Jefferson Mooney is Chairman and controlling shareholder of A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. He led the company as President and CEO for fourteen years from 1991 to 2005.
Mr. Mooney is an alumnus of both the University of Saskatchewan and Harvard University Graduate School of Business. He was chosen one of the Top 100 Graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences in the first 100 years of the University of Saskatchewan.
In November 1992, Mr. Mooney became the first recipient of the Henry Singer Award for Exceptional Leadership, granted by the Faculty of Business of the University of Alberta. In 1994, the Sales and Marketing Executives of Vancouver selected him as Marketing Executive of the Year. In 2003, Mr. Mooney was a recipient of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee Medal. In May 2006, he was inducted into the B.C. Restaurant Hall of Fame.
As well as being the past Chairman of the Business Council of British Columbia, he is also past Chairman of the Young Presidents’ Organization, B.C. Chapter, and a member of the Chief Executives’ Organization and World Presidents’ Organization. He served for six years on the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
In 2007, Mr. Mooney and a partner acquired the Vancouver Canadians Professional Baseball Team that plays at historic Nat Bailey Stadium. The team was honoured in 2013 as the first Canadian team to receive the John H. Johnson Award as the finest franchise in all of Minor League Baseball. As well, the Canadians were Vancouver’s first professional team to win 3 consecutive Championships, in over 100 years.
Today, A&W is a strategy driven organization that has grown to over 819 restaurants across Canada. Mr. Mooney led the Company through eight strategic transitions including a management buy out of the business in 1995 and the creation of an innovative Revenue Royalty Income Trust in 2002. A&W has been recognized as one of the 50 Best Managed Companies in Canada for the past ten consecutive years and in 2008, was honoured to become an official member of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Platinum Club.
Mr. Mooney is married to Suzanne Bolton and they have four grown children.