Canadian Franchise Association Presents 2008 Recognition Awards

April 28, 2008 // // - TORONTO – On Tuesday, May 6, 2008, The Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) will honour this year's winners of the CFA Recognition Awards at the 2008 Recognition Awards Luncheon during its 2008 National Convention held at Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario. CFA is pleased to announce that Louie Mele, past President of McDonald's Restaurants Canada, will be the first recipient of the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. Other Recognition Award recipients will be announced at the awards ceremony.

CFA Recognition Awards pay tribute to individuals and franchise systems for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the Canadian franchise community and for their extraordinary commitment and contributions to philanthropic endeavours. Nominations are solicited from CFA members across Canada and selected based on merit by committee.


The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes exceptional achievement and contribution to Canadian franchising and the community-at-large through demonstrated excellence throughout one's franchising career. The first recipient of this inaugural award is Louie Mele, past President of McDonald's Restaurants Canada.

"Louie Mele, throughout his illustrious career with McDonald's both internationally and in Canada, exemplified all the personal and professional qualifications associated with a true industry leader," says Ken Pattenden, Chair of the CFA Board of Directors and President of Taco Time Canada. "From an entry level position to leadership of one of the real icons of Canadian franchising; Louie has lead by example and shown that with personal desire and commitment and the support of a quality franchise system the potential for success in the franchise community is limitless."

Mele began his career at McDonald's Canada in January 1973 in his hometown of Windsor, Ontario and advanced through various managerial positions. Mr. Mele took his Canadian McDonald's experience overseas in 1987 when he became Director of Operations for McDonald's Italy. In 1990, he was appointed President of McDonald's Italy.

Mele moved to the U.S. in 1995 as Vice President & Regional Manager in Norfolk, Virginia. He became Vice President & Regional Manager in Tampa, Florida in 1998 and returned to Canada as Chief Operating Officer in 2001 before his appointment to President in April 2005. Mele recently retired from McDonald's Restaurants Canada in February of this year.


The Hall of Fame Award is presented in recognition of outstanding performance by a franchise company. Hall of Fame Award recipients are instrumental in the achievement of the goals of the CFA through ongoing support of CFA initiatives, volunteer leadership, commitment to the community and franchising excellence.


The Corporate Citizenship Award is granted to a franchise system that has demonstrated genuine concern and support for a community or social service group. Award recipients are selected based on their philanthropic innovation, support and impact to the community.


Vince Nichols was the Director of Franchising for Maple Leaf Mills. His entrepreneurial spirit and dedication as a volunteer opened new opportunities for the CFA to better service the franchise community. In the spirit of his unique approach, the Vince Nichols Memorial Award is awarded to an individual who exemplifies the qualities that Nichols stood for.

For more information about CFA Recognition Awards including a list of past winners and CFA National Convention, visit

About the Canadian Franchise Association

With more than 430 corporate members nation-wide, representing many of Canada's best-known brands, the Canadian Franchise Association is the National Voice for Canadian Franchising and works with all levels of government to ensure the development of industry-made solutions. CFA promotes ethical franchising and educates Canadians about franchising, specific franchise opportunities and proper due diligence. For more information, visit


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