Kobo books are not owned by Chapters-Indigo, Cedesja5. Kobo (the whole kit'n'kaboodle are owned by Rakuten. Chapters Indigo started Kobo and were the majority stockholders in it before the sale.
Chapter-Indigo is to Kobo in Canada as it is to FNAC in France and WHSmith in the UK, etc. The formal partners seem to have agreements that let them sell the new devices first. In the US, Borders used to be that partner. In the future, the official Kobo partners in the US will most likely be the Indie Bookstore association that Kobo recently announced an agreement with.
I am sure that Kobo will miss you dreadfully, EldRick.