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Pizza Pizza Joins Scotiabank Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer
The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation has welcomed Pizza Pizza as its new presenting sponsor for Scotiabank Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer through 2019. Pizza Pizza’s commitment supports the Foundation’s vision to Conquer Cancer In Our Lifetime.
Since its launch in 2011, Scotiabank Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer has raised more than $16 million for cancer research at The Princess Margaret, one of the top five cancer research centres in the world.
“We cannot accomplish the amazing cancer care initiatives happening at The Princess Margaret without the support of great corporate citizens like Pizza Pizza,” says Shawn Burt, Chief Hockey Officer at The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. “We are grateful to the Pizza Pizza team for joining ours in the noblest fight of all, to Conquer Cancer In Our Lifetime!”
“On behalf of the thousands of people who work at Pizza Pizza, and in our network of restaurant locations, we are delighted to support The Princess Margaret to help with their efforts to conquer cancer, one shot at a time,” says Pat Finelli, Chief Marketing Officer for Pizza Pizza.
Scotiabank Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer is a one-day road hockey event in which teams play five games throughout the day. In addition to road hockey fun, there will be live bands, a sponsor expo, on-site massage therapy, and over 50 celebrities supporting the event. To ensure a world-class event experience, Pizza Pizza will bring its wide ranging menu to the event to help fuel over 1,700 cancer warriors on game day.
To date, more than 10,000 participants have taken part. This year, the fundraiser will take place on Saturday, September 23rd at Woodbine Racetrack in Etobicoke, Ontario, where more than 1,700 people are expected to participate.
Heart to Home Meals Announces its 2016 Franchisee of the Year
Heart to Home Meals recently named its Milton-based franchise – owned by Karen Story and Tim Turcotte – as Franchisee of the Year.
The award, presented each year by President Michael Gazer, recognizes one franchisee for success in several key areas of their business – sales growth, customer service, marketing, and brand leadership. The Milton franchise posted extremely strong sales growth, excels at providing incredible customer service to its customers, and has developed several highly successful marketing programs that have been implemented across the entire system.
“I am extremely proud of Karen and Tim and their tremendous success this past year,” says Michael Gazer. “They are the epitome of the ideal franchisees, and they bring their passion, dedication, and desire to make a real difference to their business each and every day. It is my pleasure to work with them and share in their success.”
PropertyGuys.com Adds Another Location in Milton & Halton Hills, ON
John David (JD) Sutherland joins Canada’s largest private sale real estate franchise network, PropertyGuys.com, as the newest franchisee, representing Milton and Halton Hills, Ontario. John David aims to help even more homeowners access the PropertyGuys.com system in Southern Ontario. He recently completed PropertyGuys.com’s corporate training program, PropertyGuys.com University (PGU). The program, held in Moncton, New Brunswick at the corporate home office, is designed to give new owners the training and experience they need to succeed.
“PGU was extremely helpful to us as new franchisees,” said John David. “It was also really fun and we learned a lot of helpful things within a relatively short period of time. It allowed us to go back to Ontario with tons of knowledge and confidence to build our new franchise.”
“I can easily see him becoming a top performer in our system,” said PropertyGuys.com President and CEO, Ken LeBlanc. “He’s a practicing attorney, which is a great background and expertise to have when starting this business. John David also really believes in our system, and shares our ethos that the real estate industry is broken and that homeowners shouldn’t have to spend a fortune to sell their house.”
PropertyGuys.com sees the Greater Toronto Area as an important driver of its success over the next few months, as it already holds a large number of high-performing franchise locations.
Mezza Lebanese Kitchen Signs Cole Harbour in Franchise Deal
Mezza Lebanese Restaurant Group announced the signing of a new franchise location in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. This announcement comes during the construction wrap-up of their first franchised location in Sydney, and just off the heels of signing their second franchised location in Tantallon. These new franchise locations will bring Mezza Lebanese Kitchen to a total of nine restaurants in Nova Scotia and 10 overall, with an international location in Dubai, UAE.
Owners Peter and Tony Nahas had their sights set on Cole Harbour for many years, and once they were ready to expand, they began the search to find the right location and franchisees. They were looking for motivated professionals who could give Cole Harbour the love and attention it deserved to become a success. Nicholas Conway, who currently works in the food and beverage industry, and Corey Walker, a local teacher, fit the mould perfectly. Their combined experience and skill was more than enough to ensure that Mezza Cole Harbour would be in good hands. Mezza opened in Sydney in May and Tantallon in June, and will open in Cole Harbour in August of 2017. These locations will be built as street front models, which will include up to 40 seats for lunch, dinner, take-out, catering, and delivery.
Mezza also has a fourth franchised location lined up for the fall. Looking ahead to 2018, Mezza hopes to expand through New Brunswick and beyond.
Lice Squad.com Opens Five New Regions
Lice Squad.com has signed on four new franchise owners, with the sale of five territories. New franchise owner, Crystal Schauerte, took over two Lice Squad.com areas in Ottawa, Ontario after the retirement of its previous owner of more than 10 years. With her background as a Registered Nurse and personal experience dealing with head lice, Crystal understands the anxiety caused by an infestation of head lice, and the need to provide families and organizations with readily available services that are safe and effective.
Malika Rezgani, new franchise owner of the Hamilton-Burlington, Ontario location, knows the lice business from working with Lice Squad.com for almost two years, first as a Consultant, and most recently, as its Clinic Coordinator in Mississauga, Ontario.
Crystal will operate three clinics to service the greater Ottawa region, while Malika will operate one clinic to service the Hamilton-Burlington area.
Lice Squad.com also opened its second franchise location in Nova Scotia, servicing Sydney, Truro, and Amherst and the surrounding area. New franchisee, Ashley Howie, whose background in teaching introduced her to head lice, decided it was finally time to pursue her dream of business ownership.
The Belleville-Kingston market will see its first Lice Squad.com clinic with the purchase of the area by Karen Catney, the cousin of Lice Squad.com Founder Dawn Mucci. Karen has a passion for people and for working with families through her many years of running adoption agencies that help children with special needs find loving homes.
Four New CaliBurger Franchise Locations Coming to British Columbia
With a strong presence throughout the U.S., Asia, and the Middle East, CaliBurger is now taking their modern fast casual experience across Canada. With plenty of available franchising opportunities, CaliBurger looks forward to rapid growth across the country.
The brand is based on the globally popular “California-style” burger, fries, and shakes. CaliBurger restaurants are fully licensed, offering spiked milkshakes (choice of bourbon, Bailey’s or rum) and local beer on tap. Everything is fresh and made to order.
Technology plays a big part in the overall CaliBurger experience. Aiming directly at millennials, CaliBurger features wireless charging stations, video walls, display screens, in-house interactive gaming, as well as an app with mobile advance ordering. In-store, guests interact with video games via their phone, and a leaderboard allows them to compete with other customers.
The first location is expected to open in late summer 2017.