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|Garth Whyte, CRFA President and CEO
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|Susan Senecal, Chair of CRFA
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|I am a Restaurant (Video)
The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association proudly presents: I am a Restaurant. This new film tells the story of our industry and the many ways in which restaurants nourish communities across Canada. Click here to view the bilingual version.
Government Affairs Photo Gallery
|CRFA met with Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander on Nov. 21, 2013 to discuss the importance of the foodservice industry to Canada’s economy, the labour shortage we face, and the impact of TFW program changes on our members. L to R: CRFA Director Gerard Curran (James Joyce Irish Pub and Restaurant), Minister Alexander, and CRFA’s Garth Whyte and Joyce Reynolds.|
|CRFA with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Left to right: CRFA Director Donna Dooher, CRFA Chairman Warren Erhart, Prime Minister Harper, CRFA’s Garth Whyte, and MP Joe Preston. PMO photos by Jason Ransom.||CRFA's CEO Garth Whyte (far left), Chair Brenda O'Reilly (right) and First Vice Chairman Gerard Curran (far right) present Prime Minister Stephen Harper with a personalized chef jacket.|
|CRFA’s Luc Erjavec with Nova Scotia Minister of Advanced Education and Labour Kelly Regan at a government press conference announcing the reversal of first contract arbitration legislation on Dec. 6, 2013.||CRFA met with key P.E.I. ministers in late October 2013 to discuss industry issues. L to R: CRFA Director Liam Dolan, Ministers Wes Sheridan and Janice Sherry, and CRFA’s Luc Erjavec.|
|CRFA’s Luc Erjavec (left) and CRFA Director Bill Allen of Fresh Casual Restaurant Inc. (right) meet with Health Minister Hugh Flemming on Oct. 8, 2013.||Ahead of Nova Scotia’s election, CRFA met with Premier Darrell Dexter on Aug. 28. L to R: CRFA’s Luc Erjavec, Premier Dexter, CRFA Director Chris Tzaneteas (Chrisco Restaurants) and CRFA Director Steve McMullin (Grafton Connor Group).|
|CRFA and a delegation of restaurateurs hosted Nova Scotia’s Leader of the Official Opposition Stephen McNeil on July 26. L to R: CRFA’s Luc Erjavec, CRFA Director Steve McMullin (Grafton Connor Group), Mr. McNeil and CRFA Director Chris Tzaneteas (Chrisco Restaurants).||CRFA met with Nova Scotia Minister of Finance Maureen MacDonald to discuss taxes and beverage alcohol. Pictured left to right: CRFA’s Luc Erjavec, CRFA Director Chris Tzaneteas, Minister MacDonald and CRFA Director Robert McKelvie|
|Halifax mayoral candidate Mike Savage met with CRFA and a contingent of restaurateurs on Sept. 13, 2012, to discuss challenges facing the city’s restaurants. Mr. Savage was elected as Mayor of HRM on Oct. 20. Pictured left to right: CRFA’s Luc Erjavec, CRFA Chair Donna Dooher, Mr. Savage, CRFA’s Garth Whyte and CRFA Director Robert McKelvie. Photo credit: George Georgakakos||CRFA’s Luc Erjavec (standing, right) discussed PEI’s harmonization at a July 25, 2012 public forum with Finance Minister Wes Sheridan (standing, left) in Charlottetown.|
|CRFA’s Luc Erjavec (left) and CRFA Director Brenda O’Reilly met with Hon. Derrick Dalley, Newfoundland Minister of Tourism and Culture in February 2012.||CRFA was invited to an Economic Roundtable on Atlantic Canada with Defence Minister Peter MacKay in January 2012. CRFA’s Luc Erjavec stressed the value of the foodservice industry to the economic and social fabric of the region and the need for policies that will help grow us grow.|
|On the campaign’s opening day, CRFA Director Liam Dolan and a number of operators hosted Premier Ghiz. This event gave the industry an opportunity to raise its concerns and hear directly from the Premier. Pictured left to right: CRFA Directors Bill Allen and Liam Dolan, Premier Robert Ghiz and CRFA’s Luc Erjavec.||Premier David Alward (left) talks with Luc Erjavec, CRFA Vice President Atlantic (right) at New Brunswick’s budget lock up on March 22, 2011.|
