Media Alert - American Bar Association Annual Forum on Franchising shines light on business bright spot

    TORONTO, Aug. 5 /CNW/ - The franchise industry continues to grow in
Canada as many American companies look north for expansion and out-of-work
Canadians seek self employment as an answer to tough times.
    American company Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. is targeting the Canadian
market, ready to serve its famous chicken wings, burgers and wraps north of
the 49th parallel. In fact, Matt Brokl, VP, Associate General Counsel, Buffalo
Wild Wings, says the company "is looking forward to extending its reach
outside of the United States and Canada is a very attractive market for us to
do so."
    Franchise lawyers from across the United States and Canada will meet to
discuss industry and legal opportunities and challenges this fall at the
American Bar Association's 32nd Annual Forum on Franchising Conference in
Toronto running October 14-16 at the Westin Harbour Castle hotel. Lawyers are
set to learn more about: Franchisors in Distress; Fundamentals of Franchising
(with an overview of franchise law); Successful International Franchising; and
Engineering Healthy Franchise Relationships.
    Larry Weinberg, partner, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP (Toronto) and
Co-chair of the 32nd Annual Forum on Franchising Conference, explains:
"Franchising allows people to be in business for themselves - but not by
themselves - so the industry continues to grow during this economic
    "Many franchised businesses are experiencing increased demand for their
products and services, even while the recession continues," notes Kerry Bundy,
partner, Faegre & Benson LLP (Minneapolis) and also Co-chair of the 32nd
Annual Forum on Franchising Conference.

    Successful franchisors available for immediate media interviews include:
    Peter vanStralen, President, CEO and one of the 10 brothers running
Sunshine Grounds Care; Chez Cora/Cora's Restaurant founder Cora Tsouflidou.
Cora's Restaurant recently held the grand opening of its 108th location -
increasing from 100 locations in the past few weeks; Matt Brokl, VP, Associate
General Counsel, Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc.; and, Richard Greville, VP and
General Manager, Little Caesar Of Canada Inc.

For further information:

For further information: Teresa Donia, iAMBIC Communications,, (905) 508-5550; Kelli Wight, Director of Business
Development,  Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP,, (416)

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