GE Capital is a franchise finance leader in the North American restaurant industry. As founding sponsor of the US-based Restaurant Leadership Conference, GE Capital has taken a prime role in bringing together the North American restaurant investment industry. Recognizing the need for a “made-in-Canada” event, GE Capital became a founding producer of the Canadian Restaurant Investment Summit—an annual investment and economic conference designed to provide the resources, knowledge and vision to help make better investment decisions. 


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Perry Maisonneuve

Principal | Northern Lights Franchise Consultants Corp.

J. Perry Maisonneuve is the Founder and Principal of Northern Lights Consultants Corp. The firm has been consulted by companies in private supplemental education, health care, food service (fast food and restaurants), retail (health, entertainment, and sporting goods) business - to - business services (accounting services and small business support services), entertainment and skin care and cosmetics. Educated at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Mr. Maisonneuve articled with Deloitte and Touche Chartered Accountants before joining a multi-national franchisor as the Director of Franchise Operations. Mr. Maisonneuve subsequently worked with a diverse range of Franchisors in the marketing and expansion of their systems before going on to establish Northern Lights Consultants Corp. in 1998.

In 2002, Northern Lights Franchise Consultants Corp. was engaged by the African Development Bank (the “AfDB”) to study the impact of franchising on economic development in Africa. In November of 2003, the Canadian Franchise Association (“CFA”) presented Mr. Maisonneuve with the “Franchise Support Services Recognition Award” for outstanding support and contribution to the CFA and the franchising community.

In April 2005 and again in June 2006, Mr. Maisonneuve appeared before the Canadian Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs in order to provide testimony regarding his business activities and experiences in the private sector in Africa.

J Perry Maisonneuve is often interviewed and quoted by the media, and has published numerous articles on the subject of franchising. He is also a frequent public speaker and lecturer in this area. Mr. Maisonneuve has also been listed in LEXPERT as an Expert Witness for litigation purposes regarding franchising matters.

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