McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited

McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited

July 30, 2009 09:00 ET

McDonald's® Best to Serve World's Best at Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

More than 300 McDonald’s Employees from Across Canada Will Experience the Games Like No Other as McDonald’s Olympic Champion Crew

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 30, 2009) -

Attention Assignment, Sport, Employment and Lifestyle Editors.

As the top athletes from across the globe converge on Vancouver and Whistler for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, so will more than 300 of McDonald's top performing restaurant employees from across Canada.

As part of McDonald's Olympic Champion Crew (OCC), these employees will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the Games first-hand serving the world's best athletes, coaches, officials and media at the three new on-site McDonald's venue restaurants located in the two Athletes Villages in Vancouver and Whistler and the Main Media Centre.

Chosen from the more than 77,000 McDonald's employees across Canada, the employees travelling to Vancouver and Whistler have earned their place as part of McDonald's Olympic Champion Crew for excellence in teamwork and customer service. As a member of the Olympic Champion Crew, each employee receives a round-trip flight to Vancouver and accommodation. OCC members will also attend select Olympic events and participate in recreational, sightseeing and cultural activities.

"As the host country of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, we are extremely proud and excited to be sending our best employees from across the country to Vancouver," said John Betts, President, McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited. "We are thrilled to honour these dedicated employees for their excellence with this unique opportunity."

The Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will mark the fifth Games that McDonald's Canada has sent its top employees to. Anthony Barsanti of Whitby,Ontario had the opportunity to travel to the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic Games as a member of the McDonald's Olympic Champion Crew. "From meeting some of the world's best athletes to experiencing the local culture, going to the Games was truly an unforgettable experience and I know these employees will create memories to last a lifetime just as I did in Beijing," said Barsanti.

The Olympic Champion Crew Team will spend between 18-30 days working at one of the three McDonald's venue restaurants at the Games. Every Olympic Champion Crew Team Member will work during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and select staff will also be on-site during the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.

About McDonald's and the Olympic Games

McDonald's commitment to the Olympic Movement began in 1968, when the company airlifted hamburgers to U.S. athletes in Grenoble, France after they reported being homesick for McDonald's food. Since then, McDonald's has served its menu of choice and variety to millions of athletes, their families and their fans, and will be doing so again in Vancouver including such favourites as the Big Mac® sandwich and World Famous Fries™, as well as the Egg McMuffin® sandwich, Chicken McNuggets®, entree salads and Fruit n' Yogurt Parfaits. The Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver mark McDonald's seventh Olympic Games as a Worldwide Sponsor and eighth as the Official Restaurant of the Olympic Games. McDonald's sponsorship will continue through the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

About McDonald's Canada

McDonald's is the leading foodservice company in the world. McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited and its Canadian franchisees own and operate more than 1,400 restaurants and employ more than 77,000 Canadians coast to coast. Approximately 70 per cent of McDonald's Canadian restaurants are locally owned and operated by independent entrepreneurs. For more information about McDonald's Canada, visit the company's web site at www.mcdonalds.ca.

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