Entering its 10th year, the Canadian Restaurant Investment & Leadership Summit is the annual business conference that brings the industry’s leaders together.

Restaurant owners, operators, chain executives, franchise operators, investors, lenders and key suppliers from across the country agree that this is the event that delivers what they need – new insights, timely data, and networking opportunities – to help prepare for the future.

Due to the current climate, we have made the decision to move this year’s Summit to a virtual format, making it accessible for everyone.

Join us November 2-5
for Canadian Restaurant Investment & Leadership Summit Week!

During the week of November 2nd, we will host a series of complimentary webinars, featuring some of our most popular Summit sessions. CEOs and executives from leading brands along with industry experts, will share their perspectives on the future of the foodservice industry in Canada.



All attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the 2020 digital edition of the Canadian Chain Restaurant Industry Review – a comprehensive analysis and factual overview of market shares, revenue trends, costs, consumer behaviours and the overall state of chain foodservice industry in Canada.

2020 Canadian Restaurant Investment & Leadership Summit Week
November 2-5, 2020
Register for 1 or all 4 of the sessions below

The Foodservice State of the Nation
November 2, 2020 at 1:00pm

When you think back to 2019, no one would have predicted where we are today. It is a new world we are living in. Industry trends that were emerging have been accelerated, while others have faded. The economic uncertainty has raised questions about the availability of financing and investment, M&A activity, and the ability to develop or expand. What is the current state of the foodservice industry?

Join us on Monday November 2nd as we kick off the 10th annual Canadian Restaurant Investment & Leadership Summit with The Foodservice State of the Nation presentation.

For the sixth consecutive year, The NPD Group and CWB Franchise Finance will explore consumer, economic and financial trends, and how they are impacting the restaurant industry. During this one-hour live presentation they will cover:

  • Canadian foodservice industry sales and traffic
  • Consumer behaviours that have formed during the pandemic
  • New trends and realities that have emerged
  • The economy, markets and key financial trends
  • Predictions for the future


Jacob Mancini - AVP Restaurants & Breweries<br>CWB Franchise Finance

Jacob Mancini

AVP Restaurants & Breweries
CWB Franchise Finance

Vince Sgabellone - Industry Analyst, Canada Foodservice<br>The NPD Group

Vince Sgabellone

Industry Analyst, Canada Foodservice
The NPD Group

CEO Panel - Canadian Restaurant Leaders Reflect
November 3, 2020 at 1:00pm ET

There is no question 2020 has been an unprecedented year for restaurants and the foodservice industry. It has required leaders in the business to combat uncertainty, embrace creativity and develop strategies just to survive. As we move towards a post-COVID environment, how has the foodservice industry in Canada changed and what does the future entail?

Join us on Tuesday, November 3rd for a candid conversation with Canadian restaurant CEOs in the second session of the virtual Canadian Restaurant Investment & Leadership Summit.

During this panel discussion, you will hear directly from a group of leaders who represent various segments and regions of the Canadian foodservice industry. The panelists will cover a range of topics including:

  • New concepts, revenue streams and profit models
  • Industry trends that have been accelerated or abandoned
  • Supply chains, menu items and pricing
  • Partners, landlords and agreements
  • The workforce and the consumer


Ken Otto - CEO<br>Redberry Restaurants

Ken Otto

Redberry Restaurants

Peter Fowler - CEO<br>SIR Corp.

Peter Fowler

SIR Corp.

PJ L’Heureux - Founder & President<br>CRAFT Beer Market

PJ L’Heureux

Founder & President
CRAFT Beer Market

Susan Senecal - CEO<br>A&W Food Services of Canada Inc.

Susan Senecal

A&W Food Services of Canada Inc.


Ed Khediguian - Senior Vice President<br>CWB Franchise Finance

Ed Khediguian

Senior Vice President
CWB Franchise Finance

Investment, Finance, Growth and Development Panel
November 4, 2020 at 1:00pm ET

The global pandemic and its fallout has impacted all segments of the Canadian restaurant industry. Restaurant operators have had to face a whole new world and the impact continues. How has this disruption impacted the outlook of financing, mergers and consolidations, growth strategies and real estate models?

Join us on Wednesday, November 4th for the third session of the virtual Canadian Restaurant Investment & Leadership Summit, as we dive into the “DNA” of the conference – Investment, Finance, Growth and Development.

In this live session, thought leaders will discuss where things were at the start of 2020 and how the impact of the crisis and the lessons learned will play a role in 2021 and beyond. The panelists will cover:

  • Changes in growth strategies, including corporate ownership vs. franchising, future behaviour, models, and environment
  • M&A and consolidation activity and formal vs. informal restructuring and bankruptcy options
  • The debt market, lenders’ appetite and the investors’ perspective
  • How operators and landlords are co-existing and their relationship going forward
  • Shifts in real estate models and asset management strategies


Jacob Mancini - AVP Restaurants & Breweries<br>CWB Franchise Finance

Jacob Mancini

AVP Restaurants & Breweries
CWB Franchise Finance

Lee Jackson - Vice President Retail<br>Business Development<br>JLL

Lee Jackson

Vice President Retail
Business Development

Larry Weinberg - Partner<br>Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Larry Weinberg

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Mark Eaton - Chief Development Officer<br>Recipe Unlimited Corporation

Mark Eaton

Chief Development Officer
Recipe Unlimited Corporation

Technology in Foodservice Panel
November 5, 2020 at 1:00pm ET

Technology has been playing a significant role in the foodservice industry for years, but with the current pandemic, the industry has been forced to adapt and accelerate quicker than ever before. Shifting and refocusing priorities to the necessities to survive. How has foodservice technology evolved in the last few months and what do we expect to see in the future?

Join us on Thursday, November 5th for the final session of the virtual Canadian Restaurant Investment & Leadership Summit Week as we explore Technology in Foodservice.

Hear from innovative foodservice and tech companies as they discuss the technologies that have been accelerated is this new era, the hurdles they’ve had to overcome, lessons learned along the way and what trends we can expect to see in the future. During this live discussion, panelists will explore:

  • The new contactless environment
  • Digital ordering, takeout and delivery
  • Off-premise sales, new concepts and implementations
  • Consumers behaviours, customer loyalty and engagement
  • Health and safety for customers and staff


Manoj Jasra - Chief Marketing & Digital Officer<br>Northland Properties

Manoj Jasra

Chief Marketing & Digital Officer
Northland Properties

Brian Deck - CEO<br>Smooth Commerce

Brian Deck

Smooth Commerce

Jeff Barlow - VP Marketing<br>Mary Brown's Inc.

Jeff Barlow

VP Marketing
Mary Brown's Inc.

Dan Nielsen - President<br>Attitude Marketing & AT2 Media

Dan Nielsen

Attitude Marketing & AT2 Media


Robert Carter - Managing Partner<br>The StratonHunter Group

Robert Carter

Managing Partner
The StratonHunter Group

Thank you to our sponsors
for making the 2020 Canadian Restaurant Investment & Leadership Summit Week possible

Premier Research Sponsor

Contributing Partner, Canadian Chain Restaurant Industry Review

CWB Franchise Finance has been hosting the Canadian Restaurant Investment & Leadership Summit since 2010 and is honoured to continue to bring the industry together with this conference.

The members of the CWB Franchise Finance team are experts in providing both corporate franchisor and franchisee-level financing for prominent restaurant brands and leading hotel owners in Canada. We believe in getting to know the operations, opportunities, and challenges of each of our clients so we are able to provide them with customized, flexible financing solutions that will help them achieve their business goals. CWB Franchise Finance is a division of Canadian Western Bank.