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CFA National Convention Committee Chair's Message

From Safiah Arooz, Chair of the 2023 National Convention Committee & VP Development, Mary Brown’s Chicken 

Here we are in 2023 with a renewed sense of optimism as our resilient franchise community converges once again for this much anticipated event. As we look towards Building Tomorrow, Together, the theme for the 2023 CFA National Convention is appropriately titled “Future Forward,” encouraging all attendees to embrace this post-pandemic world.      

We are pleased to host our 31st National Convention, which brings together industry leaders from across Canada and the United States, in Niagara Falls, Ontario on April 1–3, 2023.

This year’s lineup is packed with educational sessions, networking opportunities, and selected keynote speakers who will leave you inspired. To help expand our community to include the next generation of franchise leaders, this year we are introducing sessions geared towards all members of the franchise team, enabling everyone to strengthen their knowledge and establish connections within this dynamic industry. 

Referred to as the voice of the franchise industry, the CFA brings together the franchise community, working in partnership, sharing success, and Growing Together. The CFA National Convention Committee, in conjunction with the CFA team, ensured this year’s programming included content designed for the post-pandemic world. Whether it’s the acceleration of digital technology, the labour crunch, or navigating supply chain challenges, we’ve got you covered. Once the learning and networking is completed, this three-day event culminates with the Awards Gala, dubbed the ‘Oscars’ of the CFA, where we celebrate our franchise members’ milestones and successes. The CFA will continue to work with our members to make franchising a reality for everyday Canadians, to grow the franchise business model in Canada, and to enhance excellence across the industry.

The CFA will continue to serve new and established franchise experts and industry suppliers by providing support, learning resources, and growth opportunities. It is truly an honour to be part of this dynamic industry and we look forward to welcoming everyone to the 31st CFA Convention in Niagara Falls!

Ms. Safiah Arooz
Chair of the 2023 National Convention Committee & VP Development, Mary Brown’s Chicken 


The CFA National Convention is the largest educational and networking event for the franchise community in Canada, bringing together franchise leaders from across Canada and the U.S. to learn from each other.

This year's theme is “Future Forward: Building Tomorrow Together” and is focused on moving forward in our businesses – and as an industry – with the learnings, business resiliency, and innovations. Educational content is being designed to help hone our members’ growth mindsets with best practices for today and tomorrow to help franchisors and franchisees thrive together.

As always, the Convention is designed with a wide range of sessions, aimed at helping CFA members grow and become stronger in today's business landscape, as well as providing insights and strategies for the future. Attendees will learn about the latest technologies, opportunities and innovations coming down the pipe for franchising, and gain new best practices for today and tomorrow that will help franchisors and their franchisees thrive.

There are many reasons franchisors flock to the CFA National Convention year after year, and this year's event is no exception. You'll have the chance to meet and connect with industry leaders, hear from experts in the field, and gain valuable knowledge that will help you take your business to the next level. Don't miss out on this opportunity to position yourself for success in the future. Register now for the 2023 CFA National Convention!