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    2016 Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame:
    Celebrating John Stanton for his prolonged and meritorious service to sports activities in the City of Edmonton.

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    2016 Athletics Canada Hall of Fame:
    In recognition of John Stanton's exceptional contribution to Sports in Canada.


    2015 Canada's Best Managed Companies Platinum Club:
    Membership is restricted to Canada's leading organizations that have been Best Managed companies for seven years or more

    2014 Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies

    2013 Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies

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    University or Alberta Honorary Doctor of Laws degree
    June 6th, 2012 - Edmonton - University of Alberta convocation ceremony

    University of Alberta Chancellor Linda Hughes presents John Stanton with an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

    "A University of Alberta honorary degree recognizes exemplary achievements and outstanding service to society. Each of these recipients possesses a unique and remarkable combination of passion and leadership," said U of A Chancellor Linda Hughes.

    On June 6th John was the recipient of the university's highest honour and addressed graduating students at the convocation ceremony.

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    Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
    EDMONTON — John Stanton is presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by His Honour Col. (Ret'd) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell at Government House in Edmonton.

    The Diamond Jubilee Medal, which is a national honour, was created to celebrate Her Majesty's 60 years of service to Canada and to mark the enduring place The Queen holds in the fabric of Canadian life.

    "The Diamond Jubilee Medal recognizes dedicated citizens who have made real and lasting contributions to the quality of life we enjoy as Albertans and Canadians," said Lieutenant Governor Ethell. "Their fields of endeavour may vary from military and police services...to business, politics and the law...to science, education, the arts and community service, however they all share a common commitment to service and a desire to give back to the nation we are privileged to call home."

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    Canadian Retail Hall of Fame
    TORONTO — Retail Council of Canada (RCC) announced that John Stanton, President and Founder of The Running Room Canada, will be honoured as the 2011 inductee into the Canadian Retail Hall of Fame. Mr. Stanton was nominated and selected by a distinguished panel of current and former retail executives, as well as representatives from the financial, academic and consulting communities.

    "Mr. Stanton is being honoured for his passionate commitment to promoting retail as a career and for his contributions to the retail industry in Canada," says Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO, Retail Council of Canada. "He continues to give generously of his time to promote retail as a career and his unwavering support has had a tremendous impact on retail's future leaders and the industry as a whole."

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    CMA Award for Excellence in Health Promotion
    2010 Canadian Medical Association (CMA) to honour those outside the health sector who have contributed to the health and well-being of Canadians.

    As Recipient of the 2010 CMA Award for Excellence in Health Promotion, John was recognized for his commitment to the promotion of health and well-being of Canadians and for his commitment to the promotion of health and fitness through running and walking.

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    Running Room president wins award Stanton recognized for 'commitment to health'
    EDMONTON — John Stanton, founder and president of Edmonton-based Running Room, has won the Canadian Medical Association's award for excellence in health promotion.

    The former smoker turned running evangelist opened the first Running Room in 1984 in Edmonton and now operates more than 90 retail stores in Canada and eight in the U.S.

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    Order of Canada - The honour of a nation
    The Order of Canada is awarded to Canadians who have made a recognizable difference to the country. The honour, which is the highest in Canada, was established in 1967 to recognize extraordinary Canadians and their extraordinary achievements.

    On the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada, the Governor General is pleased to announce the following appointments:
    John Stanton, C.M.
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Member of the Order of Canada

    For his contributions to promoting physical fitness and active lifestyles as founder of the Running Room, as well as for his support of charitable groups, namely the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

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    CIBC Spirit of Leadership Community Award 2009
    The Running Room is a $10,000 winner for its commitment to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure. By leveraging its store locations, employee spirit and new product introductions, the Running Room continues to take on a national leadership role with a contagious entrepreneurial spirit. John Stanton donated the $10,000 award to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

    Across the country, CIBC is committed to supporting causes that matter to our clients, our employees and our communities. CIBC aims to make a difference in communities across Canada through corporate donations, and sponsorships to support charities nationwide. Towards the end of every year, CIBC chooses several worthy charitable projects as part of our Spirit of Leadership Program.

    The CIBC Commercial Banking 2009 Spirit of Leadership Community Award Program allowed us to partner with our clients and give back to the communities in which we do business. The 2009 Commercial Banking market adjudication panel carefully selected the charitable projects and initiatives of our clients to whom we will contribute a portion of the $40,000 Spirit of Leadership Community Award.

    CIBC Commercial Banking is proud to partner with the recipients of the 2009 CIBC Spirit of Leadership Community Award Program. Below are the 2009 Award Winners:

    Running Room Canada Inc. – Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF)

    The Running Room is an Alberta Company, which originated in 1984 out of founder John Stanton's wish to purchase quality running shoes from someone knowledgeable about the sport. After finding the quality of service and knowledge in large sporting goods stores poor, Mr. Stanton decided to fill this niche in the marketplace by opening a small one room store in the renovated living room of an old house in Edmonton, hence the name "Running Room". With over 98 locations across North America, Running Room services the needs of their customers by providing them with the very best product to support an active lifestyle. They also service the community by providing Running and Walking clinics to teach customers how to develop and sustain safe and healthy fitness programs.

