Toronto, Feb. 25, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Restaurants Canada (formerly CRFA) is pleased to announce that Patrick Saurette, owner/operator of The Marc restaurant in Edmonton, is the new Chair of the Board for 2018-2019. He was elected at the association’s annual meeting today.

Saurette and his wife and business partner Doris opened The Marc in 2010, a small French bistro that has received many awards and has been on several best restaurant lists.

As Chair of Restaurants Canada, Saurette will oversee one of the country’s largest trade associations, representing 30,000 businesses in an industry that directly employs more than 1.2 million Canadians and serves over 18 million customers daily.

“As an independent restaurateur, Patrick will bring tremendous value to the association,” says Shanna Munro, president and CEO of Restaurants Canada. “With his leadership, we are in good hands to continue to extend the reach, relevance and impact of Restaurants Canada across the country on behalf of our members.”

Much like one in five youths today, Saurette started working in the hospitality business at age 16, working with a catering company serving small family gatherings, huge corporate events and a ton of weddings.

He worked in many independent restaurants in Edmonton, Toronto and Kelowna through the years. His on-the-job training was a daily apprenticeship from the many European-trained mentors who imparted their love and respect of hospitality every day. He considers chef Claude Buzon to be an early mentor.

In 1993 he started with il Portico Restaurant Group where he became an operating partner and helped build an Edmonton institution. When the group sold the property and closed the restaurant in 2008, Saurette and his wife decided to open The Marc.

“Restaurants feed the soul of our country with great hospitality,” says Saurette. “When we work together, we can all share in making our business better, stronger and more resilient.”

Saurette first joined the Restaurants Canada Board of Directors in 2008 and is one of 30 Directors from across Canada. These industry leaders volunteer their time for the betterment of Canada’s restaurant and foodservice industry.

Restaurants Canada (formerly CRFA) is a growing community of 30,000 foodservice businesses, including restaurants, bars, caterers, institutions and suppliers. We connect our members from coast to coast, through services, research and advocacy for a strong and vibrant restaurant industry. Canada’s restaurant industry serves 18 million customers every day, and directly employs 1.2 million Canadians.


TORONTO – March 5, 2018 – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) and Chase Merchant Services (Chase) announced today they have reached an agreement to further support Canadian small business. CFIB members will benefit from exclusive rates on American Express (Amex) transactions.  

“This new deal is a big step forward for small business and recognizes their importance to the Canadian economy,” said Dan Kelly, President and CEO of CFIB. “Many of our members could see significant savings with the new offer, for some this could represent a rate reduction of almost 50 per cent. This will benefit CFIB members by lowering the cost of offering Amex as a payment option, while ultimately providing value to consumers with greater access and payment choice.” 

As part of a decade-long commitment to lowering credit card fees for small business, CFIB continues to build partnerships to benefit small business and recognize the importance of its membership. In fact, CFIB members collectively process over $12 billion annually in electronic payments through Chase.

“Chase is excited to partner with CFIB to help support the growth of Canadian small business,” said Rob Cameron, President, Chase Merchant Services in Canada. “Our partnership highlights the value of CFIB’s 110,000 members and recognizes their collective strength.”

Chase shares CFIB’s commitment to small business across Canada. As a result of this partnership, members receive outstanding rates on all Chase transactions. 

“We are excited to see Chase and CFIB partner to bring American Express acceptance to more small merchants,” said Kerri-Ann Santaguida, Vice-President & General Manager, Merchant Services, American Express Canada. “This is part of our ongoing commitment to the small business community, designed to make it easier for them to do business with us by enabling acquirers like Chase to provide payment processing, servicing and pricing to small merchants.”

The new CFIB special rate with Chase is available to businesses with less than $500,000 in Amex transactions. The deal is aimed at making it easier for small businesses to accept its payment cards. In addition to lower transaction fees, CFIB members will benefit from:

  • Improved cash flow: Amex transactions delivered through Chase will be processed more quickly, allowing member merchants to receive next-day payment in most cases. 
  • Reduced administration time: Member merchants will be able to find all of their transaction information, including Amex, in one statement from Chase.

More details on this exclusive partnership are available at


TORONTO, March 5, 2018 /CNW/ - Cronos Group Inc. (Nasdaq: CRON) (TSX-V: MJN) ("Cronos Group" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that the Company is changing its ticker on the TSX Venture Exchange from MJN to CRON.

This change is effective immediately for trading commencing on Monday, March 5 and is being made to conform to the ticker symbol that was selected when Cronos Group became the first pure-play cannabis company to trade on the Nasdaq on February 27, 2018.  


