Making a Difference


'Making a Difference': Celebrating Sustainability
Success Stories in the Canadian Restaurant Industry
UGSRP's 5th Annual Symposium

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016
7:00 p.m.
OVC Lifetime Learning Centre, Room 1714
University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario

Reception to follow in PJ's Restaurant - Macdonald Stewart Hall


Court Desautels
Group Leader & C.O.O.
Neighbourhood Group of Companies

The Neighbourhood Group of Companies includes the Woolwich Arrow Pub, Borealis Grille & Bar and Miijidaa Cafe + Bistro. Court's passion has been deeply rooted in hospitality since the age of 14 when he started working in the kitchens around Guelph, which eventually took him to Toronto where he received a Business Management Diploma from George Brown College. His work experience since then has included Event Coordinator for Sleeman Breweries, managing restaurants in Australia and even spinning vinyl at various clubs along the way. Despite all of his hospitality experience, Court's true passion is creating the most sustainable restaurant group in Canada and help pave the way for how restaurants will run for future generations to come.

Tyler Pronyk
Director, Distribution, Equipment & Packaging
A&W Food Services of Canada Inc.

Tyler was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. He is currently working in the private sector at the head office of one of Canada’s best managed and fastest growing national restaurant chains, A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. As the Director, Distribution, Equipment & Packaging, he is responsible for the team who oversees the systems distribution of food and packaging as well as non-food purchasing including equipment, apparel, packaging, premiums and chemicals. In addition to this role, he has organizational responsibility for the creation and execution of A&W’s Environmental Leadership Strategy. Prior to his current role he has held three other positions at A&W: Manager, Distribution, Manager, Equipment Services, and Manager, People Potential. In his spare time, Tyler is an active Board of Director at two nonprofit organizations. He is currently Vice-Chair of the Lower Mainland Board of Directors with the MS Society of Canada. And he is member-at large on the Regional Advisory Board of the Starlight Foundation which focuses on improving the quality of life of sick children and their families. He currently lives in Richmond, BC with his wife and three young daughters.

Dr. Mike von Massow
Assistant Professor
School of Hospitality, Food & Tourism Management
University of Guelph

Directions to the Symposium

OVC Lifetime Learning Centre, Room 1714, University of Guelph

Directions to the​ Reception

PJ's Restaurant is a short walk from the symposium location.  You can either leave your car or proceed to Macdonald Stewart Hall.


Parking is free on campus. Please park anywhere in the area avoiding any spots that say 'medical', have '24hr' signage or metered areas.


This is a free forum, but please let us know you are attending, register here. 

University of Guelph address:  50 Stone Road East, Guelph, ON  N1G 2W1


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