About CRFA

Since its founding in 1944, the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association has grown to more than 30,000 members across the country.  Through advocacy, research, member savings and industry events, we help our members in every Canadian community grow and prosper.   CRFA members represent every sector of Canada’s vibrant and innovative foodservice industry, including restaurants, bars, cafeterias, coffee shops, and contract and social caterers.  We also welcome suppliers to our industry as associate members of CRFA.

CRFA’s head office is in Toronto, and we have regional offices in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal and Halifax. 

Mission and Values

CRFA’s Mission: To create an environment to help our members in every community to grow and prosper

CRFA’s Values: 

  • Leadership:  we inspire people to make a difference
  • Innovation:  we always look for improvement and efficiency
  • Integrity:  we demonstrate our values by our behaviour
  • Teamwork:  we work with our members to build a strong and committed team
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit:  we are agile and take intelligent risks for our members and the association
CRFA Board of Directors

CRFA is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, made up of industry leaders from every province and every foodservice sector. Click here for our Board of Directors.

CRFA Senior Staff

All CRFA staff can be contacted by e-mail. Our e-mail addresses use this formula: first initial + last name + @restaurantscanada.org.

For example, Sandra Smith can be contacted at ssmith@restaurantscanada.org.

Garth Whyte, President and CEO (view bio)

Carmine Aquino, Chief Operating Officer
Justin Taylor, Director, Member Services
Jim Manz, Director, Member Development
Edwin Cabural, Director, Expositions
Carol Facca, Director, Partnerships and Associate Members

Government Affairs
Joyce Reynolds, Executive Vice President, Government Affairs
Luc Erjavec, Vice President Atlantic Canada
James Rilett, Vice President Ontario
Jean Lefebvre, Vice President Quebec
Dwayne Marling, Vice President Manitoba / Saskatchewan
Mark von Schellwitz, Vice President Western Canada
Rick Hall, Federal Policy Director

Communications and Research
Jill Holroyd, Senior Vice President, Communications and Research
Chris Elliott, Senior Economist

Finance and IT
Sheryl Ross, Chief Financial Officer

Groupex Systems Canada Inc.

CRFA's group buying affiliate, Groupex gives independents the buying power of chains.

Toll-free: 1-800-670-6800
Email: mail@groupex.com
Website: www.groupex.com

Jobs at CRFA
Contact CRFA
General Inquiries
  316 Bloor Street W.
Toronto, ON
M5S 1W5
T: 416-923-8416
Toll-free: 1-800-387-5649
F: 416-923-1450
E: info@restaurantscanada.org
Member Inquiries
  Natalie Angeja
Member Services Co-ordinator
T: 416-649-4245 or 1-800-387-5649, ext. 4245
Email: membership@restaurantscanada.org

Click here for a full list of CRFA membership representatives
Media Inquiries
  Prasanthi Vasanthakumar
Communications Specialist
T: 416-649-4254 or 1-800-387-5649, ext. 4254
Email: pvasanthakumar@restaurantscanada.org
Sponsorship Inquiries
  Carol Facca
T: 416-649-4212 / 1-800-387-5649 ext. 4212
Email: cfacca@restaurantscanada.org
Advertising Inquiries
  To advertise in our magazine Canadian Restaurant & Foodservice News, our Buyers Guide and our website RestaurantCentral.ca, contact Chuck Nervick at chuckn@mediaedge.ca
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities
  The documents required by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Regulation are available upon request. Please call a Member Services Representative at 416-923-8416.
Western Canada Office See More >>
  Vancouver, BC
Toll-free: 1-866-300-7675
Manitoba-Saskatchewan Office See More >>
  Winnipeg, MB
Toll-free: 1-877-926-8557
Ontario Office See More >>
  Toronto, ON
Toll-free: 1-800-387-5649
Quebec Office See More >>
  Conseil des chaînes de restaurants du Québec
Montréal, QC
T: 514-448-2154
Atlantic Canada Office See More >>
  Halifax, NS
Toll-free: 1-877-755-1938