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Mary Brown’s Chicken Celebrates Fifth Consecutive Win on Canada’s Best Managed Companies List 

The win is a testament to the 100 per cent Canadian-owned and -operated quick-service restaurant brand’s exponential growth and devotion to employees, franchisees, and vendors.  

Mary Brown’s Chicken today announced it has been recognized as one of the 2023 Canada’s Best Managed Companies, winning the award for the fifth consecutive year. The brand holds the exclusive Gold Standard designation, given to companies earning the designation for four to six consecutive years. 

Canada’s Best Managed Companies program spotlights the top privately-owned Canadian companies. The program involves a meticulous evaluation process that examines a company’s management skills and practices. Canada’s Best Managed Companies demonstrate leadership in areas such as adaptability, strategic planning, employee wellbeing and customer relationships. 

Mary Brown’s was also recently named Foodservice & Hospitality Magazine’s Company of the Year for 2022. The award goes to an organization demonstrating significant innovations and accomplishments, meaningful impact on the industry and community spirit. Considered the Academy Awards of the dynamic $90-billion foodservice and hospitality industry, Mary Brown’s was selected from among hundreds of nominees.  

Both awards acknowledge Mary Brown’s remarkable growth trajectory, opening over 50 stores across Canada in 2021/2022 with another 40 planned in the next twelve months. They also highlight the brand’s unflinching commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace, demonstrated through mandating the hiring of women, young adults and visible minorities, including in director and executive roles. In addition, Mary Brown’s makes corporate culture and employee engagement a top priority, fostering a warm, family atmosphere, holding frequent social events, and maintaining an open concept/open door approach. The brand is equally committed to supporting its Canadian vendors, Canadian farmers and the Canadian communities Mary Brown’s stores call home. 

Mary Brown’s Chicken was also chosen as the 2023 Canadian Franchise Association’s Outstanding Corporate Citizen Award recipient, based on its community involvement. The victory acknowledges Mary Brown’s many philanthropic initiatives including its sponsorship of BGC Canada (formerly Boys and Girls Clubs), providing $335,000 in relief support for Hurricane Fiona victims as well as hundreds of food drops to front-line workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“As a proud Canadian company that cares deeply about its employees, franchisees, vendors and the communities in which we operate, it is incredibly rewarding to be recognized with these awards,” says Hadi Chahin, CEO of MBI Brands, parent company of Mary Brown’s Chicken. “Our priority is and always will be, not only producing an incredibly delicious menu, but also operating our business with integrity and respect for all.”