Garth Whyte appointed CEO of Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association

    TORONTO, May 22 /CNW/ - Chairman of the Board Brenda O'Reilly is pleased
to announce that Garth Whyte has been appointed President and CEO of the
Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA), effective June 15,
    Mr. Whyte is currently Executive Vice President of the Canadian
Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Since joining CFIB in 1986, he has
held several senior positions involving government affairs, strategy
development, membership and operations. Earlier this year Mr. Whyte was
identified as one of Ottawa's top lobbyists by the parliamentary affairs
journal, The Hill Times.
    With more than 25 years of experience developing a broad range of
government and business policies, Mr. Whyte is a recognized business leader.
He has made hundreds of presentations to municipal, provincial and federal
governments and served on numerous advisory committees including the Canadian
Border Services Agency, the Canada Revenue Agency and the Employment Insurance
Employers' Committee.
    "Garth is recognized and respected by politicians, business owners and
the media as a leader in the business community," says Ms O'Reilly. "I'm very
pleased that we have been able to recruit such a high calibre individual to
lead CRFA in advancing the interests of Canada's foodservice industry."
    Mr. Whyte is a graduate of Carleton University where he earned an Honours
B.A. and an M.A. in Public Administration. He assumes leadership of the CRFA
from outgoing President Douglas Needham, who announced late last year that he
would be departing from CRFA in June 2009, after more than 26 years as CEO.

    CRFA is one of Canada's largest business associations, with 33,000
members representing independent and chain restaurants, bars, caterers,
institutions and other foodservice providers. Canada's $60-billion foodservice
industry employs more than one million people in communities across the

    Note to editors: A photo of Mr. Whyte is available at

For further information:

For further information: Jill Holroyd, CRFA Vice President Research and
Communications, (416) 649-4217 or

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