The first is September 25, 1918.
On this day the Canadian Jewellers Association (CJA) was born. The CJA was formed by a group of
concerned retailers, manufacturers and wholesalers; concerned about a prejudicial and punitive
“luxury” tax imposed by the Government during WWI, by a significant problem of losses from crime,
especially thefts from breaking and entering and by unethical practices within the trade. Of course, on
top of all these matters, the founders were faced with growing the Membership to ensure viability and
creating a functional infrastructure to serve the Membership.
Fast forward 100 years and except for the jewellery excise tax which was finally repealed in 2006,
the issues are remarkably similar.
Another common element between the Charter Members of the CJA and today's Members is both are
known to enjoy a good party. Look no further than the first meeting of the CJA Executive Committee
held in February 1919 when following the meeting, 300 gathered for a formal dinner honouring the new
association. That brings me to my second significant date.
Saturday, April 28th, 2018.
Your Executive Committee and Board of Directors are planning to celebrate our 100th Anniversary in
style! Just like the year 1919 gathering, our Co-Chairmen Stephen Cole and Umesh Shah are expecting 300
Members and Guests to attend and early indications are that tickets will be snapped up quickly.
Our centennial celebration will be held at the renowned Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). This evening will
indeed be special, starting with a Cocktail Reception in the spectacular Walker Court in conjunction with
a Silent Auction in the Tanenbaum Sculpture Atrium that you will not want to miss. Apropos for this
auspicious occasion, a multi-course dinner, paired with a variety of wines
will be served in Ballie Court with its breathtaking view of the Toronto skyline at dusk.
After dinner, the party returns to Walker Court for drinks and dancing.
Throughout the evening there will be entertainment, guest speakers,
memorabilia and little extras such as complimentary valet parking and coat check
plus other surprises. Bottom line; I guarantee that you will not want to miss the Jewellery Industry
event of the year!