TORONTO — Tim Hortons franchisee Mark Wafer has won the inaugural Restaurants Canada Leadership Award for his work in advancing employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
Wafer owns six Tim Hortons restaurants in Toronto and has hired 127 people with disabilities over the past 20 years to fill meaningful and competitively paid positions — from entry-level to logistics, production and management. “I am honoured to receive the Restaurants Canada inaugural Leadership Award,” says Wafer. “This award shines a bright light on the clear economic benefits of full inclusion in Canadian business of workers with disabilities. It is by far Canada’s largest untapped labour pool. Real inclusion is simply great for business.”
“Mark has demonstrated that it is possible to impact change for the better by creating opportunities for those who may be overlooked in the workplace. He has also been a strong and outspoken advocate for other employers to follow his lead,” says Donna Dooher, president and CEO of Restaurants Canada. “Mark truly exemplifies the spirit of hospitality, and we’re very pleased to recognize his outstanding leadership.”