CRFA elects new chairman
March 12, 2009 By Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association
March 12, 2009, TORONTO – Brenda O’Reilly, a well-known St. John’s restaurateur, was
elected chairman of the 33,000-member Canadian Restaurant and
Foodservices Association (CRFA) at the association’s annual meeting on Monday.
O’Reilly is the owner/operator of O’Reilly’s Irish Newfoundland Pub,
one of the most popular destinations on George Street in St. John’s. Last year she opened Yellowbelly Brewery and Public House in a restored
heritage building on the same street. She also owns a catering
business called Food on the Run. O’Reilly employs 95 to 120 people
throughout the year.
“I’m very proud to be representing such a vibrant industry where the
entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well,” says O’Reilly. “Restaurants
are an important part of every community in Canada, from Newfoundland
to British Columbia. They’re gathering spots for people of all ages,
they attract tourists, they contribute to the local economy, and they
create amazing opportunities for both entrepreneurs and employees.”
One of Canada’s largest business associations, CRFA represents
independent and chain restaurants, bars, contract and social caterers,
hotels and other foodservice providers. Canada’s $60 billion
foodservice industry employs more than one million people.
CRFA’s top priority is government affairs, representing the
interests of foodservice operators at the federal level and in every
province. The association also offers money-saving services for
members along with four hospitality industry trade shows.
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