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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Annie Young-Scrivner

President  | Starbucks Coffee Canada

Annie has overall leadership for the Starbucks business in Canada. She is passionate about building brands and developing people, and is committed to delivering inspiring Starbucks experiences to customers, with a talented team of 15,000 partners and the highest quality coffee.

Annie joined Starbucks in September 2009 in the newly created role of global chief marketing officer, leading the coffee, food, tea, merchandise and other beverage categories. She also helped build the company’s innovation pipeline and led the creative, brand, marketing, rewards and social & digital media for Starbucks.

In July 2011, Annie’s role was expanded to include leadership of the company’s Tazo tea business. In this role, she transformed tea for the company to support the long-term growth of this more than billion dollar brand.

Annie’s background includes 20 years of global marketing strategy and people development experience. Prior to joining Starbucks, she was Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Sales for Quaker Foods and Snacks, a division of PepsiCo. She was past Chairman and Region President of PepsiCo Foods for Greater China, and had a global consumer brand portfolio that included Pepsi, Frito-Lay, Quaker, Tropicana and Gatorade.

Annie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration-Marketing from the Foster School of Business, University of Washington, and a Master of Business Administration from the Carlson School of Business, University of Minnesota. She served on the board of directors with the YWCA in Chicago and has been active in several community and mentoring organizations. Annie and her family live in Toronto.

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