MEDIA ADVISORY: CPRS Toronto Selects John E. Betts of McDonalds Canada to Receive 2013 CEO Award of Excellence in Public

MEDIA ADVISORY: CPRS Toronto Selects John E. Betts of McDonalds Canada to 
Receive 2013 CEO Award of Excellence in Public Relations 
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 11/12/13 --  
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The Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) Toronto is pleased to
announce that the recipient of the 21st CEO Award of Excellence in
Public Relations is John E. Betts, President and Chief Executive
Officer, McDonald's Restaurants of Canada.  
Mr. Betts' work in defining the company's vision and communicating it
with impact across Canada has been a demonstration of how
communications can be a game changer in business strategy and
business results. Since assuming his current role at the helm of
McDonald's Canada in 2008, the company has achieved significant
increases in annual sales and guest counts, has undertaken a
comprehensive restaurant reimaging program, and has brought new and
relevant menu enhancements to Canada including McCafe and the
Signature McWrap.   
Prior to his appointment as President & CEO of McDonald's Canada, Mr.
Betts held various positions with McDonald's throughout the United
States and around the world. A 43-year veteran of the McDonald's
system, he began his career with McDonald's in 1970 as restaurant
Crew in Southampton, New York. John lives in Toronto with his wife
Bridget and their two children.  
Mark your calendars and join us to commemorate this occasion:  

WHEN:         Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 12:00 Noon                       
WHERE:        Eaton Chelsea Toronto                                         
ADDRESS:      33 Gerrard Street West, Toronto, Ontario. M5G 1Z4             

TICKETS: Tickets available online from the CPRS Toronto website; or
contact Lois Marsh at 416-360-1988,  
Created in 1991, the CEO Award recognizes communications excellence
and advocates that a successful CEO must be an excellent communicator
who can express a clear mission and shared values with a broad range
of stakeholders.  
Past Award recipients include Sheldon Levy, Ryerson University, Mr.
Jim Leech, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, Robert Deluce, Porter
Airlines, Galen G. Weston, Loblaw Companies, Frances Lankin, United
Way of Greater Toronto, Michael Budman and Don Green of Roots Canada,
and Piers Handling of the Toronto International Film Festival. 
For the first time in the Award's history, there have been two
winners of this prestigious award from the same organization in
different years. CPRS Toronto was pleased to award the honour to
George Cohon, Founder of McDonald's Restaurants of Canada in 1995.  
The CPRS Toronto award, presented annually, is determined by a
selection committee comprised of the Society's past presidents.
Members are encouraged to submit nominations throughout the year. 
About CPRS Toronto  
CPRS is a national association representing the public relations
profession through the establishment and maintenance of high
professional, educational and ethical standards. CPRS Toronto is one
of the largest member societies comprising nearly 600 members. For
more information please visit: 
To view the photo associated with this press release, please visit
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For more information or to schedule an interview,
please contact: CPRS Toronto CEO Award Committee
Vincent Power, APR
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Canada
Richard Ellis, APR
SVP, Communications, Public Affairs
& Corporate Social Responsibility and Chairman
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