Canadian Franchise Association Announces Winners of the 2018 CFA Recognition Awards

Randy Moore of Mister Transmission to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

(Toronto, ON) April 9, 2018… The Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 CFA Recognition Awards. The awards will be presented during a gala awards presentation dinner on Monday, April 23 at the 27th annual CFA National Convention in Ottawa, Ontario.

CFA Recognition Awards pay tribute to individuals and franchise systems for their achievements and contributions to the Canadian franchise community, and for their commitment and contributions to philanthropic endeavours. Nominations are solicited from CFA members across Canada and winners are selected by committee based on merit.

“The CFA Recognition Awards are about excellence in the franchise community,” says the CFA’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Lorraine McLachlan. “Franchising is a significant business sector in Canada making positive contributions to the Canadian economy and the community-at-large.  Our prestigious CFA Recognition Awards celebrate these contributions. We congratulate all the winners on their achievements.”

New this year, the CFA has introduced a Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award to recognize a company or individual for extraordinary leadership and contribution towards improving and promoting diversity and inclusion within their workplace and the franchise community in Canada.

The recipients of the 2018 CFA Recognition Awards are:

Category: Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award
Recipient: The Lunch Lady

Since its launch in 1993, the Lunch Lady has had all the right ingredients for a rewarding franchise: serve good food to over 140 communities and help create diverse and inclusive societies. And it all boils down to founder Ruthie Burd’s dedication to ensure “everyone wins.” Today, she proudly supports healthier school food environments in hundreds of schools, delivering her service to thousands of kids, including those with allergies, helps schools raise much needed funds, and is currently involved in developing strategies to assist not-for-profit organizations to provide meals for those at-risk through the newly created Lunch Lady Foundation. Ruthie is also committed to providing employment opportunities for adults with special needs, not just in her company, but across Canada. What started out as a brand created by one mom for other moms, has grown into a thriving business that continues to serve communities in the best way possible.

Category: Lifetime Achievement Award
Recipient: Randy Moore, Mister Transmission

Trail-blazer. It’s the one word that best sums up Randy Moore and his achievements as President and CEO of Mister Transmission, a leading brand in driveline repairs. From a single store in Richmond Hill, Ontario in 1963, (where he was Store Manager), to more than 60 locations across the country, Randy Moore’s role in Mister Transmission’s growth is nothing short of exemplary. Through the span of his 40-year career, he’s gone above and beyond, mentoring franchisees across the automotive sector and forging one of Canada’s most iconic and memorable brands.

Category: Hall of Fame Award
Recipient: Kumon

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With over 24,700 learning centres and 4.3 million enrolments to date, Kumon is one of the fastest growing businesses, helping children achieve their academic potential worldwide. But back in 1954, founder Toru Kumon was only intent on helping one child achieve his potential: his son. After coming home with poor test results, Kumon created math worksheets for his son’s daily practice.

Fast forward to 2018 and children all over world use Kumon’s math sheets as a springboard to success. Through an unwavering commitment, the Kumon brand continues to ensure every child is able to reach their academic goals through partnerships with organizations like the Japan Integration Cooperation Agency and Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee.

Category: Outstanding Corporate Citizen Award
Recipient: BioPed

Walking the walk, BioPed is more than just a brand specializing in custom orthotics. It’s a brand that’s helped underprivileged communities around the world move safely, easily and comfortably through its Goodytwoshoes Foundation. Partnering with charities like Salvation Army Shelters since 2010 and Soles4Soles more recently, BioPed has kept shoes out of landfills and provided footwear to people in need. From children walking to school to receive an education to women working out on fields to feed their families, BioPed remains dedicated to providing the foundation for happy and healthy communities everywhere.

Category: Volunteer Leadership Excellence Award
Recipient: The CFA Changing Workplaces Taskforce
Matthew Badrov, Sherrard Kuzz LLP
Janice Beer, A&W Food Services of Canada
Julie Breau, Restaurant Brands International
Clark Harrop, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada
Joel Levesque, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada
Sherry MacLauchlan, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada
Carol Patterson, Restaurant Brands International
Julie May Rogers, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada
Michael Sherrard, Sherrard Kuzz LLP
Peter Snell, Gowling WLG LLP
Larry Weinberg, Cassels Brock LLP
John Wissent, CFA Board of Directors

With potential changes to Ontario’s labour laws posing a critical threat to franchising in the province, the CFA’s ability to advocate for franchisors and franchisees on this issue would not have been possible without the dedicated volunteers who made up the CFA Changing Workplaces Task Force. Formed in November 2015, the Task Force worked tirelessly to ensure that the government did not adopt recommendations for a joint-employer designation for franchisors, which would have destroyed the franchise business model in Canada. As a result of these efforts, joint-employer was not included in Ontario’s new labour legislation, and franchisors were not singled out in any of the amendments.

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