Pizza Nova Wins Grand Prize in Canadian Franchise Association Awards of Excellence in Franchising
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Pizza Nova Wins Grand Prize in Canadian Franchise Association Awards of Excellence in Franchising

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 9, 2012) - The Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) ( is pleased to announce that Pizza Nova is the Grand Prize winner of the 2012 CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising and Gold Winner in the Category of Traditional Franchises - Mature/Established.

Open exclusively to CFA Franchise System members who have been franchising for three years or more, the CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising recognizes excellence in franchise operations. Winning systems must demonstrate a dedication to superior franchisee relations, leadership, business planning, marketing, training and support, ongoing operations and communications. The Award was presented to the family-owned pizza franchise on April 2, 2012 during a gala awards presentation dinner at the 21st annual CFA National Convention in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

"Now I know what it feels like to get an Academy Award!" said a jubilant Domenic Primucci, President of Pizza Nova who accepted the award on behalf of Pizza Nova, thanking his franchisees, his staff and of course, his father, who founded the company in 1963.

This year, over 50 CFA member franchise systems participated in the CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising competition, the highest number of entries ever in the history of the CFA Award of Excellence program. The winning franchise systems are decided based on the results of a survey completed by CFA member franchisors and franchisees about their experiences with their franchise system. The CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising is sponsored by CFA and administered by InfoFeedback, a third-party research firm. Considered the ultimate prize in Canadian franchising, the CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising are given annually to franchise systems that have demonstrated the strongest, most mutually rewarding relationships with its franchisees.

"The CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising truly set a benchmark for franchises throughout Canada and we are honoured to present the awards to this year's winners," says Lorraine McLachlan, CFA President and Chief Executive Officer. "A solid relationship between franchisor and franchisee is vital to the system's success and these companies' results show that they offer outstanding support to their franchisees."

The CFA Award of Excellence in Franchising competition includes four categories to enable franchise systems to be rated against their peers. Entries are separated into Traditional Franchises (i.e. those with bricks and mortar locations) and Non-Traditional Franchises (i.e. mobile, home-based, etc.). Within these groups, entrants were grouped based on the length of time the franchise system has been operating (3 to 10 years and 11+ years). These categories better reflect the wide range of franchise opportunities in today's marketplace and create a more even playing field for the ranking of each entry. The CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising Grand Prize winner is selected from amongst the category Gold winners.

The 2012 CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising winners are:

2012 CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising Grand Prize
Pizza Nova

Traditional Franchises (i.e. bricks and mortar locations)
New / Emerging (franchising 3 - 10 years)
Gold: Symposium Cafe
Silver: WATCH IT! Incorporated
Bronze: COBS Bread

Mature / Established (franchising 11+ years)
Gold: Pizza Nova
Silver: Print Three Franchising Corporation
Bronze: Maaco Systems Canada

Non-Traditional (i.e. mobile, home-based, etc.)
New / Emerging (franchising 3 - 10 years)
Bronze: Grade Math Programs

Mature / Established (franchising 11+ years)
Gold: Home Instead Senior Care
Silver: Certa Pro Painters
Bronze: Merry Maids of Canada

"The CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising program celebrates the relationship between franchisees and franchisors," says Cheryl Kostopoulos, President, Pak Mail Centers Canada and Chair of the CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising Committee. "These awards are about education, the CFA's commitment to excellence, and highlighting the fact that, when the franchisor and the franchisees work together, there is no better way to do business. This is what CFA is all about. It reflects our core values: how to do franchising right."

For more information about the CFA Awards of Excellence in Franchising and a list of past winners, visit

About the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA)

With over 500 corporate members nation-wide, representing many of Canada's best-known brands, the Canadian Franchise Association is the national voice for franchising in Canada and works with all levels of government to ensure the development of industry-made solutions. CFA promotes excellence in franchising and educates Canadians about franchising, specific franchise opportunities and proper due diligence through its many events, programs and publications. For more information, visit

About Pizza Nova

Founded in 1963, Toronto-based Pizza Nova is a family-operated business with over 125 locations in Southern Ontario. Lauded for their community work, they specialize in fresh toppings, serving over 4 million pizzas annually, and offer a wide range of menu items including salads, lasagna, panzerotti, Veal & Porchetta sandwiches, chicken wings and their famous BBQ Back Ribs. Pizza Nova locations offer delivery, pickup, online ordering and some sit-down service. Visit


For more information, and/or to arrange interviews with
Lorraine McLachlan, CFA President & CEO or
Domenic Primucci, President of Pizza Nova,
please contact:

Canadian Franchise Association
Kenny Chan
Senior Manager, Communications
800-665-4232 ext. 232

Sacke & Associates
John Sacke
416-493-5723 ext. 201 or Cell: 647-886-0750

Pizza Nova
Stephanie Angelone
VP Sales & Marketing




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