ABOVE THE FOLD Seasonal divisions; PartSource, Roadside Assistance and Gas+, key elements of CTR’s automotive business. It also includes Mark’s/L’Équipeur, a leading source for casual and industrial wear; SportChek, Sports Experts, Hockey Experts, National Sports and Atmosphere, which offer the best activewear brands; Pro Hockey Life, a hockey specialty store catering to elite players; and Helly Hansen, a global sports and workwear brand. In 2019, CTC acquired Party City’s Canadian business, adding Canada’s No. 1 party supply and celebration destination to its growing retail roster. We sat down with Deborah Delaney, AVP Design & Construction at Mark’s/SportChek, to get her insights into what to expect for the company—and industry—moving ahead.
Tell us about yourself.
In the face of adversity, there is always opportunity. As we navigate through everchanging consumer behaviors, we are constantly learning and growing to become better.
As Associate Vice President of Design and Construction for Mark’s and SportChek, I am in charge of leading all design, construction
and procurement for one of the largest sporting goods and work/casual apparel brands across Canada. For the past 20 years, I have had the pleasure of working within the fast paced multi-faceted design, build and construction industry. I have been able to manage local,regional and international projects, successfully developing and contributing to a succession of more demanding positions. Before finding my love of everything retail, I worked within a wide range of design disciplines, projects and roles around the world. I was able to work in places like Dubai, China and Europe. I have also been able to be a mentor to other women in the industry, serving as an advocate for our continued leadership development. Today, I live in Calgary, Alberta, where volunteerism is a passion and right of passage for me. I stay involved in myriad fundraising and board participation, and support various military charities that help bring communities and people together.
COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION & RENOVATION — DECEMBER 2020