2015 Convention Photos & Highlights

2015 FDFA 30th Annual Convention Follow-up, Highlights,
Media Coverage & Sponsor Recognition

 On behalf of the FDFA, we would like to thank all of our convention delegates for attending the 30th Annual Convention in Vancouver, British Columbia. 

It was a tremendous success and we look forward to seeing you again in Toronto, ON at the Hyatt Regency on King Street for the FDFA’s 31st Annual Convention – November 13 – 16, 2016

Convention Video Links

Password to view videos is: fdfa (lowercase)

FDFA 30th Anniversary Tribute Video
FDFA 2015 Convention Highlight Gala Video

Links to the photo galleries are included below

2015 Convention Online Directory

Hard copies of the 2015 Convention Directory providing contacts for all FDFA members were given out at the registration desk to all registered convention delegates. This listing is now also available in a electronic format for FDFA members under the ‘Members Directory’ tab of the Members only section of this website. Or to access now – click here

2015 Gold Standards Awards

To view the 2015 Gold Standards page which lists the winners and includes photos and the winning submissions – click here


Imperial Gala Dinner & Awards – Photo Gallery
Professional Portrait Station taken during the Gala Cocktail – Photo Gallery
 Convention Highlight Photos – Photo Gallery

Additional photo gallery links for the Welcome Reception and Fun Night are included below

On behalf of the FDFA we would also like to thank the duty free media representatives that attended the FDFA 30th Annual Convention


Lois Pasternak – Travel Markets Insider
Michael Pasternak – Travel Markets Insider
Wendy Morley – Americas Duty Free & Travel Retail

The Moodie Report: The FDFA Honors the best of Canada at 2015 Gold Standards Awards

Thank you to all our 2015 Convention supporters. Please scroll down to view event photos.

Sunday, November 15 – Operators Breakfast
Brought to you by:  JOANEL-BUGATTI GROUP



Sunday, November 15 – Operators’ Breaks

Brought to you by: Godiva Chocolatier

Sunday, November 15 – Operators Lunch
Brought to you by: Diageo Global Travel



Sunday, November 15 – Welcome Reception  Brought to you by:  

Bacardi Canada – Borders Duty Free Agency – Brown Formam
– Diageo GTME – Duty Free Americas – First China Tobacco Company
Labbatt Breweries of Canada – Mark Anthony Brands
– Molson Coors Canada – The Patron Spirits Company
– Peter Mielzynski Agencies – Remy-Cointreau Travel Retail Americas
– Tito’s Handmade Vodka

(from left: Marco Bouffard, David Ifrah – Toxic Eyewear, Meagan Holowaychuck Gary Holowaychuck – West Coast Duty Free Store, Jacques Odam – Remy-Cointreau)

(from left: Michael Resch, Simon Resch – DFS Ventures/Emerson Duty Free)

(from left: Josee Tougas, Philippe Bachand  Philipsburg Duty Free Store)

(from left: Len DaSilva – West Coast Duty Free Store, Michael Beler – DFX Distribution/BHI, Eric Lapointe – Boutique Hors Tax de la Beauce)

Welcome Reception Photo Gallery

Monday, November 16th
Missing Children Society of Canada Charity Run


Monday, November 16th – TFWA Welcome Luncheon
Brought to you by: The Tax Free World Association (TFWA)

Monday, November 16 – Media Appreciation Cocktail
Brought to you by: First China Tobacco Company



Women in Travel Retail Breakfast

Brought to you by: JOANEL-BUGATTI GROUP

(from left: Laurie Karson – FDFA,
Valerie Maze – Joanel-Bugatti Group)

Tuesday, November 17th – Lunch

Brought to you by JTI-Macdonald Corp.


Tuesday, November 17th
Proximo Fun Night


Brought to you by Proximo Spirits Canada

One Under Urban Golf Club

 (from left: Chris Foster – Queenston-Lewiston Duty Free,
Debra Stasso – Windsor Tunnel Duty Free, 
Michael Craig – Proximo Spirits)

 (from left: Bill Harvey – WFH Travel,
David Phelan, Jose Cuervo,
Michael Craig – Proximo Spirits Canada)

Paul Dickinson – Abbotsford Duty Free
Winner of the longest drive competition

Proximo Fun Night – Photo Gallery

Wednesday, November 18th –
mperial Gala & Awards Evening

Brought to by: Imperial Tobacco Company

Kevin McDonald – Imperial Tobacco Company

Masters of Ceremonies Rob Taylor 
– Tourism Industry Association of Canada

(from left: Andy Rattner – Nuance,
Lauren Guay & Pierre Guay – IGL)

(from left: Abe Taqtaq – Windsor Tunnel Duty Free,
Tania Lee – Sarnia Duty Free,
Chris Foster – Queenston-Lewiston Duty Free)

Gala Cocktail including the formal portrait station – Photo Gallery Imperial Gala Dinner and Awards – Photo Gallery

2015 FDFA Videos


If you would like a copy of the FDFA 30th Historical Video or the 2015 FDFA Convention Highlight Video, please contact Laurie Karson or Allison Boucher at the FDFA.

Missing Children Society of Canada 

Thank you to all the 2015 convention delegates for your support in helping the FDFA raise money for the Missing Children Society of Canada. At the Gala Reception we presented Tricia Bailey of Missing Children Society of Canada with a cheque for $18,000 raised through a combination of the 2015 convention registrations, the silent & penny auction, the coin box program with land border duty free stores, the Duty Free Run and a corporate donation.

Thank you to all our 2015 Convention Supporters for your ongoing support of the Canadian Duty Free Industry


 Platinum Support


 Gold Support

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 Silver Support

 Bronze Support





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Post 2015 Convention Evaluation
The FDFA has emailed out two surveys 1/operator delegates and 2/supplier/Media delegates. The deadline for completion of this post convention evaluation survey is Fridday, December 4th, 2015. For those that have completed the survey, the FDFA thanks you for providing your feedback, which assists the Convention Committee and FDFA Board in future convention decisions. If you did not receive a link for the post Convention survey, please contact Allison Boucher at aboucher@fdfa.ca and the link will be forwarded to you immediately.

Save the Date
The FDFA’s 31st Annual Convention & Trade Show is taking place November 13 – 16, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency, Toronto, Ontario – Canada. Registration will open June 2016.