|CRFA Director Bill Allen (left) meets with New Brunswick Minister of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Mike Olscamp to discuss the foodservice industry’s role in the province, as well as the ApEx Show.||Premier Darrell Dexter tours ApEx with CRFA’s Chairman Gerard Curran (far left), Atlantic VP Luc Erjavec (second left), CEO Garth Whyte (right) and Director Chris Tzaneteas (far right).|
|Local restaurateur Chris Tzaneteas (left) and CRFA CEO Garth Whyte (right) present a personalized chef jacket to Premier Darrell Dexter following a meeting in Halifax, Monday, Sept. 28, 2009.||CRFA Director Chris Tzaneteas (far left), Chair Brenda O'Reilly (left), CEO Garth Whyte (right) and Atlantic VP Luc Erjavec (far right) present a personalized chef jacket to Premier Darrell Dexter.|
|Premier Robert Ghiz wears a personalized chef jacket presented to him by CRFA Atlantic VP Luc Erjavec (far left), Director Liam Dolan (left), Chair Brenda O'Reilly (right) and CEO Garth Whyte (far right).|
|CRFA’s Jean Lefebvre (left) discussed the restaurant industry with Quebec’s Tourism Minister Pascal Bérubé on Oct. 11, 2013.|
|CRFA met with restaurant leaders in Quebec to discuss key issues and share industry updates in August 2013. L to R: CRFA's Garth Whyte, Claude St-Pierre (MTY Group) and CRFA Chair Susan Senecal.||CRFA met with industry leaders in Quebec to talk about issues of importance and share industry updates in August 2013.
L to R: Marie-Line Beauchamp (St-Hubert Restaurants), CRFA's Garth Whyte and CRFA Chair Susan Senecal.
|CRFA met with industry leaders in Quebec to hear about key issues and share industry updates in August 2013. L to R: CRFA Board Member Guy Laframboise (Les Restaurants Subway Québec Ltée), CRFA Chair Susan Senecal and CRFA’s Garth Whyte.||CRFA’s Jean Lefebvre (right) met with Montreal mayoral candidate Richard Bergeron on July 25, 2013.|
|CRFA put restaurant issues on the table in a meeting with the new Quebec Liberal Party leader Philippe Couillard on May 17, 2013. L to R: MNA Lise Thériault, CRFA’s Jean Lefebvre and Quebec Liberal Party leader Philippe Couillard.||CRFA hosted members and ministers at a Quebec City reception in the fall of 2011, providing a forum for operators to discuss issues with government officials. Pictured left to right: CRFA’s Garth Whyte, Tourism Minister Nicole Ménard, Chief of Staff for the Tourism Minister Catherine Sévigny, and CRFA’s Jean Lefebvre.|
|CRFA discussed payroll taxes and red tape for alcohol permits with Quebec’s designated minister to the Finance Minister, Alain Paquet. Pictured left to right: Mario Dupont of Tim Hortons, Minister Alain Paquet and CRFA’s Jean Lefebvre.||To celebrate the anticipated milestone of Quebec’s commercial foodservice industry reaching $10 billion in sales for 2010, CRFA President and CEO Garth Whyte (left), Director Jean Bedard (second right) and Quebec Vice President Jean Lefebvre (right) present Quebec Premier Jean Charest with a chef’s jacket on August 30.|
|Garth Whyte (right) explains the importance of the foodservice industry in a meeting with Oliver Marcil, an advisor to Premier Jean Charest.|
|CRFA’s Joyce Reynolds and James Rilett (right) met with Labour Minister Yasir Naqvir to discuss the tipping bill and minimum wage on Oct. 10, 2013.||CRFA discussed industry issues with Premier Wynne at the opening ceremonies of the Canadian National Exhibition.
L to R: CRFA’s James Rilett and Garth Whyte, Premier Wynne and Minister of Consumer Services Tracy MacCharles.
|Raising restaurant issues in Ontario
CRFA’s Stephanie Jones discussed Ontario’s restaurant industry concerns with PC Leader Tim Hudak.
