Brad Kramble of Winnipeg was elected to a one-year term as Chair of the Board of Restaurants Canada (formerly the CRFA) at the association’s annual general meeting on Feb. 24, 2019.
Kramble is President and Chief Operating Officer of Salisbury House. An 87-year-old provincial institution, Salisbury House is considered by many to be the quintessential Winnipeg restaurant. Kramble was hired by Salisbury House in 2005 during a time when the family restaurant chain’s future was uncertain. Under Kramble’s direction, the company has taken bold, eco-friendly steps, including eliminating plastic straws, and continues to embrace other changes necessary for forward-looking success.
Kramble firmly believes the organization’s success is driven by Salisbury House employees, which he refers to as his extended family.
Kramble first joined the Restaurants Canada Board of Directors in 2013.
Like one in five young Canadians today, Kramble got his start in a restaurant, and has never lost his love for the industry. He worked for several national chains, eventually invested in Perkins Family Restaurant and at one point owned several Perkins locations in Canada before joining Salisbury House.
Under Kramble’s direction, Salisbury House has been the recipient of many awards. In 2013, Salisbury House was awarded the “Company of the Year” award by the Manitoba Food Processors Association. In 2015, Salisbury House received the Manitoba Tourism Education Council’s “Safe Hospitality” Award, and was also given the prestigious title of “Most Valued Brand Name in Manitoba” by McKim BrandWatch and Probe Research. In 2018, Kramble accepted the “Industry Excellence 2018 Local Favourite Restaurant” award on behalf of Salisbury House.
One of Kramble’s mentors continues to be Earl Barish of Winnipeg, a leading figure in business and corporate citizenship.
Kramble served as Chair of the Manitoba Restaurant Association from 2006–2013, prior to joining the Restaurants Canada Board of Directors.
Kramble currently resides just north of Winnipeg, in St. Andrews, Manitoba, with his wife Tracy and their two energetic, pre-teen boys, Bryson and Brock.