President and CEO | Cara Operations Limited
CARA is over 125 years old and operates some of the most recognized brands in the country, including iconic and ‘much loved brands’ such as Swiss Chalet, Harvey’s, Montana’s, Kesley’s and Milestones.
CARA recently announced a strategic financing transaction with Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, resulting in the acquisition of Prime Restaurants Inc. This recent merger has added brands such as East Side Mario’s, Casey’s, Prime Pubs and the Bier Mrkt, increasing CARA’s total portfolio to 850 restaurants spanning across all Provinces, solidfying it as Canada’s largest full service restrauant company.
Bill has a long retail background both in turning companies around and in growing them. Previous roles have included President and COO for the Forzani Group, a sporting goods company operating a number of banners including Sport Chek, where he worked for 11 years, leading a successful turnaround of the company into a highly profitable retailer with a number one market share.
Prior to his role at CARA, Bill was the Executive Chairman, and President and CEO of The Brick which operated 230 Corporate and Franchised stores across Canada. Bill joined in 2009 and led the turnaround of the Brick and it’s sale 3 years later, for 14 times the value it was in 2009.