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

Home Goods Online, or HGO, is Canada's only business-to-business news and information service covering the furniture, mattress, major appliance and home furnishings (lamps and lighting, occasional furniture, floor covering and decorative accessories) sectors of the big ticket home goods market.

HGO is also a forum for the dissemination of market research and hard-hitting articles on best practices for Canadian retailers through our three primary platforms: our web presence at; our bi-weekly newsletter, the HGO This Week; and, our quarterly electronic magazine, the HGO Merchandiser.

Subscriptions to the newsletter are free to qualified members of the Canadian home goods industries working in the following sectors: furniture, mattresses, major appliances, home furnishings, and consumer electronics.

We went live on 01 January 2006.

Published by:

Windsor Bay Communications Inc.
P.O. Box 1566; 120 Ontario Street, Brighton ON K0K 1H0
T: (613) 475-4704
F: (613) 475-0829

The HGO Team

Michael J. Knell

Publisher & Editor

Michael has covered the Canadian home goods industry for the past three-plus decades. 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, which is based in Greensboro, North Carolina. He has been a contributor for the past 25 years.

He has also served as Canadian Editor for Floor Covering Weekly, a similar publication serving the North American flooring industry from its home base in New York.

Michael first came to know the Canadian residential furniture, mattress and major appliance industries in 1986 as editor of Home Goods Retailing, which was published by what is today known as Rogers Business Media until 1991. He has contributed to a wide variety of both business and consumer publications including Canadian Interiors, Interior Design, the Home section of the Toronto Star and the Ottawa Citizen, among others.

Corrie-Ann Knell

Director of Sales & Marketing

A seasoned sales professional with several experiences in the furniture industry, Corrie-Ann is responsible for all advertising sales and marketing activities associated will all three HGO platforms. Her goal is to match the vendor partner's needs and budget dollars with an exciting program that will get the message out to our reader retailers, who are always on the look-out for exciting new opportunities to growth their own businesses.

Prior to joining Home Goods Online, she worked with such well-known Canadian companies as Springwall Sleep Products, Furniture Brands Canada and Phoenix AMD International.

Jayme Cousins

IT Director/Webmaster

HGO's web 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 ( and  co-founder of based on London, Ontario.

Donald Cooper


Donald Cooper has been both a world-class manufacturer and an award-winning retailer. Now, as a business speaker, coach and regular contributor to HGO, 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

Affiliate members:

Canadian Home Furnishings Alliance

Quebec Furniture Manufacturers Association

  About HGO

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.

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Published by:
Windsor Bay Communications Inc.
P.O. Box 3023; 120 Ontario Street,
Brighton ON Canada K0K 1H0

Tel : 613.475.4704

Fax : 613.475.0829
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