKCA Board of Directors here.