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GE Capital Launches 2nd Annual Canadian Restaurant Investment Summit

March 31, 2011

GE Capital today announced that registration is open for the 2nd annual Canadian Restaurant Investment Summit ("CRIS") - an investment and economic conference to provide restaurateurs, lenders, and investors with resources, knowledge and perspective to help make better investment decisions. CRIS was launched in 2010 by GE Capital, in collaboration with Big Picture Conferences Inc., to address a recognized need for a forum to discuss investment-related matters in the restaurant industry, from a Canadian perspective.

MONTREAL, March 31 - GE Capital today announced that registration is open for the 2nd annual Canadian Restaurant Investment Summit ("CRIS") - an investment and economic conference to provide restaurateurs, lenders, and investors with resources, knowledge and perspective to help make better investment decisions. CRIS was launched in 2010 by GE Capital, in collaboration with Big Picture Conferences Inc., to address a recognized need for a forum to discuss investment-related matters in the restaurant industry, from a Canadian perspective.

This year's event will take place at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in downtown Toronto. The event opens with a reception in the early evening of Wednesday, April 13, and the conference and workshops follow on Thursday, April 14. Details and registration information can be found at www.restaurantinvest.ca.

Agenda:
The 8:30AM plenary session brings to the forefront the economic perspective on the Canadian restaurant industry. Presentations are followed with an interactive on-stage discussion with Senior-level executives from four of Canada's best known restaurant companies: The Second Cup Ltd.; Boston Pizza; CARA Operations Limited; Moxie's Classic Grill. The 3:30PM plenary session brings Tom Gaglardi on stage in conversation with CBC's senior business correspondent Amanda Lang. Mr. Gaglardi, President of Northland Properties Corporation, Canada's largest family-owned hospitality group, will share his insights on challenges and opportunities facing Canadian restaurant owners/operators.

The program includes seven breakout sessions throughout the day on topics ranging from real estate to brand lifecycles to the Canadian lending environment. Each of these brings together renowned professionals in the industry, including Ivanhoe Cambridge, The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited; A&W Food Services of Canada Inc.; Yum! Restaurants International (Canada); Original Joe's Franchise Group Inc.; SIR Corp; and Prime Restaurants Inc., as well as many others.

Sponsors:
Sponsors for this year's event include platinum sponsor Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP and silver sponsors Cassels Brock, Original Joe's, Natural Market Restaurants Corp. and University of Guelph, as well as several bronze sponsors.

For further information: Sandy Yong, Event Coordinator/Registration at Big Picture Conferences Inc., 416.924.2002 extension 230, [email protected]

About GE Capital:
With more than 20 offices throughout Canada, GE Capital (gecapital.ca) offers a wide variety of financial products and services to address commercial financing and fleet management needs in all phases of a business' lifecycle. From equipment finance to working capital and growth financing to large asset-based and restructuring loans, we apply our wealth of industry expertise and develop custom solutions for your company. Some of the industry sectors we specialize in include transportation, construction, healthcare, forestry, manufacturing, oil & gas, wholesale & retail, restaurant and hotel franchise. For more information, visit gecapital.com or follow company news via Twitter (@GECapitalNews). For more information on GE Capital in the Americas, visit gecapital.com/americas. GE (NYSE: GE) is Imagination at Work - a diversified technology, media and financial services company focused on solving some of the world's toughest problems. Visit ge.com

For further information:
Marina Brzeski, Communications Leader, Canada,
GE Capital, (514) 713-5321, [email protected]

Sarah Triantafillou
[email protected]


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