Mark Leonard

Mark Leonard – CHMA Chair

My first experience in the food and beverage industry was at 12 years old as a bus boy in a fine dining restaurant. Like many this was not a planned career path but a way to make money during school that turned from a part-time job into a passion and then a life-long career.

I have worked my way up and have worked in almost all positions FOH and BOH. In my professional career I have held the position of Executive Chef, food and beverage manger and senior manager of hospitality services for the student’s council at Western.  At home I am a father to 4 beautiful girls ranging in age from 18 months to 16 years old and have been married to my beautiful wife Samantha for 10 years.

In 2001 I began working for the USC at Western University and although I had years of management experience I struggled to deal with the political and operational differences that I was used to in the corporate world. One of my first professional development opportunities was with CHMA in 2002, and it was so great to see that I was not alone in my struggles and to be able to get so much good advice and professional growth opportunities.

Over the years I have been able to meet so many great people and managers because of CHMA and am so honoured to be the Chair.  This role is the best of both worlds as I am able to continue to benefit from the CHMA network and in addition I am able to pass on what I have learned and improve the learning opportunities for our members.

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