This year's Restaurants Canada Show will host the first ever Restaurants Canada Leadership Award at our widely popular Breakfast with Champions event. Yesterday we announced the first ever recipient of the Leadership Award, Tim Hortons franchisee Mark Wafer. Mark Wafer is well-known for his work in advancing employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
As the owner of six Tim Hortons restaurants in Toronto, Wafer has hired 127 people with disabilities over the past 20 years to fill meaningful and competitively paid positions -- from entry-level to logistics, production and management. His restaurants currently employ 46 people with disabilities in a workforce of 250.
“Mark has demonstrated that it is possible to impact change for the better by creating opportunities for those who may be overlooked in the workplace. He has also been a strong and outspoken advocate for other employers to follow his lead,” said Donna Dooher, President and CEO of Restaurants Canada. “Mark truly exemplifies the spirit of hospitality, and we’re very pleased to recognize his outstanding leadership.”
Wafer has drawn on his experience to become an outspoken advocate for inclusive employment. He is a member of the federal government’s Panel on Labour Market Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities; co-founder of Canadian Business SenseAbility, Canada’s national corporate strategy for hiring people with disabilities; a member of Ontario's Economic Development Partnership Council; and an inaugural member of Ontario's Champions League. He was recently inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame.
"I am honoured to receive the Restaurants Canada inaugural Leadership Award,” said Wafer. “This award shines a bright light on the clear economic benefits of full inclusion in Canadian business of workers with disabilities. It is by far Canada's largest untapped labour pool. Real inclusion is simply great for business."
Join us in celebrating Mark and his achievements on March 1st at the Breakfast with Champions event - tickets are still available and can be purchased here!
Mark Wafer makes a great business case for hiring those with disabilities in this episode of The Agenda with Steve Paikin.
Click here to learn more about the Restaurants Canada Show 2016 and Breakfast with Champions!
Read the original Press Release here.