By John Kerr
As CEDA’s membership and influence increased, its executive expanded accordingly. George West became the first Honorary Treasurer, responsible for chairing the finance committee and controlling the Association’s funds. A second vice-presidential position was created, allowing for greater regional representation at the executive level.
The obligations of a distributor to conform to CEDA’s policies when running his business was raised at the annual meeting in Toronto. It was decided that a decision made at any level of CEDA, insofar as it affected the individual business of a member, could be interpreted at the liberty of the distributor. Members, however, were cautioned: “The good of the whole industry is of far greater importance than that of any one company, and that any ruling would most likely work to the advantage of all of the members, even if no real benefit was readily apparent at the time the ruling was made.”
Representation within the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Wholesalers Association had been proposed, was considered, and rejected by the directors as being “unnecessary”.
John Kerr is Publisher of CEW.
Source: CEDA: Fifty Years of Service – An Historical Review of the Canadian Electrical Distributors Association, 1934 to 1984, Kerrwil Publications. Please feel free to reach out to us anytime if you have great photos, historical anecdotes or perspectives. We would love to hear from you; email@example.com.