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Leadership Profile: Mary Kennedy Thompson, The Dwyer Group

February 22, 2018 admin

Successfully managing 12 different franchise brands at The Dwyer Group likely requires military-like precision and coordination. So it comes as no surprise that the company’s Chief Operating Officer has these skills in spades: prior to her transformation into a highly successful business executive, Mary Kennedy Thompson was a logistics officer [read more…]

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Franchise Fun: Susan Senecal, A&W

February 22, 2018 admin

Susan Senecal has recently taken over at the helm of A&W, the quick service food franchise that’s known as the Home of the Burger Family, as its President and CEO, but that won’t change the company’s goal of delivering the joyful experience of a great tasting burger, made with quality [read more…]

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Women of the Franchising World

February 21, 2018 admin

As the world celebrates International Women’s Day on March 8, honouring the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women, FranchiseCanada recognizes the female members of the Canadian franchising community. More entrepreneurial women are entering the franchise world, and here we showcase four hardworking females who have paved their own [read more…]

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Emerging System: Ctrl V

December 20, 2017 admin

In January 2016, at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the founders of what would come to be known as Ctrl V heard some of the most exciting news in their careers: virtual reality (VR) would soon be available to consumers. Ryan Brooks (CEO), Robert Bruski (CFO), and [read more…]

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Leadership Profile: Andrew Hrywnak, Print Three

December 20, 2017 admin

There are those whose professional path takes a circuitous route as they jump from company to company in their climb up the proverbial career ladder. By the time they reach the corner office, it’s hard to even pinpoint where or how it all began, yet alone keep track of all [read more…]

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Franchise Fun: Orangetheory Fitness

December 19, 2017 admin

With more than 60 locations in Canada, and the #11 spot on’s 2017 Fastest Growing Franchises list, Orangetheory Fitness is taking the fitness world by storm. As the Vice President of Franchise Development & Operations, Hifa Maleki plays an active role in the success of the privately-owned fitness franchise, [read more…]

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Franchise Fun: Michael Wong, Bento Sushi

October 27, 2017 admin

As the National Director of Retail Operations for Bento Sushi, Canada’s largest sushi provider, Michael Wong has a lot on his plate. The quick service sushi provider operates nationally in both traditional and non-traditional locations, including grocery stores, universities and colleges, hospitals, and business service settings, and is making its [read more…]

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Leadership Profile: Warren Erhart, White Spot

October 27, 2017 admin

By most people’s standards, Warren Erhart’s first foray into the world of food service was fairly tame, even formulaic: the young Erhart worked at McDonald’s as a teen. Putting in long hours at the famous Golden Arches to make some extra pocket money was hardly unique. In fact, working at [read more…]

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Franchise Fun: Zane Caplansky, Caplansky’s Deli

August 16, 2017 admin

For Zane Caplansky, Owner of Caplansky’s Deli, franchising is all about authenticity. He says the goal of his franchise concept, which got its start at the Toronto Pearson International Airport in 2014, is “serving the best-quality, most authentic deli experience possible.” More and more customers are getting a taste of [read more…]

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Leadership Profile: Pierre Marc Tremblay, Pacini

August 16, 2017 admin

Pierre Marc Tremblay, Innovator and Owner of the Pacini chain of Italian restaurants, got an early start in the food service business. In fact, he was barely out of his teens when he bought his first restaurant at the age of 20 in his hometown of Trois-Rivières, Quebec. It was [read more…]

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