March 1, 2016 – March 2, 2016 all day
Hockey Hall of Fame + Hilton Toronto Hotel
Vicki Welstead, Director of Sponsorship Development
(416) 924-2002 x233

Launched in 2016, the Canadian Restaurant Operators Summit (CROS) is produced by Big Picture Conferences in association with Restaurants Canada. The conference is designed to provide operators with the resources and knowledge for restaurant success. Whether you’re looking for how to improve your business, including controlling expenditures and retaining staff, or you just want to network and learn with some of Canada’s best restaurateurs, this event is for you.



CROS brings together Canadian restaurant owners/operators, franchise operator, suppliers, chefs, and managers from across Canada. CROS presents topical issues and noted thought leaders who share opinions, stimulate discussion and create new directions. The entire conference program is designed as a networking and educational forum for operators looking to reduce waste and grow profits.

Open to all attendees, conference delegates include:

  • Restaurant owners
  • Franchisees
  • Independent restaurateurs
  • Foodservice suppliers/consultants
  • Chefs
  • Restaurant managers

Audience Size: 300

For full conference details including program, speakers, how to register, and sponsors, visit

In an effort to extend learning opportunities to a larger community, Big Picture Conferences produces two restaurant events; Canadian Restaurant Investment Summit (CRIS) and the Canadian Restaurant Operators Summit (CROS) – in association with Restaurants CanadaCROS is designed to provide operators with the resources and knowledge for restaurant success. Whether you’re looking for how to improve your business, including controlling expenditures and retaining staff or you just want to network and learn with some of Canada’s best restaurateurs. CRIS explores the financial and economic issues that impact the restaurant investment and development community. Whether you attend CRIS or CROS, prices for the events are exactly the same.  You may choose to stay in the investment or development track at CRIS, or join in on the CROS sessions designed to fine-tune your operations to reduce waste and grow profits. The choice is yours!



As a sponsor your company is showcased as an integral part of the entire conference experience.

Raise your company’s profile by having your brand prominently featured through our extensive marketing process BEFORE the event (print ads in national publications, eblasts to our database, logos on websites, etc.) and DURING the conference (conference brochure/signage AV, onsite signage, etc).

Highly visible sponsorship opportunities generate leads and help you achieve your sales objectives.

  • Sponsorship with an exhibition table begins at Bronze level
  • Silver level (and above) allows access to an EXCEL delegate list with complete contact info – for permission marketing before & after each event
  • Complimentary conference registrations are included at most levels – we encourage your full participation as a delegate.
  • Networking is intense! We make no distinction between supplier and buyer.
  • Buying more than one sponsorship? Take a 10% discount off the total!


Display space is extremely limited and available to SPONSORS ONLY on a first come first served basis.
Location is prime, we have strategically placed all tabletops around (and within) the food and beverage service areas to promote networking and stimulate traffic.
We encourage sponsors to attend ALL functions and ALL sessions, to shake hands and exchange cards with their peers.

For more information on sponsoring CROS, contact:
Vicki Welstead
Director, Sponsorship Development | Big Picture Conferences Inc.
(416) 924-2002 x ext 233



The CROS brings together individuals from a broad cross-section of disciplines and professional associations. The primary objective of the conference is to provide a learning and networking forum for attendees involved from the Canadian restaurant industry.

If you, or someone you know, would be interested in participating as a speaker or a moderator, please submit a brief biography indicating a topic you would be best qualified to contribute to. As members of a panel, our non-paid speakers draw from their own experiences to deliver an educational and informative presentation that is lively, objective, and non-commercial.

Please email your biography to:
Orie Berlasso
Managing Director | Big Picture Conferences Inc.
(416) 924-2002 ext 229


Big Picture Conferences (BPC) is dedicated to the synergistic production of annual conferences and networking events for the Canadian hospitality industry. Our roster includes 9 annual events in major cities across Canada and we have volunteer opportunities year round.

BPC gives students and recent graduates with hospitality, event management, and related backgrounds the opportunity to be involved in first-class conferences. Volunteers dedicate their time to helping make sure that each conference is a success. They have the chance to network and learn while being part of the “behind the scenes” excitement during
the conference.