CRFA is working with all parties as they prepare their campaign platforms the election. CRFA has also leveraged the Liberal leadership race to raise the restaurant industry’s profile with the candidates.
|CRFA meets with Ottawa Mayor
Ottawa’s Mayor Jim Watson met with CRFA on Aug. 22, 2012, to discuss the size, scope and economic contributions of the city’s restaurant industry, and key issues. CRFA President Garth Whyte, Chair Donna Dooher and VP Ontario and Sustainability Stephanie Jones (pictured left to right here) also screened the “I am a Restaurant” video. Mayor Watson will welcome CRFA Board Members to Ottawa this fall. As host city to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario meetings and Canada’s national capital, Ottawa is a critical partner for CRFA at all levels of government.
|CRFA met with Minister of Labour Linda Jeffrey to discuss the tipping bill on Aug. 14, 2012. Pictured left to right: CRFA’s Garth Whyte, CRFA Chair Donna Dooher, Minister Linda Jeffrey and CRFA’s Stephanie Jones.||On June 20, 2012, CRFA met with NDP MPP Michael Prue to discuss Private Member’s Bill 107 and the challenges it poses for the restaurant industry. Pictured left to right: CRFA’s Garth Whyte, Mr. Michael Prue, CRFA Chair Donna Dooher and CRFA’s Stephanie Jones.|
|CRFA’s President and CEO Garth Whyte (right), Executive Vice President Government Affairs Joyce Reynolds (second left) and Vice President Federal Ron Reaman (left) present Premier Dalton McGuinty with a personalized chef jacket in Toronto on September 8, 2010.||CRFA President and CEO Garth Whyte (right) explains the importance of the foodservice industry to Toronto mayoral candidate Rob Ford (left). (Photo by Alice Xue)|
|Rob Ford (centre) meets with members of the CRFA team, including (clockwise from left): Stephanie Jones, Joyce Reynolds, Garth Whyte and Justin Taylor. (Photo by Alice Xue)||CRFA President Garth Whyte (left) and Stephanie Jones (right) meet with Tim Hudak, Leader of the Official Opposition in Ontario.|
|Sophia Aggelonitis (far left) and CRFA’s Ontario VP Stephanie Jones (far right) meet with then-Minister of Consumer Services Ted McMeekin last fall on liquor pricing and distribution issues.||CRFA’s Ontario Vice President Stephanie Jones (left) and President Garth Whyte (right) present Minister of Finance Dwight Duncan with restaurant operator petitions on liquor pricing and the HST.|
|CRFA met with Minister Dan Morgan on Nov. 1, 2013 to discuss labour issues. L to R: CRFA’s Dwayne Marling, Hon. Don Morgan, former CRFA Director Janis Hutton, and CRFA Director Darren Carter.|
|CRFA’s Dwayne Marling (left) speaks with Premier Greg Selinger after the 2011 budget is announced on April 2.||CRFA’s Dwayne Marling discussed the province’s labour issues with Minister of Labour Jennifer Howard in on July 25, 2012.|
|On July 4, 2012, CRFA’s Dwayne Marling (left) met with the new Minister Responsible for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority Donna Harpauer to discuss the province’s antiquated liquor regulatory regime.||CRFA’s Dwayne Marling (left) meets with Minister responsible for MLCC Jim Rondeau to push for a rewrite of Manitoba’s liquor legislation – one that would result in less red tape and create a better business climate for restaurateurs.|
|CRFA’s Dwayne Marling discusses our 2012 Pre-Budget Submission with Manitoba Finance Minister Stan Struthers (left) and MLA James Allum (right) on March 8.||CRFA’s Dwayne Marling (right), met with Hon. Tim McMillan, Minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority, to raise restaurateur concerns about potential additional administrative penalties for drivers with BAC levels between .04 and .08, as well as other beverage alcohol issues.|
|CRFA’s Dwayne Marling (right) met with Hon. Ken Krawetz, Saskatchewan’s Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance, to discuss CRFA’s 2012 Pre-Budget submission.||CRFA’s Dwayne Marling (left) with Saskatchewan Minister of Justice, Minister of Labour and Minister responsible for WCB, Hon. Don Morgan.|
|Last month, CRFA’s Manitoba-Saskatchewan Vice-President Courtney Hirota (right) met with Labour Minister Jennifer Howard (left) to introduce the province’s foodservice industry and discuss minimum wage.||CRFA Director Don Richardson (left) joined CRFA’s Joyce Reynolds and Dwayne Marling (right) to challenge SLGA President Barry Lacey on the five per cent beer discount that excludes licensed restaurants.|