    In keeping with their service to the community The Running Room has been a national sponsor of CIBC's Run for the Cure since 1993. Their employees not only volunteer their time to help organize local races across Canada, they participate in the runs themselves. Running Room provides Survivor Learn-to-Run clinics as well as product giveaways on the day of the run. Throughout the year, their Pink Ribbon clothing line is sold in their stores, with a portion of the profits going to the CBCF. With their support, CBCF is able to continue to fund innovative research, education and awareness programs about Breast Cancer, across Canada. Running Room donated their 2009 Spirit of Leadership award directly to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

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    Alberta Venture Magazine
    Most Respected Corporations 2009
    Finalists - Corporate Social Responsibility

    The Running Room has broken out ahead of the corporate social responsibility pack with its support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and its "Giving" initiative. The running shoe and apparel retailer supports the annual Run for the Cure, a Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation event and has raised over $700,000 for the foundation with a Pink Ribbon product line. What's more, it has also mobilized Running Room customers to support more than 200 charitable groups throughout the year. Its online Giving initiative has raised more than $1.2 million for a suite of charitable organizations.

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    Dr. Harold N. Segall Award of Merit
    This award was created in 1991 in honour of the late Dr. Harold N. Segall, who was a founding Member of the CCS and for many years served as the Society's Archivist. It is offered in recognition of a significant contribution to the prevention of cardiovascular disease or the promotion of cardiovascular health in Canadians.

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    Honorary Colonel
    May 2009, upon the recommendation of the Chief of the Defence Staff, John Stanton, Founder and President of the Running Room was appointed as the new Honorary Colonel of The Loyal Edmonton Regiment 4th Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.

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    canada's 50 best managed companies
    Running Room is a year 2007 winner of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies program.

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    CIBC Spirit of Leadership Community Award
    The Running Room is a $5,000 winner for their commitment to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for The Cure. By leveraging their store locations, employee spirit and new product introductions, the Running Room continues to take on a national leadership role with a contagious entrepreneurial spirit. John Stanton donated the $5000 award to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

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    Appointed john stanton - canadian institute of retailing and servies advisory board, university of alberta school of business
    CIRAS (Canadian Institute of Retailing and Services)

    The Canadian Institute of Retailing and Services (CIRAS) is an institute that runs within the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta. Since 1991, CIRAS has offered training and research for those in the retail and services fields. CIRAS instructs advanced management practices that enhances the professionalism of these industries. We strive to deliver high-quality education and training that through the dissemination of new knowledge will benefit all those involved.

    Our mandate is clear. We strive to be the Canadian centre for excellence in the education of future participants and leaders in the retailing and service sector and to enhance productivity and competitiveness of the industry through applied and theoretical research.

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    Running Room founder John Stanton helps to promote and organize as many as 400 charity walk/run events every year.

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    Honorary Diploma NAIT
    John Stanton receives an Honorary Diploma from NAIT.

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    Junior Achievement Award
    On May 17th, 2006, John was recognized by Junior Achievement - Alberta Business Hall of fame.

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    Alberta Centennial
    On September 1st, 2005, John received the Alberta Centennial Medal in recognition for his service to the people and province of Alberta.

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    Maclean's Honour Roll 2004
    They have all made a Difference. And, for the most part, the 10 people on the 2004 Maclean's Honour Roll have done so quietly, not seeking the glare of publicity many of them normally attract.

    John Stanton is spreading the word. "You need to think of exercise as a celebration of good health." The president of the Running Room retail chain tells a group of 60 novice runners at one of his stores in St. Albert.

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    Innovative Retailers Rewarded for Pushing the Envelope
    Retail Council of Canada
    The awards, to be presented at Retail Council of Canada's Excellence in Retailing Awards Dinner on Monday, June 7, 2004, at the Toronto Congress Centre, honour companies that have demonstrated outstanding market leadership and innovative approaches to customer and employee relations, and that have taken their brands to the top of the class.

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    Grant Macewan College - Distinguished Citizen
    John Stanton has been recognized as a "Distinguished Citizen" and has received an Honorary Diploma in Community Service from Grant Macewan College.

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    Alberta Venture: Marketer of the Year
    Alberta Venture bestows the designation of MARKETER OF THE YEAR on an individual whose business philosophy and practice demonstrates his commitment too the role of marketing as an integral component of success. We are pleased to name John Stanton, CEO, Running Room Canada Inc. as the 1999 Alberta Marketer of the Year.

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    Henry Singer
    Join Alberta's Business leaders in a celebration of retail success with The Running Room's John Stanton, 1997 Henry Singer Award recipient.

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    1995 Pinnacle Award
    The Pinnacle Awards were created in Calgary in 1987 by Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP to honour individuals in the business community for their entrepreneurism and community contribution. The Awards program has grown to become a very prestigious event which is well recognized by the Alberta business community.

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