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A RONA Executive Recognized as a Leader in Sustainability

Green Living's 2012 Excellence in Corporate Responsibility (ECR) Awards

Friday, November 16, 2012

A RONA Executive Recognized as a Leader in Sustainability08:00 EST Friday, November 16, 2012BOUCHERVILLE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 16, 2012) - RONA inc. (TSX:RON)(TSX:RON.PR.A), the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, renovation and gardening products, would like to underline the recognition given to Normand Dumont, Vice President, Sustainable Development at Green Living's 2012 Excellence in Corporate Responsibility (ECR) Awards ceremony on November 7. Mr. Dumont won an individual award in the Retail, Packaged Goods, Consumer Brands category.Normand Dumont's leadership in sustainable development has led to the implementation of a responsible procurement plan and a communications program to raise consumer awareness about eco products. The Corporation now offers the RONA ECO line of products which is evaluated on life-cycle methodology developed by CIRAIG (Interuniversity Research Centre for the Life Cycle of Products, Processes and Services). The program is having a positive and lasting impact on both suppliers and consumers, helping them to change their behaviours and move toward more responsible habits.Normand Dumont was appointed in August 2012 as Vice President, Sustainable Development, an area in which RONA is increasingly recognized as a leader. In this role, he is responsible for developing a strategic plan in sustainable development and to assure its implementation.The Excellence in Corporate Responsibility (ECR) Awards were developed to honour and celebrate corporate Canadians for outstanding work and dedication towards creating sustainable and ethical practices within the business framework. It recognizes professionals from small, medium and large corporations in various industries.Sustainability at RONARONA has made a commitment to minimize the environmental impact of its operations and to promote responsible consumption. The implementation of the life cycle approach and a responsible procurement policy, the promotion in stores of RONA ECO and other eco-responsible products, and a paint recycling program are just a few tangible examples of measures that aim to ensure the continued health of our environment and of the communities where we operate. For more information on sustainable development at RONA, visit the Our Footprint section of rona.ca/corporate.About RONARONA (TSX:RON)(TSX:RON.PR.A) is the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, home renovation and gardening products. The Corporation operates a network of more than 800 corporate, franchise and affiliate stores of various sizes and formats under several banners. With more than 30,000 employees working under its family of banners in every region of Canada, the RONA store network generates consolidated sales of more than $6 billion. For more information, visit rona.ca.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Contact Information: MediaValerie LamarreSenior Advisor, Communications and Public Affairs514-599-5900, ext. 5271valerie.lamarre@rona.caFinancial CommunityStephane MilotSenior Director, Investor Relations514-599-5951stephane.milot@rona.ca