President, Family Dining Division & Chief Development Officer | Cara Operations Limited
Ken Otto joined Cara Operations Ltd. in September 2014 as President of Cara’s Family Dining Division and Chief Development Officer. Ken leads 5 Brands including Swiss Chalet, Harvey’s, Montana’s, East Side Mario’s and Milestone’s. In addition he leads Cara’s Real Estate, Franchising, Construction and Design teams.
Prior to Cara, Ken spent 10 years with Boston Pizza International, holding several positions, last of which was Chief Operating Officer. Previous to Boston Pizza, Ken was employed by the Airport Terminal Restaurants division of Cara Operations Ltd. where he held a number of positions, including Chief Operating Officer (2001 – 2004), Assistant Vice- President (1999 – 2000) and General Manager (1998 – 1999).
Ken has held senior management positions with Moxie's Restaurants, including Director, Franchise and Corporate Development from 1997 to 1998 and Regional Manager from 1996 - 1997. From 1987 to 1996, Otto worked as a consultant to Canada's hospitality industry with the firms Price Waterhouse and Panel Kerr Forster.
Ken has lived and worked in Calgary and Vancouver, and he currently resides in Toronto with his wife Julie and two children, Alex and Jack. An avid skier in the winter, Ken enjoys time on the water during the summer months with his family.