'Getting and Keeping the Best'
Discussions around retention in the Canadian Restaurant Industry

UGSRP's 4th Annual Symposium on Issues in the Canadian Restaurant Industry

Event details

Date: Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Albert A. Thornbrough Building - Room 1307
University of Guelph (Guelph, Ontario)

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


Mo Jessa, President, Earls Restaurants Ltd.

Mo started with Earls as a junior prep cook over 25 years ago as a summer job while attending university. In 1991, while working as a senior cook, Mo returned to school taking his Red Seal Certificate/Journeyman Chef papers. He went on to be sous chef and eventually chef of various Earls restaurants in the Alberta region and in 1995 was transferred to BC as Regional Chef overseeing five locations.

His love of the industry and openness to learn and grow as a chef and leader, lead to further studies, including a Masters Certificate Hospitality Management from Cornell University, and in 2000 Mo became Executive Chef of Earls Restaurants Ltd, taking over from then Chef Chuck Currie.

In 2004, as a further example of how Earls promotes their people on a merit based system from within, Mo was promoted to Vice President, Operations where he oversaw the companies’ growth to 60 locations in Canada and 5 in the US. As President  of Earls Restaurants Ltd. Mo continues to work alongside CEO Stan Fuller to ensure Earls well-loved brand continues to achieve goals and culinary growth in its BC and western Canadian markets, delivering irresistible food and engaging experiences to all their guests, while overseeing current and new locations.

Jan G. van der Hoop, President, Fit First Technologies
Organizational Performance Expert

Known for his ability to connect people with results, Jan van der Hoop has been called “inspiring,” “insightful,” and “thought provoking.” He has devoted his career to helping people and organizations find better ways to work together. President and co-founder of HiringSmart, a company that has turned the traditional approach to staffing on its head, Jan advises and consults with senior executives on how to get their organizations running more smoothly by better aligning their talent with their operations. With more than 25 years of business, management and human resources experience, Jan has worked with a number of North America’s leading corporations. His views on hiring have been featured in media across the country including the National Post, the Globe and Mail and CTV News. Jan is a sought-after speaker on leadership and organizational performance issues, with a reputation for challenging his audiences to change the way they think about talent.

Dr. Sean Lyons, Associate Professor, Leadership and Organizational Management

Dr. Lyons’ main area of research concerns inter-generational differences and their impacts on workplace dynamics and managing people.  His research on generational differences in work values and attitudes has been featured in Time Magazine, the CBC documentary “Generation Jobless,” the Globe & Mail’s Report on Business, the National Post, the Ottawa Citizen, as well as on CBC’s The National, CTV News Channel, the Business News Network and CBC Radio’s The Current.  He is the co-editor of the book Managing the New Workforce and has co-authored a number of publications on the topic of generational differences. Dr. Lyons works frequently with private and public sector organizations to identify and address inter-generational issues. 


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Campus Map - Building Name:  Albert A. Thornbrough (#159) - Room 1307

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

This is a FREE forum, but please let us know you are attending. Email Lisa Fodor -

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

MEDIA - Canadian Restaurant News - May 5, 2015

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