LEADERSHIP

 

 

Frank Hennessey

Frank Hennessey

CEO, Recipe Unlimited Corporation

Frank Hennessey is Chief Executive Officer of Recipe Unlimited Corporation, a publicly traded, multi-brand restaurant company with more than 20 brands across both Limited and Full Service categories. Frank has more than 30 years of restaurant, food manufacturing and grocery retail experience. He is leading Recipe in what is a transformational time for both the company and the industry. Frank’s experience will guide Recipe through the next stages of growth as it continually evolves to meet the needs of both today’s and tomorrow’s Guests.

Prior to joining Recipe, Frank was President and CEO of Imvescor Restaurant Group for four years and had great success turning the company around, growing sales, increasing shareholder returns; all of which culminated in a successful sale of the company. Previous to Imvescor, Frank held the position of President and CEO of Bento Sushi.

Frank holds an undergraduate degree from Western University and a Master of Business Administration from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

 
Paul C. Rivett

Paul C. Rivett

Chairman of the Board, Recipe Unlimited Corporation

Paul C. Rivett is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Recipe Unlimited Corporation.

He is the retired President of Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., and Vice President and Managing Director of Hamblin Watsa Investment Counsel Ltd. Paul began at Fairfax in 2004, having previously served as Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer of Hamblin Watsa Investment Counsel Ltd.

Paul sits on several boards and holds directorships in multiple Fairfax Companies. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Toronto, a Master’s Degree in Industrial Relations from Queen’s University and a Law Degree from Queen’s University. Paul is also a Canadian Securities Registered Portfolio Manager.

 
David Aisenstat

David Aisenstat

President and CEO, Keg Restaurants Limited, and Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, Recipe Unlimited Corporation

David Aisenstat is President and CEO of Keg Restaurants Limited. Following a business merger with Recipe Unlimited Corporation in January 2018, David assumed leadership of the Milestones, Bier Markt and Landing restaurant brands. He is also Vice Chairman of the Recipe Board of Directors. David has spent most of his life in the restaurant business learning from his father Hy, a giant of the industry and owner of the famous Hy’s Steakhouse chain of which David eventually became President in 1988. In 1997, David purchased The Keg Steakhouse + Bar chain, one of Canada’s most renowned premium casual restaurant chains.

Ken Grondin

Ken Grondin

Chief Financial Officer, Recipe Unlimited Corporation

Ken is the Chief Financial Officer of Recipe Unlimited Corporation, a position he has held since October 2013. Reporting to the CEO, Ken is responsible for all finance related functions including corporate, board and public reporting, financial controls, planning and budgeting, tax and regulatory compliance, treasury and insurance. From a shared service perspective, he also leads the company's legal, human resource, information technology, real estate and franchising areas that support both corporate and franchise operations.

Prior to joining Recipe, Ken was Chief Financial Officer and President of Financial Operations for The Brick Group from 2011 to 2013, where he partnered with the CEO and Chairman of the Board to lead the execution of The Brick strategic business turnaround plan and 2013 sale to Leon’s Furniture. Ken was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Parkland Fuel Corporation from 2009 to 2011 and held the position of Chief Financial Officer for Nygård International from 2001 to 2009. Earlier in his career, Ken was a Tax Partner with Arthur Anderson and Price Waterhouse.

Ken is a Director of Peak Achievement Athletics and Elswood Investments. He holds a Master’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Waterloo and is a Chartered Accountant, Certified Management Accountant and a Chartered Business Valuator.

 
Julie Denton

Julie Denton

Chief People Officer, Recipe Unlimited Corporation

Julie Denton is the Chief People Officer for Recipe Unlimited Corporation, with responsibility for Human Resources, Communication, Talent Development, Centralized Training, Cultural Design and Execution.

Julie joined Recipe from Finastra, a global Fintech company employing 10,000 people, where she was the Vice President of Enterprise Project Management and Integration.

Prior to Finastra, Julie led Deloitte's National Human Capital Public Sector practice and was also the Toronto Public Sector Industry Leader. Before joining Deloitte, Julie was the Director of Organizational Effectiveness at Barrick Gold where she was responsible for strategic planning and execution, organizational change management and leadership development.

Julie has more than 20 years’ experience in consulting and industry. She has led numerous complex and large scale transformation programs with a focus on strategy, integration planning and execution, operating model design, talent strategy and cultural development. Julie is a strong facilitator, recognized coach and developer of talent. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Dalhousie University and received her MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.