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Helping unite our industry and fuel success through advocacy, connection, and support

CEO Message

The foodservice sector is grappling with nearly 100,000 job vacancies

Over the past few weeks, Canada has experienced a series of chaotic weather events that underscore the unpredictable nature of our climate. Regions across the country have been subjected to a wild mix of conditions, ranging from sudden snowstorms and unseasonably warm temperatures to powerful wind gusts that have interfered with daily life.

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Our History

Times have changed since Restaurants Canada was
founded as the Canadian Restaurant Association in 1944, but our purpose remains the same: to help foodservice businesses grow and prosper! Explore our rich history.

Kelly Higginson

President & CEO

Roxana Sijakovski

Chief Financial Officer

Tracy Macgregor

Chief Operating Officer

Richard Alexander

Executive Vice President, Government Relations & Public Affairs

Chris Elliott

Chief Economist & Vice President, Research

Maximilien Roy

Vice President, Federal & Québec

Kris Barnier

Vice President, Central

Mark von Schellwitz

Vice President, Western Canada

Jordi Morgan

Vice President, Atlantic Canada

Jillian Rodak

Vice President, Sustainability

Wilkin Hsien

Director, Enterprise Technology & Data

Carol Pantaleo

Corporate Secretary, Restaurants Canada & Managing Director, Canadian Hospitality Foundation

Brenda Halkiw

Director, Strategic Business Development

Lerna Gurunluoglu

Director, National Events

Anna Pham

Director, Content & Programming

Jeremy Bonia

Chair of the Board The Merchant Tavern and Portage St. John’s, NL

Kelvin Lum

Treasurer & Chair Finance & Audit Committee White Spot Limited Vancouver, BC

Nicolas Filiatrault

Vice Chair & Chair Government Relations: Federal Benny & Co. Bois-des Filion, QC

Tina Chiu

Tina Chiu

Chair, HRCC, Mandarin Restaurant Franchise Corporation, Brampton, ON

Alan Howie

Chair, Governance & Nomination Committee Northland Properties Vancouver, BC

Kelly Higginson

President & CEO

Paul Bognar

Service Inspired Restaurants (SIR Corp) Burlington, ON

Jordan Holm

Boston Pizza International Richmond, BC

Jason Brading

MTY Franchising Inc. Richmond Hill, ON

Todd Barclay

President, Casual Brands & Government Relations, Recipe Unlimited Corporation, Vaughan, ON

Mo Jessa

Earls Restaurants Ltd. Vancouver, BC

Brad Kramble

Salisbury House of Canada Inc. Winnipeg, MB

Gene Cormier

Hub City Social Inc. / Restaurant Clos Inc. / Halo Donuts Inc. Moncton, NB

Cindy Simpson

Imago Restaurants Inc. Toronto, ON

Jeffrey Kroll

McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited Toronto, ON

Bruce Miller

Pilot Coffee Roasters Toronto, ON

Court Desautels

Neighbourhood Group of Companies Guelph, ON

Bill Pratt

Chef Inspired Group of Restaurants and Food Trucks Dartmouth, NS

Leslie Echino

Annabelle’s Kitchen Calgary, AB

Kent Scales

Scales Group of Companies Charlottetown, PE

Duncan Fulton

Restaurant Brands International Toronto, ON

Lacey Sellinger

Odla Restaurant and Market Saskatoon, SK

Brent Todd

A&W Food Services of Canada North Vancouver, BC

Matthew Senecal-Junkeer

Birds and the Beets Vancouver, BC

Hakan Uluer

The Bertossi Group Halifax, NS

You can reach out to our team at any time with any questions or concerns. We’re here to support your success.

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