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Toby Singlehurst

President | Jennum Properties Inc.

Toby Singlehurst began his restaurant career as a line cook at McDonald's at the age of fourteen. His early years in variety of operational roles with the likes of Mother's, Frank Vetere's and Kelsey's furthered his understanding and attachment to all aspects of the restaurant business. After graduating with honours in economics from the University of Western Ontario, he transitioned into a full time role in leasing and franchising with Arby's Canada in 1991. Since that time he has specialized in the strategic locating, leasing and construction of new restaurants for such respected companies as Kelsey's International, Cara Operations and Invescor Inc. and has personally led the development of over 250 new restaurants from coast to coast and in select US markets.

Having led the site selection and development for Kelsey's International Inc. for 12 years prepared him for a larger role as V.P Real Estate & Development of Cara Operations Ltd. where for three years, he led the development of over 50 restaurants annually across such national leading brands as; Milestone's, Kelsey's, Montana's, Outback Steakhouse, Swiss Chalet, Harvey's and Second Cup. From 2005 to 2006, as Chief Development Officer for Imvescor Inc. he directed the franchising, real estate & development of the companies' Pizza Delight, Scores and Baton Rouge brands.

In early 2007 he switched careers forming Jennum Properties Inc., a real estate development company in partnership with Delart Inc., an established national real estate developer. In his role as President, he oversees the acquisition and development of commercial retail properties throughout Ontario. His love affair with restaurants continues however, in the providing of specialized location based advisory services to premium hospitality sector clients, including Earls Restaurants Inc. and Il Fornello Canada Ltd. Today, his perspective from that of a restaurant operator, franchisor, franchisee, landlord and now advisor, is a unique asset in his continued quest for the perfect marriage of concept and site.