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Franchise Show Success Stories

Thinking of attending The Franchise Show? Get tips for success from these past attendees who went on to become franchisees with franchise systems they found at the show. From doing your due diligence to finding your perfect franchise fit, these Franchise Show success stories will get you ready to put your best foot forward as you meet with representatives from some of Canada’s leading franchise brands.

Mike and Rosa Vallilee, Booster Juice

Mike and Rosa Valillee’s dreams of owning a Booster Juice franchise came true when they met with the team at The Franchise Show in February 2016.

Bob Tuttle, Boston Pizza

After over twenty years working in high-tech sales, Bob Tuttle was ready for a change. The idea of running his own business had always appealed to him but he wasn’t sure exactly what he wanted to do. Then, one Sunday afternoon, he decided on a whim to attend The Franchise Show in Ottawa.


Esterina Autore and William Lui, Driverseat

William Lui had been working as a free-lance programmer when the economy entered a recession in 2008. Although his job was safe, he began to reconsider traditional employment. “Many of my friends got laid off at that time,” he recalls. “That’s how the idea of being my own boss came to mind.”

Zafar Ahmad, DRUXY’S Famous Deli

While some Franchise Show attendees are completely new to the world of franchising, others are industry veterans looking for new opportunities. When he attended The Franchise Show in 2012, Zafar Ahmad had already operated and worked for several franchises.

Kitty Cho, Kumon Math & Reading Centres

Kitty Cho has always been passionate about education. After completing a two-year Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) diploma, she ran her own tutoring centre for over a decade in addition to holding various management positions.

Peter Dyakowski and Michael Choi, Oxford Learning

As a past winner of CBC’s “Canada’s Smartest Person” competition and a former contestant on Jeopardy!, Peter Dyakowski seems like the perfect candidate to open a tutoring franchise. But owning and operating his Oxford Learning Centre in Hamilton, Ontario is actually a second career for Dyakowski, who plays guard for the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Abrar Hussain, Scholars Education Centre

Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, Scholars Education franchisee Abrar Hussain always dreamed of owning a business one day.

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