COPA is pleased to announce the two winners of the Annual Excellence in Leadership Awards for 2019! Doug Cowie and Joanne Quesnel have been selected as this year’s honourees. 

The COPA Excellence in Leadership Award honours individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the industry within Canada; through their extended commitment to the industry, they have demonstrated leadership, innovation and responsibility as the cornerstones of their office products career. 

Doug Cowie is the general manager of merchandising for Grand & Toy. His office products career started over 40 years ago when he took a part-time warehouse job for Grand & Toy, and he continued to work in their retail stores as he finished his education. He believes that trust and respect are paramount to the success of any leadership philosophy.

Click the link to read the complete interview with Doug Cowie.


Joanne Quesnel is vice-president of merchandising and marketing for Novexco. Joanne’s hard work ethic and determination have helped her throughout her career. She joined the office products industry 20 years ago having spent the prior 20 years in the food services industry. She believes that collaboration and mentorship are some of the best keys to successful leadership.

Click the link to read the complete interview with Joanne Quesnel. 

Both recipients will be celebrated on November 7th at The Vue during “A Night at the COPA”, highlight of the Making Waves Conference. This cocktail event is included with your registration at the Making Wave Conference. If interested in attending Night at the COPA only, click this link to register now.