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Market intelligence for Canada's home goods retailers and their vendor partners.

Live since 01 January 2006

Home Goods and its accompanying newsletter - HGO This Week - covers the furniture, bedding, appliances, consumer electronics, accessories, lamps and lighting and floor coverings product sectors of the big ticket home goods market in Canada. HGO is also a forum for the dissemination of market research and hard-hitting articles on best practices for Canadian retailers.



Windsor Bay Communications Inc.
P.O. Box 3023; 120 Ontario Street, Brighton ON K0K 1H0
T: 613.475.4704
F: 613.475.0829


Michael J. Knell Publisher & Editor

Michael J Knell
Michael J Knell
Michael has covered the Canadian home goods industry for the past 20+ years. He is best known as the Canadian Correspondent for Furniture/Today, the weekly business-to-business newspaper for the residential furniture industry in North America, and Canadian Editor for Floor Covering Weekly, a similar publication serving the flooring industry.

He also served as editor of Home Goods Retailing and has contributed to a wide variety of allied publications including Canadian Interiors, the Home section of the Toronto Star and the Ottawa Citizen, among others.

Michael founded HGO to provide more in-depth market intelligence to Canadian home goods retailers and their vendor partners. The site and its accompanying newsletter will cover the furniture, bedding, appliances, consumer electronics, accessories, lamps and lighting and floor coverings product sectors of the market. HGO will also be a forum for the dissemination of market research and hard-hitting articles on best practices for Canadian retailers.


Jayme Cousins, IT Director/Webmaster

Jayme Cousins
Jayme Cousins
HGO's designer and technical genius, Jayme is a web developer with clients both Canada and the United States. He has been creating commercial web sites since 1994 and specializes in Content Management Systems (CMS) - sites that allow non-technical site owners to maintain and update their own content. Jayme's business interests lie in helping his clients match their business goals and processes with content-rich web sites and other online marketing tools.

He is the founder of In House Logic ( based on London, Ontario.


Janice Chamberlain, Director of Market Research

Janice Chamberlain
Janice Chamberlain
Janice is a 20-year veteran of the home furnishings industry. She has written and provided market research for a variety of North American publications, including Furniture/Today, Home Textiles Today, Home Accents Today and Home Furnishings Business, as well as worked with a number of industry analysts and experts. Her specialties include industry research and financial analysis and reporting.

Janice earned a B.A. degree in English from Albion College and an M.B.A. from Indiana University. She studied business journalism at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

She has been affiliated with Home Goods Online since 2008.


Alixe MacRae, Columnist

Alixe MacRae
Alixe MacRae
A regular contributor to Home Goods Online, Alixe MacRae is one of this country's best known merchandisers, having held senior positions at a variety of well-known Canadian furniture and appliance retailers including Stoney Creek Furniture, Sears Canada and The Bay.

She recently started Concierge Relocation (, a company specializing in move management, especially for those dramatically downsizing seniors and their overwhelmed children.


Donald Cooper, Columnist

Donald Cooper
Donald Cooper
Donald Cooper has been both a world-class manufacturer and an award-winning retailer.  Now, as a business speaker and coach he helps business owners and managers throughout the world to rethink, refocus and re-energize their business to create compelling customer value, clarity of purpose and long-term profitability. For more information, or to subscribe to Donald's thought-provoking free business e-newsletter, go to


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