Registration - In-house Organization

Retail Council of Canada / Conseil canadien du commerce de detail / Diane J. Brisebois, President & Chief Executive Officer

Registration Information
In-house Organization name: Retail Council of Canada / Conseil canadien du commerce de detail
Responsible Officer Name: Diane J. Brisebois, President & Chief Executive Officer 
Initial registration start date: 1997-01-28
Registration status: Active
Registration Number: 779111-6262
Associated Communications

Total Number of Communication Reports: 434

Monthly communication reports in the last 6 months: 1

Version 18 of 68 (2008-01-30 to 2009-04-01)

Version 18 of 68 (2008-01-30 to 2009-04-01) was submitted prior to the Lobbying Act coming into force on July 2, 2008. Due to different information requirements at that time, the registration is presented in the following format.

A. Organization Information

Organization: Retail Council of Canada / Conseil canadien du commerce de detail
800 - 1255 Bay St.
Toronto, ON  M5R 2A9
Telephone number: 416-922-0553  Ext.: 232
Fax number:  
Responsible officer name and position during the period of this registration: Diane J. Brisebois, President & CEO  
Description of the organization's activities: Retail Council of Canada (RCC) is a national not-for-profit organization representing more than 40,000 storefronts including independent retailers, regional and national chain stores, discount, and department stores. RCC provides an extensive range of services including group buying services, national conferences and government relations for its members. For more information, visit our website at
Organization's membership or classes of membership: Retail members - independents, national chains, discount, and department stores Supplier members - suppliers of goods and services to the retail trade
Was the organization funded in whole or in part by any domestic or foreign government institution in the last completed financial year? Yes
End date of the organization's last completed financial year: 2007-12-31
List of Government Funding
Government Institution Funding Received in Last Financial Year
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada $211,051.00
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada $24,872.00
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada $83,793.00
Industry Canada $24,892.00

B. Lobbyists Employed by the Organization

Name: Diane Brisebois
Position title: CEO & President
Public offices held: No
Name: Kim Furlong
Position title: Vice-President, Federal Government Relations
Public offices held: Yes
Name: Hyung-Sun Jy
Position title: Project Administrator
Public offices held: No
Name: Rachel Kagan
Position title: National Manager, Environment
Public offices held: No
Name: Max Logan
Position title: Director, GR & Membership Services - British Columbia
Public offices held: No
Name: Lanny McInnes
Position title: Director, GR & Member Services - Manitoba, Saskatchewan
Public offices held: No
Name: Ken Morrison
Position title: Consultant
Public offices held: No
Name: Derek Nighbor
Position title: Senior Vice-President, National Affairs
Public offices held: No
Name: Gary Rygus
Position title: Director, Government Relations (Ontario)
Public offices held: No
Name: Andrew Siegwart
Position title: Director, Education
Public offices held: No
Name: Peter Woolford
Position title: Vice-President, Policy Development & Research
Public offices held: Yes
Name: Bill Yetman
Position title: Executive Vice-President
Public offices held: Yes

C. Lobbying Activity Information

Federal departments or organizations which have been or will be communicated with during the course of the undertaking: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), Atomic Energy Control Board (AECB), Canada Labour Relations Board (CLRB), Canadian Heritage (PCH), Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT), Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT), Canadian Pension Commission (CPC), Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA), Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Competition Tribunal (CT), Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), Environment Canada, Farm Products Council of Canada (FPCC), Federal Environmental Assessment Review Office (FEARO), Federal Office of Regional Development – Quebec (FORD[Q]), Finance Canada (FIN), Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAITC), Grain Transportation Agency (GTA), Hazardous Materials Information Review Commission (HMIRC), Health Canada (HC), Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC), Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB), Industry Canada, Justice Canada (JC), Members of the House of Commons, National Defence (DND), National Energy Board (NEB), National Film Board (NFB), National Research Council (NRC), Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages (OCOL), Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC), Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB), Pension Appeals Board (PAB), Privy Council Office (PCO), Procurement Review Board of Canada (PRB), Public Service Commission of Canada (PSC), Public Service Staff Relations Board (PSSRB), Public Works and Government Services Canada, Revenue Canada (RC), Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Solicitor General Canada (SGC), Statistics Canada (StatCan), Technology Partnerships Canada (TPC), Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB), Transport Canada (TC), Treasury Board Of Canada Secretariat (TBS), Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC), Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD)
Communication techniques that have been used or are expected to be used in the course of the undertaking:
Grass-roots communication, Informal communications, Meetings, Presentations, Telephone calls, Written communications, whether in hard copy or electronic format
Subject Matter: Areas of Concern: Aboriginal Affairs, Agriculture, Arts and Culture, Broadcasting, Constitutional Issues, Consumer and Commercial Relations; Citizenship & Culture; Employment Standards; Skills & Training for Workforce, Consumer Issues, Defence, Education, Employment and Training, Energy, Environment, Financial Institutions, Fisheries, Forestry, Government Procurement, Health, Immigration, Industry, Infrastructure, Intellectual Property, Internal Trade, International Relations, International Trade, Justice and Law Enforcement, Labour, Regional Development, Science and Technology, Small Business, Sports, Taxation and Finance, Telecommunications, Tourism, Transportation
Subject Matter: Retrospective: International trade - ethical sourcing, safeguards, anti-dumping, countervailing duties, Transportation infrastructure, Privacy, Product safety, Taxation, Finance, Competition Law, Copyright Law; Energy; Environment; Labour Relations and Labour Shortages; and Skills Development Canada partnerships.
Subject Matter: Prospective: Budget Work and General Taxation Policy; Labour/Skills Training/Employment Policies, Consumer Protection; Electronic Commerce; Energy; Transportation Infrastrucutre, Privacy, Competition, Copyright, and International Trade.
Details Regarding the Identified Subject Matter
Categories Description
Policy or Program Anti-Counterfeiting policies and regulations
Policy or Program Competition policy
Policy or Program Consumer Protection
Policy or Program Copyright Law
Policy or Program Electronic Commerce policies
Policy or Program Energy policy
Policy or Program Envrionmental Programs
Policy or Program Ethical Sourcing and Social Corporate Responsibility
Policy or Program Finance, Taxation and pre-budget proposals
Policy or Program International Trade- Safeguards, Anti-Dumping, Countervailing Duties related policies
Bill or Resolution Labour issues - Private members' Bill C-415 on replacement workers
Policy or Program Labour shortage issues - mature workers, increase participations of women, aboriginals and persons with disabilities and temporary foreign worker's program.
Policy or Program Privacy Issues
Policy or Program Product Safety Issues
Policy or Program RFID Technology
Grant, Contribution or Other Financial Benefit, Policy or Program Skills Development Canada Partnership
Policy or Program Transportation and Infrastructure