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Matt Johnston

Director of Menu & Product Experience
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Pita Pit Canada

"In service to those who serve others."

I started my first job as a dishwasher in 1987 and I switched to bartending and serving tables very soon after.  Over the years I have worked in many hospitality environments including fine dining, casual dining, institutional/education, high-volume entertainment and fast food/QSR.  Having spent 30+ years in the hospitality industry I have been surrounded by lively people, mostly in their 20’s & 30's, for nearly my entire life. I have been lucky enough to have become a mentor over the years and have witnessed many go on to do amazing things. Nothing gives me as much pleasure as seeing someone’s face when they overcome an obstacle or discover a solution they thought (or were told) was impossible. 

Some relevant experience:

Pita Pit - Director of Menu & Product Experience (6+yrs)

Working with teams from around the world towards a better life for everyone through fun, delicious, sustainable, quick, healthy, real food that fits in a pita... now that's a mouthful!

Also a Pita Pit Canada Multi-Store Franchisee with 2 locations.

Queens University Hospitality Services - Director of Foodservice Operations (4+yrs)

Direct a team of approximately 600 food service and operations staff - serving nearly 235,000 meals and creating more than 60,000 individual customer retail experiences every week - to achieve sales and cost targets, create and maintain a culture of personal and professional safety, drive innovation and advance sustainable operations.

Rogers K-Rock Center – Foodservice Director (2+yrs)

Direct & oversee up to 170 culinary and hospitality team members at multiple outlets; create and maintain all food and beverage menus and offerings.

  • Fireside Inn (Best Western) – Manager of Rooms/Revenue, Guest Services & Catering (4+yrs)
  • GUSTO! Restaurant (HUB Group Entertainment) – General manager (2+yrs)
  • Clark’s on King (Fine Dining) – General Manager (4+yrs)
40+Speakers
25+Webinars