The Road to Retirement for Peter & Laurent

“It’s not the end of the road, it’s time for a new adventure.”

On Thursday, November 2nd we said farewell to two legendary gentlemen. The Urban Quarry team organized a dual retirement party to celebrate the end of an era and the beginning of a new adventure as owner Laurent Bellavance, and long-time Account Manager Peter Hibbert, cruised into retirement after over 30 years in the industry. From Marble Unlimited to Urban Quarry, both Laurent and Peter have seen the company grow from a small 3-person operation to today – a custom fabricator of quartz, natural stones and surfaces with over 80 employees working with hundreds of established kitchen and bath dealers across Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. The event saw over 200 people come through the Urban Quarry showroom to wish Laurent and Peter a happy retirement. VP of Sales & Marketing, Serge Bellavance spoke to the crowd with his personal stories – both funny jokes and sentimental stories looking back on years of Laurent’s hard work (and a few pranks) that propelled Urban Quarry to where it is today. President Bob Gould says to the duo, “Wishing you all the best in retirement and the next chapter in your lives. Rest assured that your legacy with this company will never be forgotten.” To kickstart the retirement, the team presented Laurent and Peter with custom leather jackets and luggage as gifts to encourage them to start booking more travel into their retirement years. Sharing just a few of the kind words that came from the team (below), and on behalf of everyone at Urban Quarry, our clients, partners and families, wishing Laurent and Peter the very best as they turn the corner on the road to retirement!


"Peter, Thank you for all your support over the years! You truly helped me get started at Urban Quarry with all your knowledge and guidance. You will be greatly missed but will always be part of the Urban Quarry family. All the best with retirement!" - Gina Childers "I’d like to extend a sincere thank you to Peter for supporting me. I sincerely appreciate his guidance and hope to be able to build off all he has done to establish a loyal client base over the years. I wish him every happiness in his retirement." - Reen-Ann McBean "Peter, thanks for everything you have taught me at Urban Quarry and trusting me with your valued customers as you wish them farewell. I can only wish you all the best and to enjoy your well-deserved retirement. You will be missed for sure!" - Shawn McGuigan


"Congratulations Laurent! What a business you have built from Marble Unlimited to Urban Quarry… starting with a few employees moving to a new building with a large staff. All the people working at Urban Quarry are not just staff but considered family. Good luck to you and Monique on your future of travel and time for yourselves." - Renee Bellavance "Laurent of all the bosses out there, I can say without a doubt I had one of the best. I am grateful to have you as a mentor, leader and friend. Happy retirement Laurent, I hope your retirement brings everything you hoped for and more." - Brian Gray "I would like to say thank you for everything you have done for me and my family. Building such an amazing work environment and solid business for all your employees. Best regards on your retirement I hope you have many good years to come. You are the best boss I ever had truly, you deserve to retire, and enjoy life. Thank you, Laurent." - Tyler Merwin