The below freezing temperatures couldn’t keep Calgarians from taking the leap into small business ownership! The Franchise Canada Show returned to Calgary on February 9 & 10, connecting prospective franchisees with some of Canada’s hottest and most iconic brands.

Canada’s premier franchising event, and the official show of the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA), made its way to the heart of Calgary when it opened its doors at the Nutrien Western Event Centre at Stampede Park for two action-packed days of networking, informative franchising seminars, and more!

For the first-time in Calgary, the Franchise Canada Show brought its popular Experts Panel Discussion to the show floor. During the discussion, an exclusive group of VIP ticket holders got to hear from an expert panel and ask their pressing questions to industry leaders, which included a successful franchisor, legal expert, financial expert, and a franchise consultant.

In-between networking with exhibiting franchisors, including McDonald’s, Pearle Vision, Mary Brown’s, Pacini and more, attendees also sat in on informative franchising seminars covering a variety of pertinent topics, including how to find the right franchise in a recovering economy, how to negotiate commercial leases and renewals, and more!

When he wasn’t talking to prospective franchisees, Mary’s Brown’s franchise partner, Tayyub Rasool, spoke to the crowd about his journey to franchising and EverLine Coatings and Services founder and President, John Evans, discussed the benefits of working with a franchisor who’s seen it all.

And that’s not all! The show generated a huge media buzz across the city of Calgary. The CBC, CTV Calgary, and Global News attended the show and spoke with attendees and Franchise Canada Show representatives, including the CFA’s President & CEO, Sherry McNeil, about the benefits of franchising.

Check out the full media coverage below and scroll down to see more highlights from the show. Click here to see when the Franchise Canada Show is coming to a city near you!


Media Coverage



Franchise Canada Show Highlights


The team from MTY.

H2GO Mobile Wash ready to meet prospective franchisees. 


Sean & Safiah from Mary Brown’s posing for the camera!

Can you spot the Golden Arches? 


Pacini‘s Lafleche Francoeur speaking with media. 

Mary Brown’s franchisee, Tayyub Rasool, speaking to Global Calgary. 


Franchise Canada Show attendees listen in to one of the Franchise Canada Show’s legal seminars.