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


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Ron Cecillon

President and Managing Director | Nando’s Canada

Ron Cecillon is the President and Managing Director for Canada. Prior to joining Nando’s, Ron had spent 15 years with Kelsey’s International Inc. where he was the Director of Operations for Canada when it was acquired by Cara Operations. Following the acquisition, Ron held successive roles at Cara including most recently, Vice President, Operations; Swiss Chalet and Harvey's Restaurants.

Nando's is a privately held casual restaurant group founded in 1987 and originating in South Africa. Nando’s operates a chain of Fast-Casual restaurants based around the Portuguese-Mozambique speciality of fresh flame-grilled chicken uniquely flavoured with Peri-Peri (the African bird’s-eye chilli). Nando’s was founded in South Africa and has expanded around the world through Company owned locations and franchising. They now operate over 900 restaurants in 27 countries and 5 continents.

Nando's has operated since 1994 in the Canadian market, and currently has 30 locations in the Greater Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Ottawa areas. Cecillon’s joining the company coincides with plans for major Brand refreshing and expansion across the country. The company operates with the philosophy of being a serious about their business and more importantly their people, and Cecillon comments that the culture, success and growth potential of the company in Canada are the reasons he joined. Nando’s Canada has offices in both Richmond B.C. and Mississauga, Ontario.

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