Save the Date: April 8-10, 2024

Enercare Centre, Toronto

Breakfast With Champions


Wednesday, April 10, 2024

7:00am - 10:00am - Liberty Grand, Exhibition Place

A top-rated morning event where hospitality leaders gather to learn data-driven insights from industry research companies, gain exclusive knowledge from innovators and get inspired by world-class speakers. Purchase a table or bring your team to empower them with the inspiration and tools needed to move forward with heart and hustle

(Date & Details Subject to Change)

2023 Agenda & Speakers

7:00 am - 7:30 am

Breakfast & Host

Enjoy a delicious elevated breakfast spread and network with your fellow industry professionals. This year's event is hosted by Manjit Minhas, Co-owner & Founder, Minhas Breweries, Distilleries and Wineries

Manjit Minhas

7:30 am - 7:40 am

Opening Remarks

Introductions by Christian Buhagiar, President & CEO, Restaurants Canada

7:40 am - 7:45 am

Opening Ceremony

Introductions by Kim Wheatley, Anishinaabe Cultural Consultant

Kim Wheatley

7:45 am - 8:00 am

Where Are We Now?

Presenting the economic forecast and analyzing the trends and opportunities that will shape the future of the industry, including delivery, labour, supply chain and inflation.

Vince Sgabellone

Chris Elliott

8:00 am - 8:15 am

Checking On Your Team

Kris Hall shares front-line insights and tools to help leaders support their teams and exciting news from The Burnt Chef Project, which seeks to eradicate mental health stigma in the hospitality industry.

Kris Hall

8:15 am - 8:25 am

Healing the Industry

Coach Carey encourages guests to remember the space they hold within the hospitality industry and empowers leaders to recognize their power to heal, include and elevate talent to retain labour and build stronger teams.

Raia 'Coach' Carey

8:25 am - 8:45 am

Champions of Heart & Hustle - Leadership Panel

Industry champions share intimate stories of conscious innovation and the role emerging leaders and big ideas play in the future of hospitality and foodservice.
Moderated by Trevor Lui., Co-Founder, Quell Now Inc.

Trevor Lui

Kate Longmire

Julie Denton

Juanita Dickson

8:50 am - 9:25 am

In Conversation With Will Guidara

Hospitality luminary Will Guidara on “Unreasonable Hospitality” and why it’s important to create a hospitality-first culture and see it through. Lessons on how the art of hospitality can retain great talent, attract new talent and bring back raving customers—all of which will increase your profit margins.
Moderated by Renée Suen, Restaurant & Travel Writer, blogTO Food Editor

Renée Suen

William Guidara

9:25 am - 9:35 am

Food Waste: A Call to Action

Reducing food waste is the single most effective way to lower greenhouse gas emissions. The issue is both urgent and important. Sam Kashani leads Too Good To Go, an organization who is singularly focused on eliminating food waste. Sam will discuss why being sustainable doesn’t require sacrifice.

Sam Kashani

9:35 am - 9:50 am

Restaurants Canada Awards Presentation

Join us as Restaurants Canada announces the recipients of this year’s RC Awards for Culinary Excellence, Leadership, Legacy and Social Advocate Awards.

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2019 Agenda & Speakers

Stay tuned for our 2020 line-up!


Breakfast & Networking

Tony Chapman<br>Media Personality

Welcome & Introduction

Presented by Breakfast With Champions Official Host & Moderator Tony Chapman

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Restaurants Canada State Of The Nation

Shanna Munro, President & CEO, Restaurants Canada

Jessica Cravero

Market Trends with Technomic

Jessica Cravero, Regional Vice President, Technomic


How to Influence Your Audience's Behaviour

David Allison, Valuegraphics Pioneer & Consumer Behaviour Expert


Gamechanger #1: Adam Corrin - COO, Freshii


Gamechanger #2: Chuck Muth - Chief Growth Officer, Beyond Meat


Game-Changer #3: Manjit Minhas - Beer Baroness & CBC Dragons' Den


Powering the Visitor Economy

David Goldstein, President & CEO, Destination Canada


RC Leadership Award Presentation

Tony Chapman, Media Personality

Closing Remarks

Tony Chapman, Host & Moderator