TORONTO — At its annual general meeting this week, Restaurants Canada named Bill Allen, president of Aulac, N.B.-based Fresh Casual Restaurants, the new Chair of the Board for 2016 to 2017.
“It’s an honour for me to represent an industry that means so much to Canadians,” says Allen. “We’re a big part of people’s daily lives and proud to give back to our communities. We offer tremendous opportunities for young people to get a foothold in the job market and carve out a successful career. The sky is the limit in this industry.”
Allen, a graduate of the Hotel and Restaurant Management program at New Brunswick Community College, has been part of the restaurant business since he was a teenager, when his family owned the Lobster Barn restaurant in Timber River, N.B. Allen began his career with JF Food Systems, and later joined Judson Foods, a regional foodservice distributor in Atlantic Canada. In 1993, his entrepreneurial spirit led him to venture into operating full-service truck stops and travel plazas.
Allen joined the Restaurants Canada Board of Directors in 2008.