CFA Celebrates Excellence in Canadian Franchising at Annual Convention


TORONTO — The Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) recently presented Awards of Excellence in Franchising, Franchisees’s Choice designations and CFA Recognition Awards.

“The CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising set a benchmark for franchises throughout Canada,” said Lorraine McLachlan, president and CEO, CFA. “A solid relationship between franchisor and franchisee is vital to the system’s success and these companies’ results show they offer outstanding support to their franchisees.”

Several foodservice operators were honoured during the ceremony, including; Symposium Café Restaurant Group who won gold in the new and emerging franchises category and Smoke’s Poutinerie, which grabbed a silver in the same category. In the traditional franchises/mature and established category, Pizza Nova was recognized with a silver.

Many of this year’s Franchisees’ Choice Designees come from the F&B sector, including, A&W, Boston Pizza, Cobs Bread, Druxy’s, Pizza Nova, Smoke’s Poutinerie and Edo Japan, among others. “Having a positive and progressive relationship with our franchise partners is essential for the ongoing health and growth of our business,” said Tom Donaldson, president and CEO of Edo Japan, of his company’s win.

Meanwhile, The CFA Hall of Fame Award was presented to Dairy Queen Canada for 60 years of franchising in Canada. Cora Tsouflidou (pictured, centre), founder of the Cora Franchise Group, received the Lifetime Achievement Award and Cobs Bread received the CFA’s Corporate Citizenship Award for its End of Day Giving and Dough Raisers programs.

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