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New foodservice operators conference set for March


Toronto – A new event designed to boost operational knowledge for foodservice operators will run simultaneously with the Canadian Restaurant Investment Summit in March 2016.

The Canadian Restaurant Operators Summit (CROS) will focus on boosting operational knowledge, and will run at the same time as the Canadian Restaurant Investment Summit (CRIS), which covers investment and real estate trends, Restaurants Canada said in a news release.

CRIS/CROS will start on March 1, 2016, with the opening reception held at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto and conference sessions taking place March 2, 2016, at the Hilton Toronto Hotel. It immediately follows the Restaurants Canada Show, which runs Feb. 28, 29 and March 1 at Toronto’s Enercare Centre (formerly the Direct Energy Centre). Investors and operators can attend any session at either CRIS or CROS.

The show will be run by Restaurants Canada in partnership with GE Capital Franchise Finance Canada and Big Picture Conferences.

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“This new event comes at a critical time for our industry, as we confront issues ranging from rising costs to the impact of new technology,” said Donna Dooher, president and CEO of Restaurants Canada, in the release. “If you’re attending the Restaurants Canada Show, simply add on CROS for one more day of education and networking that will sharpen your competitive edge.”

You can register for CRIS/CROS as early as next month. After signing up for the Restaurants Canada show (www.restaurantshow.ca), you’ll be given the option of visiting the CRIS/CROS website (http://www.restaurantoperator.ca) to continue your registration. Restaurants Canada members will receive preferred pricing.

“We’re looking forward to working with Restaurants Canada,” said Ed Khediguian, senior vice-president, GE Capital Franchise Finance Canada. “The conferences give our partners and future clients the chance to network, learn and be more informed about competing and investing in Canada’s restaurant industry.”

In 2015, an estimated $72 billion in sales will be generated by the restaurant industry, accounting for four per cent of Canada’s GDP, the association said. The restaurant industry directly employs 1.2 million Canadians, is the number one source of first jobs, and serves 18 million customers every day.