Growth Hack Boot Camp

April 6 & 7, 2019 | Sheraton on the Falls | Niagara Falls, Ontario


Do you need help discovering the most efficient way to rapidly grow your business? The CFA’s new Growth Hack Boot Camp can help you develop the strategies you need to quickly elevate and expand your business.

Taking place immediately before the 2019 CFA National Convention, this intensive two-day event will give emerging franchisors the opportunity to work with established CFA franchisors and suppliers to take your business concepts to the next level. 

Don’t miss out on the chance to propel your brand forward and maximize your growth!

Over two days, you'll get to experience:

  • Motivating keynote presentations to kick-start your growth transformation and get your whole team fired up.
  • Get your questions answered straight from the source! Industry leaders will address your most pressing issues in Q&A format
  • Interactive roundtable discussions. Learn the tips, tools and techniques for business optimization from leading franchisors.

Topics covered will include:

  • Using Digital Media to Fuel Rapid Revenue Growth
  • Funding Your Growth Hack
  • Supporting the Growth
  • Creating Free PR and Media Buzz
  • How to Create External Partnerships to Support your Growth

...and more!


DAY 1 - APRIL 6, 2019

10:00 – 10:30 am
Welcome Remarks
Intro to Growth Hack Boot Camp Program
My Growth Hack Story - Ken Leblanc

10:30 – 11:30 am
Keynote Speaker
Sharon Ramalho, McDonald's

11:30 – 12:30 pm
Keynote Speaker
Ryan Smolkin, Smoke’s Poutinerie

12:30 – 1:30 pm
Networking Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 pm
Ignite Session

3:00 – 3:15 pm
Energy Break

3:15 – 5:30 pm
Expert Mini-Sessions

5:30 – 5:40 pm
Closing Remarks

DAY 2 - APRIL 7, 2019

8:00 – 8:45 am
Networking Breakfast

8:45 – 9:00 am
Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:00 – 11:00 am
Expert Discussions

11:15 – 12:30 pm
Keynote CEO Panel

Roundtable Discussions

One of the best ways to get inspired is by speaking with others in your field. Share your growth challenges with your peers during these lively discussions, all facilitated by franchise experts.

Recruiting, Jania Bailey, FranNet
Recruiting the right franchisee prospect is essential to your business growth. What small changes can you make to your current franchisee recruitment process that will make the biggest impact?  Find out how to hack your recruitment strategy to fuel your low term growth in the least amount of time.  In this highly anticipated conversation, you’ll get the inside scoop on quickly and efficiently recruiting franchisees that are committed to investing in your business model, goals and growth.

External Partnerships to Support Your Growth, Ken LeBlanc, Inc.
How do you create powerful partnerships that’ll take your brand to the next level? How do you capitalize on the strengths and skills of each partner? How do you agree on a strategy that extends the revenue, market share and customer value of both parties involved? In an in-depth discussion with fellow peers and the leading industry expert of, Ken LeBlanc, discover how to quickly establish harmonious and long-lasting business partnerships that fit in with your brand’s vision and business growth.

Supporting the Growth, Joel Friedman, Pumpernickel's
What are the best practices for supporting growth after implementing growth-hacking tactics? What resources are needed after the growth hack is implemented? What resources are already available to you? Join a discussion focused on sustaining rapid growth and improving your chances of profitability and success. Discover how you can efficiently assess your performance and draw on the resources and tools available to you now, no matter what stage of growth your business is at.

The Value of PR When Launching your Growth Hack, Lisa Raffaele, Fishman Canada
How can PR complement your overall growth hack marketing strategy? How do you grab the attention of your target audience? Discover PR tools and activities to use to create awareness and media engagement around your growth hack idea. Learn the fundamentals for crafting a powerful message and the foundational strategies for creating the awareness needed to quickly grow your business idea.

