Canadian Restaurant Investment Summit May 30-31, 2012 The Hilton Toronto Hotel Founding Producer GE Capital
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Derek Doke

President | Original Joe's

Derek Doke has worked as an executive in the restaurant and hospitality sector for more than16 years. Early in his career he specialized in growing start-up brands into sizable multi-unit chains. He has bought and sold his interest in a number of growing brands throughout the past decade. Most recently, his holding company FranWorks Franchise Corp. completed the acquisition of Boston-based Elephant & Castle Group which included 19 Elephant & Castle pubs in Canada and the U.S.

A serial entrepreneur at heart, his company currently owns and operates a number of hospitality and retail related subsidiaries, including a new restaurant concept called State & Main, a retail/restaurant construction company and most notably Original Joe’s Restaurant and Bar – one of the fastest growing casual dining restaurant brands in Canada, with 48 locations.

Derek is actively involved in the community both personally and through his business through the recently launched Community Give Back Program which supports local community causes.

Derek’s other interests include golf, hockey and coaching the sports teams of his two children.

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