|In November 2010, CRFA presented Premier Brad Wall (centre) with a personalized chef jacket. Also pictured, left to right: CRFA Director Don Richardson, President and CEO Garth Whyte, Chairman Gerard Curran and VP Manitoba-Saskatchewan Courtney Hirota.||In November 2010, CRFA met with Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety and Minister Responsible for the Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board Don Morgan (centre). Also pictured, left to right: CRFA Director Don Richardson, President and CEO Garth Whyte, Chairman Gerard Curran and VP Manitoba-Saskatchewan Courtney Hirota.|
|Premier Greg Selinger wears a personalized chef jacket presented to him by CRFA Director Diana Coutu (far left), Manitoba-Saskatchewan VP Courtney Hirota (left) and CEO Garth Whyte (far right).||Manitoba-Saskatchewan VP Courtney Hirota discussed the importance of the foodservice industry with Premier Brad Wall during provincial budget meetings.|
|CRFA met with Review Chair MLA John Yap to discuss our liquor policy submission on Sept. 23, 2013. L to R: CRFA’s Mark von Schellwitz, CRFA member John Aisenstat (Hy’s of Canada Ltd), CRFA Director James Henderson (Keg Restaurants Ltd.), Ken Dawson, Province of British Columbia, Review Chair MLA John Yap, and Suneil Karod, Province of British Columbia.|
|CRFA met with Minister Coleman on Jan. 29, 2013, to discuss the caterers’ licence announcement as well as other beverage alcohol issues. Pictured clockwise from left: CRFA Director James Henderson, CRFA’s Mark von Schellwitz, Minister Coleman, CRFA’s Garth Whyte and CRFA Chair Donna Dooher.||On June 26, 2012, CRFA met with Minister of Transportation Ric McIver to discuss communication of Alberta’s new drinking and driving laws. Pictured left to right: CRFA’s Mark von Schellwitz, Mr. McIver, and CRFA Directors Mike Yasinski and Patrick Saurette.|
|On June 26, 2012, CRFA met with Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Jonathan Denis to discuss Alberta’s drinking and driving communications campaign, as well as other licensee issues. Pictured left to right: CRFA Director Patrick Saurette, CRFA’s Mark von Schellwitz, Mr. Denis and CRFA Director Mike Yasinski.||Alberta Premier Alison Redford met with CRFA and its Alberta members while she was a leadership candidate in the summer of 2011. Pictured left to right: Troyan Mason of The Keg, CRFA Director Patrick Saurette of The Marc, Premier Redford, Gabriel Ion of A&W, Franco Migaldi of A&W and CRFA’s Mark von Schellwitz.|
|CRFA Chairman Warren Erhart (left) and CRFA’s Mark von Schellwitz present B.C. Premier Christy Clark with a personalized chef jacket on February 19, 2012.||At the 2011 BC Foodservice Expo, CRFA Director Warren Erhart (left), Western Canada Vice-President Mark von Schellwitz (second left), Chairman Gerard Curran (second right) and President Garth Whyte (right) met with B.C. Liberal Leadership contender George Abbott (centre).|
|Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach wears a personalized chef jacket presented to him by CRFA's President and CEO Garth Whyte (left), Vice President Western Canada Mark von Schellwitz (second left) and Chairman Gerard Curran (right) on September 15, 2010.||CRFA’s Vice President Federal Ron Reaman (right) and Western Canada Vice President Mark von Schellwitz (second left) discuss CRFA’s Healthy Living Strategy with B.C.’s Minister of Health Kevin Falcon (second right) and Minister of Healthy Living and Sport Ida Chong (left).|
|CRFA’s Director Lee Gonsalves (left), newly elected Chairman Gerard Curran (second left), Mark von Schellwitz (second right) and Past Director Barry Arndt (right) meet with Minister Thomas Lukaszuk (centre).||Premier Gordon Campbell (second from left) joins CRFA President and CEO Garth Whyte (left), and Chairman Gerard Curran for a sample of B.C. blueberries at the BC Foodservice Expo on April 26 in Vancouver.|
|CRFA's Ron Reaman (left) and Joyce Reynolds present 1,000 HST petitions from British Columbia restaurant operators to MP Ted Menzies, Parliamentary Secretary to the federal Minister of Finance.||CRFA's Garth Whyte (right) and Mark von Schellwitz (left) present hundreds of industry petitions against the HST to B.C. Finance Minister Colin Hansen. They also presented CRFA survey results showing over 90% of restaurant owners are against the HST.|
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