President and CEO | Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA)
Garth Whyte is President and CEO of the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA).
CRFA is one of Canada’s largest business associations, with more than 30,000 members representing restaurants, bars, caterers, institutions and other foodservice providers. Canada’s restaurant industry generates $65 billion annually in economic activity and employs more than 1.1 million people in communities across the country.
Garth joined CRFA in June 2009. He heads up a team working across the country on legislative issues and member savings to help CRFA members grow and prosper.
Prior to moving to CRFA, Garth was Executive VP for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). During his 23-year career with CFIB, he held several senior positions that included overseeing CFIB’s research and legislative affairs, opening and running the Ottawa office, and managing a 200-person sales force. As a primary spokesperson for over two decades, Garth is a recognized business leader in the media and the business community. He has been recognized in The Hill Times, the Ottawa parliamentary newspaper, as one of the top 100 lobbyists in Ottawa.
Garth has served on numerous municipal, provincial and federal ministerial advisory committees, most recently with the Canada Border Services Agency, the Canada Revenue Agency and International Trade. He co-chaired with Industry Canada the Advisory Committee on Paper Burden Reduction. As an expert on small- and medium-sized business and entrepreneurship policy, he has represented Canada at the ILO in Geneva, the APEC summit in Japan, and the Higher Education Summit in New Delhi. He has served on numerous Boards, such as the Association of Canadian Community Colleges Board of Directors and the Canadian Hospitality Foundation.
Garth began his career with the Government of Saskatchewan in the Departments of Intergovernmental Affairs, Finance and Tourism and Renewable Resources. He has owned and operated a small business. He has an MA in Public Administration, undergraduate degrees in Geography and English from Carleton University, and an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Business Hospitality Operations Management Degree for Niagara College Canada.
He and his wife Carolyn and their three children, Emily, Katherine and Cameron, now call Toronto home.