Effective March 31st, the Atlantic Convenience Stores Association (ACSA) will integrate into the Convenience Industry Council of Canada.
Founded in 2008, the Atlantic Convenience Stores Association is a paid membership, not-for-profit organization representing convenience store owners and operators in Atlantic Canada.
ACSA president Mike Hammoud will become CICC’s vice-president, Atlantic Canada and the ACSA will become part of the CICC. ACSA board member David Button, CEO of North Atlantic Petroleum, will be joining the CICC Board of Directors.
In 2019, leaders in Canada’s convenience industry came together to create the Convenience Industry Council of Canada. The goal of the national, not-for-profit council is to provide a unified voice with more streamlined governance and infrastructure to advocate for the diverse and dynamic convenience channel. Members include retailers, vendors and distributors.
The two organizations have worked together on several advocacy issues over the years, including taxation, beverage alcohol, tobacco/vaping, regulations and more.
In a statement, CICC said: "A truly successful national association is one that ensures that there is on-the-ground representation in each region of the country.... We both couldn’t be happier to be working together to enhance CICC’s advocacy efforts nationally and provincially. While streamlining advocacy efforts in Atlantic Canada, this move will also provide greater value to vendor partners based in the region who will now benefit from more retailer participation in events."
ACSA has traditionally hosted two golf tournaments, the Retail Convenience Awards and the Atlantic Convenience Expo. These will still take place as CICC-hosted events in the Atlantic region.