We are pleased to present The 2018 Toronto Convenience U CARWACS Show Hall of Fame Awards!

The 15th annual Convenience U CARWACS Show was home to the Hall of Fame Awards ceremony, on March 6, 2018 at the Toronto Congress Centre. The ceremony honoured retailers who excel, innovate and continue to shape the future of the Canadian convenience store industry.


Parkland Fuel Corporation

Eli Mail, Director Merchandising for Parkland Fuel Corporation, accepted the Hall of Fame award on behalf of Parkland.

Parkland’s strong growth contributions to the convenience channel through acquisitions, and capital improvements are strengthening the convenience offering in gas sites throughout the country.

Parkland exhibits leadership in the industry, contributing to the development of the Canadian Convenience Stores Association and the Regional Associations. With Ian White as Chair of the CCSA and Eli Mail as a Director on the OCSA Board, Parkland has been at the forefront of industry issues and passionately works with the industry to defend the offering of the channel.

Additionally, through the Pioneer Petroleums Children’s Foundation Parkland proudly supports a number of community-driven programs including: Ontario Children’s Hospitals Initiatives, CHML Christmas Tree of Hope and United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton.

It was an honour to recognize Eli Mail and Parkland Fuel corporation for their continuous dedication, leadership, and contribution to the convenience industry.

Nick Novakovich and Vaso Manojlovich, co-owners and directors, That’s Entertainment

Nick Novakovich and Vaso Manojlovich, co-owners and directors of That’s Entertainment, were honoured as the award’s independent recipients.

Nick Novakovich and Vaso Manojlovich are co-owners and directors of That’s Entertainment, a unique  14,000 square foot super shopping complex constructed with a three tier format entailing video rentals, sale and a full service convenience store.

That’s Entertainment has been operating in St. Catharines, Ontario servicing the Niagara Region since 1989. Over the years That’s Entertainment has adapted with the changing times, adding new product lines based on the needs and demands of the consumer.

In addition That’s Entertainment proudly supports its community through a number of programs benefiting local schools and the St. Catharine’s hospital. That’s Entertainment also participated in C-Store Day to benefit the Children’s Wish Foundation.

It was an honour to recognize Nick Novakovich, Vaso Manojlovich and their team for their continuous dedication, leadership, and contribution to the convenience industry.


Chris Wilcox, VP & General Manager, Quickie Convenience Stores Corp.

Chris Wilcox, VP and General Manager for Quickie Convenience Stores Corp., accepted the chain retailer award on behalf of Quickie.

Quickie Convenience Stores operates 53 stores in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. The Quickie motto is “Your good neighbour” and it’s more than just a saying, it’s the heart of the business.

Quickie takes its community commitment seriously by sponsoring many local charity events and sports teams. From 1990 to 1997, the focus of the company’s fundraising effort each spring was its “Le Tour des Quickie” bicycle ride in support of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. During the seven years Quickie ran the fundraiser they raised over 2.1 million dollars.

Since 1997, Quickie’s charitable work in the community continues through the Quickie Community Foundation and currently provides financial support to over 50 local charitable organizations and youth sport teams.

Chris Wilcox is Vice President and General Manager of Quickie Convenience Stores. He has been on the OCSA Board of Directors for more than 10 years and is very committed to ensuring our voices can be heard on the many issues affecting our industry. Under Chris’ leadership, Quickie has an important voice in the community and can be congratulated for carrying the torch for our channel.

It was an honour to recognize Chris Wilcox and Quickie Convenience Stores Corp. for their continuous dedication, leadership, and contribution to the convenience industry.

Jim Smith, Owner, Mic’s Kwik Way

Jim Smith, owner of Mic’s Kwik Way, was honoured as the award’s independent recipient.

Mic’s Kwik Way is a community-minded c-store in Blind River, Ontario that serves a rural population of approximately 3,500 people.

Jim took over the family-owned business in 1996 and since then has focused on increasing product volume and customer count, improving customer service and product variety, and maintaining high inventory levels.

Jim is an avid outdoorsman with an appreciation for the small town life. He has demonstrated a commitment to giving back to his community. Mic’s Kwik Way proudly supports many local initiatives such as school breakfast clubs and food banks, as well as numerous local fundraising campaigns.

Jim recently celebrated his 20th anniversary and remains committed to serving his community and loyal customers for many years to come.

Please join us in celebrating Jim Smith’s commitment to running a top-notch, community-minded c-store for more than two decades.

It was an honour to recognize an important voice in the independent convenience industry. Congratulations Jim!


Steve Pitts, VP Operations, Mac’s Convenience Stores Inc.

Steve Pitts, VP of Operations for Mac’s Convenience Stores Inc., accepted the chain retailer award on behalf of Mac’s.

The Mac’s Convenience Store brand is a frontrunner in the c-store industry. No voice has been as loud as Mac’s in the province when it comes to beer and wine, site safety and security, and gas theft.

Steve Pitts, VP of Operations, will be at the centre of these movements, lending his voice not only for Mac’s store owners and operators, but for the industry as a whole. Steve recently took over as VP Operations, after serving as Director of Marketing for Mac’s Convenience Stores.

Mac’s is making a difference. Take for instance, Mac’s Crime Busters, which aims to raise awareness around the negative impact of retail crime, while also building a sense of safety for the community, employees and customers. It’s a ground-breaking program that’s making a real impact on communities across the province.

It was an honour to recognize Steve Pitts and Mac’s Convenience Stores Inc. for their continuous dedication, leadership, and contribution to the convenience industry.

CNUE16_HOF_Hayward_4681Jessica Friesen, CEO, Gales Fuels

Jessica Friesen, CEO of Gales Fuels in the Niagara Region, was honoured as the award’s first independent recipient.

Gales Fuels is a family-owned and -operated petroleum company serving the Niagara region. From the 1960’s until now, Gales Fuels has expanded to become a significant regional independent chain, with a fleet of petroleum trucks, 16 gas stations, car washes and four convenience stores. From coffee and foodservice to fuel and car washes, Gales is a company with a focus on improving its community.

In 2014, after five years heading up the convenience side of the business, Jessica was named CEO of the company. A main focus for her now is building a sustainable business. Gales was the first gas station to offer E30 Ethanol fuel for FlexFuel vehicles in the Niagara region. Gales Fuels is both a community leader and an industry leader.

It was an honour to recognize an important voice in the independent convenience, petroleum and car wash business. Congratulations Jessica!