TORONTO, March 5, 2018 /CNW/ - World-class scotch whisky leader, Glenfiddich, has awarded Canadian artist, Vanessa Maltese, to join its 2018 Artist-in-Residence program at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland. Set in the Scottish Highlands, the three-month program houses eight artists from around the globe and a $20,000 prize to produce new works in an array of media including print and photography to animation, performance and installation inspired by the distillery, history, heritage, people, and craftsmanship of the surrounding area.

"I am extremely honored and excited to have been selected for the 2018 Glenfiddich Artist-in-Residence Program," said Vanessa Maltese. "I look forward to exploring new ideas while on residence at Glenfiddich, and believe the time, space and opportunity offered by this program will serve as the perfect incubator to put my proposed ideas into action." Maltese was selected from more than 100 entries in Canada by a panel of six esteemed Canadian Jurors from Canada's arts community. Her winning proposal explores pareidolia - a psychological phenomenon in which the mind responds to a stimulus, usually an image or a sound, by perceiving a familiar pattern such as a face or an animal where none exists. An OCAD University graduate, Maltese has appeared in solo and group exhibitions in Toronto and New York since 2010.

"We are delighted to invite Vanessa to be the 14th Canadian artist to join the Glenfiddich Residency program," said Andy Fairgrieve, Program Co-ordinator. "Vanessa will in fact be the first dedicated painter to take part in our residency although she does not confine herself to flat works, often incorporating elements of sculpture and installation. The precision she displays in her work will be a welcome addition to this coming year's program."

Established in 2002, the Glenfiddich Artists-in-Residence program has become wildly acclaimed in the art world for providing artists an original setting, space, and community to create new work. The program captures the maverick spirit of the scotch whisky maker to relentlessly push boundaries and experiment with new ideas. Since its inception, the program has hosted more than 152 artists from 20 countries in the summer residency including 13 Canadians. To learn more about the Glenfiddich® AiR Prize and to follow along with the winning artists during the residency and past recipients, visit:


VANCOUVER, BC (March 1, 2018) — L’Abattoir Chef and Co-owner Lee Cooper will welcome Chef Lee Wolen of Chicago’s Michelin one-starred restaurant Boka to the line when the award-winning Gastown destination hosts the first-ever Michelin on the Road™ dining experience in Vancouver on Wednesday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Taking place in L’Abattoir’s private dining quarters, No. 1 Gaoler’s Mews, the evening will feature a cocktail reception with passed canapés and a five-course collaborative menu prepared by Chefs Cooper and Wolen with wine pairings by Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars, CheckMate Artisanal Winery, Meyer Family Vineyards, LaStella Winery, Laughing Stock Vineyards and Tantalus Vineyards. Tickets are available for $195 per person plus tax and gratuity, and may be purchased online at

Cooper has long been familiar with the prestigious annual Michelin Guide accolades, having worked at a number of Michelin-starred restaurants, most notably the UK’s The Fat Duck, before opening L’Abattoir in 2010 and the ultra-indulgent ‘restaurant-within-a-restaurant’ concept known as No. 1 Gaoler’s Mews in 2017. More recently, Cooper partnered with L’Abattoir Chef Jack Chen and Co-owner Nin Rai to open the doors of Coquille Fine Seafood in the heart of Vancouver's historic Gastown district.
Previously sous chef at New York’s Michelin three-starred Eleven Madison Park, Wolen joined Chicago’s Boka — a staple of the Windy City dining scene since 2003 — as Executive Chef and Partner in 2014, the same year he was named ‘Chef of the Year’ by the Chicago Tribune and Eater Chicago. Since coming to Boka, Wolen has helped the restaurant earn consecutive Michelin stars from 2014 through ’17 and last fall opened his second concept, Somerset, in Chicago’s Gold Coast district.
The dinner represents the first time that Michelin has selected Vancouver to host one of its exclusive Michelin on the Road™ events, which brings together the greatest chefs from around the globe to combine their unique talents and host inspired, collaborative events in restaurants and unexpected settings.
“It’s an honour to join forces with a fellow chef of Wolen’s calibre to host this first-ever Michelin on the Road™ event in Vancouver,” said Cooper, who led L’Abattoir to the win for 'Best Gastown/Railtown Restaurant' at the 2017 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards and a strong showing on the 2017 list of Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants. “It’s a unique opportunity to give our guests a chance to take part in a truly one-of-a-kind collaborative culinary experience.”
A limited number of tickets to the exclusive Michelin on the Road™collaborative dinner featuring chefs Lee Cooper and Lee Wolen on Wednesday, March 21 are available for $195 per person plus tax and gratuity. Tickets may be purchased online at


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