TORONTO, Nov. 12, 2014 /CNW/ - Restaurants Canada announced today a change of leadership, with the departure of Garth Whyte as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective today. Mr. Whyte joined Restaurants Canada as President and CEO in June, 2009.
"We would like to thank Garth for his contributions to the Canadian foodservice industry and to this organization during his time at Restaurants Canada, and we wish him well in his future endeavours," said Liam Dolan, Chair of the Board.
At the request of the Board of Directors, past chair Donna Dooher will take on the role of Interim President and CEO until a new candidate has been selected. Ms. Dooher has been an active member of the Board of Directors of Restaurants Canada since 2006. A seasoned restaurateur, Ms. Dooher is very well versed in Canada's vibrant foodservice industry.
A search for a new President and CEO has commenced under the direction of Ms. Dooher, and is expected to be completed in the next 3-4 months.
Restaurants Canada (formerly the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association) is a national association comprising 30,000 businesses in every segment of the foodservice industry, including restaurants, bars, caterers, institutions and their suppliers. Through advocacy, research, and member programs and services, Restaurants Canada is dedicated to helping its members in every community grow and prosper.
Canada's restaurant industry directly employs more than 1.1 million Canadians, contributes $68 billion a year to the Canadian economy (including commercial and non-commercial foodservice), and serves more than 18 million customers every day.
SOURCE: Restaurants Canada
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