Canadian Franchise Association Announces Winners of the 2017 Awards of Excellence in Franchising

Symposium Cafe and Par-T-Perfect Take Home Top Honours at CFA Awards Gala

TORONTO, April 4, 2017 /CNW/ - The Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) is pleased to announce that Symposium Cafe and Par-T-Perfect are the Grand Prize winners of the 2017 CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising. This is the first time the CFA has awarded two separate Grand Prizes in its annual awards program, which was split into Traditional Franchises (those with bricks and mortar locations), and Non-Traditional Franchises (those that are mobile or home based) to reflect the range of franchise opportunities on the market.

"Franchising in Canada is very diverse, ranging from home-based and mobile event planning businesses like Par-T-Perfect, to full-service restaurants like Symposium Cafe," says Lorraine McLachlan, CFA's President and CEO. "To reflect this diversity, and to ensure that participating franchise systems are being rated against their peers, we expanded our awards program to include seven categories and two Grand Prizes."

Considered the pinnacle of franchise achievement in Canada, the CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising are given annually to franchise systems that have demonstrated the strongest, most mutually rewarding relationships with their franchisees. The Grand Prizes were presented during a gala awards presentation dinner at the 26th annual CFA National Convention in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

"The CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising truly set a benchmark for franchises throughout Canada and we are honoured to present the awards to this year's winners," McLachlan continues. "No matter what size a franchise system is, or what format it takes, a solid relationship between franchisor and franchisee is vital to the system's success. Symposium Cafe's and Par-T-Perfect's strong results demonstrate they offer outstanding support to their franchisees."

Open exclusively to CFA-member franchise systems who have been franchising for three years or more, the CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising recognize excellence in franchise operations. Winning systems must demonstrate a dedication to superior franchisee relations, leadership, business planning, marketing, training and support, ongoing operations and communications.

This year, 60 CFA-member franchise systems participated in the competition. The winning franchise systems were decided based on the results of a survey completed by participating franchisors and their franchisees about their experiences and levels of satisfaction with the system. The CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising is sponsored by CFA and administered by the Portage Group, a third-party research firm.

This year, the competition was expanded from four to seven categories to enable franchise systems to be rated against their peers. Entries were separated into Traditional Franchises and Non-Traditional Franchises. Within these categories, entrants were grouped based on number of franchisees.

These categories reflect the wide range of franchise opportunities in today's marketplace and create a more even playing field for the ranking of each entry.

The 2017 CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising winners are:

2017 CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising Grand Prize

Traditional Franchises: Symposium Cafe

Non-Traditional Franchises: Par-T-Perfect

Traditional Franchises (i.e. bricks and mortar locations)

6-15 Franchisees
Gold: Scholars Education Centre
Silver: Bento Sushi
Bronze: THE TEN SPOT

16-29 Franchisees
Gold: Symposium Cafe
Silver: White Spot Restaurants
Bronze: FASTSIGNS

30-99 Franchisees
Gold: Triple O's
Silver: Edo Japan
Bronze: UCMAS Mental Math Schools

100+ Franchisees
Gold: A&W Food Services of Canada Inc.
Silver: Pizza Nova
Bronze: Pizza Pizza

Non-Traditional Franchises (i.e. mobile, home-based, etc.)

6-15 Franchisees
Gold: Par-T-Perfect
Silver: Lice Squad.com
Bronze: Driverseat

16-29 Franchisees
Gold: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Canada
Silver: Little Kickers
Bronze: CertaPro Painters

30-99 Franchisees
Gold: Alair Homes
Silver: Home Instead Senior Care
Bronze: PropertyGuys.com

For more information about the CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising, visit www.awardsprogram.ca.

About the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA)
The Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) is the recognized authority on franchising in Canada. With over 600 corporate members representing many of Canada's best- and lesser-known brands and 40,000 franchisees nation-wide, CFA is the indispensable resource for the franchise community and advocates on behalf of franchisors and franchisees in Canada to enhance and protect the franchise business model. CFA promotes excellence in franchising and educates Canadians about franchising, specific franchise opportunities and proper due diligence through its many events, programs, publications, and websites (www.cfa.ca, www.LookforaFranchise.ca, and www.FranchiseAwareness.ca).

SOURCE Canadian Franchise Association

For further information: For media accreditation, more information, and/or to arrange an interview with Lorraine McLachlan, CFA President & CEO, or any of the award winners, please contact: Lisa Raffaele, PUNCH Canada, E-mail: Lisa@punchcanada.com, Tel: (647) 837-1265

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