Creating a Strategic Plan to Implement your Growth Hack, Marietta Snetsinger and Brett Johnson, Ascend Franchise Solutions
Now that you’ve thought of your “Big Idea”, it’s time to put it into action.  And the best way to move forward, is with a carefully thought-out strategic plan. In this session, led by Franchise Consultant experts,  you’ll discover the value of a 90 Day Strategic Plan and how to create the Big Vision for your growth hack.  Learn how to plan your next steps with laser focus and intention, and how to prioritize your next actions.

Using Digital Media to Fuel Rapid Revenue Growth, Reshift Media
Digital strategies including SEO, SEM and social media are critical to any growth hacking approach. Platforms such as Facebook and Google offer the ability to target incredibly specific audiences and their world-class measurement platforms allow you to fine-tune your approach to squeeze the most out of every dollar. During this roundtable session we will discuss how emerging and rapidly-growing franchise systems can create low-cost yet effective search and social strategies to reach and attract new customers. We will also discuss how you can use your franchise structure to achieve a multiplier effect on your results

Franchisee Buy In, Ryan Smolkin, Smoke’s Poutinerie
With growth comes change and getting your team’s support behind these sudden changes can lead to greater success. But how do you align your entire franchise team around those efforts? How do you develop the inspirational language that’ll rally your team behind your vision? As a franchisor, what are the leadership skills you must develop for seamless communication? In this important conversation, understand how you can get franchisees to buy into your biggest goals. Minimize conflict and move towards success by understanding the right processes and communication tactics in this session.


Ignite Session – Disrupt From Within, Angela Cote, Cultivate Advisors

The Innovation Storm is a high energy, entertaining and collaborative experience which will bring attendees together to collectively brainstorm ways to growth hack their businesses. Led by Angela Coté, an industry expert who is busy disrupting the franchise industry herself, this session will generate inspirational thought-provoking conversation and unique growth hack ideas to exponentially grow your business or even disrupt your industry.


  • Generate quantum ideas in a creative and collaborative environment
  • Explore ways to disrupt your business
  • Propel your growth hack to new heights

Coming Soon!

Sheraton on the Falls
5875 Falls Avenue
Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3K7
Tel: (905) 374-4445


Driving Directions from Major Cities in Ontario:

Lester B. Pearson International Airport- Toronto, ON
East on Airport Road towards Jetliner Road, turn left onto ramp for HWY 427 South, merge onto QEW towards Hamilton, follow QEW to Niagara, exit 420 to Niagara Falls, follow 420 as it becomes Falls Avenue.

Toronto, Ontario
Take 401 to Highway 403 south to the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW). From south Toronto, take the Gardiner Expressway to the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW). Follow Q.E.W. Niagara to Hwy. 420 into Niagara Falls. Take 420 East to Falls Avenue.

Kitchener/Waterloo Area
401 East to Hwy. 6 to Hwy. 403 East - watch for signs to Q.E.W. Niagara. Follow Q.E.W. Niagara to Hwy. 420 into Niagara Falls. Take 420 East to Falls Avenue.

London, Ontario
Highway 401 east to Highway 403 east, to the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW). Follow Q.E.W. Niagara to Hwy. 420 into Niagara Falls. Take 420 East to Falls Avenue

Montreal, Quebec
Highway 20 to the southwest to Highway 401 west. Follow the 401 to Highway 403 south, to the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW). Follow to the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) to Highway 420 East. Take 420 East to Falls Avenue.

Ottawa, Ontario
Highway 417 (southwest) to Highway 16 to the south. Follow Highway 16 to Highway 401 west. Take the 401 to Highway 403 south which connects to the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW). Follow Q.E.W. Niagara to Hwy. 420 into Niagara Falls. Take 420 East to Falls Avenue.

Windsor, Ontario
Take 401 to Highway 403 east, to the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW). Follow Q.E.W. Niagara to Hwy. 420 into Niagara Falls. Take 420 East to Falls Avenue


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