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SPADINA–FORT YORKIan Roden

Ian is a hard-working entrepreneur who has started multiple businesses as well as helped others start their own. He has spent the last 13 years working in the restaurant business. He is a multiple shop owner having opened up the first franchise of a now well-known Ottawa brand in a new market. Ian was the first member of the brands franchisee advisory board supporting key decision making and developing chain wide marketing strategy. As well, he developed and operated the Southern Ontario Centre of Excellence (training centre) for the brand, having trained over 20 different franchise owners and managers, helping the brand scale from 4 locations to over 25 locations today. His businesses have won many awards and have been featured in multiple publications. His locations presently serve over 250,000 customers a year and he has employed over 500 people in the last 10 years. Within the community Ian has worked with countless charities, he is an especially proud sponsor of the War Amps and the Hamilton Sledge Hammers Sledge Hockey team. In Burlington, he is an active BIA member and hosts a yearly BBQ during their Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. The BBQ is free for anyone in the community and attracts hundreds of people. Ian currently resides in Etobicoke with his wife and infant daughter. He is an avid sportsman who participates on multiple hockey, soccer and softball teams in the community. He has an affinity for the outdoors having completed the Everest Basecamp trek, visited lake Baikal in Russia and camped in Yellowstone National Park. Originally from Ottawa, he is a graduate of Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance.

Contact Ian: [email protected]

Ian's Twitter is linked below, links for Facebook and a website will be added at a later date.