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CFA National Convention 2016: The Highlights
Frank O'Dea tells his powerful story Last week, franchisors from Canada and the United States and even a few delegates from India and Australia gathered in Ottawa from April 17 to 19 for the 25th annual CFA National Convention. The event kicked off on Sunday with four Power Sessions, followed by a Meet and Greet for new members and first-time attendees. Delegates then gathered for a keynote presentation from Frank O’Dea, who shared his insp... Read more
Franchise Awareness Day Recap
The Canadian Franchise Association held its first-ever Franchise Awareness Day on Parliament Hill on April 19, 2016. Throughout the morning and afternoon, over 60 Presidents and CEOs of CFA member franchise systems met with politicians from ridings across Canada to educate them about franchising and its positive contribution to Canada’s economy. Some of the key messages we shared were: - Franchising directly and indirectly employs 1 in every 14 working Canadians - Franchisin... Read more
CFA National Convention Keynote Speaker Spotlight: Ken Otto
Keynote Speaker Spotlight: Ken Otto "The best brands consistently deliver their brand promise to every guest, every day, everywhere." With a Bachelor of Commerce in Hotel and Food Administration from the University of Guelph, CFA National Convention Keynote Speaker Ken Otto has forged a successful 25-year career in the food and hospitality industry. His first foray into the world of franchising was with Moxie’s Grill & Bar in 1996, helping to grow the brand in Albe... Read more
Leadership Profile: Gigi Harding, Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa CEO
Leadership Profile: Gigi Harding, Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa CEO By Christine Rosal As CEO of two franchise concepts – Kwik Kopy Printing Canada and Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa Canada – Harding is living her childhood dream. Harding’s career in franchising began at Kwik Kopy Printing, the printing franchise her father brought to Canada from the U.S. in 1979. After graduating from University, Harding took a job at a franchised Kwik Kopy location a... Read more