Small Business Minister joins Restaurant Revival Working Group to support foodservice sector’s recovery

Restaurants Canada is pleased to unveil a new national working group bringing together elected officials, government representatives and industry leaders…

Small Business Minister joins Restaurant Revival Working Group to support foodservice sector’s recovery

Restaurants Canada is pleased to unveil a new national working group bringing together elected officials, government representatives and industry leaders to take the foodservice sector from survival to revival

January 28, 2021 09:01 ET


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Restaurants Canada (Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association)



Restaurants Canada (Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association)

Toronto, CANADA

TORONTO, Jan. 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Restaurants Canada looks forward to hosting Small Business Minister Mary Ng, along with other government and industry representatives, for the virtual launch of its national Restaurant Revival Working Group at 5 p.m. ET today.

“It is my pleasure to join the launch of the Restaurant Revival Working Group. These leaders have been tireless advocates for this sector and the workers and communities they support,” said Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade. “Since the start of the pandemic we have worked with restaurant owners and workers in the industry and we will continue to support them through COVID-19 and on the road to recovery.”

“We appreciate this commendable show of support from the Government of Canada to make sure restaurants are in the best possible position to help relaunch our country’s economy,” said Restaurants Canada President and CEO Todd Barclay. “If we want to build back a stronger, more resilient Canada that continues to reflect our country’s enviable diversity, our industry is the best place to start.”

Between March and April 2020, more than 800,000 workers in the Canadian foodservice sector lost their jobs or had their hours of work reduced to zero. According to the

December Labour Force Survey

from Statistics Canada, there are still more than 316,000 fewer jobs in the foodservice sector than there were in February 2020.

Restaurants Canada has convened the Restaurant Revival Working Group to not only focus on helping restaurant operators pull through the remainder of the COVID-19 crisis but also ensure they are set up for success in the post-pandemic economic environment.

Members of the Restaurant Revival Working Group will include:


Representatives from government

The Honourable Mary Ng, P.C., M.P.

Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade

Rachel Bendayan, M.P.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade

Irek Kusmierczyk, M.P.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion

Francesco Sorbara, M.P.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue

Kate Young, M.P.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (FedDev Ontario)


Representatives from industry

Tina Chiu, Chief Operating Officer, Mandarin Restaurant Franchise Corporation

Warren Erhart, President & CEO, White Spot Hospitality

Dr. Mohamad Fakih, President & CEO, Paramount Fine Foods

Duncan Fulton, Chief Corporate Officer, Restaurant Brands International

Frank Hennessey, Chief Executive Officer, Recipe Unlimited Corporation

Alan Howie, President and Chief Operating Officer, Northland Restaurant Group

Guy Laframboise, President, Les Restaurants Subway Québec Ltée

Brenda O’Reilly, Co-owner and Chief Operating Officer, O’Reilly’s Irish Newfoundland Pub, Mussels on the Corner, Yellowbelly Brewery & Public House, and YellowBelly at YYT

Patrick Saurette, Owner, The Marc Restaurant Group

John Sinopoli, Partner & Executive Chef, Ascari Hospitality Group

Cindy Simpson, Executive Vice President, Imago Restaurants Inc.

Nivera Wallani, President & General Manager, KFC Canada, Yum! Brands



About Restaurants Canada


Restaurants Canada is a national, not-for-profit association advancing the potential of Canada’s diverse and dynamic foodservice industry through member programs, research, advocacy, resources and events. Before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada’s foodservice sector was a $95 billion industry, directly employing 1.2 million people, providing Canada’s number one source of first jobs and serving 22 million customers across the country every day. The industry has since lost hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions in sales due to the impacts of COVID-19.

For more information, contact:

Roberto Sarjoo

Director, Marketing and Communications

Restaurants Canada

C: 416-389-7941


RSarjoo@restaurantscanada.org

Marlee Wasser

Manager, Communications and Stakeholder Relations

Restaurants Canada

T: 416-649-4254

Toll-free: 1-800-387-5649 ext. 4254


media@restaurantscanada.org

A PDF accompanying this press release is available at:

http://ml.globenewswire.com/Resource/Download/3dbb3aef-1cb7-41b2-9441-77beb9ab26b7

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