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Canadian Restaurant Investment and Leadership Summit brings something new to the plate in 2020

A conference like no other during a time like no other. The restaurant industry has fought some tough battles in 2020, and there are some key learnings to be shared.

During the first week of November, CWB Franchise Finance will host the annual Canadian Restaurant Investment Leadership Summit (CRILS). This year’s event takes place in a way that it never has in its 10-year history, opening the doors for entrepreneurs and restauranteurs across the country.

“This year, we’ve gone completely virtual,” says Jacob Mancini, AVP, Restaurants & Breweries, CWB Franchise Finance. “Normally the Summit is a one-and-a-half days event, but this year we’re running our panels over four days making it more of a ‘Summit Week.’”

Constantly raising the bar

However, setting new standards is nothing new when it comes to CRILS. For the last decade, this conference has provided a truly unique look into the Canadian restaurant industry, bringing together business owners from every level to discuss topics like restaurant leadership, technology, development and financing

“The content is very unique to the Canadian restaurant space,” says Jacob. “There are trade shows and operator conferences that talk about important things that relate to the day-to-day running of a restaurant itself, but there is no other conference or event where you get together and talk about things from more of a leadership and broader investment perspective.”

Each day will host a panel on a key aspect of the restaurant industry, including technology, leadership, development, finance and investment. Topped off with a state of the nation-style address, these areas have been key to the Summit’s success year-over-year.

All virtual means completely accessible

Attendees can choose to register for any panel or all four over the course of the week. And this year, admission is free. 

“You just can’t find this combination of shared learning anywhere else,” says Jacob. “CRILS is designed to bring together the Canadian restaurant leaders at a brand and franchiser level, as well as key suppliers and services to the industry, including food and beverages, lawyers, landlords, construction, finance and investment.”

Registration is available online at The first panel takes place on Monday, November 2.