ORHMA: refreshing the board
TORONTO—On April 24, the Toronto Region of the Ontario Restaurant, Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA) held its Annual General Meeting at the new prototype Fox & Fiddle on York Mills Road in Toronto.
Debra DeMonte, owner of the Longest Yard restaurants, was elected to a one-year term as chair; Jason Cheskes, president of Above The Line Solutions, who served as chair both in 2006-2008 and 2010-2012 will become past-chair; Steve Matsoras, managing director, Whistler’s, and Matt Rolfe, managing director, Barmetrix, will serve as co-vice-chairs. Al Stewart, managing Partner, The Pilot, will be secretary and treasurer. Todd Sherman, president, Urban Dining Group, will assume the role of chair of the government relations committee.
The board will see the addition of five new directors:
o Marko Gotowiec, vice president, operations, Pickle Barrel;
o Matt Kenyon, franchisee, Harvey’s & Swiss Chalet;
o Lisa MacNeil, director multi-unit sales, Ontario, Gordon Food Service
o Jim Vassilakakos, owner, The Blake house; and
o Eric Wood, executive chef/enterprise director, Hospitality Workers Training Centre.
In the past year, the board launched the ORHMA Toronto Restaurant Awards, developed a significant working relationship with mayor Rob Ford and the City of Toronto, strengthened ties with several levels of government and will continue to work collaboratively with the city and its departments to represent the interests of the industry. The board continues to work to enhance the industry’s image, while continuing to support educational development through scholarships for hospitality and culinary students.